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Nana Addo upbeat about Thursday's nomination – aide

By Ghana l | Isaac Essel
Nana Akufo-Addo (L) is likely to go with Dr Bawumia (R)
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Nana Akufo-Addo (L) is likely to go with Dr Bawumia (R)

Flag-bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is calm ahead of Thursday's announcement of his running mate for the 2012 elections, his aide, Mustapha Hamid has said.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the NPP's flag-bearer is expected to present his choice of running mate for the 2012 elections to the party's national council for confirmation.

Many party insiders however believe the nomination is a forgone conclusion - predicting he would retain his running mate for the 2008 elections, economist Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

There are pockets of resistance, however, against his candidature for the slot.

The Party's Director of Communications, Nana Akomea has assured that Thursday's naming would see very little objection, if any, due to the extensive consultation done by the flag-bearer.

Moreover, Mustapha Hamid told Joy News Wednesday that his boss was upbeat about the event.

“He says he is very upbeat, he is very excited and then he looks forward to tomorrow,” Mustapha Hamid recounted.

He would, however, not be drawn into any 'intelligent conjecture' as who would be given the nod when names such as Ambrose Dery, Alhaji MND Jawula and Harruna Alhassan have all cropped up as possible candidates.

Nevertheless, he hinted that in his “wildest guess” Nana Akufo-Addo may go with Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

Touching on what Dr Bawumia brings to the ticket of the NPP, he said in the 2008 elections, the pair “got a marked improvement in our vote tally in the three northern regions…that ticket improved our fortunes tremendously in the north in 2008”.

He announced that the party would converge at the Police Park in the Northern Region on Friday for a Moslems thanksgiving and to formally outdoor the running mate.

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Oct.2009-Oct. 2010 Visiting Senior Research Associate, Centre for the Study of African Economies, Department of Economics, University of Oxford. Undertook research on Monetary Policy and Financial Sector Reform in Africa

Fellow International Growth Centre (IGC). Served as IGC Country Team Member for Sierra Leone. Also served as Advisor to Central Bank of Sierra Leone on redesigning the organizational structure of the bank and its monetary policy framework.

April-October 2009 Visiting Scholar, University of British Columbia, Liu Centre for Global Studies and Fisheries Centre.

Feb-March 2009 Consultant Economic Commission for Africa. Prepared a paper on Africa's Position for the G20 London Summit.

June 2006- Jan 2009 Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana, Responsible for Monetary Policy, Financial Stabilty, and Payments System Reform

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International Bank (UK), Ghana Telecom, Revenue Agencies Governing Board, Social Security and National Insurance Trust.

Jan. 2005- Jan, 2009 Chairman, Capital Markets Committee (Ghana) . Had oversight

responsibility for putting together the strategy for Ghana accessing the international capital markets with a debut $750 million sovereign bond.

Aug-Dec 2008 Vice Presidential candidate, New Patriotic Party in the December 2008 Ghanaian Presidential Elections.

2001-2006 Head, Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Department, Bank of Ghana. Responsible to the analytical work leading to the setting up of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) and oversight for technical work presented to the MPC.

• Leader of Bank of Ghana technical team and part of Government Team that has negotiated with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund since 2001 through HIPC and PRGF.

• Member of the Government of Ghana technical negotiating team on HIPC Paris Club and Completion Point Negotiations.

• Member of Government team to negotiate the Millenium Challlege Account (MCA) compact with the U.S. Government. Was responsible for drafting the financial sector component of the compact.

• Member of Government technical team on the deregulation of the petroleum sector in Ghana.

2000-2001 Senior Economist, and Head of Economic Analysis, Bank of Ghana Research Department

1996.-2000 Assistant Professor of Economics, Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University, Texas, USA

1994. Summer intern, International Monetary Fund. Washington. D.C. Research Department.

1988-1990 Lecturer in Monetary Economics, International Finance. Emile Woolf College of Accountancy, London, England.


1991 - 1995 Ph.D. in Economics
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia., Canada

Specialization: Macroeconomics, International Economics, and Monetary Economics

1987- 1988 M.Sc. Development Economics
University of Oxford , UK (Lincoln College)
1984-1986 B.Sc. Economics (First Class Hons.)

University of Buckingham, UK
1982-1984 Chartered Institute of Bankers Diploma (A.C.I.B) –U.K

With distinction in Monetary Economics, Accountancy, Law and Banking Principles. Emile Woolf College of Accountancy, London, England

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“Africa and the Global Financial Crisis”. Paper presented at the American Economic Association Meetings. Atlanta, January 2010.

“The Emerging International Financial Architecture. Implications for Africa”. Paper prepared for the Economic Commission for Africa. March 2010.

“African Perspectives on the G20 London and Pittsburg Summits”. Paper prepared for the Economic Commission for Africa. March 2010.

“Africa and the G20 Summit”. Paper prepared for Economic Commission for Africa, March, 2009

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Ghana's Reforms Transform its Financial Sector” with Theresa Owusu and Arnold McIntyre, IMF Survey, May, 2008

“The Choice of Monetary Policy Regime in Ghana”, with Banjamin Amoah and Zakari Mumuni, Bank of Ghana Working Paper, July 2008.

“The Determination of Bank Interest Spreads in Ghana: An Empirical Analysis of Panel Data” with Martin Ofori and Franklin Belnye, Bank of Ghana Working Paper, September, 2005.

“Developing a Composite Indicator of Economic Activity in Ghana”, with Benjamin Amoah, Bank of Ghana Working Paper, February, 2004

“A simple Vector Error correction Forecasting Model for Ghana”, with Joseph Atta-Mensah, Bank of Ghana Working Paper August 2003

"Monetary Growth, Inflation and Exchange Rate Policy in Ghana"

Research Department, Bank of Ghana, Journal of the West African Monetary Institute, 2003.

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2007 Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Ghana (FCIB)

1999 Young Researcher Award: Baylor University, Texas, USA

1986 Sir Alan Peacock Prize. Best Economics Student, Department of .Economics, University of Buckingham, UK.

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