ECONOMICS: Conflict

At Havana, the 63-nation conference on freer world trade dug deeper into one of its major dilemmas: every economically backward nation in the world has hopes of industrializing itself; none wants to be merely a source of cheap bananas, coffee or jute. Last week some of them were clinging to the right to use every trick in the book of economic nationalism, if necessary, to make their dreams come true.

Indian Delegate C. H. Bhabha wanted a further amendment in the draft charter of the I.T.O.—International Trade Organization—which the Havana conference hopes to complete. That charter already permits (while deploring...

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