Part of an international exhibition mounted to celebrate the Colombo Plan; other participating countries were Ceylon, India, Pakistan, France, Canada and the USA.

At the Commonwealth Conference on Foreign Affairs held in Colombo in January 1950, convened to exchange views on the needs of the Countries of Asia, a Consultative Committee was establish to survey needs, assess the resources available and required, focus world attention on the problems involved, and to provide a frame work within which international cooperation efforts could be promoted..