Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 25 November 2020
President Francisco Guterres Lú Olo will make efforts to further strengthen the ties of cooperation between Timor-Leste and Brazil.
In a meeting with Brazilian ambassador Aldemo Garcia who came to pay a farewell call on the Head of the State, the President of the Republic said that he was very pleased with the work done by the diplomat and gave his assurance of his commitment to further strengthen bilateral cooperation.
The Head of State praised Brazil for its experience in agriculture, describing the country as an example to be followed by Timor-Leste. Brazil has gone from being a food importer to one of the major exporters in the world.
Timor-Leste faces the challenge of food security, which is why it must invest in agriculture and listen to other countries’ experiences, such as Brazil, which have overcome their dependence of imports.
The cooperation between Timor-Leste and Brazil is about to expand to new areas, especially to agriculture with a view to reducing Timor-Leste’s dependence on food imports. Brazil will also start working together with the Anti-Corruption Commission and launch a master’s program in education at the Timor Lorosa’e National University as well as Portuguese language courses for public administration.
Aldemo Garcia also mentioned that the support provided by the Brazilian government to Timor-Leste is not financial, but it involves the sharing of expertise in several areas according to the country’s needs.
The diplomat truly believes that Timor-Leste will overcome the challenges of democracy and expressed confidence in the leaders’ capacity to advance the country.
After four years as ambassador of Brazil to Timor-Leste, Aldemo Garcia will now serve as consul general in Japan, where over 200 thousand Brazilian citizens live.