Canada and the Colombo Plan
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 4 Dec 1952, p. 112-128
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Canada and the Colombo Plan

A joint meeting with the Toronto Branch, United Nations Association in Canada. A description of the Colombo Plan. Misconceptions about the Plan. The background to its origins. The name of the Plan and from whence it comes. The Commonwealth Consultative Committee; the custodian of the Plan. The Committee's practical plan of development for a six-year period from the middle of 1951. Where the Committee has met. The capital background of the Plan. Programmes called for and an estimate of costs. Monies that will be used by Ceylon, India, and Pakistan. The contribution countries. Some dollar figures. Development loans by the International Bank. A response to the question "Why the Colombo Plan at all? The Colombo Plan so far—capital co-operation. A look at what the Colombo Plan has actually accomplished since it started in the middle of 1951. Project and dollar details. Technical co-operation. Details and dollar figures of training and technical assistance given through the Plan. The future of the Colombo Plan. Working out suitable projects. Trends in Asia. Nationalistic trends of developing countries, now free from Western domination. The opportunity for the free world to make clear that all cultures are welcome within it and can, once a part of it, develop in their own way their own religions and other philosophies to the full, consistent only with maintaining the personal freedoms of their peoples. Combating the effects of the flood of Communist literature which pours into Asia. The need for the free world to evolve a policy with which free Asia could really co-operate. Still time to bring a vital free world into existence. Time running short. The need to try to capture the minds of the youth of Asia with ideas that are more dynamic than those of the totalitarian Communism they are imbibing today in their millions. The challenge to Communism. Preparing for, but avoiding, war. The part to play by the Commonwealth in expanding and holding together the free world.