During his working visit to France, Tajik Foreign Minister on December 8 met in Paris with Prince Rahim Aga Khan.  

The Tajik MFA information department says the parties discussed state and ways to improve the mechanisms of bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

photo / Tajik MFA

AKDN says Prince Rahim and Minister Aslov discussed the current situation in Tajikistan and the work of the AKDN in Tajikistan.

Prince Rahim Aga Khan, 51, is the eldest son of His Highness the Aga Khan.  

The Aga Khan Development Network is dedicated to improving the quality of life of those in need, mainly in Asia and Africa, irrespective of their origin, faith, or gender.  Its multifaceted development approach aims to help communities and individuals become self-reliant.

The AKDN has been active in Tajikistan since the country’s independence in 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union.  In cooperation with its development partners, the AKDN has enabled social, economic, and cultural development initiatives over the last 30 years to improve the quality of life of the people of Tajikistan.

Several AKDN agencies collaborate to bring the government, private sector and civil society together, establish institutions and carry out programs to help with needs as diverse as banking, e-learning and avalanche prevention.  It covers all regions of Tajikistan and employ over 3,500 people in health care, education, business, finance and cultural activities.