[Google translation] The Aga Khan Development Network has started its activities in West Africa, at the request of President Houphouet in the economic field but we do not want to stay only in the economic field we now want to engage in social in the cultural field and that is why our next major initiative will be the micro-credit because micro-credit is an absolutely exceptional to help the poorest in society to build a future.

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I discovered this country when I was very young. In fact, it was in Côte d’Ivoire that we undertook our first engagements in West Africa during the teim of the late President Houphouet-Boigny. And from Côte d’Ivoire we continued to exand our work to try and help develop the countries of West Africa. So, in a sense, I am returning to a country which has felt like home for 40 years. I thank you for the friendship you have shown me today.

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Google translation

The Aga Khan Development Network has started its activities in West Africa, at the request of President Houphouet in the economic field but we do not want to stay only in the economic field we now want to engage in social in the cultural field and that is why our next major initiative will be the micro-credit because micro-credit is an absolutely exceptional to help the poorest in society to build a future.

Official French version

Le Réseau Aga Khan de Développement a commencé ses activités en Afrique de l’Ouest, à la demande du Président Houphouet, dans le domaine économique mais nous ne voulons pas rester uniquement dans le domaine économique nous voulons maintenant nous engager dans le domaine social, dans le domaine culturel et c’est la raison pour laquelle notre prochaine grande initiative va être le microcrédit, parce que le microcrédit est un moyen tout à fait exceptionnel pour aider les plus pauvres de la société à se construire un avenir.

The Ismaili

In his address at the dinner, President Gbagbo paid tribute to Mawlana Hazar Imam’s long standing support for Côte d’Ivoire. Mawlana Hazar Imam thanked the President and talked about the expansion of AKDN’s activities beyond the realm of economic development, to include social and cultural initiatives.

His Highness the Aga Khan IV

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