The government of Timor-Leste (East Timor) Thursday granted the Guinea-Bissau government funding of US$6 million to pay a month’s salary to all Guinean civil servants, the Timorese cooperation agency said.
The funding, paid by cheque, was delivered by the head of the Timor-Leste cooperation agency in Guinea-Bissau, Alberto Carlos, to Guinean Prime Minister, Domingos Simões Pereira, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.
The financial assistance to the new Guinea-Bissau authorities was decided by the Council of Ministers of Timor-Leste at a meeting on 12 August.
According to the statement the decision was taken in consideration of solidarity with a fellow member of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries and “the importance that payment of civil servants’ salaries has in Guinea-Bissau’s strategy for good governance as well as for the maintenance of peace and national stability. ”
Financial support was conditional upon the submission of a report on how the US$6 million is spent. (macauhub/GW/TL)