Spain expands presence in Africa

    Spain’s aid to Africa continues to grow under the leadership of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. Last year, the country disbursed USD612 million for development efforts in Africa, a three-fold increase from the budget in 2004. The Spanish Development Cooperation Agency or AECID now has offices in Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia. Four years ago, the organization only operated in four countries in the region. Recently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation donated USD1.5 million towards the African World Heritage Fund, which the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization established in 2006 to preserve the region’s natural and cultural heritage. (Source: Major Increase in Aid From Spain/Inter Press Service)

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