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Australia Backs development construction for rural roads in Timor-Leste

Australia Backs development construction for rural roads in Timor-Leste

Australia's resident Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Roberts (Image/Cipriano Colo)

DILI, 7 July 2020 (TATOLI) – Australia will continue to support TL’s in the construction of rural roads, through the Roads for Development Program (R4D) in Timor-Leste.

Australia’s Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Robert’s was able to confirm the continued work on rural road construction, with the Minister of Public Works, Salvador Eugênio dos Reis Pires, highlighting the positive effect these projects have on rural community lives.

“Although currently, we are under the COVID-19 restrictions, the rural roads are vital for rural communities and their access to schools, health care centers and markets. Roads also provide the opportunity to rural people to access to the works. Thus, we think such a program is important,” Ambassador Peter Robert said.

On March 21, both Governments extended their support for the R4D program. With the duration of 1 year, align with the four-year government plan of programs for the construction of 300 kilometers of national roads, 400 kilometers for district roads and 500 kilometers for rural roads.

The total amount of allocated funds for R4D is AU$62 Million from the Australian Government, through the International Labor Organization (ILO) for the technical assistance and supervision design, including training of the public sector and local managers.

The Australian Government has also provided $4 million every year for technical support, and the TL Government approved $20 million from State Budget for the rehabilitation and construction of rural roads, to complete the R4D program.

Since 2012, R4D programs have built 552 rural streets which are equal to 27% of all rural roads in TL.

Journalist: Natalino Costa

Editor: Nicholas Kettle/Julia Catharina

Translation: Nelia Borges Rosario

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