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New South Asia boss in US State Department has a wider role

[b]New South Asia boss in US State Department has a wider role[/b]

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent for Asian Tribune

[b]Washington, D.C. 21 January (Asiantribune.com): [/b]Richard Boucher, who is soon expected to be named the new head of the South Asia Bureau of the United States Department of State to replace the incumbent Christina Rocca, will have Central Asia added to his portfolio and will exercise wider authority in the Asian region, ‘Asian Tribune’ understands.

State Department, which is undergoing drastic changes proposed by Secretary Condoleezza Rice, will merge Central Asia with the South Asian Bureau, and the Bush administration has centralized all its foreign economic assistance under a newly created Under Secretary position bringing its overseas economic assistance arm, the Agency for International Development (USAID) under its direct purview.

Richard Boucher's imminent appointment as the Assistant Secretary of the South Asia Bureau was exclusively reported as a breaking news by 'Asian Tribune' on October 7 last year under the caption "Richard Boucher tipped to head South Asia Bureau in US State Department."

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