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Global South Countries Increasing Health, Development Cooperation

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Some of theworld's "emerging economies" -- such as Brazil,China, India, Malaysia,South Africa and Thailand --recently have increased their trade with and development assistance to otherdeveloping nations, the Inter Press Service reports. The United Nations in areport released last month provided examples of the increasing cooperationbetween developing countries, including HIV/AIDS treatment assistance and aidto Africa. According to the report, Brazil has provided locally manufacturedantiretroviral drugs to about 11 other developing countries, such as Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde,Colombia, East Timor, ElSalvador, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Nicaragua,Paraguay, and Sao Tome and Principe.In addition, the study said that Brazilcoordinates an international HIV/AIDS technical cooperation network thatincludes Argentina, China, Cuba,Nigeria, Russia, Thailandand Ukraine.The network aims to facilitate the transfer of technologies for the productionof antiretrovirals.

The report also found that Indiahas allocated about $200 million for the New Partnershipfor Africa's Development and provided West African countries with about $500 million in aid. Inaddition, China has pledgedto double aid to Africa by 2009 to about $1billion, as well as to establish a China-Africa development fund of about $5billion aimed at encouraging Chinese companies to invest in the continent.

"Clearly, today there is growing economic complementarity and capacity fordeveloping countries to advance their development through mutualcooperation," Munir Akram, the outgoing chair of the Group of 77developing nations, said at a meeting last week. He added that many"developing countries are investing their surpluses in other developingcountries, and many are engaged in extensive development cooperation"(Deen, Inter Press Service, 1/15).

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