The Pan Africa media conference , in Nairobi, brought together prominent personalities in media, business, governments, civil society, and academia across the world.
Some of the 40 eminent guests lined up to grace the event include the Aga Khan, Nobel laureate Prof Wangari Maathai, former South Africa’s president Thabo Mbeki, telecom investor Mo Ibrahim, and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. The conference key theme is Reflections on the past, present, and prospects for the future.
UN employees who have Aids will benefit from a comprehensive medical and health care programme at the Aga Khan Hospital. In a deal between Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi Klaus Topfer and Mr Stephen Batts, the Aga Khan Health Service in East Africa chief executive, the employees will be advised on the use of anti-retroviral drugs and nutrition.They and their families will also will benefit from counselling services.
Uganda is going ahead with plans to privatise the Nile Hotel International Ltd (NHIL) despite a court battle between the government and Tunisia's Tahar Fourati.This is the second time the hotel is being concessioned by the Privatisation Unit. The hotel complex was in October 1994 partly sold to Tahar Fourati. A dispute ensued and Tahar Fourati lodged a case to have their money refunded.
Kenya will host a major international media meeting in June.
It will be the 52nd Congress of the International Press Institute, a global network of editors, media executives and leading print and broadcasting journalists, and will be held over four days - June 1 to 4 - in Nairobi.
It will also be the third time for Nairobi to host the annual IPI event.
Speaking at the Congress's media launch yesterday, the IPI Kenya host committee announced it would be opened by President Mwai Kibaki.
It is being described as an 'ocean of thanks,' a 'great phenomenon' and 'unbelievable opportunity' given to Africa by the United States. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), initiated by the administration of former President Bill Clinton, is making significant industrial development and job creation changes in Africa.Mehdi Bawa, administration manager of Alltex Limited EPZ, a garment manufacturer in Kenya enjoying an unlimited duty-free American market, says AGOA will enable Africa to boost its industrial revolution.
THE INDUSTRIAL Promotion Services (IPS) graduate management development programme, which was started in Kenya in 2001, will soon be extended to Tanzania and Uganda.The objective is to recruit and train top-flight young graduates to develop into outstanding executives to manage IPS companies in East Africa. IPS is an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Through equity investment, AKFED promotes private-sector initiatives that provide employment and improve living conditions in Africa and Asia.
His Highness the Aga Khan signs the visitors' book at State House, Nairobi as President Mwai Kibaki looks onPresident Mwai Kibaki this morning held lengthy discussions with the visiting spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, His Highness the Aga Khan.
The hour-long discussions were held at state house Nairobi. Those in the talks included foreign minister Kalonzo Musyoka, his permanent secretary Peter ole Nkuraiya, and chief of protocol George Owuor.
Kibaki walks with the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, at State House, Nairobi, where the two held discussions yesterday morning. The talks were attended by Foreign Affairs minister Kalonzo Musyoka, Permanent Secretary Peter ole Nkuraiya and Chief of Protocol George Owuor.
The Aga Khan Hospital Nairobi Laboratory, has been working with the National External Quality Assurance Scheme (NEQAS) in the UK, the Centres for Disease Control in US, and the Aga Khan University in Pakistan to ensure that the clinical tests carried out by the laboratory meet international quality standards.The NEQAS covers haematology work where tests are done for blood disorders such as anaemia, leukaemia, sickle cell disease and parasitic infections in the blood.
His Highness the Aga Khan is among more than 300 delegates who are in the country to attend the International Press Institute's world congress to be opened by President Kibaki today.Also expected to jet in today is Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who takes to the platform this afternoon to deliver an address on how Western media reports Africa with stories hinging on war, starvation and underdevelopment.
Nobel Prize laureate in Literature Wole Soyinka, who is a lecturer at Harvard University in USA, who was expected to fly in last night, sent word that he would not make it for the conference.
The Aga Khan, Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, today joined President Mkapa of Tanzania in laying the foundation stone for the construction of a new 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.
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 center of the country?s capital Kabul, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, the younger brother of His Highness the Aga Khan, has said.
The Professional Development Centre (PDC) in collaboration with Aga Khan Education Service in Kenya has launched an in service training programme aimed at upgrading teachers' pedagogical skills and content knowledge of mathematics and sciences.The more than sixty teachers are drawn from Nairobi and Mombasa. The Certificate in Education course brings together teachers from Government schools and Aga-Khan Education Service schools.
The Aga Khan University will have a permanent presence in the region, it has been announced.The president, Mr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, said the chancellor and the board of trustees had decided that the university would have campuses in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
'The Advanced Nursing Studies programme in East Africa has already established a solid foundation with over 500 students enrolled, of which 30 per cent come from the Government,' Mr Kassim-Lakha said.
Address made by His Highness the Aga KhanOpening Ceremony of the IPI World Congress and 54th General Assembly - 2005-05-22Posted February 25th, 2010 by heritage
Your Excellency President Kibaki,Your Excellency President Kagame,Mr. Fritz,Mr. Kiboro,Ladies and Gentlemen:My thanks to you, Mr. Kiboro, for your kind words and to the International Press Institute for your warm welcome. Twenty-four years ago I had the honour of addressing this organisation at its 30th annual conference, also held here in Nairobi. Twenty-one years before that, in 1960, I established the Nation newspapers here.
Nairobi's Aga Khan yesterday became a premier teaching and referral hospital when it formally came under the management of Aga Khan University (AKU).Plans for the new development include programmes aimed at managing major diseases such as heart complications and cancer.
This will save Kenyan patients the expense and trouble of overseas trips for treatment.
Established in 1958 and currently with a 254-bed capacity, the hospital had been operating under the Aga Khan Health Service Kenya.