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John Kufuor

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John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor (born 8 December 1938) was the second president
President of Ghana
The President of Ghana is the elected head of state and head of government of Ghana. Officially styled President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghanaian Armed Forces. The current President of Ghana is Prof. John Atta Mills, who took office in January...

 of the 4th Republic of Ghana
Ghana
Ghana , officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south...

 (2001–2009) and Chairperson of the African Union
Chairperson of the African Union
The African Union Chairman is chosen by the Assembly, which consists of the heads of state of member countries, to serve a 1-year term.- List of Chairmen:...

 (2007–2008). His victory over John Atta-Mills after the end of Jerry Rawlings' second term marked the first peaceful democratic transition of power in Ghana since the country's independence in 1957.

Kufuor's career has been spent on the liberal-democratic
Liberal democracy
Liberal democracy, also known as constitutional democracy, is a common form of representative democracy. According to the principles of liberal democracy, elections should be free and fair, and the political process should be competitive...

 side of Ghanaian politics, in the parties descended from the United Gold Coast Convention
United Gold Coast Convention
The United Gold Coast Convention was a political party whose aim was to bring about Ghanaian independence from British rule after the Second World War....

 and the United Party
United Party (Ghana)
The United Party was the main opposition party in the First Republic of Ghana. It was the only opposition party throughout its existence from 1957 until 1964 when Ghana became a one party state.-Formation:...

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John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor (born 8 December 1938) was the second president
President of Ghana
The President of Ghana is the elected head of state and head of government of Ghana. Officially styled President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghanaian Armed Forces. The current President of Ghana is Prof. John Atta Mills, who took office in January...

 of the 4th Republic of Ghana
Ghana
Ghana , officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south...

 (2001–2009) and Chairperson of the African Union
Chairperson of the African Union
The African Union Chairman is chosen by the Assembly, which consists of the heads of state of member countries, to serve a 1-year term.- List of Chairmen:...

 (2007–2008). His victory over John Atta-Mills after the end of Jerry Rawlings' second term marked the first peaceful democratic transition of power in Ghana since the country's independence in 1957.

Kufuor's career has been spent on the liberal-democratic
Liberal democracy
Liberal democracy, also known as constitutional democracy, is a common form of representative democracy. According to the principles of liberal democracy, elections should be free and fair, and the political process should be competitive...

 side of Ghanaian politics, in the parties descended from the United Gold Coast Convention
United Gold Coast Convention
The United Gold Coast Convention was a political party whose aim was to bring about Ghanaian independence from British rule after the Second World War....

 and the United Party
United Party (Ghana)
The United Party was the main opposition party in the First Republic of Ghana. It was the only opposition party throughout its existence from 1957 until 1964 when Ghana became a one party state.-Formation:...

. He was a minister in Kofi Abrefa Busia
Kofi Abrefa Busia
Kofi Abrefa Busia was Prime Minister of Ghana from 1969–72. He was born in Wenchi, in the then British colony of Gold Coast . He was educated at Methodist School, Wenchi, Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast, then at Wesley College, Kumasi from 1931–32. He later became a teacher at Achimota Secondary...

's Progress Party
Progress Party (Ghana)
The Progress Party was the ruling party in Ghana during the Second Republic . In the 29 August 1969 elections, the PP won 105 of the National Assembly's 140 seats....

 government during Ghana's Second Republic, and a Popular Front Party
Popular Front Party
The Popular Front Party was the main opposition political party in Ghana during the Third Republic .In elections held on 18 June 1979, PFP presidential candidate Victor Owusu won 29.9% of the vote and the party won 42 of 140 seats in the National Assembly...

 opposition frontbencher during the Third Republic. In the Fourth Republic he stood as the New Patriotic Party
New Patriotic Party
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's candidate at the 1996
Ghanaian presidential election, 1996
The Ghanaian presidential elections were held on 7 December 1996. Parliamentary elections were held on the same day. The result was a victory for the incumbent, Jerry Rawlings of the National Democratic Congress. Voter turnout was 78.3%.-Results:...

 election, and then led it to victory in 2000 and 2004. Having served two terms, in 2008 he was no longer eligible
Term limit
A term limit is a legal restriction that limits the number of terms a person may serve in a particular elected office. When term limits are found in presidential and semi-presidential systems they act as a method to curb the potential for monopoly, where a leader effectively becomes "president for...

 for the presidency.

Early life



An Asante, Kufuor married Theresa Kufuor (née Mensah) in 1962, with whom he has had five children. Kufuor and his family belong to the Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church
The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the world's largest Christian church, with over a billion members. Led by the Pope, it defines its mission as spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, administering the sacraments and exercising charity...

. He was born in Kumasi
Kumasi
Kumasi is a city in southern central Ghana's Ashanti region. It is located near Lake Bosomtwe, in the Rain Forest Region about northwest of Accra. Kumasi is approximately north of the Equator and north of the Gulf of Guinea...

 and educated at Osei Tutu Boarding School (1951–53), Prempeh College
Prempeh College
Prempeh College is an all-boys boarding school in Kumasi Ghana. Prempeh College, the Asante Royal Boarding School for Boys of all ethnic backgrounds is the Kings College of Ghana....

 (1954–58), Lincoln's Inn
Lincoln's Inn
The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn is one of four Inns of Court in London to which barristers of England and Wales belong and where they are called to the Bar. The other three are Middle Temple, Inner Temple and Gray's Inn. Although Lincoln's Inn is able to trace its official records beyond...

, London
London
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 (1959–1961) and Exeter College
Exeter College, Oxford
Exeter College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England and the fourth oldest college of the University. The main entrance is on the east side of Turl Street...

, University of Oxford
University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is a university located in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest surviving university in the world and the oldest in the English-speaking world. Although its exact date of foundation is unclear, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096...

 (1961–1964). In the Second Republic's Parliamentary Register Kufuor lists as his hobbies and interests table tennis
Table tennis
Table tennis, also known as ping-pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net...

, reading, football
Football (soccer)
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball...

, and film shows.

Early political career


As Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs he represented Ghana on a number of occasions. From 1969 to December, 1971, he led Ghana's delegation to the United Nations General Assembly
United Nations General Assembly
For two articles dealing with membership in the General Assembly, see:* General Assembly members* General Assembly observersThe United Nations General Assembly is one of the five principal organs of the United Nations and the only one in which all member nations have equal representation...

 in New York
New York
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, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) Ministerial Meetings in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia...

, and the Summit Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in Lusaka
Lusaka
Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. It is located in the southern part of the central plateau, at an elevation of about 1,300 metres . It has a population of about 1.7 million . It is a commercial centre as well as the centre of government, and the four main highways of Zambia head...

. In 1970, he led the Ghanaian delegation to Moscow
Moscow
Moscow is the capital, the most populous city, and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural, scientific, religious, financial, educational, and transportation centre of Russia and the continent...

 in the former Soviet Union
Soviet Union
The Soviet Union , officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics , was a constitutionally socialist state that existed in Eurasia between 1922 and 1991....

, Prague
Prague
Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 2.3 million...

 (Former Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia or Czecho-Slovakia was a sovereign state in Central Europe which existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until 1992...

), and Belgrade
Belgrade
Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. According to official results of Census 2011, the city has a population of 1,639,121. It is one of the 15 largest cities in Europe...

 (Yugoslavia) to discuss Ghana's indebtedness to these countries.

As the Spokesman on Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs is an American magazine and website on international relations and U.S. foreign policy published since 1922 by the Council on Foreign Relations six times annually...

 and Deputy Opposition Leader
Opposition (parliamentary)
Parliamentary opposition is a form of political opposition to a designated government, particularly in a Westminster-based parliamentary system. Note that this article uses the term government as it is used in Parliamentary systems, i.e. meaning the administration or the cabinet rather than the state...

 of the Popular Front Party
Popular Front Party
The Popular Front Party was the main opposition political party in Ghana during the Third Republic .In elections held on 18 June 1979, PFP presidential candidate Victor Owusu won 29.9% of the vote and the party won 42 of 140 seats in the National Assembly...

 (PFP) Parliamentary Group during the Third Republic, he was invited to accompany President Limann to the OAU Summit Conference in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He was also a member of the parliamentary delegation that visited the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 in 1981 to talk to the International Monetary Fund
International Monetary Fund
The International Monetary Fund is an organization of 187 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world...

 (IMF) and the World Bank
World Bank
The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programmes.The World Bank's official goal is the reduction of poverty...

 on Ghana's economic problems.

In January, 1982, the leadership of the All People's Party (APP), which was an alliance of all the opposition parties, advised some leading members, including the Deputy Leader of the Alliance, Alhaji Iddrisu Mahama, the General Secretary, Dr. Obed Asamoah and Mr. J. A. Kufuor to accept an invitation from the Provisional National Defence Council
Provisional National Defence Council
The Provisional National Defence Council was the name of the Ghanaian government after the People's National Party's elected government was overthrown by Jerry Rawlings, the former head of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council. This was on December 31, 1981. It remained in power until January 7,...

 (PNDC) to serve in what was purported to be a National Government. Kufuor was appointed the Secretary for Local Government in this new government.

As a Secretary for Local Government, he wrote the Local Government Policy Guidelines that were to be the foundation of the current decentralized District Assemblies.

Elections


On 20 April 1996, Kufuor was nominated by 1034 out of 2000 delegates of the New Patriotic Party
New Patriotic Party
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 (NPP) drawn from all the 200 Constituencies of the Country to run for the President of Ghana on 10 December 1996. After campaigning for less than nine months, Kufuor polled 39.62% of the popular votes to Rawlings' 57% in the 1996 election. On 23 October 1998, he was re-nominated by the New Patriotic Party not only to run again for President but also to officially assume the position of Leader of the Party.

Kufuor won the presidential election of December 2000; in the first round, held on 7 December, Kufuor came in first place with 48.4%, while John Atta-Mills
John Atta-Mills
Dr. John Evans Fifii Atta Mills is the third and current President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana. He was inaugurated on 7 January 2009, having defeated the ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election...

, Jerry Rawlings'
Jerry Rawlings
Jerry John Rawlings is a former leader of the Republic of Ghana and now the African Union envoy to Somalia. Rawlings ruled Ghana as a military dictator in 1979 and from 1981 to 1992 and then as the first elected president of the Fourth Republic from 1993 to 2001...

 Vice President
Vice president
A vice president is an officer in government or business who is below a president in rank. The name comes from the Latin vice meaning 'in place of'. In some countries, the vice president is called the deputy president...

, came in second with 44.8%, forcing the two into a run-off vote
Exhaustive ballot
The exhaustive ballot is a voting system used to elect a single winner. Under the exhaustive ballot the elector simply casts a single vote for his or her favorite candidate. However if no candidate is supported by an overall majority of votes then the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated...

. In the second round, held on 28 December, Kufour was victorious, taking 56.9% of the vote.

Kufuor was re-elected in presidential and parliamentary elections held on 7 December 2004, earning 52.45% of the popular vote in the first round and thus avoiding a run-off, while at the same time Kufuor's party, the New Patriotic Party, was able to secure more seats in the Parliament of Ghana
Parliament of Ghana
The Parliament of Ghana is the legislative body of the Ghanaian government.-History:Legislative representation in Ghana dates back to 1850, when the country was a British colony. The body, called the Legislative Council, was purely advisory as the Governor exercised all legislative and executive...

.

Presidency



His administration's domestic policy in the first term was marked by fiscal and monetary stringency on the economic front, aimed at stabilizing a national economy that had stagnated and was in decline. His social vision was focused on unleashing the entrepreneurial, creative and innovative potential of Ghanaians as a means of creating wealth and hence dealing with the social challenges facing them. This socio-economic vision was encapsulated in the Five Priority Areas Programme, viz., the pursuit of good governance
Good governance
Good governance is an indeterminate term used in development literature to describe how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources in order to guarantee the realization of human rights. Governance describes "the process of decision-making and the process by which...

, modernization of agriculture for rural development, private sector participation, enhanced social services and vigorous infrastructure development. His administration is said to have received the most financial assistance of any in the history of Ghana, due essentially to donors' distrust for the military governments before it, as well as those with some military connections. In addition, Kuffour personally is believed to have institutionalzed tribal politics more than any administration in Ghana.

President Kufuor's foreign policy was underpinned by what he termed "economic diplomacy." It is within this context that in Africa in general and in West Africa in particular, a good neighbor policy has been pursued, which has seen Ghana under President Kufuor brokering peace in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d'lvoire and Guinea-Bissau among other African states. On the global stage, President Kufuor has actively sought the establishment of a just and equitable international social and economic order, while promoting and safeguarding the interests of Ghana through bilateral and multilateral agreements. His stature as statesman, democrat and credible spokesman for Africa has found expression in his invitation to major international meetings and conferences including the founding summit of the AU, G8 Summits in Sea Island, Georgia and Glenneagles, Scotland and the World Economic Forum, among others.

He served as Chairman of the regional grouping ECOWAS for two consecutive terms - 2003 and 2004. In 2007,

Due to the policy successes his administration chalked up, President Kufuor had his mandate renewed in 2004 and was sworn into office on 7 January 2005. Policy direction in President Kufuor's second term has built on the foundations laid in the first four years. The administration is pursuing Ghana's socio-economic transformation in the second term using the three-pronged approach of private sector development, human resource development and good governance
Good governance
Good governance is an indeterminate term used in development literature to describe how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources in order to guarantee the realization of human rights. Governance describes "the process of decision-making and the process by which...

. At the international level, President Kufuor is consolidating Ghana's position as the voice of Africa, credible peace broker, beacon of democracy (Ghana is the first country to undergo Peer Review under NEPAD's Africa Peer Review Mechanism) and responsible member of the comity of nations.

On 29 January 2007, Kufuor was elected as the Chairperson of the African Union
Chairperson of the African Union
The African Union Chairman is chosen by the Assembly, which consists of the heads of state of member countries, to serve a 1-year term.- List of Chairmen:...

 for the 2007-2008 AU session. He was succeeded by Jakaya Kikwete
Jakaya Kikwete
Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete is the 4th and current President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Kikwete was born in Msoga, Bagamoyo District, Tanganyika in present day Tanzania...

 of Tanzania
Tanzania
The United Republic of Tanzania is a country in East Africa bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. The country's eastern borders lie on the Indian Ocean.Tanzania is a state...

 on 31 January 2008.
Kufuor was involved in a car crash during his presidency on 14 November 2007, in which another car collided with his and caused it to roll over several times. Kufuor was reported to be uninjured.

Finally, President Kufuor's good governance policy has led to Ghana obtaining a record $500 million grant from the U.S Millennium Challenge Account for economic development. Social vision was anchored on unleashing the entrepreneurial, creative and innovative potential of Ghanaians as a means of creating wealth and hence dealing with the social challenges facing Ghanaians. This socio-economic vision was encapsulated in the Five Priority Areas Programme vis the pursuit of good governance, modernization of agriculture for rural development, private sector participation, enhanced social services and vigorous infrastructural development.

Kufuor has been honored with numerous awards, including the Face-of-Good-Governance Award, Chatham House Prize, the Climate Change Award, and the World Food Program’s Global Ambassador Against Hunger.

Post-Presidency


In July 2009, Kufuor became a member of the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a non-profit, international development organisation, established in the Netherlands in 1965.SNV aims to alleviate poverty by enabling increased income and employment opportunities and increasing access to basic services...

 International Advisory Board to contribute his expertise to the organisation's poverty reduction work. In September 2009, Kufuor spoke in the Netherlands at Dutch government event to mark '60 years of development aid' at the invitation of Dutch Minister Bert Koenders
Bert Koenders
Albert Gerard "Bert" Koenders is a former Dutch politician. He was Minister for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands from 2007 until 2010...

, which was attended by nearly 2,000 people. During his visit to the Netherlands, he was interviewed by the newspaper NRC Handelsblad and the Internationale Samenwerking magazine. He argued for the importance of effective development assistance, pointing out that development aid helped Ghana enter the international capital market.

On September 21, 2009, he delivered the prestigious Legatum Pericles Lecture at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education and research.Founded in 1861 in...

.. John Kufuor is the Governing Council Chairman of Interpeace, an international peacebuilding organization based in Geneva since October 2009. He also became a member of the prestigious Club of Madrid
Club of Madrid
The Club de Madrid is an independent non-profit organization created to promote democracy and change in the international community. Composed of 80 former Presidents and Prime Ministers from 56 countries, the Club de Madrid is the world’s largest forum of former Heads of State and Government.Among...

, the largest grouping of former democratically elected heads of state.

John Agyekum Kufour has been chosen together with Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva , known popularly as Lula, served as the 35th President of Brazil from 2003 to 2010.A founding member of the Workers' Party , he ran for President three times unsuccessfully, first in the 1989 election. Lula achieved victory in the 2002 election, and was inaugurated as...

 to jointly receive the 2011 World Food Prize
World Food Prize
The World Food Prize is an international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.-The Prize:...

 for their personal commitment and visionary leadership while serving as the presidents of Ghana and of Brazil, respectively, in creating and implementing government policies to alleviate hunger and poverty in their countries. The foundation in a statement said the significant achievements of these two Laureates illustrate that transformational leadership truly can effect positive change and greatly improve people’s lives. .

On September 20, 2011, he inaugurated the John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Foundation with a ground breaking ceremony for the JAK Centre for Leadership, Governance and Development at the University of Ghana, Legon. The inaugural lecture which attracted very high local and foreign dignitaries had H.E. Horst Koehler, ex-president of the Republic of Germany, as its guest speaker. Thabo Mbeki
Thabo Mbeki
Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki is a South African politician who served two terms as the second post-apartheid President of South Africa from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008. He is also the brother of Moeletsi Mbeki...

, ex-president of South Africa and ex-president Jerry John Rawlings, Mr. Kufour's fiercest critic, were among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony. The ex-presidents also unveiled a plaque on September 22, 2011 for the Kufuor Presidential Library and Museum at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, which formed part of the John A. Kufuor Foundation.

On October 14, 2011, President Kufuor received the 2011 World Food Prize
World Food Prize
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, along with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva , known popularly as Lula, served as the 35th President of Brazil from 2003 to 2010.A founding member of the Workers' Party , he ran for President three times unsuccessfully, first in the 1989 election. Lula achieved victory in the 2002 election, and was inaugurated as...

 for his personal commitment and visionary leadership while serving as the president of Ghana, and in creating and implementing government policies to alleviate hunger and poverty in his country.

First Cabinet (January 2001)

  • John Agyekum Kufuor — President of Ghana
    President of Ghana
    The President of Ghana is the elected head of state and head of government of Ghana. Officially styled President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghanaian Armed Forces. The current President of Ghana is Prof. John Atta Mills, who took office in January...

  • Hon. Aliu Mahama
    Aliu Mahama
    Alhaji Aliu Mahama was Vice-President of Ghana from 7 January 2001 to 7 January 2009. He sought the New Patriotic Party's nomination for the 2008 presidential election,, GNA , October 24, 2007. but at the party's convention in December 2007 he received only 6.38% of delegates' votes...

     — Vice President of Ghana
    Vice president
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  • Prof. Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi — Minister of Education Replaced later by;
  • Mr. Kwadwo Baah Wiredu
    Kwadwo Baah Wiredu
    Kwadwo Baah Wiredu was a Ghanaian politician and a chartered accountant. He had been a Member of Parliament in the Parliament of Ghana since January 1997 and had been a minister in the Kufuor government since 2001....

    — Minister of Education, Youth & Sports
  • Mrs. Cecilia Bannerman — Minister for Manpower Development & Employment
  • Mr. Albert Kan-Dapaah
    Albert Kan-Dapaah
    Albert Kan-Dapaah is a chartered accountant, politician, member of parliament and a former minister of state in Ghana.- Early life and education :...

     — Minister for Communication
  • Mrs. Gladys Asmah
    Gladys Asmah
    Gladys Asmah is a Ghanaian politician. She is a former Minister of Fisheries as well as a member of parliament from Takoradi.-Source:* GhanaWeb.com-External links:*...

     — Ministry for Women & Children's Affairs
  • Hon. Yaw Osafo-Marfo — Minister for Finance
  • Mr. Jacob Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey
    Jacob Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey
    Jacob Otanka "Jake" Obetsebi-Lamptey , is a Ghanaian politician as well as former television and radio producer.Born in Accra, Ghana, Obetsebi-Lamptey had his primary education in Accra, before travelling to England to further his education.In 1966, he began work as a radio and TV scriptwriter,...

     — Minister of Information
    Minister of Information
    The Ministry of Information , headed by the Minister of Information, was a United Kingdom government department created briefly at the end of World War I and again during World War II...

  • Dr Kwame Addo-Kufuor
    Kwame Addo-Kufuor
    Doctor Kwame Addo-Kufuor is a Ghanaian politician and physician. Addo-Kufuor is a member of parliament from Manhyia, and from 2001 to 2007 he was the Minister for Defense under President John Kufuor, his brother. Since June 2008, he has been the Minister for Interior.-Early life and...

     — Minister of Defense & Later Acting Minister for the Interior
  • Madam Hawa Yakubu
    Hawa Yakubu
    Hawa Yakubu Ogede was a Ghanaian politician. She was a Member of Parliament in the Fourth Republic of Ghana and was also a Minister for Tourism.Hawa Yakubu was born at Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana...

     — Minister for Tourism
  • Hon. Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu — Ministry for Local Government & Rural Development Replaced later by;
  • Mr. Charles Bintim — Ministry for Local Government & Rural Development
  • Hon. Hackman Owusu-Agyeman
    Hackman Owusu-Agyeman
    Hackman Owusu-Agyemang is the member of Parliament for New Juabeng North constituency in Ghana. He has served as a minister in the New Patriotic Party government in the Fourth Republic of Ghana.-Education:...

     — Minister for Foreign Affairs
    Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ghana)
    The Minister for Foreign Affairs is the Ghana government official who is responsible for overseeing the country's foreign policy and international diplomacy. The minister is usually one of the most senior members of Cabinet....

     Replaced later by;
  • Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
    Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
    Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a Ghanaian lawyer and politician. He was one of the founding members of the centrist New Patriotic Party in 1992, and was also the founder and first chairperson of the Ghana Committee on Human and People's Rights...

     — Minister for Justice
  • Major (Rtd) Courage Emmanuel Kobla Quashigah — Minister of Food & Agriculture
  • Hon. Richard W. Anane — Minister of Health
  • Prof. Mike Oquaye — Minister for Environment and Science
  • Hon. Kwamina Bartels — Minister for Private Sector Development & PSI
  • Hon. Dr. Richard Winfred Anane — Minister for Road Transport
  • Prof. Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi
    Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi
    Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi is a Ghanaian academic and politician. Since 2003, Ameyaw-Akumfi has been the Minister of Education.-Education:...

     — Minister for Habours & Railways
  • Mr. Alan Kyeremanten — Minister for Trade and Industry
  • Hon. Malik Al-Hassan Yakubu
    Malik Al-Hassan Yakubu
    Malik al-Hassan Yakubu is a member of the Pan-African Parliament from Ghana.He was previously Minister of the Interior, but resigned in 2002 amid accusations of backing one of the sides in a violent conflict in Yendi.-References:...

     — Minister for the Interior Replaced later by;
  • Hon. Hackman Owusu-Agyeman
    Hackman Owusu-Agyeman
    Hackman Owusu-Agyemang is the member of Parliament for New Juabeng North constituency in Ghana. He has served as a minister in the New Patriotic Party government in the Fourth Republic of Ghana.-Education:...

     — Minister for the Interior
  • Mr. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo — Attorney-General & Minister for Justice Replaced later by;
  • Hon. Papa Owusu Ankomah — Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ghana)
    The Minister for Foreign Affairs is the Ghana government official who is responsible for overseeing the country's foreign policy and international diplomacy. The minister is usually one of the most senior members of Cabinet....

  • Alhaji Mallam Issah — Minister of Youth & Sports Replaced later by;
  • Hon. Papa Owusu Ankomah — Minister of Youth & Sports Replaced later by;
  • Hon. Osei Kwaku — Minister of Youth & Sports
  • Hon. Albert Kan-Dapaah
    Albert Kan-Dapaah
    Albert Kan-Dapaah is a chartered accountant, politician, member of parliament and a former minister of state in Ghana.- Early life and education :...

     — Minister for Energy replaced later by;
  • Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom
    Paa Kwesi Nduom
    Paa Kwesi Nduom or Papa Kwesi Nduom, is a business consultant and politician. He is the Convention People's Party's nominee to contest the Ghanaian presidential election in December 2008...

     — Minister for Energy
  • Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom
    Paa Kwesi Nduom
    Paa Kwesi Nduom or Papa Kwesi Nduom, is a business consultant and politician. He is the Convention People's Party's nominee to contest the Ghanaian presidential election in December 2008...

     — Minister for Economic Planning & NEPAD
  • Hon. Felix Owusu Agyapong — Minister for Parliamentary Affairs
  • Miss Elizabeth Ohene — Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education
  • Miss Christine Churcher — Minister of State in Charge of Primary, Secondary & Girl-Child Education

Second Cabinet (January 2005)

  • John Agyekum Kufuor — President of Ghana
    President of Ghana
    The President of Ghana is the elected head of state and head of government of Ghana. Officially styled President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghanaian Armed Forces. The current President of Ghana is Prof. John Atta Mills, who took office in January...

  • Hon. Aliu Mahama
    Aliu Mahama
    Alhaji Aliu Mahama was Vice-President of Ghana from 7 January 2001 to 7 January 2009. He sought the New Patriotic Party's nomination for the 2008 presidential election,, GNA , October 24, 2007. but at the party's convention in December 2007 he received only 6.38% of delegates' votes...

     — Vice President of Ghana
    Vice president
    A vice president is an officer in government or business who is below a president in rank. The name comes from the Latin vice meaning 'in place of'. In some countries, the vice president is called the deputy president...

  • Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo
    Yaw Osafo-Maafo
    -Early life:An engineer and a project analyst by training, he established his credentials as a banking and finance leader by heading and successfully restructuring two major Ghanaian banks, the Bank for Housing and Construction and the National Investment Bank between 1979 and 1992.He has been a...

     — Minister of Education and Sports
  • Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda
    Joseph Kofi Adda
    Joseph Kofi Kowe Adda is a Member of Parliament in Ghana and also the Minister for Energy in the New Patriotic Party government under President John Kufuor. He is also a is a Financial Economist and a Management Consultant....

     — Minister for Manpower, Youth & Development
  • Hon. Kan-Dapaah — Minister for Communication & Technology
  • Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom
    Paa Kwesi Nduom
    Paa Kwesi Nduom or Papa Kwesi Nduom, is a business consultant and politician. He is the Convention People's Party's nominee to contest the Ghanaian presidential election in December 2008...

     — Minister of Energy Replaced later by;
  • Hon. Mike Oquaye — Minister of Energy
  • Hajia Alima Mahama — Ministry for Women & Children's Affairs
  • Hon. Kwadwo Baah Wiredu
    Kwadwo Baah Wiredu
    Kwadwo Baah Wiredu was a Ghanaian politician and a chartered accountant. He had been a Member of Parliament in the Parliament of Ghana since January 1997 and had been a minister in the Kufuor government since 2001....

     — Minister for Finance & Economic Planning
  • Mr. Dan Botwe — Minister of Information
    Minister of Information
    The Ministry of Information , headed by the Minister of Information, was a United Kingdom government department created briefly at the end of World War I and again during World War II...

  • Dr Kwame Addo-Kufuor
    Kwame Addo-Kufuor
    Doctor Kwame Addo-Kufuor is a Ghanaian politician and physician. Addo-Kufuor is a member of parliament from Manhyia, and from 2001 to 2007 he was the Minister for Defense under President John Kufuor, his brother. Since June 2008, he has been the Minister for Interior.-Early life and...

     — Minister of Defense
  • Mr Jacob Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey
    Jacob Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey
    Jacob Otanka "Jake" Obetsebi-Lamptey , is a Ghanaian politician as well as former television and radio producer.Born in Accra, Ghana, Obetsebi-Lamptey had his primary education in Accra, before travelling to England to further his education.In 1966, he began work as a radio and TV scriptwriter,...

     — Minister for Tourism & Modernization of Capital City
  • Mr. Charles Bintim — Ministry for Local Government & Rural Rural Development
  • Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
    Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
    Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a Ghanaian lawyer and politician. He was one of the founding members of the centrist New Patriotic Party in 1992, and was also the founder and first chairperson of the Ghana Committee on Human and People's Rights...

     — Minister for Foreign Affairs and NEPAD
    Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ghana)
    The Minister for Foreign Affairs is the Ghana government official who is responsible for overseeing the country's foreign policy and international diplomacy. The minister is usually one of the most senior members of Cabinet....

  • Mrs. Gladys Asmah
    Gladys Asmah
    Gladys Asmah is a Ghanaian politician. She is a former Minister of Fisheries as well as a member of parliament from Takoradi.-Source:* GhanaWeb.com-External links:*...

     — Minister for Fisheries
  • Mr. Ernest Akobuor Debrah — Minister of Agriculture and Food
  • Major (Rtd) Courage Emmanuel Kobla Quashigah — Minister of Health
  • Ms Christine Churcher — Minister for Environment and Science
  • Hon. Kwamina Bartels — Minister for Private Sector Development & PSI
  • Hon. Dr. Richard Winfred Anane — Minister for Road Transport
  • Prof. Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi
    Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi
    Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi is a Ghanaian academic and politician. Since 2003, Ameyaw-Akumfi has been the Minister of Education.-Education:...

     — Minister for Habours & Railways
  • Mr. Alan Kyeremanten — Minister for Trade and Industry
  • Mr. Papa Owusu Ankomah — Minister for the Interior
  • Mr. Prof. Mike Oquaye — Attorney-General & Minister for Justice
  • Hon. Felix Owusu-Agyapong — Minister for Parliamentary Affairs
  • Miss Elizabeth Ohene — Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education

Third Cabinet (2006)

  • John Agyekum Kufuor — President of Ghana
    President of Ghana
    The President of Ghana is the elected head of state and head of government of Ghana. Officially styled President of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghanaian Armed Forces. The current President of Ghana is Prof. John Atta Mills, who took office in January...

  • Hon. Aliu Mahama
    Aliu Mahama
    Alhaji Aliu Mahama was Vice-President of Ghana from 7 January 2001 to 7 January 2009. He sought the New Patriotic Party's nomination for the 2008 presidential election,, GNA , October 24, 2007. but at the party's convention in December 2007 he received only 6.38% of delegates' votes...

     — Vice President of Ghana
    Vice president
    A vice president is an officer in government or business who is below a president in rank. The name comes from the Latin vice meaning 'in place of'. In some countries, the vice president is called the deputy president...

  • Hon. Papa Owusu Ankama — Minister of Education, Science and Sports
  • Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda
    Joseph Kofi Adda
    Joseph Kofi Kowe Adda is a Member of Parliament in Ghana and also the Minister for Energy in the New Patriotic Party government under President John Kufuor. He is also a is a Financial Economist and a Management Consultant....

     — Minister for Manpower, Youth & Employment
  • Prof. Mike Oquaye — Minister for Communication
  • Hajia Alima Mahama — Ministry for Women & Children's Affairs
  • Hon. Kwadwo Baah Wiredu
    Kwadwo Baah Wiredu
    Kwadwo Baah Wiredu was a Ghanaian politician and a chartered accountant. He had been a Member of Parliament in the Parliament of Ghana since January 1997 and had been a minister in the Kufuor government since 2001....

     — Minister for Finance & Economic Planning
  • Mr. Kwamina Bartels — Minister for Information and National Orientation
  • Dr. Kwame Addo-Kufuor
    Kwame Addo-Kufuor
    Doctor Kwame Addo-Kufuor is a Ghanaian politician and physician. Addo-Kufuor is a member of parliament from Manhyia, and from 2001 to 2007 he was the Minister for Defense under President John Kufuor, his brother. Since June 2008, he has been the Minister for Interior.-Early life and...

     — Minister of Defense
  • Mr Jacob Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey
    Jacob Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey
    Jacob Otanka "Jake" Obetsebi-Lamptey , is a Ghanaian politician as well as former television and radio producer.Born in Accra, Ghana, Obetsebi-Lamptey had his primary education in Accra, before travelling to England to further his education.In 1966, he began work as a radio and TV scriptwriter,...

     — Minister for Tourism & Diaporan Relations
  • Mr. Asamoah Boateng — Ministry for Local Government, Rural Development & Environment
  • Dr. Esther Obeng Dappah — Minister of Mining and Minerals
  • Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
    Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
    Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a Ghanaian lawyer and politician. He was one of the founding members of the centrist New Patriotic Party in 1992, and was also the founder and first chairperson of the Ghana Committee on Human and People's Rights...

     — Minister for Foreign Affairs and NEPAD
    Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ghana)
    The Minister for Foreign Affairs is the Ghana government official who is responsible for overseeing the country's foreign policy and international diplomacy. The minister is usually one of the most senior members of Cabinet....

  • Mrs. Gladys Asmah
    Gladys Asmah
    Gladys Asmah is a Ghanaian politician. She is a former Minister of Fisheries as well as a member of parliament from Takoradi.-Source:* GhanaWeb.com-External links:*...

     — Minister for Fisheries
  • Mr. Ernest Akobuor Debrah — Minister of Food & Agriculture
  • Major (Rtd) Courage Emmanuel Kobla Quashigah — Minister of Health
  • Hon. Dr. Richard Winfred Anane — Minister for Transportation (Later Resigned)
  • Prof. Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi
    Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi
    Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi is a Ghanaian academic and politician. Since 2003, Ameyaw-Akumfi has been the Minister of Education.-Education:...

     — Minister for Ports, Habours & Railways
  • Mr. Alan Kyeremanten — Minister for Trade and Industry, Private Sector Development & PSI
  • Mr. Albert Kan-Dapaah
    Albert Kan-Dapaah
    Albert Kan-Dapaah is a chartered accountant, politician, member of parliament and a former minister of state in Ghana.- Early life and education :...

     — Minister for the Interior
  • Mr. Joe Ghartey — Attorney-General & Minister for Justice
  • Hon. Felix Owusu Agyapong — Minister for Parliamentary Affairs & Acting Minister for Transportation
  • Mr. Francis Poku — Minister for National Security
  • Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani — Minister for Presidential Affairs
  • Hon. S.K. Boafo — Minister of State in Charge of Culture & Chieftancy Affairs
  • Miss Elizabeth Ohene — Minister of State at the Presidency

See also

  • List of national leaders
  • List of Ghana heads of state by age
  • Kufuor government
    Kufuor government
    This is a list of the ministers who have served in John Kufuor's New Patriotic Party government during the Fourth Republic of Ghana. This started on January 7, 2001, the first changeover between civilian governments in Ghana through the ballot box. John Kufuor won the 2004 elections and is serving...

  • Tokyo International Conference on African Development
    Tokyo International Conference on African Development
    is a conference held every five years in Tokyo, Japan, with the objective "to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners." Japan is a co-host of these conferences. Other co-organizers of TICAD are the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa...

     (TICAD-IV), 2008.

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