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Tuesday, 25 June, 2002, 18:59 GMT 19:59 UK
G8 summit in Kananaskis
Aid for Africa was high on the agenda at the two-day annual meeting of the world's biggest industrial countries.

Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretian hosted the event which aimed to tackling the growing gap between rich and poor and to advance the war on terrorism.


28 June 2002: Critics deride G8's Africa pledges

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar talks to South African President Thabo Mbeki
The summit declared a genuine partnership between Europe and Africa

Promises from the world's richest nations to the poorest continent prompt hope from African leaders, but criticism from aid agencies. South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is attending the summit, describes the plan as a "very, very good beginning" but says speed is needed to implement the decisions taken.





27 June 2002: G8 formulates Africa plan

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan welcomes the G8 decision

World leaders at the G8 summit agreed to increase aid to Africa by an estimated $6 billion and do more to deal with trade barriers and farm subsidies. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan welcomed the backing of the Africa plan by the leading industrialised nations.





26 June 2002: Middle East dominates summit

Tony Blair and George W Bush
Bush and Blair hold private meeting

Speaking at the G8 summit, US president George W Bush urged Palestinians to heed his call for change or face the loss of foreign investment. Before the summit got underway Mr Bush held a private meeting with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss the issue.





25 June 2002: The summit for Africa

Ethiopian women
Africans want economic solutions from the G8

Alleviating poverty in Africa is one of the key issues for the G8. As he prepared to fly out to Canada, Tony Blair announced that Britain is to increase its annual aid to Africa to 1bn within four years. In southern Ethiopia they are pinning high hopes on the summit.





25 June 2002: Protesters gear up

security
Security checkpoints keep protesters at bay

There is unprecedented security surrounding the meeting at Kananaskis because of the threat of terrorism. The hosts also want to avoid a repeat last year's summit in Genoa where anti-globalisation protests turned violent, resulting in the death of a protester.





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