President John Dramani Mahama on Saturday announced that government was finalising arrangements with the Brazilian government to construct an ultra-modern market at the site of the Kumasi central market.
He said the market, which would be a model one in the entire West African Sub region, would also serveneighboring countries, considering the centrality of Kumasi.
President Mahama announced this when he called on Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace as part ofhis three-day official visit to the Ashanti Region.
The programme was also attended by all Divisional Chiefs and sub- Chiefs of the Traditional Area, aswell as hundreds of supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
On the first day of his visit,President Mahama inspected construction works at the Kumasi Airport project,visited the revamped Defence Industries Holding company Limited where hepromised to support the company to increase production.
President Mahama whoattributed the countrys economic hardships to the fall in prices of Ghanasexport commodities on the international market, said other countries such asGreece, Spain, South Africa, Ireland, Nigeria among others were sufferingsimilar faith.
He said between 2012 and thisyear Ghana had lost about $ 1.3 billion dollars on account of low prices in thecountrys major exports.
He appealed to Ghanaians toput their hands on deck to achieve national goals, adding that blame game andpessimism would not propel the country to achieve the desired developmenttargets.
President Mahama indicatedthat governments current austerity measures were meant to stabilize theeconomy and appealed to Ghanaians to bear with the situation.
Nana Wiafe Akenten III,Paramount Chief of the Offinso Traditional area who spoke on behalf of OtumfuoNana Osei Tutu appealed to all Ministers of State to play their roleseffectively and to support the President to attain national development.
He appealed to government tocomplete the Sofoline interchange and reconstruct Kejetia to ease the perennialcongestion in the area.