East Timor: Portugal’s development institute works more closely with Spanish and Australian counterparts

27 March 2008

Dili, East Timor, 27 March – The Portuguese Development Support Institute (IPAD) Wednesday in Dili signed a cooperation agreement with its Spanish counterpart and the institute’s chairman said it was due to sign a similar document with AusAid – the Australian Agency for International Development.

The cooperation agreement signed by Rocardo Martinez, the Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe director for the Spanish International Development Cooperation Agency and by IPAD chairman, Manuel Correia, aims to provide joint support and implementation of projects and activities in the sectors of Justice, Human Rights and Rural Development.

Under the terms of the deal, which is valid for a period of two years, both countries will have monthly working meetings to “exchange information, provide technical supervision and evaluation of activities, as well as to draw up joint reports.”

Correia is currently in Dili to take part in the east Timor donor conference, which this year is themed, “Working together: Building the foundations for peace and stability and improving the living conditions of Timorese citizens,” which begins Thursday and is due to end Saturday, 29 March.

Portugal is currently one of East Timor’s main development partners, and between 1999 and 2007 provided aid totalling US$470 million to the youngest Asian and Portuguese-speaking nation. (macauhub)