Timor-Leste purchases ship in Portugal for connection to Oecusse-Ambeno

28 August 2014

Timor-Leste (East Timor) plans to buy a ship in Portugal to transport passengers and cargo to and from the region of Oecusse, according to a statement from the Timor government.

The decision was made after a technical team from the Ministry of Transport and Communications travelled to Portugal to “assess the costs and quality of construction of a new ship for Timor-Leste,” said the statement issued after a Council of Ministers meeting on 22 August.

“As the team made a positive evaluation, and given the urgency of the acquisition of this means of transport to cover the need to travel to Oecusse-Ambeno (where a Special Administrative Region project is underway and where events to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Portuguese missionaries to Timor will be held in 2015), the government has decided to authorise the acquisition by direct contract,” the statement said.

A project for the Special Social Market economy Zone is due to be implemented in the Oecusse-Ambeno Administrative Region, which aims to encourage integrated regional development by creating strategic national areas to attract Timorese and foreign investors. (macauhub/PT/TL)