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ADB, Japan help East Timor train public servants

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2008 at 7:52 am

Hanoi (VNA) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) with Japan’s funding will help develop the management and governance skills of the majority of East Timor’s 12,000 public servants.

The Japan Special Fund, through ADB, will provide a 500,000 USD grant to the initiative. The East Timorese government will provide an equivalent of 100,000 USD in materials and logistics support, ADB said in its press release issued on September 26.

ADB, in close coordination with the government and other development partners, has helped train 1,400 public servants in East’s 13 provincial districts since 2002.

“Building the capacity of public servants is essential in improving governance and restoring stability in East Timor-Leste,” Anne Witheford, ADB Governance Specialist was quoted as saying.

Through the training programmes, participants have gained skills in public administration, basic accounting, and project development and management. Feedback from trainees indicated that the programmes have significantly improved their delivery of basic services and enhanced their work performance, the press release said.-