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17th session of the Colombo Plan Consultative Committee



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17TH SESSION OF THE COLOMBO PLAN CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

The M i n i s t e r f o r E x t e r n a l A f f a i r s , Mr P a u l H a s lu c k , to d a y

a n n o u n c e d t h a t A u s t r a l i a w o u ld be r e p r e s e n t e d a t t h e 1 7 th S e s s io n o f t h e

Colom bo P l a n C o n s u l t a t i v e C om m ittee w h ic h i s b e i n g h e l d i n K a r a c h i

b e tw e e n th e 1 4 th Novem ber and t h e 1 s t D ecem ber, 1966.

Mr H a s lu c k s a i d t h a t t h e A u s t r a l i a n d e l e g a t i o n w o u ld c o n s i s t

o f S i r A r th u r T a n g e , C .B .E ., A u s t r a l i a n H igh C o m m issio n e r i n I n d i a ,

l e a d e r o f th e d e l e g a t i o n ; Mr L . W. E n g led o w , D e p a rtm e n t o f E x t e r n a l

A f f a i r s ; M iss M ary M cP herson, D e p a rtm e n t o f E x t e r n a l A f f a i r s ; and

Mr C . H. C l a r k , D e p a rtm e n t o f t h e T r e a s u r y .

The C o n s u l t a t i v e C om m ittee f i r s t m et i n Sydney i n May, 1950*

a n d h a s m et a n n u a l l y e x c e p t i n 1965· I t s p u r p o s e i s t o r e v ie w t h e

econom ic d e v e lo p m e n t o f t h e A s ia n m em bers o f t h e C o m m itte e , t o c o n s i d e r

how econom ic a n d s o c i a l d e v e lo p m e n t o f t h e a r e a c a n b e a c c e l e r a t e d and

t o d i s c u s s t h e p r o v i s i o n o f e x t e r n a l a s s i s t a n c e t o t h e a r e a .

Mr H a s lu c k s a i d t h a t t h e S e s s io n w o u ld c o n s i s t of tw o p a r t s :

1 . a n O f f i c i a l s ’ M e e tin g fro m t h e 14t h t o 2 4 th N ovem ber w h ic h

w o u ld w o rk on d r a f t s o f c h a p t e r s f o r t h e a n n u a l r e p o r t on

t h e w o rk o f t h e Colom bo P l a n , w o u ld c o n s i d e r w o rk in g a r r a n g e m e n ts

f o r t h e M i n i s t e r i a l M e e tin g , and w o u ld a l s o c o n s i d e r any

q u e s t i o n s w h ic h i n d i v i d u a l c o u n t r i e s w is h t o p ro p o s e f o r

d i s c u s s i o n a t t h e C o n s u l t a t i v e C om m ittee M e e tin g ; an d

2 . t h e C o n s u l t a t i v e C o m m ittee M e e tin g fro m t h e 2 8 th Novem ber t o

t h e 1 s t D ecem b er. T h is C om m ittee w i l l c o n s i d e r , among

o t h e r t h i n g s , t h e f o ll o w i n g :

( a ) t h e a n n u a l r e p o r t o f t h e C om m ittee w h ic h w i l l re v ie w

t h e p r o g r e s s i n t h e R e g io n d u r in g th e p r e v i o u s y e a r

and a n a ly s e t h e t a s k s a h e a d ;

( b ) th e r e p o r t o f t h e C om m ittee on T e c h n ic a l C o - o p e r a t io n .

w h ic h w i l l r e v ie w t e c h n i c a l c o - o p e r a t i o n d u r in g t h e y e a r ;

( c ) i n f o r m a t io n a c t i v i t i e s ; and

( d ) r e p o r t o f t h e C om m ittee on t h e R e l a t i o n s h i p b e tw e e n

P o p u l a t i o n a W E conom ic D ev elo p m en t i n t h e Colom bo P l a n a r e a

\ , , ' ' Mr H a s lu c k s a i d th e ft A u s t r a l i a h a d a lw a y s b e e n an a c t i v e , membero f th e C o m m itte e . Our a t t e n d a n c e a t t h i s S e s s io n w o u ld d e m o n s tr a te ' b u r c o n tin u in g c l o s e i n t e r e s t a n d p a r t i c i p a t i o n i n t h e w o rk ,of t h e Colombo P l a n ,

and our reco g n itio n th a t the prospects fo r p o litic a l and economic

s t a b i l i t y of the Asian region are a ffe cte d in large p a rt by economic

and so c ia l development« Through the Colombo Plan we were c o n trib u tin g

in no small way to th a t development# . ' ■ · ' · .