DILI,04 june 2021(TATOLI)– Representative of United Nations Coordinator Roy Trivedy asked the parliament to establish a political party consensus and pay attention on how to diversify the economy in Timor-Leste to give priority to agriculture apart from petroleum, saying that Agriculture and tourism are the most potential for sustainable growth and could drive to economic diversification.
Trivedy stated that since he arrived in Timor Leste in 2018, the Parliament members constantly approved the budget from petroleum’s fund every single year for the National development and the payment of workers salary in Timor-Leste.
“I wanted all the political parties in National Parliament to have a political party consensus and pay attention on how to diversify the economy in Timor Leste and also its population because as if the country just prioritize the petroleum fund in every single year, I think oil and gas will ending in anytime,” said Trivedy in UN headquarter Kaikoli on Thursday.
Mr. Trivedy continues to remind the Timorese leaders and the parliament to think and put the substantial budget on agriculture and tourism as Pivotal sectors for change.
“Agriculture and tourism are the sectors with the most potential for sustainable growth and could drive to economic diversification,” He said.
In particular, the natural characteristic of Timorese territory makes it an optimal location for the production of high premium spices.
Thanks to its rich waters, the fisheries, value chain that currently very small and in-productive, could develop significantly.
Additionally, the richness of Its cultural and natural heritage makes it a promising location for the development of ecotourism.
“Ultimately, agriculture, fisheries, and tourism are the sector that can deliver jobs across the National territory. With job creation bring a critical pillar of the government strategy and an important tool to build trust and overcome state fragility, it makes sense for the sectors to be prioritized.” said.
Journalist: Camilio de Sousa
Editor: Nelia Borges