the man alan

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early life

Alan Kyerematen is a renowned Ghanaian statesman with a rich career in international trade, public policy, enterprise development, politics, diplomacy, and law. He was born on October 3, 1955, in Kumasi, Ghana, to Dr. Alexander Atta Yaw Kyerematen and Mrs. Victoria Kyerematen (née Welsing). Alan’s secondary education was completed at Adisadel College and Achimota School of Cape Coast and Accra, respectively. He then pursued a degree in Economics at the University of Ghana and qualified as a Barrister-at-Law from the Ghana Law School. Alan also received the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship under the US Fulbright Fellowship Program and studied at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Affairs and School of Management.

political life

Alan’s professional journey has been nothing short of impressive. In 1998, Alan Kyerematen was appointed as the first Regional Director of ENTERPRISE AFRICA by the UNDP. He established enterprise support institutions and programs in 13 Sub-Saharan African countries and assisted over 4,000 African entrepreneurs and small businesses. In 1990, he was responsible for establishing and managing the EMPRETEC Programme in Ghana, which is a leading business development program sponsored by the United Nations and Barclays Bank Limited. He led the transformation of EMPRETEC into an independent Foundation and developed the Foundation into a world-class institution recognized as a successful model and best practice institution for enterprise development in Africa.

He served as Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States from 2001 to 2003, where he negotiated several trade and investment agreements between Ghana and the United States. He also established the Ghana-United States Economic Council to deepen trade relations between the two countries and resolve commercial disputes through extrajudicial processes. From 2003 to 2007, Alan served as the Minister of Trade, Industry, and President’s Special Initiatives (PSI) under former President Kufour, where he led the design, development, and implementation of innovative programs and special initiatives that created new strategic pillars of growth for the Ghanaian economy. During this time, he was also one of Africa’s lead negotiators in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Multilateral Negotiations and the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiations. He played a crucial role in shaping Africa’s trade policy agenda and was one of the lead negotiators for Africa at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancun in 2003.

Alan also initiated, directed, and managed the preparations for the hosting of UNCTAD XII in Ghana and introduced the World Investment Forum, which has now become a major calendar event for UNCTAD. He also coordinated and supervised the hosting of the Sixth United States-Africa Summit in 2006, where he played a key role in negotiating changes in the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In addition, he served as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Council of Trade Ministers during the critical stages of launching the EU-ECOWAS EPA negotiations. In December 2012, Ghana nominated Mr. Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr. Pascal Lamy, whose term of office would end in August 2013.

achievements

Alan Kyerematen made significant strides in driving economic growth and development in his country between 2016 and 2023. Serving as the Minister of Trade and Industry, he spearheaded the implementation of policies aimed at promoting industrialization at the district level through the One-District-One-Factory policy, which has resulted in the establishment of several new factories across Ghana. Furthermore, he played a key role in establishing the Ghana EXIM Bank, which has provided critical financing and risk mitigation support to Ghanaian exporters, thereby promoting Ghana’s exports and increasing the country’s foreign exchange earnings. Through his negotiations of new trade agreements with other countries, Alan Kyerematen helped boost trade and investment opportunities between Ghana and its partners. He worked towards developing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFTcA). Kyerematen was instrumental in leading Ghana’s efforts to ratify the AFTcA agreement and advocating for its implementation across the continent.

 

Alan Kyerematen has made significant contributions to Ghana’s economic growth and development, both in the private and public sectors. He is a founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), one of Ghana’s leading political parties. With these achievements, Kyerematen has cemented his reputation as a visionary leader committed to driving Ghana’s economic growth and development. Alan is married to Patricia Christabel Kyerematen (née Kingsley-Nyinah), and they are blessed with two sons, Alex and Victor. 

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