Commonwealth Office: Asia Economic Department: Registered Files (AE Series)
This series contains the records of the Asia Economic Department of the Commonwealth Office dealing with the economic affairs of Commonwealth Asia, development issues (including the operation of the Colombo Plan and the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East and the Freedom from Hunger campaign) and use and development of natural resources.
Commonwealth Office, Asia Economic Department, 1966-1968
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office , in 1999
Administrative / biographical background:
Originally established in the Commonwealth Relations Office in 1964, the Asia Economic Department continued in existence in the Commonwealth Office until the formation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office(FCO) in October 1968. Its economic relations functions were then distributed between the geographical departments which covered Asia in the FCO (South Asian Department for Ceylon, India and Pakistan, and South East Asian Department for Malaysia and Singapore), while remaining development and aid matters relating to the Colombo Plan became the responsibility of the South Asia Department of the Ministry of Overseas Development.
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