Australia pledge $ 600,000 to tackle the social impact amid covid-19

Australia pledge $ 600,000 to tackle the social impact amid covid-19

Australia's resident Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Roberts (Image/Cipriano Colo)

DILI, July 28 2020 (TATOLI) –The Australian Government has donated more than US$600,000 to the Ministry of Social Solidarity and Inclusion (MSSI) in response to the social impact during the Coronavirus.

Australia’s Ambassador to TL Peter Roberts said Australia is assisting in the process of backdated payments for households while also maintaining the cooperation with MSSI in the social impact.

“Australia allocated US$600,000 to assist in technical issues around the process of social impacts,” said Ambassador Peter Roberts said after the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Armanda Berta, in Caicoli, Dili.

According to Peter Roberts, Australia has been working closely with the MSSI team to deal with the crisis begin by the new Coronavirus, and adding that Australia also cooperates with the MSSI in the forum of “Nabilan” programme which focuses on war violence against women and young adolescents.

” Australia is committed to working in this area and this program will continue during the COVID-19 restriction ” he said.

The TL  and Australian Governments have signed a financial agreement deal of USS4.6 million to support the Timor-Leste National Program for Village Development (PNDS).

The record deal was signed on May 26 by both Governments and aims to help community resilience and economic recovery for Timor-Leste during the crisis caused by COVID-19


Journalist: Nelia Fernandes

Editor       : Maria Auxiliadora/Nick Kettle

Translation: Nelia Borges Rosario


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