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Founder of CRIA Prof. S.K.B Asante passes on

By Mutala Yakubu
Prof. S. K. B. Asante
Prof. S. K. B. Asante
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Founder of the Centre for Regional Integration in Africa (CRIA), Professor Samuel Kwadwo Boaten (S. K. B) Asante has died.

The Board of Trustees and Secretariat of CRIA in a statement announced the death of Prof. Asante, who is also a board member of the National Peace Council (NPC).

“It is with profound sorrow that the Centre for Regional Integration in Africa (CRIA) Board of Trustees and Secretariat announce the loss of the beloved Founder of the Centre. May PROF SKB ASANTE rest in eternal peace,” the statement said.

Prof. Asante is a lawyer and the Paramount Chief of Asokore Asante in the Ashanti Region.

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He was the Chairman of the Committee of Experts that drafted proposals for the 1992 Constitution of Ghana in 1991-92.

Prof. Asante is an active international arbitrator, a member of the ICC court of International Arbitration, Paris, as well as several other arbitration institutions.

He is also a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences and the past president of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.


About Prof S.K.B. Asante

Professor S.K.B. Asante, a product of Abuakwa State College, Achimota School, University of Ghana, and London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, is the Executive Director of both the Centre for Regional Integration in Africa (CRIA) and the S. K. B. Asante International Consultancy Services (SAICs); Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Professor and Mrs. S. K. B. Asante Educational Trust Fund; Member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Fiscal Studies; Professor of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), and a Fellow of Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A former Head of Department of Political Science, University of Ghana; Professor and African Area Studies Consultant, University of Florida, Gainesville, United States; Director, United Nations Institute for Namibia; Principal Regional Adviser and Coordinator of the United Nations Multidisciplinary Regional Advisory Group at the Cabinet Office of the Economic Commission for Africa.

Professor Asante has been working in the field of regional integration for more than three decades and was selected by the United Nations African Institute for Economic Planning and Development (IDEP) for its very first Documentary Series (2015) on the Makers and Shakers of African Development, highlighting his distinguished contribution towards “Achieving Integration in West Africa”. Professor Asante was awarded the ORDER OF THE VOLTA (2008), a Ghana National Award, for distinguishing himself in Public Service, and the Ghana Book Award for Distinguished Writers (1980).

In 2007, Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, conferred on Professor Asante “OKYEMAN KANEA”, Okyeman’s highest award, in recognition of his distinguished achievement in public life and numerous contributions towards the development of Okyeman.

Professor Asante has published prolifically, especially on regional integration, governance and African development and serves as consultant to a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, World Bank, African Development Bank, European Union, ECOWAS and the African Leadership Forum.

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