Urumxi, China, 4 April 2012 – Mawlana Hazar Imam paid an official visit to Urumxi, China from 2–4 April 2012, at the invitation of the Governor of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Mr Nur Bekri, to discuss collaboration between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Government of Xinjiang.


Mawlana Hazar Imam and Governor Bekri held constructive talks during which the priorities for Xinjiang and the capacities of AKDN were discussed. They agreed to collaborate in several thematic areas of mutual interest, including poverty alleviation, education, tourism investment, and financial services.

Mawlana Hazar Imam last visited China in 1981.