Subject: LUSA: 'Impressive progress' achieved, says World Bank

17-05-2004 18:38:00 GMT . Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-6038424 Temas:

East Timor: 'Impressive progress' achieved, says World Bank Dili, May 17 (Lusa) - Aid partners, preparing to discuss support programs for East Timor, acknowledge that Dili has made "impressive progress" since the last international aid meeting in December, according to documents made public Monday.

A World Bank study, drafted for the two-day gathering beginning Tuesday in Dili, underlined that the "financial hole" earlier forecast through 2007 had been pruned to USD 30 million from USD 126 million.

The deficit's downward revision was possible, the bank said, because of "a great effort by the government and the planned increase in revenues from oil and gas", due primarily to hikes in international prices.

The World Bank also lauded parliament's recent passage of bills for a human rights ombudsman and for regulation of civil service careers, legislation described as "crucial for the building of a transparent and responsible public sector".

The bank urged Dili to pay special attention to two fronts:

the threat of corruption and administrative vulnerabilities arising from the cut back of the civilian component of the United Nations' UNMISET mission.

On corruption, the World Bank called for prompt action against "emerging problems of corruption and bad management before they become more difficult to resolve".

EL/SAS Lusa

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