Kwesi Botchwey is dead

Professor Kwesi Botchwey, a former finance minister, has passed away, according to cover source news.


After a brief illness, the 78-year-old passed away on Saturday, November 19 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.


Prof. Botchwey served as the Secretary for Finance and Minister of Finance and Economic Planning in the Rawlings administration during the military rule of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) and the civilian rule of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), respectively.

He held the position of finance minister for the greatest period of time, from 1982 to 1995.


Before enrolling in the University of Ghana to study an LLB, Kwesi B, as he was affectionately known, attended Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School after completing his LLM at Yale Law School.


At the time of his passing, he was a Professor of Practice in Development Economics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

After John Dramani Mahama, who was in power at the time, lost in the first round of the 2016 presidential elections, Prof. Botchwey was chosen to lead the NDC’s restructuring and regrouping efforts.


The committee’s report became a divisive issue as some party members wanted its disclosure as a means of moving forward into future elections.


On the global stage, Prof. Botchwey has held positions as a member and chairman of the International Monetary Fund’s Group of Independent Experts that carried out the first-ever external evaluation of the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility, as well as advisor to the World Bank on the 1997 World Development Report, UNDP’s UN Special Initiative on Africa, and the World Bank.

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