Unconfirmed reports indicate that former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has died.

According to a close source, he was rushed to 37 Hospital after he collapsed at the Airforce Gym Friday morning.

He was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur was nominated by  former President John Dramani Mahama to be the vice-president a week after Mahama himself was sworn in following the sudden demise of John Atta Mills on 24 July 2012.

The economist, academic and politician became the sixth Vice President of Ghana in office from 6 August 2012 until 7 January 2017.

The 61-year-old was appointed as Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by President John Atta Mills. He held this position until 6 August 2012, when he became Vice-President of Ghana following the death of Atta Mills.

Economics and consultancy

Amissah-Arthur was a research assistant at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research between 1974 and 1975.

He later joined the Economics Department as a teaching assistant from 1977 to 1978, going on to become an assistant lecturer in 1979. He lectured at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana between 1980 and 1988.

He had also been a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria (August 1981 – July 1983).

He went into politics until 1997. He worked as a consultant for the World Bank in The Gambia. He also served as a consultant for the Netherlands’ government education project in Ghana.

He then worked as Senior Economist for the Sigma One Corporation in Ghana between 1998 and 2000. Between 2001 and 2002, he was on assignment for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.


From 1983 to 1986, Amissah-Arthur served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, Kwesi Botchwey, in the Provisional National Defense Council government.

Subsequently, he was Deputy Secretary for Finance in the PNDC government from February 1986 to March 1993. From April 1993, he continued as the Deputy Minister for Finance in the Rawlings government after the establishment of constitutional rule until March 1997.

Amissah-Arthur was appointed as Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by President John Evans Atta Mills. He held this position until August 6, 2012, when he became Vice-President of Ghana following the death of Atta Mills.

Personal life:

Amissah-Arthur is married to Matilda Amissah-Arthur with two children. He is a Christian and is known to worship at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka in Accra.

Amissah-Arthur was married to Matilda Amissah-Arthur with two children. He was a Christian and was known to worship at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka in Accra.


  1. Death is so final and it’s very sad and hurtful to lose such a young soul. Your dedication, contribution and hard work to our country Ghana is appreciated, thank you. May you rest in the perfect peace of God. I pray that the good Lord will keep and strengthen the family you have left behind during this difficult time.

  2. So sad he was such a gentle and quite person in nature but all the same he has done a great job all the talents God gave him he put all into use. May his soul rest in peace and condolence to the family, wife and children. Till meet again sir bye.


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