[Google translation] All the commitments I have just signed, will have a significant impact not only on the Malian economy, but especially on the quality of life of people. (l’Essor, Mali, No. 15061, 14 Oct 2003)

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AKDN Press Release, Bamako, 13 October 2003

His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims yesterday concluded his four-day official visit to Mali with the signature of an agreement under which the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) will work towards launching new initiatives in the country.

The agreement, signed by the Aga Khan and President Amadou Toumani Toure, follows extensive discussions that the Aga Khan held with the President as well as with Prime Minister Ahmed Mohamed Ag Hamani and senior Ministers. It also follows visits by the Aga Khan and the Prime Minister to Timbuktu, Djenne and Mopti to see at first-hand, challenges and opportunities to which the AKDN might be in a position to respond.

l’Essor, Mali, No. 15061, 14 October 2003

La visite dans notre pays du prince Aga Khan a pris fin dimanche par la signature d’un protocole d’accord entre le Mali et le Réseau Aga Khan pour le développement. La cérémonie s’est déroulée au palais de Koulouba où le président de la République, Amadou Toumani Touré, a offert à son hôte en guise de souvenir, des articles de sellerie (selle, harnais, fouet etc) confectionnés par des cordonniers maliens.

A l’issue de la cérémonie, le Prince a exprimé sa reconnaissance envers les autorités et le peuple malien pour la chaleur dans laquelle a baigné sa visite. “Le réseau Aga Khan de développement était déjà présent dans le secteur économique au Mali”, a-t-il rappelé tout en souhaitant que cette visite renforce le partenariat entre le Mali et son organisation.

L’illustre visiteur a promis que le réseau sera présent dans notre pays dans ses trois domaines d’intervention : l’économie (prise de parts dans les capitaux des sociétés), l’amélioration des conditions de vie des populations (santé, éducation) et la culture (protection du patrimoine culturel). “L’ensemble des engagements que je viens de signer, aura un impact significatif non seulement sur l’économie malienne, mais surtout sur la qualité de vie des populations”, a-t-il assuré.

Sa visite, a-t-il révélé, sera suivie très prochainement de celle d’une équipe de techniciens, afin de concrétiser avec les autorités maliennes, l’accord qui vient d’être signé. L’Aga Khan a également annoncé que son réseau installera bientôt un siège permanent dans notre capitale.

[Google translation] The visit to our country of Prince Aga Khan ended Sunday with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Mali and the Aga Khan Development. The ceremony took place at the palate Koulouba where the President, Amadou Toumani Toure, has offered his guest as a souvenir, the saddlery (saddles, harnesses, whips, etc.) made by shoemakers in Mali.

After the ceremony, the Prince expressed his gratitude to the authorities and people of Mali to the heat which has bathed his visit. “The Aga Khan Development Network was already present in the economic sector in Mali,” he said while hoping that this visit will enhance the partnership between Mali and its organisation.

The illustrious visitor has promised that the network is present in our country in three areas: the economy (taking equity stakes in companies), improvement of living conditions (health, education) and culture (cultural heritage). “All the commitments I have just signed, will have a significant impact not only on the Malian economy, but especially on the quality of life of people,” he said.

His visit, he revealed, will be followed very shortly that a team of technicians to achieve with the Malian authorities, the agreement has been signed. The Aga Khan also announced that its network will soon install a permanent place in our capital.

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