East Timor government approves rectified budget with additional expenditure

3 June 2010

Dili, East Timor, 3 June – The government of East Timor Tuesday approved a rectified budget proposal, to be submitted to parliament, which outlines spending of almost US$900 million in 2010, according to a statement issued in Dili Thursday by the country’s Council of Ministers.

Most of the additional expenditure, of US$117.985 million, is for infrastructures, tourism, trade and industry, social solidarity and state administration.

Amongst the spending proposals is the first phase of reconstruction of the Dili airport runway and the facilities of the Hera naval unit, replacement of generators at the Comoro power plant and improvement of the distribution network in the city of Dili.

In terms of the acquisition of goods and services US$17.5 million will be used to buy and store rice, the basis of the Timorese diet, and to boost the food programme in schools, with provision also made for students in Cuba.

Public transfers also include payments to veterans of the war of liberation and funds to resolve outstanding cases of displaced persons as well as to help victims of natural disasters. (macauhub)