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American, Israeli Trade Union Movements Co-sponsor New Institute

Seventy students from 31 countries began attendance today at a school sponsored jointly by the Israeli and American trade union movements to teach African and Asian union members how democracies can organize economic planning and social development.

The Afro-Asian Institute for Labor Studies and Cooperation was opened yesterday but, since the permanent building of the institute is not yet completed, the official opening ceremony will be held early next year. Sponsored by the Histadrut, Israel’s Labor Federation and the AFL-CIO, the institute originally had provided courses for 60 persons twice a year. When 134 applications were received, it was decided to expand facilities. The 70 students each received a scholarship for the first six months course.

Eliahu Elath, former Israel Ambassador to Washington, and George Meany, president of the AFL-CIO, are co-chairman. The AFL-CIO has agreed to cover half of the operating costs of the institute.

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