Singapore 30 June 2024 – President J. Ramos-Horta held talks with investor Jack Sim on potential sanitation projects in Timor-Leste during a meeting in Singapore on Tuesday.

The Head of State and the founder of the World Toilet Organization discussed “areas for collaboration and investment” focused on Sim’s expertise in sanitation infrastructure, according to a presidential statement.

Ramos-Horta Aims to Boost Sanitation, Economic Ties
Sim, a Singaporean businessman, established the World Toilet Organization in 2001 to promote proper sanitation and hygiene practices globally.

In an interview, Ramos-Horta said he plans to invite Sim to Timor-Leste to explore partnering with the Public Works ministry or other relevant agencies on upgrading the nation’s sanitation systems and infrastructure related to hygiene.

The outreach to Sim shows Ramos-Horta’s drive to forge new economic partnerships across sectors to develop the young Southeast Asian country’s economy, the statement said.

Ramos-Horta, who took office last year, has prioritized attracting more foreign investment to diversify Timor-Leste’s economy beyond its reliance on offshore oil revenues.

Improving citizen access to toilets and sanitation facilities is also crucial for public health in the nation of 1.3 million people, where gaps in sanitation access remain.

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