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Matthew Armah

Matthew Armah
Matthew Armah is former Chief Operating Officer /Agricultural Transformation Project (ATP) Director for the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA). He led the management units to draw up MiDA implementation plans budgets and program of activities for Board approval.  Submit to the MiDA Board, a quarterly performance report of MiDA, in implementing the approved projects.  Recommend and work with the Board to explore all sources of funding for aspects of the Ghana Country Program where costs exceed Compact Funding. Assist the Board appraise the performance of contracts of key personnel of MiDA.
Prior to this he was the Project Manager leading the process for the development of the Ghana Millennium Challenge Account Proposal. This resulted in the signing of an Anti Poverty Compact Agreement in excess of $547 million with the Millennium Challenge Corporation as well as the setting up of MiDA.  The program is anticipated to help directly alleviate the poverty of over 230,000 Ghanaians and to enhance the livelihood and welfare of one million Ghanaians in total. The Ghana Compact was successfully completed on 16th February 2012.
He also served as the Deputy Chief of Party managing the implementing the $5.0 plus million Increased Private Enterprise Performance Component of the USAID/Ghana funded Trade and Investment Reform Program (TIRP) under contract with AMEX International Inc.  He was also the Programs Director for the Export Assistance Component (EAC) of the $60.0 million USAID/Ghana funded Trade and Investment Programme (TIP).  He has over 28 years professional experience covering both the public and private sector. 
He combines a rich international working experience as an Agric economist/UNDP Capacity building consultant for the African Development Bank, with a well rounded Development oriented approach in providing effective project management of Private Sector Development and export promotion projects he has been responsible for over the past 12 years.  His project management experience spans Health Care improvement projects in the mining sector with Ashanti Goldfields to both the private sector enterprise support components of TIP and TIRP. 
His responsibilities under his TIRP included supervision of project professional staff working in Agriculture value-added wood, garments, textiles and handicrafts, as well as marketing, information systems, and business development.  He also has played a key role in the business restructuring of one of the major wood processing plants that resulted in a significant increase in profits through production efficiencies, changes in responsibilities and increased accountability and reporting. 
Other Previous jobs: 1998 –2004 Deputy Chief of Party - AMEX Int. Inc (USAID -TIRP-IPEP); 1995–1998 Programs Director - AMEX International (USAID- TIP-EAC); 1994 Ag. Managing Director - Deloitte & Touché Consulting W.A; 1992 – 1993 Sr. Manager -Deloitte & Touché Consulting (West Africa); 1987 – 1991 Agricultural Economist AfDB/UNDP/Marketing and Social Research Institute, Accra; 1985 – 1987 Sr Mgt Research Consultant Management Development and Productivity Institute, Accra Ghana; 1978 – 1985Asst. Economic Planning Officer; Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Ghana. He has a Master’s in Economic Development and a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics.