Reports from East Timor’s media

National Media Reports

ONGTL, conducting alternative public hearing against CTF

Non-Government Organizations of Timor-Leste (ONGTL) on 28-29 September will conduct alternative public hearings against the CTF.

“We will conduct the alternative public hearings because during public hearings conducted in Indonesia, the Commission of truth and Friendship (CTF) considered that all the witnesses are always good. We see that the witnesses who provided their statements for the public hearings have a tendency towards manipulation. We want to re-conduct these to find out the truth between the two nations. We will be involving victims, both from Indonesia and Timor-Leste because they are only blaming militias and not Indonesia military,” said Xisto dos Santos, the coordinator of Students’ Front of Timor-Leste and Administrative Council of National Alliance for International Tribunal (ANTI) on Wednesday (26/9) at the National University, Dili.

Mr. Dos Santos also said that public hearings of CTF tended towards manipulation as compared to the Expert Commission of UN who conducted its investigation in Timor-Leste. He also stated that the CTF work is to give amnesty to the criminal actors and not to find out the truth. (TP and DN)

Alkatiri: US$61M for three months might create corruption

Former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that the transitional fund of the Alliance government will create a broad way for corruption because he considers the amount to be too much to use in only three months.

“If this big money is the investment capital to build bridges and roads there might be no questions. So this amount of money should be spent carefully,” said Mr. Alkatiri. (DN)

Fernanda Borges: NP attributed to principles of international law

MP from National Unity Party (PUN), Fernanda Borges said that the national parliament will stand for the principles of international law because the Timorese constitution forces the MPs to do so.

Ms. Fernanda also said that if amnesty is granted to the criminals, then there will be impunity and anybody could do anything. (DN)

MPs worried about the mission of CTF

Indonesia and Timor-Leste’s CTF is worried because it appears to be dominated by politics.

“I am a little worried because the CTF has established itself upon political tendency and not upon finding the truth,” said Cecilio Caminha, MP from CNRT in the National Parliament on Wednesday (26/9).

Mr. Caminha also said that in reviewing the Terms of Reference, the CTF aims to find out the truth based on the public hearings, but the final result will be rely upon the writing by the Commissaries of the Commission. (STL)

International Media Reports

PNG is ranked 84th in ease of doing business

By FRANK ASAELI

PAPUA New Guinea ranks 84th among the 178 economies in terms of ease of doing business, according to the World Bank Group’s latest report – Doinng Business 2008.

And the country lagged behind Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Palau, according to the document that investigates the regulations affecting business activity.

Notably, PNG is right behind China, which is at number 83.

The document was launched yesterday by the Development Co-operation Centre (DCD) at the World Bank Country Office (PNG).

While the report said the Pacific region remained one of the most business-friendly, it showed an overall decline in ease of doing business in the Pacific island countries, with most economies failing in their performance last year.

The report said Fiji was the best performing Pacific country at spot 36 while Timor Leste had the poorest business climate at 168th.

The report, however, noted that the Pacific had special disadvantages which were not measured by the Doing Business indicators, such as distance from markets and smallness of domestic economies.

The rankings are based on 10 indicators of business regulation that tracked the time and cost to meet government requirements in business start-up, operation, trade, taxation, and closure.

“The report finds that equity returns are highest in countries that are reforming the most,” World Bank vice president for Financial and Private Sector Development Michael Klein said.

Co-sponsored by the World Bank and the International Finance Corp (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, the Doing Business report gave policymakers the ability to measure regulatory performance in comparison to other countries, learn from global best practices and prioritize reforms.

This is an annual publication that investigates global regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it, ranking countries on their ease of doing business.

“The indicators are used to analyze economic and social outcomes, such as informality, corruption, unemployment, and poverty.”

The rankings do not reflect such areas as macroeconomic policy, quality of infrastructure, currency volatility, investor perceptions or crime rates.

Top reformers are identified and best practices in how to reform are highlighted.

The launch linked seven locations in the region via videoconferencing including Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong, Manila, Port Moresby, Singapore and Tokyo and the main launch session followed by a more local discussion session with Sydney and Timor Leste.

NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES:

Timor Post (TP)
Radio Timor-Leste (RTL)
Suara Timor Lorosae (STL)
Diario Tempo (DT)
Diario Nacional (DN)
Semanario
Televisaun Timor-Leste (TVTL)

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