USAID and Inter-Ministerial discuss progress towards improved Tourism in Timor-Leste

USAID and Inter-Ministerial discuss progress towards improved Tourism in Timor-Leste


DILI 02 march 2023 (TATOLI) – The re-established with U.S. support, Inter-Ministerial Commission for Tourism Development convened for the fifth time to discuss opportunities and barriers for tourism development in Timor-Leste.

U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Tom Daley said the United States has helped to re-establish the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Tourism Development through USAID’s Tourism for All Activity.

This Commission was reactivated in 2021 and was followed by the formation of the Technical Working Group in 2022: “These entities are critical to ensure we are all working together to advance Timor-Leste’s tourism strategy,”

“As the project nears its end, it is an opportune time to celebrate the many shared successes that have emerged from our partnership. That includes U.S. support for the National Tourism Policy and action across its five themes: Priority, Prosperity, Protection, Partnership, and People,’’ U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Tom Daley told reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affair and Cooperation, Pantai Kelapa, Dili on thursday.

He added that Tourism is increasingly prioritized as evidenced by the newly invigorated Inter-Ministerial Commission for Tourism Development and the urgent call for a National Strategy and Action Plan.

“We are stimulating prosperity through the establishment of four tourism associations. Tais is now protected under UNESCO, and important tourism areas have sustainable management plans”

Tom Daley explained there is an increase in interest and understanding of the public-private partnership.

Great examples of such partnerships include Cristo Rei and Dili Port, which will improve experiences for visitors and locals alike. And people have gained a greater appreciation of the importance of tourism and the economic opportunities it brings – through the Ha’u-nia Timor-Leste campaign.

“These are just some of the important legacies of our work through USAID to support the tourism sector more broadly. Although this activity is coming to an end, the United States remains committed to supporting Timor-Leste’s continued economic diversification,”

At the same place Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Joaquim Amaral, said The representatives from the Government of Timor-Leste, the U.S. Government, and the World Bank, gathering together to discuss centered around the implementation of the Tourism Strategy recently approved by the Council of Ministers.

“USAID’S Tourism for All project and the World Bank Group were recognized for their contributions to the country’s tourism development efforts. Over the past two years, the importance of tourism has grown across the Timorese government as a result of this Commission, which was made possible through the generous support of USAID and the World Bank, therefore on behalf of the Government of Timor-Leste, I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation,” said Amaral



Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Nelia Borges


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