Aga Khan Timeline 16 March 1997

Aga Khan ends Dar visit

By Sunday Nation correspondent.

His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, concluded his stay in Dar es Salaam yesterday after completing visits to sites of social and economic development initiatives underway in the city.

Yesterday morning, Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa joined the Aga Khan on a visit to the Health Professions Development Centre of the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam. The centre is part of a multi-million shilling expansion programme announced by Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) early last year. At the centre, President Mkapa and the Aga Khan were shown various diagnostic facilities for critical areas of need such as cardiac care.

During their tour of the centre, they also looked in on a Continuing Medical Education Training programme for personnel of the Muhimbili Medical Centre.

In addition to the laboratory and other diagnostic facilities, the Health Professions Development Centre will also include a reference library. The enhancement of the Aga Khan Hospital's facilities is part of AKHS's programme of creating a regional health system across East Africa to enable improved access to high quality specialised and tertiary care service through AKHS's network of primary and secondary health centres.

On Thursday, the Aga Khan visited the new premises of Diamond Trust Bank Tanzania. The bank premises have been extensively refurbished and a state-of-art computer system for its operations installed. The bank which also is updating its operational procedure, is being advised and assisted in managing this extensive change by the Allied Irish Bank (AIB), the largest bank and public company in Ireland.

AIB has also seconded staff and experts to reinforce the management staff at the Diamond Trust Bank. In addition, the bank is locally recruiting senior staff for its international banking, credit and inspection departments.

Diamond Trust Bank is the successor to the Diamond Jubilee Investment Trust Limited which was incorporated in Tanzania in 1945 as a financial institution.

Its activities were curtailed after the nationalisation of banks in the early 1970s. The bank revived its activities in 1993 with the restructuring and enlargement of its capital base.

Source: Sunday Nation, pg.11
March 16, 1997

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