A former Member of Parliament for the Old Tafo constituency in the Ashanti Region, Dr Anthony Osei Akoto has died.
His death was announced via the Facebook Page of Parliament on Monday, March 20, 2023.
Details on the passing of the 69-year-old former Finance Minister is not known yet.
“Former Old Tafo MP, Hon. Dr Anthony Osei Akoto passes away. May he rest in peace,” Ghana’s Parliament posted.
Career and Political position held by Dr. Akoto Osei
Dr. Akoto Osei was an Economist by profession. On 27 March 2002, he became a member of the management board of Merchant Bank (Ghana) Ltd. Previously, he worked as an associate professor at Dillard University (USA) and previously as a research assistant at the Center for Policy Analysis (Ghana).
Dr. Osei Akoto worked as deputy minister for Finance and Economic Planning in May 2003. And, was a major economic adviser to the government. He however was elevated to substantive Minister for Finance and Economic Planning. This was after the death of the then Minister, Kwadwo Baah Wiredu.
The former Old-Tafo MP served in that role until 6 January 2009. After which the government was handed over to the NDC which had won the 2008 General Elections.
In February 2017, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei was sworn in as Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation. After being nominated by President Nana Akufo-Addo and going through the vetting process in the parliament of Ghana.
The ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation was a newly created Ministry to evaluate, monitor and plan review summits and forums. This was in fulfilment of the government’s policies on evaluating the progress of its own ministries.
In May 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo named Anthony Akoto Osei as part of the nineteen ministers who would form his cabinet. The names of the 19 ministers were submitted to the Parliament of Ghana. Later, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye announced that he was part of the cabinet team.
As a Cabinet minister, Anthony Akoto Osei was part of the inner circle of the president. Again, he aided in key decision-making activities in the country.