Belgium to increase aid to eradicate poverty
"What is impressive is the consciousness of the ministers and their willingness to work for the people but [they] have no budget to do more. Belgium will help in that way to improve the situation of people, to fight poverty."
- Armand de Decker, the Belgian cooperation and development minister.
Bujumbura - Belgium has pledged to increase its aid to Burundi by 15 million euros (US $19 million) per year, the Belgian cooperation and development minister, Armand de Decker, has announced.
The aid comes in the wake of new measures taken by Burundi's government to improve living conditions, including the provision of free medical care to pregnant women and children under five.