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US aid agency grants west African bloc 18m dollars in aid

BBC Worldwide Monitoring

October 4, 2006

Text of report entitled "ECOWAS/USAID sign three pacts for 18m US dollars" published by Ghanaian GBC radio web site on 4 October

ECOWAS [Economic Community of West African States] and the USAID have signed three agreements totalling more than 18m US dollars to support activities in trade, health, conflict mitigation and governance in the subregion. The [ECOWAS] executive secretary, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, signed for ECOWAS while the mission director of USAID, West Africa, Dr Jatinder Cheema, initialled for USAID.

The USAID also signed an 18m-US dollar agreement with the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel, CILSS. The amount is to promote agriculture, check drought and strengthen early warning and response systems. It will also be used to disseminate best practices and technologies regionally and help cotton producers improve their yields and incomes.

A statement by the Public Affairs Section of the US embassy in Accra said activities under these agreements will be implemented through ECOWAS and CILSS and other regional organizations, US grants and contracts with NGOs as well as public and private alliances.

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