Timor-Leste Explores Renewable Energy Investment With Foresight Group

London, February 1, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta met with representatives from the investment company Foresight Group in London last week to discuss potential renewable energy investments in the country. The meeting, organized by Celestino Freitas, focused on mobilizing capital and investors to support Timor-Leste’s energy transition through financing green energy projects such as solar, wind, carbon capture, and hydrogen.

East Timor President Ramos-Horta Meets Lord Speaker John Mcfall Of The United Kingdom

London, 01 February 2024, The President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta, held a meeting with the Lord Speaker of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, Lord John McFall, at the Palace of Westminster, United Kingdom, this Friday. During the meeting, Lord John McFall, recognized the Head of State of Timor-Leste’s role as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate to speak about social causes in the world. Lord John McFall, appreciated the democracy in Timor-Leste with its Democratic Rule of Law system and continued protection of fundamental freedoms.

East Timor Launches Digital Economy Plan To Diversify Economy

London, February 2, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta presented an action plan aimed at developing the nation’s digital economy and attracting foreign investment. The plan was presented at a meeting with representatives of a Capital Group in London and the Timorese Virtual Gaming Association organized by António Sampaio. In his remarks, President Ramos-Horta spoke about East Timor’s efforts to harness its natural resources, including plans to protect marine biodiversity and promote sustainable tourism. Participants then discussed strategies to regulate digital transactions, gaming and communications to enable new business opportunities.

Grandmother Biliba And Amelia Da Costa Receive Dignified Houses From President Ramos Horta

Liquiça, February 3, 2024, The Office of the President J. Ramos-Horta, through the Civil Society Service and Social Support, handed over a 7×6 meter house to grandmother Biliba and Amélia da Costa as persons with disabilities in Ai-Lok and Maubaralisa villages. The reason for supporting this house is because the President heard from the Media about grandmother Biliba and her grandchild’s difficult living conditions in Maliboro Village, Ai-Lok Village, Cristo Rei Administrative Post, Dili Municipality.

President Horta Presents Timor-Leste’s Struggle And Reconciliation Process At The University Of Warwick

United Kingdom, 02 February 2024, The President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta, participated in the 20th Warwick University Economics Summit 2024, in Coventry, United Kingdom with the theme ‘Timor-Leste & ASEAN: Regional Integration and Challenges’. The summit focused especially on the areas of economics and social sciences including development, politics, journalism (media) and international relations. During his intervention, the Head of State of Timor-Leste, presented about the history of Timor starting in 1975 until the reconciliation that was finally achieved with Indonesia (after the referendum ended in 1999) and the restoration of national independence. He also talked about the destruction during the referendum process between Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

President Ramos-Horta Attends Zayed Award For Human Fraternity Ceremony In UAE

Abu Dhabi, UAE – February 4, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta attended the award ceremony for the 2024 Zayed Award for Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi. The ceremony was held at the Abrahamic Family House and brought together religious and political leaders from around the world. Ramos-Horta was personally invited to attend the event by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed El-Tayeb, as he had proposed the two Indonesian organizations – Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah – that were awarded this year’s prize. In his speech, Ramos-Horta praised the organizations’ work in promoting tolerance, education, and social welfare in Indonesia. Ramos-Horta highlighted the importance of interfaith dialogue and cooperation in his full speech here:https://rb.gy/n7ytn6, stating “Promoting tolerance, dialogue and understanding between faiths is essential for building a peaceful world.”

State Leader Presides Over First KDS Meeting In 2024

Presidential Palace, February 8, 2024, President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta presided over the first meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (KDS) in 2024 to update the internal security and defense situation. According to Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, as a KDS member, he informed that the meeting was held to analyze the security and defense situation in the country, especially related to Politics, Organized Crime and East Timor’s preparations to receive the visit of Pope Francis in August this year.

President Ramos-Horta Meets With Un Secretary-General’s Special Envoy For Road Safety To Promote Road Safety In Timor-Leste

Dili, February 8, 2024, The President of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Laureate, J. Ramos-Horta, met with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, at the Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, to discuss the importance of road safety in Timor-Leste. Death and injury from traffic accidents on the roads have become a major health and development challenge globally. Road traffic crashes kill the young and middle-aged between 5 and 29 years old and cause 12% of all deaths worldwide.

President Ramos-Horta Participates In Chinese New Year Celebration

Dili, February 8, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta participated in the Chinese New Year Reception on February 8th to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. In his remarks, the President recalled the long history of relations with China dating back to the 1500s. President Ramos-Horta spoke about the important economic role of the Chinese community in Timor-Leste. He said Chinese businesses have helped develop trade and make consumer goods more available over the past decades. This has supported Timor-Leste’s integration into the global economy.

President Ramos-Horta Meets With Minister Of Education Regarding Integration Of Human Fraternity In Schools

Presidential Palace, February 9, 2024, The President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta, met with the Minister of Education (ME), Dulce de Jesus, to discuss integrating the Human Fraternity document into the teaching curriculum. “I have come to get guidance. I ask the Ministry of Education to take the lead and start the process of disseminating the Human Fraternity document that has already received a resolution from the National Parliament,” said Dulce de Jesus after meeting with Head of State Ramos-Horta on Friday at the Presidential Palace in Dili.

President Ramos-Horta Meets Representative Of Holy See In Timor-Leste To Discuss Preparations For Possible Visit By Pope

Presidential Palace Nicolau Lobato, February 12, 2024, After meeting with His Holiness, Pope Francis in Rome-Italy, this past January, President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta received at the Presidential Palace the representative of the Holy See to Timor-Leste, Monsignor Marco Sprizzi to discuss preparations for a possible visit by His Holiness Pope Francis to Timor-Leste.

President Ramos-Horta And IOM Discuss Protecting Timorese Migrants

Nicolau Lobato President Palace, February 15, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta met with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Representative for Timor-Leste, Mrs. Ihma Shareef, at the Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace. The meeting focused on how to protect Timorese citizens working abroad. In her interview, Mrs. Shareef acknowledged the large number of Timorese who have migrated overseas for work opportunities. She noted that while this migration has benefited the country economically through remittances, there are concerns about irregular migration, human trafficking, and migrant smuggling that need to be addressed.

President Ramos Horta Swears In New Minister Of Justice

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, 15th February 2024, The President of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Laureate, J. Ramos-Horta sworn in Mr. Sergio de Jesus Fernandes da Costa Hornai as the new Minister of Justice for the IX Constitutional Government. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace.  Minister Hornai replacing the late Minister of Justice Amândio de Sá Benevides, who passed away on January 20th. In his remarks, President Ramos-Horta offered his deepest condolences to the Minister Benevides family and all members of the government. stating “Minister Benevides provided devoted service to the nation throughout his life, especially as Minister of Justice.”said President Ramos-Horta

Ramos-Horta And EU Envoy Meet To Discuss Strengthening Bilateral Ties

Dili, February 15, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta held a dialog with European Union Ambassador Marc Fiedrich to discuss strengthening ties between Timor-Leste and the EU. The leaders engaged in a wide-ranging partnership dialogue touching on issues of mutual interest. High on the agenda were topics such as climate change, potential collaboration in multilateral forums, investment policies aimed at attracting European capital, and human rights issues.

President Of Timor-Leste Receives Credential Of New Zealand Ambassador

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, 16TH February 2024, The President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Laureate, J. Ramos-Horta received the diplomatic credential of the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of New Zealand to Timor-Leste, Her Excellency Helen Jane Tunnah, at an official ceremony held at the Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace.

Eleven Countries Present Credentials To The President Of Timor-Leste

Nicolau Lobato President Palace, 19th February 2024, The non-resident Ambassadors from eleven countries present their Credentials to the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Laureate, J. Ramos- Horta, at an official ceremony took place at the Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace. The presidential ceremony formalizes diplomatic ties between Timor-Leste and following nations: Arab Republic of Egypt, Canada, Denmark, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Islamis Republic of Iran, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, Republic of South Africa and Sweden.

President Ramos-Horta Congratulates Prabowo-Gibran

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, February 19, 2024, The President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta, congratulated the elected President of the Republic of Indonesia, Prabowo Subianto and his Vice-President, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, who won the Indonesian Presidential election for the 2024-2029 term. “Today I spoke with the elected President, Prabowo Subianto and congratulated him on his direct election victory in the first round,” said the Head of State Horta, on Monday. The Head of State also said that Prabowo appreciated the congratulations given by the State of Timor-Leste, and confirmed that before or after taking office he will likely visit Timor-Leste.

President Ramos-Horta And Brunei Ambassador Meet To Strengthen Ties In Health, Education, Energy

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, February 20, 2024, President J.Ramos-Horta met with Wan Hadfi Lutfan, the Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to Timor-Leste, at the Presidential Palace. The meeting focused on strengthening cooperation between the two countries in several key areas. This meeting comes on the heels of President Ramos-Horta’s recent state visit to Brunei. During that visit, the leaders of both countries discussed ways to enhance collaboration in sectors like health, education, and petroleum and gas. At the palace, President Ramos-Horta and Ambassador Lutfan reaffirmed their commitment to boosting partnerships in those critical areas.

President Ramos-Horta Meets With Philippine Investor To Discuss Renewable Energy Development

Palácio Presidencial Nicolau Lobato, 20 de Fevereiro de 2024, President J.Ramos-Horta met with the envoy of Eng. Morgan Say from Makati City, Philippines to discuss potential investment in renewable energy development in Timor-Leste. Eng. Say shared plans to establish new businesses and invest in building up renewable energy infrastructure across the country. He outlined proposals for development that could help Timor-Leste meet its sustainable development goals.

President Ramos-Horta Takes Malnourished Child For Urgent Treatment At HNGV

Ermera, February 20, 2024, A 5-year-old girl named Adriana Siquieira Araujo, daughter of Marita Sequeira and Idelberto Dos Reis Araujo, has been suffering from malnutrition since birth. Because she was unable to breastfeed after one year, the child’s health deteriorated with poor physical development, and because the family could only afford to feed her cereal made for adults due to their limited economic situation at home and inability to purchase formula.

President J. Ramos-Horta Hosts Annual Diplomatic Reception

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, 20th February 2024, President and Nobel Peace Laureate, J. Ramos- Horta, hosts the Annual Diplomatic Reception at the Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace. The event brings together members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, and other distinguished guests. In his opening remarks, President Ramos-Horta welcome the diplomats and thanked them for their continued friendship and support for Timor-Leste. He emphasized the importance of international partnerships in developing the young nation.

President Ramos-Horta Meets With MFA, MJ, MI, and IOM To Address Passport And Immigration Services

Presidential Palace Nicolau Lobato, February 22, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta today held a meeting with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior and the National Representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Timor-Leste. The meeting focused on addressing passport and immigration services for Timorese citizens. With many Timorese citizens living abroad, especially in places like the United Kingdom, Ireland, and elsewhere, the government wants to facilitate their ability to renew passports and maintain legal immigration status. The remittances that Timorese send back to families also provide a significant contribution to the economy.

Presidential Palace  And The Government Will Organize International Festival

Presidential Palace, 22 February 2024, The Presidency of the Republic and the IX Government will organize a national and international festival in August this year with the aim of promoting tourism, arts-culture, science and technology including sports to the international community. Therefore, this Thursday, Head of State J. Ramos-Horta led a meeting again with the government especially the integrated ministerial lines to start discussing the plan and establish a commission that was appointed, II Vice Prime Minister and Coordinator Minister for Social Affairs, Mariano Assanami Sabino as the General Coordinator for this international event.

President Ramos-Horta Participates In Brunei National Day And Invites The Sultan To Visit Timor-Leste

Timor Plaza, Dili, February 22, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta participated in the 40th anniversary celebration of Brunei Darussalam’s National Day at Timor Plaza. In his speech, President Ramos-Horta congratulated His Majesty Sultan of Brunei, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and the Royal Family, as well as the friendly people of Brunei, on their National Day. President said that Timor-Leste and Brunei are two small nations in Southeast Asia facing similar challenges. He also talked about the global economic situation, sharing data from the 2023 International Finance Institute report showing total global debt of more than $330 trillion. President Ramos-Horta expressed his hope that small economies like Timor-Leste and Brunei can complement each other and become stronger to face global challenges together.

President Ramos-Horta Advises Justice Officials On Advancing Judicial Reforms

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, February 23, 2024, President J. Ramos-Horta met with the Minister of Justice, Prosecutor General of the Republic, President of the Court of Appeal, and Public Defender to discuss developments in the justice sector, specifically relating to the Government’s 2024 Strategic Plan. The meeting focused primarily on strengthening the justice system at the municipal level and reviewing priority programs for 2024, including matters relating to Timor-Leste’s ASEAN accession commitments.

Presidential Statement On The Decision Of The Court Of Appeal On The Law On The Procedure For Granting Pardons

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, February 23, 2024, The President is aware that this week the Court of Appeal handed down a decision in relation to the Law on the Procedure for Granting Pardons (Lei N.º 20/2023 de 12 De Dezembro Procedimento De Concessão de Indulto e Comutação De Pena). Up until today there has been no official notification given to the President by the Tribunal concerning their decision, even though it appears to involve questions relating to the competency of the President regarding his power to grant pardons.

Presidency Of The Republic Provides Support To Seven Orphans Children In Same

Same, February 23, 2024, The Presidency of the Republic, through the Civil Society Service, provided humanitarian support to seven orphaned children in Manufahi Municipality, Alas Administrative Post, Dotik Village. After receiving this support, Ermelinda da Conceição, as the eldest daughter in this family, with tears in her eyes thanked the President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta, who did not forget to help them in this difficult situation.

Let Assange Be Free To Return To Australia

I do not comment on the substance and merit of the case against JULIAN ASSANGE. As an informed and concerned person who deeply values media freedom, I just hope that sanity, justice and humanity prevail and Assange is let free to return to his native Australia.

President Of The Republic J. Ramos-Horta Launches Inaugural Flight Of ‘aero Dili’ Route Dili-Singapore

Singapore, 24 February 2024, The President of the Republic, J. Ramos-Horta, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bendito Freitas, the Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Coordination of Social Affairs and Minister of Rural Development and Community Housing, Mariano Asanami Sabino, the Ambassador of Timor-Leste in Singapore, Alex Tilman together with the President of AERO DILI, Lourenço Oliveira known as (Lourenço Ataúro) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore Changi, this Saturday launched the inaugural flight of Timorese airline AERO DILI, which will fly from Dili to Singapore and Singapore to Dili, thus strengthening air connectivity between Timor-Leste and Singapore.

Timor-Leste Set To Join WTO, President Decorates WTO Chief

Abu Dhabi, February 25, 2024, Timor-Leste is poised to formally join the World Trade Organization (WTO) this week, marking a historic milestone for the young Southeast Asian nation. On Sunday, Timor-Leste President José Ramos-Horta met with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in Abu Dhabi ahead of the WTO’s 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13), where Timor-Leste’s WTO accession will be announced. President Ramos-Horta decorated Okonjo-Iweala with the Collar of the Order of Timor-Leste, the country’s second-highest honor, praising her “determining role” in supporting Timor-Leste through the WTO accession process. Timor-Leste believes in the value of international law. Small and large countries, powers and more fragile countries, must defend it to ensure proper functioning of the international system.

Timor-Leste Takes Major Step Towards Global Economic Integration By Joining WTO

Abu Dhabi, February 25, 2024, Timor-Leste has taken a major step in its economic development by formally joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) this week. The announcement came during the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13) held in Abu Dhabi. In a Round Table discussion moderated by Central Bank Governor Helder Lopes, President J. Ramos-Horta and other Timorese leaders outlined the opportunities and challenges facing the nation after accession. They were joined by representatives from WTO, China, Portugal, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries interested in Timor-Leste’s accession process.

President Ramos-Horta Decorates Mr. Claudio Savaget With The Timor-Leste Order Of Merit

Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, 26 February 2024, The Chief of Staff, Jesuína Maria Ferreira Gomes, presided over the decoration ceremony of the Brazilian journalist, Claudio Savaget with the Order of Merit Medal and a certificate of recognition symbolizing gratitude for his active and crucial role in the development of democracy in Timor-Leste. We thank Mr. Claudio Savaget for taking part in the journey, together with the people of Timor-Leste, documenting every moment, facing challenges together but also achieving victories, which with his record has left a mark in our history, and a quote from Claudio himself “I feel the human spirit that permeates this land”.

Please see complete speech here: https://rb.gy/tpx8ub

Timor-Leste And Comoros Formally Join WTO At Ministerial Conference Opening

Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 26, 2024, The opening ceremony of the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13) on Monday saw the formal accession of Timor-Leste and the Comoros to the World Trade Organization (WTO), marking the first countries to join the organization in eight years. The ceremony, held in Abu Dhabi and attended by WTO leadership, dignitaries and over 150 ministers, included speeches from MC13 President Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi of the UAE, the Presidents Timor-Leste, José Ramos-Horta and the President of Comoros, Azali Assoumani, as well as WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

President J. Ramos-Horta’s speech at the following link: https://presidenciarepublica.tl/prstatementatomkconference/

President Ramos-Horta Calls For Debt Relief And Aid For Vulnerable Nations At G7+ Meeting

Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 26, 2024, Timorese President J. Ramos-Horta called on wealthy nations and international financial institutions to provide debt relief and increased aid to vulnerable developing countries. He made the appeal during a speech at the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of the g7+ group of fragile states held in Abu Dhabi on February 26. The g7+ consists of 20 nations characterized by weak institutions, poor governance, and fragility due to conflict. Members include Afghanistan, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, and Timor-Leste.

Lao President Congratulates TL For Becoming Permanent Member Of WTO

Vientiane-Lao, February 29, 2024, During President J. Ramos-Horta’s visit to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Head of State first met with his counterpart Thoungloung Sisouliht, President of Lao, to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two countries. This meeting, held at the Constitutional Assembly, saw Lao President Thoungloung Sisouliht congratulate Timor-Leste on its accession to permanent membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Lao Head of State added that with Timor-Leste’s accession, economic cooperation with Lao is made possible to benefit the peoples and nations of both countries.