ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — The deputy minister pointed out that Russian assistance was mainly focused on health care system, fight against communicable diseases, food security, public financial management, social protection and education systems, as well as access to basic sanitation services.
"In 2015, the total volume of Russian international development assistance reached $1.16 billion, in 2016 it amounted to $1.1 billion. This is a very good figure for the emerging economy," Storchak said.
According to the official, US corporations were leaders of such assistance programs, spending about $28 billion in 2016, while the total expenditures of the world corporate sector on international development assistance amounted to $35.6 billion last year.
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