Dili meeting to cement Top End ties with Timor-Leste
February 8th, 2010
Chief Minister Paul Henderson will be meeting with several stakeholders in Dili today.
AS PART of the second Timor-Leste/Northern Territory Ministerial Forum Chief Minister Paul Henderson will be meeting with several stakeholders in Dili today to strengthen the NT's ties with Timor-Leste.
"The aim of these regular Ministerial Forums is to further cooperation, examine progress in existing initiatives and continue to strengthen our relationship," Mr Henderson said.
"We have strong links with Timor Leste in many areas. Last financial year Territory exports to Timor-Leste totalled $23 million, while imports from Timor-Leste were nearly $9 million."
Mr Henderson said issues to be discussed include the Northern Territory Government's public service internship program, football scholarships and the Darwin Dili Sailing Rally.
The rally first ran for two years in 1973 and '74 and will be resumed this year.
"As well as cementing ties between our jurisdictions it will help attract tourists ... by showcasing the pristine marine environment," Mr Henderson said.