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H.E. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah
Minister of Trade and Industry
Republic of Ghana

The Honourable Ekwow Spio-Garbrah serves as Minister of Trade and Industry of Ghana since 2014. He was elected Vice-chairman of Ghana’s ruling party NDC between 2009 and 2011 and remains a leading member of the party.  Mr Spio-Garbrah previously was Minister of Education from 1998 to 2001, and concurrently Minister responsible for Mines and Energy in late 1999.  Prior to this, he served as Ghana’s Minister of Communication for two years under the government of President Jerry John Rawlings. Earlier, he served as Ghana’s Ambassador to the USA and Mexico from 1994 to 1997.

Before joining the Ghanaian Government, Mr Spio-Garbrah was a senior official of the African Development Bank, the World Bank, Southwestern Bell, and Hill and Knowlton in the US.

In addition to politics, he was appointed the first African Chief Executive of the London-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation in 2003, possessing extensive experience in the fields of communications, banking, advertising, sales and consulting.

In 2007, he became a board member of Telkom South Africa and also joined the Board of Vodacom South Africa from 2007 to 2009. Previously, Mr Spio-Garbrah served as acting Chairman of Ghana's National Communications Authority in1997 and 1998, and first Chairman of Ghana's VAT Service Board from 1998 to 2000.  He also was a member of the Governing Board of UNESCO in Paris the year before.

The Honourable Minister is currently Chairman of the African Cancer Organisation and the African Business Centre for Developing Education.