President Akufo-Addo has appointed Michael Oquaye Jnr. as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Free Zones Authority, the public service institution designed to promote processing and manufacturing of goods through the establishment of Export Processing Zones (EPZs), as well as to encourage the development of commercial and service activities at sea and air-port areas.
Mike Oquaye Jnr. previously served as Ghana’s High Commissioner to India during the first term of President Akufo-Addo. He will be replacing Michael Okyere Baafi the former CEO of the Ghana Free Zones Authority who has now been elected the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for New Juaben South in the Eastern Region and doubles as the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry.
Ghana Free Zones Authority
The Ghana Free Zones Authority (GFZA) was established on August 31, 1995, by an Act of Parliament, the Free Zone Act 1995 (Act 504), with the mandate to promote economic development, provide for the regulation of activities in free zones, and for related purposes in Ghana.
The vision of the Authority is to help transform Ghana into the ‘gateway’ to West Africa by creating an attractive and conducive business environment through the provision of competitive free zone incentives and operation of an efficient ‘one-stop-shop for the promotion and enhancement of domestic and foreign investment.
To this end the Authority believes that through its vision, it can facilitate a vibrant economy in Ghana, driven by a well-integrated business environment with world-class capacity for competition, technological innovation, business growth, economic diversity, and development.
Profile of Dr. Michael Aaron Oquaye Jnr
Dr. Michael Aaron Oquaye Jnr. is Ghana’s immediate past High Commissioner to India. He had concurrent accreditation to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. Dr. Oquaye is a Lawyer (Barrister) by profession. He is an International Investment Corporate Lawyer with extensive experience in Project Finance, Infrastructure, Mergers and Acquisitions, General Contract and Commercial Transactions.
His Global experience is mainly focused on emerging businesses and markets – Countries of Business include UK, USA, ECOWAS Region, and South Africa.
His varied areas of Legal Practice are in the Sectors of Energy (Oil and Gas, Biofuels, and Renewable Energy) Media and Technology, Telecommunications, Commodities, and Agri-Business among others.
His work experience spans many years in both the UK and Ghana. His last job in the UK was at 9 Kings Bench Walk, Chancery Lane, London, where he worked with Renowned Barrister AI Mustakim.
In Ghana, he is currently a Legal Practitioner at Exusia Law Consult with renowned lawyers such as Dr. Yeboa Amoa (First Managing Director of Ghana Stock Exchange) and Mrs. Essie F. Cobbina (Cocoa Board Ghana).
He was called to the Bar of England and Wales at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and later called to the bar in Ghana. He holds a BL from BPP Law School in Holborn, UK, and an LLB from the Oxford Brookes University in Oxford.
He is also pursuing an LLM in Oil and Gas at Dundee University, Scotland, UK. He is married to Maureen Oquaye and they are blessed with three children.