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Australian participation in the special Commonwealth African Assistance Plan



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F O R T H E P R E S S

( R e l e a s e d o n l y i n C a n b e r r a )

. D E P A R T M E N T O F E X T E R N A L A F F A I R S ,

, C A N B E R R A .

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1 s t N o v e m b e r , 1962

AUSTRALIAN PARTICIPATION IN THE SPECIAL COMMONWEALTH

AFRICAN ASSISTANCE PLAN

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S ta te m e n t by th e 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

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B arw ick announced to d a y t h a t th e f i r s t a d v i s e r p ro v id e d

by A u s t r a l i a u n d e r th e S p e c i a l Commonwealth A f r ic a n

A s s is ta n c e P la n w ould a r r i v e i n N i g e r ia to d a y . He

was Mr. F . A. S h a r r , th e S t a t e L i b r a r i a n o f W e s te rn

A u s t r a l i a .

S i r G a r f i e l d s a id t h a t Mr.. S h a r r w ould spend

f o u r months i n N o r th e r n N ig e r ia s u r v e y in g l i b r a r y

f a c i l i t i e s i n th e Northern R egion and a d v is in g on th e

developm ent o f a c o - o r d i n a t e d and e f f i c i e n t l i b r a r y

s e r v i c e , w hich i t was hoped would meet th e r e g i o n 's

n e ed s f o r th e n e x t t e n to f i f t e e n y e a r s .

The S p e c i a l Commonwealth A f r ic a n A s s is ta n c e

P la n r e s u l t e d from a recom m endation o f th e Commonwealth

Prime M i n i s t e r s a t t h e i r m e e tin g i n London i n May,1 9 6 0 .

The P l a n , s i m i l a r i n i t s o b j e c t i v e s t o th e Colombo P l a n ,

e n a b le s Commonwealth c o u n t r i e s t o a s s i s t i n r a i s i n g ;

l i v i n g s ta n d a r d s i n th e l e s s d e v e lo p e d c o u n t r i e s i n A f r i c a

by th e p r o v i s i o n o f t e c h n i c a l a s s i s t a n c e .

A u s t r a l i a i s c o n t r i b u t i n g to th e P la n by

o f f e r i n g t r a i n i n g f a c i l i t i e s i n t h i s c o u n tr y f o r

A f r i c a n s t u d e n t s and by p r o v id in g e q uipm ent and a d v i s e r s .

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A u s t r a l i a n c o n t r i b u t i o n w i l l amount t o a b o u t £ A 6 6 ,0 0 0 .