Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring March 1, 2004

Timor-Leste international and Local Media Monitoring March 1, 2004


Graduates to play "important role in country's development"

RDTL's Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, told the graduates from the engineering courses run by PKF's Japan Engineer Group (JEG) that they have an important role to play in Timor-Leste's development. "You are going to deal with a very important area for the development of this country that is the infrastructure. It will create conditions to flourish the tourism, investment and so on, that will contribute to the betterment of our economy and bringing wealth to our country", said the Prime Minister. Ten government-selected Timorese graduated from the 3-month engineering equipment and generators maintenance course. Another 6 graduated from the building works management and planing course begun in December. Since JEG first deployed as part of UNMISET's PKF in 2002, in addition to carrying out their routine tasks, they have trained some 100 Timorese in engineering skills ranging from equipment operation and maintenance to road reconstruction and repair management and planing. Japan for its part has donated several thousand dollars' worth of engineering equipment to Timor-Leste.

3.200 pre-paid meters installed this weekend

The Director for Electricity in Timor-Leste (EDTL), Virgilio Guterres, said that 3.200 pre-paid electricity meters were installed in Dili this weekend in the areas of Vila Verde, Mascarenhas, Bairro Alto, Kaikoli and Colmera. He said that each consumer received an identification card for them to be able to acquire new recharge cards when needed.

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Indonesia has no right to claim Timor-Leste's assets

A Member of the National Parliament, Pedro da Costa Martires, said that under international law, the Government of Indonesia have no right to claim their former assets, because the invasion of Timor-Leste was illegal. He said that the international community never gave the recognition to the Indonesian invasion, so how can they claim their assets now?


Management that needs international admiration, says MPF Minister

In a lengthy wide ranging interview in the Portuguese newspaper (published once a week) the Minister of Planning and Finance, Madalena Boavida, explained the difference about CFET and TFET. The Minister also spoke about the National Development Plan, saying that Timor-Leste has a NDP that few countries in the world wouldn't envy. The Minister of Planing also spoke of the criticism from the people about allegations of corruption. She said, however, that no facts or evidence had been presented. Mrs Boavida said that she's very confident with the implementation of the Government's development program gives priority to the education and health sector' which will help develop an harmonious country for the future. The Minister also said in the interview that she guarantees good management within the Ministry of Planning and finance.

Mario Carrascalao bets on Xanana and ready for the challenges

In an interview in the President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Mario Carrascalao, said that if the President Xanana Gusmão won't stand for the next presidential election, he will. He added that he is confident that President Xanana will run for his second mandate as President. Mr Carrascalão said during the interview that there is no one capable of fulfilling the role of the President to reconcile the people and protect the minorities. He added that he would love to have Presidents or Prime Ministers who are much younger them him.

Fish market and bigger boats

A fisherman in Santa Ana (outskirts of Dili), Luis da Silva, said that he is very positive about the future, and hopes that the Government can help him and other fishermen with bigger boats, and adequate equipment. He said that he and other's are hoping that the Government will soon give them support. Mr da Silva said that he started fishing for living when he was only 7 years old with his grandfather. He said that in those days, things were different and much harder, and the shops hardly had any fishing gear to sell.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 0554 Tel: 332 4649 Email:

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