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Speaking at the Zanzibar Serena Inn Opening Ceremony His Highness the Aga Khan said:

It is with very great pleasure that I welcome you today to the opening of the Zanzibar Serena Inn. Let me express my sincere gratitude to His Excellency The President of the United Republic of Tanzania Mr. Benjamin Mkapa for having honoured us by accepting to perform today’s ceremony. Only nine months ago His Excellency performed similar ceremonies at three new Serena lodges at Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Lake Manyara. There he made a remarkable speech about Tanzania’s commitment to the development of tourism and the strategies that his Government intended to follow to optimise the return on this activity to Tanzania’s economy without jeopardising the sensitive, ecological balance of the nation’s exceptional game parks.

In the Aga Khan’s 1996 Le Nouvel Economiste Interview the following passage from Aga Khan’s speech at the opening ceremony of the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge is quoted:

[Google translation] I am delighted to be here to inaugurate the hotel Lake Manyara Serena Lodge. Here are 233 new rooms for tourists will discover the national parks of northern Tanzania, an investment of 170 million francs from the Aga Khan Fund for economic development…. I come to authorise our subsidiary Health Service Aga Khan to launch the first phase of the Aga Khan hospital in Dar es Salaam, equipment of 50 million francs. This year we will also open a new primary school Aga Khan in your capital, and the Aga Khan Fund for culture will invest 30 million francs in the renovation and transformation into a hotel with one of the jewels of colonial architecture in Zanzibar …

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