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SECOP – Embassy of Cuba will sign MoU to develop Timor-Leste’s cooperative

SECOP – Embassy of Cuba will sign MoU to develop Timor-Leste’s cooperative

Around 200 timorese young people participated in a training which was implemented by SECOP. Image Tatoli: Francisco Sony

DILI, 18 june 2021 (TATOLI)- The Secretary of State for Cooperative (SECOP), Elizario Fereira together with the Cuban Ambassador to Timor-Leste Omar Lauro Marrero Betancourt have discussed the cooperation to develop cooperatives in Timor-Leste.

Cuban Ambassador to Timor-Leste declared that this meeting was only to discuss the framework for developing people’s cooperatives in Timor-Leste.

“This meeting wants to convey the information from the Cuban government to the Government of Timor-Leste, through the Secretary of State for Cooperatives because the Cuban Government wants to cooperate in developing the cooperative system in Timor-Leste,” said Ambassador Cuba, Betancourt to reporters of TATOLI News Agency in the SECOOP office Acait on friday.

Betancourt explained that this meeting also will invite the Secretary of State to visit Cuba after Covid-19 to see cooperative developments in Cuba and could be implemented in Timor-Leste.

This meeting discussed the sending of Cooperative Experts from the Cuban Government to provide training to Cooperative members in developing cooperatives in Timor-Leste.
To realize this plan, the Cuban Government through the Cuban Embassy in Timor and the Government of Timor-Leste through the Secretary of State for Cooperatives will sign a Memorandum of Understanding in July to immediately implement this training.

In the same place, the Secretary of State for Cooperative Affairs, Fereira explained that the Cuban Government through the Cuban Embassy in Timor-Leste wants to support the development of cooperatives because of that, the Cuban government will send some experts to facilitate the cooperative members to develop and mobilization support in the rural area to increase the production of high quality and sustainability.

“Experts Cooperative from Cuba consist of agro-fishery, agro-agricultural and agro-tourism ,” said Fereira.

Therefore, the Governments of Timor-Leste and Cuba planed to provide a Memorandum of Understanding statement in July and we hope that cooperative experts will also come to Timor-Leste in the near future to immediately provide training to our youth, around 200 people who previously have attended cooperative training in Timor-Leste.

We hope that the arrival of Cuban cooperative experts from Cuba will teach and train them specifically how to mobilize rural farmers to increase their abundant local products so that in the future Timor-Leste will not depend on petroleum’s funds.

On this occasion the Secretary of State for Cooperatives on behalf of the Government of Timor-Leste would like to express his deep gratitude to the Cuban government through the Cuban Embassy in Timor-Leste for being willing to support our cooperative sector to increase the sustainable productivity of Timor-Leste cooperatives.

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Rafy Belo

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