Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring dec 29, 2003

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Dec 29, 2003


Weakness in Timor Gap accord

A member of the National Parliament, Rui Menezes, said that the Timor Gap accord does contemplate jobs for the Timorese, but fails to specify how many posts are destined for the Timorese. He added that for this reason now we can see many Filipinos and other nationalities being recruited by the company. Mr Menezes also said that Timor Gap is an important sector for Timor-Leste in terms of jobs for the Timorese in near future.

Dark Christmas for Hato-Builico

The Sub-District Administrator in Hato-Builico, Manuel Martins, said that for the last three months Hato-Builico has been without diesel to run the power station. He added that the Director of EDTL knows about the shortage of diesel to run the power station but until now has not taken any action to solve the problem.

World Bank supports market rehabilitation in Viqueque

The District Administrator of Viqueque, Francisco da Silva, said that the World Bank has financed the rehabilitation of the market in Viqueque with an amount of USD 80,000. He added that they are waiting for the Central Government to survey before any rehab can commence on site.

Government does not recognize private University - says Maia

The Minister for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr Armindo Maia, said that the Government of Timor-Leste, since taking power in August '99, has not yet recognized the private Universities that have been established in Timor-Leste. Dr Maia also said that the Universities need to consult and find out what criteria are required to establish an University.

Pay tax or face Justice - says Alkatiri

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the investors whether international or local have to pay taxes otherwise they will be taken to court, and their names will be available to the media.

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Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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