Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring November 17 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for November 17, 2004

Timor Leste Participates in International Discussion on Sustainable Land Use and Land Management Timor Post

In order to strengthen local institutions involved in the planning and implementation of pro-poor programs on sustainable land use and management, the Dili Distance Learning Centre (DDLC) invited Timorese government authorities and organizations to take part in an international videoconference on the subject.

The conference takes place from November 16th to 19th and is a follow-up of a similar course that was successfully conducted in December 2003. Through the conference, invitees will be able to present the latest developments in Timor ? Leste and exchange views with international participants from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos.

Senior government officials, led by Mr. Pedro de Sousa, Director, Department of Land and Property and 23 representatives from different organizations in Timor ? Leste will be attending the four-day program, which will be conducted via Internet and video. Participants from all countries will be able to see and speak to each other as they share experiences and identify best practices in land use.

This conference is sponsored by the World Bank Institute, the learning and capacity building arm of the World Bank, the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN).

'Mola' Bridge to be Restored Timor Post

The Subdistrict administrator of Jumalai district, Suai, Mr. Domingos Braganca said the Japanese government was supporting the reconstruction of the Mola Bridge . He said the damaged bridge results in heavy traffic congestion during the rainy season which makes it impossible for farmers to market local produce in other districts, or Dili. He also noted that the main challenges in Jumalai are lackof infrastructure, electricity and water.

Gas and Oil Revenues are Development Assets Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The Prime Minister, Mr. Mari Alkatiri, said that gas and oil revenues from the Timor Sea would have a good impact on the economic development of the country as well as the living condition of its communities. Mr. Alkatiri noted that the revenues are being invested with the aim of eradicating poverty in this country.

He also said that financial policies should be established in order to prevend misuse of the funds invested.

Note: The World Bank welcomes comments and suggestions, as well as information about errors that call for correction. Messages may be sent to Sildonia Sarmento who can be reached through e-mail at or telephoned at 332 4649, extension 304.

David de Araujo Receptionist World Bank, Dili Office

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