February 26, 2013
The Fifth Series of Stakeholder Consultative Meetings: JICA Project for the Study on Comprehensive Urban Development Plan for Greater Kumasi
Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD) in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency and under auspices of Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP), and National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) started the Project for the Study on Comprehensive Urban Development Plan for Greater Kumasi in January 2012. The project covers Kumasi city and adjoining seven municipalities/districts. This plan is a comprehensive urban development plan which consists of Spatial Development Framework for Greater Kumasi Sub-Region, Structure Plan for Greater Kumasi Conurbation and Sector Plans/Programmes, based on a new spatial planning system being established in Ghana.
The system emphasizes the participation of and coordination with stakeholders in the process of spatial development planning. In the course of planning, this project is to have six consultative stakeholder meetings with various stakeholders, including governmental organizations, traditional authorities, religious groups, CSOs, NGOs and other relevant business organizations.
The Fifth Regional Stakeholder Meeting is coming
This is the fifth stakeholder meeting, after having organized Metropolitan/Municipality/District level meetings as follows:
At the Metropolitan/Municipality/District level stakeholder meetings, feedback evaluations were discussed about the proposed sub-regional spatial structure and strategies. Furthermore, necessary actions to be taken by districts and their priorities were discussed.
At the regional stakeholder meeting to be held on 26th February, the Draft Greater Kumasi Sub-Regional Spatial Development Framework and Structure Plan will be assessed from various stakeholders' perspectives based on the results of Metropolitan/Municipality/District level meetings. Moreover, a draft implementation plan for Spatial Development Framework (SDF) for Greater Kumasi Sub-Region and Structure Plan (SP) for Greater Kumasi Conurbation will be proposed and discussed and priorities for the various programmes and projects will be thoroughly examined.
Background of the Project
Kumasi is the capital city of Ashanti Region. Kumasi City (Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, KMA) has a population of approximately 2.0 million. Kumasi has been a commercial centre of the regional economy. Kumasi also has been playing the role of the transport and logistics centre for international distribution networks covering the surrounding landlocked countries, such as Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
In the last decades, extensive urban sprawl and lack of public services in suburban areas and extreme traffic congestion in the city centre have been taking place, resulting in deterioration of urban environment. These problems have arisen due to rapid population increase in Kumasi City and its suburban areas. As a result, the improvement of urban infrastructure, such as road networks, water supply and sewage systems and solid waste management, has become a pressing issue, which requires concerted actions of not only Kumasi but also its surrounding districts. This set of Metropolitan/Municipality/District Assemblies (MMDAs) is called Greater Kumasi Sub-Region.
Despite this serious situation, no comprehensive and systematic efforts have been made at coping with those problems partly due to the absence of a sub-regional development plan for Greater Kumasi as a whole. Limited governmental capacity at the district level, including insufficient budgets, is also a hindrance to actions for problem solving.
In this project, a sub-regional approach is taken by dealing with KMA and adjoining districts as a whole and in an integrated manner to solve the mounting and pressing issues of urban and rural development and environment.