Kwesi Botchwey dead at 78

An economist and Ghana’s longest-serving Finance Minister, Mr. Kwesi Botchwey, has died, Metro TV Online gathers.

Kwesi Botchwey reportedly died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra where he was seeking medical attention today, Saturday, November 19, 2022.

Dr. Botchwey, who served as Ghana’s Finance Minister between 1982 and 1995 died aged 80.

There’s no official statement about his death from the family. However, tributes have begun pouring in for Professor Botchwey from  people from both political divides, friends, and family to celebrate his legacy,

Born on September 3, 1942, Kwesi Botchwey 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 Dar es 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 | | Ghana

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