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Former Finance Minister Kwesi Botchwey dies aged 78

He apparently passed away today, November 19, 2022, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where he was receiving treatment, according to family sources.

In the previous few days, the hospital had treated Dr. Botchwey medically.

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On September 3, 1944, Dr. Kwesi Botchwey was born.

As the country of Ghana’s longest-serving head of state, late former President Jerry John Rawlings, Dr. Botchwey held the position of Finance Minister.

He served under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) during its constitutional time (1982 to 1991) and the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) during its military era (1992 to 1995).

The Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School in Ghana is where the late economist earned his secondary education.

Dr. Botchwey was a graduate of Yale Law School with an LL.M., the University of Ghana with an LL.B., and the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in law.

He was a professor at the Universities of Ghana, Dar es Salaam, and Zambia. Dr. Botchwey’s past work includes advising the World Bank on the 1997 World Development Report.

He served as both the group’s chairman and one of its independent experts. They worked as advisors to the European Centre for Development Policy Management and the UNDP’s UN Special Initiative on Africa, conducting the first-ever external evaluation of the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility.

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