Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring November 10 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for November 10, 2004

The World Bank Approves TSP III for TL Timor Post & Suara Timor Lorosa'e

Both newspapers carried press releases today quoting the Country Manager of the World Bank Timor ?Leste, Ms. Elisabeth Huybens, as saying the Bank has approved the Third Transition Support Program (TSP III) for Timor ? Leste, making an additional financial resource of US$ 25 million available for the Government's governance and poverty reduction programs.

The World Bank's contribution to the Program consists of a development grant of approximately $US 5 million provided through the International Development Association and comes amid increasingly positive signs that Timor-Leste is progressing well towards goals set in its National Development Plan. Additional funding for TSP III comes from seven bilateral donor agencies which will provide further funding of around $US25 million.

TSP III focuses on three priority areas identified by the Government: good governance, service delivery for poverty reduction, particularly education and health, and job creation, especially through private sector development and infrastructure improvements

Endorsing the TSP III, Ms Huybens said: "Timor-Leste has made big strides in nation building since Independence. Recently, there have been major improvements in the development of a viable electricity sector as well as good progress towards building a solid regulatory environment around the petroleum sector and the management of its revenue. Further, last week, the Council of Ministers adopted the primary school curriculum; the Organic Law for the Office of the Prosecutor General; and the decree-law regulating long-term leases for state property. '

She also said that there are challenges to address, 'Especially in building a business environment that encourages investment and uses the best that the people of Timor-Leste have to offer. However, with the commitment already shown by the Government and the support of all TSP development partners, including the World Bank, much can be achieved in the year to come.'

Xanana & Bishop Alberto to Inaugurate Monument of Heroes Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

According to a press release received by the paper from the coordinator MIPG (Multi Interest Peace Group) the President RDTL, Mr. Xanana Gusmao and the Dili Bishop, Mr. Alberto Ricardo, will inaugurate a Monument of Heroes in the district of Bobonaro to commemorate those whose fought for the freedom of this land from 1975-1999.

This inauguration will be held on the Restoration Day, November 28, and is funded by the ICMC (International Catholic Mission Commission) with a total of US$ 6, 342.00.

Securitiy Agencies must beware of HIV/AIDS threats Timor Post

The commander of Timor ? Leste?s Falintil Defense Force (F-FDTL), General Brigadier, Mr. Taur Matan Ruak, said that the two agencies, F-FDTL and PNTL, responsible for national security must themselves be aware of the threat of HIV/AIDS. Mr. Taur said this at a seminar on Prevention of HIV/AIDS for F-FDTL and PNTL members. He noted that illegal immigration also heightens the possibility of HIV/AIDS transmission.

Mr. Rui Maria de Araujo, the Minister of Health, said the joint seminar was also an occasion for both security agencies to share information including prevention of HIV/AIDS

Note: The World Bank welcomes comments and suggestions, as well as information about errors that call for correction. Messages may be sent to Sildonia Sarmento who can be reached through e-mail at ssarmento@worldbank.org or telephoned at 332 4649, extension 304.

David de Araujo Receptionist World Bank, Dili Office


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