DILI, 4 march 2021 (TATOLI) – The Director-General of the State Secretariat for Vocational Training and Employment (SEFOPE), Paulo Alves, and the Ambassador of South Korea, Kim Jeong Ho, discussed the renewal of the contract for the Timorese workers to return to South Korea.

“The purpose of the meeting between SEFOPE and the Embassy of South Korea was to discuss the reintegration of East Timorese workers into the work program and work permit system in South Korea,” Paulo Alves told TATOLI, at his office, Caicoli Dili.

The official also pointed out that more than 400 Timorese workers have already received the contract from Korean companies, meanwhile the workers are unable to travel to South Korea due to the country imposed the mandatory quarantine.

“Currently, 49 Timorese workers are still waiting to leave Timor-Leste at any time, as they already have their working visa and plane tickets paid,” he said.

Alves said that the Ambassador asked SEFOPE to forward a letter through its Embassy in Dili, to figure out the issue about the regular flight between the two countries.

After receiving the letter from SEPFOPE, the South Korean Embassy continues to appeal to the Korean Government, especially the South Korean Ministry of Labor and Employment, to take a decision on this concern.

Journalist: Domingos Piedade Freitas

 Editor: Zezito Silva

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