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1MCARCH 25S, 1963
GROUNDBREAKING AT THE NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965
Following is a transcription of remarks by Cen-
tralamerica and World's Fair officials at the
Centralamerica Pavilion groundbreaking cere-
monies. New York World's Fair, Thursday,
March 28, 1963.
AMBASSADOR RICHARD C. PATTERSON JR.
[Chief of Protocol] : Ladies and gentlemen, permit me to
present the former governor of New York State, Charles
Poletti, who is also vice president for International Affairs
of the World's Fair. Governor Poletti.
GOVERNOR CHARLES POLETTI: Dr. Delgado,
Ambassador Volio Jimenez and other distinguished dip-
lomatic representatives of these five Central American
countries — we are delighted to be participating in this
significant event. In the many groundbreakings which
President Robert Moses and I have attended we have
never had such a beautiful day as this. I think the gay
sunshine augers well for the pavilion you will construct
Cover: Facade architectural perspective of Centralamerican Pavilion. The participating nations: the Republics of Costa Rica,
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, all members of the Central American Common Market. This pavilion will
be a symbol of the vigor of the new Latin America on the march toward a brighter future of economic development and
M963 New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation
We are happy that in 1962 these five Central American
countries — the Republics of Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua — got together and
signed the General Treaty for Economic Integration to
which we can refer as the Central American Common
Market. We are pleased to have with us Dr. Pedro Abe-
lardo Delgado, the Secretary General of the Centralameri-
can Economic Integration.
We of the World's Fair try to persuade other common
markets to participate. We urge the European Common
Market to come here and show what they are doing and
what they hope to achieve. Thus far, you are the only
common market represented at the New York World's
Fair. We are particularly pleased to have this new evidence
of the cooperative effort between nations. We believe that
your pavilion, designed by Senor Federico Morales, will
be a stunning pavilion and will serve to educate the North
Americans as to your aims and aspirations for the Com-
mon Market. I know also that you will show, in this
stunning pavilion, the numerous tourist attractions in the
Dr. Pedro Abelardo Delgado, Secretary-General in charge
of the Permanent Secretariat of the General Treaty of Cen-
tralamerican Economic Integration, speaking at the Central-
american Pavilion groundbreaking ceremony. Other speakers
with him on the platform are Robert Moses, Fair president,
and Governor Charles Poletti, Fair vice president for Inter-
Official shovelers at groundbreaking for the Pavilion of Centralamerica are Robert Moses, Dr. Pedro Delgado and Governor
five countries you represent.
A few of us have been doing some reclame and some
publicity for you in urging our friends who seek the sun
to vacation in your five countries. We hope that even be-
fore the Fair opens, they will bring you a lot of business.
When you have this beautiful pavilion with millions of
people visiting, I think you'll have many more tourists.
I trust that your pavilion will also serve to stimulate capital
investment in your five countries because I know this is
an interest dear to your hearts.
We greet you with great warmth, Dr. Delgado, as the
representative of these five Central American countries,
and we pledge to you our full cooperation, and our assist-
ance. We will do everything to make your presence at the
World's Fair a delightful, cordial and most effective ex-
perience. We are happy to have you here at this ground-
breaking of the Centralamerican Pavilion.
AMBASSADOR PATTERSON: Thank you Governor.
It is now my privilege to present an eminent Pan Ameri-
can, an expert in law and economics who has held high
posts in his government, and has been Under-Secretary
and Minister of Economy of El Salvador. He is an eminent
authority on the economic integration of Central America.
His Excellency Dr. Pedro Delgado.
DR. PEDRO ABELARDO DELGADO [Secretary
General in charge of the Permanent Secretariat of the
General Treaty of Centralamerican Economic Integra-
tion}: Ladies and gentlemen. For Central America the
New York World's Fair offers a unique opportunity. Cen-
tral America, as you know, has been working towards an
integrated economy for the last ten years. Now we can say,
with pride — and modesty apart — that ten years of labor
have produced results which might well serve as an ex-
ample in this field. We believe that the Central American
Common Market is at the moment the most advanced,
taking into account the European Economic Community.
It is for this reason that I do not think Central America
could afford to miss this appointment in New York to tell
the world, through the showcase of the Fair, all that we
are doing and all the investment opportunities which this
common market offers the impresario and investor, from
the United States or any other part of the free world.
Naturally, as Governor Poletti mentioned, we hope to
make known to tourists the beauty of Central America.
Our climate, by the way, is very similar to that we are
enjoying here today.
We hope, therefore, to make the most of this oppor-
tunity. I am told there will be more than seventy million
Fair visitors. We wish to tell everyone of our efforts and
the good will with which we are ready to receive foreign
capital to join with the regional investments, to bring
about an industrial development which will enhance our
countries. Thank you very much.
AMBASSADOR PATTERSON: Thank you very
much, Dr. Delgado. I now present the last speaker, a man
who needs no introduction, your Fair President, Robert
ROBERT MOSES: I have very little to add to what
Governor Poletti has said. We are delighted to have this
group here. I don't think it makes much difference how
much money is spent on an exhibit, how large it is or how
much space it occupies. There's a tendency to believe that
everything is overshadowed by General Motors and Ford
and some of the bigger exhibits. They are very important
exhibits but what really matters is the content, the archi-
tecture and what you have to show. Some of the smaller
exhibits can be a great deal more important and attract
a great deal more attention than some of the larger ones.
I've only one other thing to add, something about which
Charlie Poletti and, I assume, many of our neighbors in
Central America have been thinking. I've had a long
standing interest in the Pan American Highway, which
is about to be completed. This highway has cost a lot of
money — provided by the United States and the various
countries through which it runs on the way South. I am
very anxious to have an exhibit of the Pan American
Highway as close as possible to this area. If we do not have
it during the first year of the Fair — which we still think
is possible — we are surely going to see it during the
second year. That highway is the symbol and the physical
evidence of the growing closeness between North and
South America. I think there will be not thousands, but
millions of people who find their way down from the
United States, through Central America, to South Amer-
ica, upon this highway which passes through some extraor-
I am delighted to join Charlie Poletti in welcoming the
Centralamerican group to the Fair.
Dr. Delgado, this medallion is our symbol, with the
Unisphere on one side and the emblem on the 300th
anniversary of the City of New York on the other. We
hope you'll keep it on your desk as a remembrance.
THE CENTRALAMERICAN PAVILION
is located on a
6,000 sq. ft. plot
DR. PEDRO ABELARDO DELGADO B., Secretary General in charge of the Permanent
Secretariat of the General Treaty of Centralamerican Economic Integration
HON. OLGA MARSHALL, Commissioner General (Consul General of Costa Rica in New York)
MR. HAROLD ALBERT SUMNER, Engineer
MR. FEDERICO MORALES, Architect
Tel. 212-WF 4-1964
Flushing 52, N.Y.
ROBERT MOSES, President
THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee
WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President
CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits
STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations
WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations
ERWIN WITT, Comptro//er
MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section
GUY F. TOZZOLI, fPort of New York Authority) Transportation Section
ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretory of the Corporation and
Assistant to the President
WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer