India and TL discuss future cooperation in numerous areas

India and TL discuss future cooperation in numerous areas

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DILI, 23 august 2022 (TATOLI) – The Indian Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, Manoj Kumar Bharti, and Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak, on monday, discussed future cooperation in various areas – agriculture, education, and Unique Identification of Population.

In terms of cooperation in agriculture, Ruak and Bharti discussed the possibilities of exploring future cooperation in the areas of water conservation for rice cultivation, dairy production, and fisheries.

“I understand that out of the 80.000 hectares of land, only 30.000 hectares are being utilized in Timor-Leste for rice cultivation. While the rest are not being used as there is not enough water. If we can have more and better water conservation, more area can be used for rice cultivation,” Bharti told TATOLI after having a meeting with Ruak, in Dili, on monday.

He said India is also willing to support Timor-Leste with dairy production, aiming to produce enough milk for local consumption to reduce the nation’s reliance on imported milk.

“Whatever cattle are there in Timor-Leste. The cattle here in this country are being used only for meat production. We can also use it for milk production. Therefore, Ruak and I discuss the possibilities of setting up a dairy industry which is very much profitable and will help this nation to save a lot of importing expenses,” he explained.

In his fruitful discussion with Ruak, ambassador Bharti also expressed interest in setting up a Center of IT Excellence (Information Technology Excellence) in Timor-Leste.

“It’s a center, where people who have the basic knowledge of the English Language can come to learn IT because all the courses will be learned in the English language. So, anyone who is a graduate and has enough English language skills can be admitted to learn knowledge on IT-related industry. Once the training is completed, the person will become a better employable,” he said.

Bharti added Timor-Leste and India will also cooperate in the field of Unique Identification of Population: “We call it UID back in India. We have a program of UID for 1.4 billion people. So, we will certainly be happy to support Timor-Leste with the implementation of this program for 1.3 million people in Timor-Leste.

“Similarly, we discuss setting up India’s Foreign Consultation Office in Timor-Leste for starting political dialogues between India and Timor-Leste. We hope that in the coming months and years, our cooperation will take a fruitful shape,” he concluded.


Journalist: Filomeno Martis

Editor: Nelia Borges


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