DILI, 18 november, 2021 (TATOLI) – China and Timor-Leste government support Timor-Leste Coffee Association (TLCA) to develop the coffee industry for the National and International markets.
“The main purpose of this cooperation is to improve coffee plantation and provide a coffee laboratory to increase the coffee quality in the national and international market,” China Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Xiao Jingou said in a statement accessed by Tatoli today.
According to Ambassador Jianguo, Timor-Leste’s coffee has excellent taste and high quality without any chemical fertilizers specially kopi Luwak.
At the same time, the Vice-minister of Tourism, Commerce, and Industry (MTCI), Domingos Lopes Antunes, thanked the support of the Chinese Government for the coffee industry in Timor-Leste. This support is referred to private and coffee owners which come from cooperative groups.
MTCI policy is to support the private sector’s direct involvement in the development of the economy and tourism sector.
“Timor-Leste was disturbed by covid-19 which caused the economy 7% of economic downturn. The pandemic caused the impact for the private sector to lost their revenue and even the business permanent closure,” Said Vice Minister Antunes
The government found the way for economic recovery within provided credit for small and medium enterprises.
Therefore, Antunes encourages TLCA to keep working hard to increase the value of coffee.
“It needs cooperation between the Timor-Leste government through Minister Tourism Commerce and Industry and Development partners. The legacy framework and infrastructure is necessary for coffee industry development,” He said
Mr. Antunes acknowledges that Timor-Leste coffee has good quality in the international market. The appreciation is raised by all countries around the world including Chine. China is the principal commerce export partner for coffees and other Agriculture products.
“Today everyone should have big exercise to increase the local products and increase the coffee value,” He said.
Thus, MTCI has established the decree-law for original regulation to certify the originality of Timor-Leste’s product and specification for a coffee product.
Therefore within the Timor-Leste coffee quality institution (TLCQI) will create decree laws to certify organic foods to ensure the quality of the products obtain high economic value.
This ceremony was presented by Secretary State of Coperative, Elizário Ferreira, Vice minister of MTCI, Domingos Lopes Antunes, Country Director of WFP, Dageng Liu, President of TLCA, Angelino Soares Momteiro, Vice president of TLCA, Afonso De Oliveira, Executive Director, Trade and Invest, Arcanjo Da Silva and other relevant.
Journalist: Arminda Foncesa / José Belarmino De Sá
Editor: Julia Chatarina