In an effort to modernise Accra's street markets, the mayor of the city, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, has requested private investors to present proposals for improved markets to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to conform to the Millennium City Initiative (MCI).

The MCI is a project being undertaken by the Earth Institute, a research and education centre at Columbia University, USA, to assist 11 under-resourced Sub-Saharan cities in designing viable strategies to become sustainable "millennium cities" with improved public services and greater employment opportunities.

Vanderpuije stated that the markets must be transformed into hygienic and effective places of business, providing customers with a full one-stop shopping service.

Developers, who have two weeks to submit their plans, have been asked to give emphasis to light, security, hygiene and parking.