Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 13 May 2005

[Poster's note: Long repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list have been removed.]

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Friday, 13 May 2005

PM presents remodelling plan to President

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri yesterday presented his government's remodelling plan to President Xanana Gusmao during their weekly meeting. According to media reports, the plan will include changes to some departments as well as the upgrading of several Secretaries of State to the status of Minister. Some ministers who are not performing well will be dismissed, and there will be three new Secretaries of State recruited to represent the east, west and southern regions of Timor-Leste. The reshuffle is related also to the 2005-2006 budget, which will be finalized next week.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting with the President, Alkatiri said that the priorities for next year's budget will be to repair public infrastructure, such as roads and bridges and the development of schools, hospitals, water systems and electricity. Alkatiri said that there are problems with the agriculture sector, as well as socio-economic problems such as those to do with ex-combatants. He said that the budget had been increased in order for the government to resolve these problems. (Timor Post, STL)

Xanana inaugurates members of SDSC

President Xanana Gusmao yesterday inaugurated 11 members of the Superior Defense and Security Council, the membership of which includes a range of ministers, Members of Parliament, F-FDTL and PNTL General Commanders. With the inauguration, the body is now able to begin its work. (Timor Post, STL)

TL experiences difficulties in financial control

Timor-Leste has difficulty controlling the exit of money from the country, as the US dollar is an international currency. Speaking to journalists, Feliciano de Fatima Alves, member of Commission C for the Economy and Finance in the National Parliament, said that if Timor-Leste was able to exercise more control over its currency then economic growth would increase. Alves said that many of the international staff send all their earnings home and a limited amount is being spent in Timor-Leste due to the nature of the currency. He said that there is a need for legislation that implements greater control over the amount of money that leaves the country. However, if Timor-Leste had its own currency it would be even easier to keep this money in the country. (STL)

Dili backs Portugal's Guterres for UNHCR post

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri has written to the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, expressing his personal support as well as that of his government for Portugal's Antonio Guterres to be appointed the next UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In a statement released yesterday, the Prime Minister said he "considers" the former Portuguese Prime Minister and current President of the Socialist International as "the right person to occupy such an important post".

He said his letter to the Secretary-General underlined Guterres' past record as "a leader who defended with determination the rights of the Timorese people", under occupation, "of other peoples and of the universal principles of human rights".

Guterres is one of five names Mr Annan has shortlisted for the UNHCR post. (Lusa, STL, Timor Post)

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