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European Union provided EUR 55 million to focus on two main programs

European Union provided   EUR 55 million to focus on two main programs

Ambassador of European Union to TL, Andrew Jacob (Image Tatoli/ Francisco Sony)

DILI, 10 june 2022 (TATOLI)– The European Union (E) provided 55 million USD for Timor-Leste to implement two priority programs including green and sustainable economic recovery and good governance.

The EU Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Andrew Jacob, said US$55 was provided by the EU for four years of program implementation.

“The European Union was provided a total of 55 million USD to support various sectors in these two priority programs over four years, to ensure continued support the government to ensure the economic development of the country,”

According to the Ambassador, the European Union will involve all civil societies and the private sectors to implement these programs.

“Local NGOs and the private sector have a responsibility to contribute to economic diversification and sustainable development of nutrition,” the Ambassador told Tatoli at the Timor-Leste Development Partners Meeting (TLDPM) this Friday.

In addition, the Ambassador also said that contributions from all parties are also needed to achieve good outputs.

Previously on February 3, 2021, Timor-Leste’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Adaljiza Magno, and the European Union (EU) Ambassador, Andrew Jacob officially launched the EU Multiannual Indicative Programme for Timor-Leste for 2021-2027.

With the new strategic document, the EU commits to provide support for the priorities defined in consultation with the Timor-Leste authorities, including Economic development and prosperity in Timor-Leste, Improved democratic structures and inclusive societies to ensure peace and stability, Effective climate action, and the implementation of Agenda 2030, Better connectivity, Regional integration, and other programs.

The new program has two main priorities: Priority 1 – Green and sustainable economic recovery and development; Priority 2 – Good governance for sustainable development. In the first phase, from 2021 to 2024, the EU will dedicate a contribution of EUR 55 million (approximately USD 61 million). The financial allocation for 2025-2027 will be determined following a mid-term review in 2024.

At the time of the launching of the multiannual indicative program,

Ambassador Jacobs highlighted the EU commitment to support Timor-Leste for green and sustainable economic recovery and development (a “Green Deal”) and good governance for sustainable development.

“I am particularly pleased that we intensify support to Timor-Leste in the diversification of the economy, and in its efforts at regional economic integration, including preparations for possible ASEAN accession.”

While on the other hand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Adaljiza Magno congratulates the EU as the first development partner in Timor-Leste that is at the forefront of supporting Timor-Leste and implementing the principles of “Country Own, Country Lead, and Use Country System.

” I keep holding the annual political dialogue and regular public policy dialogues to be continued as the most valuable instruments to strengthen and maintain our cooperation”

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges

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