Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring June 7, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring June 7, 2004

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)

Electricity without technical solutions

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the Government of Timor-Leste is looking for an alternative to fix the electricity problem, which he says is not going well technically. The Prime Minister said that he and the technicians are working together to find a solution for the problem. The Prime Minister said that he has requested the EDTL Commercial Department information on the latest figures of pre-paid electricity meters installed in Dili, and wants to know whether it's working or not.

Oe-Cussi Hospital ready for rehabilitation in December

The Vice-Minister of Health, Luis Lobato, said that according to his Ministry plans for rehabilitating the Hospital in the District of Oe-Cussi will start in December. He said that finance is also available and waiting only for the tender procedure. The Vice-Minister said that another step is to find the adequate professional staff to fill the posts. The Vice-Minister took the opportunity to appeal to the population to register themselves for the important process of holding its first ever local elections, for the election of some community leaders before the end of the year.

Minister of State visits "home town" for consultative meeting

Today's edition of the paper says that the Minister of State, Ana Pessoa, travelled to the District of Bobonaro for a two day consultative meeting with District Administrators from 13 different Districts. The newspaper says that the Minister said that the meeting was to inform the Das about the plans she has for them, and also to hear from the DA's about people's concerns and problems at the District level.

Timor Post

Reflection and change of mentality in cooperatives

The Manager of the Portuguese Banco Nacional Ultramarino in Timor-Leste (BNU), Dr Correia Pinto, said that cooperatives emerged in Timor-Leste in 1960's during the Portuguese time, when people borrowed for cattle raising. He said that people nowadays have to change their attitude or way of thinking about making money, because cooperatives are not the same as the private sector. Mr Pinto said that apart from all the credits and borrowing people have undertaken, this did not contribute at all for reducing poverty in Timor-Leste.

Civil servants playing cards during working hours, says Ximenes

A Member of the National Parliament from the Commission F responsible for Social, Solidarity and Works, Antonio Ximenes, said that he had received many complaints from people that public civil servants spend most of their time playing cards on their computers rather than attend to people the way they should. He said that public civil servants are paid by the Government to work and not to fill their time playing cards.

Clinic in Venilale charges 25 cents per patient

Today's edition of the newspaper reports that the Maria Auxiliadora Clinic in Venilale, receives an average of 90-100 people a day, seeking medical treatment for malaria, cold and tuberculosis. The paper reports that patients have to register before seeking medical treatment for an amount of 25 cents. (Does not say how much they are charged for the medicines, and also the number of people suffering from tuberculosis).

East Timor: President makes first official visit to PALOP in June, July

President Xanana Gusmão of East Timor makes his first official visits to the five Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP) during the coming two months, a diplomatic source has said. Gusmão is due in Maputo June 17 and spends a week in the Mozambican capital, attending the leaders` summit of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries from June 22-24. Mozambique's ruling FRELIMO party gave vital support in Timor's 24-year independence struggle against Indonesia and harboured senior members of the Timorese resistance. Sao Tome and Principe, the smallest of the PALOP, is the Timorese leader's next port of call, where he takes part in the summit of the CPLP Lusophone bloc from July 26-27. Soon after his Sao Tome visit, Gusmão makes his first official trips to Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, Dili's foreign minister, José Ramos Horta, told Lusa this week.

ABC News
ACT extends 'good will gesture' to E Timorese

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope travels to Dili today to formalise a friendship between Canberra and the East Timorese capital. Mr Stanhope says the trip is a gesture of good will to one of the world's newest capitals. The ACT Government already provides a temporary embassy for East Timor and Mr Stanhope will use the trip to provide more help. "I will be providing the Dili administration with a small communications facility [and] some radios so they can communicate with some of their outlying administrative areas," he said. "We're also providing some assistance from the community through sporting goods that have been donated."

Jose Filipe
External Affairs
World Bank, Dili Office

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