14 January 2016, Dili. The President of the Authority of the Oe-Cusse Special Administrative Region and ZEESM TL, Dr. Mari Alkatiri, today announced the launch of three high-level policy forums, which aim to harness global, regional and national expertise to address Oe-Cusse’s development challenges. The three forums are:
- The Oe-Cusse High-Level Policy Roundtable
- The Oe-Cusse Climate Action Task Force
- The Oe-Cusse Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Response Team
The aim is to bring together a wide-ranging team of world-renowned leaders, influencers and shapers of public policy, economic development, climate change and other thematic areas to help blend local insights with global approaches. These forums will provide advice of the highest quality to enhance the relevance and impact of policy decisions taken by the President of the Authority. Through these forums, not only will the Authority benefit from the wealth of experience and expertise that members would bring, but provide a unique learning opportunity for the Authority’s staff and national experts.
“In this age of connectedness, we need to tap into global networks to ensure our policies are world-class” said Dr. Alkatiri. “We have developed a clear vision and roadmap for transforming the lives of the people of Oe-Cusse, but there is great value in learning from the best minds in the world” he added. “These forums will not just provide advice but help formulate a Climate Action Strategy and a SDGs strategy for Oe-Cusse as well as guide the framing of appropriate economic policies”.
The forums will be established under the Supporting the Institutional Development of the Oe-Cusse Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the Special Economic Zones of Social Market Economy of Timor-Leste (ZEESM TL) project which the Authority is implementing in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The project is helping the Authority address governance and economic development issues and in relation to the forums, will leverage UNDPs global reach to engage high-level experts.
The forums are expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2016.