[TimorLesteStudies] 2015 Timor-Leste Update: 19-20 November, ANU, Canberra

Michael Leach mleach at swin.edu.au
Thu Oct 8 12:51:40 AEDT 2015

From: Lia Kent <lia.kent at anu.edu.au>
Sent: Thursday, October 8, 2015 12:37 PM


2015 Timor-Leste Update
19-20 November, The Australian National University, Canberra

Registration will open Monday 12 October 2015.

'Terms of Inclusion'
Timor-Leste’s emergence from the political and security crisis of 2006 has been underpinned by government policies that have broadened state expenditures and social transfers to provide tangible benefits for much of the population. Since the 2012 national elections, politics has also evolved to emphasise cooperation and ‘national interest’ over partisan rivalry.  In February 2015 the appointment as Prime Minster of Dr Rui Araujo from the opposition minority party Fretilin ushered in a new government that is now broadly inclusive of the main political parties represented in parliament, with a mandate to promote national inclusiveness and unity of purpose.

In appointing the VIth Constitutional Government, the President of Timor-Leste commented that the reins were being passed ‘from the generation which has conquered liberation to that which must conquer development’. The new government is confronted with significant economic and social challenges including declining revenues, a weak labour market, rapid urbanisation and high population growth.  Despite the dramatic and rapid expansion of government expenditures in recent years, Timor-Leste still has high levels of poverty and there is evidence of a growing gap between rich and poor. Meanwhile, the terms of Timor-Leste’s engagement with its immediate geographic region and other forms of association remain a work in progress.

The 2015 Timor-Leste Update will consider the ‘terms of inclusion’ in contemporary Timor-Leste: the positioning of different societal and political interests, and the challenges, trade-offs and risks that confront them and that confront Timor-Leste as a whole.
Opening Session
A keynote address from His Excellency Estanislau da Silva, Minister of State, Coordinator of Economic Affairs, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries will be delivered in the opening session of the Update.
Sessions to follow:

  *   Terms of Inclusion: a Political Entente Cordiale?<http://ips.cap.anu.edu.au/ssgm/2015-timor-leste-update#acton-tabs-link--qt-2015_timor_leste_update-ui-tabs2>
  *   Terms of Inclusion: Timor-Leste in the Region<http://ips.cap.anu.edu.au/ssgm/2015-timor-leste-update#acton-tabs-link--qt-2015_timor_leste_update-ui-tabs2>
  *   Terms of Inclusion: Major Regional Development Initiatives: Suai Tasi Mane Project and Oekussi Special Economic Zone<http://ips.cap.anu.edu.au/ssgm/2015-timor-leste-update#acton-tabs-link--qt-2015_timor_leste_update-ui-tabs2>
  *   Terms of inclusion:  Distributional Equity and Public Policy<http://ips.cap.anu.edu.au/ssgm/2015-timor-leste-update#acton-tabs-link--qt-2015_timor_leste_update-ui-tabs2>
  *   Terms of Inclusion: Youth and Women <http://ips.cap.anu.edu.au/ssgm/2015-timor-leste-update#acton-tabs-link--qt-2015_timor_leste_update-ui-tabs2>
Confirmed speakers include:

  *   Mica Barreto Soares, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology
  *   Meabh Cryan, PhD Candidate, SSGM, ANU
  *   Deb Cummins, Founder & Director, Bridging Peoples
  *   Andrey Damaledo, PhD Candidate, School of Culture, History and Languages, ANU
  *   Dr Rui Feijo, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra
  *   Professor Brett Inder, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University
  *   Associate Professor, Michael Leach, Department of Education and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology
  *   His Excellency Helder Lopes, Vice Minister of Finance, Government of the Republic of Timor-Leste
  *   Jose Teixeira, Attorney, Da Silva Teixeira & Associados
  *   Charlie Scheiner, Economics and Natural Resources Department, La’o Hamutuk
  *   Sandra Silva, Social Protection Adviser, Ministry of Social Solidarity, Timor-Leste
  *   Dr Laura Yoder, Director of Human Needs and Global Resources, Wheaton College







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