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Comprehensive Urban Development Plan for Greater Kumasi


Greater Kumasi Sub-Region (Kumasi Metropolitan Area and its Surrounding seven districts); Afigya-Kwabre  District, Kwabre-East District, Ejisu-Juaben Municipality, Asokore-Mampong Municipality,  Bosomtwe District, Atwima-Kwanwoma District and Atwima- Nwabiagya District).  


Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region is an important commercial centre for the regional economy and also plays the role of the transport and logistics centre for international distribution centre covering the surrounding landlocked countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
In recent times, the Kumasi urban environment has deteriorated due to the lack of public services and extreme congestion in the city centre and suburban areas as well. These problems have arisen as a result of rapid population increase in Kumasi and urban sprawl in suburban areas beyond the borders of Kumasi.
To arrest this situation, a Comprehensive Urban Development Plan was prepared for Greater Kumasi Conurbation (Kumasi City and its surrounding urbanizing portion of adjoining districts) to promote Kumasi as a huge metropolitan city capable of accommodating its present population (2.46 million- 2010 Census) and projected huge urban population (5 million in 20 years) and also as a major player in the economic development of Ghana as a whole and its sub-regions.
The plan was funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and was prepared jointly by the Town and Country Planning Department and a Team of Experts from Japan from January 2012 to September 2013.


The twenty (20) year plan is expected to become a pioneer and contribute to transforming the economy of  the Ashanti Region in the areas of commerce, logistics, manufacturing and knowledge-based industries; hence creating a livable, sustainable and efficient urban space, while maintaining the historical and cultural aspiration of the Region.  
Since Kumasi plays a major role in Ghana’s economy it is anticipated that the plan will contribute to transforming the current economy of the nation into a vibrant, modernized and diversified one.


  • Construction of the outer ring road to provide high speed roads for by-passing the city as well as for creating  new suburban residential areas and developing multi-nucleus urban centers

  • Promotion of Sub-urban agriculture, including agriculture business in the rural areas;

  • Promotion of tourism and recreational activities as important economic sectors in the rural areas.

  • Promotion of private investment in economic sectors, revitalization of the Kaase Industrial Areas, mobilization of private investments in knowledge city on and outside the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology within the Ejisu-Kumasi urban corridor, develop the Boankra Industrial-Logistics Centre, among others within the first 10 years of the project.

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