United States, through USAID, Signs Five-Year Agreement with Government of Timor-Leste to Support Economic Diversification and Good Governance

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USAID Mission Director James Wright, left, and Timor-Leste’s Minister of Finance H.E Rui Augusto Gomes, sign a five-year Development Objective Agreement at a ceremony witnessed by U.S. Ambassador Kevin Blackstone and Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers H.E. Fidelis Magalhães.
USAID Mission Director James Wright, left, and Timor-Leste’s Minister of Finance H.E Rui Augusto Gomes, present the five-year Development Objective Agreement they just signed at a ceremony on May 18 witnessed by U.S. Ambassador Kevin Blackstone and Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers H.E. Fidelis Magalhães.
Cris Guterres/USAID

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
USAID Development Outreach Communications Specialist Cristóvão Fausto Guterres
330-0500 ext. 2016, 7732-6213

DILI, Timor-Leste – Today, the United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Government of Timor-Leste signed an agreement to strengthen Timor-Leste’s non-oil sector economy and reinforce good governance. Signed by Timor-Leste’s Minister of Finance H.E Rui Augusto Gomes, and USAID Mission Director James Wright at a ceremony witnessed by U.S. Ambassador Kevin Blackstone and Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers H.E. Fidelis Magalhães, the Development Objective Agreement (DOAG) provides a first installment of $17.9 million out of an expected budget totaling $92.3 million for USAID’s five-year Country Development Cooperation Strategy extending through December 2025.

“Today’s agreement showcases the strong partnership between Timor-Leste and the United States as we work together to reach our shared goals of economic recovery after the pandemic and a more diversified and inclusive Timorese economy,” said U.S. Ambassador Kevin Blackstone. “Through new USAID programs, we will build on two decades of collaboration to help the private sector and civil society thrive.  We look forward to great results that will benefit everyone.”

Under the agreement, the Government of Timor-Leste will also contribute through its own funding and expertise for country-wide development activities.

The overall goal of USAID’s five-year strategy to be funded under the agreement signed today is to help achieve “An inclusive, prosperous, and healthy Timor-Leste that is more self-reliant.”

“Inclusiveness, prosperity, and health are key elements of our strategy and will guide all new activities we design in support of the Timorese people and government,” said USAID Mission Director Wright. “We will focus on ways to enhance the country’s self-reliance by seizing a window of opportunity to equip youth, women, and other marginalized populations with the tools they need to participate in and benefit from Timor-Leste’s economic growth.”

Through health systems strengthening and health governance, vocational education, skills training, and job placement, USAID’s strategy aims at increasing supply and demand for skilled labor.  It also encourages government effectiveness, particularly related to public services, institutions, accountability, and transparency, including civil society organization engagement. Over the next five years of this agreement, USAID will support three priorities outlined in Timor-Leste’s Strategic Development Plan: social capital, infrastructure, and economic development.

About USAID: USAID works in partnership with the government of Timor-Leste to support broad-based and effective development.  Since 2001, USAID has provided over $350 million in development assistance to Timor-Leste.  USAID supports Timor-Leste in its efforts to build a more prosperous, healthy, and democratic country through programs that foster inclusive and sustainable economic growth, especially in the agriculture sector; improve the health of the Timorese people, particularly women and children; and strengthen the foundations of good governance—all areas which are highlighted in Timor-Leste’s Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030.

To learn more, visit: www.usaid.gov/timor-leste.

Last updated: September 27, 2021

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