The Senegalese State Yields Gives Land To Artist AKON To Construct His Futurist City.
American singer Akon of Senegalese origin, Alioune Badara Thiam of his real name, signed on Tuesday with the Senegalese authorities a lease agreement for the construction of a “futuristic city” in Mbodiene, near
It is committed to supporting the promotion of tourist activity in Senegal. The agreement between the two parties was signed by the singer and the Minister of Tourism and Air Transport, on behalf of SAPCO, the
Society for the Development and Promotion of the Coast and Tourist Areas of Senegal.
This lease agreement covering 50 hectares will allow the construction of a sustainable city in Mbodiene, called “Akon City” and which will be composed of 60 villas with “amenities” and “modern facilities”, an initiative
called to translate the vision of emerging Senegal, according to the singer.
Neither he nor the Ministry of Tourism and Air Transport gave any details regarding the financial package for this project. The Senegalese tourism sector, with the construction of this “futuristic city” to be delivered
within a year, in addition to other “larger” projects, including a “sustainable city”. The construction of this city “will take much longer”. “This is an area in which Senegal has a lot of strengths,” said Akon after visiting Air
Senegal’s new plane at Blaise Diagne Diass Airport (AIBD).
According to Minister Alioune Sarr, in charge of Tourism and Air Transport, this investment will support the tourism sector and air transport, identified in the Emerging Senegal Plan (PSE).
Akon, known around the world and followed by millions of Internet users through social networks, is involved in promoting tourism in Senegal and “our national company,” said Mr. Sarr, who shows the singer the new
A330 Neo from Air Senegal.
“Air Senegal will open a line to the United States, and we intend to establish a partnership with Akon so that the promotion [of Senegalese tourism] on the American and Caribbean market can be done by this
personality who is a reference on the world level” , said Alioune Sarr.
According to the latter, the AIBD, whose number of passengers should be 2,500,500,000 by the end of 2019, targets for 2020 “not far from three million passengers”.
In the annex of the ministry located at Diass airport, Akon was entitled to a presentation of the AIBD City Business initiative, “an extension project around the airport, with an aircraft maintenance center (MRO ), a
training center for aeronautical trades and an airport city ”.
In the major airports of the world, you always have a city where men and women work every day, “he said, giving the example of Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle (France), where” more than 200,000 people work every
morning and go home every evening. ”
Alioune Sarr, who did not give any details on the amount of these projects, also reiterated the government’s will to build and rehabilitate 13 new airports.
According to him, this project will start with Saint-Louis airport, before that of Matam and Ourossogui, three cities located in northern Senegal.
By Subiru M.