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MoFAC host the 11th CBM meeting to focus on economic recovery

MoFAC host the 11th CBM meeting to focus on economic recovery

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DILI, 23 may 2022 (TATOLI)—The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MoFAC) held the 11th Coordination Body Meeting (CBM) together with 26 diplomats representing Timor-Leste (TL) abroad.

The CBM itself was held from 23 to 25 May 2022, which took place in the MoFAC ‘s Noble Room with the theme “Building Synergy to Strengthen Bilateral and Multilateral Involvement Towards Economic Recovery after the Covid-19 Pandemic”.

Participating in the CBM are the Government members, 24 Ambassadors (Ambassadors), and two (2) in Charge of Affairs abroad and are chaired directly by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Adaljiza Magno.

Minister of MoFAC Magno, said that every year MoFAC organizes CBM, but this CBM has not been held for the last 6 years.

“Last year we conducted CBM but virtually and this year it can be organized directly, we can make coordination between the Government and the Ambassadors to support the economic recovery program after our country was hit by floods and the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Adaljiza Magno, at the office of MoFAC, on monday.

CBM aims to strengthen the institutional capacity and coordination mechanisms of MoFAC to respond more effectively to new challenges through engagement based on a sound assessment of the current geopolitical and geostrategic environment.

Against that backdrop, several relevant speakers from Government Agencies and Development Partners have been invited to participate and update on the development process and critical initiatives that are currently being pursued by the Government of Timor-Leste.

“Their presence is to support the government to promote investment programs abroad,” She said.

Minister Magno, also appreciates the progress that has been shown by the cooperation carried out by diplomats who represent TL abroad that aim to bring various investors to invest in the country.

“There are many signs of progress, such as Timor Marine Square, which is the effort of the TL Ambassador in Singapore, Heineken as well and we can sell coffee products in Australia and New Zealand, in addition to the Qantas Australia Flight itself,” she said.

At the same time, the Minister of Finance Rui Gomes also explained to diplomats about TL’s economic growth after, before, and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other issues discussed in this CBM are how to promote tourism, preparation for accession for ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), and also WTO (World Trade Organization (WTO).

It was stated that the TL representatives abroad consisted of the CPLP – Permanent Representative of Timor-Leste to the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries; EU – Permanent Representative of Timor-Leste in the European Union; Timor-Leste’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

As for South Africa, Germany, Angola, Australia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, China, Cuba, Cambodia, South Korea (South Korea), the United States, the Philippines, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mozambique, New Zealand, Portugal, United Kingdom (UK), Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Vatican, Vietnam.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor : Nelia Borges

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