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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre advises the Aga Khan Trust for Culture as to a Public-Private Partnership relating to the National Park of Mali


CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre's Africa department has advised the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) on the conclusion of a Public-Private Partnership agreement for the creation, financing and operation (by AKTC) of the National Park of Mali.

The purpose of the Public-Private Partnership agreement which has been signed is to lay down principles, terms and conditions and other detailed provisions for the creation and operation of the Mali National Park, an element of socio-economic, cultural and environmental infrastructure.

As a result of the project, the Mali National Park and the Mali National Museum will be able to offer visitors an combined area with both cultural and natural aspects. The development which has been carried out, covering about 20 hectares, represents the first phase of the project, which could be continued through a second phase including a Zoo.

The Mali National Park represents a permanent green space in one of the most rapidly growing cities in Africa. Under the terms of the PPP agreement, the Mali government has asked AKTC to concentrate on the 103 hectare semi-circular area of wooded gorge beside the Koulouba plateau, between the National Museum and the Presidential palace complex. The Park is, in fact, part of an enormous protected forest of 2,100 hectares.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is the cultural agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. Through its various programmes, the AKTC promotes debate on the built environment, offers examples of contemporary design and solutions to its problems, and involves itself in the physical and social revitalisation of communities with a view to improving their quality of life. The AKTC also seeks recognition of the value of Muslim cultures, an essential part of our world-wide cultural heritage, through educational and cultural initiatives in music and the arts. Since 2004, the Trust has carried out projects in Bamako, Djenné, Timbuktu and Mopti.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) was advised the legal and tax aspects of the transaction by CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre, through Pierre Marly (partner) and Bénédicte Bonnafous (associate).

For further information, please contact:

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre
Florence Jouffroy / Tel: +33 1 47 38 40 32
Laetitia Mostowski / Tel: +33 1 47 38 40 74

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