Australia will provide additional US$14 million in COVID-19 budget support for Timor Leste

Timor-Leste's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Adaljiza Magno, announced Australia committed to providing an additional A$20 million (US$14 million) to support Timor-Leste's budget programs during fiscal year (FY) 2022/23.

In a joint press conference in Timor-Leste, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong indicated that the increased A$20 million (US$14 million) in development assistance will be provided as budget support for the COVID-19 response. The funding will add to the Timor-Leste government’s Bolsa da Mãe Jerasaun Foun program to support mothers and children and the village development program (PNDS).

The Australian government also aimed to expand its Labour Mobility Scheme to enable people from Timor Leste to work more easily in Australia.

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