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Japan and UNDP sing a financial agreement worth $5.1 million to implement CIREP projects in four municipalities

Japan and UNDP sing a financial agreement worth $5.1 million to implement CIREP projects in four municipalities

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DILI, 28 february 2023 (TATOLI)—The Japanese Embassy in Timor-Leste and UNDP (United Nations Development Program) today signed an agreed Community Infrastructure Project for Resilience (CIREP -English) worth $ 5.1 million.

At the signing of the agreement, UNDP Representative, Munkhtuya Altangerel explained that the CIREP project will focus on building a total of 40 infrastructure units including water systems, public sanitation, bridges, maternity clinics, rainwater harvesting systems, gabions/retaining walls, and community centers.

“This project will benefit a total of 16,000 households, 75,000 (47% women) individuals in 4 municipalities namely Liquiça, Ermera, Bobonaro, and RAEOA (Oecusse),” said Munkhtuya Altangerel in the Kofi Anan Room at the UN Office Caicoli, this tuesday.

According to Altangere, This project with a total amount of resources of $ 5,153,665 is funded by the Government of Japan and UNDP TRAC resources for $ 4,853,665 and $ 300,000 respectively. The project will be implemented over four (4) years from 2023-2027.

Japanese Ambassador Kimura Tetsuya said that through the CIREP Project, the Japanese people will contribute around $4.85 million to ensure residents’ access to basic services at the community level.

“This is by building and rehabilitating infrastructure such as bridges and roads, as well as water supply facilities and health posts,” he said.

In addition, the project aims to contribute to improving the livelihoods of residents in the long term by equipping them with skills in building and maintaining basic infrastructure and familiarizing them with the basic financial system.

“I am delighted to be working with UNDP again on this project. UNDP is our global partner who shares the concept of human security. In Timor-Leste, we are working with UNDP in a number of areas to strengthen community governance and resilience. UNDP is our very trusted partner,” he said.

At the same place, The Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho thanked the Government of Japan and UNDP for implementing a program that will support people in areas that are needed.

“I am very pleased with this support and this program is in line with the PNDS and PDN Government Programs. I appreciate that we can jointly guarantee infrastructure in remote areas,” he concluded.

According to SDG 6-based analysis of WASH data by WHO and UNICEF 2021, sanitation is particularly challenging as 43% of the total population does not have access to basic sanitation and 14% of the total population does not have basic drinking water, a higher problem (19%) for the rural population.

In addition, employment opportunities are very limited because the public sector is the largest employer and the private sector is severely restricted, and the economy is not diversified.

 

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.

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