Japan's Assistance to Timor-Leste



Japanese Grant Aid Assistance :

“the project for Urgent Improvement of Water Supply System in Bemos-Dili”



May 26, 2009


The Government of Japan has extended grant assistance amounting up to six hundred and ninety-four million Japanese Yen (694,000,000), equivalent to approximately seven million three hundred and five thousand US Dollars (US$7,305,000), for “the Project for Urgent Improvement of Water Supply System in Bemos-Dili”.


The Exchange of Notes and related documents are signed on May 26, 2009 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dili between H.E. Mr. Jose Luis Guterres, Vice-Minister, and Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and H.E.Mr. Iwao Kitahara, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan.


The Project is expected to greatly improve the functioning of water supply system in Dili. The water supply system utilizing Bemos River covers approximately 35% volume of domestic water supply in Dili. However, the transmission pipeline is critically endangered by big flood in 2004 and 2005. The Project is aimed to ensure good functioning of the pipeline, together with the rehabilitation of a water treatment plant in Bemos. Since 2002, Japan has so far been extending cooperation in providing safe water supply both in Dili and other districts. In Dili alone, more than 30 million US dollars worth grant assistances were made.


The Embassy of Japan, on behalf of the people of Japan, sincerely wishes that this project will contribute to strengthening furthermore the amicable relationship between the two countries, Japan and Timor-Leste.






(c) Embassy of Japan in Timor-Leste  Avenida de Portugal, Pantai Kelapa, Dili, Timor-Leste (P.O. Box 175) Tel: +670-3323131 Fax: +670-3323130