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Timor Leste signed up to the Cotonou Agreement in 2005. The Partnership Agreement comprises members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States - of which Timor-Leste is now part - and the EU and its Member States.
It focuses on three main areas:
Its ultimate goal is to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty and integrate the ACP countries into the world economy.
There is also a special emphasis on conflict resolution and peace building.
Several joint institutions were set up to ensure the agreement is run properly:
The agreement started in 2000 and lasts until 2020.
A Political Dialogue, as foreseen in article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, is held regularly.
The EU is helping introduce the necessary economic and institutional reforms for Timor-Leste. This aims to create the right conditions for investment, and help maintain a competitive private sector.
The Cotonou Agreement is vital for introducing the necessary fiscal and monetary policies that will spur economic growth and create jobs across the country.
The Cotonou Partnership Agreement provides the legal framework for EU and Timor-Leste trade relations. It aims to liberalise trade between both sides, while enhancing development and development-finance.
The EU has improved Timor Leste's access to its market through its Everything but Arms initiative. This gives the country full duty free and quota-free access to the EU for all its exports except for arms and armaments.
The EU has also developed a comprehensive training programme for the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry, helping staff there deal effectively with trade-related issues.
As Timor Leste is located so far from the EU, there is not a significant amount of trade between both sides. In fact, Portugal is the only EU country that has some kind of trade with Timor Leste.
SERVE is the “One-Stop-Shop”, with all services related with business registration and licensing.
Timorese business Associations:
Câmara de Comércio e Indústria de Timor-Leste
Presidente: Oscar Lima – firstname.lastname@example.org
Associação Nacional dos Jovens Empresários
Presidente: Jorge Serrano - email@example.com
Doing Business with the State:
EVECOM Event communication & marketing
Julie BODIN TORELLI (Associate Director)
Dili Timor leste
Tel: 670 7800 0846
SDV Logistics East Timor Unipessoal Lda
Yann WICKERS (Deputy General Manager)
Av. Presidente Lobato Bairo dos Grilos
Dili East Timor
Tel: 670 3322 818
Manado Suistainable development through people's hands
Tel: 670 77994074
Bebonuk Dili Timor leste
Tel: 670 77052959
Pierre Yves LAPEYRONNIE (Free Lance)
Igal – Produtos alimentares
Arquitecta Alexandra Sá Torrão
Arquitecto Luís Miguel Fareleira
Arquitecto Flávio Miranda
Arquitecto Pedro Azevedo e Silva
Joaquim de Brito
ACF Timor-Leste Construção e Engenharias
Dalan Engenharia, Estudos e Projetos
Engipro Arquitetura, Engenharia e Fiscalização
Empresa: CerTerres - Engenharias, Lda.
Eng. Civil Nelson Cerveira
Associação dos Empresários Portugueses do Sudeste Asiático
Presidente: Joaquim de Brito
Wartsila Indonesia Unip.Lda (Branch Office of PT. Wartsila Indonesia)
Tel: +670 7 350 7518, +670 7 798 8562
Heineken Timor, S.A
General Manager: Vinay Mathur
The technical and financial cooperation constitutes the main component of the Cotonou Agreement. The latter, valid for 20 years (from 2000 to 2020) is broken down to implementation periods of 5-6 years. Each period is covered by a global financial envelope called the European Development Fund (EDF). The current one, covering the period 2014 – 2020 is called the 11th EDF. Under this fund, a National Indicative Programme (NIP), is negotiated, agreed and signed between the EU and each one of the ACP countries. A total amount is included therein. The NIP specifies the priority areas to be supported by the EC during the 11th EDF period.
For Timor-Leste, the amount of the 11th EDF is €95 million (equivalent to around US$110 million). The EDF interventions will focus on the following areas, which are considered vital for the Country's continued sustainable and inclusive development:
Out of these €95 million, one project for a total of €5 million, the EU-TL Cooperation Support Facility (CSF), has already been signed with the Government. Two other projects, for a total of €57 million have been submitted to the European Commission for decision during 2016.
The Cotonou Agreement, which governs the relations between the EU and the ACP countries, accords special importance to the vital role of the civil society in the socio-economic development of partner countries. To this effect, the convention calls for the provision of special financial allocations, in the National Indicative Programmes of each ACP countries, for actions in support of the Non State Actors. For Timor-Leste, an amount of €4 million has been earmarked for such an operation.
With a view to ensuring the relevance and effectiveness of such an aid, the EU Delegation to Timor-Leste is in a regular dialogue with the Non State Actors, especially the umbrella organisations like FONGTIL, KSTL, Rede Feto, Chamber of Commerce, etc. More direct dialogue does take place in the framework of the implementation of EC-funded projects in which NSAs are being used as service providers. Further interactions are taking place in the framework of participations in common meetings, reviews, seminars, etc. Moreover, NSAs are also invited to comment on important draft documents prepared by the EU Delegation in Timor-Leste.