japan and Timor-Leste sign four cooperation agreements to support capacity of human resource

japan and Timor-Leste sign four  cooperation agreements to support capacity of human resource

DILI, 1 december 2021 (TATOLI) – The Japanese Embassy in Timor-Leste and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MNEC) signed a fourth agreement on the Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) project to assist young Timorese to continue their studies in Japan.

“Human resource development is one of the keys to building a country. The Japanese government has offered several scholarships to Timorese. More than two thousand have studied in Japan, some in the short term, others in the long term. The program will open up opportunities for young people to take on future leadership roles in Timor-Leste”, said the Japanese Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Masami Kinefuchi, on the sidelines of the signing of the memorandum of understanding, at MNEC, in Praia dos Coqueiros, Dili.

The Deputy Minister of MNEC, Julião da Silva, in turn, highlighted that the assistance was aimed at developing the country’s human resources.

“I am grateful for the generous commitment of the Japanese Government in assisting the country. Today is a special moment for both countries with the signing of the agreement, which is important for the development of human resources in Timor-Leste”, he stressed.

On the occasion, Goto Ko, Deputy Minister and Chief of Staff of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Timor-Leste, also signed the Japan Government Grant Agreement (JDS).

With this agreement, the Government of Japan through JICA offers Master’s scholarships to eight East Timorese civil servants from various state institutions to study in Japan.

The Participants will travel to Japan next year, where they will attend training in public administration, law, education, tourism, transportation, and environmental development.

The JDS project aims to invite young Timorese civil servants to study in Japan to acquire new knowledge and specialized skills in planning policy.

The Japanese government plans, annually, to allocate a budget of 1.5 million US dollars for the eight partners.

It is known that the Japanese Executive has maintained its support for Timor-Leste for 20 years, through large-scale construction projects, such as ports, roads, bridges, etc. He also carried out 150 small-scale projects that directly benefited the Timorese people.

Since 2018, the JDS project has sent 23 East Timorese employees to study in Japan, six of whom have completed their master’s degrees.

It should be remembered that the two governments signed, in August 2020, the third agreement on the Japanese scholarship project for human resource development.


Journalist: Camilo de Sousa

Editor: NElia B


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