Spain gives EUR 4 billion in foreign aid

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23 October 2007, ALICANTE -(EFE).- The Spanish government in 2007 provided some EUR 4 billion euros ($5.68 billion) in development aid to the poorest countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia, the secretary of state for international cooperation announced Monday.

23 October 2007

ALICANTE -(EFE).- The Spanish government in 2007 provided some EUR 4 billion euros ($5.68 billion) in development aid to the poorest countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia, the secretary of state for international cooperation announced Monday.

That amount duplicates the 2 billion euros ($2.84 billion) that the administration dispensed for the purpose in 2004, Leire Pajin said here at a meeting with heads of the AECI foreign-aid agency's missions abroad.

She said that the Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero intends to contribute 0.7 percent of Spain's gross domestic product to development aid.

Pajin said that in 2003 the percentage provided by Spain for fighting poverty and for international development reached 0.23 percent of GDP, and for three years the country has figured among the leaders of the worldwide fight against poverty.

The secretary of state believed that it is not only necessary to increase the amount of aid, but also to improve its quality and coordinate with other countries to make it more effective.

In that regard, she announced that the Spanish foreign-aid agency AECI will improve its human and material resources in order to manage Spanish aid more effectively in the coming years, as well as the labor conditions of aid workers abroad and the task of coordinating with other ministries. EFE

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