Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring November 18 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for November 18, 2004

Timor-Leste Participates in International Discussion on Sustainable Land Use and Land Management Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

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).

Italian Parliament delegation visits National Parliament Timor Post

Italian Parliament Delegations visited the National Parliament with the aim of getting to know the situation of Timor-Leste following independence, said the Parliament President, Mr. Fransisco Guterres alias Lu-Olo.

Mr. Lu-Olo noted that this visit is in relation with the last assistance US$ 680,000 provided for the government.

This visit is also to gather ideas from parliamentary members to define areas of future cooperation for both countries.

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David de Araujo Receptionist World Bank, Dili Office

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