Cities Alliance and CCMA deepens ties to aid development

By
Isaac Arkoh, GNA

Cape Coast, Oct. 19,
GNA – The Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) in collaboration with Cities
Alliance have initiated moves to find lasting solutions to the debilitating
menace of sanitation, waste management and tourism development in the ancient city
of Cape Coast.

Cities Alliance, an
International NGO based in Brussels is in the country to partner cities and
support them to deliver sustainable development to help improve the lives of
urban dwellers through integrated and innovative solutions to end poverty.

To this end, a day’s
stakeholder’s forum on sanitation, waste management and tourism development was
held in the Cape Coast on Thursday, to solicit and collate views for effective
implementation.

The initiative is
being piloted in two Assemblies in the Central Region, namely Cape Coast
Metropolis and Agona West Municipality to be replicated across the country to
significantly improve on sanitation and waste management and boost local
tourism.

Reverend Professor Yaa
Adobea Owusu at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research
(ISSER) of the University of Ghana, said the workshop was to build on an
earlier one held last year to prepare a Local Assessment Report (LAR) and to
establish City Level Partnership (CLP) through the existing local
multi-stakeholder forum.

She explained that in
2017, the Cities Alliance in collaboration with the Ministry of Local
Government and Rural Development prepared the Institutional Enabling
Environment Report (IEER) for Agona West and Cape Coast through stakeholder
workshops in the two secondary cities.

Funded by the UK
Department for International Development (DFID), with the cities Alliance and
CCMA as implementing partners, identified city level actions using local budget
and available policy instruments of equitable economic growth to serve as a
vehicle for new policy options.

It solicited different
views of stakeholders, including representatives from the local authority,
informal and formal sectors, community organisations and academia.

The forum also
identified various action points for improving solid waste management and
public health hygiene to help develop strategies for disseminating the project
findings, including information that will feed into media briefing.

She believed the
collaboration was the surest way to create employment, increase the revenue
base of assemblies, and rid cities of filth to attract tourist across the
world.

Mr Sampson Amoako
Kwarteng, CCMA Coordinating Director called for the collective effort of all
stakeholders to make the Metropolis the cleanest and preferred tourism
destination in Ghana.

GNA

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