Event - 1997-03-19
In Cairo, The Aga Khan and Prince Amyn briefed the Prime Minister and the Governor on further developments on the proposed Al Azhar Park, a US$15 million project being sponsored by the Historic cities support Programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). The project is being undertaken following the signing of a Protocol between the Governorate of Cairo and AKTC in December 1990.
The President of Zanzibar, Dr. Salmin Amour, has expressed his desire to see the Isles becoming a mercantile centre to oversee transfer of commodities between the outside world and the African continent.
Inaugurating the new Zanzibar Stone Town Cultural Centre here at the week-end, Dr. Amour further expressed his desire to see Zanzibar becoming another Dubai— or to be more exact, another Singapore.
He paid a glowing tribute to His Highness the Aga Khan and his entire working group for their effort to promote tourism in Tanzania.
"Understanding of the importance of culture is slowly emerging as a critical element in development strategies in general", the leader of the world's Ismaili community said in Zanzibar yesterday.
His Highness the Aga Khan made the observation at the inauguration of a 100 year old building, newly restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
He stated that culture was also crucial for efforts to revitalise the historic cores of the world's towns and cities.
Serena Hotels, South Africa's Stocks and Resorts Hotel, and Gibraltar-based Feram Holdings are the three companies short-listed for the acquisition of a 75 per cent stake in the government-owned Kilimanjaro Hotel in Dar es salaam.
The Nairobi based Serena Group of Hotels, which submitted its bid last year after the government announced its plans to sel some of its shares in the hotel, and Stocks and Resorts Hotel are the only companies from the COMESA region to show interest in the venture, while Feram Holdings is the only firm from outside Africa to put in a bid.
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