Aga Khan due in city today
Monday, 16 September 2013 – Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), arrives in Bangladesh today (Monday) on a two-day official visit at the invitation of the government, says a media advisory.
He is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.
During his visit, the Aga Khan will hold talks with President M. Abdul Hamid Advocate, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and other senior government officials. He will sign a Protocol of Cooperation between the AKDN and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
The Aga Khan Development Network has had a historic presence in Bangladesh for over three decades working in early childhood-development, pre-tertiary education, and financial services.
The Aga Khan School Dhaka, considered one of the leading English medium schools in the country, offers international quality education to over 1,200 students, with over 100 teachers — all of whom are Bangladeshi nationals.
AKDN is a founding shareholder of the Industrial Promotion and Development Company (IPDC), the first private, non-banking financial institution in Bangladesh, established in partnership with the government in 1981.
Prince Aga Khan due Monday
Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, is due in Dhaka on Monday on a two-day visit.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he will arrive by his private jet to a red carpet reception and be greeted by Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at around 8am.
From there, he will go to the National Memorial in Savar to pay respects to the Liberation War heroes.
During his visit, he is expected to meet President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and Moni.
After his meeting with the Prime Minister, the Aga Khan Development Network will sign an agreement with Bangladesh government at around 6pm on expanding its operations.
He will also visit the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondhi and spend time with his community people in Dhaka.
The Prime Minister will host a dinner in his honour on Monday.
The Aga Khan is also founder and Chairperson of the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the largest private development networks in the world.
He became the Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims in 1957 at the age of 20, succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan.
He made his last visit to Bangladesh in 2008 at the invitation of the then Chief Advisor Fakhruddin Ahmed, which was also part of the celebrations of his 50th anniversary as the hereditary and spiritual leader.
He will leave Dhaka on Tuesday noon.