- KOICA Compromised to Support Vocational Training for the Youth
Dili, March 8th 2019: H.E. The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, received, this Friday, a courtesy visit from the President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Lee Mi-kyung, accompanied by the KOICA Representative in Timor-Leste and South Korea’s Ambassador, Lee Chen-Bum, at the Palácio do Governo.
During the meeting, the Head of Government and the KOICA President reiterated their intention to maintain and strengthen the existing cooperation between the two countries, in particular with the support of KOICA, because of the similar historical past of suffering, experienced by the two nations.
Therefore, the Head of Government took the opportunity to present to the KOICA President the priorities of the program of VIII Constitutional Government for the five years ahead, namely in the infrastructure area.
At the meeting, the KOICA President expressed to the Government Head that KOICA wants to offer vocational training to the Timorese, so that they can compete in labour market, since, according to KOICA observation, there are still lots of Timorese people that have lack of professional skills and, therefore, most of international companies operating in Timor-Leste hire more workers from overseas than from Timor-Leste.
The Executive Head was very grateful for this support, which wants to help the Government of Timor-Leste to create opportunities for Timorese youth in the area of vocational training.
Prime Minister also explained to the KOICA President about the Government plan to merge the Tibar and Senai Becora Vocational Training Centres, to become a single centre, with high quality and international standard, Thus, when the trainees finish the course and leave this centre, they already come with higher qualifications, similar to the qualifications of the other countries, acknowledged internationally, and helping the Timorese workers to be able to compete in domestic and international labour market.
Furthermore, the KOICA President also wants to offer training in sports to the youth, because many youth Timorese have talent on this area. END