Saturday
Sep 22,2012

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, today announced that the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MCIT) has issued the company with a license that will enable Roshan to further expand and develop its already market-leading, innovative data packages via the 3G platform. Roshan celebrated the issuance of the license in a signing ceremony presided by His Excellency, Minister Amir Zai Sangin and other honorable ministerial dignitaries at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Kabul. Roshan is aiming for a commercial roll out of its 3G service later in the year.

Roshan has brought to market a range of robust data platforms for Afghan individuals and business.  Most recently, Roshan launched “Kahkashaan,” an innovative galaxy of web portal services that allows customers to access rich content on their mobile phones, including ringtones, pictures, games and applications. The company was also the first to bring Blackberry and M-Paisa mobile money services to Afghanistan.

“We are delighted to introduce 3G technology to Roshan’s six million and counting customers, expanding access to data-rich products and converged solutions to meet their needs,” said Karim Khoja, chief executive officer of Roshan at the ceremony. “Not only does the license further bolster Roshan’s robust and high-performing data services, but it also complements our existing state-of-the-art network that currently offers the widest, most reliable and highest quality coverage across all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces,” added Khoja.

“3G technology is vital for the economic growth and development of Afghanistan in a host of different sectors – from education to health to commerce,” said His Excellency, Minister Sangin. “In awarding this license to Roshan, we are embracing the mobile broadband revolution, expanding the country’s data services and enhancing capacity, aimed at improving the lives of Afghans as they connect with each other and the rest of the world,” added Sangin.

About Roshan

Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd) is Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider with over 6 million active subscribers and a network that covers over 230 cities and towns in all of the country’s 34 provinces.  Roshan is a true Afghanistan success story, serving as a catalyst for economic growth and actively contributing to the country’s long-term development. Since its inception eight years ago, Roshan has invested over $550 million in Afghanistan and is the country’s single largest investor and taxpayer, contributing approximately 5 percent of the Afghan government’s overall domestic revenue. Roshan directly employs more than 1,300 people, 19 percent of whom are women, and provides indirect employment to more than 30,000 people. Roshan is deeply committed to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a major shareholder of Roshan and promotes private initiatives and building economically sound enterprises in the developing world. Also owned in part by Monaco Telecom International (MTI) and TeliaSonera, Roshan brings international expertise to the country and is committed to the highest standards of network quality and coverage for the people of Afghanistan.

 

Media Contacts: Shaheen Shivji Manager, Public Relations Roshan Office: +93 (0) 79 997 4845 E-mail: shaheen.shivji@roshan.af Website: www.roshan.af

Daniel Dean Hill+Knowlton Strategies Office: +1 212 885 0477 E-mail: daniel.dean@hkstrategies.com Website: www.hkstrategies.com

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/22/4844118/roshan-secures-3g-license-for.html#storylink=cpy
Thursday
Jul 26,2012

His Highness the Aga Khan together with the Secretary General of the East African Community ambassador Richard Sezibera have together signed an agreement meant foster and expand the economic, social and cultural development in the East African region. The founder of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) met the ambassador at EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania last week to lay down foundation and formulate possible strategies on the way forward for East Africa. The agreement signed upon is expected to nature long-term benefits to the East African people in terms of accelerating economic development.

The East African Community partner states shall now work hand in hand in building the region with the assistance of AKDN. The joint effort shall among many objectives focus on developing and modernizing Arusha in Tanzania to give it a new outlook in terms of governance, intellectual exchange and economic development. The religious and ethnic diversity are among the agendas stipulated in the agreement where emphasis has been placed on the importance of building a prosperous society. “This partnership reflects the vision articulated in the first EAC Development Strategy in 1997,” said Mr. Sezibera while specifying EAC’s commitment in enhancing economic developments in the region. He also gave an emphasis on the core mandate of the East African Community of fostering the agreements aimed at boosting both regional and international cooperation with its development partners.

Source: http://www.newstimeafrica.com/archives/27157

Monday
Apr 16,2012

His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, recently paid a brief visit to Dushanbe, Asia-Plus learnt from the presidential press service. Sitora Shokamolova, Communications Officer, Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe said that His Highness the Aga Khan who is founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) met with Tajik Head President Emomali Rahmon. In the course of talks, the sides discussed current and planned projects of AKDN in Tajikistan.

They noted that the majority of AKDN-sponsored projects being implemented in Tajikistan are of regional significance and peoples of Afghanistan and other Central Asia’s nations are also benefiting from those projects.   They also discussed a number of national and regional problems as well as opportunities for further expansion of cooperation. In the course of the talks, His Highness the Aga Khan expressed gratitude to President Emomali Rahmon for an official registration of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe that is graphic evidence of freedom of religion and tolerance in the country, the source said. The sides were pleased with the results of a long-term cooperation on enhancement of sectors like education, health, communications, culture and energy as wells social protection of the population in Tajikistan.

It should be noted that AKDN is a group of development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programs without regard to faith, origin or gender.