May 3, 2008

Aga Khan on State Visits to West Africa -AKDN

23 April to 1 May 2008

Youssouf Bakayoko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, meeting His Highness the Aga Khan at the
Felix Houphouet Boigny International Airport
in Abidjan. Photo: Gary Otte

Cote d'Ivoire (28 April to 1 May 2008)

Microfinance agency launched: In addition to official meetings, His Highness was in Cote d'Ivoire to launch the Première Agence de Microfinance (PAMF), which is to start operations in the areas of Boundiali and Dianra in northern Côte d’Ivoire. It joins two sister microfinance institutions, in Mali and Burkina Faso, which were launched in 2006. PAMF will serve disadvantaged communities through a network that is expected to grow to over eight branches by 2012. Loans are primarily intended for income-generating activities, and are designed to improve agricultural productivity, acquire livestock and establish small enterprises in rural and urban areas.

Photographs of Arrival
AKDN Projects in Cote d'Ivoire: A Profile of the Azito Energie Project

Farrokh Derakshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award (at right), with His Highness the Aga Khan and representatives of the Ministry of Culture looking at exhibition panels on the work of the AKAA.
Photo: Arnhel de Serra

Burkina Faso (26-28 April 2008)

In addition to official meetings with President Blaise Compaoré, His Highness the Aga Khan spoke at a special Aga Khan Award for Architecture seminar in Ouagadougou that was held to celebrate three past Burkinabé recipients of the Award.

Photographs of Arrival and Official Meetings

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar

Photographs at Seminar

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan Dinner hosted by President Blaise Compaoré

President Amadou Toumani Touré accompanied the Aga Khan for the inauguration of the Great Mosque of Mopti.Once at risk of collapsing, the Mosque
has been stabilised and restored by the
Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Mali (23-26 April 2008)

Cultural Projects: President Amadou Toumani Touré and His Highness the Aga Khan inaugurated the restoration of the Komoguel I Mosque in Mopti and announced the creation of an Urban Park in Bamako. The Aga Khan also reviewed the work on the Djingarey Ber Mosque in Timbuktu as part of the Aga Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) expanded development activities in Mali.

25 April 2008

Bamako Park Launch


24 April 2008


Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan
Discours à la Cérémonie d’inauguration de la Grande Mosquée
Slideshow of the Restoration of Mopti Mosque


Speech by His Highness, 24 April 2008
Discours de Son Altesse l’Aga Khan, 24 avril 2008

23 April 2008

Arrival and official meetings


Dinner hosted by President Amadou Toumani Touré

Discours de Son Altesse l’Aga Khan
Discours de Monsieur Amadou Toumani Touré

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