Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for October 18, 2004

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

Government will pay attention to Soibada road
Timor Post

The Prime Minster, Mr. Mari Alkatiri noted that the government will pay attention to building roads in the sub-district of Soibada, the district of Manatutu. This will be a national road with big circulations from the north to the south of Timor-Leste which is used by religious events each year.

In the same article, the Prime Minister also asked the Church, which involves itself in national development and mental transformation, to assist communities in looking at traditional issues which cause poverty in their lives.

Communities complain of 'prepaid' cost
Timor Post

The 'prepaid' electricity system required by the Timor ? Leste Electricity Department (EDTL) is causing discontent among communities. This makes them refuse the system, said Mr. Antonio de Jesus Marques, a resident of Bekussi (Dili).

Mr. Marques also said that the cost for the ?prepaid? system is more than their daily income, and therefore he recommends the government review the system prior to its application.

HNGV adding capacity in 2006
Timor Post

Entering 2006, capacity in the National Hospital of Guido Valadares (HNGV) will be increased based on the needs of international doctors who are attending the communities in Timor-Leste, said the Vice-Minister of Health, Mr. Luis Lobato.

This includes rehabilitation of the current buildings at the Hospital.

There is an offer by international doctors to the Ministry of Health to train local doctors to become specialists.

Mr. Lobato noted that this offer is a positive one, which the Minister of Health needs to consider.

CNE needs budget
Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The commissioner of National Election Commission (CNE), Mr. Marito Reis said that the commission is currently having financial difficulties with recruiting vocal points to be located in the districts to assist in electing the chefe de sucos/head of the villages.

The first election will be conducted in four districts: Oecusse, Suai, Maliana, and Viqueque. The reason is the start of the rainy season, forcing farmers to work on their farms.

The remaining districts in Timor-Leste will have their elections after the rainy season.

David de Araujo
World Bank, Dili Office

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