Akoto Osei to be buried on 15 April

A former minister of finance and monitoring/evaluation, Akoto Osei died on 20 March 2023 at the University of Ghana Medical Centre in Accra

The burial service of the former deputy minister of finance Anthony Akoto Osei will be held at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra on Saturday 15 April, the family has announced.

Osei, who also served as an MP for Old Tafo, died on Monday (20 March) at the University of Ghana Medical Centre in Accra.

The former presidential advisor and former minister of monitoring and evaluation in the Office of the President was married to Angelina Naana Ayiwaa Osei (deceased).

He left behind three children, Anthony Akoto Osei Jnr, Albert Kwame Osei and Ashley Angela Morny.

The burial will be followed with a thanksgiving Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church, Cantonments on Sunday 16 April.

Below is the obituary:

Profile of Akoto Osei

Anthony Akoto Osei was born in Kumasi to a distinguished statesman on 18 April 1953. He served as the MP for Old Tafo in the Ashanti Region. During his time in Parliament, he was ranking member on the finance committee and a member of the committee on interior and defence.

Osei obtained a Master of Arts degree in applied economics from the American University in 1980 and a PhD from Howard University in 1987. He had earlier obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1978.

He attended Achimota Secondary School, where he obtained his GCE Ordinary and Advanced level certificates.

He is considered as one of the finest Ghanaian economists of recent years, acquiring his experience from providing consultancy services for the World Bank (Korea Division) in 1987, teaching at Dillard and Howard Universities from 1984 to 1995 as an associate professor in economics and as a research fellow for the Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) from 1996 to 2001 in Ghana.

He had many academic publications on monetary, international and quantitative economics to his name.

In the government of J A Kufuor he was made first (from 2001-2003) a special advisor to the minister of finance and economic planning and later appointed a deputy minister in the Ministry of Finance in 2003.

He was elevated to the position of minister of state at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, a position he held until the NPP party lost power in December 2008.

In 2006, he founded the Wealth Creation and Social Development Skills Training Centre, which trains about one hundred young people every year.

In February 2017 Osei was sworn in as minister of monitoring and evaluation in the Akufo-Addo government.

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this report stated wrongly that Dr Osei was born in Sunyani, Brong-Ahafo Region.

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