Alan Kyerematen who has since been ‘paraded’ as potential Trade Minister under the Akufo-Addo administration has been confirmed.
Nana Akufo-Addo has confirmed Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen as Minister for Trade and Industry in his incoming government. The President-elect made the confirmation at a meeting with the Private Enterprise Federation at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He also confirmed it later on in a tweet.
At the meeting, Nana Addo assured that his government will be committed to creating a competitive economy that will produce sustainable growth. He however, pointed out that to achieve the goal, both the public and the private sector will be actively involved.
According to Akufo-Addo, his administration will ensure that all unreasonable policies including high taxation will be put to an end in order to create an enabling environment for private businesses and investments to thrive. He therefore urged all businessmen to get ready for work.
…You asked for a government that worked with you rather than dictate for you… You are getting it. Roll up your sleeves and get to work, he charged.
Nana Addo pointed out that job creation (which is the theme of his campaign) is primarily a private sector thing, hence the need to free the private sector of all factors that impede their expansion. He expressed confidence in his running mate, Dr Bawumia, who according to him, will eradicate all “nuisance taxes”.
He also indicated that his popular one factory per district policy will be achieved in collaboration with the private sector. He said his administration will adjust the activities of the National Investment Bank to provide capital for private sector initiatives, attract finances and investment opportunities to young entrepreneurs without any respect to political affiliations.
The President-elect also reiterated his popular stance that public service is not a money-making venture. He therefore sounded a note of warning to all prospective government officials to keep that at the back of their minds while accepting government appointments under his administration otherwise, they will be disappointed.
About Alan Kyerematen
Mr. Alan John Kyerematen (popularly called Alan Cash), is a businessman, and a politician who served as Ambassador to the United States and later, Minister for Trade and Industry in the erstwhile John Kufour administration.
Alan Kyerematen has made several failed attempts at the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). In the 2008 elections, he was defeated by Nana Akufo-Addo who gained 47.96% of votes cast as against his 32.3% in the party’s primary election. He made subsequent attempts in 2010 and 2014 but still placed second to Nana Akufo-Addo. Born in October, 1955, he is aged 61.