Asenso-Boakye the Minister-designate for Works and Housing
Member of Parliament, Francis Asenso-Boakye, who is the Minister-designate for Works and Housing and the former Deputy Chief of Staff and Political Assistant to His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana has for many years served as the Political Assistant to President Akufo-Addo, the then-presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party.
A development planning, project management, and policy specialist and professional, Mr Asenso-Boakye has over 22 years of wide-ranging professional experience in his field.
Prior to becoming a key member of the staff at the Presidency, he held positions at the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare (MESW) Global Media Alliance (GMA), Delta Acquisitions and Development, Delaware, United States of America (USA) Michigan House of Representatives, Michigan, USA, Ghana Free Zones Board (GFZB), and Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC).
Mr Asenso-Boakye has served as a Policy and Research Associate in the Office of State Representative, Michael C. Murphy and to the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus – Michigan House of Representatives, USA, where his work focused on policy and legislative issues affecting the interests of African American and minority communities including the provision of decent and affordable housing.
He drafted an Issues Book to serve as policy guidance for the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus.
In 2005, in recognition of his exemplary service as a Legislative Staffer, he received a special Tribute from the Michigan House of Representatives.
He also previously worked as a Planning Officer at GFZB, where, as project manager for the Tema Export Processing Zone (TEPZ), he managed a $50m World Bank financed-project for the provision of off-site infrastructure at the TEPZ, including a road network, water storage, drainage and sewerage system.
This experience gave Mr Asenso-Boakye an overview of the kind of works and infrastructure needed for development.
For his National Service, Mr Asenso-Boakye was a Research Analyst at GIPC, where he prepared product profiles for potential investors and also served as GIPC’s focal person for an Investment Survey on Ghana conducted by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank. Through this experience, Mr Asenso-Boakye obtained deep insights regarding attracting investment in the critical areas of the economy, particularly the role that Foreign Direct Investment plays in the development of the country.
As Deputy Chief of Staff and Political Assistant to the President, he assisted the Chief of Staff at the Presidency in providing oversight of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies in making sure that their plans and programmes are in sync with that of the Presidency.