Former High Commissioner to India, Michael Oquaye Jnr. has been appointed as new Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Free Zones Authority by H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo.
Mr Ocquaye replaces 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.
The Ghana Free Zones Authority, the public service institution 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.
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.
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 the Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Dr Oquaye is a Lawyer (Barrister) by profession. He is an International Investment Corporate Lawyer with an 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.