H.H. The Aga Khan
In East Africa
March 1997
Press Clippings

1.970310 - The Aga Khan arrives for E. Africa tour (Nation 3)

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.

2.970309 - Aga Khan expected ( Sunday Vision).

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.

March 10, 1997: Hazar Imam grants Holy Deedar to Uganda Jamat at the newly restored Jamat Khana in Kampala on Monday March 10, 1997 at 11:40 a.m. Approximately 1200 Jamati members, 800 from Uganda and the rest from all over the world attended this first Deedar of the East Africa visit.

3.970312 - Aga Khan grants Kenya Sh4.4b ( (Kenya Times)

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.

4.970313 - Aga Khan in Dar today (Daily News)

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.

5. 970313a- The Aga Khan to bless Tanzanian Ismailis

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.

6.970314- Lodges bring new work to northern Tanzania

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.

7.970316 - Mkapa opens Serena Inn (Sunday News, Tanzania)

President Mkapa announces that the tourism projects launched through the Aga Khan Network agencies had helped create thousands of much-needed jobs in Tanzania

8.970314aa - The Aga Khan arrives in Dar ( The Guardian).

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.

9.970316aa - Aga Khan launches luxury hotel

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.

10.970316b - Serena Inn to boost Isles tourism (Sunday News).

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.

11.970316c - Mkapa, Aga Khan visits Health Centre (Sunday News)

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.

12.970318 - Culture was ignored for too long ( Guardian)

"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.

13.970316e - Amour inaugurates Cultural Centre (Daily News)

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.

14.970317a - Zanzibar President launches cultural centre ( Guardian )

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.

15.970317b - Serena, South African Group Compete for Top Dar Hotel (The East African)


16.970317c - Aga Khan Shows Optimisim in East Africa (The East African)


17.970318a - Aga Khan to open Zanzibar Serena Inn

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.

18.970316d - Mkapa opens Serena Inn.

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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