Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Dec 4, 2003

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Dec 4, 2003

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Timor-Leste must remove corruption mentality

During a speech at the Timor-Leste Development Partners Meeting the American Ambassador in Timor-Leste, Grover Joseph Rees, said that it is not enough to talk about banishing corruption, but what is important is to lose "the mentality". He added that transparency also needs to be implemented. He said we need to work together to help develop the nation through private sector. Mr Rees said that the Government of Timor-Leste has to support the private sector for them to be more active.

Timor-Leste's economy declining

During a speech at the Timor-Leste's Development Partners Meeting, the Vice-President of the World Bank, Mr Jamil Kassum, said that Timor-Leste is facing clear challenges, including declining growth, high unemployment, and a substantial gap in financing for the Government budget, CFET. Mr Kassum also said that Timor-Leste has a substantial gap in financing for the Government's budget which will transpire over the next three years. Mr Kassum added that the magnitude of this gap is now estimated at USD 126 million. Mr Kassum said that the Government of Timor-Leste has already identified seven options for financing the CFET Government budget gap.

Timor-Leste can borrow from ADB

A Representative from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Amarnath Hinduja, said that as a member, Timor-Leste can ask for loans from ADB, and as a new nation it can get concessions. He added that the procedure can take up to one year before the money can be loaned.

ADB praises Timor-Leste's Government

The Director of ADB for the Asia Pacific Department, Robert Siy, said that the positive steps taken by the Government in the last six months have created good conditions for the private sector. He added that in a long run the work the Government has done will benefit the private sector.

Seven options presented by PM

At the Timor-Leste Development Partners Meeting, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the Government of Timor-Leste, which started from a basis of debris with limited structures and extremely low human resource capacity, has tried during last year and half to prioritize the institutionalization of the State. Dr Alkatiri said that the Government of Timor-Leste have launched the fundamental basics on defense and security; development; justice; legislative measures; private sector; internal audit and human resources development. He added that these are very important steps for the future of Timor-Leste.

Everyone responsible for stability ? says Ruak

The Brigadier general of F-FDTL, Taur Matan Ruak, said that the responsibility for stability lied not only with F-FDTL, the Police, the Government or the Parliament but is in people's hand to maintain stability after the end of the UNMISET mission.

Knifes and Machetes confiscated by PNTL

The National Police Commissioner, Paulo Martins, said that during a check point carried out on 28th November in Dili, the National Police Force confiscated about 53 light weapons. He added that the operation was successful due to peoples cooperation.

Gusmao in fear of militias as peacekeepers pull out

The former militias just over the border in Indonesian West timor have worried East Timor's President Xanana Gusmao for more than three years. Now, as the international peacekeeping forces leave East Timor, his concern is increasing. Mr Gusmao estimates 10,000 to 12,000 of the 28,000 refugees living within striking distance of East Timor are former militia, or the families of former militias, or people under the sway of the former militias.

Timor "crime haven" worry

Australia has asked the Un to stay in East timor to prevent the fledging nation from becoming a haven for criminals and terrorists, Justice Minister Chris Ellison said. Australia was also worried that East Timor could become a haven for Australian criminals on the run.

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Law, Justice and Police says Gusmao

In a written message for the Timor-Leste Development Partners Meeting, the President, Xanana Gusmao, said when talking about investment we cannot forget also about the need for Justice, the Courts and the Police. He added that with laws in place, it will give confidence to investors to come.

Timorese have to work harder

The President of the National Parliament, Lu Olo, said that to reduce poverty and create sustainable growth in Timor-Leste, the people have to work harder to help this developing new nation. He added that with everyone's efforts, then we can say that we walking on the right path.

20 million deficit said PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari alkatiri, said that the Government has a deficit of USD 20million ? called a financing gap. He added that to cover the shortfall, the Government has taken measures to contain the CFET expenditures. Dr Alkatiri said that the shortfall in the Government budget will be met by exercising tight control on Government budget to cover half of the money, and the rest will come from donors.

PM asked for continued international support

During a speech at Timor-Leste Development Partners Meeting, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that for the Government of Timor-Leste to carry on with its development work and to secure the progress made to date, the international community has to continue financing Timor-Leste.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 3110 Tel: 332 4649


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