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Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Washington, DC
June 20, 2005

U.S.-EU Summit: Commitment to Africa

"We…share a commitment to help the people of Africa build strong democratic institutions and healthy economies…."

President George W. Bush
June 7, 2005
Washington, DC

U.S.-EU Declaration

The U.S. and EU are committed to joining and accelerating our efforts in support of democratic African nations, while acknowledging African ownership of present and future development on the continent. We stand in partnership with Africans and the international community to support African efforts to achieve peace, stability, democracy, and prosperity. In working with the AU and its programs such as NEPAD, as well as African regional organizations, we affirm and support their role in resolving conflicts and encouraging democratic transitions, good governance, and sustainable economic development. We continue to develop long-term solutions to Africa’s public health issues, poverty, and humanitarian emergencies, such as famine, through aid, debt relief, and development initiatives.

U.S. Initiatives Benefiting Africa

The U.S. supports the call for global attention to Africa, and endeavors to promote long-term growth and poverty reduction while continuing to mitigate and prevent humanitarian crises. The U.S. has tripled its assistance to Africa since 2000, to $3.2 billion in 2004, and recently announced an additional approximately $674 million for humanitarian emergencies. We agreed to forgive the debts of many of poorest countries owed to the international financial institutions. The USG is continuing development initiatives that benefit Africa such as the Millennium Challenge Account, the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief, and the African Growth and Opportunity Act.



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