On Thursday November 7, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon met in Pars with His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

In the course of the talks, they discussed issues related to state and prospects of further expansion of cooperation between Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network, according t the Tajik president’s official website. 

Tajik leader reportedly expressed satisfaction with the level and content of real cooperation between Tajikistan and AKDN.  

Rahmon and His Highness the Aga Khan discussed implementation of national and strategic programs aimed at providing energy independence of Tajikistan, bringing the country out of the transportation deadlock, constructing bridges and cross-border marketplaces in border areas of Tajikistan and Afghanistan. 

They also touched upon the issue of contribution of the University of Central Asia (UCA)’s Khorog Campus to development of the education sector.  

AKDN reports that Hi Highness the Aga Khan met with  President Rahmon of Tajikistan ahead of the Paris Peace Forum.

The two leaders discussed areas of regional cooperation and AKDN’s shared agenda to promote social and economic development in Central Asia.

The Paris Peace Forum is an annual global meeting bringing together international stakeholders in open dialogue towards global governance, international cooperation and collective action for a peaceful world.

Operating in Tajikistan since 1992, AKDN draws on a strong base of experience in working with mountain societies.  It works in all regions of the country and employs over 3,500 people through its operations and investments.  The AKDN supports the establishment of programmes and institutions that allow the Government, private sector and civil society to play complementary roles in increasing prosperity and creativity within a pluralistic society.