East — South — The Empty Box
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There is, unfortunately, little available knowledge about East — South economic cooperation. Edwin M. Martin, head of DAC, said in 1972: “The centrally planned economies have given no indication of a willingness to see the U.N. have any kind of a say in their aid efforts and are unwilling to give it data even in general terms on what they are doing.” The Pearson report regretted that no comprehensive information was available to include this aspect in their study. OECD has published some rather poor summaries of what is known. The socialist nations themselves release floods of concrete and verbose examples of such co-operation, but never any comprehensive summaries of the DAC-type. A number of Western academic studies have been written, most with anticommunist biases, which makes them less reliable. What is known is sufficient to state that the volume of East — South economic cooperation, however computed, is very small.
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- 2).Novosti, Stockholm, February 13, 1971. For more details of what these propaganda figures might mean, the reader is referred to B.L. Kostinsky, Decription and Analysis of Soviet Foreign Trade Statistics. U.S. Department of Commerce, Foreign Demographic Analysis Division. Radio Free Europe, No. 5, July 1974, especially chapter III.Google Scholar