Brief on KMA

The Kumasi Metropolis is centrally located in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.  Its unique central position makes it accessible from all corners of the country.  It is the second largest city in the country and the administrative capital of Ashanti.  It is a fast growing Metropolis with an estimated population of more than two million people and an annual growth rate of about 5.4%.  The Metropolis is about 254 kilometers; its physical structure is basically circular with a central located commercial area.

There are concentrations of economic activities in the city.  The first and most important location is the Central Business District (CBD), which embraces the Kejetia Lorry Park, the Central Market and the Adum Shopping Centre.  The other economics nodes include the Suame Magazine (Vehicle repair centre) the Kaase/Asokwa Industrial Area and the Anloga Wood Market.  Most industries which deal in Timber processing, logging, Food processing and Soap making are concentrated at the Kaase/Asokwa Industrial Area.  There is also number of satellite markets in the metropolis. These include Asafo Market, Bantama Market, Oforikrom Market and Atonsu Markets.

It is estimated that 48%, 46% and 60% of the Metropolis are urban, peri-urban and rural respectively, confirming the fast rate of urbanization.