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August 26, 2021

Every good story has a beginning, a middle, and an end, with a great deal of transition along the way.  Mine does.  And although I have just arrived in the country, I can see how Timor-Leste’s story—in so many ways—does, too. On World Humanitarian Day and every day, history and our quest for a brighter future bring us together.

August 24, 2021

The Healthy Relationships for a Violence-Free Future activity promotes healthy, non-violent relationships, particularly between intimate partners, adolescents and their parents, and among adolescents/youth. 

August 19, 2021

Message by USAID/Timor-Leste Mission Director Zema Semunegus: Thinking back to my early days, and also to my earliest impressions in Dili of strong, resolute Timorese like Mana Olina who are looking ahead, far beyond past struggles and current humanitarian challenges, I am encouraged and hopeful. We can work towards a better, more prosperous future.  With some support from USAID and other partners, together we can develop the skills everyone needs to succeed for good health, meaningful jobs, good friendships, and lasting peace. 

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

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.
July 9, 2021

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.


Last updated: February 25, 2022

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