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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:26 am    Post subject: IMAMAT AND EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY Reply with quote

EAC Secretary General Holds Talks with His Highness The Aga Khan

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The Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera today held talks with His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania, 28 July 2011: The Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera today held talks with His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

His Highness the Aga Khan, who had paid a courtesy call on the Secretary General, briefed the EAC officials about the ongoing several Aga Khan Development Network projects in East Africa including the inauguration of the US$ 50 million Aga Khan University (AKU) Hospital’s Heart and Cancer Centre on 25 July in Nairobi, the laying of foundation stone of the AKU Graduate School of Media and Communications in Nairobi on 27 July 2011 and the ongoing construction of a modern university campus in Arusha.

The Secretary General hailed His Highness the Aga Khan for conceptualizing the University of East Africa campus in Arusha, Tanzania which he said would contribute to the creation of an East African identity.

“Your Highness your vision is very exciting and compelling and we [the East African Community] support these noble objectives meant to develop the region as a unit,” said Amb. Dr. Sezibera.

The Secretary General called for the need for the Community to work closely with AKDN in the areas of education, research and healthcare. The two sides agreed to form a coordinating team to explore further the areas of collaboration between AKDN and the EAC.

His Highness the Aga Khan was accompanied by the President of the Aga Khan University in Kenya, Mr. Firoz Rasul; the Resident Representative of AKDN in Uganda, Mr. Mahmood H. Ahmed; and Mr. Shafik Sachedina, AKDN’s Director of Diplomatic Services. The Secretary General was accompanied by his Deputy in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Mr. Jean Claude Nsengiyumva; the Principal Education Officer, Mr. Aloysius Chebet; and other senior officials.

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AKU Campus (Arusha)

On 19 August 2007, His Highness the Aga Khan announced plans to build a major new university campus in Arusha, in north-eastern Tanzania. The US$ 450-million complex will be developed over the next 15 years. In developing the multiple campuses and new programmes in Arusha and Nairobi, AKU will invest over $700 million in the region over the next fifteen years, providing direct employment to approximately 4,000 people on an ongoing basis.

Already, one third of the students attending AKU campuses are from East Africa; at full capacity, the new East Africa campuses will educate 3000 students.

Aga Khan Development Network

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, is a group of private, non-denominational development agencies working to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East.

The Network’s nine development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion. The AKDN’s underlying ethic is compassion for the vulnerable in society. Its annual budget for philanthropic activity is in excess of US$ 600 million.

For more information please contact: Owora Richard Othieno, Head of Department; Corporate Communications and Public Affairs; Tel: 255-768-835021; Email: othieno@eachq.org

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Sunday July 31, 2011
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Aga Khan foundation to invest heavily in Arusha

From MARC NKWAME in Arusha, 30th July 2011 @ 12:02, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 292

HIS Highness the Aga Khan has reiterated his intention to establish a network of higher learning institutions in East Africa including the proposed modern university campus in Arusha.

Speaking here during His Highness’ visit to the East African Community Secretariat, Aga Khan revealed that the US$ 450-million (8 trillion/-) complex will be developed over the next 15 years.

In developing the multiple campuses and new programmes in Arusha and Nairobi, Aga Khan University will invest over US$700 million in the region over the next fifteen years, providing direct employment to approximately 4,000 people on an ongoing basis.

Already, one third of the students attending the existing AKU campuses are from East Africa. At full capacity, the new East Africa campuses will educate 3000 students.

The Secretary General of the East African Community, Dr Richard Sezibera, held talks with His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) on Thursday when His Highness paid a courtesy call on the SG.

He briefed the EAC officials about the ongoing several Aga Khan Development Network projects in East Africa including the inauguration of the US$ 50 million Aga Khan University (AKU) Hospital’s Heart and Cancer Centre in Nairobi, the laying of foundation stone of the AKU Graduate School of Media and Communications in Nairobi and the ongoing construction of a modern university campus in Arusha.

The Secretary General hailed His Highness the Aga Khan for conceptualizing the University of East Africa campus in Arusha, Tanzania which he said would contribute to the creation of an East African identity.

“Your Highness, your vision is very exciting and compelling and we (the East African Community) support these noble objectives meant to develop the region as a unit,” said Dr Sezibera.

The Secretary General called for the need for the Community to work closely with AKDN in the areas of education, research and healthcare. The two sides agreed to form a coordinating team to explore further the areas of collaboration between AKDN and the EAC.

His Highness the Aga Khan was accompanied by the President of the Aga Khan University in Kenya, Mr Firoz Rasul; the Resident Representative of AKDN in Uganda, Mr Mahmood H. Ahmed; and Mr Shafik Sachedina, AKDN’s Director of Diplomatic Services.

The Secretary General was accompanied by his Deputy in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Mr Jean Claude Nsengiyumva; the Principal Education Officer, Mr Aloysius Chebet; and other senior officials.

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, is a group of private, non-denominational development agencies working to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East.

The Network’s nine development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion. The AKDN’s underlying ethic is compassion for the vulnerable in society. Its annual budget for philanthropic activity is in excess of US$ 600 million.
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His Highness the Aga Khan meets with the Secretary General of the East African Community

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Arusha, Tanzania, 29 July 2011 - His Highness the Aga Khan met with His Excellency Ambassador Dr Richard Sezibera, the Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) at the EAC Headquarters in the Arusha International Conference Centre. The two discussed how the AKDN could continue to contribute to the regionalisation of East Africa and the forthcoming campus being developed by the Aga Khan University in Arusha.

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EAC, AKDN Sign Agreement



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EAC, Aga Khan Development Network Sign Agreement to Foster Development in the Region

The East African Community (EAC) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today signed a pivotal agreement to strengthen and broaden cooperation in the areas of economic, social and cultural development throughout East Africa.

Arusha, 18 July 2012: The East African Community (EAC) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today signed a pivotal agreement to strengthen and broaden cooperation in the areas of economic, social and cultural development throughout East Africa.

His Highness the Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of AKDN and Ambassador Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General of the East African Community signed the agreement during a ceremony at the EAC headquarters in Arusha.

The agreement is designed to facilitate and accelerate development in order to bring long-term sustainable benefits for the populations of the EAC partner states. Recognising the ethnic and religious diversity of the region, the agreement places emphasis on the importance of pluralism in building healthy, sustainable and prosperous societies and seeks to build on the multiple traditions of East Africa’s cultures, faiths and natural habitats.

The agreement also stipulates that AKDN and EAC will work jointly, and together with the Government of Tanzania, to develop the Arusha region as a hub for commerce, governance and intellectual exchange.

Amb. Sezibera emphasised the EAC’s commitment to fostering cooperative agreements with regional and international organisations and development partners interested in the pursuit of EAC’s objectives. Speaking at the signing ceremony, he said:

“This partnership reflects the vision articulated in the first East African Community Development Strategy in 1997 and in every successive strategy, and is consonant with our shared ambition of bringing sustainable benefits and improved quality of life to all the peoples of the EAC”.

This broad partnership includes initiatives in employment creation, income generation and poverty reduction in selected regions and sub-regions of the EAC partner states. It also highlights the need for improvements to standards, quality and delivery of services, particularly in the fields of pre-tertiary and higher education, and healthcare, through public-private partnerships and other collaboration. This includes efforts to promote the expansion of the Aga Khan University as a regional university for East Africa, which will set up a number of centres or campuses in each Partner State, in addition to the establishment of the principal campus in Arusha.

“Our partnership will aim to provide equitable development through equal opportunity to the people of the East African region. Our joint programmes will aim to develop human potential and build cohesive societies that will ensure the improvement of the quality of lives of all regardless of faith or origin,” said the Aga Khan.

In a separate agreement also signed in Arusha on Wednesday, the EAC and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany announced a contribution of 10 million euros towards the support of the Aga Khan University’s nursing and midwifery education programmes in East Africa. The German Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania His Excellency Klaus-Peter Brandes and the EAC Secretary General signed the agreement for the project.

The project comprises the construction and renovation of two university buildings and a students’ residential and accommodation block as well as the course material for nurses’ and midwives’ education. Furthermore, the project aims to support EAC in its objective to develop region-wide accreditation for curricula for health professionals.



“I have noted with great satisfaction that this innovative financial cooperation will improve medical services through better trained medical personnel in the EAC region,” remarked Amb. Brandes. “In future, inadequately supplied and disadvantaged regions in East Africa will benefit from more and better educated nurses and midwives”.

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The Aga Khan Development Network

The agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network are private, international, non-denominational development organisations founded by His Highness the Aga Khan. They work to improve the welfare and prospects of people in 30 countries in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa.

While each agency pursues its own mandate, all of them work together within the overarching framework of the Network so that their different pursuits interact and reinforce one another. Their mandates include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programmes without regard to faith, origin or gender..

For more information please contact: Owora Richard Othieno, Head of Department; Corporate Communications and Public Affairs; Tel: +255 784 835021; Email: othieno@eachq.org

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Collaborate in projects, Aga Khan advises EAC

Thursday, 19 July 2012 11:49



President Jakaya Kikwete holds talks with His Highness the Aga Khan at State House, Dar es Salaam, yesterday. PHOTO | STATE HOUSE

http://thecitizen.co.tz/news/4-national-news/24124-collaborate-in-projects-aga-khan-advises-eac.html

By Zephania Ubwani, The Citizen Bureau Chief
Arusha. His Highness the Aga Khan yesterday stressed the need to strengthen the capacity of the East African Community (EAC) member countries in managing development projects.

He added that the region could make significant strides if member states collaborated more in implementing joint projects and programmes. The spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims made the remarks in Arusha after signing a trilateral agreement between his Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the German Development Bank (KFW) and the EAC for a health project.

Under the agreement, Germany will grant some 10 million euros in support of the Aga Khan University Health Programme in Arusha. EAC is the recipient of the funds while the Aga Khan University is the project executing agency.

His Highness said he was impressed by the project and thanked the German government for the partnership and assistance.

''This agreement and support to the EAC will strengthen regional capacity in managing the projects. It is an important day for us,” he said after the signing ceremony at the community’s headquarters here.

EAC Secretary-General Richard Sezibera signed on behalf of the regional organisation while Germany’s ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Klaus-Peter Brandes, signed on behalf of KFW, which was also represented.

The project comprises the construction and renovation of two university buildings and students' residential accommodation as well as the course material for nurses’ and midwives' education.

Furthermore, the project aims at supporting EAC in its objective to develop region-wide accreditation for curricula for health professionals.

According to a press release by the German Embassy in Tanzania, activities on the project will initially be focused on Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya and will then be expanded to Burundi and Rwanda.

Mr Brandes noted during his brief remarks that the financial cooperation, which he described as innovative, will improve medical services through better trained medical personnel in the EAC region.

''In future, inadequately supplied and disadvantaged regions in East Africa will benefit from more and better educated nurses and midwives'', he explained

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EAC, Aga Khan team up to boost regional growth

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Arusha to have new city plan

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East Africa: Aga Khan to Boost Arusha's Image

28 July 2012

The Aga-Khan Development Network has joined forces with the East African Community in the new initiative to convert Arusha Region into hub for commerce, governance and intellectual exchange.

This was revealed here last week during the occasion in which the East African Community (EAC) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) were signing a pivotal agreement to strengthen and broaden cooperation in the areas of economic, social and cultural development throughout East Africa.

His Highness the Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of AKDN and Dr Richard Sezibera, the Secretary General of the East African Community inked the agreement during a ceremony at the headquarters of the East African Community in Arusha.

The contract is designed to facilitate and accelerate development in order to bring long-term sustainable benefits for the citizens of Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda, while also stipulating that AKDN and EAC should jointly work with the Government in developing Arusha region to be hub for commerce, governance and intellectual exchange.

Already Arusha serves the role as Tanzania's diplomacy capital as well as East Africa's hub for travel and tourism.

A 'new satellite city' set to be pivoted around the proposed Aga-Khan University in the Kisongo area, some 20 kilometers from the Arusha City Center, is in the works and the ambitious project will highly transform the local landscape.

Dr Sezibera emphasized the EAC's commitment to fostering cooperative agreements with regional and international organizations and development partners interested in the pursuit of EAC's objectives.

"This partnership reflects the vision articulated in the first East African Community Development Strategy in 1997 and in every successive strategy, and is consonant with our shared ambition of bringing sustainable benefits and improved quality of life to all the peoples of the EAC" He stated.

The broad partnership is also including initiatives in employment creation, income generation and poverty reduction in selected regions and sub-regions of the EAC partner states.

"It also highlights the need for improvements to standards, quality and delivery of services, particularly in the fields of pre-tertiary and higher education, and healthcare, through public-private partnerships and other collaboration," added HH the Aga-Khan.

This includes efforts to promote the expansion of the Aga Khan University as a regional university for East Africa, which will set up a number of centers or campuses in each Partner State, in addition to the establishment of the principal campus in Arusha.

"Our partnership will aim to provide equitable development through equal opportunity to the people of the East African region. Our joint programmes will aim to develop human potential and build cohesive societies that will ensure the improvement of the quality of lives of all regardless of faith or origin," maintained the Aga Khan.

Recognizing the ethnic and religious diversity of the region, the pact, according to the two parties, emphasizes on the importance of pluralism in building healthy, sustainable and prosperous societies and seeks to build on the multiple traditions of East Africa's cultures, faiths and natural habitats.

In a separate agreement also signed in Arusha last week , the EAC and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany announced a contribution of 10 million euros towards the support of the Aga Khan University's nursing and midwifery education programs in East Africa.
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Tanzania: Germany Grants $12 Million to Nursing
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By Leonard Magomba, 14 August 2012 Comment

Dar es Salaam — The Aga Khan University's nursing and midwifery education programmes has received funding from the government of Germany to develop region-wide accreditation for curricula for health professionals in the region.

The German Ambassador in Tanzania, Mr Klaus-Peter Brandes has signed a bilateral grant agreement in Arusha last week in the tune of Tsh19bn ($12m) with the Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC), Dr. Richard Sezibera in support the university's health programmes.

In this agreement, EAC is the receipt of the funds while Aga Khan University, a pioneer in nursing education will be the project executive agency."The project comprises the construction and renovation of two university buildings and a student's residential accommodation as well as course material for nurses' and midwives' education," Dr Sezibera said.

Furthermore, he added, the project aims at supporting EAC in its objective to develop region-wide accreditation for curricula for health professionals.

According to Ambassador Brandes, activities in this project, will initially be focused on Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda and will then be expanded to Rwanda and Burundi in a subsequent phase to implement the agreement.The project is expected to boost number of nurses and midwives which are the backbone of the health care delivery system in the region.According to Tanzania Nursing and Midwifery Council (TNMC), there are more than 28,000 licensed nurses, comprising of more than 60% of all the health work force in the country and the major stakeholder in health care delivery systemThe size of the nursing-midwifery school classes in Tanzania is rapidly shrinking, and the shortage of midwives is felt throughout the country. According to the 2010 Tanzania Demographic Health Survey, only half of births in Tanzania are attended by skilled health personnel.

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East Africa's leading tourist town of Arusha elevated into autonomous city

By Apolinari Tairo, eTN Tanzania | Nov 05, 2012
TANZANIA(eTN) - Located at the center of Africa, Tanzania’s sprawling tourist town of Arusha has officially been elevated into a full-fledged city, boasting of its rich tourism and ideal position in the African continent.

Standing exactly at the middle of Africa between Cape Town in South Africa and Cairo in Egypt, Arusha town is a fast-growing cosmopolitan area in East Africa with modern life blended with African, European, and Asian cultures, all ofwhich attracted international visitors to the town.

Named Geneva of Africa� by the former American President Bill Clinton, Arusha town has its prominence growing fast into an international gathering metropolitan.

Tanzanian President Mr. Jakaya Kikwete has officially elevated the town into a city status, attracting more business and tourists to the area.

Located at the foothills of Mount Meru, the second highest mountain in Tanzania, Arusha is a sophisticated, lively city, standing as the leading commercial center in northern Tanzania. The Clock Tower roundabout, an exact center of Africa, is a place where tourists crossing the African continent from Cape to Cairo pay a quick visit to take photographs.

Seated at an elevation of 1,500 meters above sea level, Arusha has been granted a city status by the President of Tanzania by its prominence as the gateway to East Africa’s most famous wildlife parks, international conferences, and business.

Rising from the old Maasai settlement to a modern living metropolitan, Arusha city is the hub of Tanzania’s tourism, harbouring over 90 percent of tourist companies operating in northern Tanzania.

Modern and international-class shopping bazaars, coffee bars, curio shops, hotels, and museums dominate Arusha city’s prominence. These recreational and educational facilities are flocked with people of different cultures and nationalities.

The Goliondoi road area past the main post office and the Arusha Hotel provides shopping for the tourists and other visitors. There are 400 shops here, organized mostly by craft guilds.

Jewellery made of gold, copper, diamonds, and the famous tanzanite are sold in shops along Goliondoi Street, while Makonde wood carvings are sold at open spaces off the street.

The Arusha International Conference center (AICC) is the biggest building in this new city. This huge triangular building gives the city an international image. It accommodates the International CriminalTribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) of which nationals from various nations work there, holding different professions.

Near the AICC is the Old German Boma, a site of early German administration in Arusha region. It now accommodates the Natural HistoryMuseum, stocked with different species of wildlife, birds, and insects collected from various parts of northern Tanzania, mostly from wildlife parks.

While visiting the museum, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, soft or hard drinks in its garden bar.

The ArushaDeclaration Monument and the museum nearby would tell more about political and economic development of Tanzania since 1961, when the Tanzania’s political blue print – the Arusha Declaration - was passed and signed in February 1967, and this document added prominence in the city.

The annual Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair (KTTF) is the leading travel trade gathering in East Africa, which brings the world to Arusha city. Organized by the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and other stakeholders in tourism, the Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair is now a regional event that also features many products and delegates from Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.

The Karibu Travel Fair provides an ideal opportunity for overseas buyers and travel stakeholders to meet the market leaders in the East African tourism industry and learn about emerging trends and developments.

Arusha city entered into records in 1898 and 1900 when German administrators built their base at the foothills of Mount Meru in northern Tanzania.

The city stands as the gateway to famous the wildlife parks of Tarangire, Arusha, LakeManyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro in northern Tanzania, while Mount Kilimanjaro climbers plan their itineraries in this fast-growing city.

It is the headquarters of the East African Community made up of the five African states of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi, sharing regional amenities including frequent travels by heads of governments and prominent dignitaries.

Being closer to Nairobi, the East Africa’s leading capital, Arusha has been a starting point for tourists from various parts of the world touring northern Tanzania, taking an advantage of air connection between Nairobi and big cities of the world.
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Mawlana Hazar Imam in Arusha for opening of EAC headquarters

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Arusha, 27 November 2012 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Arusha today, where tomorrow he will take part in the inauguration of the new headquarters building of the East African Community (EAC).

Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed by the Honourable Dr Emmanuel John Nchimbi, Tanzania’s Minister for Home Affairs. Photo: Zahur Ramji

Upon his arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, Mawlana Hazar Imam was received on behalf of the Government of Tanzania by the Honourable Dr Emmanuel John Nchimbi, Minister for Home Affairs. Also present to greet Hazar Imam were Jeremba Munasa, District Commissioner for Arumeru; EAC Deputy Secretaries General, the Honourable Jesca Eriyo, Dr Enos Bukuku and Dr Julius Tangus Rotich; the Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Honourable Bernard Membe, as well as the Aga Khan Development Network Resident Representatives for Tanzania and Uganda Aitmadi Amin Kurji and Mahmood Ahmed, and Ismaili Council for Tanzania President Aitmadi Jehangir Bhaloo.


Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by the Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Honourable Bernard Membe. Photo: Zahur Ramji

Tomorrow, Mawlana Hazar Imam will join the presidents of the five member states of the East African Community to tour the organisation’s new Arusha headquarters on the occasion of its opening.

The EAC is a regional intergovernmental organisation that brings together Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, and is based in Arusha. The city is also the site of a soon to be built East Africa campus of the Aga Khan University.
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Finally, new offices for EA Community



From left: President Kibaki, Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete and The Aga Khan, founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, are shown the amenities of the new East African Community headquarters in Arusha on November 28, 2012. This was during the opening of the two buildings. PHOTO/STEPHEN MUDIARI NATION MEDIA GROUP

By TOM MOSOBA tmosoba@tz.nationmedia.com
Posted Thursday, November 29 2012 at 00:29

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Presidents Kibaki, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi officiated at the colourful ceremony attended by The Aga Khan, who is the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

The opening of the €18.8 million (Sh2 billion) office complex that is fully funded by the German government was also attended by high-ranking dignitaries, including diplomats, business people and other government officials.

They included Tanzania’s Vice-President Mohammed Ghalib Bilal and Premier Mizengo Pinda.

The East Africa Community now has a permanent place to call home following Wednesday’s opening of its office complex in Arusha, Tanzania.

Presidents Kibaki, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi officiated at the colourful ceremony attended by The Aga Khan, who is the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

Rwandan President Paul Kagame was represented by Prime Minister Pierre Habumuremyi, while Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni was represented by his Minister for State for East African Affairs, Mr Shem Bagaine.

“We have opened a project that will serve as a symbol for unity and renewal of the integration process,” President Kibaki said.

The opening of the €18.8 million (Sh2 billion) office complex that is fully funded by the German government was also attended by high-ranking dignitaries, including diplomats, business people and other government officials.

They included Tanzania’s Vice-President Mohammed Ghalib Bilal and Premier Mizengo Pinda.

Hundreds of jubilant nationals of the five EAC member states braved a chilly morning to witness the historic event described by speakers as a turning point in pursuit of a fully integrated region.

As part of the celebrations, EAC secretary-general Ambassador Richard Sezibera signed two bilateral agreements with Germany worth €26 million (Sh286 million) for tax administration and investment promotion reforms and another one with United States Agency for International Development (USaid) for digitisation of data exchange among the different revenue authorities.

The Director for Africa in Germany’s Federal Foreign Office Ambassador Egon Kochanke and Dr Ulla Mikota, the Director for Africa in the Federal Ministry for Development Co-operation, represented Germany.

The USaid project could save up to $50 million (Sh4 billion) in costs at border posts. Last July, The Aga Khan signed a pivotal agreement with the EAC to strengthen and broaden cooperation in economic, social and cultural areas. (READ: EAC, Aga Khan team up to boost regional growth)

The agreement also stipulates that the AKDN and the EAC will work jointly, together with the government of Tanzania, to turn Arusha to a trade hub for the region.

On Tuesday, Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete urged the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) to pass laws that speed up the regional integration process.
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PM, Aga Khan to sign park facelift project

By PETER LEFTIE pmutibo@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted Wednesday, November 28 2012 at 21:30

In Summary

His Highness The Aga Khan and Prime Minister Raila Odinga will sign the agreement to rehabilitate the Park at the Nairobi National Museum.
The ceremony, according to a statement from the Aga Khan Development Network, will pave the way for the Aga Khan Trust to embark on the rehabilitation early next year.
The project will entail collaboration through environmental improvement, landscaping and creation of new facilities which will improve the quality of the site, making the environment safe for visitors, besides providing the necessary infrastructure .

A project to restore the Nairobi City Park will be formalised on Thursday.

His Highness The Aga Khan and Prime Minister Raila Odinga will sign the agreement to rehabilitate the Park at the Nairobi National Museum.

The ceremony, according to a statement from the Aga Khan Development Network, will pave the way for the Aga Khan Trust to embark on the rehabilitation early next year.

“The primary objective of the project is to rehabilitate Nairobi’s City Park as a major metropolitan park that meets the highest standards in restoration, environmental practices and financial sustainability,” the statement noted.

The project will entail collaboration through environmental improvement, landscaping and creation of new facilities which will improve the quality of the site, making the environment safe for visitors, besides providing the necessary infrastructure .

Funds for the project will come from multiple sources, including the Aga Khan Development Network, grants, donor funds and other forms of project finance from reputable organisations, the statement read.

Operations would be managed by a park operations unit, whose role would be to maintain and attract visitors. Any revenue would be reinvested in social projects.

The first phase will involve site surveys and collection of significant data to help with the conservation, while the second phase will consist of actual project implementation.

The third phase will be operation and management of the Park’s activities.

An oversight committee comprising of representatives from the Kenyan government and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, will be responsible for the management and coordination of various projects within the Park.

It will provide financial oversight, and preparation of special programmes within the facility while the Nairobi City Council will be responsible for ensuring that any relevant development within the Park area is approved and included in the city’s master plan.

The committee will also facilitate the lawful compliance, consents and permits for the timely completion of the project.

With ten park and garden projects now in its portfolio, the Trust has demonstrated that even in the most difficult contexts, parks can have a positive impact on a city if they are restored and maintained.

The statement further noted that, under the right conditions, parks and gardens can also be economic generators that drive - directly and indirectly - a broad advance of positive change.


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[President Jakaya Kikwete joins President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya (third left), Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza (second right), Rwandan Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi (right) and Uganda’s Minister of State for East African Affairs Shem Bageine in inaugurating the new East African Community headquarters in Arusha yesterday. PHOTO | FILBERT RWEYEMAMU]

President Jakaya Kikwete joins President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya (third left), Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza (second right), Rwandan Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi (right) and Uganda’s Minister of State for East African Affairs Shem Bageine in inaugurating the new East African Community headquarters in Arusha yesterday. PHOTO | FILBERT RWEYEMAMU
By Tom Mosoba
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Arusha.The East African Community now has now a permanent place to call home following yesterday’s grand opening of an ultra-modern office complex in Arusha.Presidents Jakaya Kikwete, Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi officiated at the colourful ceremony in the city that has cemented its place as the regional bloc’s seat of power.

Rwandan leader Paul Kagame and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, who had earlier been expected to join their counterparts in commissioning the imposing complex, did not show up despite an hour’s delay to await their arrival.
Rwandan Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi finally stepped in for his Mr Kagame, while Ugandan Minister of State for East African Affairs Shem Bagaine represented Mr Museveni. It was not immediately stated why the two missed the occasion despite their names being on the plaque that was unveiled to commemorate the launch.

However, the absence did not dampen the joyous spirit among the hundreds of jubilant nationals of the five EAC member countries who braved a chilly morning to witness the historic event described by speakers as a turning point in pursuit of a fully integrated region.

The significance of the 18.8 million euro (Sh38.4 billion) office complex fully funded by the German government was also highlighted by the attendance of high-ranking diplomats and dignitaries from the business and civil society communities.

Among those who cheered on as the three Presidents unveiled the plaque and cut the tape to usher in the new era were Vice President Mohammed Gharib Bilal, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda and His Highness the Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).



As part of the celebrations, EAC Secretary-General Richard Sezibera signed two three-year bilateral agreements with Germany worth 26 million euros (Sh53 billion) for Tax Administration and Investment Promotion reforms and one with the United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) for the digitisation of data exchange among the different revenue authorities that could save up to $50 million (Sh80 billion) in costs at border posts.


The Director for Africa of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, Mr Egon Kochanke, and Dr Ulla Mikota, the Director for Africa in the Federal Ministry for Development Co-operation, represented Germany. They said the financing of the office complex underscored the importance with which Germany held EAC. “Germany considers regional integration key for peace and security as well as economic development,” said Mr Kochanke, who said the time had come to implement the political commitments as demonstrated by the heads of state present.

The agreements signed yesterday add to a growing list of bilateral and multilateral development partners seeking to take advantage of a market of over 150 million people in the region to establish and grow their business presence in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.


Last July, His Highness the Aga Khan signed a pivotal agreement with the EAC to strengthen and broaden cooperation in the areas of economic, social and cultural development. According to the AKDN, the agreement is designed to facilitate sustainable benefits among EAC partner states by maximising on ethnic and religious diversity of the region and placing emphasis on the importance of pluralism in building healthy, sustainable and prosperous societies.

The AKDN agreement will also seek to build on the multiple traditions of East Africa’s cultures, faiths and natural habitats. It stipulates that AKDN and EAC will work jointly, together with the Government of Tanzania, to develop the Arusha region as a hub for commerce, governance and intellectual exchange.


Yesterday, President Kibaki, who is the current chairman of the EAC Heads of State Summit, said EAC citizens should be proud of the achievements of the EAC integration process, adding that the new complex should be an impetus for attaining more success.


“Today is a truly special day for us all. We have opened a project that will serve as a symbol of unity and renewal of the integration process,” said President Kibaki. He said the quest to grow and have a people with one destiny had been boosted.


The Kenyan president, however, cautioned that the road ahead was still littered with challenges and urged for concerted efforts to overcome them. He singled out the need for a free movement of goods, services and people. “There is now need to hasten regional infrastructure projects such as roads, railways and renewable energy to ensure our people are enjoying the fruits of this work,” he said.
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Nairobi, Kenya - 29 November 2012

City Park face lift: Aga Khan, govt. sign agreement


Published on Nov 29, 2012 by NTVKenya


The government and the Aga Khan Trust have formalized the project to restore the Nairobi City Park. His Highness The Aga Khan and Prime Minister Raila Odinga signed the agreement to rehabilitate the Park at the Nairobi National Museum paving the way for the Aga Khan Trust to embark on the rehabilitation early next year.


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Aga Khan, Raila sign city park facelift deal

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By PETER LEFTIE pmutibo@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted Thursday, November 29 2012 at 22:30

In Summary

The Aga Khan and Prime Minister Raila Odinga witnessed the signing of an agreement to rehabilitate the park on Thursday
The Aga Khan projected that once rehabilitated, the park would attract millions of visitors from across the world every year

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A major project to give Nairobi City Park a face-lift has been formalised.

The Aga Khan and Prime Minister Raila Odinga witnessed the signing of an agreement to rehabilitate the park on Thursday.

Speaking during the ceremony at the National Museum in Nairobi, the Aga Khan announced that the Aga Khan Trust was committed to investing in the rehabilitation of cultural facilities that improve the lives of the poor.

He noted that the trust was undertaking ten similar projects worldwide, with the Nairobi City Park being the second in East Africa after a similar one in Zanzibar.

The Aga Khan projected that once rehabilitated, the park would attract millions of visitors from across the world every year.

He noted that other parks rehabilitated by the trust were attracting up to three million visitors every year.

Mr Odinga said the project would make substantial contribution to improving Nairobi’s environment.

He said green spaces in fast-growing cities played a big role in not only improving the environment but also people’s living conditions.

“They are leisure spaces and meeting places for all ages and all social categories, encouraging different sectors of the population to mix and integrate,” he said.

He went on: “They have proved to be catalysts for economic activity and a source of employment, both directly and indirectly.”

The project, which starts next year, will entail environmental improvements, landscape architectural conservation and creation of new facilities at the park.

An amphitheatre, a swimming pool and a food court will also be built at the park to help it generate income.

Mr Odinga said the park would help raise awareness among the public on the need to protect the environment.

“As you know, sport has always been popular with people of Kenya. It should be one of the park’s strong points with building of a sports centre along fitness trails,” he added.

Local Government PS Karega Mutahi, his Heritage counterpart Jacob ole Marion, Nairobi Town Clerk Tom Odongo and Mr Luis Monreal for the Aga Khan Trust signed the agreement.
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Odinga, Aga Khan to witness signing of deal

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 23:24

By The Citizen Reporter
Arusha. Kenyan Prime minister Raila Odinga and His Highness the Aga Khan will today witness the signing of an agreement between the government of Kenya and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) for the rehabilitation of Nairobi City Park.

The Nairobi City Park Rehabilitation Funding and Technical Assistance Agreement (RFTA), as it is officially known, clears a way for the AKTC to begin works in the park starting in 2013, a statement released yesterday said. The model for the revised Nairobi City Park will also be unveiled today, marking a symbolic launch of the project.

“The primary objective of the project is to rehabilitate Nairobi’s City Park as a major metropolitan park that meets the highest standards in restoration, environmental practices and the financial self-sustainability,” the statement said.

Funds for the project will come from multiple sources, including the Aga Khan Development Network and grants, donor funds and other forms of project finance from reputable local and international organisations and agencies.

In addition, AKTC will also provide non-recoverable grants and seeks co-funding to redevelop the park. Operations are to be managed by a park operations unit, whose role will be to manage, maintain and attract visitors. Any possible revenue will be reinvested in social projects.

The agreement foresees collaboration through environmental improvements, landscape architectural conservation and enhancement and creation of new facilities. These activities will improve the quality of the site, making the environment safe for visitors to the City Park and provide the necessary infrastructure by respecting the natural and cultural heritage of the City Park and the people of Kenya.

The rehabilitation of the Park will be undertaken in phases. The first one will involve site surveys and collection of critical information incorporating physical, economic and significant natural conservation data. The second will consist of the actual project construction and the third will be operations and management of park activities.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture is one of nine agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). With 10 park and garden projects now in its portfolio, the Trust has demonstrated that even in the most difficult contexts, parks can have a positive impact on a city if they are restored and maintained. In Cairo, Bamako, Kabul, Delhi, Zanzibar and other sites, AKTC’s rehabilitation of existing parks and the creation of new green spaces have made these places hugely popular among local populations and international visitors.
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The Aga Khan (second right) and Prime Minister Raila Odinga view the plan of the Nairobi City Park after they oversaw the signing of an agreement between the government and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to rehabilitate the facility. Photo/BILLY MUTAI

The Aga Khan (second right) and Prime Minister Raila Odinga view the plan of the Nairobi City Park after they oversaw the signing of an agreement between the government and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to rehabilitate the facility. They are flanked by Prince Hussain Aga Khan (left) and the Trust’s general manager, Luis Monreal, among other dignitaries. Photo/BILLY MUTAI Nation Media Group
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Posted Thursday, November 29 2012 at 20:53

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The deal signed Thursday proposes to restore the 62-hectare park through a six-year exercise involving environmental improvement, landscaping and creation of new facilities.
Once completed, the park will have an amphitheatre, swimming pool, football pitch, food courts and jogging tracks among other social and income-generating facilities.
Rehabilitation is to be done in phases, with the first being site survey and data collection on the physical, economic and conservational significance of the project.

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Nairobi’s City Park is set for rehabilitation at a cost of over $20 million (Sh1.7 billion) following the signing of a deal between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the government.

The 90-year-old park in Parklands has been run down over the years, with human and housing encroachment, pollution, poaching and illegal logging spoiling its appeal.

The deal signed Thursday proposes to restore the 62-hectare park through a six-year exercise involving environmental improvement, landscaping and creation of new facilities.

Once completed, the park will have an amphitheatre, swimming pool, football pitch, food courts and jogging tracks among other social and income-generating facilities.

“We are proposing a rigorous process to bring back the park to its pristine quality ensuring that it serves the current and future generations,” said Luis Monreal, the AKTC general manager. AKTC is one of the nine agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

“The process will not only restore the park, but ensure that it has the capacity to generate revenue, ensuring sustainability.”

Rehabilitation is to be done in phases, with the first being site survey and data collection on the physical, economic and conservational significance of the project.

Actual ground work at the park will follow, with the last phase being operation and management that will involve AKTC representatives, City Council of Nairobi and the National Museums of Kenya.

The park will remain open to the public as work continues.

Preserve biodiversty

The Aga Khan said the facility will help to improve the lives of poor people who go there to relax as well as preserve biodiversity. He added that recreational parks also offer health benefits for frequent visitors.

“The nature of health diseases in the developing world has been shifting away from communicable diseases to non-communicable ones mostly brought about by people’s lifestyles,” he said.

“Parks can help to improve their lives by providing space for exercise and also reducing stress levels,” he added during the signing of the project agreement at the Nairobi National Museum yesterday.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Local Government minister Paul Otuoma and Dr Idle Omar Farah, the museum’s director general, were among the dignitaries who attended the event.

“Restoration of the park will be an important lesson to the country on the need for us to preserve our natural resources,” said Mr Odinga.

The Aga Khan (second right) and Prime Minister Raila Odinga view the plan of the Nairobi City Park after they oversaw the signing of an agreement between the government and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to rehabilitate the facility. Photo/BILLY MUTAI

The Aga Khan (second right) and Prime Minister Raila Odinga view the plan of the Nairobi City Park after they oversaw the signing of an agreement between the government and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to rehabilitate the facility. They are flanked by Prince Hussain Aga Khan (left) and the Trust’s general manager, Luis Monreal, among other dignitaries. Photo/BILLY MUTAI Nation Media Group
By MUGAMBI MUTEGI

Posted Thursday, November 29 2012 at 20:53

In Summary

The deal signed Thursday proposes to restore the 62-hectare park through a six-year exercise involving environmental improvement, landscaping and creation of new facilities.
Once completed, the park will have an amphitheatre, swimming pool, football pitch, food courts and jogging tracks among other social and income-generating facilities.
Rehabilitation is to be done in phases, with the first being site survey and data collection on the physical, economic and conservational significance of the project.

The park will meet the needs of modern city dwellers with access to green space where they can relax. I hope it will turn out to be a model park on the continent.”

Pio Gama Pinto, a Kenyan journalist and politician shot dead in 1965, Joseph Murumbi, Kenya’s second vice president and his widow, Sheila, are buried in the park.

The AKTC has also rehabilitated 10 other parks and revitalised historic sites in cities such as Cairo, Bamako, Kabul and Delhi.

Funds for the Kenyan project will come from multiple sources, including the Aga Khan Development Network, grants, donor funds and other forms of project finance from reputable organisations.

An oversight committee comprising representatives from the Kenyan government and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, will be responsible for the management and co-ordination of various projects within the facility.

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Future Nairobians will thank the Aga Khan
Friday, November 30, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY STAR EDITOR

THE Aga Khan Trust yesterday finalised an agreement with Nairobi City Council to rehabilitate City Park.

The cost of rehabilitation will run into tens of millions of dollars but it is very worthwhile investment.

The 60 hectare park in Parklands provides a recreational space that can be accessed by millions of Nairobians who otherwise have few places to relax.

Today the park is insecure and overgrown, with a congested market (that should somehow be retained) along the roadside.

Africa is rapidly urbanizing. By 2030, more than half of all Kenyans will live in cities. Their quality of life will be very poor unless they have easy access to green spaces.

Nairobi has done very well to retain Karura Forest and now to luckily secure support to rehabilitate City Park.

But in future, the City Council should block all commercial redevelopment of recreational green spaces such as the railway golf course in downtown Nairobi.

When Nairobi is a megalopolis of 20 million people, as one day it will be, residents will thank the foresight of leaders like the Aga Khan who helped preserve the few green spaces at the centre of the concrete jungle.



Quote of the day: "Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old." - Irish writer Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels) was born on November 30, 1667.
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Mawlana Hazar Imam attends inauguration of new EAC headquarters

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Mawlana Hazar Imam looks on as Secretary General Ambassador Dr Richard Sezibera addresses the gathering during the official opening of the East African Community Headquarters. Photo: Zahur Ramji

Arusha, 28 November 2012 — Mawlana Hazar Imam took part today in the inauguration of the new headquarters of the East African Community (EAC). Together with EAC leaders and the heads of state from its member countries, Hazar Imam toured the facility and took part in inaugural ceremonies.

The new building sits on a 9.85 acre parcel of land in Arusha town near the Arusha International Conference Center — the site of the first EAC headquarters. The 14 925 square metre complex houses the EAC Secretariat, the East African Legislative Assembly and the East African Court of Justice. It includes state-of-the-art conference facilities, committee rooms, courtrooms, a library, an archive, a media centre, as well as shopping and dining facilities.

In July, Mawlana Hazar Imam and EAC Secretary General Ambassador Richard Sezibera signed an agreement to strengthen and broaden cooperation between the Aga Khan Development Network and the EAC in the areas of economic, social and cultural development throughout East Africa. The agreement, which aims to improve the quality of life of peoples in the region through employment creation, income generation and poverty reduction, also envisions the expansion of the Aga Khan University as a regional university for East Africa. AKU will set up centres or campuses in each partner state, in addition to establishing a principal campus in Arusha.


Mawlana Hazar Imam with heads of state, ministers and leaders of the EAC and other African dignitaries on the occasion of the inauguration of the new ECB headquarters. Photo: Zahur Ramji

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Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Nairobi

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The President of Kenya, His Excellency Mwai Kibaki, greets Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Photo: Aziz Islamshah

Nairobi, 28 November 2012 — After attending the inauguration of the new headquarters of the East African Community in Arusha earlier today, Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled to the Kenyan capital, where he will witness the signing of an agreement for the rehabilitation of the Nairobi City Park.

Arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Mawlana Hazar Imam was received by the Honourable Ali Chirau Mwakwere, Minister for the Environment, and Professor Sam Ongeri, Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as Aziz Bhaloo, Aga Khan Development Network Resident Representative in Kenya and Ismaili Council for Kenya President Aitmadi Zul Abdul.



Mawlana Hazar Imam is accompanied by Kenyan ministers Hon Ali Chirau Mwakwere and Professor Sam Ongeri upon his arrival in Nairobi. Photo: Aziz Islamshah



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EAC leaders pose for a group photo with EAC staff and guests in front of the Headquarters building at the Barabara ya Afrika Mashariki road.

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The above photograph reminded me of a very endearing incident which happened at the function in Arusha immediately after the photograph session was over. 

An attractive young Indian woman accompanied by her husband, a white man, had been noticed by me discreetly following Hazar Imam as he toured the new building, room to room. I also saw them standing on one side during the photograph session. Once the session was over, the respected presidents all departed one by one. Hazar Imam, meanwhile, had moved to the left side of the quadrangle, shaking hands and mingling with various dignitaries, staff members and officials who were still milling around. When the crowd had sufficiently thinned out, Hazar Imam was about to move to the right side of the quadrangle to await his car when this particular woman boldly walked up to the Imam and requested Him to pose for a photograph with her. Hazar Imam, smiling, cordial, the perfect gentleman, laughingly accepted her request with the words, "Of course, of course, why not? Let's do it," which I clearly heard. 

The lady stood next to the Imam whilst her husband snapped a picture on his mobile phone. She then thanked Hazar Imam, who smiled and then turned as if to move away towards His car. But before He started walking, the lady came back to the Imam and informed Him that the picture her husband had taken was not okay and could they please retake the shot? 

Without hesitation, Hazar Imam turned around beckoning the lady to stand next to Him and the picture was retaken by her husband. The couple thanked the Imam profusely and shortly thereafter, the Imam departed the venue. 

I am sharing this with you because, first of all, I was truly struck by the genteel nature of our beloved Imam. He was so free, so casual, so sweet and friendly and He went out of His way to make the lady feel comfortable and this made my heart swell with pride for our Imam. Secondly, I was flabbergasted with what I should call the lady's bravery. I had assumed she was an Ismaili from the way she had followed the Imam around the whole venue, albeit at a discreet distance. For an Ismaili to walk up to the Imam and request a photograph is an act that would be out of the question for majority of us, am I not right? I thought perhaps her husband had pushed her and I spent some time trying to look for them and have a chat with her to find out more. 

I finally ran into her outside of the venue and was truly surprised to learn that she was actually a Hindu lady, married to a white man. "I have heard a lot about the Aga Khan and I am indeed thrilled to have had such a wonderful opportunity today. I will treasure this memory for the rest of my life."
Her husband asked me if I was an Ismaili and why I was so surprised at his wife's actions. I informed him that as an Ismaili we show respect for our Imam by keeping our distance and we feel blessed to even catch a glimpse of Him from afar, and today I was at the top of the world for having seen my Imam this close and for this long. With that we shook hands and parted ways. Shukran Lillah wal hamdulillah
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Indigo wrote:
The above photograph reminded me of a very endearing incident which happened at the function in Arusha immediately after the photograph session was over. 

An attractive young Indian woman accompanied by her husband, a white man, had been noticed by me discreetly following Hazar Imam as he toured the new building, room to room. I also saw them standing on one side during the photograph session. Once the session was over, the respected presidents all departed one by one. Hazar Imam, meanwhile, had moved to the left side of the quadrangle, shaking hands and mingling with various dignitaries, staff members and officials who were still milling around. When the crowd had sufficiently thinned out, Hazar Imam was about to move to the right side of the quadrangle to await his car when this particular woman boldly walked up to the Imam and requested Him to pose for a photograph with her. Hazar Imam, smiling, cordial, the perfect gentleman, laughingly accepted her request with the words, "Of course, of course, why not? Let's do it," which I clearly heard. 

The lady stood next to the Imam whilst her husband snapped a picture on his mobile phone. She then thanked Hazar Imam, who smiled and then turned as if to move away towards His car. But before He started walking, the lady came back to the Imam and informed Him that the picture her husband had taken was not okay and could they please retake the shot? 

Without hesitation, Hazar Imam turned around beckoning the lady to stand next to Him and the picture was retaken by her husband. The couple thanked the Imam profusely and shortly thereafter, the Imam departed the venue. 

I am sharing this with you because, first of all, I was truly struck by the genteel nature of our beloved Imam. He was so free, so casual, so sweet and friendly and He went out of His way to make the lady feel comfortable and this made my heart swell with pride for our Imam. Secondly, I was flabbergasted with what I should call the lady's bravery. I had assumed she was an Ismaili from the way she had followed the Imam around the whole venue, albeit at a discreet distance. For an Ismaili to walk up to the Imam and request a photograph is an act that would be out of the question for majority of us, am I not right? I thought perhaps her husband had pushed her and I spent some time trying to look for them and have a chat with her to find out more. 

I finally ran into her outside of the venue and was truly surprised to learn that she was actually a Hindu lady, married to a white man. "I have heard a lot about the Aga Khan and I am indeed thrilled to have had such a wonderful opportunity today. I will treasure this memory for the rest of my life."
Her husband asked me if I was an Ismaili and why I was so surprised at his wife's actions. I informed him that as an Ismaili we show respect for our Imam by keeping our distance and we feel blessed to even catch a glimpse of Him from afar, and today I was at the top of the world for having seen my Imam this close and for this long. With that we shook hands and parted ways. Shukran Lillah wal hamdulillah


This really touched my heart, thanks for sharing.
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You are welcome. Just to add, my most sincere and humble shukranas to our Hazar Imam for allowing me to be part of such a spectacular event. The whole aura was that of a big Khushiyali...band troupes, traditional dancers, powerful personalities and dignitaries and lots and lots of people, all happy and in a celebratory mood, united as one brotherhood. Food was plentiful and most cordially dispensed. Little children from a singing choir were running around excitedly, happy to see their presidents and shake hands with them. It was nice to see presidents hugging these children also. What a treat for them! A truly heaven-like atmosphere. In fact, it was heaven because of the presence of our Imam, radiantly effervescent, openly touring the premises with packs of photographers following Him everywhere as well as a huge entourage and shaking hands with people and talking to them freely and mingling. For me, the most precious were our Imam's smiles. He was so happy and He smiled and smiled and smiled throughout. And as we all know, our Imam's smile lights up the whole world! Mashallah! 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:10 am    Post subject: H.H. The Aga Khan in Tanzania August 2014 Reply with quote




MONDAY, AUGUST 04, 2014 ~ COPYRIGHT: MICHUZI BLOG ~ <http://www.blogger.com/share-post.g?blogID=16511139&postID=711316382660507136&target=email> MTUMIE RAFIKI YAKO , <http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=16511139&postID=711316382660507136&isPopup=true> MAONI: 0 SUNDAY, AUGUST 03, 2014 <http://issamichuzi.blogspot.com/2014/08/makamu-wa-rais-dkt-bilal-akutana-na.html> MAKAMU WA RAIS DKT. BILAL AKUTANA NA MTUKUFU AGAHKAN IKULU DAR ES SALAAM, LEO

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Makamu wa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Dkt. Mohammed Gharib Bilal, akimkaribisha Mwanzilishi na Mwenyekiti wa Taasisi ya Maendeleo ya Agakhan Duniani, His Higness Prince Karim Agakhan, wakati alipowasili Ofisini kwake Ikulu jijini Dar es Salaam, leo Agosti 3, 2014 kwa mazungumzo. Mtukufu Agakhan yupo nchini kwa ziara binafsi ya siku nne, ambapo pia atatumia fursa hiyo kutembelea na kukagua miradi ya maendeleo ya Taasisi hiyo, ikiwa ni pamoja na kukagua mradi wa ujenzi wa Chuo Kikuu cha Agakhan ‘New Compass of Agakhan Univercity’ kinachojengwa jijini Arusha. Picha na OMR

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Makamu wa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Dkt. Mohammed Gharib Bilal, akizungumza na Mwanzilishi na Mwenyekiti wa Taasisi ya Maendeleo ya Agakhan Duniani, His Higness Prince Karim Agakhan, wakati alipowasili Ofisini kwake Ikulu jijini Dar es Salaam, leo Agosti 3, 2014 kwa mazungumzo. Kulia ni Mbunge Tabora Kaskazini, Shafin Sumari. Mtukufu Agakhan yupo nchini kwa ziara binafsi ya siku nne, ambapo pia atatumia fursa hiyo kutembelea na kukagua miradi ya maendeleo ya Taasisi hiyo, ikiwa ni pamoja na kukagua mradi wa ujenzi wa Chuo Kikuu cha Agakhan ‘New Compass of Agakhan Univercity’ kinachojengwa jijini Arusha.

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More news and many photos here:

http://khalfansaid.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/his-highness-aga-khan-meets-with.html?m=1
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East African Community (Nairobi)
6 August 2014

East Africa: Speaker, Aga Khan Regional Representative Hold Talks

press release

Arusha — The EAC is committed to enhancing access to quality education as a pre-cursor to greater investments in the education sector, specialization and creation of more job opportunities, East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Speaker, Rt. Hon (Dr) Margaret Nantongo Zziwa has said. At the same time, the EALA Speaker is certain that the Inter University Council of East Africa -IUCEA (Amendment) Bill shall soon be brought to the fore of the House for debate to spur accreditation processes in higher education, standardisation and the harmonisation of curricula.

The Speaker made the remarks when she received the Aga Khan Resident Representative in Uganda, H.E. Ambasador Mahmood Ahmed at the Speaker's Chamber in Arusha this morning.Rt. Hon Zziwa remarked that EALA would continue to support the integration pillars and process through legislation, oversight and representation. Rt. Hon Zziwa lauded the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for the commitment to the socio-economic development of the region. She cited the work of the AKDN in the various sectors as a perfect example of what Public- Private- Partnerships (PPP) can achieve in East Africa.

The Resident Representative Amb Mahmood Ahmed, remarked that the principles of quality, relevance, impact and access to were key to the work of the AKDN whilst benchmarking against world class standards.

Amb Ahmed maintained that the Aga Khan group was ready and willing to work with the EAC to develop regulations governing accreditation and harmonisation of curricula in the education sector if so called upon.

'Rt. Hon Speaker I assure you that we can collaborate by looking into a number of key areas including accreditation, standardisation and quality for the betterment of education standards in the EAC region,' Amb. Ahmed stated.

In attendance was the AKDN Liaison Officer, Ms. Erfa Alani. The Resident Representative is in the country to oversee the various projects and programmes of the Network. The Network is a group of development agencies with mandates ranging from health and education to architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, and the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities.

Later on this evening, a function to introduce the Aga Khan University Board of Trustees takes place right here in Arusha.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)

AKDN, which was founded by High Highness the Aga Khan, is a group of private, non-denominational development agencies working together to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities.

The Network's nine development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion with an underlying passion for the under privileged and vulnerable people in the society. Its annual budget for philanthropic activity is in excess of $600 million.

AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY:

Founded by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1983, the University's objective is "to be on the frontiers of scientific and humanistic knowledge" while inspiring students to be independent learners and researchers imbued with a spirit of service and respect for others. In the years since its founding, Aga Khan University's major focus has been in the fields of health and education. For the decades ahead the University plans to step beyond success in these areas and become a more diversified university, both geographically and scholastically.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:50 am    Post subject: AKto Invest U.S. $1 Billion in Expansion Plans for Tanzania Reply with quote

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Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
20 August 2014

Tanzania: Aga Khan Development Network to Invest U.S. $1 Billion (Sh1.6 Trillion)in Expansion Plans for Tanzania


By Gabby Mgaya

THE recent visit by His Highness the Aga Khan has opened up Tanzania to greater investments in the economic and social development of the country.

The current Aga Khan, who has been a friend of Tanzania since before independence is a keen follower and partner in the socio-economic development of mostly underdeveloped or developing nations, especially in Africa and Asia. Shah Karim's love for Tanzania has amply been proved by his frequent visits to the country having also attended the Independence celebrations of Tanganyika in 1961.

The AKDN agencies presently active in the country span from social sectors such as health and education, to economic and cultural such as banking, tourism, telecom, insurance, infrastructure, cultural and historic cities Programmes in Zanzibar to name a few.

"You have been a dependable partner of Tanzania's and Tanzanians' development. You have made invaluable contribution and extended invaluable support to our development endeavours," so remarked President Kikwete at the dinner hosted in honour of His Highness the Aga Khan at the State House on August 18, 2007.

During his most recent visit to Tanzania in the first week of this month, the Aga Khan presided over a series of meetings including the Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University (AKU) both in Dar es Salaam and Arusha. At the meetings, Trustees from five continents made key decisions to expand the university's presence as a multi-disciplinary university of international standing in the East African region.

AKU's guiding vision is to educate a cadre of leaders who have a deep understanding of the issues and problems important to the region and the skills to creatively and effectively address such problems.

According to a press statement issued by the Aga Khan the university's mission is to educate exceptional individuals from across East Africa who have the potential to transform society. Admission to the university will be based on talent and financial aid will be provided based on need.

AKU has a historic commitment to enabling access and to developing student potential. To build on its well-established international reputation for providing world-class education as well as health services in its teaching hospitals, the university's board reviewed plans for adding new faculties, schools and programmes to transform AKU into a comprehensive university in East Africa.

The AKU's ambitious plans in East Africa include adding a Faculty of Arts and Sciences, a Faculty of Health Sciences, a permanent facility for its Institute for Educational Development and eight graduate professional schools, with the initial focus on Media and Communications, Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism and Leadership and Management.

The total investment over 15 years is estimated at 1.2 billion US dollars of which approximately 1 billion USD will be spent in Tanzania. Prince Zahra Aga Khan, Head of the Social Welfare Department of the AKDN and a Trustee of the University, also participated in the meetings.

During the visit, the Chancellor (the Aga Khan) and the Princess met with the leadership and board of the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam to review expansion plans for a regional Heart and Cancer Centre.

This major expansion of the hospital in Dar es Salaam is part of the growing AKDN integrated health system, which includes existing hospitals in Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi and new hospitals planned for Arusha, Mwanza and Kampala.
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EAC, Germany, AKN out to support graduate school

By The guardian reporter
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The Secretary General of the East African Community, Dr Richard SeziberaThe East African Community (EAC), the federal government of German through its Development Bank (KfW) and the Aga Khan University (AKN) have signed an agreement to support the Graduate School of Media and Communications.

The signing ceremony of the intergovernmental agreement for the new phase of GAVI programme in the EAC and the financial agreement for the Aga Khan University’s Graduate School for Media and Communications was held on Monday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Secretary General of the East African Community, Dr Richard Sezibera and the Ambassador of the federal republic of Germany in Tanzania also accredited to the EAC, Egon Kochanke signed the agreement for the new phase of GAVI Alliance programme.

At the same occasion, a Financing and Project Agreement between KfW, Frankfurt am Main (KfW) and the EAC (the recipient) and Aga Khan University (AKU) (Project-Executing Agency) for EUR 14 million to support the Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications (AKU-GSMC) was also signed.

Sezibera signed on behalf of the EAC while Arlina Elmiger, Head of Division for Health, Education, and Social Protection for Eastern Africa/AU signed on behalf of the KfW Development Bank.

Michael Meyer, Dean of Graduate School of Media and Communications signed on behalf of AKU.

Pursuant to the Financing and Project Agreement, KfW agreed to grant to EAC the financial contribution of 14 million Euros (EUR 14.0 m) to support the Graduate School.


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East Africa: EAC-Germany Sign Inter-Governmental Agreement On Gavi

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Arusha — The Signing ceremony of the Intergovernmental Agreement for the new phase of the GAVI Program in the EAC and the Financing Agreement for the Aga Khan University's Graduate School for Media and Communication was held today at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Secretary General of the East African Community Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in the United Republic of Tanzania also accredited to the EAC, HE Egon Kochanke signed the Intergovernmental Agreement for the new phase of GAVI Alliance programme.

At the same occasion, a Financing and Project Agreement between KfW, Frankfurt am Main (KfW) and the East African Community (EAC) (Recipient) and Aga Khan University (AKU) (Project-Executing Agency) for EUR 14 million to support the Aga Khan University's Graduate School of Media and Communications (AKU-GSMC) was also initialled.


Initialling on behalf of the East African Community was the Secretary General Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, while Arlina Elmiger, the Head of Division for Health, Education, Social Protection for Eastern Africa/AU signed on behalf of the KfW Development Bank. Mr. Michael Meyer, the Dean of Graduate School of Media and Communications initialled on behalf of AKU.

Pursuant to the Financing and Project Agreement, KfW agreed to grant to EAC the financial contribution of fourteen million Euros (EUR 14.0 m) to support the Graduate School. The East African Community (EAC) and Aga Khan University (AKU) signed the Channelling Agreement for the Project.

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MHI meets Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General, East African Community

Excellent discussions with HRH the Agakhan. Deepening cooperation

https://mobile.twitter.com/rsezibera/status/673854220416741377
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EAC chiefs commend Aga Khan investments

Kampala. East African executives have commended the investments the Aga Khan has brought to the region.

The EAC executives, including the Assembly Speaker, Secretary General and the Chief Justice said this during a tour of the construction site of Aga Khan University (AKU) in Arusha, Tanzania on Friday, according to a statement issued by the East African Community Secretariat in Arusha.
The leaders said the university is viewed as a catalyst for transformation that will see the city expand as the intellectual, social and political hub for East Africa. The project is part of the planned $500m (Shs1.6 trillion) expansion in East Africa by the Aga Khan. It seeks to enrol health sciences and Arts students from across the region, notably Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

Impressed
According to the statement, the East African Legislative Assembly Speaker, Mr Daniel Kidega, was impressed with the project plan and commended Aga Khan Development Network’s initiatives to not only invest for profit but also to support the population under what he termed ‘humanitarian capitalism’.

“The Assembly was keen to enact relevant piece(s) of legislation that would anchor the vision of the Aga Khan,” Mr Kidega is quoted as saying.
The statement quoted the deputy Secretary General, Ms Jessica Eriyo, as saying: “The community needs to know that the project is for their benefit, therefore raising awareness about the project and creating job opportunities for the youth….are key in order to build the capacity of the community.”

The EACJ Judge, President Justice Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, assured the Aga Khan of member states’ support to the investment projects.


Project
In 2007, the Aga Khan announced plans to build a major new university campus in Arusha. The new development represents the biggest expansion for AKU since it opened its first campus in Karachi, Pakistan about 25 years ago.
AKU’s ambitious 15 year-plan includes a significant commitment of global resources to the East African region through the expansion of the university’s presence in Arusha, transforming EAC’s capital into a “regional intellectual epicenter.”
The director, Aga Khan University Campus Development in Tanzania, Mr Nizar Jaffer Somji, said the design plan for the construction of the project is at its final stages and execution of the design plan is expected to commence soon after its completion.


About the project
His Highness the Aga Khan through Aga Khan Development Network has several investments in the EAC countries especially in the hospitality industry, health sector, media and banking Industry.


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