European Union finances East Timor municipal roads

The European Union (EU) has provided USD22.62 million for the maintenance and recovery of 44 kilometers of the Ermera and Liquica municipalities in East Timor, EU officials said.

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

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

The program 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 East Timor road network has 1,426 national roads, 869 municipal roads and 3,000 rural roads. About 70 percent of the country’s roads are in poor condition.  MDT/Macauhub

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