The Asian Development Bank has approved a US$1 million technical assistance grant to East Timor to build capacity for the management of parliamentary business, justice administration and public sector management.
Although East Timor is not yet a member of the ADB, the Bank has agreed to provide technical assistance, particularly for capacity-building, in response to a request from East Timorese leaders. Mr Xanana Gusmao, President of the National Council for Timorese Resistance (CNRT) and Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Vice President, CNRT, visited the ADB's Manila headquarters last month.
The East Timorese need the skills and capacities for government and administration as they are expected to take over these responsibilities within the next two to three years from the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET).
The first step under the technical assistance is to develop an overall capacity building plan with the National Consultative Council (NCC). The NCC includes prominent local people appointed by UNTAET in consultation with CNRT.
The plan will identify specific needs such as workshops, secondments and study tours in each of the targeted areas: parliamentary business and processes, the justice system, and public sector management, including economic policy development and service delivery. The assistance will be implemented over two years.
The technical assistance is part of ADB's active role in the reconstruction and development of East Timor and the alleviation of hardship for those affected by the separation of East Timor from Indonesia.
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