TL signed an agreement with Australia and New Zealand on mobility accession to WTO

TL signed an agreement with Australia and New Zealand on mobility accession to WTO

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DILI,15 july 2022 (TATOLI) –Timor-Leste signed an agreement with the Australian Government and New Zealand Government on the mobility accession of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The agreement was signed by Timor-Leste Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs (CMoEA), Joaquim Amaral, The Representative of Australia Minister of Tourism and Trade, Suzy Wilson Ulelea, and the Ambassador of New Zealand to Timor-Leste Philip Hewitt, who witnessed by the Representative of the WTO, Ambassador Rui Maciera.

The representative of the Australian Government, Suzy Wilson Ulelea, said the agreement, is about labor mobility as well as goods and services that aim to facilitate a certification of trade in goods and services from Timor – Leste to Australia to access the Australian market, saying with the agreement Australia will promote Timor-Leste‘s products at the multilateral level and the level of WTO.

“Australia and Timor-Leste are neighbor countries, both countries have bilateral ties from the very beginning of Timor-Leste’s independence, thus Australia should promote local products by facilitating the trade certification of goods and services as well as, working mobility to introduce Timor-Leste’s products at the multilateral level, including at the WTO level to facilitate Timor-Leste’s negotiations in the accession to the WTO,’’ Suzy Wilson Ulelea told reporters at Timor – Plaza, Dili on friday.

Suzy Wilson Ulelea said many local products from Timor-Leste have been sold in the international market in Australia including coffee, konjac, this, and other Timor-Leste local products.

The Ambassador of New Zealand to Timor-Leste, Philip Hewitt, said that the New Zealand Government has finalized the bilateral negotiations to support Timor-Leste’s accession to the WTO.

“We wish Timor – Leste will quickly access the WTO to increase the country’s economic growth by exporting its local products such as coffee, honey, and other products to be reached the international market and WTO. We will be very proud to accept Timor – Leste as a new member for WTO accession and committed to working together in the various sectors such as; education, economy, security, and related bilateral cooperation in Timor – Leste,” said Ambassador Hewitt.

Meanwhile, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs (MCAE), Joaquim Amaral, informed that, the signing of the documentation on the mobility accession agreement with the aim that, both countries Australia and New Zealand will provide the certificates of goods and services to access the Australian and New Zealand markets, and further Timor-Leste’s products can be marketed at the bilateral, multilateral and trilateral levels and will accelerate Timor-Leste‘s accession to the organization of WTO in the future.

“Therefore, on behalf of Timor-Leste, I thanked the Governments of Australia and New Zealand that have committed to support Timor-Leste ‘s accession process to the WTO and hoped to continue to assist Timor-Leste until became the member of WTO,”

So far Timor – Leste has been applied for membership of the WTO in 2015/2016 and has obtained the status as an observer, therefore in 2020 up to now Timor – Leste effort to become a member of the organization of WTO, through the negotiation of the Working Group meeting between 164 State members, while following the scheduled Timor-Leste will become the member of WTO in 2023.



Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor : Nelia Borges


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