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The United States on Thu. donated US$ US 330,000 to the Colombo Plan to assist in combating drug use among Asian youth. The United States on Thu. donated US$ US 330,000 to the Colombo Plan to assist in combating drug use among Asian youth. Handing over the cheque, Ambassador Jeffrey J Lunstead commended on the Colombo Plan’s Drug Advisory Program (DAP) efforts in this area and noted that today’s contribution was a sign of the continuing U.S. faith in the initiative.

The DAP will use these funds to implement two major projects: the Third Asian Youth Congress, to be held in Singapore in November 2004, and to setup 12 outreach centers throughout six Asian countries, the US Embassy said in a statement.

At the Singapore congress, youth from the Colombo Plan’s Asian member countries will be given training which will empower them to take leadership roles in drug prevention efforts in their respective countries.

This is the third in a series of DAP programs involving youth funded by the U.S. government.

One of the tools developed during the Second Asian Youth Congress, held in Maldives in 2003, was a DA