In 2003, when the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development established the Afghanistan mobile company Roshan, there was virtually no telecommunications infrastructure in the country. Some Afghans actually had to walk to a neighbouring country to make a phone call. Today, Roshan’s 1,000 towers reach more than six million subscribers. It’s the country’s largest investor and recently, it made Fortune’s first ever Change the World list of businesses making an impact. By offering mobile money transfers, the company extends financial services to the 97% of Afghans who can’t access banks. It also supports telemedicine applications, allowing doctors in remote areas to diagnose patients and even perform surgery. And Afghan youth, who make up the majority of the population, are using mobile phones to find their voice through social media.
Spur and Aga Khan Foundation Canada invite Roshan CEO and Canadian native Karim Khoja to a discussion of the mobile tech sector in Afghanistan, and asks what happens as NATO leaves. The event will be moderated by May Jeong, an award-winning freelance writer based in Afghanistan.
This event will be followed by a public reception at 8:30pm. This event is undertaken with financial support from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.
- November 5, 2015
- 7:00 pm
- Aga Khan Foundation Canada in the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, 199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa