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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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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:22 am    Post subject: http://allafrica.com/stories/201207290366.html Reply with quote

Arusha Times

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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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:07 pm    Post subject: Nairobi 2012 Novembre 29 City Park Reply with quote

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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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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:16 pm    Post subject: Arusha 2012 November Reply with quote

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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
The Citizen Reporter
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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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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