Emergency Aid for Human Resources Development in East Timor

December 1, 2000

  1. On December 1 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend an emergency grant aid of 658,000 US dollars for the Timor Loro Sae Scholarship Programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), for human resources development in East Timor. In December last year, the Government of Japan announced to extend around 100 million US dollars over the next three years for rehabilitation and development in East Timor. The grant aid decided today is part of this assistance pledge.

  2. In East Timor, the process for independence and nation-building is underway under the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). However, East Timor needs more skilled people, which makes human resources development in all fields an important task. Especially, the capacity-building of university students who are expected to become leaders in East Timor in future is extremely important and urgent. It is expected that, with the emergency assistance announced today, the human resources, who will constitute the core of East Timor's nation-building in the coming years, will be nurtured. The Timor Loro Sae Scholarship Programme, to which Japan is extending assistance, is intended to materialize the assistance to East Timorese students studying in universities in Indonesia.

  3. Many of the East Timorese students who were studying in the universities in Indonesia were forced to suspend their studies by the changed situation in East Timor after the direct ballot in August last year. Many students who stayed in Indonesia to continue their studies after the direct ballot were also compelled to stop them because of financial difficulties. These students will be the recipients of this assistance.

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