The Alianza: Top Man in the Clearinghouse

Latin Americans have long complained that the Alliance for Progress is less an alliance than a series of bilateral aid agreements between the U.S. and 19 hemisphere nations. The U.S. now agrees, and at an Alianza meeting in Sao Paulo last November, an eight-man inter-American executive committee was set up to act as a clearinghouse between the U.S. and its Alianza partners. Last week in Washington, the Inter-American Economic and Social Council of the OAS chose Carlos Sanz de Santamaria, 58, Colombia's Finance Minister, to boss the committee.

Working indirectly with Assistant Secretary of State Thomas C. Mann (TIME cover,...

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