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Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - 2:00am

DILI, November 23, 2021—U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Zema Semunegus and New Zealand Deputy Head of Mission Olivia Philpott today met with fish farmers in Bobonaro municipality and visited the MoreDoc Unipessoal Lda public-private-partnership (PPP) tilapia hatchery in Leohitu to study its success and advance plans to scale aquaculture across Timor-Leste. 

The visit was part of joint and ongoing support by USAID and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to grow the aquaculture sector to fully realize the Timor-Leste National Aquaculture Development Strategy (2012–2030). By 2030, the country aims to increase farmed fish production to 12,000 tons per year and increase fish consumption from 6.1 kg to 15 kg per person each year.

What difference has our investment made? With USAID support since 2017, the Customs Authority has modernized its processes, resulting in $38 million savings for the private sector
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 4:30am

Streamlined procedures across government agencies initiated by Timor-Leste’s Customs Authority with the help of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have since 2017 saved an estimated $38 million by cutting out costly consignment import delays.

United in Religious Diversity: Timor-Leste Launches Faith-based Tourism Association with U.S. Support
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 5:00am

Press Release, October 12, 2021 - The United States congratulates Timor-Leste for launching the Faith-based Tourism Association (Asosiasaun Turizmu Relijiozu Timor-Leste-ATRTL) today at Dili Cathedral on the anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s visit to the country in 1989. The launch ceremony follows many years of collaboration by religious leaders with U.S. support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the USAID's Tourism For All Project to establish faith-based tourism in Timor-Leste.

USAID and partners Timor-Leste Tourism Champions and Youth Ambassadors on October 8, 2021.
Friday, October 8, 2021 - 6:45am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through USAID’s Tourism For All Project, is celebrating World Tourism Day 2021 with the second annual Turizmu Ba Ema Hotu Tourism Champions awards, a program to recognize organizations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the tourism industry in Timor-Leste.  The project has also continued its Tourism Youth Ambassadors activity for a third year, with a public speaking competition for young men and women on this year’s World Tourism Day theme, “Tourism For Inclusive Growth.”  USAID and partners recognized the winners at a ceremony on October 8 at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Dili.

The USAID Powering ICT project will work with officials to collect and analyze  data to assess Timor-Leste’s electrical grid and telecommunications needs. 
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 4:45am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Powering Information Communication Technology (ICT) activity through its implementing partner, Tetra Tech Inc, signed an agreement with Tecnologia da Informação e Comunicação (TIC) Timor I.P., an organization under the Office of the Prime Minister responsible for Timor-Leste’s ICT network.  Under the agreement, USAID Powering ICT will collect and analyze data provided by TIC to assess Timor-Leste’s electrical grid and telecommunications needs. 

Timor-Leste's Minister of Health, Dr. Odete Belo, left, and U.S. Embassy Dili’s Chargé d’affaires Tom Daley officially announce an additional $1 million in U.S assistance to Timor-Leste through USAID.
Monday, September 13, 2021 - 4:00am

Today, the United States—through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—announced $1 million in new COVID-19 assistance for Timor-Leste to extend the reach of vaccination programs by engaging trusted leaders and civil society organizations to urge hesitant citizens to get vaccinated, especially in communities outside Dili.  The total U.S. assistance to help Timor-Leste fight COVID-19 now stands at $5 million.

Friday, September 10, 2021 - 2:30am

The United States is pleased to announce an additional $2.3 million in assistance to help Timor-Leste fight COVID-19 and strengthen health security.

Timor-Leste Launches Customs Trade Portal and Customs Authority Strategic Plan with U.S. Support
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 3:00am

With support from the United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Timor-Leste’s Customs Authority today launched a Customs Trade Portal that provides free and easy online access to trade-related information: www.customs.gov.tl.

Ambassador Kevin Blackstone and USAID Mission Director Zema Semunegus (right) attend a ceremony announcing additional humanitarian assistance to Timor-Leste.
Friday, July 9, 2021 - 6:15am

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $900,000 in additional assistance to save lives, meet urgent humanitarian needs, and help affected people recover from the devastating floods in Timor-Leste.  Heavy rains and strong winds associated with Tropical Cyclone Seroja lashed Timor-Leste's capital Dili and eight municipalities in April, causing extensive flooding and landslides resulting in dozens of deaths, destroyed crops, and thousands of evacuations.

U.S. and Government of Timor-Leste officials launch the USAID Health System Sustainability activity in Dili.
Friday, July 2, 2021 - 5:30am

On July 2, 2021, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched an activity with the Government of Timor-Leste to help ensure that more
Timorese citizens can access affordable health services through a well-functioning national health system.

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