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Prince Rahim awarded Pakistan’s highest civilian honour

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The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, today conferred the Nishan-i-Pakistan, the nation’s highest civilian award, on Prince Rahim. The award recognises individuals who have rendered services of the highest distinction to Pakistan, and was given at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President’s official residence in Islamabad.

Prince Rahim is currently visiting Pakistan to review AKDN projects in renewable energy, microfinance, and information technology, as well as meet government officials and leaders of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Ismaili community.

Noting Prince Rahim’s role as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and Chair of the Aga Khan Development Network’s Environment and Climate Committee, the award citation stated:

“Prince Rahim Aga Khan, through his many leadership roles within the Aga Khan Development Network, has, for more than a quarter century, dedicated his untiring efforts to improving the quality of life of peoples in resource-constrained regions of Asia and Africa...His personal engagement in assuring that initiatives impacting the economic, health, educational and cultural well-being of poor and marginalised communities respond to evolving and contemporary needs, upholds a multigenerational legacy that traces its origins, in Pakistan, to the founding of the nation.”

Upon receiving the Nishan-i-Pakistan, Prince Rahim said: “I am honoured to accept such a distinguished award on behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network, my colleagues, our staff, and the many volunteers who work tirelessly to improve the lives of the people of Pakistan. I express my warmest gratitude to the President and Government of Pakistan for this immense recognition.”

In attendance at the ceremony were Jamati and AKDN leaders, as well as government representatives and members of the diplomatic community.

Mawlana Hazar Imam received this award in 1983 for his social and economic welfare activities in Pakistan, in the Muslim Ummah as a whole, and in the developing world. Past recipients include other world leaders, such as Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan awarded Pakistan’s highest civilian honour

Pakistan · 7 June 2024 · 2 min

Islamabad, Pakistan, 7 June 2024 – The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, today conferred the Nishan-e-Pakistan, the nation’s highest civilian award, on Prince Rahim Aga Khan. The award recognises individuals who have rendered services of the highest distinction to Pakistan, and was given at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President’s official residence in Islamabad. Prince Rahim is currently visiting Pakistan to review projects of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in renewable energy, microfinance and information technology, as well as meet government officials and leaders of AKDN and the Ismaili community.

Noting Prince Rahim’s role as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and Chair of the AKDN Environment and Climate Committee, the award citation states:

“Prince Rahim Aga Khan, through his many leadership roles within the Aga Khan Development Network, has, for more than a quarter century, dedicated his untiring efforts to improving the quality of life of peoples in resource-constrained regions of Asia and Africa... His personal engagement in assuring that initiatives impacting the economic, health, educational and cultural well-being of poor and marginalised communities respond to evolving and contemporary needs, upholds a multigenerational legacy that traces its origins, in Pakistan, to the founding of the nation.”

The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, confers the Nishan-e-Pakistan on Prince Rahim Aga Khan.

The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, confers the Nishan-e-Pakistan on Prince Rahim Aga Khan.

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Upon receiving the Nishan-e-Pakistan, Prince Rahim said: “I am honoured to accept such a distinguished award on behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network, my colleagues, our staff and the many volunteers who work tirelessly to improve the lives of the people of Pakistan. I express my warmest gratitude to the President and Government of Pakistan for this immense recognition.”

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His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, received this award in 1983 for his social and economic welfare activities in Pakistan, in the Muslim Ummah as a whole, and in the developing world. Past recipients include other world leaders, such as Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II.

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About AKDN in Pakistan

Institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) have been operating in Pakistan since 1905. Today, it operates activities aimed at improving the overall quality of life in the regions in which AKDN works. Involvements range from rural development and financial inclusion to advanced medical research and access to quality education, meeting both immediate needs and investing in Pakistan’s future. AKDN programmes have been replicated in all the provinces of Pakistan as well as neighbouring countries.
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Pakistan Bestows Top Civilian Honor on Prince Rahim Aga Khan
By Khaama Press - June 7, 2024

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ISLAMABAD – In a grand ceremony at the President’s House, President Asif Ali Zardari conferred the Nishan-e-Pakistan award on Prince Rahim Aga Khan, recognizing his significant contributions to Pakistan’s development and prosperity.

The prestigious event was attended by an array of distinguished guests, including Senate Chairman Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, KP Governor Faisal Karim Kundi, federal ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats, and senior government officials. The atmosphere was one of anticipation and reverence as attendees gathered to honor Prince Rahim’s achievements.

President Zardari praised Prince Rahim Aga Khan for his dedicated efforts through the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). For over a quarter-century, Prince Rahim has been instrumental in improving the living standards of people in resource-constrained regions of Asia and Africa. His contributions span economic development, health, education, and cultural well-being, benefiting poor and marginalized communities.

Under Prince Rahim’s leadership, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development has pioneered initiatives in Pakistan across various sectors, including commercial banking, microfinance, insurance, sustainable tourism, and renewable energy. These efforts have provided nearly 50 million Pakistanis with access to financial services, significantly enhancing their economic opportunities.

In his role as the Founding Chairman of the AKDN’s Climate and Environment Committee, Prince Rahim has also led efforts to address climate change, establishing policies and best practices for environmental stewardship. His support was particularly vital during the devastating floods of 2022, demonstrating his commitment to the welfare of the Pakistani people.

The ceremony also highlighted the historical contributions of the Aga Khan family to the Muslim community in India and the formation of Pakistan. This multigenerational legacy of service and development was a focal point of the event, underscoring the enduring impact of the Aga Khan family’s efforts.

After receiving the award, Prince Rahim Aga Khan met with President Zardari to discuss the ongoing role of the AKDN in Pakistan’s socio-economic development. The president expressed his appreciation for Prince Rahim’s unwavering dedication and contributions to the country, while Prince Rahim thanked the president for the honor, reaffirming his commitment to Pakistan’s continued progress.

This recognition of Prince Rahim Aga Khan with the Nishan-e-Pakistan serves as a testament to his exceptional service and the profound impact of the Aga Khan Development Network on Pakistan’s growth and development.
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Prince Rahim Aga Khan called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

June 07 - Prince Rahim Aga Khan called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

June 07 – President Asif Ali Zardari conferring the award of Nishan-i-Pakistan upon Prince Rahim Aga Khan in recognition of his services for Pakistan at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
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NATIONAL - June 7, 2024
Prince Rahim Agha Khan conferred with ‘Nishan-e-Pakistan’ award
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ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday conferred the Nishan-e-Pakistan award on Prince Rahim Aga Khan.

The top civilian award was conferred on Prince Rahim Aga Khan to acknowledge his meritorious services for the development, prosperity, and betterment of Pakistan and its people.

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The award ceremony was held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr and attended by Senate Chairman Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, KP Governor Faisal Karim Kundi, federal ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats, and senior government officers.

Prince Rahim Aga Khan, through his many leadership roles for more than a quarter century within the Aga Khan Development Network, dedicated his untiring efforts to improve the living standard of the people in resource-constrained regions of Asia and Africa.

Prince Rahim has contributed immensely to the economic, health, education, and cultural well-being of poor and marginalized communities, upholding a multigenerational legacy.

Under his leadership, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development has advanced path-breaking initiatives in Pakistan in commercial banking, microfinance, insurance, sustainable tourism and renewable energy sectors.

The Fund has enabled access to financial services for nearly 50 million people in Pakistan.

As the Founding Chairman of Aga Khan Development Network’s Climate and Environment Committee, Prince Rahim Aga Khan has spearheaded the establishment of environmental stewardship policies and best practices to address climate change issues, besides generously supporting the people of Pakistan in the wake of devastating floods of 2022.

The services of the Aga Khan family for the Muslims of India, the formation of the All India Muslim League, and the creation of Pakistan were also highlighted in the ceremony.
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The Award & citation - Aga Khan Family contribution to India -Pakistan

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“ The Aga Khan family has played a critical role in shaping the destiny of the Muslims of India. With the untiring efforts of Aga Khan III, the Muslims of India gained a voice in 1906, with the founding of the All-India Muslim League, of which Aga Khan III was the first president.”


President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday conferred the esteemed Nishan-i-Pakistan award upon Prince Rahim Aga Khan.

The prestigious accolade was presented during a formal ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, attended by numerous prominent figures and dignitaries.

The honour was bestowed upon Prince Rahim for his visionary leadership in pioneering transformative initiatives across various sectors in Pakistan. Through the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), he has played a crucial role in enhancing commercial banking, microfinance, insurance, sustainable tourism, and renewable energy landscapes. His efforts have advanced economic development and promoted environmental stewardship by establishing policies and practices to combat climate change.

The Aga Khan family has played a critical role in shaping the destiny of the Muslims of India. With the untiring efforts of Aga Khan III, the Muslims of India gained a voice in 1906, with the founding of the All-India Muslim League, of which Aga Khan III was the first president.

The part played by the Aga Khan family, the struggle and creation of Pakistan as a great friend of the Quaid-e-Azam and the Muslims of the subcontinent has been honoured by history. Today, the Aga Khan family continues to work for the welfare of the people of Pakistan in the same selfless and generous spirit.

Following the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, through his many leadership roles within the Aga Khan development network has for more than a quarter of a century Dedicated his untiring efforts to improving the quality of life of the people of the resource-constrained regions of Asia and Africa.

His personal contributions to the initiatives being undertaken in economic health education and cultural well-being of the poor and marginalized communities Respond to the evolving and contemporary needs.

He upholds a multi-generational legacy that traces its origins to the founding of the nation. Under Prince Rahim Aga Khan’s leadership, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development has advanced pathbreaking initiatives in Pakistan in commercial banking, microfinance, insurance, sustainable tourism, and the renewable energy sector.

According to his emphasis on financial inclusion, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development has enabled access to financial services for nearly 50 million people in Pakistan. As founding chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network’s Climate and Environment Committee, Prince Rahim Aga Khan has spearheaded the establishment of environmental stewardship policies and best practices to address climate change as central and cross-cutting themes across the network’s activity.

The overarching concern for habitat and vulnerability to natural disasters was evident in the Aga Khan’s development networks, and generous support for the people of Pakistan in the wake of the devastating floods of 2022 in recognition of his meritorious services. And the role for the development, continued progress, uplift, prosperity, and betterment of Pakistan and its people.

This award recognizes Prince Rahim Aga Khan’s enduring impact on Pakistan’s socioeconomic fabric”
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2024, June7: Prince Rahim has been bestowed the highest Honor of Nishan-e-Pakistan: Here is the video of the citation:

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan Inaugurates New Software Technology Park in Nasirabad, Hunza
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2024, June 8

HUNZA: Through a partnership between the Special Communications Organization (SCO) and the Aga Khan Foundation, Pakistan (AKF, P), the new Software Technology Park in Nasirabad, Hunza will support the sustainable development of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) by providing uninterrupted power supply, high-speed internet, and a co-working space for small and growing start-ups, freelancers, and chambers of commerce.

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The Nasirabad Software Technology Park will act as the central resource for a hub and spokes model linking other IT facilities in more remote areas of the region. This will enhance access to distance learning, entrepreneurship and career counselling, and digital skills development, while catalysing freelance business opportunities. Present on the occasion were the Director General of the Special Communications Organization, Major General Umar Ahmad Shah; the Director of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and Chairman of Habib Bank Limited, Mr Sultan Ali Allana; the President of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan, Mr Nizar Mewawalla; and the Chief Executive Officer of AKF, P, Mr Akhtar Iqbal.

Chairman Sultan Ali Allana expressed his optimism that the new Software Technology Park will strengthen the economy of the region: “The users of this new facility will be reliably connected to businesses in Pakistan and around the world. This will provide a range of opportunities nationally and internationally, foster innovation, facilitate the creation of new business networks, and drive economic growth in the region.”

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Major General Umar Ahmad Shah thanked the Aga Khan Development Network and remarked, “SCO Vision 2025 focuses on youth empowerment through the provision of a sustained IT environment. We are committed to rapidly expanding IT and Free-Lancing Hubs (FLHs) across Azad Jammu and Kashmir as well as Gilgit Baltistan. The initiative harnesses the potential of our youth, creates job opportunities, and brings in foreign remittances. The transformed IT landscape is helping the socio-economic uplift of the region as youth are actively contributing to the overall development and prosperity of these areas.”

Speaking about the importance of the initiative, the CEO of AKF Pakistan, Mr. Akhtar Iqbal, noted, “Gilgit Baltistan has great potential to become a hub for software companies in Pakistan. With access to high-speed internet, 24-hour electricity supply, co-working spaces, and an attractive geographical location, it will attract national and international tech companies and digital nomads who can have a significant beneficial impact on the economy of the country.”

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2024, June 8: Some more photos of Prince Rahim Aga Khan received of this days' events in Hunza, Northern Areas of Pakistan.

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Prince Rahim launches two solar power plants in Hunza

Jamil Nagri Published June 10, 2024

GILGIT: In order to help mitigate the difficulties created by the electricity shortage in the region, Prince Rahim Aga Khan launched two solar power plants in Hunza on Sunday.

Prince Rahim, who is on a visit to Pakistan these days, launched the development of Duiker Solar Power Plant Phase II and Nasirabad Solar Power Plant, which have a combined capacity of 3.6 Megawatt Peak (MWp).

With a generation capacity of 1MWp, the phase I of Duiker plant commenced operations in November 2023. The plant increased the daily power availability for more than 11,000 people, from 10 to 17 hours in summer and from 4 to 9 hours in winter. Its phase II is estimated to expand generation capacity from 1MWp to 1.6MWp, and battery storage from 0.6MWh to 1MWh, providing increased electricity to an additional 8,760 people. Crucially, Duiker replaces diesel power generation, leading to an annual reduction of 1,100 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

The two projects will cost $6m

A 2MWp solar power plant with 1MWh battery storage will also be built in Nasirabad in lower Hunza.

This will supply electricity to an additional 23,400 people. This plant is expected to be commissioned in June 2025.

NPAK Energy Limited, a subsidiary of Industrial Promotion Services, the industrial and infrastructure development arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, is investing $6 million in these projects.

Project financing blends equity, sustainable debt, and grants. An additional $14m has been secured from development partners for the enhancement of the region’s energy infrastructure.

Over the next five years, NPAK Energy will mobilise additional investments in clean, sustainable sources of electricity across Hunza and surrounding areas, addressing the region’s acute energy deficit while contributing to global efforts to mitigate climate change.

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APP48-090624 GILGIT: June 09 - Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Haji Gulbar Khan in a meeting with the Prince Rahim Aga Khan. APP/AHS/TZD

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APP47-090624 GILGIT: June 09 – Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Haji Gulbar Khan presenting memento to Prince Rahim Aga Khan.

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Prince Rahim met with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, at his official residence in Islamabad. Islamabad, Pakistan, 10 June 2024 - On the final day of his visit to Pakistan, Prince Rahim Aga Khan met with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, at his official residence in Islamabad

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“Islamabad, Pakistan, 10 June 2024 - On the final day of his visit to Pakistan, Prince Rahim Aga Khan met with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, at his official residence in Islamabad. Welcoming him, the Prime Minister thanked Prince Rahim for the work that AKDN is doing for the wellbeing of the people of Pakistan. He also expressed his deep appreciation for the role that Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, played in the creation of Pakistan. Prince Rahim was accompanied by Sultan Ali Allana, Director of AKFED, and Shafik Sachedina, who heads the Department of Diplomatic Affairs of His Highness the Aga Khan.



The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for AKDN's work. Photo: Prime Minister's Office.
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“I am honoured to accept such a distinguished award on behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network, my colleagues, our staff, and the many volunteers who work tirelessly to improve the lives of the people of Pakistan,” Prince Rahim said upon receiving the honour. “I express my warmest gratitude to the President and Government of Pakistan for this immense recognition.”

During the visit, Prince Rahim met with various government officials, including the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif, the Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan, Syed Mehdi Shah, the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Faisal Karim Kundi, and the Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Gulbar Khan, to discuss matters of mutual interest and the work of AKDN in the country.


Prince Rahim Aga Khan awarded Pakistan’s highest civilian honour.
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On 8 June, Prince Rahim travelled to Hunza, where he officially opened a Software Technology Park in Nasirabad and visited the Duiker Solar Power Plant. The Software Technology Park will provide an uninterrupted power supply, high-speed internet, and a co-working space for small and growing start-ups, freelancers, and chambers of commerce. And the solar power plant, which is commencing work on a second phase of the project, will provide increased electricity supply to approximately 20,000 people in Hunza. Both of these projects are significant contributions to enhancing the overall quality of life in the region.


Prince Rahim inaugurates the Software Technology Park, Nasirabad.
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Yesterday, in Gilgit, Prince Rahim inaugurated a new regional headquarters for HBL Microfinance Bank (HBL MfB) in Gilgit-Baltistan. A blend of modern architecture and local cultural elements, the new building meets some of the highest international standards of green construction, and underlines the Bank’s commitment to sustainability, innovation, and local community development. -AKDN

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2024-06-08 : Prince Rahim Aga Khan inaugurates HBL MfB’s RHQ GB
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GILGIT: HBL Microfinance Bank (HBL MfB) inaugurated its new Regional Headquarters for Gilgit Baltistan. The ceremony was attended by Prince Rahim Aga Khan, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED); Sultan Ali Allana, Chairman, HBL; Muhammad Nassir Salim, President & CEO, HBL; Rayomond Kotwal, Chairman, HBL MfB; and Amir Khan, President & CEO, HBL MfB.

The building underlines the Bank’s commitment to sustainability, innovation, and local community development. A blend of modern architecture and local cultural elements, the building meets some of the highest international standards of green construction. It has earned the LEED Gold certification and EDGE Advanced certification, one of the first buildings in the country to achieve this.

The LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council highlights the building’s superior performance in energy and water efficiency, sustainable site development, and indoor environmental quality. The EDGE Advanced certification, granted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), underscores the building’s commitment to resource efficiency, achieving significant energy and water savings. The building is well equipped to produce 40 percent of the overall electricity required for its day-to-day functions.

“The inauguration of HBL Microfinance Bank’s Regional Headquarters Gilgit-Baltistan is a remarkable milestone for both the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Bank,” said Prince Rahim Aga Khan. “It is a major step towards AKDN’s goal of achieving Net-Zero by 2030. As we continue our journey to a better and more sustainable future, this building serves as a symbol of continued progress, sustainability, and prosperity for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.”

Rayomond Kotwal, Chairman HBL MfB, remarked, “The inauguration of our Regional Headquarters, Gilgit Baltistan is a testament to our commitment to sustainable development and the well-being of the communities we serve. Gilgit holds a special place in the journey of HBL Microfinance Bank, as we started here more than two decades ago. This building is a symbol of our dedication to fostering economic growth while preserving the region’s environment. By integrating sustainable practices with local culture, HBL Microfinance Bank has set a new benchmark in environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility. We take pride in contributing to the development of the Gilgit Baltistan region and look forward to continuing our support for all Pakistanis.”

Amir Khan, President & CEO HBL MfB, added, “The flagship Regional Headquarters Gilgit Baltistan exemplifies the strength, stability, and resilience of Pakistan’s best microfinance bank. The Regional Headquarters not only boosts our operational capabilities but also represents progress and hope for the Gilgit Baltistan region. Throughout the project, particular attention was paid towards the area, which is why 27 percent of the total project cost was allocated to boost the local economy, through the on boarding of regional suppliers and the creation of employment opportunities.”

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan Inaugurates HBL Microfinance Bank’s Regional Headquarters in Gilgit-Baltistan on 9 June 2024
By Press Release | Published Jun 10, 2024 | 7:48 pm

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HBL Microfinance Bank (HBL MfB) inaugurated today its new Regional Headquarters for Gilgit Baltistan. The ceremony was attended by Prince Rahim Aga Khan, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED); Mr. Sultan Ali Allana, Chairman, HBL; Mr. Muhammad Nassir Salim, President & CEO, HBL; Mr. Rayomond Kotwal, Chairman, HBL MfB; and Mr. Amir Khan, President & CEO, HBL MfB.

The building underlines the Bank’s commitment to sustainability, innovation, and local community development. A blend of modern architecture and local cultural elements, the building meets some of the highest international standards of green construction. It has earned the LEED Gold certification and EDGE Advanced certification, one of the first buildings in the country to achieve this.

The LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council highlights the building’s superior performance in energy and water efficiency, sustainable site development, and indoor environmental quality.

The EDGE Advanced certification, granted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), underscores the building’s commitment to resource efficiency, achieving significant energy and water savings. The building is well-equipped to produce 40 percent of the overall electricity required for its day-to-day functions.

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“The inauguration of HBL Microfinance Bank’s Regional Headquarters Gilgit-Baltistan is a remarkable milestone for both the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Bank,” said Prince Rahim Aga Khan. “It is a major step towards AKDN’s goal of achieving Net-Zero by 2030. As we continue our journey to a better and more sustainable future, this building serves as a symbol of continued progress, sustainability, and prosperity for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.”

Mr. Rayomond Kotwal, Chairman HBL MfB, remarked: “The inauguration of our Regional Headquarters, Gilgit Baltistan is a testament to our commitment to sustainable development and the well-being of the communities we serve. Gilgit holds a special place in the journey of HBL Microfinance Bank, as we started here more than two decades ago. This building is a symbol of our dedication to fostering economic growth while preserving the region’s environment. By integrating sustainable practices with local culture, HBL Microfinance Bank has set a new benchmark in environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility. We take pride in contributing to the development of the Gilgit Baltistan region and look forward to continuing our support for all Pakistanis.”

Mr. Amir Khan, President & CEO HBL MfB, added: “The flagship Regional Headquarters Gilgit Baltistan exemplifies the strength, stability, and resilience of Pakistan’s best microfinance bank. The Regional Headquarters not only boosts our operational capabilities but also represents progress and hope for the Gilgit Baltistan region. Throughout the project, particular attention was paid towards the area, which is why 27 percent of the total project cost was allocated to boost the local economy, through the onboarding of regional suppliers and the creation of employment opportunities.”
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PM invites AKDN to invest in tourism, renewable energy
June 11, 2024

VIDEO https://ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2024-06-10-pm.mp4

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VIDEO: https://twitter.com/i/status/1800239860558487914

Chairman of the Executive Committee of Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, Prince Rahim Aga Khan met Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad.

The Prime Minister paid tribute to Prince Rahim Aga Khan for establishing various social welfare projects in the less developed and remote areas of Pakistan, especially in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral.

Shehbaz Sharif appreciated the establishment of software Technology Park and solar power plants by Aga Khan Development Network in Hunza.

The Prime Minister invited Aga Khan Development Network to invest more in the tourism sector and to collaborate with the Government of Pakistan on renewable energy projects.

The Prime Minister congratulated Prince Rahim Aga Khan on receiving Nishan-i-Pakistanfrom the government.
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Prince Rahim in Pakistan for a week from 5 June 2024. Lots of Videos and photos have been shared.

VIDEO 1: https://ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2024-06-11-video1.mp4

VIDEO 2: https://ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2024-06-11-video2.mp4

VIDEO 3: https://ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2024-06-11-video3.mp4


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