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Timor Leste donates to Melanesian Spearhead Group
6:09 pm GMT+12, 16/09/2011, Timor-leste
Timor Leste has strengthened its co-operation with the Melanesian Spearhead Group with a donation of just over half a million US dollars.

The donation was presented to the Port Vila based Secretariat by Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmao.

Timor Leste’s donation will go towards the salary and other expenses for an economic advisor at the MSG Secretariat.

Welcoming the high level visit, MSG officer in charge, Jean Pierre Nirua said PM Gusmao’s visit is the first by any Leader in the region to visit the Secretariat since it was opened in 2008.

“This assistance will enable the Secretariat to focus on providing sound economic and fiscal policy advice to its members and in return helps to achieve sustainable improvements in economic welfare and livelihoods of MSG communities, said Nirua.

Timor Leste was granted observer status by Leaders of MSG at their summit in Fiji in March this year.

SOURCE: PACNEWS

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