Former Finance Minister Kwesi Botchwey is dead

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According to reports, Prof. Botchwey, a former finance minister, passed away today, November 19, 2022, at the age of 78, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where he had spent the previous several days receiving treatment.

He is renowned for having served as Ghana’s finance minister for the longest amount of time under the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s (constitutional era, 1982–1991), Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), and Military Junta.

In Ghana, Professor Kwesi Botchway attended the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School.

He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan Law School, an LL.M. from Yale Law School, and an LL.B. from the University of Ghana.

He taught at the University of Zambia, the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and the University of Ghana.

Prof. Botchwey worked as an advisor to the World Bank on the 1997 World Development Report.

He was also a member and Chairman of IMF‘s Group of Independent Experts who conducted the first ever external evaluation of the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility, an advisor to the UNDP‘s UN Special Initiative on Africa and an advisor to the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).


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