Subject: LUSA: Portuguese Experts Unveil 15-Year 'Strategic Development' Plan

02 Jul 01 13:51 East Timor: Portuguese Experts Unveil 15-Year 'Strategic Development' Plan

A team of Portuguese experts presented East Timor's authorities Monday with a 15-year "strategic development" plan, which calls for more than a tripling of the territory's per capita GDP within five years.

The "Strategic Plan for Reconstruction and Development of East Timor" points to a reduction of the population subsisting under the poverty line to 15 percent by 2015, from the 30 percent registered in 1999.

By 2005, it forecasts per capita GDP of USD 1,000, against the USD 293 of less than three years ago.

Among other targets set for 2015 by the plan, known by its Portuguese acronym PETIL, are the reduction of infant mortality from 19.8 percent to 13 percent; the provision of potable water to 85 percent, up from 49 percent; and life expectancy for men and women of 59 years and 61 years, respectively, in contrast to the current rates of 46.7 and 48.4 years.

PETIL underlines that these goals must take into account likely political instability for the foreseebale [sic] future, illustrated by the fact that 16 parties have registered to compete in the first elections, slated for Aug. 30.

The plan was drafted by experts from six colleges of Lisbon's Technical University (UTL), involving 22 sectorial studies.

SAS -Lusa-

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