State visit near the end of mine
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May 18th, 2010 – by: goezi
Tonight we were invited to another of the Ambasadore's barbeques at his residence. It was another pleasant evening with the kiwi family but short-lived as the programme for tomorrow is full to bursting and begins before sunrise for the security team -another reason I'm not disappointed I have not been tasked with a job!
This past two weeks I have been making great progress with the PNTL.
The key to developing the traffic systems in this country is continuity and the PNTL themselves are the only ones that hold that key as UNPOL come and go in 12 or even 6 month rotations.
Last week I was invited to assist the Ministry of Infrastructure Legal advisers as they delivered the second of two lectures to the PNTL traffic officers. I was in Australia when the first was run unfortunately but was able to add an important "police view" to the training that had been lacking. It was a long day and seemed to be well received byt the 100 officers.
I have been working with the ladies since October last year, trying to get some action on several problems I had identified in the country's traffic legislation. Progress is slow in this country and those issues are still not resolved. At the end of the day the ladies expressed their regret that I was ending my mission and that my expertise and dedication would be lost to Timor Leste.
I was also surprised when the ladies discussed at length with the Commander of the PNTL Training Centre my employment as a traffic consultant. The conversation was in Portuguese but it was clear to me as I stood there they were discussing me. As we left the training day they told me they had made the recommendation that the PNTL should not loose me if they could help it. Praise indeed from these important colleagues. I had a chuckle though, NZ Police wouldn't let me stay here to do traffic, their concern is only for Community Policing.
Now however, I have begun the process of checking out. My position has been advertised and I will be on the interview panel just days before I fly. I have training sessions booked and this time next week I will be flying to parts of this beautiful country I have not been able to drive to.
I have had a blast (and would be happy to stay 12 more months if I could) but I was never going to finish the jobin 6 or even 12 months. The rebuilding of Timor Leste will be on-going for many years to come. I just hope there are no more backward steps like they have had in 2001, 2006 and 2008. I guess the maths would point to this year being the test.
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