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Appiah-Kubi, Kojo (Dr)

Constituency: Atwima Kwanwoma
Region: Ashanti Region
Party: NPP
Occupation/Profession:
Parliamentary Seat: minority

Date and Place of birth: June 1956
Region: Atwima Twedie, Ashanti Region.
Education: PhD (Business Administration and Economics), University of Mainz, Germany, 1994.
Work: Hon. Dr. Appiah-Kubi, joined the Parliament of Ghana as the NPP representative of the people Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency on January 7th 2009. Before he became a Member of Parliament he had worked in various capacities in several firms and organizations in Ghana and outside Ghana.

On his last two stops he worked as a senior lecturer and a senior research fellow at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, Legon and as a Director for Development Policy and Planning at the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).

He held the position of the head of Economics Department of the Institute of Social Statistical and Economic Research, before he left for NDPC. He also possesses a long proven working experience as a financial analyst/controller with international exposure. 

His area of interest as a Member of Parliament includes macroeconomic, poverty and social issues.

Dr. Kojo Appiah-Kubi holds a doctorate degree in economics from the renowned Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany. He also holds a masters degree in economics and business administration and business informatics. His areas of expertise and research include economic policy analysis, public finance, fiscal and monetary policy analysis, institutional reforms, project management and financial analyst and management consulting.

He has written scientific reports and published scientific papers on wide ranging socio-economic issues including socio-economic project impact analyses, micro-finance, fiscal policy analysis, health, institutional reforms, environmental and forest management, public finance and tax systems and policy analysis.


Marriage and Religion


He is married with four children and a Christian who follows the Catholic denomination.

He obtained 32,367 votes out of the 39,660 valid votes cast = 81.6% in the last elections.
 

The Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency is largely a rural constituency and lies in the heart of Ashanti Region, the largest region in terms of population. It shares borders with the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Bosumtwe Constituency, Amansie West Constituency, and the Atwima Nwabiagya Constituency. It has Atwima Foase as its district capital, located at the southwest of Kumasi and about 7 kilometres from the regional capital of Kumasi.

The Constituency was created in 1992 and was till 2008 administered  as a local government unit as the Bosumtwe Atwima Kwanwoma District Assembly.
Its geographical size and boundary is the same as that of the Atwima Kwanwoma District Assembly. The constituency occupies a total land area of about 310 square kilometres. Until its creation in January 2008, the Atwima Kwanwoma District Assembly together with Bosumtwe District Assembly formed the Bosumtwe Atwima Kwanwoma District Assembly. The district currently has two area councils.
 
 
Population Dynamics


The Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency is one of the fastest growing areas in Ghana in terms of population. The current size of the population of the constituency is estimated at 104,088, growing at an inter-censal rate of 3.72% per annum. It has a voter population of about 60,000 adults. Females account for an average of 50.70% of the total population of the constituency whilst males account for 49.30%. The constituency has a relatively high population density of 236. The population is predominantly of Akan speaking origin.


The constituency is typically rural with about 93% of the residents living in small settlements of various sizes between 200 and 5,000. The population below the 14 and above 65 years of age account for about 43.83% and 7.72% of the population respectively.


Climate and Vegetation


The district lies within the wet semi-equatorial zone with the predominantly semi-deciduous forest type of vegetation. However, unfavourable human activities and bushfires have contributed considerably to reduce the forest vegetation of the district. The district has an average annual rainfall, which ranges between 1740mm and 18500 mm. It also has two rainy seasons, which begins in March, and reaches its highest intensity in June/July and tapers off in October/November. Temperatures are fairly stable and uniform and range between 27°C and 31°C, with relative high humidity levels through out the year.

 
Economic activities


The main type of economic activity in the Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency is agriculture and trad¬ing. The people are predominantly farmers, with about 48.54% of the total active population of the constituency engaged in agriculture, animal husbandry and fishing. The majority of females, about 52.28%, are engaged in agriculture, animal husbandry and fishing, followed by about trading.

The people grow largely plantain, maize and cassava, with very few indulging in cash crop production such as cocoa, which used to be the main cash crop of production in the past, but due to loss of soil fertility, has lost attraction. Of late production of horticultural produces such as orange, sugar cane, palm oil, etc has gain considerable attraction as agricultural crop in the area. Orange and palm oil, for instance, are planted on a large scale, even though marketing seems to be a big problem. About 17.61% and 15.02% of the active population are engaged in production and related and sales activities respectively.


Local Governance Structure


The district assembly is the highest administrative and political authority, which under the Local Government Act 462, 1993, is normally created to promote socio-economic planning and development at the local or community level. For this reason the district assemblies play an important role in promoting human development in the respective districts.

However, for a district to be able to fulfil its functions appropriately it must have the adequate functioning structures and substructures with permanent competent staff in place to facilitate rapid development as well as effective participation and information flow between the district and its citizens.
The Atwima Kwanwoma District Assembly was created by the L.I 1863 local government legislative instrument, 2008. The assembly comprises:
•         The District Chief Executive
•         21 Assembly members, who are elected by adult universal suffrage in an electoral process in electoral areas of the assembly;
•        Other members not exceeding 30% of the total membership of the Assembly appointed by his Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana; and
•         A member of Parliament in the district.

Investment opportunities


The Member of Parliament invites investments from anybody from anywhere in any area in the constituency.  Below is a short list of investment opportunities available in the Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency. This list is surely not exhaustive. There exist already business proposals for some of these investment opportunities. Please do not hesitate to make a request.
 

Industrial park: The Constituency has about 100 acres each at three different sites for industrial parks to establish factory plants with dedicated modern infrastructure for light manufacturing targeted at small and medium size enterprises.
 
University: The Constituency has two sites of not less than 90 acres for the establishment of a tertiary institution. The Ashanti Region, which is the largest region in terms of population, with about 4.5 million people has only one public university and a poly-technic. There is a limited number of about three private uni-versities, which are now springing up. Indeed the region has a high unmet demand for tertiary education.
 
Greenfield Shopping Mall
: The Constituency is looking of for prospective investors interested in the construction of a super mall, possibly with a hotel complex, to serve the Kumasi Metropolis and its hinterlands. About two 80 acres of land at two different locations are available.
 
Fruit Drink Processing Plant: The Constituency has in large plantations of various fruits and other horticultural produces including oran-ges, ginger, avocado pea, etc., which can be easily proces-sed into drinks and other food products. With growing domes-tic demand and growing availability of raw material, one serious investment opportunity is in fruit juice production. The opportunity is not confined to supplying the domestic market, but also overseas markets, such as the European Union.

Cocoa Processing Plant:The Constituency is located in the cocoa growing area of Ghana. This makes it an ideal place for cocoa processing factories. Greenfield investment in a cocoa-processing plant with an annual capacity of 50,000 tonnes could produce cocoa butter and cocoa powder for export. Industry sources consulted by KPMG suggest that a plant could be built in two years, start production in the third and reach full capacity in the fourth.


Pharmaceutical Factory: Demand for pharmaceutical products is rising in Ghana with increases in incomes. The budget of the Ghana Health Service has grown by more than a third every year since 2002. In 2010, it was about USD 950 million, some 20% of it funded by donor grants. Private spending on health care is small but also rising. Rising demand apart, there is a special incentive that creates an attractive investment pros-pect for pharmaceutical manufacturing in Ghana.


Oil Processing:Oil palm is abundant in the constituency and its surroundings. Currently most of the processing of palm oil does not use modern methods. For instance currently nearly 210,000 MTs of crude palm oil are produced by large, medium, and small-scale mills in Ghana, with the large- and medium sized mills contributing 31 percent of the total. The operating capacities of the large and medium sized oil palm processors are 125.5 MTs/hour and 23.8 MTs/hour, respectively. The bulk of Ghana’s palm oil production is consumed domestically. This leaves room for factory based modern method of oil palm process.


Real Estate Development:With the neighbouring Kumasi getting choked and land having become extremely scarce, there is an increasing demand for residential accommodation as well as for business properties in the Constituency. Land is, however, in abundance in the Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency. This makes property development one of the attractive areas of investment.


Ethnic Beauty Products:Coupled with increasing income levels in the country is increasing demand for ethnic beauty products including universal and ethnic cosmetics such as hair and skin care products, using local raw materials which are in abundance e.g. soya bean oil, shea butter, sunflower seed and sunflower oil, coconut oil, palm kernel or babasu oil etc.

Agriculture/Farming:There exists large opportunities for investments in agriculture and particularly farming. The vegetation is suitable for food crops such as maize and cassava, groundnuts, ginger, etc. Like the whole Ashanti Region cash crop production of cocoa, tree crops such as teak timber, etc., are also planted on large scale in the constituency. Of late production of horticultural products such as orange, sugar cane, palm oil, etc has gain considerable attraction as agricultural cash crop in the area. Orange and palm oil, for instance, are planted on a large scale.
 

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