SEPFOPE held a meeting with 124 workers before leaving for South Korea

SEPFOPE held a meeting with 124 workers before leaving for South Korea

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DILI, 12 october 2022 ( TATOLI) -The Secretary of State for Vocational and Employment Training (SEFOPE) through the National Directorate of Foreign Workers (NDFE) held a meeting with 124Timorese workers candidates before departing for South Korea on 16 October 2022.

The Secretary of State of SEFOPE, Alarico do Rosario, said the meeting aimed at providing them with clear and detailed information regarding contracts, criteria, and requirements they must fulfill before leaving for South Korea.

In addition, Rosario also urges the workers to fulfill all the legal regulations and the employment contract signed with the company owner in South Korea as well as the law imposed by the South Korean Government.

“On behalf of the Government of Timor-Leste and SEFOPE, I urge everyone to comply with all the legal regulations in South Korea to ensure your life and safety in South Korea. I remind you to use this opportunity to gain new experiences and save money, intending to create new jobs in Timor – Leste, when your employment contract ends,” Alarico do Rosario, said in Timor Lodge Comoro, Dili on wednesday.

Rosario also appealed to the parents of the workers to provide moral support for them to maintain their work in South Korea.

At the same place, the Deputy Ambassador of South Korea in Timor – Leste, Hong Jin Um, appealed to Timorese workers to have well coordination with other employers and the company at the same time avoid leaving the employment contract system from the companies in South Korea.

“Use this opportunity to advise all Timorese workers to avoid leaving the employment contract and maintain the existing employment contract to seek new experiences, and collect a lot of money to support your family and also be able to invest in Timor – Leste in the future,” said Deputy Ambassador South Korea, Hong Jin Um.

The 124 workers will be working in the fishing companies and manufacturing companies. 

So far, from 2009-2022 SEFOPE has sent over 6000 Timorese workers to work in South Korea, of the total number 3.936 are currently working in South Korea while 2500 workers have returned to Timor-Leste. 




Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Nelia Borges


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