Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for October 22, 2004

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Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for October 22, 2004

Thailand invites chamber of commerce to participate in International Expedition
Suara Timor Lorosa' (STL)

The government of Thailand through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in the Commercial Division officially invited the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Timor ? Leste (CCI-TL) to participate in the International Expedition which will be held this year in Thailand, said the head of External Delegation on Commercial Division, Mr. Noppadol Kuntamas.

The Expedition will allow the government of Thailand to get to know the agricultural potency of Timor and should strengthen the cooperation between the two countries. More specifically, it will showcase Timorese crops such as coffee, vanilla and coconut.

Baucau-Viqueque road included in fiscal budget
Timor Post

State Secretary of Public Work, Mr. Joao B. Alves said that the national road that connects Baucau and Viqueque is included in the annual fiscal year program.

The rehabilitation of this road has been delayed due to the administrative delays as well as the fact that it requires a significant amount of money, Mr. Alves noted.

It is estimated that this project will take about 120 days.

Three new markets only for local vendors, says market manager
Timor Post

Three markets which have been prepared by the local government of the Dili district are available for the local population to develop their lives, but are not available for non-local market vendors said the Dili Market Manager, Mr. Basilio H. Guterres.

There will be an immediate announcement released in order to apprise all non-local market vendors to vacate the Comoro, Becora and Taibessi markets in Dili.

These three markets are open for small businesses with capital of less than $5000.00.

East Timor invites President Susilo
The Jakarta Post

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received East Timor Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri during his busy second day in office on Thursday.

Susilo and Alkatiri met for around 30 minutes to discuss various topics, including those related to border issues, assets and economic cooperation between the two neighbors.

Alkatiri also conveyed an invitation to Susilo to visit East Timor in the near future, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hassan Wirajuda said. Later in the day, Susilo held talks with South Korean special envoy Kwon Chin-ho.

Both had attended Susilo's inauguration as the country's sixth president on Wednesday.

East Timor hoping for aid boost from Germany
ABC Asia Pacific

East Timor's president, Xanana Gusmao, has called for Germany to increase the amount of financial aid it provides to the country.

President Gusmao's comments came in a newspaper interview published ahead of a meeting in Germany with the foreign minister, Joschka Fischer.

The United Nations mandate in East Timor is due to end in seven months' time, and President Gusmao says he hopes Germany will increase its current development aid of about $US3.5 million.

He says Germany's current level of aid puts it outside East Timor's top 10 donor nations.

President Gusmao says the situation in East Timor is now peaceful and stable, with the big challenges now social and economic development.

david de Araujo
World Bank, Dili Office

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