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VP Bawumia named among 100 most influential Africans

BY: GraphicOnline
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been named among the 100 most influential people on the African continent by the London-based New African magazine.

The magazine credits Dr Bawumia with spearheading Ghana's digitisation as a core economic strategy to solve socio-economic problems.

He was selected in the category of influential leaders, along with Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Mackey Sall of Senegal, William Ruto of Kenya; African Development Bank, President Akinwumi Adesina and Afriexim Bank President, Professor Benedict Oramah, among others.

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Naming Dr. Bawumia as one of Africa's most influential leaders, the publication eulogised the Vice President for his transformational leadership, noting that his reforms are setting "unique precedents on the African continent."

"The Oxford-trained economist, former Deputy Governor of Ghana's Central Bank and Vice President of the Republic of Ghana since 2017, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is spearheading Ghana's digitisation as a core economic strategy to solve socio-economic problems, formalise and build a more inclusive economy, deal with corruption and to provide social services more effectively," wrote the magazine.

"His reforms are setting a unique precedent on the continent. His digitisation agenda has resulted in the implementation and adoption of a National Identification System, a Digital Property Addressing System and a Mobile Money Interoperability System. This is enabling a new set of opportunities for the consumer including mobile wallets and greater financial inclusion."

"Bawumia sees technology as the key to transforming the economy and delivering essential services," the publication added.

Dr. Bawumia was also commended by the magazine for initiating Ghana's recent oil-for-gold barter initiative, which seeks to pay for imported oil with Ghana's gold, rather paying with its reserved US Dollars - a smart move to curb the depreciation of the Cedi, as well as control the rising cost of fuel in the country.