34. Letter From the Acting Secretary of State to the Chairman of the Council on Foreign Economic Policy (Randall)1
Dear Mr. Randall : The Department of State has carefully considered the report of the International Development Advisory Board.2 We are in agreement with its more important conclusions. We believe that it complements the Fairless report in two major and useful respects:
- It sets forth a fuller statement of the United States national interest in economic growth in less-developed areas. We believe that this statement is sound and should help to resolve public and Congressional uncertainty as to the purposes of our economic development assistance.
- It proposes a specific organizational structure for giving economic development assistance the increased continuity and flexibility recommended in the Fairless report and in studies made for the Special Senate Committee. We think that such a structure is needed, and that the IDAB’s broad proposals in this regard point the way to a more effective program.
Specific comments on the eight points listed in the enclosure to your letter of March 73 are enclosed. Our differences with the Board’s recommendations are, as you will see, ones of detail and implementation. The Board’s analysis and central findings are, we believe, thoughtful and forward looking. The Department of State finds the Board’s report, as a whole, a most useful example of public participation in the process of policy formulation.[Page 171]
I am again asking Mr. Dillon to represent the Department at the meeting which you have called for 4:00 p.m. on March 19th. Sincerely yours,