The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Bolivia (Dawson)
204. Your despatch 1204, October 16, 1941.73 Unless you perceive objection, please again endeavor to dissuade the Bolivian Government from sending a mission to the United States at this time to discuss the program of economic cooperation. The Department agrees with you that it is highly desirable to have the contemplated surveys completed and studies thereof made before definitive arrangements are discussed with representatives of the Bolivian Government.
Merwin L. Bohan, now Commercial Attaché at Bogotá, has been designated head of the economic mission and is being ordered to the Department for consultation preparatory to departing for La Paz at the earliest practicable date. It is planned that the mission ultimately will comprise a total of 7 experts, including 2 mining engineers, 2 highway engineers and 2 agronomists.
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