DILI, 19 july 2022 (TATOLI) – The Republic of Indonesian and Timor-Leste signed four Memoranda of Understanding – MoU on Agricultural Cooperation, MoU on Cross Border Movement of Commercial Buses and Coaches, MoU on Standardization, Conformity Assessment, and Metrology, and MoU on Technical Cooperation on Trade Sector.
The signing of the MoU was taking place during the meeting of the two Heads of State (Timor-Leste and Indonesia) President Horta and his Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo, at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on tuesday.
Timor-Leste’s delegation attended the signing ceremony including the President of the Republic Jose Ramos Horta himself, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Adaljiza Albertina XavierAgostinhono, Minister of Transport and Communications José Agostinho da Silva, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Pedro dos Reis, and Ambassador of Timor Leste to Indonesia Filomeno Aleixo da Cruz.
The Indonesian delegation who attended the signing ceremony were Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD; Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi; Minister of State Secretary Pratikno; and Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan, Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Indonesian Ambassador to Timor Leste Okto Dorinus Manik, and Director of East Asia and Pacific, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Santo Darmosumarto were also present.
The signing of the MoU demonstrated both countries’ wiliness to strengthen and deepen bilateral relations.
Timor-Leste and Indonesia have been in a good and peaceful relationship since 2002 following the restoration of the independence of the country.
Last week the Council of Ministers authorized the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries to sign a memorandum of understanding on agricultural cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, to expand the existing framework of bilateral cooperation in the agricultural sector, including the technical and scientific areas.
On the same day, the Minister of Tourism, Commerce, and Industry, José Lucas do Carmo da Silva, was also authorized by the Council of Ministers to sign two memorandums of understanding with the Government of Indonesia, one in the area of trade and the other on standardization, conformity assessment, and metrology.
In addition, the Council of Ministers also authorized the Minister of Transport and Communications, José Agostinho da Silva, to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Indonesia on the Cross Border Movement of Commercial Buses. This memorandum aims to support cross-border trade and cooperation between the two countries, allowing for the promotion, development, and strengthening of trade, investment, tourism, and cultural interchange between the two countries, through the establishment of an integrated and efficient transport system that is capable of encouraging economic growth and development in Timor-Leste, but also with benefits to Indonesia.
The Minister of Transport and Communications was also authorized to sign a memorandum of understanding between his ministry and the Agency of Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics of the Republic of Indonesia on cooperation in the field of meteorology, climatology, and geophysics. The partnership foreseen in this memorandum aims to support the development of meteorology, climatology, and geophysics, an essential sector for Timor-Leste, namely in areas such as the calibration of meteorological and seismological equipment and the training of human resources.
The Council of Ministers also authorized the Minister of Transport and Communications to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia for cooperation in the area of communications and information technology. The expansion and improvement of the communications and information technology sector imply collaboration with other countries so that proactively and assertively both may increase the effectiveness of their internal and external performance and in this sense, it becomes necessary to establish bases for bilateral coordination and cooperation in the communications and information technology sector.
Journalist: Filomeno Martins
Editor: Nelia Borges