|H.H. The Aga Khan|
In East Africa
Hazar Imam and Prince Amyn are received by Uganda Government Ministers on their arrival at Entebbe International Airport on the start of a two day visit in Uganda.
Hazar Imam visits Uganda on March 9, 1997. Prince Amyn Mohamed inaugurates the Aga Khan School complex on Makerere Road, Kampala on March 10, 1997.
Hazar Imam is hosted to lunch by President Moi of Kenya. A number of national programmes are announced by Hazar Imam including expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital and various educational and economic initiatives in Kenya.
Hazar Imam arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Thursday March 13, 1997 where he inaugurated the Diamond Trust Bank near the Darkhana Jamat Khana. Jamat was granted Holy Deedar on Friday March 14th at Diamond Jubilee Hall.
Hazar Imam initiated various tourism and other economic initiatives for Zanzibar island. Cultural preservation projects such as restoration of the Old Dispensary were also inaugurated in the centre of Zanzibar's historic Old Stone Town which itself was undergoing preservation through funds from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
Serena Lodges at Lake Manyara are built through funds from the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development where local artisans are recruited to perform various building functions and given weekly lessons in German, English and French.
President Mkapa announces that the tourism projects launched through the Aga Khan Network agencies had helped create thousands of much-needed jobs in Tanzania
The Guardian newspaper reports arrival of Hazar Imam to Tanzania where various Tourism and Economic initiatives have been launched through funds from the Aga Khan Development Network agencies.
President Mkapa and Hazar Imam announce the launching of various tourism projects in Tanzania developed through the Aga Khan Development Network agencies and included restoration of historic buildings in Zanzibar.
Hazar Imam and the Presidents of Tanzania and Zanzibar inaugurated the Serena Inn in Zanzibar's historic Stone Town which had been selected by UNESCO as one of the world's 100 most important urban centres.
President Benjamin Mkapa and Hazar Imam yesterday visited the health professions development centre of the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam.
Hazar Imam and Prince Amyn visited new premises of Diamond Trust Bank (Tanzania) whose building have been extensively refurbished and a state-of-art computer system for its operations.
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.
"Understanding of the importance of culture is slowly emerging as a critical element in development strategies in general", the leader of the world's Ismaili community said in Zanzibar yesterday.
The Old Dispensary in Zanzibar's Stone Town was fully renovated through funds from The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and inaugurated in the presence of Hazar Imam and Prince Amyn Mohamed on March 16, 1997.
Hazar Imam announced that The Aga Khan Trust for Culture had an important continuing mission to support architectural tradition in countries where Muslims had a significant presence by identifying and publicizing innovative solution to contemporary needs of all peoples in the Islamic World.
Hazar Imam opened the new Serena Inn in presence of President Mkapa of Tanzania on Saturday March 15, 1997. This represents a $39 million U.S. investment.
President Benjamin Mkapa commends Hazar Imam for promoting tourism in Tanzania through inauguration of projects such as the new Serena Inn in Zanzibar Stone Town.
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