Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring August 6, 2004

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Timor Post

New group formed for capacity building, says Minister

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, Eng Estanislau da Silva, said that his Ministry has set up groups to buiold capacity in the area of agriculture for women and men. The Minister said that the agriculture training is an important thing for them to know the techniques to apply to get a good quality of products. The Minister said that some have received training in how to plant grapes, fruits and how to take care of poultry.

Public servants involved in the clean up

The District Administration of Baucau got together after the Secretary of State for Electricity and Water, Egidio de Jesus, made a suggestion that all should contribute in the clean up of the city. According to the newspaper all the public civic servants in Baucau from the Agriculture Department, Public Works, Education, EDTL and Telecom got together and decided on the day for the clean up of tree branches hanging and touching the electricity cables. The newspaper reports that the clean up started on July 29 until 5 August.

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)

Good governance and democracy

Today's edition of the newspaper carries an article written by the Director of LABEH (Mirror for the People), Dr Christopher Henry Samson, about ?Good Governance and Democracy?. The article says that LABEH wants Timor-Leste to be a truly democratic country in every respect where individual freedoms and responsibilities are upheld and where economic, cultural, social and political rights are protected. The policy foundation of a democratic state based on the rule of law is justice. Justice is part of our sovereignty and ideal for which our people have fought and died, it is the objective and priority that LABEH are committed to achieve. The article by Dr Samson says that UNMISET, UNDP, IMF the World Bank and the Government of Timor-Leste are now active in promoting transparency and accountability. Something that is interesting to hear, but can this commitment be carried out in good governance and democracy? How far are these institutions and the government transparent and accountable? Dr Samson questions how can we measure the use of funds donated to elevate our people from their suffering and poverty under the control of UNMISET, UNDP, IMF and the World Bank, what is the result these funds has produced? Sound governance, taken a step further, is a subset of governance wherein public resources and problems are managed efficiently and in response to the critical needs of the people. Effective democratic forms of governance rely on public participation, accountability and transparency.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office


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