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Paul Acquah

Name  Paul Acquah

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Paul Kingsley Acquah, PhD is a Ghanaian economist and a former Deputy Director for the Africa Department of the International Monetary Fund from 1998 to 2001. He is also a former Governor of the Bank of Ghana. During his tenure as Governor of the Bank of Ghana he implemented the re-denomination of the Ghanaian cedi. He was born in Juabo in the Western Region of Ghana.

Education

Dr. Acquah obtained his degree in Economics after graduating from the University of Ghana, Legon. He proceeded to obtain his master's degree from Yale University and his PhD from University of Pennsylvania.

Career

After obtaining his PhD, Acquah joined the International Monetary Fund as an economist. He worked for the fund and served in various capacities till 1998 when he became the fund's deputy director of its Africa department. In 2001 he resigned from the IMF and was appointed by the then President of Ghana, John Kufuor as the Governor of the Bank of Ghana until 2009.

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Dr. Acquah became Governor of the Bank of Ghana in 2001. One of his major achievement was the re-denomination of the cedi and the introduction of the Pesewa in 2007. Four zeros where knocked off the then currency, this led to the reintroduction of the pesewa which is the basic unit of the Ghanaian cedi.

After leaving the Bank of Ghana, Paul Acquah joined a new team setup to oversee the restructuring and development of Tema Oil Refinery and Ghana's crude oil supply. Other team members were Kwabena Duffuor, Chief of Staff John Henry Martey Newman, and Minister of Energy Joe Oteng-Adjei.

Awards

In 2005, Acquah won the Emerging Markets award for Africa Central Bank Governor of the Year.

References

Paul Acquah Wikipedia


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