Timor-Leste Program Updates

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Last updated: May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused massive disruption around the world, affecting communities everywhere and making it more difficult for USAID colleagues to get out and to monitor and evaluate activities. USAID/Timor-Leste is adapting to these COVID-19 challenges by using technology to monitor assistance, understand the challenges and lessons learned, measure impact, and capture best practices.

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.
May 18, 2021

On May 18, 2021, 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.

U.S. Ambassador Kevin Blackstone (left) and Timor-Leste's Minister of Finance, H.E. Rui Augusto Gomes, launch the Customs Hotline with USAID support.
May 18, 2021

With support from the United States, through USAID, Timor-Leste’s Customs Authority launched its new Customs Hotline today, allowing anyone to report suspicious activities any time of the day or night by calling the free phone number “12200” or by reporting online at www.customs.gov.tl.

April 9, 2021

In response to the Government of Timor-Leste’s request for international assistance, U.S. Ambassador Kevin Blackstone has arranged for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide $100,000 in humanitarian assistance funding from the American people to people affected by the devastating flood in Timor-Leste. This funding is being used by longstanding USAID partner, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), working with Timor-Leste’s State Secretariat for Civil Protection, to provide house repair kits, including roofing sheets, as well as kitchen utensils, bedding, and other household items, in order to assist families to return to their homes.

A consignment of COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Timor-Leste.
April 5, 2021

DILI, Timor-Leste - The United States joined Timor-Leste to welcome the successful arrival of 24,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on April 5, 2021.  This shipment was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States has announced the provision of an initial $2 billion—out of a total planned $4 billion—to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, which will support vaccine distribution to over 90 countries including Timor-Leste.  This makes the United States the single largest contribu