Díli, July 4th, 2019: His Excellency, the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, opened, this Thursday, the Timor-Leste Development Partners Meeting (TLDPM), this year is under the theme of “Deepening Coordination for Financing Development”. This conference was held in the Ministry of Finance’s Hall, in Aitarak-laran, Díli; and organized by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
In his official opening speech, the Head of Government announced the plans of the VIII Constitutional Government for the period from 2020 to 2023, with regards to the development partners, namely: the priority for the social welfare, social protection and citizenship areas, the investment in the economy and strengthening public finance, national connectivity, strengthening and reinforcing defense, security and external relations, strengthening and reinforcing justice, democracy and human rights.
The Head of Government said, “We believe that with the new Official Development Assistance (OAD) Policy we are launching today, including the results of the Development Finance Assessment (DFA), we will certainly be in a position to define the best involvement, taking greater advantage of external development assistance, which in recent years has placed at our disposal, a financial effort that, on average, represents around USD$201 Million (two hundred and one million dollars) of investment per year”.
The Chief of Executive believes that this forum between the Government of Timor-Leste and the development partners will be the appropriate place to discuss the aspects of cooperation and their implications, and to ensure that this cooperation is well coordinated and effective.
“I imagine that our Development Partners may have legitimate concerns about the scope and outline of this policy, but I believe that this forum is the most appropriate place to share documents, discuss all its aspects and implications, aware that we only intend to improve and make the dialogue and coordination more effective, specifically between the Government and Development Partners, also facilitating non-governmental aid flows, to the private sector and civil society organizations. What matters doesn’t come only from the State.” stated the Head of Government in his speech.
On the occasion, the Head of Government also launched the External Assistance Policy on the principles and procedures which will be applicable to manage financial aids to Timor-Leste, other than loans.
The program of this one-day conference was as follows: presentation on the Foreign Assistance Policy by the Ministry of Finance, Program and priorities of the VIII Constitutional Government by the Ministry of Finance, the New Deal as a new guide to engage in nations at post-conflict situation presented by the g7+ Secretariat, Sharing the preliminary results on the review of SDG in Timor-Leste, the launching of the Development Finance Assessment, and the topic of Financial inclusion for the development of financial sector presented by the Governor of the Central Bank , Partners’ Statements and dialogue, presentation of the declaration: Dili Commitments to Action. The meeting was closed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
Participating in the conference were the President of the National Parliament, Arão Noe de Jesus, the President of the Supreme Court, Deolindo dos Santos, the Ambassadors accredited to Timor-Leste, the representatives of World Bank, the Asian Development Bank in Timor-Leste, as well as, the UNDP, members of the National Parliament, civil society organizations and other important guests. END