Dili, 17 March 2022 (TDI): Timorese Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak congratulated Yoon Suk-yeol, the President-elect of South Korea, and wished him all the best wishes. South Korea and Timor Leste celebrated the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries this year.

Timorese Prime Minister further said that accept my heartiest congratulations and sincere wishes for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of the Republic of Korea.

Timor Leste and South Korea Ties

Timor Leste and South Korea enjoy a bilateral relationship. After the referendum on the 30th of August 1999, Timor Leste became independent on the 20th of May 2002. After their independence Timor Leste started establishing relationships with the rest of the global countries.

The relationship between Timor Leste and South Korea dates back to 1999. Diplomatic relations between the two were established on the 20th of May 2002. The two have been working for the restoration of democracy over the past two decades ever since the emergence of Timor Leste.

Korean President at that time, Kim Dae-jung at the (APEC) summit held in New Zealand laid emphasis on the need to provide Timor Leste assistance from the international community to help them globally reinforce their potential.

South Korea has always played a key role in engaging Timor Leste in the field of education, health, gender equality, and capacity building through KOICA.

South Korea is helping people to learn vocational skills and training to convert their indigenous skills into labor skills in order to empower them financially and technically through this valuable learning process and skills.

South Korea plays a viable role in the sports activities of Timorese youth in order to enhance their physical and mental health and work hard to generate interest in taekwondo among the local Timorese.

South Korea is determined to reinforce the relocation facilities for work in Timorese to intensify and renovate the memorandum of understanding on the early system of work facility incorporation with the ministry of works.

In order to facilitate the working conditions of Timorese workers in South Korea, the human development service is conducting language programs in order to create a better working experience without a language barrier.

Human resource development service initiated a program towards the EastWest parts of Timor-Leste in the preliminary training for the overseas employment in the language program after its completion can eventually get into the work in South Korea and can exhibit the culture of responsibility and discipline when exercising their function.

Timor-Leste: An Overview

East Timor is the only country in South East Asia that is neither a member of the Southeast Asian nation (ASEAN) nor holds an observer status in it. However, Timor Leste expressed its inclination to become and gain observer status in the Southeast Asian nation group in 2002 and 2006.

Timor Leste participated in many meetings of ASEAN. Henceforth, in 2007 Timor Leste signed the (ASEAN) Treaty on amity and cooperation. Despite economic difficulties, the Timorese struggle to build a reputation for the perseverance of a vibrant economy.

In its infancy, the country successfully managed to transit out of a conflict and became prominently one of the stable democracies in the region with opposing political forces maintaining peaceful dialogue to resolve situations.

Timorese economy depends on its oil and gas revenue, however, the country is trying to help develop agriculture, tourism, gender equality and sports, and portal water services. As a newly established country, it was difficult to formulate an infrastructure to capacitate.