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Bush to Africa: US Increasing, Improving Aid

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President Bush has told African nations that his administration has been working to increase and improve the flow of aid money to the continent.

In a taped message given exclusively to VOA, Mr. Bush says U.S. officials are using aid programs to boost democratic institutions, fight corruption and protect African workers.

The statement comes one day after Mr. Bush met British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the White House to discuss boosting aid efforts in Africa.

After their talks, the two leaders said they were close to reaching a deal on canceling the debt of the poorest African nations.

Some organizations praised the debt relief plan as an important precedent, but say it should apply to all poor nations.

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan says he welcomes plans for more emergency humanitarian aid to Africa, as long as donors continue to help Africans improve their economies.

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