Indian ambassador discusses with Gusmão three important areas that Indian can support TL

Indian ambassador discusses with Gusmão three important areas that Indian can support TL

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DILI, 22 may 2022 (TATOLI) – The Ambassador of India to Timor-Leste and Indonesia, Manoj Kumar Bharti, and Timor-Leste’s charismatic leader, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, discussed three important areas of Timor-Leste-India bilateral relations – Human Resource Development, Health and Development of Small and Medium-Sized Industries.

“We discussed how we can work together for the benefit of Timor-Leste. We mainly discussed three areas of cooperation, including Human Resource Development, Health, and the Creation and Development of Small and Medium-Sized Industries in Timor-Leste,” Bharti made the comments after meeting Timor-Leste’s charismatic leader, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, in Dili.

In terms of Human Resource Development, Bharti said numerous scholarships and training are available for Timorese students to apply for.

“Timorese people can go to India on scholarship for training in various areas whether it is simply proficiency in the English language, leadership course, English language for IT industry, rural development and even journalists can go for higher training in India,” Bharti explained.

He said studying under government scholarship in India is free for all people, including Timorese people who wanted to pursue higher education degrees in Indian universities.

“There are 62 different branches in which training is available in India on complete scholarship. Once you are selected, everything including travel to India and coming back, stay in India, and everything is financed by the government of India,” he said.

Bharti urged Timorese people to visit the Indian Embassy website to look for ITEC Scholarship and apply online: “If you are selected no money needs to be paid.”

In addition to training and undergraduate programs, Bharti said postgraduate and Ph.D. courses are also available.

“Anyone who has done graduation in Timor-Leste can apply for the scholarship in India through the studying in India program. The only thing required is that the applicant needs to know basic English. So that, courses could be followed in India and the lectures can also be followed in India. And these scholarships along with cultural scholarships like traditional medicine. All these areas where people can get training in India,” he said.

During the meeting, Bharti and Gusmão also spoke about strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the health sector.

About the cooperation in the health sector, Bharti said India would support Timor-Leste to have a better health facility: “Training of doctors, procurement of good quality medicines, setting up diagnostic centers for heart or dialysis. This is another area of cooperation that is Indian government wants to cooperate with Timor-Leste.”

The third area that Bharti and Gusmão discussed was about setting up small and medium-sized industries.

“Setting up small and medium-sized industries is crucial to reduce almost products which are imported by ordinary people here in Timor-Leste. For example, eatable oil. A lot of eatable oil is imported from outside, while you have so much coconut. Why can’t you set up a small unit to take out the oil from coconut in each of your municipalities. After that, you will not need to import any eatable oil from outside.” 

He said that; therefore, India can play a very important and big role in the development of small and medium-sized industries in Timor-Leste.


Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges 


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