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Rice Names New Foreign Aid Chief

January 19, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Randall Tobias, the global AIDs coordinator for the U.S. government, was named Thursday to coordinate the Bush administration’s $18 billion foreign aid programs and make them more effective.

``We can do better, we must do better,″ Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in announcing the appointment, which is subject to Senate approval.

``American taxpayers must know we are using their hard-earned dollars efficiently,″ Rice said.

In what appeared to be criticism of the way foreign aid programs were run in the past, Rice said, ``Let me be clear. The current structure of America’s foreign assistance risks incoherent policies and ineffective programs and perhaps even wasted resources.″

The reshuffling will place the Agency for International Development and State Department assistance programs under Tobias’ direction. He will report to Rice.

Tobias, a former corporate executive, said he would attempt to refocus the way U.S. assistance is provided to scores of countries.

As the global AIDs coordinator, Tobias and the administration’s $15 billion AIDs-fighting plan for the developing world came under criticism as not supporting the purchase of inexpensive generic drugs and for stressing abstinence and not birth control devices to prevent the devastating disease.

Tobias is a former director and chairman of Eli Lilly and Co., a pharmaceutical company.

He will have the new title Director of Foreign Assistance and simultaneously serve as administrator of the Agency for International Development.

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