His personal greatness eluded him — Bawa Mogtari mourns the passing of Kwesi Botchwey

Joyce Bawa Mogtari, the special aide to former President John Dramani Mahama has paid a moving tribute to Ghana’s longest-serving Finance Minister, Kwesi Botchwey who died on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

While mourning his demise on Good Morning Ghana on Metro TV, Madam Bawa Mogtari said “In one sentence, I would say without any fear of contradiction that this is one of those individuals whose only complaint in life was that even his own (sic) personal greatness eluded him – he was not conscious of it. That was the beauty of Kwesi Botchwey, at least, to me.”

She describes the late economist as one of “those gentlemen who didn’t think of himself as too big. He didn’t think of himself as too large or too smart or such a great or big man.”

Joyce Bawa Mogtari encouraged the bereaved family to be comforted with the life and legacy of Kwesi Botchwey who served as Ghana’s Finance Minister between 1982 and 1995,

Born on September 3, 1942, Kwesi Botchwey died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra where he was seeking medical care on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

He had his secondary education at the Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School in Legon, Accra.

Dr. Botchwey held an LLB from the University of Ghana, an LLM from Yale Law School, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.

As a professor, he taught at the University of Zambia, the University of Dares Salaam (Tanzania), and the University of Ghana. Among other notable previous assignments, he was an advisor to the World Bank on the 1997 World Development Report.

Kwesi Botchwey served as a member and chairman of the IMF‘s Group of Independent Experts, which conducted the first-ever external evaluation of the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility, and as an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme’s Special Initiative on Africa.

He was also an advisor to the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).

Dr. Botchwey was a member Commonwealth Group of Eminent Persons for the Facilitation of the Signing of the Uruguay Round of Gatt Negotiations.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

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