Worldbank/Xanana’s policies in Timor

Dear all,

The same policies of privatisation were foisted on the people of
Britain, our governments Conservative and New Labour (Tories in
disguise) followed the American example which was lauded as the way to
prosperity for all. Well we have ‘third world poverty’* a plenty,
buses that don’t turn up, trains that are too expensive for ordinary
people to use, no coal mines, no steel or shipbuilding industries
anymore
– the people of Britain do not even own their own water, its been
privatised, it was owned by SITA, a French company but its been sold
off, not sure who to – all I know is it ain’t accountable to me or
anyone else here. Could carry on with what has been privatised in the
name of ‘a better way’ but think you will get the picture.

Our politicians are corrupt, when Thatcher was in power her son was
selling arms to Iran and Iraq, awarded the contracts by his loving
mother who did not care whose sons were killed as long as hers got
rich.* Blair continued the policies implemented by Thatcher, for waging
war on the peoples of Iraq Blair has earned £12 million pound since
leaving Downing Street, including £2.5 million from JP Morgan, who took
over the banking system in post-invasion Iraq.*

Britain has huge debts, our banking system had to be bailed out last
year with money that would have better gone to improving schools,
health care etc. our money, our taxes, even after being bailed out the
banks awarded their directors huge bonuses
– our elite leaders followed the world bank in its wisdom of privatise
the air your people breathe.

Attended a lecture given by Ramos-Horta in Bradford recently, he
mentioned the collapse of the Soviet Union and how ‘third world
countries’* like Timor-Leste, were now paying for following the wrong
ideologies – think this was an allusion to Timor should have followed
the capitalist ideology, well it seems that this system has now become
the model in Timor under Xanana’s government. What Horta did not
seem to understand (maybe he does) was that the capitalist system has
brought war, misery and poverty to billions of people including
peoples in Britain, America and possibly Australia – peoples in
mainland Europe have fared better as some socialist policies are still
followed. If the capitalist system of private profit above the
welfare of the people had not been bailed out time and time again
with taxpayers money it too would have collapsed just as the Russian
system collapsed. Ramos-Horta did not mention Cuba, a country that
despite sanctions imposed on it by western countries, continues its
socialist policies of people before profit and not only has a first
class health and schooling system for its own people but exports it
all over the world inclulding to Timor-Leste – interesting that when
there are disasters all over the world Cuba responds positively,
making sure that help gets to the people, and not to businesses.

Will return to Ramos-Horta’s lecture at a later date, their were
many questions myself and a friend who had travelled down with me from
Newcastle wanted to ask, but Horta only took safe questions and very
few at that. Timorese who attended were disappointed that he
did not take their questions, indeed he did not even acknowledge their
presence.

Its laudable that the Tempo Semanal continues to highlight the
practise’s being implemented and imposed on the Timorese people,
activists here still struggle to bring about a just and fair society.

Lidia Tindle
Tyneside East Timor Solidarity.

Sources:

Iraq The People’s Dossier
Jonathan Coe ‘What a Carve Up’
A body of work by John Pilger and Noam Chomsky

*’Third World Countries’ – hate this phrase it creates division, we
belong to one world.


> The Timorese private sector is the hope of the country. The
> Government of Timor-Leste and the international community
> consistently state that their programs and policies are designed to
> empower the Timorese private sector to the point where it can provide
> for the employment and prosperity of Timor-Leste’s rapidly growing
> population. However it would appear that the Government of
> Timor-Leste and the international community are more interested in
> empowering cronies, and perhaps even crooks, than in assisting the
> small to medium sized business in Timor-Leste’s districts.
> The almost $80 million Pakote Referendum initiative was created by the
> Government of Timor-Leste in August 2009 and implemented by Julio
> Alvaro the President of the Forum Empresario de Timor-Leste (The
> Business Forum of Timor-Leste). Mr. Alvaro was responsible for
> creating an implementation structure known as AECCOP across the
> country which decided who would get the projects ranging in size from
> $20,000 and up. This structure has awarded hundreds of contracts to
> hundreds of businesses. Tempo Semanal will reveal the details of
> these projects in full in a soon to be released edition, as it has
> obtained complete records for the Pakote referendum in 11
> districts.to companies which is a shareholder or an owner.
>
> Furthermore, when certifying Pakote Referendum projects he is going to
> give to himself he does so under his own signature – demonstrating he
> has political protection. In the case illustrated in the below photo
> of a list of pakote referendum projects for power lines to be set up
> between Laga and Baguia in Baucau Mr. Alvaro certifies his own Company
> Alvarado to receive a contract with $4.6 million (reported previously
> on March 8 2010 in Tetun)
> Alvaro uses the people’s money for himself.
> Also, when delivering projects to the Government Mr. Alvaro’s company
> has shown a tendency to over bill. He has knowledge of procurement
> requirements, is involved in decisions as to who will win contracts
> (ie himself) and will then over charge the Government. In the case of
> the installation of power lines between Laga and Baguia his firm were
> awarded the contract for a job that the Secterary of State of
> Electricity deemed to be a $3 million dollar project – but Mr. Alvaro
> through AECCOP/Pakote paid his firms $4 million.
>
> The Worldbank and the IFC are involved in something called the Better
> Business Initiative in Timor-Leste. Its objectives being
> Facilitate dialogue between the government of Timor-Leste and the
> private sector, which
> includes the broadest private sector participation possible, including
> the districts;
> • Assist the Timor-Leste government in developing the private sector;
> • Remove the barriers that businesses face with regard to entry and
> exit;
> • Promote consistent enforcement and non-discretionary interpretation
> of laws and
> regulations;
> • Provide feedback on various government policies affecting the
> private sector;
> • Provide feedback on draft government laws and regulations that could
> affect the private
> sector.
> However, while the Worldbank and IFC have rules about procuring goods
> and services from firms it deems corrupt and puts them on a blacklist,
> they seem to have little problem working on governance issues with a
> Government that may be corrupt, and in this case the leadership of a
> national business forum which may be corrupt.
>
>
> Perhaps Julio Alvaro’s company Alvarado should be blacklisted.
> Although this is unlikely as the Worldbank/IFC require his good
> graces in order to promote the so-called Better Business Initiative.
> As in the case of UNMIT the Worldbank/IFC is more interested in
> colluding with cronies and crooks than promoting good practices in
> the interests of common Timorese.
>
> —
> Posted By TEMPO SEMANAL to TEMPO SEMANAL on 3/16/2010 07:50:00 AM

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