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General News of Friday, 27 July 2018


Throwback photos of Amissah-Arthur’s 67 years on earth

Paa Kwesi and his wife, Matilda

The remains of late Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur will finally be laid to rest today, Friday, at the Military Cemetery at Burma Camp.

After the service, which is expected to end around midday, the funeral cortege would go through some principal streets of Accra before he is finally interred.

The late Veep died on the morning of 29th June 2018, during work out session at the Air Force Base in Accra with his wife, Mrs Matilda Amissah Arthur. He left behind a wife and two children.

Born on April 29, 1951, to the Hutchful family and Amissah-Arthur family at Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana, 67-year-old old Amissah Arthur was the fifth Vice President of Ghana between 6th August 2012 and 7th January 2017, under former President John Mahama’s administration.

Prior to that, Amissah Arthur was the Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012 until he was appointed to fill the position of Vice President of Ghana.

Below are 50 pictures of the former state man whose life was cut short on June 29, 2018.

He started his education at Cape Coast Methodist ‘B ‘Primary School and passed the Common Entrance examination from the Akim Oda Methodist School in 1964.

He entered Ghana’s oldest Secondary School, Mfantsipim in Cape Coast later in 1964 and passed the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level in 1969, and the GCE Advanced Level in 1971.

In 1980 he was awarded the Master of Science MSc (Economics) degree and lectured at the Economics Department, University of Ghana, for a number of years. He also lectured at the State College of Education, Awka in Anambra State of Nigeria from 1981-1983.

In July 1983, he served as Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning and appointed a Deputy Finance and Economic Planning Minister in February 1986, a position he held until April 1997.

After retiring from public office in 1997, Vice President Amissah-Arthur continued to work on a number of consultancy jobs.

He was the Senior Economist for the Sigma One Corporation, Ghana, from 1998 to 2000 where he helped design and implement the Ghana Policy Dialogue Project, a USAID-funded project that provided advisory services to the Government of Ghana.

He also worked on the Trade and Investment Reform Project aimed at enhancing Ghana’s export competitiveness.

Between 2001 and 2002, he was contracted to execute a special assignment by the Danish Foreign Ministry.

He co-authored a review of Ghana’s public financial management system, titled: Guidance Note: Financial Integration into Relevant Ghanaian Structures, a report that has been used as a training manual for new employees at the Finance Ministry.

Former Vice President Amissah-Arthur also worked as a private international consultant/economist to the World Bank and some foreign countries.

The former Vice President was a devoted family man and was a Christian by faith. He was married to Matilda – a marriage blessed with two adult children.

On August 6, 2012, he was sworn in as the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana and served in that position until January 07, 2017.