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Australian Government provides 65 AUD on technical support for R4D program

Australian Government provides 65 AUD on technical support for R4D program

The Minister of public works Salvador Eugênio Soares dos Reis Pires has signed the Intends note together with the OM BROTHER'S company L.da, Isabelinha da Silva in the City 8 room on this thursday 17, 2022. Tatoli images//Francisco Sony

DILI, 17 march 2022 (TATOLI)- Australian government has been provided 65 million Australian dollars to support Timor-Leste government focus on technical support for R4D program from 2012 to 2022

Australian Ambassador for Timor-Leste, Bill Castello said Australia committed to helping the government of Timor-Leste through the Minister of Public work on rural road development program (R4D).

 “We are providing technical support for the planning, designing, and procurement process. Australia is provided financial support and even some money from the government of Timor-leste too.” The Ambassador of Australia for Timor-Leste, Bill Castello told reports at City 8, Manleuana, on this thursday.

Thus, from 2012 to 2022 the Australian government provided similar financial support of five million Australian Dollars every year for technical support.

Currently, Australia and Timor-Leste are discussion focus for two points, first for technical support and second is for small businesses to demonstrate best practice upgrading and road maintenance.

The Minister of Public work, Salvador Soares Dos Reis Pires, appreciated the Australian government’s commitment to support Timor-Leste’s focus on the R4D program. Australian Government as the largest Timor-Leste government partner.

Mr. Pires appreciates Australia’s commitment to providing technical support to the amount of 65 million Australian. This support is focused on technical support for the R4D program from 2012 to 2022. The R4D project will end this year.

The Minister of Public works has provided 39 packages of the rural road project and offered them to Timorese contractors.  The project will begin as soon as possible in 2022. The project covers 132 km across the country.

The project will be implemented in Baucau, Liquiça, Viqueque, Bobonaro and Covalima municipalities. Other municipalities will expand this project after the AND finalize the design program.

This program will be finalized in one year. However, it can be expanded to other municipalities if necessary. The project is every year however it can be hindered by weather situations due to heavy wind, rain, and others.

The finance is provided by the Infrastructure fund of 15 million USD.

Related news:Australia supports AUD$65 million for rural road design and development

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo

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