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KEEA Municipal

Welcome Note

Elmina (District Capital)

Elmina is a 700-year-old town located on the coast of the Central Region of Ghana in West Africa. It is the capital of four distinct traditional areas or states, which have been put together to constitute a political district called Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) District. 

A District Chief Executive appointed by the President of Ghana heads this political district. Each traditional area has its own paramount traditional chief. Elmina is simultaneously the headquarters of the KEEA and the capital of the Edina (or Elmina) traditional area of this political district. The Edina State comprises the town itself with 26 other villages and hamlets covering an area of approximately 660 square kilometres. The traditional paramount chief is called the Omanhene.

Elmina attracts about 100,000 tourists annually (of which over 50,000 are foreign tourists). Many of them visit the world-heritage protected St. George’s Castle and the Fort Coenraadsburg on St. Jago Hill, the main cultural heritage attractions in the area. These historical buildings have played significant roles in the interaction of Elmina and Ghana with European countries, especially the Portuguese, Dutch, and English, since the 15th Century. 

Other historic tourist attractions in the town include the old Dutch Cemetery, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church building, St. Anne’s Convent, the Methodist Chapel, Asafo Posts, and numerous historical merchant houses.

By virtue of its size, population, infrastructure (although comparatively small), history relatively higher job opportunities, (tourism, fishing and salt industries) and because it houses the offices of the KEEA District Assembly, Elmina is not only the capital of KEEA, but also the hub of development of the district.

The development potential lies in tourism, and the town’s fishing and salt industries.  The potential of the tourism industry craves for an integrated development of the town’s tourist attractions and supporting services and attitudes. 

The potential of the fishing industry has lent itself to call for a new fishing harbour, cold stores and fish processing industries. The salt industry seems to have a potential for the future establishment of a chemical plant, which is based on Sodium Chloride. These areas are projected to offer job opportunities in the district.

You are most welcome to the Komenda/Edina/Eguafo/Abirem District.

 

.......Hon. George Frank Asmah (District Chief Executive)