Alan John Kwadwo Kyeremateng, known as Alan John Kyerematen, is a prominent Ghanaian politician who has served in various capacities including Ghana’s Minister for Trade and Industry. He has made significant contributions to Ghana’s trade and industry sectors and has been a key figure in the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
||Alan John Kwa Kyerematen
||October 3, 1955 (age 68)
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- Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen (born 3 October 1955) hails from Patasse, Kumasi.
- He was born to Alexander Atta Yaw Kyerematen, a social anthropologist, and Victoria Kyerematen from Elmina and Ejisu.
- Named after Alan John Knight, an archbishop in the Church of England and a mentor to his father.
- His father was the founder and first director of the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi and later became the may
or of Kumasi.
- Attended Adisadel College for secondary education and later Achimota School for sixth form.
- Graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.
- Holds a law degree, LLB, from the Ghana Law School and is a practicing attorney-at-law in Ghana.
- Completed management studies under the Fulbright Fellowship program at the University of Minnesota, U.S.
- Served as a senior corporate executive with a subsidiary of Unilever International in Ghana.
- Worked as a principal consultant and head of Public Systems Management with the Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI) in Ghana.
- Appointed by the UNDP as the first regional director of Enterprise Africa, establishing enterprise support institutions in 13 Sub-Saharan Africa countries.
- Established and managed the EMPRETEC Programme in Ghana, a leading business development programme.
Diplomacy and International Public Service
- Served as Ghana’s ambassador to the U.S. from 2001 to 2003.
- Worked as a trade advisor at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- Played a key role in the African Union’s efforts to boost intra-African trade and establish a Continental Free Trade Area.
- Nominated by Ghana for the post of WTO Director-General in 2012, receiving the backing of the African Union.
- Founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and served on its National Executive Committee.
- Made multiple attempts at the leadership of the NPP but was runner-up to Nana Akufo-Addo.
- Served as the Cabinet Minister responsible for Trade, Industry, and the President’s Special Initiatives (PSI) from 2003.
- Spearheaded various initiatives to transform the Ghanaian economy, including the establishment of an $8.5 million state-of-the-art factory for industrial starch production.
- Played a lead role in multilateral trade negotiations, including WTO, EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreement, and ECOWAS.
- Resigned as a cabinet minister in January 2023 and later announced his intention to contest the NPP’s flagbearership.
- Resigned from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in September 2023 to contest as an independent presidential candidate for the 2024 Ghanian general election.
Awards and Nominations
- Listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 global leaders for the new millennium alongside notable figures like Bill Gates.
- Fluent in Twi, Fante, Ga, and proficient in French.
- Married to Patricia Christabel Kyerematen with two children, Alexander and Victor.
- His sister, Bridget Kyerematen – Darko, tragically passed away in a gas explosion in January 2017.