U.S. Agency for International Development head Henrietta Fore said that Washington will set aside more than USD100 million in development assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008, a bigger contribution than last year’s aid package to the troubled African state. “U.S. bilateral foreign assistance to the DRC is expected to surpass 100 million dollars this fiscal year,” remarked Fore, who clarified that the money will be used solely for the implementation of development projects in the country. Overall American aid to the ailing country would add up to over USD500 million this year, with USD400 million going to humanitarian aid programs.

Source: US ups development aid for DR Congo: USAID chief (AFP)

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