Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah assumed duty as the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations in February 2017. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Sunyani West Constituency, having been elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
In 1992 Hon. Baffour Awuah obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Business Administration (Accounting option) from the University of Ghana Business School, Legon. He also holds a certificate in Civil Service Management from Galilee College in Israel and a post-graduate diploma from the International Professional Managers Association (IPMA) in the United Kingdom. He is currently a fellow of the IPMA-UK.
As a member of the Ghana Association of Rural Banks, the Hon. Minister was the Secretary of the Brong Ahafo Managers Group. In 2004, he became the Expansion Committee Chairman for the Catholic Organisation for Social and Religious Advancement (COSRA), a position he still holds.
Following his national service as a teacher, Hon. Baffour Awuah started his career as an accountant, working with European Union-funded micro-projects in Atebubu. He then worked as a management trainee and eventually became the Operations Manager for Nsotreman Rural Bank.
In 2001, he made his official entrance into local politics by being appointed as the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the Sunyani Municipal Assembly. He served as the DCE for four years before becoming the Deputy Regional Minister of the Brong Ahafo Region in 2005, then Regional Minister from 2006-2008.
Since becoming an MP, Hon. Baffour Awuah has served as the Deputy Ranking Member for the Finance Committee (2009-2013) and as the 2nd Deputy Minority Whip of Parliament (2013-2017). He has also served on the following Parliamentary Committees: Committee on Selection, Environment Science and Technology Committee and the Local Government Committee. In 2017, he was appointed as a Commissioner of the National Development Planning Commission of Ghana.