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LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
Chaney

HOW ARE THINGS IN ALEGRIA? II

You are the President of Alegrfa. You must consider the suggestions of
your chief of Development Planning in the light of the following politi-
cal limitations and options
1. The Soviet Union indicates that, in return for establishing di-
plomatic relations, for the next five years it will buy cope-
lias at a guaranteed price of two cents per kilo over the world
price. This is a gesture to help Alegrla "buy time" to diversi-
fy its agriculture, since the Soviet Union can buy all the
copelias it needs in Africa at the going market rate. The
Soviet Union will buy the entire crop.
2o The Army has indicated it will support an agrarian reform pro-
gram (to get agricultural credit and technical assistance out
to the farmers), but only on condition that the President agree
that the agrarian reform bonds, given to the landholders three
years ago when many large estates were taken over and divided
among the peasants, be made convertible in cash instead of only
being convertible in the case of direct investment in Alegrla's
industrial sector (or alternatively after being held for 20
years). This measure is necessary, says the Army, to uphold the
"sacred principle of private property" of the Alegrian constitu-
tion.

3. Rumania wants three major mine concessions and will provide the
technicians and machinery for their development, asking nothing
in return since this will be part of its international aid pro-
gram. According to preliminary geological surveys, Alegrfa may
have other strategic metals which often occur in association
with tungtong. The U.S. has two big tungtong mines in the sierra
and has agreed to develop the mining of other metals in return
for an extension of mining rights for the next 30 years. Ale-
grfa gets 20 percent of the profits from the UoS. companies.

4. Mexico has offered to send teams of geologists and petroleum
experts trained in its own national oil industry to explore
for oil and help develop an Alegrian capability To accept
this offer, the Alegrian government will have to set up a state
development agency, since Mexico will not work with private
developers. Standard Oil of New Jersey (Creole Petroleum),
which did the original explorations (showing a 60-40 chance of
striking rich oil deposits) has the concession now, and they
are up for renewal. If Mexico comes in, Alegrfa will have to
fund 50 percent of the costs. In the U.S. plan, Alegrfa will
not have to contribute to the original investment and is guaran-
teed 40 percent of the profits.

5. USAID has offered a two-point program designed to provide
agricultural technicians to aid in troducing new cash export










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crops and school missions to set up teacher training schools
and an adult literacy program. AID also wants to fund maternal
health centers, which will make family planning information and
contraceptive materials available
6. In confidence, the Catholic bishops have indicated to you that
they will not oppose a birth control program you have been
considering setting up through the National Health Service,
although they will not publicly encourage it. However, several
of your leading politicians and opinion leaders -- on both the
left and right -- recently have lashed out at any attempt to
control population, characterizing such a measure as an imper-
ialist plot to keep Alegrfa small and weak and subservient to
the developed world.




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