Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) Signs Agreement for further Collaboration on Regeneration of Penang’s George Town World Heritage Site

AKTC and the Malayisan delegation signing the Management Collaboration Agreement in the presence of Penang’s Government Chief Minister, H.E. the Right Honorable Lim Guan Eng, and His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: AKDN

AKTC and the Malayisan delegation signing the Management Collaboration Agreement in the presence of Penang’s Government Chief Minister, H.E. the Right Honorable Lim Guan Eng, and His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: AKDN

Gouvieux, France, 16 October 2015 – Malaysia’s state of Penang, Think City SDN Berhad and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) today signed a Management Collaboration Agreement that expands the scope of an existing partnership for the protection, development and enhancement of Penang’s historic George Town for another three years.

The agreement follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed in November 2013, under which AKTC provided technical assistance to George Town, which was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2008.

Penang’s Government Chief Minister, H.E. the Right Honorable Lim Guan Eng, and His Highness the Aga Khan, as well as members of their delegation, were present at a signing ceremony.

The first phase of the collaboration is aimed at the development of a Strategic Master Plan and identification of significant conservation and development projects within and around the designated heritage area. It included recommendations for the policies and actions to be pursued with regard to land use, conservation and development, traffic, infrastructure, and institutional management.

Shop houses in Penang, Malaysia. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Think City will collaborate to enhance the built heritage of George Town. Photo: AKTC

Shop houses in Penang, Malaysia. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Think City are collaborating on the enhancement of the built heritage of George Town. Photo: AKTC

Under the second phase of the collaboration, the three partners are expected to contribute significantly to the regeneration of George Town, particularly through the establishment of a project implementation vehicle (The George Town Conservation and Development Company-GTCDC), and the training of young professionals in the conservation and sustainable development of the city heritage.

Preparatory technical work has already started in two key areas: Armenian Square and Fort Cornwallis on the North Seafront. These activities are aimed at providing state-of-the-art solutions in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures and public spaces, promoting inward investment and spurring social, economic and cultural development.

The Chief Minister also visited the Domaine de Chantilly to study the initiative set up by the Aga Khan to preserve and promote the heritage of Chantilly in partnership with the Institut de France and public partners.

In 2008, UNESCO declared both Melaka and George Town as a World Heritage Site (WHS). In the case of Penang, the WHS status is global recognition of George Town as a historic port city with a mercantile history that dates from the 1786 founding of the English East India Company trading factory in Tanjung Penagger (now known as George Town).


The WHS status also recognizes the rich tradition of George Town’s multicultural and multi-religious character. It was the city’s social and cultural pluralism that was essential for the evolution of its impressive monuments and historic urban fabric, which is distinguished by several varieties of shop-house architecture.

Source: http://www.akdn.org/press_release.asp?ID=1360

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Penang and Think City sign agreement with Aga Khan Trust for three-year collaboration — Malay Mail Online com

The signing of the agreement, between Chief Minister of Penang

The signing of the agreement, between Chief Minister of Penang (Incorporation) (CMI), Think City and AKTC, was witnessed by His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic).

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 16 — Think City Sdn Bhd and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) will be expanding their existing partnership by collaborating with Penang.
The state signed a three-year management collaboration agreement with Think City Sdn Bhd and AKTC in Chantilly, France today.

The signing of the agreement, between Chief Minister of Penang (Incorporation) (CMI), Think City and AKTC, was witnessed by His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
The collaboration agreement is an expansion of an existing partnership between Think City and AKTC in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in November 2013.

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