Timor-Leste Program Updates

Last updated: April 23, 2019

Tais Weaver Panel Discussion
April 23, 2019

A national committee to gain international recognition for Timor-Leste’s traditional Tais cloth and other cultural assets launched on April 23 at a workshop sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development’s Tourism For All Project, the Timor-Leste Secretariat of State for Art and Culture, and other partners.

March 28, 2019

It would have been difficult to tell during the days of Indonesian rule in Timor-Leste that someday the coffee sector might be a great example of how an enterprise – or a country – can move along its journey to self-reliance. But on March 19, Timor-Leste and the United States marked an important milestone after 20-plus years as the last U.S. coffee support project ended.

U.S. representatives marked the end of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness Development Project, which supported Cooperativa Café Timor and the National Cooperative Business Association. U. S. Ambassador Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick and USAID Mission Director Diana B. Putman joined CCT and USDA staff from Jakarta and Washington for ceremonies, which included visits by some to two farms in Aileu Municipality growing coffee, cloves, vanilla and black pepper. The dignitaries planted vanilla and clove seedlings while out in the field.

March 24, 2019

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Tourism For All Project in collaboration with the Dili Institute of Technology (DIT) will sponsor the first major conference on faith-based tourism in Timor-Leste in May, the project announced on Monday.

USAID/Timor-Leste hosted an Ocean Talk at OOC2018 Oct. 30 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.
November 7, 2018

The developing island nation of Timor-Leste is moving to ban single-use plastic products and pledges to recycle all plastic waste by 2030, the country’s secretary of state for environment said in an Ocean Talk led by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at the Our Oceans Conference 2018 (OOC2018) here.

The Sea That Sustains Us; Love Our Country, Don't Make It Dirty
June 24, 2018

At the current pace of pollution, there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish by 2050. This is one of several facts revealed in “The Sea That Sustains Us” – a new environmental film that celebrates the rich biodiversity of Timor-Leste’s waters and calls on people to protect this valuable resource.