THE ADMINISTRATION: Almost Indispensable

For the 16 nations of Western Europe, the face of ECA will be the face of ECA's ambassador-at-large. Last week Administrator Paul Hoffman picked W. Averell Harriman for the job. It was a good choice.

As a wartime administrator and ambassador, ex-Businessman Harriman had dealt long and intimately with Europe's politicians and problems. He had attended almost every Big Three conference, had ad ministered lend-lease in London, served as ambassador to Russia and to Great Britain. As Secretary of Commerce, he had dealt with allocations and export licenses; as chairman of the Harriman committee (which took careful measure of the...

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