Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Cautiously optimistic

Wednesday 27 July 2005

Last night while listening to Radio Australia (RA), we heard a news item about the World Bank’s latest report on Timor-Leste. They praised the government for their performance since being elected three years ago; especially their plans on how to safeguard revenue from oil exploration in the Timor Sea. However, they also expressed concern about growing corruption in the government and dissatisfaction amongst the population with their performance. Then this morning, RA again did a story on the report citing an article in the Australian newspaper that focused on the challenges as outlined in the report. A representative of the World Bank in Timor-Leste said that the article was too negative and that he was cautiously optimistic that Timor-Leste could address its problems.

This morning an AVI friend told us that a taxi driver raped an Australian woman a couple of night’s ago. She was medivac’d to Darwin by an Australian helicopter pilot. We are in the process of contacting the Australian Embassy to confirm this story, as we need verification of its veracity. Unfortunately this town is one big rumour mill and we’re often unsure what we should or shouldn’t believe.

Category: Timor-Leste (East Timor)

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