Your Excellency, President Pervez Musharraf,Honourable Governors,
I would like to begin by expressing my warm and sincere gratitude to Your Excellency for joining us to celebrate this inaugural occasion. It is, as I would like publicly to acknowledge today, yet another sign of the steadfast support and encouragement that you have given to our initiative to establish The First MicroFinanceBank. Above all, it evidences Your Excellency's commitment.
Poor infrastructure increases the cost of doing business, thereby ceding advantage to established markets.
Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) director, Anwar Poonawala, told an international conference organised by World Bank affiliate, International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Financial Times of London that policy makers need to make their economies receptive to private sector participation.
The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) has a network of more than 90 separate companies which have employed over 35,000 people.
From the finest racehorses to the devotion of 15 million followers, he is used to every privilege and defers to nobody. But it's not necessarily a recipe for contentment and, when his plans are thwarted, there is always a price to pay
Nobody likes to be rejected, but when you are a billionaire spiritual leader unused to having people stand in your way, the consequences tend to be dramatic. Such is the case with the Aga Khan, who for the second time in 13 years has reacted to a perceived slight by turning his back on Britain and looking elsewhere for a welcome.
Portugal Gives Aga Khan Foundation Euro 1 Million to Alleviate Rural Poverty in Mozambique - PORTUGAL GIVES AGA KHAN EURO 1 MILLION TO ALLEVIATE RURAL POVERTY IN MOZAMBIQUE - 2001-12-14Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
The Portuguese Agency for Development (Agência Portuguesa para o Apoio ao Desenvolvimento) (APAD) has approved a grant of one million Euros for a long-term rural development programme launched by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and aimed at some 120,000 people in Mozambique's northernmost province of Cabo Delgado.The North Coast Rural Support Programme (NCRSP), initiated by the Aga Khan Foundation (Portugal) last year, seeks to improve the lives of the rural communities in a sustainable and equitable manner by reinforcing their capacity to plan and manage their social and economic developm
Restoration complete, Humayun's Tomb blooms again - AGA KHAN SAYS HERITAGE IS AT RISK AFTER DESTRUCTION OF CULTURAL TREASURES - 2003-04-16Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
FOR the first time in 400 years, water channels in the 16th Century Humayun's Tomb were today reactivated to facilitate the water harvesting system in the tomb, making it the largest heritage site in India to have such a system.
The Tomb is also the only site to have a water harvesting system that covers two acres of constructed area and 30 acres of the entire site.
PRESIDENT CHISSANO AND AGA KHAN LAY FOUNDATION FOR AN INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN MOZAMBIQUE - AGA KHAN VISITS MOZAMBIQUE - 2004-06-25Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Restored Humayun's Tomb unveiled - AGA KHAN SAYS HERITAGE IS AT RISK AFTER DESTRUCTION OF CULTURAL TREASURES - 2003-04-16Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
As twilight descended over the city on Tuesday, it saw the dawn of a bygone era at Humayun's Tomb as the Aga Khan unveiled the restored gardens of the monument with water flowing in its many fountains. Visitors were taken back in time to the 1560s, when the mausoleum was completed.
The restoration project, for which the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) had given US $6,50,000, tried to erase the colonial character the tomb's Moghul gardens had ''wrongly'' acquired over the past decades.
Today, President Clinton, Mrs. Clinton and Secretary of State MadeleineAlbright will convene the first White House Conference on Culture and
Diplomacy to focus on the critical role of culture in the formulation and
conduct of foreign policy in this era of globalization. The conference
will bring together diplomats, artists, scholars and representatives from
the private and non-profit sectors, for a discussion on how to better
integrate cultural concerns into the day-to-day conduct of American foreign
policy and strengthen cultural exchange programs that serve as invaluable
Revival of Afghan capital could hinge on infrastructure - AGA KHAN, MIT, HARVARD TO LAUNCH ARCHITECTURAL WEB SITE - 2002-09-25Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
An Islamic spiritual leader has united with Harvard, MIT and six Middle Eastern universities to create a Web site its creators hope will advance architecture throughout the Islamic world.
The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, also hopes to link war-torn places such as Sarajevo and Kabul to the Web, empower women and foster East-West dialogue through the site, which took four years to create.
PRESIDENT COMPAORé AND THE AGA KHAN LAUNCH - MICROFINANCE AGENCY IN BURKINA FASO - AGA KHAN BEGINS A TWO-DAY VISIT TO BURKINA FASO - 2005-07-30Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), today launched the First Microfinance Agency (Premiere Agence de Microfinance (PAMF) in Ouagadougou.
In the coming weeks, PAMF will commence operations in the Banfora region in association with SN Sosuco, one of the country's largest employers.
RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER TO ATTEND THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFGHANISTAN IN BERLIN - H.H. THE AGA KHAN AT THE BERLIN CONFERENCE - 2004-03-31Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
RIA Novosti. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will take part in the session of the International Conference on Afghanistan held in Berlin. The first day of the conference which opened on March 31 was devoted to the economic rehabilitation of the country, while on the second day delegates from 50 countries and ten organisations will discuss security, law, reforms and future challenges to Afghanistan.
President Karzai welcomes His Highness Agha Khan's visit to Kabul - PRESIDENT KARZAI WELCOMES THE AGA KHAN IN KABUL - 2004-07-07Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan welcomed the visit today to Kabul of His Highness, Agha Khan, as a long-standing friend to the Afghan people.
During their meeting in the Presidential Palace, the President thanked His Highness Agha Khan for his contribution to the reconstruction of Afghanistan through the projects of the Agha Khan Foundation.
Sadruddin Aga Khan dead at 70 - CELEBRATED U.N. HUMANITARIAN LEADER PRINCE SADRUDDIN AGA KHAN DIES AT AGE 70 - 2003-05-13Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, a wealthy philanthropist who held a string of top United Nations humanitarian posts and was the uncle of the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, has died, associates said Tuesday. He was 70.
Sadruddin died Monday in Massachusetts General hospital in Boston, said Nasir Sunderji, an official of the Geneva-based Bellerive Foundation, an environmental organization founded by Sadruddin. There were no immediate details on the cause of death.
President Kibaki and Aga Khan open apparel plant in Kenya - AGA KHAN TO HOLD TALKS WITH KIBAKI - 2003-12-19Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Alltex is a state-of-the-art facility that has created employment for over 2,000 Kenyans, over 80% of them women.
The plant, one of the largest textile factories in the zone and the only one that is purpose-built, has set benchmarks in technology, training and productivity.
Its pioneering welfare and childcare facilities rank it as a regional industry leader. Alltex is a 100% export-oriented apparel-manufacturing unit created to benefit from access to the US$ 100 billion United States market for apparel made possible by US legislation.
I confess I didn't find everything quite so appetising - such as the 30 year old butter - yes you heard right, 30 year old butter! - a traditional food at weddings, parties and greeting ceremonies. It tastes kind of cheesy
PRESIDENT MKAPA AND AGA KHAN LAY FOUNDATION STONE FOR AN INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN DAR ES SALAAM - DAR TO HAVE NEW AGA KHAN SCHOOL LAUNCHED - 2005-03-17Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, today joined President Mkapa of Tanzania in laying the foundation stone for the construction of a new Aga Khan Academy in Dar es Salaam.The Academy will be a residential school offering pre-primary to higher secondary education benchmarked against world-class standards. A scholarship programme will support entry by top-ranked students of limited means.
SECRETARY-GENERAL HAILS PRINCE SADRUDDIN AGA KHAN AS TRUE STATESMAN, IN REMARKS TO MEMORIAL CEREMONY FOR FORMER REFUGEE CHIEF - SECRETARY-GENERAL CELEBRATES LIFE OF PRINCE SADRUDDIN AGA KHAN - 2003-10-28Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Following are the remarks delivered by Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the memorial ceremony for Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan in New York on 28 October:Today, we celebrate the life of a statesman in the truest sense of the word. Cosmopolitan and compassionate, caring and charismatic, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan was one of the world's natural international civil servants.
Prince Aga-Khan is visiting Kyrgyzstan - H.H. THE AGA KHAN PAYS OFFICIAL VISIT TO KYRGYSTAN - 2004-07-07Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
His Majesty Prince Aga Khan the 4th with his brother Prince Amin Aga Khan arrived in Kyrgyzstan with official visit. Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Nikolay Tanayev met them at the airport.The Prince Aga Khan and Askar Akayev visit Naryn town, where the ceremony of laying of the foundation stone of University of Central Asia will take place. The head University will be situated in Tajik city of Horog. This private, noncommercial high society University will serve the region with its 25 million people.
SECRETARY-GENERAL HAILS PRINCE SADRUDDIN AGA KHAN AS TRUE STATESMAN, IN REMARKS TO MEMORIAL CEREMONY FOR FORMER REFUGEE CHIEF - UNDERSTANDING ISLAMIC CULTURE - 2003-11-05Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
When College of Liberal Arts instructor Elva Gladney visited Zanzibar, Tanzania, and India last summer, she was struck by the friendliness of the Muslim people. Traveling with 18 other educators from all parts of Texas on a quest for greater understanding of Islamic culture, she had many opportunities to interact with local teachers and students.'The thing that I loved about the trip was the people,' she recalls. 'I don't know when I've ever been treated so nicely.' The experience was a reminder that 'people are pretty wonderful when you're on a one-to-one basis,' she says.
Prince Karim Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili sect, arrived here Tuesday night on a 6-day visit to Pakistan.Federal Minister for Water and Power, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao received the guest at Chaklala air base.
The Prince's prominent followers were also present at the air base. During his stay in Pakistan, Prince Karim Aga Khan will meet President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali.