[National Security Action Memoranda (NSAMs)]

October 5, 1966




I have approved Ambassador Korry's Report in principle. Steps are already underway to carry out the several recommendations which involve an enlarged role in Africa for the World Bank. The Secretary of State--together with the AID Administrator--is authorized to take whatever additional actions are appropriate to this end.

I would like the Department of State to take primary responsibility in developing an action program to carry out the Report's other recommendations. I would hope that this program would be in effect by December 1. It should include steps for the implementation of each recommendation unless the Secretary of State finds that a particular recommendation is inappropriate or unsound, or that alternative steps would be preferable.

I would like the Administrator of AID to work closely with the Secretary of State or his designate in developing this program. Other agencies should be fully consulted on those recommendations which are of direct concern to them. I have asked Walt Rostow to serve as White House liaison for this effort.

In view of the sensitive nature of many aspects of the Korry Report, it should not be made public, nor should its recommendations or plans for its implementation be released to the press except upon the explicit instructions of the Secretary of State.

Source: Department of State, S/S-NSC Files: Lot 72 D 316, NSAM 356. Confidential (declassified).