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TL- Government hosts 2021 TLDPM conference

TL- Government hosts 2021 TLDPM conference

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DILI, 27 July 2021 (TATOLI)– The Timorese Government hosts the Timor-Leste Development Partners Meeting (TLDPM) bringing together the partners for a two-day event to reflect on past development successes and challenges, and consider ways to strengthen and harmonize Timor-Leste’s development initiatives in the future.

Deputy Prime Minister, José Reis addressed the conference by saying that the TLDPM is an annual conference attended by the Government and Development Partners aim of reflecting on past development successes and challenges, and consider ways to strengthen and harmonize Timor-Leste’s development initiatives in the future.

“This is an important meeting that is held every year, to hear from partners, what they have contributed for the development of TL, therefore today we start the meeting with Ambassadors from Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, and Japan, until this afternoon,” said The Deputy Prime Minister today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation office.

Mr. Reis emphasized the Government priorities for this year which including the development of human resources to assist the private sector and cooperatives, also Timor-Leste economic development and diversification.

At the conference, The New Zealand Ambassador, Philip Hewitt, updated concerning various assistance provided by the New Zealand Government especially in Education and Agriculture which are also keys contributions to TL development.

“We provide scholarships and also support education for children, one of the agricultural programs we help is ‘Aihan diak ba Moris diak’,” Ambassador Hewit said.

Hewit also added that they have been working hard all this time to help Timor-Leste deal with the problem of flooding and COVID-19.

Likewise the Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Robert also revealed the contribution made by the Australian Government for the Development of Timor-Leste saying the Australian Government willing to work with Timor-Leste in the future. 

Peter Robert said, Australia every year provides $80 million US Dollars to help the Government develop the priority areas.

The priority areas including education, Health, Scholarships (Bolsa da Mae), Infrastructure, Agriculture, Rural Development(PNDS), Nutrition for children, and other priority areas.

At the same time, Ambassador Robert declares that Australia will donate additional fund of $30 million to Timor-Leste this year, to help the country overcomes COVID-19 and natural disaster.

Deputy Prime Minister Jose Maria dos Reis expressed his deep gratitude to the Partnerships Countries through their Embassy in Timor-Leste.

 

Journalist : Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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