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Kwesi Botchwey, former Finance Minister, has died at the age of 78.

According to family members, he died today, November 19, 2022, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where he was receiving medical treatment.

Dr. Botchwey had recently received medical attention at the hospital.

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

Dr. Botchwey is Ghana’s longest-serving Finance Minister, having served alongside the country’s longest-serving head of state, late former President Jerry John Rawlings.

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

The late economist attended the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School in Ghana for his secondary schooling.

Dr. Botchwey graduated with honors from the University of Ghana, Yale Law School, and the University of Michigan Law School.

He lectured in the Universities of Zambia, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), and Ghana. Dr. Botchwey’s other major duties include serving as a World Bank advisor on the 1997 World Development Report.

He served on the IMF’s Group of Independent Experts and served as its Chairman. They were the first to conduct an external evaluation of the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility, as well as an advisor to the UNDP’s UN Special Initiative on Africa and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).

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