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JICA provides grant for feasibility study of Carabela port in Baucau

JICA provides grant for feasibility study of Carabela port in Baucau

Ujike Keisuke, Representative of JIKA’s office in Timor-Leste/Image Tatoli/Francisco Sony

DILI, 24 may 2024 (TATOLI) – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will conduct a feasibility study for the development of the Cairabela seaport located in the Vemasse administrative post, Baucau municipality.

The statement was made by the Infrastructures Director of the Administration of Ports of Timor-Leste (APORTIL, I.P.), Constâncio Freitas, on the sidelines of the final Joint Coordination Committee Meeting, held at the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Caicoli, Dili.

The feasibility study for the port of Cairabela will be carried out in october this year and should be completed next year,’ he said.

Freitas said that the study will be funded by the Japanese government, adding that once the feasibility study is finalized, it will be used as a reference for the governments of Japan and Timor-Leste before reaching a joint agreement to start implementing the development of the project.

Ujike Keisuke, Representative of JIKA’s office in Timor-Leste said: “We are delighted to announce today that the government of Japan has officially approved the commencement of the Feasibility Study of Caravela port under the JICA grant.”

Keisuke highlighted that improving the facilities at Caravela port is crucial for facilitating the transportation of people and cargo, as well as diversifying the industrial sector.

He said that maritime transport plays a crucial role in boosting economic development, especially for countries reliant on imports of essential goods: “To enable efficient and effective port development, this project aimed to formulate a comprehensive port development policy and identify high-priority ports in the Timor-Leste region.”

“I am grateful to witness that the outcome of this project, the Final Report of the Strategic Port Master Plan, has been officially handed over to the government of Timor-Leste. We sincerely hope this Master Plan will be strategically utilized in Timor-Leste for future development,” he said.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins

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