Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring May 11, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring May 11, 2004

Timor Post

TL and RI ready to sign border agreement

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Ramos Horta, said that ninety percent of the border agreement between Timor-Leste and the Republic of Indonesia has been reached and is ready to be signed. The Minister said that the ten percent that has not reached agreement is still being discussed by the technical team and he hopes they reach agreement soon.

Create democracy but not dictatorship

The Vice-President of the National parliament, Francisco Xavier do Amaral, said that the Government has to do things right, and help build democracy but not dictatorship. He said what he is afraid of is the Government may use dictatorship instead of creating democracy.

Inauguration of coffee processing plant in Ermera

During a ceremony for the inauguration of the coffee processing plant in the District of Ermera, the President of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmão, said to the coffee farmers to look after the organic coffee, and maintain the good quality so they are able to compete in the international market.


East Timor: Communities, Government and CIIR join forces

CIIR has joined forces with the East Timorese government and local communities to run a training workshop in product and small business development, writes Dierdre Nagle, a CIIR Development Worker in East Timor. The workshop was divided into two parts and attended by 25 people from five East Timorese communities, who had suggested the topics they wanted the course to cover. It is hoped the training will help local communities in their individual business activities and give them new ideas for future activities. Learning new skills and how to pass them on to others are essential steps on the road to economic development and entrepreneurship. CIIR East Timor is aware that economic stability must be created out of sustainable income-generating activities that are not imposed on communities but are borne out of the communities themselves. The development of new products in Timor is important. There is a need to replace goods that are imported as they could be produced in-country at a lower price.

Reconciliation is the top priority of ET bishop

The newly ordained bishop of Dili, Alberto Ricardo da Silva, has promised to work for reconciliation between East Timorese living in and outside of the country. "I am ready to open widely the door of reconciliation and peace for all East Timorese, regardless of their religion, group and political background. "The most important point nowadays is that all people, regardless where they live, must have a common heart and spirit for reconciliation and peace" Bishop da Silva said. He also promised to visit East Timorese in Indonesia "as an expression of the sense of unity and brotherhood?"

Health Ministry opens tender for medicine

The Vice-Minister of Health, Luis Lobato, said that his Ministry has put out a tender for companies to import medicine for the Health sector of Timor-Leste. The Vice-Minister said that it?s important to have stock in hand and be able to supply to the hospitals.

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

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