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Alan Kyerematen resigns as Trade Minister

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen has resigned from the government.

Sources close to the Minister say he tendered his resignation letter to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday, January 5, 2023.

It is believed the decision by Mr Kyerematen is to allow him to focus on his presidential ambition.

Popularly known as “Alan Cash”, Mr Kyerematen first attempted to lead the New Patriotic Party as its flagbearer in 2007 however he failed as Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo emerged as the winner.

He made other attempts at the Flagbearership position in 2010 and 2014 but he placed second to Nana Akufo Addo.

About Alan Kyeremateng

Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen (born 3 October 1955) is a Ghanaian politician who serves as Minister for Trade and Industry in Ghana, a position he has held since 2017. Kyerematen was Ambassador of Ghana to the United States and later Minister of Trade, Industry, Private Sector Development (PSD) and the Presidential Special Initiatives (PSI), under the President Kufuor-led NPP government. Kyerematen served as a trade advisor at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he coordinated the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC).

Kyerematen made an attempt at the leadership of the New Patriotic Party in 2007, capturing 32.3% of votes cast. He was first runner-up to Nana Akufo-Addo who gained 47.96% of votes cast. Kyerematen made other attempts at the party’s leadership in 2010 and 2014 but placed second to Akufo-Addo, who won the primaries. In 2012, Ghana nominated Kyerematen for the post of WTO director-general to succeed out-going Director-General Pascal Lamy, and his candidature received the backing of the African Union (AU). However, he did not make the shortlist for the final selection process in 2013.

In 2017, Kyerematen was sworn in as Ghana’s Trade Minister.



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