TL-New Zealand Embassy build trade policy expertise support TL’s accession to WTO

TL-New Zealand Embassy build trade policy expertise support TL’s accession to WTO


DILI, 17 january 2022 ( TATOLI)– The Government of Timor – Leste through the Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economic Affairs is working with the New Zealand Embassy to build trade policy expertise in support of Timor-Leste’s ambition to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Second Secretary of the New Zealand Embassy in Timor – Leste Yvanne Mckinnel informed that the New Zealand Embassy is willing to provide policy training programs to staff from the relevant Government Agencies.

“We are pleased to provide support to Timor-Leste in supporting the WTO accession process,”

The training will last for three months, facilitated by an Economist from New Zealand Stephanie Honey who has 25 years of experience in economics.

The training will cover topics including the WTO and its treaties, trade in goods and services, intellectual property, dispute resolution, regional trade agreements, and trade, and development.

At the same place, The Minister of Economic Affairs, Joaquim Amaral said Timor – Leste had filled out a WTO application to become a member of the WTO in the future, therefore Timor – Leste had to prepare its local economy before entering the WTO.

“Timor-Leste is currently preparing to become a member of the WTO. The preparations we have to do are to improve the quality of coffee production and other economic income. Apart from that, we also invite economists to share knowledge about a sustainable economy,” said Amaral.

Amaral hopes that the virtual online economic training attended by MEC staff and related agencies can be useful for the participants to be implemented in the future, once the country becomes a member of the WTO.

“On behalf of the Government, I would like to thank New Zealand Ambassador Philip Hewitt for collaborating to facilitate the Online Virtual Training for a Sustainable Economy in Timor – Leste. I hope this collaboration can be improved in the future,” said Amaral.

This training was attended by 30 participants from various Government Agencies including MEC SERVE, AIFAESA, TradeInvest, ANPM, MoFAC, MTC, and other relevant government agencies.

The online Virtual training will last for 3 months, starting from January 13 and ending on April 13, 2022.


Journalist : Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Nelia B



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