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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 8, 2005

Fact Sheet: United States and G8 Renew Strong Commitment to Africa

     Fact sheet In Focus: G8 Summit 2005
     Fact sheet In Focus: Africa

“We believe Africa is a continent full of promise and talent and opportunity, and the United States will do our part to help the people of Africa realize the brighter future they deserve."

President George W. Bush, June 13, 2005

Presidential Action

President Bush today with his G-8 partners launched an historic commitment to assist Africa in bolstering its economic development through the strengthening of African leaders and African people. The United States will help ensure that reforms in Africa continue to gain momentum. The President also welcomed G-8 support for new initiatives that tangibly address real needs with real solutions.

Africa is a continent of promise, and the United States will work to see that the children of Africa have the opportunity to grow up healthy and realize their dreams. As freedom is on the march around the world, it is vital that democracy and prosperity continue to find a permanent home on the continent of Africa - a healthy, prosperous Africa will make this world a better and safer place.

The United States welcomes G-8 support for initiatives that advance U.S. priorities:

Debt Relief - A Clean Slate for Financially Over-Burdened Countries

Fighting Malaria - Cutting Mortality by 50%

Addressing Humanitarian Needs - Saving Millions of Lives

Education - Hope for the Future

Increasing Development Assistance - Reinforcing Africa's Commitment to Reform

Greater Trade and Investment - The Engine of Economic Growth

Peace and Stability - The Foundation for Development

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