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  • Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam is now poised to handle heart-related complications thanks to the opening of a new heart treatment laboratory. The new lab at the renowned private hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that provides Tanzanians access to cutting-edge cardiac medical services and saves patients from the expensive trips abroad. Read the full article in IPP Media here.

  • Diamond Trust Bank Rights Issue Oversubscribed by 340pc

    August 13, 2014 - Capital Digital Media, Kennedy Kangethe

    Diamond Trust Bank’s (DTB) Rights Issue that kicked off on June 30 from targeting to raise Sh3.63 billion has been oversubscribed by 340 percent. The Rights Issue received total subscription of 96 million shares worth Sh16 billion against a target of 22 million shares. Speaking to Capital FM Business, DTB Group Chief Financial Officer Alkarin Jiwa says the oversubscription shows confidence of their shareholders in the group.

  • Reviving Tourism: 39 Countries Invited to Silk Route Festival

    August 8, 2014 - The Express Tribune, Shabbir Mir

    The Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) government has invited 39 countries to participate in the Silk Route Festival starting in September in the region. So far 16 countries have confirmed their participation. The five-day event will start from September 10—an inaugural ceremony has been scheduled for Islamabad, Pakistan where foreign dignitaries will be briefed. The dignitaries will be hosted in Shigar Fort, which has won several awards after it was renovated by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

  • Aga Khan, EALA to Collaborate in Higher Education Promotion

    August 8, 2014 - Daily News, Marc Nkwame

    Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Dr. Margaret Nantongo-Zziwa, has reiterated the East African Community’s commitment to enhancing access to quality education as a precursor to greater investments in the education sector and creation of more job opportunities. Dr. Zziwa made the remarks when she received the Aga Khan’s Resident Representative in Uganda, Ambassador Mahmood Ahmed, at the EALA offices in Tanzania.

  • China Outpaces U.S. in African Energy Investment

    August 7, 2014 - Scientific American, Daniel Cusick and ClimateWire

    Uganda is also in the midst of a major hydropower expansion, with a series of dams being constructed on the White Nile, which originates from Lake Victoria in the country's south-central region. One recent major U.S. investment in a Ugandan energy project was the construction of the 250-megawatt Bujagali hydropower plant, completed in 2012 at a cost of $900 million. That project was a joint venture between the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and Sithe Global Power LLC, the U.S.-based energy development arm of Blackstone Capital.

  • The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the University of Central Asia (UCA) announce the appointment of Shamsh Kassim-Lakha as Executive Chairman of the Board Executive Committee of UCA. As Executive Chairman, Kassim-Lakha will lead the planning and building of UCA campuses in Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. Kassim-Lakha is a long-time supporter of UCA, and was involved in the negotiations of the international treaty that led to its establishment by the governments of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan.

  • Pamir Invest 2014, an international investment forum, will take place in Khorog, the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) in Tajikistan from August 15-16.

  • Afghanistan’s Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Central Asia (UCA) to enhance capacity of district chiefs and support good governance in provincial offices. "Building the capacity of local officials is of great importance to institutionalize good governance at national and sub-national levels across the country," said Abdul Khaliq Farahi, the IDLG general director.

  • Sibling Mountaineering Duo Celebrated by Civil Society

    August 6, 2014 - Dawn, Syeda Shehrbano Kazim

    The Adventure Diplomacy Group (ADG) celebrated the achievements of Mirza Ali and Samina Baig on successfully completing their Adventure Diplomacy Expedition of conquering ‘Seven Summits in Seven Continents.’ Samina Baig made history on May 19, 2013 by becoming the youngest Muslim woman and first Pakistani woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. After the siblings, Samina and Mirza, returned from Everest, Serena Hotels founded ADG to help them realize their dream of becoming the first siblings to climb seven peaks in seven continents.

  • Speaker, Aga Khan Regional Representative hold Talks

    August 6, 2014 - East African Community

    “The East African Community 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. The Speaker made the remarks when she received the Aga Khan Resident Representative in Uganda, H.E. Ambassador Mahmood Ahmed at the Speaker’s Chamber in Arusha this morning. Rt. Hon.

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