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Czech development aid to go to six poor states as of 2018

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Prague, May 19 (CTK) – The Czech development aid will focus on six poor countries as of 2018, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Moldova and Zambia, daily Lidove noviny (LN) writes on Thursday.

Prague decided to use the financial aid more effectively and focus on three particular sectors in each of the countries, the paper writes.

The support should go to, for example, the development of modern agriculture, education and social services and health care in Zambia.

One of the key motives for the changed rules for the provision of developmental aid was to create the necessary infrastructure and opportunities for good lives for the local people so that they do not have to join the migrants streaming into Europe, LN writes.

The six selected countries are one the poorest, a Czech diplomatic mission is seated in them, and projects in which local partners participated have been successfully completed. Representatives of the Czech Developmental Agency will supervise the projects in the given countries.

Three of the countries are part of Europe, two are African and one Asian.

The Czech budget for the humanitarian and development aid should increase because the country does not meet the minimum level of annually spending 0.33 percent of GDP on the aid, the paper writes.

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