Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Nov 7, 2003

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Nov 7, 2003


UNICEF Deputy visits National Hospital

During a visit to the National Hospital Guido Valadares, Vice-deputy of UNICEF, Karin Holmgrunn Sham Poo, said that his visit was to see "in loco" the conditions of the National Hospital and its needs. The Director of the National Hospital, Antonio Caleres Junior, said that Mr Sham Poo's visit was to find out about the immunization program for kids under the age of one year and how it was implemented by the Hospital.

Commission C gives thumbs up to Central Bank

A Member of the National Parliament from Committee C, Rui Menezes, said that it's important and positive to change the name of the Banking of Payments Authority to the Central Bank of Timor-Leste. Mr Rui said that it will help the future development of Timor-Leste and its economy.

PSD in congress

During the opening ceremony for the National congress of PSD, the President, Mario Carrascalao, said that Timor-Leste, as a small country, does not need a Special Police Force. Mr Carrascalao said that the Defence Force of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) will see their responsibilities diminished with the creation of the Special Police Force. He added that it's a waste of money that is much needed in the economy of Timor-Leste to help its people.

Installation of pre-paid meters

The Director of Timor-Leste Electricity, Virgilio Guterres, said that his department has started replacing old meters with 10.000 new pre-paid meters to house holds around Dili.

JICA rocks Police with new band

The Vice- Inspector of the National Police Force in Timor-Leste, Joao Belo Reis, said that his force will now be able to form a group to play with the instruments donated by Japan International Cooperative Agency (JICA). He added that soon the Police Force will be on the road to entertain the population.

Timor Post

Pastoral project for kids A new Pastoral Project for Kids has been launched in Dili by the Bishop of the Diocese of Baucau and Dili, D. Basilio do Nascimento, the special representative of UNICEF in Timor-Leste,Yoshiteru Uramoto and the Director of the Ministry of Health, Feliciano Pinto. The Pastoral Project for kids is a project sponsored by the Government of Brasil, the Catholic Church in Timor-Leste, and UNICEF. The project objective is to promote motherhood, nutrition and healthy kids.

Timor-Leste needs to establish relations with neighbours The Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Olimpio Branco, said that the Government of Timor-Leste policy is an international one and to establish relations with all nations in the world.

Border issue needs solution The National Police Adviser, Cornelio Gama, said that the Government of Timor-Leste needs to find a quick solution to the border security issue before UNMISET ends its mandate in May 2004. Mr Gama said that the National Police Force and F-FDTL should meet to discuss the border security issue amongst them as soon as possible.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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