Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring November 04 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for November 4, 2004

Long dry season affects tomatoes production Timor Post

The Mate-Moris agricultural group in Hudi-Laran (Dili) is unhappy with the long dry season because the quantity of tomatoes has decreased when compared with the rainy season, said Miguel Borudasu, a member of the group.

He noted that it has been difficult to irrigate the plants as there is a lack of water.

Mr. Abilio, a member of Mate-Moris, added that this year?s production is much lower than past years because of the water shortage.

He also said that the group will continue to work hard in the future although it is currently facing irrigation problems.

Covalima business members request government attention Timor Post

A dialogue was held in Covalima sub-district, the district of Suai by the Small Enterprises Project (SEP) which included five government members (the Vice-Minister of Development and Environment, Mr. Abel Ximenes, the Vice-Minister of Transportation, Telecomunication and Public Works, Mr. Cesar Moreira, the Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr. Fransisco Benevides, the Vice-Minster of Internal Affairs, Mr. Alcino Barros and the State Secretary of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Armindo Rangel), 178 local participants and Mr. Bernard Drum, the SEP II task team leader from Washington.

In the dialogue, each member of the government explained their roles according to the government policies in the economic sector.

Many of the participants asked the government to assist local business members in developing their businesses as well as helping control foreign vendors in Timor-Leste markets.

President discusses poverty issues with microcredit agencies Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

A meeting was held with micro-credit agencies and the President of Timor-Leste, Mr. Xanana Gusmao, on Wednesday, November 3rd to discuss how to eradicate povery in Timor-Leste, said Mr. Brigido de Sousa, manager of the Micro-Finance Institute.

The participants were Mr. Sukehiro Hasegawa, head of UNMISET, Ms. Elisabeth Huybens, country manager of the World Bank, Head of Asia Development Bank, Mr. Charles T. Andrews, representative from RESPECT Project, a STAGE Officer, a BNU representative, the manager of Micro-Finance Institute and other related organizations.

Mr. Brigido noted that in the meeting the President talked about the micro-credit loans given by the agencies to strengthen the livelihood of the population.

He added that Mr. Xanana also discussed veterans issues which have been raised by communities in the districts and Dili.

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