Timorese Manpower Agency will soon recruit Timorese workers to work in Brunei

Timorese Manpower Agency will soon recruit Timorese workers to work in Brunei

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DILI, 08 november 2023 (TATOLI) – The Timorese Manpower Agency (TMA) will start recruiting Timorese workers in the very near future to be sent to work in Brunei Darussalam.

In order to send Timorese workers to Brunei Darussalam, Timor-Leste, and Brunei Darussalam, on tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral cooperation to allow Bruneian companies to start hiring Timorese workers.

The MoU was signed by the Vice Prime Minister, the Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, and the Minister of Tourism and Environment, Francisco Kalbuadi Lay, and his Bruneian counterpart.

Abel Guterres, Timor-Leste’s ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, said that it was now up to the TMA to work with the Secretary of State for Professional Training and Employment (SEFOPE) to organize the recruitment process: “Brunei needs 20,000 more workers.”

“Once the workers are recruited, TMA, in collaboration with SEFOPE, will sign labor contract agreements with the workers. The 100 workers of the first batch are expected to leave for Brunei by the end of the year or early next year,” said Guterres.

Earlier, Brunei’s ambassador to Timor-Leste, Wan Hadfi Latif, said that there are many workers from ASEAN countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, as well as from India and Bangladesh.

But he said his country needs more workers, including from Timor-Leste: “The demand for jobs in hospitality and various other areas is high in Brunei.”

Latif said that Brunei has a similar culture to Timor-Leste as many Timorese can speak Indonesian and English, saying therefore Brunei is interested in recruiting Timorese laborers.

The Timorese Manpower Agency is the sole manpower agency in Brunei specially established for the purpose of providing employment opportunities and ensuring the care and well-being of Timorese in Brunei.

Timorese Manpower Agency is an agency that is dedicated towards facilitating employment and ensuring the general welfare of Timorese while employed in Brunei. The certified and skilled professionals that Timorese Manpower Agency provides include Manufacturing, Construction, Agriculture, and Hospitality and Tourism.

The partnership between Timorese Manpower Agency and the training center is of high importance and compliments the long-term business continuity and development of the organizations.


Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins


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