DILI, 25 february 2021 (TATOLI)— European Union’s Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Andrew Jacobs, said EU will continue to supports the work of World Health Organization (WHO) as well as helping the vulnerable through civil society organizations.

“I have confirmed, the commitment of EU to support  the WHO in the fight against covid-19 and we will also continue to help those who are vulnerable by the civil society organizations,” Andrew Jacob told the journalists after meeting with the Vice-Prime Minister and the Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Armanda Berta dos Santos at the Office of MSSI, Caicoli Dili.

With regards to the vaccination, Jacob said, the EU members will provide 50% from the total Global COVAX budget.

Mr Jacob added that, it is important that all the partnerships countries have accessed to the vaccine.

“Today I met with the Vise Prime Minister to discuss about the cooperation programs between European Union and Timor-Leste. The program will be synchronized the period of 2021-2027.” Mr Jacob said.

He said, the UN proposed to concentrate the supports in the development of economic recovery, green and sustainable economic recovery, which will also be including the diversification of economy.

At the same time, he said, the development of the private sectors, the technical and digital training professional and the support for the preparation of Timor-Leste accession to ASEAN memberships are important keys that need to accomplish.

“We also planning to support the second renovable energy for the good governance to strengthen the public sector, particularly public finance management, including social inclusion and nutrition. These programs are based on the Timor-Leste development plan and the economic recovery strategies,” he said.

Mr Jacob also highlighted that EU will implement the cooperation program with Timor-Leste, Portugal and the European Investment Bank to enlarge the potential support from the European Union.

Journalist: Osória Marques

Editor: Cancio Ximenes

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