Measures for the Economic Development of Under-Developed Countries: Report by a Group of Experts Appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations

Measures for the Economic Development of Under-Developed Countries: Report by a Group of Experts Appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations

Measures for the Economic Development of Under-Developed Countries: Report by a Group of Experts Appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations

Measures for the Economic Development of Under-Developed Countries: Report by a Group of Experts Appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations

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This report on measures for the economic development of underdeveloped countries should be regarded as a counterpart to the earlier report on national and international measures required to achieve full employment in economically more developed countries. It was prepared by a group of experts whom I appointed at the invitation of the Economic and Social Council after the Council adopted a far-reaching series of recommendations following an exhaustive discussion of the earlier report. Like the earlier document, the present report represents the unanimous view of its authors, who acted in their personal capacities and whose recommendations are put forward on their own responsibility.

The group was composed of Alberto Baltra Cortez, Professor of Economics, National University of Chile; D. R. Gadgil, Director, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Poona, India; George Hakim, Counselor, Legation of Lebanon, Washington, D.C.; W. Arthur Lewis, Professor of Political Economy, University of Manchester, England; and Theodore W. Schultz, Chairman, Department of Economics, University of Chicago, U.S.A. At the request of the group, George Hakim served as Chairman.

The Economic and Social Council invited me to appoint a group of experts to study the problem of reducing unemployment and under-employment in under-developed countries in the light of the current world economic situation and of the requirements of economic development, and to transmit the report to Member Governments and to the Economic, Employment and Development Commission. The Commission in turn has been requested by the Council to examine the report and to submit to the Council any comments and recommendations for action which seem appropriate. I am particularly pleased to make this report available for general discussion because it covers a subject which I commended to the fifth session of the General Assembly for consideration in the development of a Twenty-Year Programme for Achieving Peace through the United Nations. In my Memorandum to the . . .

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