About ARCC

The Ashanti Regional Co-ordinating Council (ARCC) is a statutory body established by article 186 of the local governance act, 2016 act 936 and in accordance with article 255 of the constitution of the Republic of Ghana. It is the highest policy-making body of the region representing the entire political and administrative machinery of the central government at the regional level.


To develop Ashanti Region into a peaceful, progressive, and developed Region with high standards of living for the people and the attainment of their aspirations.


To ensure the total development of the Region through the improvement of human and natural resources and the effective co-ordination, monitoring and evaluation of plans, programs and activities of the District Assemblies, Departments and Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations.



Composition of the Ashanti Regional Co-ordinating Council

  1. A Regional Co-ordinating Council consists of
    1. the Regional Minister and the Deputy or Deputies.
    2. the Presiding Member of each District Assembly in the region and the District Chief Executive of each district in the region.
    3. two chiefs from the Regional House of Chiefs; and
    4. the regional heads of the decentralised Ministries in the region as members without the right to vote.
  2. The Regional Minister is the chairperson of the Regional Co-ordinating Council.
  3. The Regional Co-ordinating Director is the secretary to the Regional Co-ordinating Council.

Functions of Regional Co-ordinating Councils

  1. A Regional Co-ordinating Council shall
    1. monitor, co-ordinate and evaluate the performance of the District Assemblies in the region.
    2. monitor the use of moneys:
      1. mobilised by the District Assemblies; or
      2. allocated and released to the District Assemblies by any agency of central Government; and
    3. review and co-ordinate public services generally in the region.
  2. The Regional Co-ordinating Council is responsible for the following functions:
    1. the approval of the by-laws of the District Assemblies in the region subject to their consistency with national legislation,
    2. the provision of back-stopping support for the performance of any function assigned to the District Assemblies in the region in respect of which a particular District Assembly is deficient in terms of skills and workforce.
    3. the resolution of any conflicts between a District Assembly in the region and any agency of the central Government, public corporation, statutory body, non-governmental organisation or individual.
    4. the oversight responsibility for second-cycle educational institutions and regional hospitals in the region on behalf of the Ministries of Education and Health; and
    5. the performance of any other functions assigned to it by or under an enactment.

Development Planning functions of Regional Co-ordinating Councils

  1. A Regional Co-ordinating Council shall
    1. provide a District Planning Authority with the information and data necessary to assist the Authority in the formulation of a district development plan.
    2. co-ordinate the plans and programmes of District Planning Authorities and harmonise the plans and programmes with national development policies and priorities for consideration and approval by the Commission.
    3. monitor and evaluate the implementation of the programmes and projects of the District Planning Authorities within the region.
    4. act on behalf of the Commission with respect to the national programmes and projects in the region as the Commission may direct; and
    5. perform any other planning functions that may be assigned by the Commission.

Planning functions of Regional Planning Co-ordinating Unit

  1. A Regional Planning Co-ordinating Unit shall be established to perform the planning functions of a Regional Co-ordinating Council.
  2. A Regional Planning Co-ordinating Unit shall comprise the Heads of Regional Departments.
  3. The Regional Planning Co-ordinating Unit shall
    1. advise the Regional Co-ordinating Council on
      1. the co-ordination, monitoring, and evaluation of district development plans; and
      2. matters related to development planning in the region, including spatial and sectoral policies; and
    2. provide a secretariat for the Regional Co-ordinating Council to perform its planning functions.
  4. The Regional Planning Officer shall be the convenor of the Regional Planning Co-ordinating Unit.