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AKFED to Set Up Afghanistan'sFirst Microfinance Bank - 2003-09-18

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akdn.org

The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) today received a banking licence for The First MicroFinanceBank (FMFB). The institution, with an initial capital of
US$ 5 million, will be the first of its kind to be established under the country's new regulatory structure.

AKFED-Led Consortium Wins Afghan Telecom Licence - 2002-10-07

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akdn.org

Afghanistan?s second Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) licence was awarded on Saturday to an international consortium with strong regional connections led by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and comprising Monaco Telecom International (MTI), U.S.-based MCT Corp. and worldwide telecommunications leader Alcatel. The award of the tender to AKFED will now proceed for ratification by the Council of Ministers chaired by President Hamid Karzai.

Babur's gardens emerge from rubble of war - 2004-10-21

Source: 
www.gulf-news.com/Articles/World2.asp?ArticleID=136557

The intricate marble inlay is intact on the 'makhbara', glinting in the noon day sun as the workmen washing away the grime from their morning's labour, allow the water from a newly opened aqueduct to dance off the grave of the founder of the Mughal Empire.For less than a dollar a day - that is roughly 44 Afghanis (Dh12) - this is clearly a labour of love.

Afghans launch new mobile network - 2003-06-26

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news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/business/3022974.stm

Afghanistan is to get a second mobile phone service within weeks.The Telecom Development Company of Afghanistan (TDCA) officially launched Roshan - which means 'light' in Pashto - on Thursday.
The new GSM network will now undergo tests for the next four to six weeks before its commercial launch.
The firm says it will roll out its service in Kabul and the main cities of Herat, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad and Kunduz by the end of the year, at a cost of about $55m (

Aga Khan Fund to set up bank in Kabul - 2003-09-19

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www.dawn.com/2003/09/20/ebr10.htm

The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) on Friday received a banking licence for setting up The First Micro Finance Bank (FMFB) in Afghanistan.The institution, with an initial capital of $5 million, will be the first of its kind to be established under the country's new regulatory structure.

Aga Khan initiates $25m hotel project in KabulThe hotel will reflect diverse elements of the cultures of the peoples of Afghanistan - 2002-11-22

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www.nationaudio.com/News/DailyNation/Today/Business/Business9.html

The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (Akfed) has announced a substantial investment to initiate tourism, commercial and urban redevelopment in Afghanistan.
The fund will establish a world-class hotel in the centre of the country's capital Kabul, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, the younger brother of His Highness the Aga Khan, has said.

Afghan Girls Proudly Take Their Seats in ClassroomEducation:

Afghan children at school

After years of being turned away at the schoolhouse gates, girls marched proudly at the head of the class Saturday at a ceremony here marking the start of school and the resumption of education for girls as well as boys in this country freeing itself from the Taliban's grim grip.
'A great day for Afghanistan,' declared interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai after being showered with golden confetti by a choir of gaily dressed female pupils. 'Probably today was the happiest day for me personally here--to see our children go to school and to see them happy.'

Afghanistan's capital will soon have second cell phone operator - 2003-06-26

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www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--as-fin--afghan-ce0626jun26,0,3198679.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

An international consortium began testing a new cellular network in the Afghan capital on Thursday and will soon launch commercial services that will break a telecommunications monopoly. Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd., an Afghan company owned by several international investors, made the announcement in Kabul after Afghan Communications Minister Masoom Stanekzai made the first call on the network. 'This telephone call is an important one because it symbolizes what is being done to help this country,' Stanekzai said.

Troubled Ismaili homecoming - 2003-01-24

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www.reliefweb.int/w/rwb.nsf/s/D97C472C3962FA52C1256CBB0059675Cwww.iwpr.net/index.pl?archive/arr/arr_200301_45_2_eng.txt

Exiled Ismailis returning to their homes in the north find little has changed since end of Taleban era.
Afghanistan's Ismaili community, which suffered mass killings under the Taleban regime, is now facing persecution under the country's new transitional democratic government.

Agha Khan and Karzai sign agreement in Kabul - 2002-03-23

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www.reliefweb.int/w/rwb.nsf/480fa8736b88bbc3c12564f6004c8ad5/418dd8a25b9be8ddc1256b870040eaad?OpenDocument

His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and Mr.

BBC News - AFGHANISTAN OPENS LUXURIOUS SERENA HOTEL</I> - 2005-11-08

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news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4417072.stm

The hotel helps fill a shortage of guest accommodation in the city The Afghan capital, Kabul, has a new, international standard five-star hotel, the first to be built since the fall of the Taleban four years ago. President Hamid Karzai opened the Serena hotel, which has been built around the remains of another hotel badly damaged by fighting.
It is hoped that it will help attract more business people to invest in the poverty-stricken country and in the longer term attract wealthy tourists.

Press Release - AGA KHAN ATTENDS INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT KARZAI</I> - 2004-12-07

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akdn.org

His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, today attended the official inauguration of Afghanistan?s President Hamid Karzai, in a ceremony held in the former royal palace in Kabul. The inauguration ceremony was attended by more than 600 people, including more than 150 foreign dignitaries, among them U.S Vice President Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld and Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. Special Adviser.

Article in German - EDUCATION AND CULTURE: A PRINCE DREAMS ABOUT AFGHANISTAN - 2003-08-15

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zeus.zeit.de/text/2003/34/AgaKhan

Der Aga Khan f'rdert ein einzigartiges Kultur- und Bildungsprogramm in den zentralasiatischen Nationen entlang der alten Seidenstra

HiPakistan - AFGHANISTAN ROLLS OUT WELCOME MAT - 2004-01-31

Serena Hotel, Kabul
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www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en52584&F_catID=&f_type=source

Kabul is currently in the midst of a hotel-construction boom, with many of the new or refurbished facilities planning to offer luxury accommodation for visitors to this devastated capital city.

Aga Khan welcomed in Tajikistan-1998-09-24

His Highness the Aga Khan walking amongst the crowd at a Mulaquat in Afghan Ishkashim, 27 September 1998. AKDN / Gary Ott
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BBC World Service

The leader of the world's Ismaili community, the Aga Khan, has been welcomed by thousands of his followers at the start of a visit to the Pamir mountains of eastern Tajikistan.

On his arrival at the region's only airport, the Aga Khan was given the traditional welcome -- he was offered salt and bread.

Later in the region's capital, Khorog, schoolchildren waved flowers and chanted songs in his honour.

The Ismaili community like other groups in Tajikistan has been severely affected by the civil war which followed independence.

Cellular News - CELL PHONE NETWORK IN AFGHANISTAN AND NORTHERN AREAS - 2003-06-26

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www.cellular-news.com/story/9151.shtml

An international consortium lead by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development has begun testing its GSM network in Kabul, Afghanistan. This is the country's second commercial GSM network, although a third license award has been claimed by Ariana Telecom which has yet to start building an infrastructure. There is also a GSM network in Kabul operated by Ericsson for the UN forces in the city. Telecom Development Company Afghanistan (TDCA), is owned by a consortium in which the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development holds 51%, Monaco Telecom International 35% and MCT Corp. 9%.

Channel News Asia - AFGHANISTAN OPENS FOREIGN BANK - 2004-01-18

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www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific_business/view/66845/1/.htm

Over the next few weeks Afghanistan's banking sector will move from comprising just six rundown specialist banks to one where several international commercial operations compete for business -- with perhaps even an ATM machine around the corner.
The National Bank of Pakistan is the only foreign bank operating in the country, but competition is building with First Micro Finance Bank, majority-owned by the Agha Khan Fund for Economic Development, and British-based Standard Chartered preparing to open soon.

Courrier International - BANQUES ETRANGERES A KABOUL - 2004-01-18

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www.courrierinternational.com/afp/resultatDepeche.asp?id=040118081953.caqsif78 Courrier International

Soucieux de promouvoir le commerce international et le rapatriement des avoirs des Afghans à l'étranger, le gouvernement afghan pousse à l'implantation des banques étrangères en Afghanistan, qui pourrait se traduire par l'rture de distributeurs automatiques de billets à Kaboul.

AKDN - AKFED GETS US$7 MILLION LOAN FROM IFC FOR KABUL SERENA HOTEL - 2004-06-23

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www.akdn.org

The Kabul Serena Hotel, which is being thoroughly refurbished according to Serena standards, is set amid handsome gardens overlooking Zanegar Park and a busy junction in the city's commercial centreKabul, Afghanistan, 23rd June, 2004 - The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, charged with promoting private sector investment in the developing world, have signed a US$7 million investment agreement to finance the refurbishment and expansion of the Kabul Serena Hotel as part of a US$28 million project begu

Press Release - AKDN INITIATES US$25 MILLION KABUL HOTEL PROJECT - 2002-11-20

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www.akdn.org/news/kabulhotel_201102.html

Prince Amyn Aga Khan, younger brother of His Highness the Aga Khan, today announced a substantial investment by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) to initiate tourism, commercial and urban redevelopment in the capital of Afghanistan through the establishment of a world-class hotel in the centre of Kabul.


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