|HE Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur was born in Cape Coast in the Central Region on 29 April 1951. He had his General Certificate of Education “O” and “A” Levels at the Mfantsipim Secondary School in Cape Coast from 1964 to 1971.
He proceeded to the University of Ghana, Legon where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1974 and subsequently his Master of Science Degree in 1976, both in Economics. He wrote his thesis on “Public Policy and economic growth, a model of economic growth-Ghana” 1956-1974.
Mr Amissah-Arthur lectured at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana between 1980 and 1988. Prior to this, he was a research assistant at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research between 1974 and 1975.
He later joined the Economic Department of the University of Ghana as a teaching assistant from 1977 to 1978 going on to become an assistant lecturer in 1979. He was a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria between August 1981- July 1983).
Between 1983 and 1986, Amissah-Arthur served as a special assistant to the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, Dr Kwesi Botwey. He became Deputy Secretary for Finance in the PNDC government from February 1986 until March 1993.
From April 1993, he continued as the Deputy Minister for Finance in the first National Democratic Congress (NDC), Government after the establishment of constitutional rule until 1997. He was responsible for the preparation of the Annual Public Investment Programme, Management of the budget of the Government of Ghana and managing the bilateral and multilateral assistance to Ghana.
Mr Amissah-Arthur worked as a Consultant for the World Bank in the Gambia and also served as a consultant for the Netherlands government Education project in Ghana. Between 1988 and 2000, he worked as Senior Economist for the Sigma One Corporation in Ghana and between 2001 and 2002, he was on assignment for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
Mr Amissah-Arthur was appointed Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by HE President Mills, this position he held till 6 August 2012 when he became the Vice President to the Fourth President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana.
He is married with two children.