Making Ghana's Capital Accra the Cleanest City in Africa

Aug 11, 2020 09:00 AM - 12 Noon Eastern Time (US and Canada)
August 11, 2020 1 pm - 5pm (Ghana Time)


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Keynote Speaker – Madame Cecelia Abena Dapaah

Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah is a leadership development specialist and aptly prepared for the huge task to add value to municipal waste and bring potable water to all Ghanaians, as the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources.

Madame Dapaah is a product of the University of Ghana, Legon, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Linguistics in 1979. She also holds a certificate from the Kennedy at Harvard in leadership and a postgraduate certificate in International Development Studies from the University of Oslo in Norway.

Madame Dapaah has played an active role in both NPP administrations, under President J.A. Kufuor and His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo.

 Between 2001 and 2006, she was the Board Chairperson of the Ghana Cocoa Processing Company. Under her leadership at CPC, Ghana’s chocolate won international awards in Belgium.

From 2005 to 2006, Madame Dapaah served as the Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, and became the substantive Minister in 2007.

In the 2008 parliamentary elections, Madame Dapaah contested as an MP for Bantama, a suburb of Ghana’s second largest city, and won 75% of the votes. Madame Dapaah won one of the highest percentage wins for the NPP.

Madame proceeded to parliament where she sat on the committees for Works and Housing, Advisory Committee to the Speaker, Employment Social Welfare and Youth, Foreign Affairs, and Special Budget.

The NPP lost in Ghana’s quadrennial elections in 2012 and Madame Dapaah did run for parliament.

In 2016, the NPP won power and President Akufo-Addo appointed Madame Dapaah as the Minister of Aviation, where Madame Dapaah led a major initiative to bring back in the skies Ghana’s flagship airline, Ghana Airways.

Madame Dapaah’s dedication to Ghana and indefatigable work attitude brought her back to the Ministry of Water and Sanitation as the Minister.

Ghana’s is making substantial investments in sanitation, waste management and water distribution. President Akufo-Addo wants Accra, the largest city and the capital of Ghana, to be the cleanest city in Africa and he has the best person at post.