We therefore come from widely differing backgrounds: foreign ministers, finance and planning
officials, policymakers in agriculture, science, and technology. Many of the Commissioners are
cabinet ministers and senior economists in their own nations, concerned largely with the
affairs of those countries. As Commissioners, however, we were acting not in our national roles
but as individuals; and as we worked, nationalism and the artificial divides between
"industrialized" and "developing", between East and West, receded.