KOICA supports TL to reduce poverty and access to employment

KOICA supports TL to reduce poverty and access to employment

KOICA Country Director, Eun- Ju Cha(Photo Tatoli/Francisco Sony)

DILI, 28 April 2022 (TATOLI)– The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has been cooperating with the Government of Timor-Leste in the field of Economic Development and Employment, for seven years.

Under the Economic Development and Employment sector, KOICA has implemented a program called Agricultural Value Chain (ACC) enhancement through farmer participation in Timor-Leste and Youth Employment Skills (YEES).

KOICA Country Director, Eunju Cha said that KOICA supports the Government of Timor-Leste to reduce the problem of poverty, improve the quality of living standards by contributing to increasing the income of Farmers in Timor-Leste as well as to Empower Timor-Leste’s Youth People to access jobs to support TL achieve SDP 2015 -2030.

The Agriculture value chain (AVC) program has been implemented in 2021 and will be completed in 2025 with a total expenditure of US$ 6 million for this program.

Following the report from KOICA, the program was implemented in three municipalities, Aileu, Ainaro, and Liquiça. This program is targeted to be directly benefitted by 4,913 farmers and indirect benefits 14,603 farmers in 24 villages.

While Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Skill (YEES) is a six-year program from 2022 to 2027 with a total budget of US$ 6.2 million. This program will provide direct benefits to 24,212 youth and indirect benefits to 13,313 youth with entrepreneurs working in the four municipalities of Dili, Baucau, Ermera, and Liquiça.

KOICA Country Director Eunju Cha spoke to Tatoli during an interview saying that many development partners in Timor-Leste offer support to Timor-Leste in the belief that this support will have a positive and strong impact on Timor-Leste’s development.

“KOICA hopes to work very hard with the Government of Timor-Leste to support the country’s development, especially achieving the 2015-2030 SDP,” said KOICA Country Director, Eunju Cha.


Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges


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