Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Nov 13, 2003

Timor-Leste international and Local Media Monitoring Nov 13, 2003


Immunization campaign was a success

The Minister of Health, Dr Rui Maria de Araujo, said that the immunization campaign for children sponsored by UNICEF last month throughout 13 Districts reached 99%. 127, 453 children were vaccinated. Dr Araujo said that the population now understands the importance of having their children vaccinated. When in previous years the number of children vaccinated was very low.

RESPECT a project for Covalima

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the RESPECT Project approved by the Government recently will create 289 new jobs such as repairing bridges and roads, and ensuring clean water systems for the people in the District of Covalima.

Dr Alkatiri said that the RESPECT project is ongoing with a rehabilitation of a school in Baucau. In Viqueque a bridge as being rehabilitated and in Maliana an irrigation system is being repaired.

Timor Post

Opinion poll justified - Horta

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Ramos Horta, said that it's a natural thing and a justified one when the population presents their views through opinion polls on attitudes and popularity of politicians. Dr Horta said that the IRI opinion poll shows that Fretilin still has the majority, and the Opposition are still weak.

New Bishop for Timor-Leste

The Bishop of the Diocese of Baucau and Dili, D Basilio do Nascimento, said that out of the 7 priests nominated for the post of Bishop for the Diocese of Dili, only 3 names made the shortlist. He said that the Vatican will make an announcement within a month.

65% of electricity consumers are not paying

The Secretary of State for EDTL (Electricity Authority), Igidio de Jesus, said that his department has adopted new measures to generate payment from 65% of the consumers who are not paying their electrical bills. Mr Jesus said that if consumers do not pay, the Authority will cut off their power.

Phone lines to 13 districts from November 28

A shareholder of Timor Telecom, Oscar Lima, said that the Government has requested Timor Telecom keep on schedule with their promise to provide services in the Districts of Baucau and Lospalos by 28 November. Mr Lima said he hoped TT would be providing services throughout all 13 districts soon.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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