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MNEC wants to legalize the Diplomatic Studies Institute

MNEC wants to legalize the Diplomatic Studies Institute

Timor-Leste Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MNEC) (Image/ MNEC)

DILI, 15 april 12022 (TATOLI) – The Timor-Leste Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MNEC) wants to legalize the Diplomatic Studies Institute (IED) and turn it into a training center official for Timorese diplomats.

The Secretary General of the MNEC, Francisco Tilman Cepeda recalled that, since its creation in 2012, this institute has operated without government approval.

“The institute is not yet legalized and does not have its own budget. We have already prepared legal documents that we will present this year to the Council of Ministers for approval”, he told Tatoli.

According to the director, although it has not yet been approved, the institute continues to training Timorese diplomats in collaboration with international embassies residing in the country.

Francisco Cepeda highlighted the need for IED to provide basic and advanced training courses for diplomats, before carrying out their diplomatic missions abroad.

“This training allows diplomatic personnel to deepen their knowledge of the country’s foreign policy”, he stressed.

Asked about the total number of Timorese diplomats who benefited from training at the institute, Francisco Cepeda replied that “definitive data” is still lacking.

“IED has provided training to many Timorese diplomats . Those who are on diplomatic missions abroad have attended training at this institute”, he said.

In 2001, even before the creation of the IED, training was carried out for Timorese diplomats.

Between 2012 and 2013, the MNEC accessed funds from the Human Capital Development Fund (FDCH), which made it possible to provide training to MNEC employees.

Journalist: Afonso do Rosário

Translator: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Maria Auxiliadora/Rafy Belo

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