The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
July 8, 2003

Global Message


"In Africa... the United States of America is leading the effort to fight AIDS, and save millions of lives with the healing power of medicine. Just as our enemies are going to know the strong will of America, people across this Earth are seeing the good and generous heart of America." --President Bush, 7/5/03

Peace and Security

  • The President urges the nine nations involved in the 5 year war in Congo to support the establishment of a transitional government.

  • President Taylor of Liberia must step down and the country must move toward a comprehensive peace agreement.

  • In Sudan, both sides in the civil war must make their final commitment to peace.

  • The United States will devote $100 million over the next 15 months to help Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, and Tanzania increase their counter-terrorism efforts.

    Health and Literacy

  • The $5 billion AIDS package approved by Congress will prevent 7 million new HIV infections, treat at least 2 million people with life extending drugs and provide humane care for 10 million HIV-infected individuals and AIDS orphans.

  • This year the U.S. will provide more than $800 million for the food emergencies on the continent.

  • The U.S. is committing $200 million over five years to train more than 420,000 teachers in Africa, to provide scholarships to 250,000 African girls, and to partner historically black universities in America in bringing 4 million textbooks to African children.

    Aid and Trade

  • The President has proposed a 50 percent increase in America's core development assistance through the Millennium Challenge Account.

  • The President is calling on Congress to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act through 2008, to give businesses the confidence to make long-term investments in Africa.
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