Personality profile: The man Amissah-Arthur...he has risen through the ranks
Monday, barring any unforeseen difficulties, Mr. Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, the Governor of the Central Bank, will be approved by Parliament and sworn in as the fifth Vice President under the Fourth Republican Constitution.
Even though, Mr Amissah Arthur, born in Cape Coast, has been in politics over the years, the perception is that very little is known about him in terms of mainstream politics.
However, an influential part of the Mills-Mahama “Better - Ghana Agenda,” Mr. Amissah-Arthur has been with the NDC since 1992, contributing his quota to the wellbeing of the party.
In view of the raging controversy that Mr Amissah-Arthur is not a known grass-roots member of the NDC, the Daily Graphic attempts to share some insights of who is behind the personality – Mr. Amissah-Arthur.
He is a 6 feet 2 inches tall gentleman who looks unapproachable, but once you are able to break the ice, he is warm-hearted and friendly. “His friends tell me he is slow in opening up to strangers but once he does that, he is a great guy; very humorous, dependable, man of integrity and communicates well,” a source told the Daily Graphic.
His very close associates call him Peekay, and it is difficult to tell whether he got this name at Mfantsipim School, where he had his secondary education.
He attended Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast and obtained his GCE ‘Ordinary level’ in 1969 and Advanced level in 1971.
Married with two children, and also has a granddaughter, Mr Amissah Arthur is a serious family person who loves music and parties and is a good dancer.
He is selective in what he eats, because he is allergic to some food. Because of that, he rarely eats outside home. Otherwise give him fried plantain, nuggets and Bambara beans and you will not be far from right.
He is such an easy going person that it is very difficult to fault him. He carries himself well, and is witty and intelligent. He is open, friendly and sociable. He is deemed to be very sincere and honest and does not hide his feelings. These constitute the summed-up impressions of Mr Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur by family, colleagues at the Bank of Ghana and close associates.
Always smartly dressed, even if it is casual, he is noted for wearing his watch on his right wrist and not wearing any other jewellery. He is very much into electronics and loves photography.
He fellowships at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka. As an avid Arsenal fan, he is considered to be down-to-earth and very realistic with a good sense of humour.
He also has some interest in Accra Hearts of Oak. He loves to exercise and visit the gym regularly.
From his close associates, he is a very principled, firm and capable person with excellent human relations.
He is also considered to be open to everybody he comes into contact with and seeks the welfare of people who work under him and their families.
His subordinates at the BOG told Daily Graphic that he executes an open door policy in which one could walk into his office to discuss issues with him.
Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur is a Ghanaian citizen born on April 29, 1951.
At University of Ghana, Legon, he obtained B. Sc. (Economics) in 1974 and M. Sc. (Economics) in 1980. His thesis was on: “Public policy and economic growth; A model of economic growth - Ghana, 1956 ¬1974.”
He was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana from 1974-75. He participated in the design and conduct of a Socio-economic survey of the Danfa Health Project Area of South-Eastern Ghana.
He was a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Legon (1977-78), Assistant Lecturer: Department of Economics, University of Ghana, legon (1979.)
He was a lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Legon (1980 - 1988), and the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. (August, 1981 – July, 1983).
He was a Special Assistant to the PNDC Secretary for Finance and Economic Planning (i.e. Minister) from July 1983-January 1986. His main responsibilities included management of multilateral assistance in support of Ghana's Economic Recovery Programme.
He was also a PNDC deputy secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, (Deputy Minister) from Feb 1986-Mar 1993) His Main Responsibilities included preparation of the annual 'Public Investment Programme', Management of the budget of the Government of Ghana ¬and Management of bilateral and multilateral assistance to Ghana.
He became the Deputy Minister from April 1993 - March -1997 with main responsibilities including Policy formulation, and design and implementation of the Budget. Management of revenue agencies and supervision of Government expenditures; Monitoring and management of bilateral and multilateral assistance, Preparation of Board of Directors, Golden Beach Hotels Ltd., 1999 - 2001, Chairman; Board of Directors, MASAI Developers Ltd, 1997- 2005, Chairman; and Steering Committee, The Public Financial Management Reform Programme (PUFMARP). 1995 – 1997.
Others are Chairman, Agricultural Policy Co-ordinating Committee (Cabinet's Advisory Committee on Agriculture), 1990-1995; Chairman, Board of Directors, Ghana Supply Commission, 1986 - 1998; Member, Board of Directors, Bank of Ghana, 1988 - 1993; Member, Board of Directors, Ghana Commercial Bank, 1986 - 1991, Member, Board of
Directors, Ghana National Procurement Agency (GNPA), Member, Board of Directors, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC); Member, Finance Committee, University of Ghana, Legon, 1984 - 1986; and Member, Academic Board, University of Ghana, Legon 1984 - 1986.
He was the Governor, Bank of Ghana, from October 1, 2009, until he was nominated to the high office of Vice President of the Ghana by President John Dramani Mahama.
Source: Daily Graphic