The Ambassador in Cuba (Messersmith) to the Secretary of State

No. 2483

Sir: I have the honor to refer to my despatch No. 2350, of July 11, 1941,88 and other correspondence concerning the interest of the Cuban Government in obtaining the assistance of our Government in the establishment in Cuba of a central bank with agricultural credit facilities. In this connection I am enclosing a copy and a translation of a note dated August 10, 1941,88 received from the Minister of State, in which he requests the loan of the services of a technical expert of our Government who would be instructed to come to Cuba to draft the necessary legislation in cooperation with Cuban officials. It will be observed that the Cuban Government refers to the procedure previously discussed of formulating its own draft legislation for submission to our Government and consideration by it; but has decided that, in view of the urgency of the matter and the rather critical financial situation facing the Government, it would be preferable from the point of view of the Cuban Government to have the assistance of an American expert on the spot.

I am acknowledging the receipt of Dr. Cortina’s communication and informing him that I have submitted it to the Department for consideration.

Respectfully yours,

George S. Messersmith
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