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Afghan company wins plaudits

April 2007

Special recognition for excellence in corporate philanthropy has been paid to Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecoms operator, and the Aga Khan Development Network. The prize was created to mark Roshan’s investment in the social and economic rebuilding of Afghanistan.

The award was made by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), an international forum of senior business executives.

Among other things, the company established 800 businesses to provide new jobs, trained medical technicians and sponsored soup kitchens serving more than 10,000 meals a month to homeless Afghani children.

Roshan is part of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, one of the network’s nine private non-denominational agencies, which concentrate on improving opportunities and living conditions in the developing world, particularly Asia and Africa. Roshan’s own CSR efforts are directed towards education, healthcare, arts and culture in Afghanistan, with a special emphasis on women and children.

Karim Khoja, Roshan’s chief executive, said: ‘From the start, Roshan has consistently integrated social development with the way we do business, by, for instance, expanding coverage to remote areas that may not be economically viable today, creating jobs directly and indirectly, or using communications to help improve lives with innovations such as mobile-based money transfer or telemedicine.’

The prize was presented at the CECP’s seventh annual awards ceremony in New York. The jury was drawn from corporates, non-profit bodies, consultancies, the media and academia.

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