Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 13 January 2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Thursday, 13 January 2005

Timor to set up national oil company

Timor-Leste is set to establish a national oil company within the next few weeks. According to the State Secretary for the Environment and Investment, Jose Teixeira, the government has not yet decided if the new energy company will be a state or private company. However, Mr Teixeira told Lusa news agency that it would be modelled on Brazil's state energy firm, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, which is state-run but operates with a 'commercial logic'. In December, Timor-Leste's parliament passed an historic petroleum law, which paves the way for foreign companies to secure oil and gas exploration licences in 2005. (Lusa, AFP, AFX)

Lucia Lobato: 2005 Is the Consolidation Year for PSD

Member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Lucia Lobato, has labeled 2005 as the consolidation year for the party to strengthen its structure throughout the districts. She said the overall objective of strengthening the structure is to prepare the party's members for the upcoming legislative elections in 2006 as well as the suco elections. Moreover, Ms Lobato explained that before the upcoming legislative elections, PSD's national council would make an effort to discuss and approve the party's program before making it public. (Timor Post)

Leandro Isaac: People in Districts Have No Access to Information

Member of Parliament, Leandro Isaac, claims many people in the districts of Timor-Leste are not adequately accessing information via the national television and radio station. "We all know that when we go to districts, we find that our people do not listen to National Radio Broadcast (RTL)," Isaac said. He also added that if people did not get information from the national radio it showed that state institutions such as the Government, Parliament and the Court have made no effort to provide information directly to the people. He said such neglect could contribute to the violation of a person's basic human rights. (STL)

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