Mr ERIC KWESI ARMO-HIMBSON
MINISTRY OF FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT
Industry / Sector
Agriculture & Allied Services
Mr. Eric Kwesi Armo-Himbson is a seasoned career Civil Servant of 33 years, rising through the ranks and currently serving in the highest grade as the substantive Chief Director for the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Ghana since April 2021. He has previously served as the Chief Director for the Ministries of Special Development Initiative (July 2018-March 2021) and Gender, Children and Social Protection (April 2013-June 2018). Prior to his appointment as Chief Director in 2013, he served as the Director for Finance and Administration at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Mr. Armo-Himbson holds several academic and professional qualifications from reputable institutions including MA Public Administration from the University of Ghana. He has also received training from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, China National School of Administration, Beijing and the Royal Institute of Public Administration, London as well as the Civil Service College of Singapore. He is also a Lawyer by profession.
The highly self-motivated and transformational leader has over the years supervised the implementation of several prominent socio-economic policies and interventions such as the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) and School Feeding Programme under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Currently at the Ministry of Fisheries, Mr. Armo-Himbson is leading the Team to undertake a review of the existing fisheries legal framework and has successfully reviewed the National Fisheries & Aquaculture Policy.
Mr. Armo-Himbson uses his expertise to also mentor several Civil Servants to prepare them for higher responsibilities and roles, most of whom are performing very well in their various fields of endeavour. He is married with three children.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development is one the Government Ministries in Ghana. It was established in January 20213. The Ministry provides leadership and has oversight responsibility in the management of the Fisheries Sector. It has a core mandate of formulating and implementing sector policies and strategies aimed at transforming the fisheries and aquaculture sector to contribute more effectively to national development through science, technology, innovation and institutional capacity.
The Ministry has two (2) implementing agencies, namely; the Fisheries Commission (FC) and the National Premix Fuel Secretariat (NPFS) The Fisheries Commission is the key implementing agency of the Ministry established under the Fisheries Act, 2002 (Act 625) with a Board and Secretariat headed by an Executive Director. The Fisheries Commission regulates and mages the utilization of fishery and aquaculture resources through effective policy implementation. It advises the Minister on matters pertaining to ensuring the sustainable exploitation of the fisheries resources. The Commission has offices in all the sixteen (16) administrative regions of Ghana.
The National Premix Fuel Secretariat (NPFS) was established by the National Premix Fuel Committee Regulations, 2016 (L.I 2233). The NPFS serves as the Secretariat to the National Premix Fuel Committee established to facilitate the procurement and distribution of premix fuel. The Secretariat is headed by an Administrator.
The following are the vision, mission and goal of the sector Ministry:
Vision: To promote accelerated fisheries and aquaculture development to contribute to national development.
Mission: To transform the fisheries and aquaculture sector and industry into a viable economic segment and provide support services to promote sector investment.
Goal: Increase domestic fish production to offset import of fish and fishery products, and develop and/or transform the fisheries and aquaculture sector into a viable economic segment to contribute to national development.