His Highness the Aga Khan Visits Tajikistan; Discusses Cross-Border Development with President Rahmon – AKDN Press Release


Dushanbe, 5 April 2012 — His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, paid a brief visit to Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, on 4 April 2012 to discuss a range of national and regional development issues with the country’s top officials.

Tajik President H.E. Emomali Rahmon welcomes His Highness the Aga Khan at the Palace of Nations. Photo: Maqsudjon Muhiddinov

The Aga Khan met with Tajikistan’s president, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, who recently hosted an international development conference on Afghanistan. They discussed AKDN’s current and future projects in Tajikistan as well as regional opportunities and challenges for development, including collaboration on cross-border development projects with neighbouring Afghanistan. The Aga Khan reaffirmed AKDN’s commitment to cross border development initiatives.

Tajik Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Hamrokhon Zarifi and His Highness the Aga Khan discuss the details of His Highness’ visit to Dushanbe. Photo: Maqsudjon Muhiddinov

AKDN has been operating in Tajikistan since 1992. It now works in all regions of the country. Major projects include support for food security and the development of rural areas, the construction of the University of Central Asia (campuses are being built in Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan), health and nutrition projects, country-wide microfinance programmes, support for traditional music and music schools through the Aga Khan Music Initiative, the Pamir 1 hydroelectric plant and a number of micro-hydroelectric plants, as well as investments in telecommunications and the tourism industry. For more information on AKDN activities in Tajikistan, please see: http://www.akdn.org/tajikistan_publications.asp.

While in Dushanbe, the Aga Khan also visited the city’s Ismaili Centre and met with the newly-appointed leaders of the institutions of the Ismaili Community 

Source: AKDN Org

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