Bank of Ghana pays tribute to former Governor

Accra� The Bank of Ghana (BoG) on Friday described the late former Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, as a unifier, who respected everyone he came in contact with during his tenure in office.

The former Vice President also served as the Governor of the Bank from 2009 to 2012.

In a tribute read at the burial service, the Bank described the late Amissah-Arthur as unassuming, but had a very firm and disciplined personality.

The Bank noted that the late former Governor believed in hard work and did not tolerate laziness and promoted core values such as honesty, selflessness and innovation, which he shared with the staff to establish a well-organised and tight-knit workplace.

Indeed, he was a man of many parts and a real gentleman. He believed in merit and excellence and was really loved by the staff and will be sorely missed, it said.

The Bank said the late former Governor, during his tenure in office, approved many activities and programmes that endeared him to the staff.

The late former Governor was said to have established open lines of communication and created cordial relationships between the Management of the Bank and staff.

The Bank made references to some milestone projects, including the commencement of the Collateral Registry Operations on February 1, 2010; and the introduction of the GHC2.00 note into circulation on May 14, 2010.

Other milestone accomplishments were; incorporation of the Central Securities Depository, which had been operating as an internal unit subsidiary of the Bank as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank, following the issuance of a Certificate of Incorporation and a Certificate to Commerce Business on June 10, 2010, by the Registrar General.

He also commenced the construction of an ultra-modern centralised vault with currency processing facilities, maximum security and better and effective accessibility at the General Services Complex from October 6, 2011, which was completed on December 2, 2015 and inaugurated by Mr Amissah-Arthur, who was then the Vice President.

He ordered the issuance of the Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism Guidelines in December 2011, in collaboration with the Financial Intelligence Centre.

Mr Amissah-Arthur retired from the position of the Governor of the Bank on August 6, 2012 upon his elevation to the high office as Vice President of the Republic of Ghana.

The Bank also recognised his regular visits to the Bank after his retirement and had been present at the Bank’s end of year get-together and the Bank’s Pensioners’ Association meetings, as well as the Bank’s Annual Thanksgiving Service and Carol Night.

Mr Amissah-Arthur was appointed Governor of the Bank of Ghana on October 1, 2009 by the former President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills.

He was the 12th Governor in the history of the Bank and prior to his appointment, he worked as a lecturer and Consultant on a number of assignments in the Gambia, Netherlands and Denmark.

He assumed the position of Governor with a very strong background in Economics and Monetary Policy.

He was born on April 29, 1951, and passed on June 29, 2018.

He was survived by his wife Matilda, two children, Kwesi and Araba and three grandchildren.

Source: Ghana News Agency