For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 23, 2002
Andean Regional Initiative
Under President Bush's leadership, $782 million in assistance has been approved for the Andean region in fiscal year 2002. The Andean Regional Initiative (ARI) advances the President's goal of strengthening democracy, regional stability, and economic development throughout the hemisphere.
Intertwined Problems: The Andes produce virtually all of the world's cocaine and an increasing amount of heroin. Governments in the region seek to combat drug production and trafficking while strengthening democratic institutions, improving their ability to deliver service to their people, creating a more transparent and efficient judicial system, protecting human rights, reducing corruption, and increasing legal employment opportunities. The ARI addresses these multifaceted challenges.
Comprehensive, Balanced Approach:
In Millions of Dollars
|Economic and Social
|Bolivia||$ 48.000||$ 74.463||$122.463|
|Brazil||$ 6.000||$ 12.630||$ 18.630|
|Ecuador||$ 15.000||$ 31.855||$ 46.855|
|Panama||$ 5.000||$ 8.500||$ 13.500|
|Venezuela||$ 5.000||$ 0.500||$ 5.500|
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