On 27 October, the Ministry of Finance, represented by its Minister, Ms.Emilia Pires and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), represented by its Resident Representative, Mr. Craig Sugden, signed a grant agreement on the project, “District Capitals Water Supply Project Grant” in the amount of $11 million to be financed by ADB and $3.32 million as counterpart of the Government of Timor-Leste. The Project aims to provide a safe and reliable water supply to the district capitals of Manatuto and Pante Macasar, and a rehabilitation and infrastructure improvement in Ermera district ( Debo Lehumo Lake through) .
The grant, which will become effective 90 days after the grant was signed, will not only benefit the local communities but essentially the children and women in the locations by increasing their knowledge of water efficiency and safe hygiene practices. Thus, in partnership with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Infrastructure and National Directorate for Water Supply and Sanitation, the grant aims to enhance the knowledge of communities to ensure the sustainable operation and maintenance of an urban water system and stipulates conditions to ensure preservation and sustainability of the local environment.
Minister Pires underlined that the agreement signed is in line with the vision of Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action, therefore she expressed her high appreciation to the ADB for their financial support which will provide tangible benefits to the country, in particular, to the communities that are direct beneficiaries of the project. Furthermore, Minister Pires also advocated that with the signature of this Grant Agreement, she looks forward to new yet similar partnerships, not only with the ADB but with other development partners that will bring forth the highest quality of work and results of projects to the maximum benefits for the people of Timor-Leste.