DILI, July 31, 2023 (TATOLI)—The Government of Japan agreed to support 26 heavy equipment to the Government of Timor-Leste through the Infrastructure Development Support Institute of Equipment Management (IGEADI).
Japan’s commitment was stated at the meeting between Timor-Leste’s Ambassador to Japan, Ilidio Ximenes da Costa, with a delegation meeting with Masuda Yoshiro, Director of the Grant Assistance Project Management Division, and Nakayama Shun, Deputy Director of Takeda Namiho, Pacific and Southeastern Division at the JICA’s office (Japan Agency for International Cooperation) in Tokyo.
Timor-Leste Ambassador in Japan, Ilídio da Costa Ximenes said IGEADI is working with Timor-Leste Embassy in Japan to submit a proposal to the Government of Japan Through Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), therefore, in turn, the Japan Government is committed to support Timor-Leste.
According to Ambassador Ximenes, support is provided to continue strengthening cooperation between the two countries.
“Looking at the development needs, IGEADI is working with the TL Embassy in Japan to submit a proposal to the Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), at the meeting we discussed the tender process and preparations for the Big Project to purchase some equipment for IGEADI/MoPW. The total equipment to be purchased is 26 units of types of equipment,” explained the TL Ambassador to Tatoli online.
He stated that from the past until now the Japanese Government has always provided support to the people and the Government of Timor-Leste such as development and improvement in socio-economic, infrastructure, industrial promotion, and diversification as well as support for strengthening human resources.
He emphasized that the delivery process will be carried out in three stages, where the first phase will be delivered in November 2023, the second phase in November 2024, and then in March 2025.
“The joint agreement between JICA and the Government of Timor-Leste will be carried out next month.” He said.
It hopes the contract will be signed soon after the results of the bidding process will be finalized this week. The Ambassador thanked the Japanese government for its commitment to continue supporting Timor-Leste.
“Thanks to the Government of Japan who happily committed to supporting Timor-Leste, the Government of Japan is also interested in supporting the people of Timor-Leste through the Tasi Mane program,” he said
It is known that the meeting took place on July 24, 2023, the Ambassador of Timor Leste for Japan in Tokyo, Ilidio Ximenes da Costa, with a delegation from the Ministry of Public Works, Timor Leste, Hermenegilda da C. Laurentina, Chair of IGEADI, Quintilino Afonso Belo, Executive Director paid a courtesy visit to JICA (Japan Agency for International Cooperation) in Tokyo.
They also met with Masuda Yoshiro, Director of the Grant Assistance Project Management Division, and Nakayama Shun, Deputy Director of Takeda Namiho, Pacific and Southeastern Division.
The meeting was also attended by Julio Martins, First Secretary, Misako Nakamura, Senior Assistant, and Mr. Maehara Noritoshi, General Manager of IDEA Constants, Inc.’s Overseas Projects Division.
So far, in 2002 the Government of Japan supported 100 pieces of heavy equipment through the Peacekeeping Operation mission of the Japanese Defense Force, most of the heavy equipment is still in use today.
Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá
Editor: Nelia B.