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The World Bank mission team, led by United States Executive Director and future World Bank president Eugene Black, makes the trip at the request of the Netherlands government to what was then the Netherlands East Indies. 

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The World Bank's first mission to Indonesia is led by United States Executive Director and future World Bank president Eugene Black. Black's team makes the trip to what was then the Netherlands East Indies at the request of the Netherlands government. The team spends three weeks visiting numerous factories and plantations including sites impacted by World War II. Black also meets with Dutch civil and military officials and Indonesian Republican government officials - both of whom were, at the time, competing for control of the country. Upon the completion of his trip, Black will convey great hope for the future of the country but will also express concern over its economic and political stability.

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The Kertamanah tea factory, visited by Executive Director Eugene Black in 1948 (1769300; Credit: The World Bank).
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The Kertamanah tea factory, visited by Executive Director Eugene Black in 1948 (1769300; Credit: The World Bank).

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Notes on Netherlands East Indies meeting
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Notes on Netherlands East Indies meeting
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April 23, 1948
De Javasche Bank General Manager H. J. Manschot relays an invitation to the World Bank to send a mission to the Netherlands East Indies (1697906).

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Report on current situation in the Netherlands East Indies
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Report on current situation in the Netherlands East Indies
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July 20, 1948
World Bank Loan Department officer R. de Sercey reports on the political, military, and economic situation in the Netherlands East Indies (1786876).

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Kertamanah Tea Factory, West-Java, Indonesia
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Kertamanah Tea Factory, West-Java, Indonesia
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1949
The Kertamanah tea factory, visited by Executive Director Black, had, as of 1949, its own estate of 635 acres of tea bushes (1769300; Credit: The World Bank).
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Kertamanah Tea Factory, West-Java, Indonesia
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Kertamanah Tea Factory, West-Java, Indonesia
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1949
The Kertamanah tea factory, visited by Executive Director Black, had been rebuilt following damage that occurred during civil strife in 1945-46 (1769300; Credit: The World Bank).
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President Eugene R. Black
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President Eugene R. Black
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Black visited Indonesia while serving as U.S. Executive Director prior to becoming the World Bank's third president in 1949.
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