CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Sunday with the Aga Khan, Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, to discuss the role of non-governmental organizations’ role in society, Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef announced.
“The meeting addressed possible joint projects between the state and AKDN, which can realize prompt and tangible return that directly affects Egyptian citizens and improves their living conditions,” Youssef said, adding that the meeting was held on the sideline of the “Africa 2016″ forum in Sharm El Sheikh.
President Sisi said AKDN’s activities in Egypt, particularly in Al Darb El Ahmar area, “contribute to the state’s efforts to promote society economically, socially and culturally,” Youssef continued.
The AKDN operated in 13 African countries in the fields of health, education, travel, hospitality, food and clothing companies, media, and culture, Aga Khan announced in a speech at the Forum Sunday.
AKDN agencies are private, international, non-governmental organizations, aiming to improve the welfare and prospects of people in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa, according the network website.
The work of AKDN covers 30 developing countries in Africa and Asia, with 80,000 workers; its budget for the non-profit activities was estimated at around $600 million.