Deal #156

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Cova Lima, Timor-Leste

Latitude
-9.2650375
Longitude
125.25879639999994
Target country
Timor-Leste

Location #2

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Lospalos, Timor-Leste

Latitude
-8.5166667
Longitude
127
Target country
Timor-Leste

Location #3

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Baucau, Timor-Leste

Latitude
-8.4666667
Longitude
126.45000000000005
Target country
Timor-Leste

Location #4

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Viqueque, Timor-Leste

Latitude
-8.857500000000002
Longitude
126.36472219999996
Target country
Timor-Leste

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
100000.0
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2009] 50000
Comment on land area
MoU of 2008 grants access to 100000 hectares to GT Leste Biotech In 2009, the Ministry of Agriculture recently reduced from 100,000 hectares (as indicated in the MoU) to 50,000 hectares

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Biofuels, Food crops
Comment on intention of investment
Sugar cane

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Concession
Comment on nature of the deal
In January 2008, the government has granted the Indonesian company GT Leste Biotech a concession of 100,000 hectares

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2008] Intended (Memorandum of understanding)

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2013] Project not started
Comment on implementation status
"It is unclear whether the project has moved forward since the MoU, with most sources suggesting it has not been implemented to date" (Chao 2013: 122). The MoU was supposed to be valid for 2 years from the time it was signed in 2008.

Contract #1

Duration of the agreement (in years)
50

Number of total jobs created

Jobs created (total)
Yes
Planned number of jobs (total)
10000
Planned employees (total)
2000
Planned daily/seasonal workers (total)
8000
Comment on jobs created (total)
GT Leste Biotech announced it would create 10000 jobs. However, the investment does not seem to have materialized as of now (03/2015).

Number of domestic jobs created

Planned number of jobs (domestic)
8000

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2008-12-04

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2009-10-13

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2008-09-15

Data source #4

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2009-01-01

Data source #5

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2013-08-01
Comment on data source
Chao 2013: AGRIBUSINESS LARGE-SCALE LAND ACQUISITIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Data source #6

Data source type
Contract
File
Date
2008-01-15
Open Contracting ID
ocds-591adf-0186221161

Data source #7

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
Publication title
National Updates on Agribusiness Large Scale Land Acquisitions in Southeast Asia
Date
2013-08

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection
Comment on community reaction
Reports criticize that a monoculture of sugar cane would threaten biodiversity and water resources and that displacements could occur.

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Other
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
According to the MoU, GT Leste Biotech would build a training & development center, clinics and sporting areas

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State
Community
Comment on former land owner
The state owns the land but it is traditionally being used by communities.

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Sugar Cane
Comment on crops
Sugar and Ethanol

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
Sugar and ethanol plant

Overall comment

Overall comment
In a 2013 Brief #7 of 8 of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste by Sophie Chao , it states that, It is unclear whether the project has moved forward since the MoU, with most sources suggesting it has not been implemented to date.

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