Delegates from 21 Asian and Western countries are attending the 11th Colombo Plan conference, being held in the Indonesian city of Jogdjakarta.
Delegates from 21 Asian and Western countries are attending the 11th Colombo Plan conference, being held in the Indonesian city of Jogdjakarta. It is the first time the meeting has been held in Indonesia, which is acting as host as a mark of gratitude for aid received under the plan.
The conference opened October 26 with a 10-day meeting of delegates, who are measuring up the south-east Asian recipient countries needs for the coming year against the resources available from the donor countries. On November 11 the assessment of future economic needs will be submitted for consideration by Ministers.
To mark the conference opening, there was a march-past of Indonesian troops, and flags of the member countries were hoisted at the inaugural ceremony. The conference was opened by Indonesian Foreign Ministry Secretary-General Vsuwito Kusumowidagdo. Delegates stood in silence to honour Ceylon's Prime Minister, Mr. Bandaranaike, who was assassinated last month.
Malaya, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Burma, India, Japan, U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Canada are among the member countries.