The Government is steadfast in supporting and facilitating development programmes aimed at benefiting and empowering Kenyans economically, President Mwai Kibaki has re-affirmed.
President Kibaki gave the assurance when he met and held discussions with The Aga Khan who paid a courtesy call at his Harambee House Office.
The President said the Government recognises and appreciates the substantial economic impact created by diverse programmes implemented in various parts of the country under the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
Appreciating the noble causes that the AKDN is spearheading, President Kibaki noted that development programmes in agriculture and tourism in the country contributed directly and indirectly towards improving the living conditions of the Kenyan people.
The Head of State noted that agriculture being the backbone of Kenya’s economy, the Government welcomed support extended to farmers by the AKDN through provision of credit and planting of drought resistant crops as well as imparting of vital skills such as water harvesting.
With regard to tourism, AKDN manages world class hotels in several parts of the country which have created employment for Kenyan professionals in the hospitality industry.
The Aga Khan also founded the Nation Media Group that is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this week. The highlight of the anniversary is the Pan African Media Conference that opens at Nairobi’s Kenyatta International Conference Centre on Thursday.
In attendance were the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Moses Wetang’ula and Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura among other senior government officials.
On his part, The Aga Khan was accompanied by Dr Shafik Sachedina, the Director of Diplomatic Affairs (H.H. Aga Khan Secretariat), Mr Zul Abdul, President, Aga Khan Council for Kenya and Mr Aziz Bhakao, representative AKDN Kenya.
Source: Daily Nation