Martin Kwame Awagah is my name and I am an Economist and Financial Analyst. My professional concentration has been on economic research, governance, public policy, international development, financial analysis and project management. I have served on various consultancy projects and programmes in the Caribbean and Ghana.
Recently been appointed as an International Partner for Ghana by the World Business Angels Investment Forum, an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the Forum is committed to collaborating globally to empowering the economic development of the world.
Prior to managing my own Company, Arkel Consult and Management Services (ACMS) Limited, with operations in Grenada, West Indies and Ghana, West Africa, I spent 5 years working in Ghana’s Ministry of Finance on public financial management issues, which led to the introduction and substantial payment of salary and pension arrears to public service sector workers. During this time, I also supported and achieved the development and implementation process of the Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (GIFMIS) Oracle Budget Module (Hyperion) and assisted in improving inter-ministerial deployment and usage of the system for budgeting and financial analysis purposes. Also, I worked extensively on the yearly budget projects and programmes of ministries, departments and agencies, ensuring that they adhere strictly to the PFM law in the utilization of resources to achieve their desired objectives.
Presently, I serve as the Ambassador of the State of the African (SOAD) to the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and to the State of Grenada, West Indies. The overwhelming nomination I received to serve this noble cause is intended to assist the State to implement its strategic programmes of action, in connection with the Office of the Prime Minister.
In addition, I have been serving as the Chief Programmes Officer of the African Youth Diaspora Organization (AYDO), where I play an instrumental role as a bridge builder in developing, initiating and implementing various projects for the organization, which is intended to leverage on Africans and the diaspora to develop the continent
I am also the founding member of the Model ECOWAS Summit in 2014, which was under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Ghana.
I hold a master’s degree in Economics from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Central University and a certificate in Public Sector Finance Management (PSFM) from the University of Ghana Business School.