Dili, October 11th 2019: His Excellency Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak welcomed, Friday, at the Government Palace, in Dili, a high level delegation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), comprising of General Director of the Southeast Regional Department, Ramesh Subramaniam, and the Alternate Executive Director who represents Timor Leste at Directors Board of ADB, Shahid Mahmood, accompanied by National Director of Resident Mission in Timor-Leste, Paolo Spangtigati, and their delegations.
The purpose of the meeting was to analyze the joint work between Timor-Leste and ADB, particularly on future assistance.
The General Director of Southeast Regional Department informed the Government Head about the changes in a model of ADB assistance to Timor-Leste, which, regarding the organization of ADB, was formerly integrated into the Pacific Countries Department, and now is integrated into the group of the ASEAN countries Department.
The Head of Government welcomed the initiative for this change and said that this could help Timor-Leste’s accession process to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
At the same time, the Head of Government also asked the ADB to extend assistance into the areas of drinking water, sanitation and education, because these areas are priorities of VIII Constitutional Government
The General Director of the Southeast Regional Department also took the opportunity to introduce the new director of ADB Resident Mission, Mr. Sunir Mitra, who will replace Mr. Paolo Spangtigati
Regarding this change in structure, the Prime Minister thanked the former National Director, Paolo Spangtigati, for his services during his mandate and welcomed the new Director, hoping that this action would further strengthen cooperation with the Government of Timor-Leste in the Assistance programs.
During a week stay in Timor Leste, the ADB team include in that delegation, will have meetings with the relevant Government members and also hold visits to the municipalities to observe the works that have been directly supported by ADB, and after the visit, the ADB delegation and Government members will discuss detailly on how to strengthen cooperation and assistance program in the future.
According to the report of ADB Resident Mission in Timor Leste, since the country joined the ADB in 2002, after the restoration of Independence, Timor-Leste has already received loans of US$ 178 million, grants of US $ 137.8 million and technical assistance funding of US$ 35.8 million
On December 31st, 2018, the status of ADB Assistance to Timor-Leste was as following:
- Technical Assistance: projects already completed, $ 29,190,000.00 (twenty-nine million, one hundred and ninety thousand American dollars) and ongoing projects USD $ 9,776,000.00 (nine million, seven hundred and seventy-six thousand American dollars);
- Grants: projects already completed, $ 58,000,000 (fifty-eight million American dollars) and ongoing projects $ 38,120,000 (thirty-eight million, one hundred and twenty thousand American dollars);
- Loans: projects already completed, $39,280,000.00 (thirty-nine million, two hundred and eighty thousand American dollars) and ongoing projects USD $ 230,950,000.00 (two hundred and thirty million, nine hundred and fifty thousand American dollars);
Note: The amount of ADB loans mentioned, refer to the following rehabilitation projects of the national roads which links capital Dili to the municipalities: Díli-Liquiçá (already concluded), Tibar-Gleno (already concluded), Manatutu-Natarbora (nearing completion), Tasi-Tolu-Tibar (ongoing), Baucau-Lautém (ongoing), Maubara-Carimbala-Motain (ongoing) and Manatutu-Baucau (ongoing). These projects aim to make the economy move within the country and achieve the goals set out in the National Development of Strategic Plan, which states that, by 2030, Timor Leste should achieve the status of a middle-income country. END