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  • Aga Khan Brings Deep Ties to Canada in Address to Parliament

    February 27, 2014 - CBC, Shelina Jaffer

    The Aga Khan’s connection to Canada goes back more than four decades. The Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam to the world's 15 million Shi'a Imami Ismaili Muslims, and became an honorary Canadian citizen in 2010. In 1972, when Ugandan President Idi Amin expelled Asians and Ismailis, thousands found refuge in Canada. The community has grown ever since, with a population in Canada of around 100,000 today. The Canadian government in 2006 announced a partnership with the Aga Khan in establishing the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa.

  • Corporate Results: Jubilee Life Insurance Chalks up Healthy Profit

    February 26, 2014 - The Express Tribune, Kazim Alam

    After-tax profit of Jubilee Life Insurance for 2013 clocked up at Rs941.4 million, which is over 70% higher than the company’s bottom line recorded in the preceding year, according to a notice sent to the Karachi Stock Exchange. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Jubilee Life Insurance Head of Business Strategy Kashif Naqvi said the growth in business along with controlled expenses and a better investment performance have led to better financial results for the company.

  • On Tuesday, GHMC commissioner Somesh Kumar chaired a meeting on ‘Aga Khan historic cities programme’, for integrating the Deccan Park in Qutb Shahi Tomb Complex. He emphasized the corporation’s objective of paying attention to heritage precincts within Hyderabad with an intention of enhancing the historical character and improving quality of life for residents. The commissioner has suggested the Aga Khan Trust to coordinate with the heritage consultant of the GHMC.

  • Business Heads Call for Seamless Policy

    February 25, 2014 - Daily Nation, Lilian Ochieng

    Business leaders in East Africa have called on governments to streamline their policies to the bloc’s trade protocols as a way of improving trade environment. East Africa Business Summit leaders comprising six chief executives heading Nation Media Group, Citibank, Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and Serena Hotels said harmonizing policies will create a great business ecosystem and bring prosperity in the region.

  • 50 Million Trees to be Planted as Part of Kenya@50 Celebrations

    February 23, 2014 - Daily Nation, Lucas Barasa

    At least 50 million trees are to be planted starting next month as part of the ongoing Kenya@50 celebrations. A number of organizations have teamed up to make the campaign a success. The National Bank of Kenya, the National Social Security Fund, Aga Khan Development Network, Greenbelt Movement and United Nations Environment Programme are among the organizations that have offered to support the initiative. The country requires 384 million seedlings every year to meet the United Nations’ requirement of a 10 percent forest cover by the year 2030.

  • AKF Services Lauded

    February 22, 2014 - Pakistan Observer

    Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana of Pakistan has appreciated the philanthropic role of the Aga Khan Foundation in the development of social services, specifically in the fields of community development, education and health. He expressed these views to Aga Khan Culture Service Pakistan CEO Sulman Baig, who called on the Chief Secretary to seek help restoring historical Mohatta Palace. Read the full article from the Pakistan Observer here.

  • Interview with Nazeem Mohamed, CEO of Kampala Pharmaceutical Industries

    February 20, 2014 - Intellectual Property Watch, Catherine Saez

    Nazeem Mohamed is chief executive officer of Kampala Pharmaceutical Industries (KPI), a Ugandan generic manufacturer. Local manufacture of medicine is described by many, including the World Health Organization, as one of the tools that will increase access to medicine. Mohamed is former vice-president of strategic product development at Novo Nordisk, based in Belgium. He also worked for several leading multinational companies such as Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline before his appointment as CEO of KPI.

  • The Aga Khan Education Service, Bangladesh, which operates The Aga Khan School, Dhaka, continued its silver jubilee celebrations with the Annual Cultural Show and Art Exhibition. Students from playgroup to grade five sang Bangla nursery rhymes, recited poetry, and performed classical dance and Rabindra Sangeet. They showcased different types of dances to embrace diversity. Read the full article from The Daily Star here.

  • Kronos, an American quartet known for commissioning new music, and Trio Da Kali, a group from Mali playing griot music dating back centuries, will perform together Saturday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland. Kronos’ collaboration with Trio Da Kali is its third via its affiliation with the Aga Khan Music Initiative based in Geneva, which brings Kronos together with musicians from different traditions for collaborative performances of new works.

  • Leaving Afghanistan Leaves Tajikistan Wary

    February 20, 2014 - openDemocracy , Markus Balázs Göransson

    This article explores the impact that the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan will have on Tajikistan. The analysis reviewed the linkages between the neighboring countries in recent decades. Informal links are continuing to grow, not least in the commercial and educational spheres, where they are encouraged by non-governmental organizations, such as the Aga Khan Development Network and a number of Tajik and Afghan educational establishments.

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