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FRANCE DEEPENS BILATERAL TIES WITH KMA

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The government of France, through its developmental Agence Française de Développement (AFD), is to assist the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to execute development projects as a way of consolidating bilateral relations between the two institutions.

The government of France, through its developmental Agence Française de Développement (AFD), is to assist the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to execute development projects as a way of consolidating bilateral relations between the two institutions.

Since 2004, the French government and the agency have worked hand in hand with the assembly and they are now poised to support priority projects of the KMA, especially with regard to traffic congestion in the central business district and sanitation-related matters.

Inspecting some AFD-funded projects in Kumasi, the French Ambassador to Ghana, Anne-Sophie Avé, said her government would continue to assist the KMA and other metropolitian, municipal and district assemblies embarking on development projects.

Smiles on faces

Over the years AFD has supported the KMA to execute projects such as markets, drains and roads, the latest undertaking being the current construction of the New Agogo, Old Tafo and Asawase Markets.

All these modern markets have been completed with improved facilities, sheds and lockable shops. The AFD is also supporting the second phase of the Asokwa-Lake Road project with £37.5m.

The components include a two-kilometre road extension from Ahinsan Coca-Cola to Kyirapatre, construction of a new terminal at Dompoase to facilitate relocation of the terminal adjacent to the Kumasi South Hospital, which should end congestion on the road.

“It is a delight to be in this market and see the smiles on the faces of these women as they carry out their trading activities,” Madame Avé said. “This is how it should be. And through the AFD, we will continue to support projects that are priority for the KMA to the benefit of the people of Kumasi.”

The metropolitan chief executive, Osei Assibey Antwi, commended the French government and AFD for their continuous support to the assembly.

Clean environment

“KMA and AFD have a relationship dating back to 2004 and the relationship has given birth to a number of projects that are helping the people of Kumasi,” he said.

He explained that with the marketwomen carrying out trading in a more hygienic environment, consumers can be sure of healthy foodstuffs when they patronise goods from the market.

Mr Assibey Antwi therefore advised the Asokwa Municipal Assembly, which manages the market, to run the facility efficiently and derive the revenue it needs for other projects.

“Kumasi was the beneficiary of the market but due to the creation of the Asokwa Municipality, KMA has to hand over to Asokwa to continue managing the market. I want to entreat them to ensure the proper management of the market,” the KMA boss urged.

The municipal chief executive for Asokwa, Akwannuasa Gyimah, also gave his firm assurance that the assembly will ensure the sound management of the market to prolong the lifespan of its facilities.

The French Ambassador and her entourage later visited the site for the new terminal at Dompoase and other projects with the KMA boss and assembly administrators.