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Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 6:15pm

DILI, March 2022 – Today, the United States—through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting the Consortium for Elections and Political Processes (CEPPS) partners, the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and their local partners to support a variety of activities in support of a free and fair election thorough Supporting Sound, Representative 2022 Presidential Elections in Timor-Leste Activity. The presidential election in March 2022 will be the first election held in Timor-Leste during the pandemic. To quickly address urgent challenges in advance of this election, USAID Voter education and outreach initiatives will engage women, youth, rural voters and other traditionally marginalized communities, and the support of a domestic election observation mission will help to ensure electoral integrity.

CDA In Venilale
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 11:45pm

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Tom Daley and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Zema Semunegus commemorated the strengthening of U.S.-funded water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) measures at the Venilale Community Health Center in Baucau.  With $500,000 in funding support from the United States through USAID, the project advanced efforts to strengthen WASH systems in community health centers throughout Timor-Leste in partnership with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF. 

Tais Timor
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 8:45pm

Timor-Leste is celebrating an important cultural milestone. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that the country’s application for the inscription of its hand-woven traditional textile, known locally as Tais, as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding” has been successful.

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 6:45pm

Today, the United States and Timor-Leste broke ground on a U.S.-funded isolation facility in Baucau that will help treat COVID-19 patients and offset the strain on existing medical facilities.

United States Announces $1.5 Million in New Funding to Support Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 Response
Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 3:00am

Today, the United States—through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—announced a $1.5 million grant to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the national COVID-19 response in Timor-Leste. The funding will support the continuation of essential maternal, newborn and child health services across the country, expand the COVID-19 vaccination campaign for eligible populations, improve infection prevention and control at a number of community health centers, and promote COVID-19 prevention behavior.

USAID/Timor-Leste Mission Director Zema Semunegus, center, observes as workers clean, count, and disinfect fish eggs at the tilapia hatchery in Leohitu.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - 2:00am

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. 

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. 

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