European Union finances Timor-Leste’s municipal roads

16 October 2018

The European Union (EU) has providedUS$22.62 million for the maintenance and recovery of 44 kilometres of the Ermera and Liquica municipalities in Timor-Leste (East Timor), EU officials said.


The funding is part of financial support to rehabilitate municipal roads included in a programme also supported by the Asian Development BanK (ADB) and the government of Timor-Leste.


Support will be channeled to the Ermera-Fatubessi road, which is 11.8 kilometres long and the Aipelu-Bazartete road (13.5 km).


The programme for the recovery of the municipal roads was launched by the Minister of Public Works of Timor-Leste, Salvador Eugénio Soares dos Reis Pires, Director of the ABD for Timor-Leste, Paolo Spantigatie and the EU ambassador, Alexandre Leitão.


Road recovery works are the responsibility of Chinese company, Shanghai Construction Group Co., Ltd and are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.


The recovery of the roads will allow access to production markets and suppliers of coffee, strawberries and flowers.


The Timor-Leste road network has 1,426 national roads, 869 municipal roads and 3,000 rural roads. About 70% of the country’s roads are in poor condition. (macauhub)