DILI, 2 february 2021 (TATOLI)- Timor-Leste sign a grant contract agreement with the Government of Japan for the construction of water supply system in Coliate-Leotelo Village, Hatolia Administrative Post of Ermera Municipality.
The agreement was signed between the Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste,H.E KINEFUCHI masami and the Director of Alfa Star.
The signig of the agreement was witness by the Vice Minister of Public Work, Nicolau Lino Freitas Belo.
As part of the MoU, the project is under one of Japan’s assistance programs, namely the scheme of “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), aims at improve the access to clean water for people in remote areas also builds a water supply system that pumps water up from the source to Claetrema community.
Through this agreement the Japan’s Government decided to provides US$90,400 to a local NGO Alfa Star to implement the project that will be benefit directly to 854 people of 136 households in Claetrema village to access to the clean water and enhace the prevention of COVID-19 as well as hygienic environment.
Ambassador of Japan, KINEFUCHI Masami congratulated Alfa Star that their project was selected out of 51 proposals submitted to GGP this year.
“I appreciate that you have been working very hard to prepare this project, but this is just a starting point. Your further efforts will be indispensable to ensure that the construction of the water supply system will be duly completed, “Ambassador Masami said during the event.
Ambassador highlighted the support provided from the Japan Government to Timor-Leste in the field of infrastructure, human resources development, and improvement of social services and other areas for more than 20 year.
“Our support for the infrastructure projects closely related to the Ministry of Public Works includes the construction of National Road No.1 connecting Dili and Baucau, and Comoro Bridge 3 also its access road to Tasi Tolu Dili. We strongly support infrastructure-building, as we believe good infrastructure is essential for economic development,” Mr Masami said.
Ambassador added that the support provided through GGP is the construction of school buildings, local health posts and installation of water supply system.
At the same time Ambassador KINEFUCHI also appreciate various suppors from local governments for the attention and technical supports are indispensable to keep the system in a good condition for long term.
Vice-Minister of Public Work, Nicolau Lino Freitas Belo thanked the Government of Japan over its Ambassador in Dili, KINEFUCHI Masami for the supports provided to the community in Coliate leotelo, Ermera to get access to the clean water.
“The six goal of Sustainable Development emphasized that people have to access to clean water and adequate sanitation services worldwide, from this goal Timor-Leste has its own targets in the strategic development plan (SDP) highlighted Population have to access to clean water and sanitation in rural and urban areas, schools, appropriate drainage channels and flood plan management are highly prioritized,” Mr Belo said.
“With regards to the sixth SDG Goal and SDP (2011-2030) Timorese Government has created the program to secure 75% of population access to the clean water and sanitation,” he said.
In spite 176 projects have been completed through GGP and other programs, for this project the system includes a water source intake, three tanks (2,550L of reservoir capacity in total) and 18 public taps with 6,581 meters of distribution pipe.