ASIA: New Spirit

"It's not tidy, it's an administrative nightmare," said the director. "But it works." The Colombo Plan, with a tiny staff of clerks, is a kind of clearing house for economic relations between 15 "recipient" nations of Southeast Asia and six "donor" nations—the U.S., Britain Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Since the plan was started in Ceylon nine years ago, primarily as a mutual-aid forum of ten British Commonwealth nations, it has become the accepted regional headquarters for development plans affecting a quarter of the world's population. In that time $6 billion in...

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