• Short Summary

    MRS INDIA GANDHI, PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) OPENED THE 22ND ANNUAL SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE FAR EAST (ECAFE) BEING HELD IN NEW DELHI.

  • Description

    MRS INDIA GANDHI, PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) OPENED THE 22ND ANNUAL SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE FAR EAST (ECAFE) BEING HELD IN NEW DELHI. SOME 300 DELEGATES FROM 40 COUNTRIES ARE ATTENDING THE SESSION - 21 OF THEM BEING REGIONAL MEMBERS AND THE REMAINDER ATTENDING AS OBSERVERS.

    IN HER ADDRESS, MRS GANDHI APPEALED TO INDUSTRIALLY ADVANCED COUNTRIES TO PROVIDE MARKETS FOR THE MANUFACTURED GOODS OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. SHE SAID ASIA, ONCE THE CENTRE OF CIVILISATION, WAS NOW LAGGING BEHIND AND SHE ASKED HOW THERE COULD BE A STABLE PEACE WITH MORE THAN HALF THE WORLD POPULATION LIVING IN POVERTY AND IGNORANCE.

    THE SESSION IS REVIEWING A NUMBER OF ECAFE PROJECTS ALREADY UNDER WAY, INCLUDING A 1,000,000,000 DOLLAR (ABOUT GBP357,000,000 STERLING) ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN OPERATION IN JUNE.

    NEW PROJECTS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE BIRTH CONTROL PROGRAMMES AND PLANS FOR HARMONISING NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN THE REGION.

    A SURVEY OF THE REGION'S DEVELOPMENT OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS, PREPARED FOR THE SESSION, SAID THAT AGRICULTURE WAS THE LEAST SATISFACTORY AREA OF DEVELOPMENT. RECENT PRODUCTION WAS STILL BELOW PRE--WAR LEVELS AND WAS SERIOUSLY HINDERING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. ONLY THROUGH THE ELIMINATION OF UNDERNOURISHMENT, MALNUTRITION AND DEBILITATING DISEASES COULD THE EFFICIENCY OF LABOUR FORCES AND THEREFORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BE IMPROVED, IT STATED.

    TODAY (WEDNESDAY), MR. PAUL HASLUCK, THE AUSTRALIAN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER, WHO IS AT THE SESSION, SAID THAT AUSTRALIA WAS WILLING TO HELP DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN ASIA TO IMPROVE THEIR AGRICULTURAL OUTPUT. HE SAID THAT SUCCESSIVE BY THE ECAFE SECRETARIAT HAD SHOWN THE NEED FOR MORE RESOURCES TO BE DEVOTED TO AGRICULTURE IN THE REGION.

    ECAFE'S REGIONAL MEMBERS ARE AFGHANISTAN, AUSTRALIA, BURMA, CAMBODIA, CEYLON, INDIAN, IRAN, JAPAN, LAOS, MALAYSIA, MONGOLIA, NEPAL, NEW ZEALAND, PAKISTAN, PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, SOUTH KOREA, SOUTH VIETNAM, TAIWAN, THAILAND AND WESTERN SAMOA.

    BRITAIN, THE UNITED STATES, TEM NETHERLANDS AND THE U.S.S.R. ARE AMONG THE OBSERVER NATIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA718VHGF2F2IQV8NKR9YHX5TC6
    Media URN:
    VLVA718VHGF2F2IQV8NKR9YHX5TC6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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