The Aga Khan highlighted the importance to Tanzania’s future of its human resources. “Much of Africa and Asia have suffered from very poor tertiary education for decades,” the Aga Khan said. “We would like to be able to assist you,” he continued, noting that “building institutions in Africa and Asia is a long and complex exercise.”

Expressing concern, the Aga Khan also pointed to the need for “an extensive private-public collaboration in Africa of all agencies functioning in the healthcare field” to address HIV/AIDS, which he characterised as “a major threat to development in Africa.” “Its also an educational question, not just a care question,” he said, emphasising that the Aga Khan Health Network — not just the hospitals — is going to be involved in collaborating with international agencies and national governments “in trying first of all to assist those who are already in difficulty, but particularly also in educating people about the risks.”

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AKDN Press Release

Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa and the Aga Khan signed an Agreement of Co-operation for Development that further enhances the collaboration between the AKDN and Tanzania by permitting the Network to formalise the establishment of a mission in the country and facilitate the optimal utilisation of resources for the Network’s development objectives….

The Aga Khan highlighted the importance to Tanzania’s future of its human resources.

Much of Africa and Asia have suffered from very poor tertiary education for decades. We would like to be able to assist you, [noting that] building institutions in Africa and Asia is a long and complex exercise.

Expressing concern, the Aga Khan also pointed to the need for “an extensive private-public collaboration in Africa of all agencies functioning in the healthcare field” to address HIV/AIDS, which he characterised as “a major threat to development in Africa.” “Its also an educational question, not just a care question,” he said, emphasising that the Aga Khan Health Network — not just the hospitals — is going to be involved in collaborating with international agencies and national governments “in trying first of all to assist those who are already in difficulty, but particularly also in educating people about the risks.”

Citing some of “the many opportunities for extended collaboration in the years ahead,” the Aga Khan also mentioned the Network’s interest in Southern Tanzania as well as the potential for tourism linkages with Northern Mozambique.

Following the signing in 1991, of an earlier Agreement with Tanzania, the Network has advanced a number of initiatives in areas of social, cultural and economic development.

Daily Nation

The Aga Khan yesterday signed an agreement with the government of Tanzania, granting enhanced diplomatic status to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) which manages and co-ordinates the group’s social and economic development programmes. The agreement was signed between President Benjamin Mkapa and the Aga Khan at a high profile ceremony at State House Dar es Salaam….

Speaking after the ceremony, the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili community worldwide, said the new co-operation agreement would make it possible for the group to conceptualise long term programmes and to look at its engagement in the country more strategically. “Building institutions in Africa is a long term commitment for us,” he said, describing Aids as a major threat to Africa’s development and promising greater involvement by the group in assisting institutions involved in educating the public on the risks of the scourge.

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