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Timor-Leste’s future leaders conclude 10-Day immersion to ASEAN countries

Timor-Leste’s future leaders conclude 10-Day immersion to ASEAN countries

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DILI, 02 july 2024 (TATOLI) – As Timor-Leste prepares for its accession to the ASEAN, the importance of developing high-quality human resources has become increasingly evident. Recognizing this need, the Vice-Minister for ASEAN Affairs launched Timor-Leste’s Futuru Líder ba ASEAN (FLBA) Program. This initiative aims to cultivate capable youth leaders who can effectively collaborate with ASEAN institutions.

A critical component of this program involved future leaders visiting ASEAN member states to strengthen relationships and showcase the strengths and potential of Timor-Leste. This outreach not only fosters diplomatic ties but also highlights Timor-Leste’s readiness to contribute to the regional community. 

As part of these preparatory efforts, the Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, dispatched delegations of 10-11 individuals to each ASEAN member state, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

During their time in ASEAN countries, the delegation had the privilege of engaging with top government officials. They also interacted with representatives from the private sector and academia. These high-level discussions provided the delegation with invaluable insights into ASEAN’s economic development, sustainability initiatives, and human resources strategies. The delegation learned firsthand how each member state has achieved economic growth and developed robust human resources and sustainability practices. 

The 10-day immersion program was meticulously designed to offer a comprehensive understanding of each member state’s academic, investment, and economic landscapes. Through strategic engagements and meetings, the FLBA team worked to establish partnerships with various government institutions, private sector entities, and academic bodies.

These experiences are not only a significant learning opportunity for the delegation but also a crucial step in preparing Timor-Leste for its ASEAN accession. By fostering these international relationships and gaining deep insights into regional best practices, Timor-Leste is positioning itself to become an active and valuable member of ASEAN.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa
Editor: Filomeno Martins 

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