Full speed ahead for restoration

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015

New deal inked: Lim and the Aga Khan (centre) witnessing the handover of documents between ThinkCity and AKTC.

GEORGE TOWN: The restoration of Armenian Street Park and Fort Cornwallis is expected to move into full gear with the signing of an agreement between the Chief Minister of Penang (Incorporation), Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and Think City Sdn Bhd.

A Management Collaboration Agreement to accelerate the project works was signed on Oct 16 in Chantilly, France. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and the Aga Khan witnessed the signing ceremony.

The agreement served to expand by three years the scope of the existing partnership which was derived from a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Think City and AKTC in 2013.

A press release from the Chief Minister’s office here stated that under the 2013 agreement, AKTC provided technical assistance for the protection and enhancement of historic George Town.

Under the present agreement, a project implementation vehicle called George Town Conservation and Development Corporation aimed at training young professionals in conservation and sustainable development would be established.

Preparatory technical work has already started in Armenian Street Park and Fort Cornwallis.

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