VP Bawumia, Paul Kagame, William Ruto, Mackey Sali named among 100 Most Influential Africans

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Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the vice president, has been listed as one of the top 100 Africans with the most influence.

The New African Magazine, a renowned pan-African publication, compiled the exclusive list of transformational African leaders in an effort to recognize, honor, and celebrate a select group of such leaders who are truly changing lives and having a significant impact on both their home nations and the continent of Africa.

Along with Presidents William Ruto of Kenya, Mackey Sall of Senegal, and Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was chosen as one of the world’s influential LEADERS.

Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Professor Benedict Oramah, the head of the African Exim Bank, are two more people.

Dr. Bawumia was recognized for his relentless efforts at spearheading Ghana’s digitization as a core economic strategy to solve socio-economic problems.


Naming Dr. Bawumia as one of Africa’s most influential leaders, the publication eulogised the Vice President for his transformational leadership, noting that his reforms are setting “unique precedents on the African continent.”

‘The Oxford-trained economist, former Deputy Governor of Ghana’s Central Bank and Vice President of the Rephblic of Ghana since 2017, Dr. MahamuduBawumia is spearheading Ghana’s digitisation as a core economic strategy to solve socio-economic problems, formalise and build a more inclusive economy, deal with corruption and to provide social services more effectively,” wrote the magazine.

“His reforms are setting a unique precedent on the continent. His digitisation agenda has resulted in the implementation and adoption of a National Identification System, a Digital Property Addressing System and a Mobile Money Interoperability System. This is enabling a new set of opportunities for the consumer including mobile wallets and greater financial inclusion.”

“Bawumia sees technology as the key to transforming the economy and delivering essential services,” the publication added.

Dr. Bawumia was also commended by the magazine for initiating Ghana’s recent oil for gold barter initiative, which seeks to pay for imported oil with Ghana’s gold, rather paying with its reserved US Dollars – a smart move to curb the depreciation of the Cedi, as well as control the rising cost of fuel in the country.


Ghana has succeeded in issuing digital national identity cards to its citizens and residents thanks to Dr. Bawumia’s transformational policies. Additionally, it has become the first African nation to adopt a national digital property address system, implemented mobile money interoperability between mobile money accounts and bank accounts, and been ranked first in Africa for financial inclusion.

By employing Zipline drones to carry medical supplies in real time to remote areas of the nation, Ghana has also emerged as the leading supplier of medical delivery services globally thanks to his digitalization initiatives.

A common digital portal (Ghana.gov), a national scale E-Pharmacy digital platform, and a common digital platform for Ghana’s property taxation have all been implemented by Ghana, making it the first African nation to do so. All of these developments have significantly increased the country’s ability to raise money.

The most recent recognition from New Africa Magazine is another worldwide honor for Dr. Bawumia for his pivotal involvement in Ghana’s well-received digitalization effort.

Recently, Dr. Bawumia was referred to by the UNDP as a “champion of digitisation” and his work has expedited inclusive development, according to Angela Rusigi, the national representative for the UNDP.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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