Dili, October 20th, 2020 – His Excellency the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, was given a presentation from the Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Planning and Territory, José Reis, on the options for fiber optic connection from Darwin, in Australia, to Timor-Leste.
In this meeting, which was also attended by the Minister of Transports and Communications, José Agustinho da Silva, the Ministry of Planning and Territory technicians presented the various options to the Chief of the Executive, namely the technical options, the financial modalities, and the political and legal options, with the objective of being later submitted to the Council of Ministers, for discussion and approval, and in order to be able to start the submarine cable connection process.
“This meeting was requested by me, to His Excellency the Prime Minister, in order to present him the technical options, the options on the financial modalities, and the political and legal options related to the technical work carried out by my Ministry and other Ministries, such as the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Transports and Communications, on the fiber optic connection from Darwin to here (Timor-Leste)”, explained the Vice Prime Minister
The submarine cable connection from Darwin to Timor-Leste policy is a priority of this Government, in cooperation with the Government of Canberra, aiming at increasing the capacity of the internet network within the country, not least because the 8th Constitutional Government also has an electronic or digital Governance program, which, to be implemented, needs faster connections to the internet.
This program involves the following relevant Ministries: Ministry of Planning and Territory, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Public Works, and Ministry of Transports and Communications. END/M-PMO