Standards Australia is working to uplift the Timor-Leste standards body, IQTL, in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and its Partnership for Inclusive Prosperity (PROSIVU) program.
The Timor-Leste Standards Uplift Initiative offers comprehensive training, fellow arrangements, and sector-specific exploration to identify opportunities for standards.
The goal of the program is to enhance economic competitiveness, improve safety for goods and services, bolster the resilience of the natural and built environment, and improve the quality of life for citizens.
In addition, the project aims to assist Timor-Leste in diversifying its industries, which would support its ambitions to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Standards Australia is set to deliver technical support, helping Timor-Leste in establishing a National Standards Focal Point to develop a roadmap for standards capability improvement, and conduct in-country workshops with government and key stakeholders. The first workshop took place recently - “An introduction to standards and the international standards system” - and attracted 40 attendees. The session focused on knowledge transfer and skill refinement necessary for international standards development, adoption, and dissemination.
Jesse Riddell, Senior International Partnerships Manager at Standards Australia, said: “Australia is a long-standing partner of Timor-Leste. The Timor-Leste Standardisation Uplift initiative is an extension of this partnership and will support stronger, more inclusive economic growth and social benefits in our near neighbour. The first workshop was a huge success, with good participation and enthusiasm from the attendees. I am looking forward to building on this momentum in 2024.”
The Timor-Leste Standards Uplift Initiative aligns with Australia's commitment to being a reliable development partner for Timor-Leste, supporting its social and economic priorities and efforts to join ASEAN and WTO.
The second workshop - “The benefits of standards and principles of good standardisation practice” - is expected to take place in February 2024.
Riddell concluded: “We look forward to developing this initiative with Timor-Leste’s officials and key stakeholders as we foster close relationships, building capacity and promoting economic integration in the region.”
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