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EU signs new cooperation agreement with Timor-Leste

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017

EU signs new cooperation agreement with Timor-Leste

The European Union will support Timor-Leste (East Timor) with a budget of 57 million euros over the next five years, under a cooperation agreement signed at the end of last week in Dili by the head of the EU delegation in Timor-Leste and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste. Alexandre Leitão, head of the EU delegation in Timor-Leste, said the funding – which totalled 4.3 million euros of support from other entities – “reflect the national strategy for institutional training and the diversification of the economy.” The programmes are based on strengthening the management and supervision of public finances “to improve public services” and a sustainable partnership for agro-forestry and forestry, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa. Initiatives included in the agro-forestry programme will be developed through cooperation with German agency GIZ and the International Labour Organisation, with particular focus on the towns of Baucau, Covalima, Lautem, Manatuto, Manufahi and Viqueque.

Source: Macuahub