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MP promises increased foreign aid

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Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik is going to suggest that Norway contributes substantially more in foreign aid when the cabinet presents their new report Friday.

30.04.04 13:13

Bondevik wants to increase the foreign aid with NOK 1 billion (USD 147 million) as the cabinet presents it new white paper about Norwegian foreign aid Friday.

«Norway should increase to one percent of gross national product (GNP) in foreign aid,» said Bondevik, Christian Democrat (KrF), to the Norwegian daily Aftenposten.

According to the paper’s calculations, it will demand about a one billion Norwegian krone (USD 147) to reach Bondevik’s goal. The Prime Minister did not comment on how long the government would use to reach this goal.

Norway is currently among the countries in the world which use the most money on foreign aid, equalling 0.94 percent of GNP.

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