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[ACSC/APF 2016 Press Release] Govts and States will Listen to Civil Society’s Voices, says Rui Gomes


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Dili, Timor-Leste – 02-08-2016- Chief of the Office of the Presidency, Rui Gomes on behalf of the President of the Republic, Taur Matan Ruak (TMR) said he was confident that the governments and ASEAN member states would listen to civil society’s voices and concerns in the region.

“APF is a very important forum to influence the governments and propose a necessary action to the states as APF is there to make people to respect one another and promote human rights. I do believe that the governments and the states would listen to your concerns and voices,” Gomes said during his speech marking a cocktail ceremony, which was held on Tuesday (2/8) at Palacio do Nobre, Dili.

He  affirmed that this simple ceremony was held to bring communities of ASEAN to know better Timor-Leste’s culture and its people.

Mr. Gomes who represent, the president of the republic said he was pleased to meet with the participants of APF from all ASEAN member states because they could share their experiences to one another in order to better build good cooperation in the future. ,

“I congratulate NGO Forum and all civil societies on their efforts in realizing this very important forum. There are 400 participants from the region of South East Asia to share their experiences in order to achieve the set goal. When the forum ends, you all will return to your respective country to continue to do your work and implement what will be achieved in APF,” he said.

Timor-Leste restored its independence after a long-standing struggle, its people are currently living in stability and democracy. The progress es that the country has achieved is that the majority of the Timorese people have accessed education, electricity and public health. The Government has spent a total amount of US $ 8 billion for the country’s development,” Mr. Gomes explained.

He added that Timor-Leste was currently making self-preparations before being a full member of ASEAN; therefore it still needed to learn from ASEAN states in many aspects.

Meanwhile, APF’s Co-Chair of Timor-Leste, Fernando “Ato” Costa thanked the president of the republic for strengthening solidarity between civil society and ASEAN member states through the APF 2016.

The invitees of the cocktail were members of the government of Timor-Leste, representative of UN Agencies and national observers. During the cocktail ceremony, a traditional dancing group known “Le-Ziaval showed a Timorese traditional dancing called Leso, which has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the world’s legacy.


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