Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Nov 14, 2003

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Nov 14, 2003


UNDP conducts workshop in Atabae

The United Nations for Development Program (UNDP) has hosted a workshop in Atabae in conjunction with the Government of Timor-Leste entitled "Timor-Leste Ita Iha Nebe Ona ? Ohin Loron". The objective of the workshop is to inform the community about programs implemented by the Government of Timor-Leste as part of the National Development Plan.

No sign of corruption in Government - Mari

The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that there's no corruption in his Government. He added that there was a tendency towards corruption coming from outside influences but not from the Government. Dr Alkatiri said that the people cannot expect the Government alone to combat corruption in Timor-Leste, but all institutions.

50% don't like me - Alkatiri

The Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, said that the he doesn't need exit polls to tell him that 50% of the population don't like him. He added that the 50% who dislike him feel this way because of certain measures he has taken to ensure better governance.

Need to work together

During the Open Government in the sub-district of Zumalai, the Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, said that the President, Xanana Gusmao, has asked the Government to dismantled the CPD-RDTL group and not continue tolerating them.

Port Hera farewells Australian troops

193 Australian soldiers from AUSBATT VIII, based at Moleana and Maliana, will departure East Timor after a ceremony at Port Hera. The Commander of the Australian National Command Element East Timor, Colonel Wayne Fleming, presented medals in recognition of the departing soldiers' contribution to the maintenance of peace and stability in East Timor.

Timor Post

School under a tree

A member of the community in Saburai, sub-district of Maliana, Lourenco Tavares, said that the school in Saburai needs urgent repairs to accommodate the 350 elementary school students. He said most of the children attend their class under a tree in the school yard. Mr Tavares said that the community has already informed the local Government about the condition of the school.

Government to fight corruption

During a Conference entitled "Transparency and Responsibility in Public Administration" the President of Timor-Leste, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, said that the Government of Timor-Leste has promised to fight corruption and nepotism. Mr Gusmao said that everyone should encourage and give their support to initiatives like that.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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