Tuesday, 26 August 2008
In an effort to further support local business owners, the Micro Matchmaking team interviewed Mr. Marcelino Pinto, a supplier of rattan furniture in Ogues, a suco of Covalima. Mr. Pinto said that, through Micro Matchmaking staff in the districts and in Dili, he has received requests for rattan furniture from OXFAM, UNPOL and a Brazilian teacher. Micro Matchmaking staff also delivered to Mr. Pinto a request quote for rattan furniture from Hotel Esplanada, based in Dili. Given the increase in requests for his products stimulated by the Micro Matchmaking services, Mr. Pinto has decided to purchase a mobile phone to facilitate business transactions.
On July 24th, a Micro Matchmaking team consisting of Maria Barros, Brigida Soares and Ilidio X da Costa met with Mr. Rastatuto Mendonza Padilla, the UNPOL Operation Officer for Covalima. Mr. Padilla expressed his satisfaction with the assistance provided by Micro Matchmaking staff in finding both a house that UNPOL staff now rent and also a local supplier of fresh fish.
Monday, 25 August 2008
Covalima is out of sight and out of mind, and that is frankly, part of the problem, however there is alot going on in this south coast district.
Comico Suai Diak Company provides Candle nuts, coconuts, coffee, green beans, and other local products.
Desesperado Lda exports cattle. Over $300 000 worth of cattle in the last 2 or 3 years. That is a big deal on the south coast. Senhor Carlos, the owner, is pictured below with PDT Verificatiion Associate Gaspar Quintao da Silva.
Tua Hun Company is an interesting outfit. They actually construct fishing boats, in some in inconsiderable quantities and to a reasonable standard. They do not only sell boats, you can rent from them as well.
Oficina Carpintaria Sao Paulo is a success story born in 2002. It makes windows, doors and frames, bedroom and bathroom furniture and shrine/oratorio. What a wonderful thing 24 hour electricity would be for this business.
And we should not forget Buka Moris / Looking for Lfe Rattan which makes good quality rattan furniture. Since our blog entry in May 2008 Buka Moris has received a large number of orders. So many that they have leected to purchase a mobile phone...?!
Find what you are looking for http://www.buildingmarkets.org/.
Friday, 22 August 2008
Usually when one thinks of beach bungalows in Timor we think of those at the end of the ferry journey to Atauro and the below three views...
or those at the end of road heading east and you will find Tutuala.
However, there is a set of bungalows which are often overlooked – even by the Peace Dividend Trust.
The Baucau Beach Bungalows.
If you are still having trouble finding what you are looking for in Baucau just contact PDT for personalized assistance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Monday, 11 August 2008
Sunday, 3 August 2008
"This will make it easy for investors who want to come to East Timor," said President Jose Ramos-Horta, who was on board the Perth-based airline's flight.
East Timor will also work with Singapore's government to advertise its tourist attractions in Singapore in the hope of attracting more tourists from the region, said Gil da Costa Alves, East Timor's minister for trade, industry and tourism.
Indonesia's Merpati airline flies between the Indonesian resort island of Bali and East Timor.
Austasia will fly once a week in August, increasing the frequency of flights to three times a week in September.
East Timor became independent in 2002 after it was invaded and occupied by Indonesia. It is still struggling to achieve political stability and prosperity despite its rich oil and gas resources.
(Reporting by Lirio Fonseca; Writing by Olivia Rondonuwu; Editing by Sara Webb)