Australia donates AU 62 million for road development program in Timor-Leste

Australia donates AU 62 million for road development program in Timor-Leste

Rural road in Letefoho, Ermera.Tatoli’s images//António Gonçalves

DILI, 10  june, 2021 (TATOLI)- Australia government through International Labor Organization (ILO) supports AU62 million for rural technical support for a training program for planning and project management to the Minister of Public Work (MPO) in 2021 and 2022.

“Australia is partnership with Timor-Leste government since last 12 years and Australia has provided donation for two period and each period offered AU62 million for the technical support and the donation was given to national department of Public Work, especially for National Department of Bridges and on full Control (DNEPCC)  for the planning and investment for rural areas,” Minister of Public Work, Salvador Eugenio Soares dos Reis Pires told to Tatoli Agency at Novo Turismo room, at Lecidere, this thursday.

The government of Australia is providing capacity building especially for creation of master plan for the rural roads and conduct training for technique staff specialists for the National roads department and on full control. The training is provided for 500 road workers and company management for more than 650 staff.

“We have identified that most of 30% of local companies for roads construction are women and 7% are disability person, who are working for rural roads,” He said

The technical support provided by the Australian government has built a laboratory in Baucau, Liquica, Same, Bobonaro, municipalities and the special Administrative region Óe-Cusse and Ambeno (RAEOA). The function of the laboratory is to test material for road construction to ensure the quality for the project investment. He added.

“We thanked the Australian government for the support through ILO, to succeed in the government investment in rural areas and guarantee good quality.

At the same time, the representative of Australia Ambassador for Timor-Leste, Nick Cumpston is in commitment to continue partnership with the Timor-Leste government to implement the road for development program (RFD).

“Since 2012, Australia government has offered technical support training for the Timorese companies to achieve significant development,” He added

Thus, Australia government will continue to support technical assistance to MOP through DNEPCC, in the area of planning; employer capacity and empowering enjoyers to compete in public tender and company management to guarantee quality for rural roads investment.

“Australia will continue support for the rural roads investment to contribute for the economy growth in Timor-Leste,” he said

Journalist: Florencio Miranda Ximenes  (Translator Jose Belarmino De Sa)

Editor: Julia Chatarina


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