Ambassador Nadia Burger met PM Ruak to discuss Canada’s support for Timor-Leste

Ambassador Nadia Burger met PM Ruak to discuss Canada’s support for Timor-Leste

Ambassador of Canada to Timor-Leste, Nadia Burger and her delegation met Prime Minister, Taur Matan Rua, (Photo Tatoli/ Francisco Sony)

DILI, 17 january 2023 (TATOLI)—The Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, Nadia Burger today meet with the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak to discuss the support that Canada has been providing to Timor-Leste for the country development process during this time.

“I have been well received by the people of Timor-Leste. Canada has a strong relationship with Timor-Leste and we are involved in the development of trade cooperation and including in the area of security and defense,” said Ambassador Nasia Burger after meeting with PM Taur at the Government Palace, on tuesday.

At the meeting, Ambassador Burger also update the Indo-Pacific strategy to Prime Minister Ruak

“We just announced our Indo-Pacific strategy in November and we wish to be more involved in the Indo-Pacific region and that strategy is a real framework for Canada to do more in the region,” she said.

Canada launched its Indo-Pacific strategy on Sunday (27/11/2022) and outlined a budget allocation of $1.7 billion to enhance military and cyber security in the region.

The plan, detailed in the 26-page document, said Canada would tighten foreign investment rules to protect intellectual property and prevent Chinese state-owned companies from sourcing essential mineral supplies.

“So today I discussed with the Prime Minister how we can work together for both countries to reach their full potential. And it’s been a very productive discussion. Prime Minister, welcome Canada’s involvement, and we talk of a great collaboration and sharing of our vision for this region. And I also explained to the Prime Minister about Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy,” she said.

So far, Canada has contributed to international organizations in Timor-Leste, Canada also has smaller, more community-driven projects to support local organizations in Agriculture, women, empowerment, and inclusion, and a number of other areas.

Canada-Timor-Leste bilateral merchandise trade was $5.28 million in 2018; up 8.3% compared to the previous year. Canadian imports from Timor-Leste totaled $5.09 million led by coffee and spices. Canadian-built and manned aircraft provide the air bridge of Dili and RAEOA.

Through a series of multilateral and bilateral programs, Canada has provided nearly $2 million in development assistance to Timor-Leste. Canada funds four Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) projects that focus on gender equality, promote the inclusion of sexual minorities and support youth skills development.

Canada is also providing further capacity-building support through the Mission Deployment Fund and from the Canadian Embassy. Through CFLI, Canada was able to support Timor-Leste’s second and third Pride Parades, in July 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Hopefully Timor – Leste and Canada will continue to enhance bilateral cooperation in various aspects in the upcoming future.



Journalist : Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Nelia Borges


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