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their business. They know why they didn’t, but I don’t know. Since I retired, the World Bank set up a 10-month commission to review its operations for the previous 60 years since it was set up. Kufuor was the only (African) guy they invited. I wasn’t president any longer, but still they invited me to serve on that commission. For the G20 summit in Korea – and


remember Ghana is not a member of the G20 – they set up a team to work on the agenda. They had to meet in Seoul twice. Again, for the first meeting, Kufuor was the only guy they invited from Africa. I’m the chairman of so many things.


I’m now on my way to New Delhi, India, to co-chair with the prime minister a global conference sponsored by the International Food Policy Research Institute, based in Washington. Can one ask for more? Mo Ibrahim’s intentions may be good, but I do not know the criteria for their selection. It’s their right, but I don’t feel insulted at all by their not looking at me.


Q: And what about a tangible legacy, a building or institution that people can point to and say, that is the tangible legacy of John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana. A: Ha, you want to see bricks and mortar? I’m trying to develop two projects under the JA Kufuor Foundation. One is at the Kumasi university [the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology]. I want to build a library and a museum there to commemorate the presidency I was privileged to serve. And the other is at Legon, the premier university of Ghana, in the capital Accra. The university has given me land there to create a think-tank looking at the links between leadership, government and development. If you don’t get a good leader, you don’t get good governance. Already I have offers, internationally,


President John Atta Mills (above), who succeeded


President Kufuor, has been building on the foundations laid by earlier goverrnments


to co-operate with what I’m doing. So hopefully, these projects will influence positively the youth of Ghana. So they can see through their faculty how the three disciplines interconnect.


Q: Mr President, you seem to be a very happy man! A: Look, my country has over 20 million people [the new census in 2010 says 24.2 million]. And if one man is lucky enough for the people to invite him to lead for eight years, why shouldn’t that man be happy? I feel fulfilled.


54 | March 2011 New African


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