Subject: Local Media Monitoring - Oct 08,2003

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LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING

STL

Loans Debate

As part of a major opinion piece Marlinda Silva, BHSc, General Secretary UNICET (United Islamic Center of East Timor), said that we don't need to borrow from the IMF and theWorld Bank to save the economic situation.

Mrs Silva said that Timor-Leste must look at how the IMF and the World Bank loans have impacted countries. As an example, she cited countries like Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Thailand, Netherlands, North Korean and Indonesia who have borrowed from the IMF and the World Bank. She said the loans had made these countries suffer.

PM Mari Alkatiri : Don't be satisfied with your Degree

The Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said during the first graduation of the National University of Timor-Leste that graduating must study hard to understand the key areas of technology and science to help build their nation.

On the same subject but in another article, President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres ( Lu Olo) said that, the graduates must practice their knowledge help inspire Timor-Leste for the future.

Cattle Vaccine program is a been success

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; division of Animal Health and Livestock have had great success in their cattle vaccine program in all 13 districts. 200,000 vaccination against Hemorhagic Fever is the target. Pigs have also been vaccinated to prevent cholera (Hog Cholera), and chickens to prevent Newcastle Disease (ND). The program is funded by the World Bank program and International Development Agencies (IDA). ( This was sourced from a World Bank press release)

TIMOR POST

President Visits Europe

President Xanana Gusmao has left for a European trip where he will meet Pope Joao Paulo II at the Basilica Sao Pedro, Vatican.

Prime Minister comment about relationship Timor-Leste and Indonesia

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that the relationship between Indonesia and Timor-Leste is built on peace. He said Timor-Leste doesn't "bend down" to create relations with Indonesia. The Prime Minister said that FDTL-TNI plan to train together.

Dr Rui Maria de Araujo talks about Health Review

Minister of Health, Dr Rui Maria de Araujo said that every 6 months the World Bank with others donors for CFET and TFET come to review the Department of Health's implementation program. ( This is the same story as appeared in yesterday's STL).


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