Development of enclave in Timor-Leste moves ahead at a good pace

17 August 2015

Infrastructure projects to develop the Timorese enclave of Oecussi are moving forward at a good pace and 40 percent of the approximately US$130 million budgeted this year has been executed, the project’s manager said recently.

Mari Alkatiri, current head of the Administrative Region Authority and the Special Social Market Economy Zone (ZEESM) of Oecussi, also told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the aim was to execute 70 percent of the development capital transferred to the region and for the remaining portion to be “executed easily.”

Alkatiri also noted the creation of a “special development fund that will have to be capitalised” – which already has US$20 million – used to invest in public-private partnership.”

The works in the region are moving at a rapid pace in order to receive the guests expected for the celebrations, on 28 November, of both the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Portuguese navigators and the 40th anniversary of independence in 1975.

In terms of specific projects, Alkatiri said two major sets of roads, airport works and the port, a hotel, the biggest bridge in Timor-Leste bridge over the river Tono, garden areas and a sports complex were underway.

Alkatiri also noted the importance of development of the Oecussi region for the Indonesian half of the island, which “is already benefitting” from the projects, with construction materials, which used to be procured in Dili, now purchased mostly in West Timor. (macauhub/TL)