Dili, April 24th, 2019: H.E. Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, welcomed, this Wednesday, Mr. Kentaro Sonoura, Advisor of the Japanese Prime Minister, accompanied by the Japanese Ambassador in Timor-Leste, Hiroshi Minami, in the Government Palace, in Dili.
In this meeting, the Japanese Prime Minister’s Advisor, on behalf of his Head of Government, highlighted the purpose of the visit, which was to confirm, to the Head of Timorese Government, the commitment of the Japanese Government to maintain their support for the rehabilitation of the Nicolau Lobato International Airport (as agreed previously between both countries).
In this meeting, he further informed the Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak that the Japanese Government had just approved, on Tuesday this week, the proposal for the rehabilitation of the Nicolau Lobato International Airport. For this reason, he wanted to come and inform directly the Prime Minister,, regarding this matter.
The Timorese Prime Minister appreciated the commitment of the Japanese Government, for their willingness to support Timor-Leste in the rehabilitation of the Nicolau Lobato International Airport, as well as in other strategic areas.
The Timorese Prime Minister directly invited his Japanese counterpart, Shinzō Abe, to participate in the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Referendum, which will be held on August this year, even though, the official invitation has been sent through the Prime Minister office.
Besides that, the Head of Government also ask for the willingness of the Japanese Government to support Timor-Leste on maritime security and fishery industries, because Japan has the experience and the latest technology to cope with maritime security issues and manage fishery industries.
The advisor, Mr. Kentaro Sonouraho, received the proposal from the Head of the Timorese Government and promised that he will send it directly to his Prime Minister, so that the matter can be followed up.
In accordance with the agreement between both countries, the Government of Japan will offer a US $ 44 million non-refundable fund for the rehabilitation of Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport, particularly for the following parts of the project: terminal and its equipment, control tower, platform or parking lot (apron) and taxiway. This support, however, does not include the runway.
In the end of this meeting, Mr. Taur Matan Ruak sent his warmest greetings to Mr. Shinzō Abe, as well as to Mr. Akihito, the Emperor of Japan. End