Ref: PR/AF/036/22 Date: 5th May 2022
On the 11th March 2022 (8th Shaba’n 1443 A.H.), during the occasion of the opening ceremony of the AFED Tower in Dar es Salaam the Vice Chairman of Africa Federation, Aunali Khalfan announced the donation received from Mohsin & Fauzia Jaffer Foundation of USA covering the full cost of the AFED Training Centre which is located on the 10th floor of AFED Tower.
The dignitaries and invitees present at the opening ceremony were delighted hearing the announcement of this generous donation, it was acknowledged with greetings to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.w.) and his pure progeny. The occasion also coincided with ongoing celebrations marking the 75th Anniversary of Africa Federation since its establishment in 1946.
Shabir Najafi, Chairman of the Africa Federation travelled from the United Kingdom for the occasion of the opening ceremony of AFED Tower in Dar es Salaam. In his address, he thanked the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Foundation of Florida, USA for donating the AFED Training Centre; where the opening ceremony was also held. He said the donation is a gift that could not be appreciated more.
The AFED Chairman speaking to about 120 attendees pointed out that this is the first of its kind for Africa Federation to have a modern multipurpose Training Centre of its own which will facilitate various in-house training sessions for Africa Federation Board members, Secretariat staff and others. The facilities will also be made available to other institutions thereby aiding to the development of the wider spectrum of the community members in areas such as upskilling courses, enhancement of performance and increase productivity in the organizations and work places.
The AFED Training Centre, besides imparting training etc., will also help in cost cutting as hiring such facilities from outside institutions turns out to be expensive and also, sometimes becomes a challenge to find suitable facilities meeting our requirements and budget.
The AFED Tower consists of retail shopping outlets on the ground and mezzanine floor. The AFED offices are on the first three floors. Each of the 4th to 9th floors have a three-bedroom apartment and a multipurpose training centre (AFED Training Centre) of capacity of up to 80 people on the 10th floor. The basement will be used for storage and other amenities.
The Chairman, Shabir Najafi on behalf of the office bearers and trustees of the Africa Federation thanked Akil Hirji, Chairman of AFED Housing Development Board and his board members for their great efforts and dedication in managing the entire project from the time of groundbreaking in December 2019 upto its completion in March 2022. He also thanked the AFED Secretariat staff for the patience and good support they provided during the transition from the old offices to the new offices in AFED Tower.
Shabir Najafi expressed his deepest gratitude to late Alhaj Gulamhussein Abdulrasul Haji Jooma (“Babu Seth”), the donor of the original building to Africa Federation for his kind-hearted and selfless nature. He also thanked Mohsin & Fauzia Jaffer Foundation of USA for the donation of the AFED Training Centre on the 10th floor of AFED Tower.