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Other members of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council include the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Director (Secretary), all the 30 Metropolitan Municipal District Chief Executives and Presiding members, as well as two representatives from the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs.All Ashanti Regional heads of department are ex-officio members of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.Asanti literally means “because of wars” (Asa – wars; Nti- because [of]. Location and Size Ashanti Region is located in the middle belt of Ghana occupying a total land surface of 24,389 km2 (9,417 sq m) situated on the semi-island exclave Ashanti land.The indigenous people of Ashanti (Ashanti region) are known as Asantes.The Ashanti region has 30 administrative Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).The Regional Minister acts as the Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.The region occupies 10.2% of the total land area of Ghana and is the third largest of 10 administrative regions.
The Ashantis are most famous today for their craft work, particularly their hand-carved stools, fertility dolls and their colourful kente cloth.
BOUNDARIES / POPULATION The region shares boundaries with four of the ten political regions, Brong-Ahafo in the north, Eastern region in the east, Central region in the south and Western region in the South west.
It is the most populous region in Ghana with a population of 4,780,380 accounting for 19.5% of the country’s total population (2010 population census).
Humidity in Ashanti Region is relatively high, averaging about 85% in the Ashanti forest area and 65% for the Ashanti savannah belt.
The region is endowed with a spectacular geography: lakes, scarps, forest reserves, waterfalls, national parks, birds and wildlife sanctuaries.