An agreement providing for the restructuring and expansion of the activities of the Diamond Trust of Kenya Limited (DTK) into the field of merchant banking was signed on 30 July, 1982 at Aiglemont, the Aga Khan's Secretariat near Paris, by DTK, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Samuel Montagu and Co. Limited.
His Highness the Aga Khan, who has had a long and close association with the company, was present at the signing ceremony attended by His Excellency Mr. John Kimani, Kenya's Ambassador to France.
SPEECH AT THE LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE ISMAILIA COUNCILS IN KENYA IN HONOUR OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA - 1982-10-12Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
Your Excellency the President, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
To be in Kenya again in my Jubilee year, remembering vividly my Takht Nashini, which seems only yesterday, is a most moving experience.
Your Excellency The President, Your Excellency the Vice-President, Honourable Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is with great pleasure that I rise to welcome His Excellency President Daniel arap Moi this evening and to have the opportunity of returning his kind hospitality.
Your Excellencies, Mr Irani, Mr Galliner, Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen
I have rarely spoken publicly in the developing world or in the industrialised world, or indeed in any international forum about the Press. I wish to take this exceptional occasion to pay a deep personal gratitude to a truly remarkable African who was himself at one time a journalist, then who led his country's struggle for independence and who finally became the first President of Kenya, and an outstanding African statesman. I refer to Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
Your Excellencies, Your Highnesses, Your Worship, My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, My spiritual children
I am most grateful for your kind address. On behalf of the Ismaili community and myself, I would like to thank all those in Nairobi who have contributed to such a wonderful welcome here.
I have been very moved by everyone's kindness, especially by the hospitality given me by His Excellency the Governor and Lady Baring.
The leaders of all African Countries today are faced with the need to raise the living standards of the mass of their peoples from mere subsistence level to a point where men and women can develop the full potential of their minds and bodies. The problem in Africa assumes urgent political dimensions if only because expectations are so much higher than they used to be. This is quite understandable when you remember the hopes that were raised during the battle for independence.
To commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the incorporation of the Jubilee insurance Company, a reception was held at the Serena Hotel in Mombasa on 27th October 1986.
Present at the reception were Prince Amyn Mohamed, the Commissioner of Insurance, Mr. Adam H. Ali, the Provincial Commissioner, Coast Province, and His Worship the Mayor of Mombasa.
THE CAVALCADE of cars came into drive way, under the bowing palm trees, past the blaze of rich petunias and salvias, to the huge complex at Parklands. It brought Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah who were to grace a grand Darbar. For a moment one's mind went back to weeks prior to this revered moment. The whole Jamat had been galvanised into action by an announcement that Kenya had been chosen as the first country that Mowlana Hazar Imam would visit during the Silver Jubilee year.
Prince Sadrudin, Princess Aleya and their friends were recently in Mombasa for their annual holidays and spent a fortnight at their Bahati Villa on the South Coast.
Prince Sadrudin travelled by road from Nairobi to Mombasa after having just arrived by air on Monday 23rd December, 1985. Representatives from the Mombasa Provincial Council welcomed the party at the Likoni Ferry that evening.
President Moi officially opened Leather Industries of Kenya Ltd. At Thika on Friday 24th October 1986. He said he was pleased to be associated with an event aimed at contributing much towards fulfilling the country's objective of stepping up the processing of Kenya's raw material.
My dear Chairman and Members,
I would like you to convey my most grateful thanks to all the members of your Council, the Mukhis and Kamadias, Mukhianis and Kamadianis of our Kisumu Jamat and all the members of the Kisumu and district Jamats who presented such lovely gifts to Princess Zahra, Princess Yasmin, Prince Rahim, Prince Hussain and to myself.
We were most touched by your kind thought and lovely gifts which we appreciate immensely.
Nairobi the gateway to Kenya's unrivalled attractions, tempts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world.
'The sheer variety of Kenya's attractions have few equals anywhere,' said His Highness the Aga Khan,' I speak not only of the National Parks with their mountains, forests, plains, deserts and coastal shores nor even of the wildlife - which of course is unique - but also of the cultures, people and traditions. 'These priceless assets must be preserved and cherished at all costs, not simply for tourists, but for their own sake.'
On August 7th, 1980 H.S.H. Prince Amyn Mohamed paid a special visit to the venue of the MIS Review Conference II-Nairobi, at the request of Count Sir Eboo Pirbhai, President of the Supreme Council of Europe, U.S.A., Canada & Africa.
On Friday 24th October, 1986 Mowlana Hazar Imam declared the new Aga Khan club complex open.
At the ceremony Alijah Sayed Ahamed Chairman of the Nairobi Provincial Council in his welcome address said that the grounds on which the present new complex has been built is of particular significance to the Nairobi Jamat, because it was here that Mowlana Hazar Imam's Takht Nashini was held in 1957.
Mowlana Hazar Imam Shah Karim Al-Hussaini paid a five day visit to Kenya, last month. He was accorded a warm welcome on his arrival in Nairobi from Kampala.Imam-e-Zaman who arrived in his private jet from Entebbe, was met by the Vice-President, Mr. Daniel arap Moi, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Njoroge Mungai, the Attorney-General, Mr. Charles Njonjo, Mr. Mwai Kibaki, Minister for Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Mr. Jackson Angaine, Minister for Land and Settlement.
Mowlana Hazar Imam visited the Jubilee Insurance Company Ltd., to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Company.
Mr President, Mr Provincial Commissioner, Sir Philip Mitchell, Ladies and Gentlemen, my Muslim Brothers
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the warm welcome you have given me. I shall never forget this wonderful stay in Mombasa; everyone has been so kind and good to me.
Mr. Provincial Commissioner, your Worship the Mayor, Councillor Dahya and Honourable Guests, I would like to begin by expressing to Mr. Provincial Commissioner, your Worship the Mayor and all the authorities and citizens of Kisumu my very warm and most grateful thanks for this particularly generous and particularly kind reception which they have offered to me on this visit to Kisumu.
It is indeed a great honour to welcome so many distinguished Africans and friends of Africa to this conference. I am particularly grateful to you, Your Excellency, and to the members of your Government for your willingness to sponsor such a gathering in Kenya, a country to which I have been deeply attached since childhood.