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Capacity building and needs assessment workshop


21-25 October 2013
Ministry of Finance Training Center
Dili, Timor-Leste

Ministry of Finance’s Training Center and UNESCAP’s Trade Policy and Analysis Section in Bangkok jointly organized a session on “Capacity Building and Need assessment Workshop: Towards Mainstreaming Trade into National development” for 5 days, from 21 to 25 of October 2013 at Ministry Finance’s Training Center.

Dr. Mia Mikic, Chief of Trade Policy and Analysis Section from ESCAP, in delivering Dr. Noeleen Heyzer’s welcoming remark, stated that this is the first in a series of ESCAP initiatives, coordinated in Dr. Heizer’s new role as Special Advisor of the United Nations Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, aimed at building the capacity of Timor-Leste, and enhancing its economic integration with the Asia-Pacific region. This capacity development program aims to accelerate regional integration in a number of areas of work including on Tourism and Investment. She also informed that the workshop has 3 main elements: (1) assisting Timor-Leste to evaluate the potential benefits and understand the implications of ASEAN and AEC membership, (2) examining how Timor-Leste can best use the support from the international community through Official Development Aid (ODA) and Aid for Trade (AfT) and (3) Use of trade statistics in policymaking. To end, she hoped that this initiative will provide Timor-Leste with tools and capacity, not only to enhance access to international trade and investment, but also to ensure that these benefits are equitably shared.

Mr. Januario Gama, Director General for State Finance from Ministry of Finance on his opening remark by welcoming Dr. Mikic and the team from Bangkok also participants from government institution and civil society organization who were in presence. DG Januario also emphasized the importance of this workshop which to help in enhancing knowledge on regional integration and cooperation like ASEAN, AEC and other trade activities including in goods and services in the regions. In addition, it will also to help the country in responding to the free market competition through using efficient policy making and proper aid management. Before declare the opening of workshop, he called the attention of participants to take advantage of learning from the resource person and also hope that this session could provide an opportunity for sharing information and learning from on each other on how to improve better in the future on our country’s trade activities.

This workshop participated by around 20 people including technical staff from the Office of President of Republic, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, ASEAN Secretariat at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance’s Economic Policy directorate, Customs directorate and also the office of Statistic. In addition, there was also a representative from the civil society organization.