On 7 June 2011, H.E. Emilia Pires, accompanied by the Director of External Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Francisco, the Director of Aid Effectiveness Directorate, Mr. Jose Abilio and Dr Helder da Costa, Senior Management Adviser of NDAE and Coordinator of the g7+ Secretariat, carried out a press conference at the MOF, where she spoke to several local media reporters, including from TVTL, Diario, STL, Timor Post and also from COM media office, regarding the following three important upcoming events:
1. TLDPM- 11-13 July 2011
– Minister Pires underlined that Timor Leste is moving from fragility stage to a steady development process after many years of conflict. Minister explained that the TLDPM event will comprise of three consecutive days of dialogue starting from (first day) bilateral meetings and dinner for heads of delegations hosted by President of RDTL, H.E. Dr. Jose Ramos Horta. In the second day, after the official launching of “Strategic Development Plan (SDP)” by the PM of RDTL, H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, and several key note speeches from Mr. Haruhito Kuroda, President of ADB on “ A Vision for Asia in 2030-Investing in Timor Leste’s Future”, Representative from the World Bank on “Timor Leste’s Emergence from Fragility”, and from Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia University Earth Institute, on “Timor Leste’s Development Trajectory”, the meeting will also address round table discussions addressing key thematic areas such as: Agriculture, Oil and Gras, Tourism, Social (Education and Health), and good governance that will be chaired by their respective Ministers and Secretaries of State.
2. G7+ dialogue in Monrovia, Liberia- 14-17 June 2011
The g7+ dialogue in Monrovia will be attended by : 17 states delegates of g7+ group, OECD delegates (developed countries’ forum), one special block comprising China, Russia, India and South Africa, and delegates of 50 countries from the Least Developed Countries (LDC). This time two members of Parliament, Mr. Rui Menezes and Ms Fernanda Borges will also be part of the TL delegation. The forum is expected to promote urgent reforms on global policy, encourage better international partnerships by implementing and influencing global policy, and change the way international actors engage with and in fragile and conflict affected nations. The output of the meeting is to find solutions through a range of recommendations as required for the upcoming High Level Forum in Busam.
3. EITI conference that will be held in August 25-27, 2011
The Minister also spoke on the EITI conference that will be held in August 25-27, aiming to more deeply address the TL transparency model.
Responding to the questions regarding SDP, investment challenges and opportunities, and unpaid PDD projects, the Minister recognized that despite the government has made impressive public financial management reforms through the establishment of essential systems and regulations, including procurement and FreeBalance, several ministries still face lack of managerial capacity due to lack of human resources skills and experience in running their functions properly