Apr 30, 2008

West Africa visit -29 April 08

Mawlana Hazar Imam spends a moment with AKDN staff and volunteers from the Jamat of Burkina Faso, prior to departing the country. Photo: Arnhel de Serra
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Burkina Faso on Saturday, 26 April to a full ceremonial welcome, including a guard of honour and renditions of the Nashid al-Imamah and the Burkina Faso National Anthem. Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prince Rahim, Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya were greeted at Ouagadougou airport by Prime Minister Tertius Zongo, senior government ministers and representatives of the Aga Khan Development Network.
During his visit, Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Rahim had meetings with President Blaise Compaoré and government ministers to review the work of the Aga Khan Development Network in Burkina Faso.
Mawlana Hazar Imam also opened a seminar in Ouagadougou held to celebrate national recipients of the Aga Khan Award of Architecture. Prince Hussain and Princess Khalya also participated at the seminar, which was organised by the Burkinabé Ministry of Culture and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
On Sunday, 27 April, Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Rahim travelled to visit the Sosuco sugar plant in Banfora, which is owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development.
Further details, including press releases, Mawlana Hazar Imam’s speeches and photographs are available on the AKDN website. Additional information will continue to be posted at http://www.theismaili.org/.

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