MoFAC and UNESCAP exchange views on socioeconomic in Asia and the Pacific region

MoFAC and UNESCAP exchange views on socioeconomic in Asia and the Pacific region


DILI, 22 may 2022 (TATOLI) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MoFAC), Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, discussed the significant progress of the socio-economics in Asia and the Pacific region during the pandemic.

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana visited Timor-Leste as the Special Envoy of the United Nations for the Ceremony of the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the independence of Timor-Leste and the inauguration ceremony for the New President 2022-2027.

In a courtesy call made by both parties, the two leaders also exchanged views on critical issues, including natural disasters and climate change.

They also spoke about the history of ESCAP, including the formation of the forum for regional collaboration among countries in Asia and the Far East, focusing on economic development and post-war reconstruction.

The seventy-eighth session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will be held in a hybrid modality from 23 to 27 may 2022 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok and online.

The UNESCAP cooperation with the SRO SEA supports the South-East Asian nations in their efforts to achieve inclusive and sustainable development, specifically through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The ongoing process of Timor-Leste Accession to ASEAN: The Strengthening of cooperation for socio-economic sustainability in the Asia and Pacific region; the Geopolitical strategy of Timor-Leste, the principle of the Timor-Leste’s Foreign Policy; Timor-Leste commitment and engagement in Multilateral fora; the signature of the MoU on the Pacific Island Forum; International issues and World crisis; Timor-Leste’s preparation for the LDC’s graduation; the potential of the Timor-Leste’s natural resources for the economic development; Timor-Leste important roles on g7+ and Cross-border paperless trade.

On may 18, Mohd Maliki Osman, the Singaporean Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Second Minister for Education, and the Second Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore reaffirmed Singapore’s commitment to supporting Timor-Leste’s bid for ASEAN membership

In addition, on may 19, MoFAC hosted a lunch with her Singaporean counterpart, Mohd Maliki Osman, in Timor-Plaza Dili, were, Minister Magno used the opportunity to share with Osman about Timor-Leste’s ongoing preparation for ASEAN membership, especially on the ASEAN three pillars – The ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).

During the lunch, Minister Magno also shared the current situation of the Covid-19 in Timor-Leste with Minister Osman.


Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges


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