Presidency for the Council of Minister, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães met with Elias Parra the Charge d’Affaires for U.S Embassy Dili at Palacio do Governo (Image Tatoli/Egas Cristovao)

DILI, 14 january 2021 (TATOLI) – The United Nation Charge d’Affaires Elias Parra met with the Presidency of the Council of Minister, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães to discuss the bilateral partnerships between the two countries and provide an update on the millenium challengecoorporation -MCC compact development.

“We met to discuss our bilateral partnerships and provide an update on the millenium challengecoorporation -MCC compact development about diversify issues that have been implemented by the USA mission in Timor-Leste,” Elias Parra inform the journalist after the meeting.

The U.S Embassy  Charge d’Affaires in Timor-Leste, Elias Parra (Image Tatoli/Egas Cristovao)

Mr Para added that, there has been a positive sing on the program, and this year the two countries will sign the agreement for the continuation of the MCC to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries.

 “As Diplomat we met and discuss with the government to simplify the relationship ties of the two countries,” he said.

Ambassador Constâncio Pinto is the National Executive Director of the Compact Development Team (CDT-TL) also responsible for the development team will rule out  the program for the compact of development projects financed by the US agency MCC.

 “The project focus on the preparatory studies and data collection for the water and sanitation projects, drainage and education infrastructures project with the total amount to be allocated is $280,000,000.00,” Elias Parra said.

In spite, the program, led by the Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, aims to improve the citizens’ living conditions, by eradicating of malnutrition and rickets, among other measures, the construction of basic sanitation infrastructures, infrastructures for widespread access to safe drinking water, the adoption of specific nutrition programs and improved access to quality public health services.

The program also intends to raise the quality of national human resources with investment in school infrastructure, training and curriculum revision.

It is recalled that The MCC announced, in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, last December, that Timor-Leste is re-elected to continue develop the compact, in recognition of the solid partnership that exists so far and the Timor-Leste’s sustained commitment to strengthening democratic institutions, maintaining sound economic policies and investing in its people.

In the letter, the MCC Executive Director, Sean Cairncross, also expressed appreciation for the government leadership that conducts the program, through Minister Fidelis Magalhães and the CDT-TL, with the contribution of the relevant ministerial lines, to the development of a results-oriented compact that reflects Timor-Leste’s priorities.

 

Journalist   : Hortencio Sanchez

Editor        : Francisco Simões

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