After The Age Newspaper published the 234-page report compiled by the United Nations Development Program, which leaked after the Timorese government and International adviser criticizing the report by saying among other things that it is politically biased, cites inaccurate data and most of its conclusions are unsourced.
Today Agio Pereira, spokesperson of east timor government released a statement. “2010 marked a milestone in Timor-Leste” noted Secretary of State Ágio Pereira, “For 430 years, we have been subject to the trials of occupation, war, transitional authorities and subsequent uncertainty and instability.
|Xanana (midle) Atul Khare (right) and UNDP boss Finn (Left)|
The security situation in the country is more stable the before even though UNPOL has violated UNDPKO directive dated 7 September 2006, on the use of force for UNPOL officers assignment with the UNMIt which resulted a Timorese civilian work for APAC security company on 26/12/2010 Agio said the situation still very progressive.
"This year, however, we stand in a new Timor-Leste. A Timor-Leste deserving of the peace attained. One that is bustling with markets and parks, children in school and people filling our churches during this holiday season. We are united in a common vision with a focussed purpose, a direction which has been fostered by the uncompromised determination of our People.”
He continued, "The eight year old, half island country in South East Asia of less than 1.2 million citizens will bring in the new year with a resounding level of nationalism having surfaced from cyclical crises since 2002, to reach some of the most notable economic and social improvements globally in 2010. Prime Minister, His Excellency Xanana Gusmão, and his Government have been credited for uniting the country by aggressively pursuing an agenda of reformist policies and establishing the primary conditions for the People to rebuild their nation."
But the report which was written by a former East timor solidarity movement member who was hired by UNDP hit his old colleagues hard as the age said report says the issue of significant issues facing the country include energy provision, food security and access to education and health services.
"Health indicators are improving rapidly. 78% of children are now treated for basic illnessesvii, 86% of mothers now receive antenatal care of some degree (an increase of 41%)viii. The incidence of malnourished women has decreased by 29% in the past decadeix. Millennium Development Goals have been reached for infant and under five mortality rates. Successful treatment of TB patients reached 85%x and in 2010 the fertility rate fell to 5.7xi, a decrease from 7.8 in 2003."
"Living conditions have improved. Overcrowding which increases the risk of contracting infectious diseases has been reduced with half of the households in Timor-Leste have three or more rooms for sleepingxiii. Nearly one in two households now has access to drinking water on the premises."
"The proportion of households with electricity has increased 12% since 2003, 83% of households in urban areas have electricity, compared with about one in four (24%) households in rural areas. The Gusmão Government has now promised 100% coverage, a primary condition for all social and economic growth."
"Benchmarked against global indices, Timor-Leste’s economic growth in 2009 of 12.9%xv was the highest growth rate in the region and the national economy was ranked as one of the top ten fastest growing economies in the world for both 2008 and 2009."
"Reforms to Public Finance Management have been a hallmark to growth. In the World Bank Doing Business Report, reforms to the taxation system increased the global rank from 75 to 19 and overall Doing Business improved by 7 places."
"The 2010 United Nations Human Development Index records an increase in rank of 11 places since 2005 with Timor-Leste now in the medium human development category and the recent 2010 Corruption Percepetion Index from Transparency International shows an increase in rank of 19 places over the past 12 months."
"Timor-Leste was the third country in the world to achieve full compliant status with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Revenue Watch Institute and Transparency International ranked Timor-Leste in 2010 as being in the top group of countries with comprehensive revenue transparency."
according to the Age report says, "The report also questioned the way East Timor is spending some of the profits from Timor Sea oil and gas, which have been deposited in a Petroleum Fund established to be spent by future generations."
But Mr. Agio responded by saying, "Petroleum revenues skyrocketed in 2010. Timor- Leste recorded an increase of 38% from 2009 levels with the highest petroleum revenues on record of US$2.172 billion; funds which will be utilized now and in the future to heavily invest into the nation and the People."
Secretary of State for the Council of Ministers Ágio Pereira noted “Our people are diversifying, becoming entrepreneurial and innovative, we are working together to overcome extreme obstacles and challenges inherent to our conditions as a young, fragile nation. While we are an impoverished nation, we are not poor; and we will mobilize our resources to ensure peace, growth and a prosperous Timor-Leste for all future generations. However, it is our past generations and this generation that can be credited for today, for our successes in 2010 and for what we are to achieve in 2011. Our biggest asset is the profound sense of dignity of our People which ensured us freedom and sovereignty. It remains the overriding foundation of success, for the present and future generations.”
For most of the Timorese the UNMIT and UNDP in East timor are the most failing UN mission because spent million of Dollar only to produce reports. (TS)