Founder and President of the HODA Group Dr. Kwabena Duffuor has encouraged the youth to bid their time in their quest to make it in life.

He said money should not be the main obsession, adding hard work pays with time.

In an exclusive interview with Kasapa News at the Accra International Conference today, after receiving a National Award from President John Dramani Mahama (DETAILS HERE), Dr. Duffuor said he’s humbled by the award saying had no idea he was going to be honoured in this way someday.

Dr. Duffuor expressed his profound gratitude to God and also to the thousands of people he’s employed.

One of Ghana’s most respected businessmen, Dr. Duffuor has been awarded severally, the most recent before today, being a GUBA Award for Exceptional Achievement.

Before his appointment to the high office of a Minister of State, he served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Ghana Governor from July 1997 to 2001 and was named as one of the four best Central Bank Governors in the World at an IMF/World Bank meeting in 1999.

He is a Fellow of the Akuafo Hall, University of Ghana, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Dr. Duffuor is the Founder and Senior Advisor of HODA Holdings Limited, an entity with over fifteen business interests in Insurance, Banking, Real Estates, Farming and Media among others.

Dr. Kwabena Duffuor started his career in July 1968 at the Volta River Authority. He moved to the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) now GCB Bank in February1969 and was confirmed as a Research Officer in 1970.

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He held various positions within the Bank and was subsequently appointed General Manager, Ghana Commercial Bank-London Branch in 1991.

Between the years of 1973 and 1979, while working with GCB Bank, Dr. Duffuor obtained a USAID and African Graduate Fellowship Awards to pursue further studies at the Syracuse University in New York. He obtained an MBA in Finance and Banking, an MA in Economics in 1975 and PhD in 1979, all at the Syracuse University.

While preparing for his PhD Thesis, Dr. Duffuor worked briefly with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) African Department in Washington DC, USA as an Economist in the African Department, where he submitted a paper on “Exchange Rate Policy as part of a stabilization program in Hyperinflationary situation, with special reference to Ghana‘’.

Dr Duffuor contributed immensely to the Banking and Finance sector, which led to his appointment as the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana in July 1995 and Governor in July 1997 until 2001.

Dr. Duffuor retired voluntarily from the Bank of Ghana in September 2001, with high commendation from the then sitting President, His Excellency John Agyekum Kuffour for his contribution towards the stabilization of the Ghanaian economy during his term in office.

In February 2009, Dr. Duffuor was appointed Minister for Finance and Economic Planning. His term of office saw the following key accomplishments:

– GDP growth rate of about 15% in 2011. Highest in Ghana’s entire history, and highest in the world in that year (2011).

– Exchange rate stability between January 2009 (GHS1.20 =$1) to February 2012 (GHS1.88 = $1).

– Longest sustained single digit inflation (for 32 months)

– Highest ever Gross International reserves of over $5.3 billion in 20112

– Met all four (4) Primary convergence criteria of the West African Monetary Union;

– Instituted a Hedging Program (Petroleum Price Risk Program) aimed at stabilizing petroleum product prices and thus ensured that consumers paid a reasonable price for petrol at the pumps

– Developed and instituted a National Public Private Partnership Policy (PPP Policy) to encourage and facilitate investment by the private sector in the provisional of public infrastructure.

Dr. Duffuor is currently the chairman of the Ghana Heart Foundation and Kumawuman Rural Bank. He has also served in a number of Directorship positions in various companies including Accra Brewery Limited, Shell Ghana Limited, Ecobank Cote D’Ivoire, State Gold Mining Corporation, Ghana Cocoa Board, Ashanti Goldfields and Ghana International Bank Plc. London where he was the Board Chairman between 1998-2001.

Dr. Duffuor is married to Akosua Fosuah Duffuor. They are blessed with five children.

By: Leticia Ohene-Asiedu/Kasapafmonline.com/Ghana