The program for access Improvement to Markets in the Eastern Region of East Timor Leste (AIM) directly supported the National Development Plan designed to facilitate the country’s economic and social development through the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the bridge network in potentially rich agricultural districts in the Eastern region, namely Viqueque and Lautern. The project was originally designed for 2.5 years until end of 2006 but was extended to the end of 2008 with an additional USD 700,000 contribution from the Government of Timor Leste.

This was one of two country case studies looking at the topic of “social capital”, which describes how enterprise leaders work together with coordinating organizations (Corporations, Associations, Unions, Clubs, etc.) to improve their competitiveness. Business success comes from a balance of competition and cooperation. Vietnam has a long history of cooperation between enterprises, but the forms and purposes of cooperation are changing with the market economy. The Vietnam study focused exclusively on the leather and footwear industries in and around Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.