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CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE MEETING, SAIGON OCTOBER 21-24, 1957
Memorandum by Economic Division |
CABINET DOCUMENT NO.252-57 |
October 9th, 1957|
INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CANADIAN DELEGATION TO THE COLOMBO PLAN CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE MEETING, SAIGON, 1957|
The Canadian Delegation to the Colombo Plan Conference should be guided by two general considerations:
Item 1 of the Agenda Speeches by Leaders of the Delegation
As will be apparent from the comments against Item 5 below, the nature of the opening speech to be made by the Leader of the Canadian Delegation is not yet clear. It may or may not be the occasion for the major speech by the Leader of the Delegation; it may be merely an occasion to make a general statement expressing our thanks to the host government. However, the major speech should cover
Item 2 of the Agenda Presentation of the Draft of the Annual Report
The Canadian Delegation should seek to ensure that the report is an objective and analytical in tone as possible under the circumstances. (It has been customary for the major Canadian statement to be made when the Contributions Chapter is being considered under this item).
Item 3 of the Agenda Technical Assistance
Canada may be elected a member of the Subcommittee on Technical Assistance of the Officials Meeting. It would be expected that Mr.Mills, our Colombo Plan Attaché in Karachi, would be the Canadian representative. There are a number of points of detail on which it may be appropriate for our representative to comment, as set out in the detailed commentary on this item prepared by the Technical Co-operation Service. The Delegation should make it clear that in the Canadian view the technical assistance scheme is working well and that we continue to find it an effective and useful means of giving aid and of making the best use of the resources that are available in the Colombo Plan area.
Item 4 of the Agenda Colombo Plan Information Unit
Mr. Mills or Mr.Nutting might be the Canadian representative on the Subcommittee on Information at the Officials Meeting. (Mr.Mills attended the last policy meeting of the Council for Technical Co-operation in Colombo which considered information matters.) In the event that Canada is elected to this Committee it would be appropriate for the Canadian representative to make any points of detail suggested in the commentary on this item prepared by the Information Division of the Department of External Affairs. The Canadian Delegation should be aware that some of Canada's information objectives are served by the Information Unit and we should approve any modest expansion of its activities; however, the Delegation should resist any undue expansion of the work of the Unit, particularly if such expansion would call for an increased contribution from Canada. Though no doubt additional information activity is required about the Colombo Plan in South and Southeast Asia, this task can best be served by national governments rather than by the Colombo Plan Information Unit which is better adapted to give assistance to national information organizations.
Item 5 of the Agenda Arrangements Relating to the Next Meeting
The Leader of the Canadian Delegation at last year's meeting expressed the view that the Colombo Plan Conference should be held less frequently and should deal with more matters of substance. This view is widely shared, and, therefore, the Canadian Delegation should give support to any initiative by Asian countries to hold these meetings less frequently. The Delegation should not, however, take any initiative in this matter. As to the detailed conduct of meetings, the Delegation should give support, along the lines indicated in the commentary articles, to proposals to improve the organization of the Meeting of Ministers and to streamline the work of the various committees and working groups. The Delegation should give support to any initiative by the Asian Governments in this direction if it is in line with the detailed suggestions in the commentary, but should not take the lead in pressing for changes at this stage.
Item 6 of the Agenda Other Business
There may be a number of topics raised in the meeting or brought up informally between delegations. A list of such possible topics is set out below with brief indications of what attitude the Delegation should adopt.
83 Voir/See Document 409.
84 Il n'y a pas de référence
directe à ce document dans les conclusions du Cabinet. Le 12octobre 1957, le Cabinet
a noté que le ministre sans portefeuille, W.J.Browne, dirigerait la délégation canadienne
à la réunion de Saïgon, au lieu du secrétaire d'État aux Affaires extérieures récemment nommé,
Sidney Smith, qui se préparait à disputer des élections partielles dans la circonscription de
Hastings-Frontenac, en Ontario. Le Cabinet a autorisé M.Browne à annoncer que
le Canada, en attente de l'approbation du Parlement, apporterait une contribution de
35millions$ au Plan Colombo en 1958-1959.