Japan to fund reconstruction of bridge in East Timor

16 August 2013

Japan is set to fund the reconstruction of a bridge in the south of Timor-Leste (East Timor), under the terms of a US$11 million financing agreement signed Thursday, the Timorese Foreign Affairs Minister, José Luis Guterres said Thursday.

“It is an agreement for reconstruction of a bridge in Zumalai, which is very important because it provides a link to the south coast and it is strategic because a number of oil and gas facilities will be built,” the minister said, cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa.

At the end of the ceremony to sign the document, Guterres noted that the bridge, once it has been built, would also be of benefit to the local population as in the rainy season it is not possible to cross the river.

This is the second time Japan has provided funding to rebuild the bridge at Mola, the village where it is located, which was built in 1996 during the period of Indonesian occupation. It was rebuilt between 2008 and 2011 and was later damaged by rain once again. (macauhub)