Subject: MFAC: US CONGRESS INCREASES AID TO TIMOR-LESTE TO US$22M

US CONGRESS INCREASES AID TO TIMOR-LESTE TO US$22M

Washington ­ The United States Congress, Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operation of the House of Representatives today decided to increase the level of aid to Timor-Leste under its “Economic Support Fund for Timor-Leste”, to US$22M for the next fiscal year (2004-2005). This represents an increase from the original proposal by the Department of State which recommended an aid package totalling US$13.5M. The financial assistance will result in more money for health, education, and infrastructure and programs aimed at creating jobs for the growing number of unemployed.

The meeting of the full Committee has been scheduled for mid-July 2004 and Mr. Constancio Pinto, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to the United States is confident that there will not be a downward revision of the figures.

Today’s decision demonstrates the continued commitment of the United States Government and its people to the stability and development of Timor-Leste at a crucial time in its nation building efforts.

-end- For more information contact: Mr. Constancio Pinto 3415 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C 20007 E-mail: embtlusa@comcast.net Tel: 202 965 1515 Fax: 202 965 1517


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