Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 20 April 2005

[Poster's note: Long repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list have been removed.]

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Wednesday, 20 April 2005

Ireland continues to assist Timor-Leste

The Republic of Ireland has indicated that it will maintain its position in assisting Timor-Leste for the next ten to twenty years. Foreign Minister Jose Ramos Horta yesterday issued a press release, detailing the commitment made to him by the Irish Prime Minister and Foreign Minister during a visit to Dublin last week. Timor-Leste is one of only two countries in the Asia region that receives assistance from Ireland. (Timor Post)

UNDP offers continuing support to Timor-Leste

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has promised to continue to support Timor-Leste's development, namely in areas such as infrastructure, finance, human resources, and veteran's affairs. UNDP's Country Director, Naheed Haque, conveyed this information during a seminar at Hotel Timor on Monday, titled Review of Country Program 20032005. Ms Haque also announced that UNDP is also currently stepping up efforts to assist the justice sector in infrastructure and human resource development. (STL)

Local NGO's fold due to poor management

The NGO Forum listed 400 local non-government organisations in Timor-Leste for the year 1999-2000, but data collected in April 2005 indicates that this number has fallen to approximately 200. NGO Forum District Liaison Officer, Duarte dos Santos Xavier, said the folding of such a large number of NGO's was due to poor management.

Meanwhile, the number of international NGO's has fallen from more than 100 at the beginning of Timor-Leste's reconstruction to 70. Xavier attributed the drop in the number of international NGO's to a decrease in the amount of money circulating in Timor-Leste as the UN mission prepares to close. (STL)

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