Selassie's speech on Planning

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Planning is the basis of the rational and sustained use of capital, manpower and time in the acceleration of economic development.

The history of planning shows that no pioneer plans were ever executed even partially, much less wholly.

Planning is indispensable for the rational utilization of both a nation's resources and foreign aid or loans.

As a basis of, and working procedure for, a national socio-economic policy, a plan is a means whereby a nation can be developed through the rational utilization of manpower and machinery for the most important aspects of he country's needs.

The execution of any such plan needs, however, national participation. You must ensure that in your desire to achieve immediate goals, long term considerations of equal or greater importance are not ignored or irrevocably prejudiced. Plan your time and use both your physical and mental powers purposefully and productively. Military planning for the security of this continent must be undertaken in common within a collective framework.