June 18, 2019

1 On 15th June 2019, in Bali, Indonesia, the representatives of the Governments of Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and Japan held the Second Working Level Meeting on TIJ Trilateral Cooperation in order to share the experience of Indonesia and Japan in formulating comprehensive ocean policy and to identify capacity building programs which are beneficial for Timor-Leste in various fields.

2 In the first session of the meeting, the representatives of Indonesia and Japan described their countries’ organizational structure to promote ocean policies and introduced the contents and the formulation process of the respective country’s ocean policies. Likewise, Timor-Leste presented its own draft of national ocean policy, which focusses on the principles, objective and implementation mechanism of the policy.

3 In the second session, the representatives of Indonesia and Japan described their possible cooperation programs which contribute to capacity building of Timor-Leste. The representative of Timor-Leste acknowledged with gratitude for the possibility of cooperation programs presented by both countries and briefed on the human resources development program of the country and made reference to the capacity building needs identified in its draft national ocean policy. Each session was followed by fruitful discussion among the three countries.

4 In addition, the representatives of the three countries concurred to follow up the result of this meeting and to hold the next meeting in due course.

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