The News
Friday September 10, 2004
-- Rajab 24, 1425 A.H.
ISSN 1563-9479

German minister for reducing poverty

By our correspondent

KARACHI: German economic minister has said that global stability will only be realised if poverty, hunger and injustice are overcome.

German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Heidemarie Wieczorek Zeul, was speaking at the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Aga Khan.

A joint press release of Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), said Thursday.

The agreement aimed to strengthen cooperation between the BMZ and the AKDN particularly in crisis prone-countries of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The minister said the millennium development goals could only be reached when all social groups work together.

It requires an open, pluralistic social structure, which the Aga Khan promotes through development programmes of the AKDN.

Meanwhile, Aga Khan stated that pluralism must become part of a society’s ethical and institutional framework including the structures of government.

A fundamental requirement is investment in sustainable public and private institutions as well as in future leadership rooted in those societies.

Minister Wieczorek-Zeul and Aga Khan announced specific programmes through which their institutional partnership would be strengthened. These include initiatives in alternative development in northeastern Afghanistan that would contribute towards the fight against narcotics, health sector in Pakistan and joint activities in micro finance in Tajikistan.