The United States has announced a $481- million aid package aimed at reducing poverty in Burkina Faso.
statement from the U.S. government's Millennium Challenge Corporation
says the five-year agreement will help the west African nation improve
roads, agricultural productivity, and primary education for girls.
grant was announced Monday in Washington after a signing ceremony
attended by Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore and U.S. Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation
gives grants to countries that show a commitment to good governance,
economic freedom and the elimination of extreme poverty. The Bush
administration launched the fund in 2004.