UNITED NATIONS, N.Y (May. 15)
A United Nations economic committee was asked yesterday to drop Israel from case studies being made on the transfer of technology from developed countries to countries still in the developing stage. Ibrahim Suleiman, of Libya; who made the request, contended that Israel does not rightly fall into the category of developing nations because it does not suffer from a lack of technological know-how or capital. He said Israel was the recipient of modern technology and capital through immigration, its ethnic links with advanced nations and gifts in foreign exchange.
Mr. Suleiman thought that the case studies in Mexico and Brazil, the two other countries concerned should continue. He was supported by Ali Mounir, of Morocco, who said he had “the strongest reservations” about the study on Israel and recommended that the committee drop it. Clarence Blau, of the United States, said that the representatives of Libya and Morocco had made “good points” on the choice of countries in which to carry out the studies. He made no mention of Israel. But Mrs. E. E. Kodikara, of the Philippines, thought that her country would benefit from all three case studies, including the one in Israel, even though conditions in those countries were not necessarily applicable to the Philippines. The economic committee is an agency of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.