JICA expresses commitment to continue supporting TL’s national development

JICA expresses commitment to continue supporting TL’s national development

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DILI, 26 october 2023 (TATOLI) – The president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Akihiko Tanaka, in a meeting with Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, on thursday, expressed JICA’s commitment to continue supporting the Timor-Leste’s national development.

Tanaka said that JICA strongly wanted to strengthen its relationship with Timor-Leste, which is based on: “The country’s needs and necessities.”

“I expressed to Prime Minister Gusmão that JICA is committed to continuing our collaborative effort that is suitable for the development of this nation which is closely aligned with the government’s strategy and the Prime Minister’s leadership,” said Tanaka. “During the meeting, we also conveyed our determination to continue the heart-to-heart relations between Japan and Timor-Leste.”

Gusmão expressed his deepest appreciation for the support of JICA and the Government of Japan, saying Japan has been supporting Timor-Leste since 2000: “We thank you for your generosity. ARIGATO!”

The JICA Timor-Leste Office in Dili was established in march 2000 as a base for promoting JICA’s assistance for Timor-Leste’s nation-building effort. This wide-ranging assistance covers a variety of sectors from the policy level (e.g. formulation of national development plans) to the grassroots level (joint projects with NGOs, etc.).

There are a number of JICA’s ongoing aid projects, including the project for the improvement of President Nicolau Lobato International Airport, the Program for Urgent Rehabilitation of Flood-damaged Infrastructures, and the Project for Enhancement of Equipment for Disaster Recovery and Risk Reduction.

Meanwhile JICA’s Technical Cooperation Projects are: the Project For Increasing Farmers Households’ Income through Strengthening Domestic Rice Production in Timor-Leste; the Project for Capacity Development of the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Technology, the National University of Timor-Lorosa’e Phase 2; the Project on Strategic Port Development Master Plan in Timor-Leste; the Project for Improvement of Water Supply Management of Bee Timor-Leste; Capacity Development for Safe Water Supply and Hand Washing under the Influence of COVID-19; the Project for Strengthening Diagnostic Capacity of SARS-CoV-2 in the National Laboratory; the project for Community-Based Landscape Management for Enhanced Climate Resilience and Reduction of Deforestation in Critical Watershed and the Project for Enhancing the Capability in Maritime Safety and Security.

JICA also has a number of Follow-up Cooperation programs –  The Follow up Cooperation of Knowledge Co-Creation Program “Seismology, Earthquake Engineering, and Tsunami, The Follow up Cooperation for the Project for Introduction of Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System and Follow-up Cooperation for JICA ex-participants Alumni Association in Timor-Leste.


Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Filomeno Maritins


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