Finance Ministry appoints first female director of budget

Eva Mends

Ms. Eva Mends, a Chief Economics Officer at the Ministry of Finance has been appointed as the acting director of budget at the ministry.

She becomes the first ever female to hold that position after joining the ministry in 1991, as a national service personnel.

Ms. Eva Mends takes over from Mr. Sampson Asare Fianko, who reverts back to his former position as a Deputy Controller and Accountant General.

Ms. Eva Mends, the Group Head of the Public Financial Management Reforms, joined the Ministry as a National Service Person in 1991. Positions she held included, Head of The Americas Desk in 1998, Head of Budget Development in 2006 and Group Head of Public Financial Management (PFM) reforms in 2013.

As Group Head, she was instrumental in leading major reforms that include gender responsive budgeting, Programme Based Budgeting and lately the development of the new Public Financial Management Act.

She is an alumna of University of Ghana, where she studied Political Science with Economics and also has an Executive Masters in Public Administration from GIMPA. She has undertaken short courses at the Harvard and Duke Universities.

In a related development, Mr. Eugene Asante Ofosuhene has also been appointed the Acting Controller and Accountant General.

He comes to this position with a wealth of experience. As a former Deputy Controller and Accountant General, he was responsible for management of the Government Treasury, and acted creditably on several occasions as the Controller and Accountant General in the absence of the substantive Controller.

He is a Public Finance Expert and has consulted for the World Bank. Mr. Ofosuhene is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (U.K. & Ireland) F.C.C.A and Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) Ghana

Meanwhile, Mr. David Klotey Collison, a Chief Budget Analyst and Mr. Sampson Akligoh, a Technical Advisor to the Minister of Finance have also been appointed Director of Public Investment Division and Financial Sector Division of the Ministry respectively.

By Grace Asare/3FM/

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