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CEO Alola's Speech on Alola Autralia Fundraising Dinner

CONTRIBUTION OF OIL AND GAS FROM DISPUTE AREA TO THE WELL-BEING OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN TIMOR-LESTE LINK WITH ALOLA PRIORITIES

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CEO Alola on Alola Australia Dinner Fundraising

Alola Australia Fundraising,20 October 2017

Mrs. Chairwomen of Alola Foundation, Chairwomen of Alola Australia, Mrs. Kim McGrath, Excellences, Ladies, and Gentlemen,

I'm delighted to join you today and I would like to thank Alola Australia for the opportunity to talk at Alola Australia's Annual Fundraising Dinner.
This event has become an important spot to share the ideas thus I want to congratulate Alola Australia for another successful annual fundraising event tonight.

Sharing idea of how to assure production of oil and gas can benefit by the people especially women and children become an important part than ever.

Today, I am going to talk about "How the oils and gas resources can contribute to the well-being of women and children in Timor-Leste link with Alola priorities"

It is believed that natural resources definitely play an important role in the economy of many countries. Generally, natural wealth of country makes those countries stronger economically which has to support the development of long-term economic, social, and political. For example, China has produced nearly 4.6 million barrels of oil per day which equivalent nearly 53 percent of Asia's total production. As result of that China economically strong compares with other Asian countries. In another hand, worst performers in managing the revenue from natural resources can lead to the drawback of economic growth of the country. For instance, according to the FREE report that the Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest producer of cobalt about 49 percent and industrial diamonds around 30 percent, therefore at the same time over last 40 years, Congo has worst growth rate and lowest GDP per capita.

Likewise, Timor- Leste has natural wealth include oil and gas revenue that has been allocated to the development of country and its people. It is showing that 95 percent of Timor-Leste estate revenues have from Oil and gas. Example, the history of petroleum fund withdrew each year is increased from 2014 about $732 million, 2015 increased to $ 1,276 million and it's increased slightly about $ 1,675 million in 2016. (Lao Hamutuk, 2015).

Nevertheless, Timor-Leste remains to need the budget supply of oil and gas revenue which is still considered as an important source to pursue development of its people for the better future of the country.

Timor-Leste current population of 1,302,487 which is comprised of 0-14 years: 41.43 percent (male 268,578/female 253,897), 15-24 years: 20.11 percent (male 128,678/female 124,870), and 25-54 years: 29.79 percent (male 180,750/female 194,916) (Timor-Leste Demographic profile, 2017).

Let me discuss main advantages that can be benefited by women and children from revenue of oil and gas. It is showing that 61.54 percent of total populations of the age that are required significant and inclusive human capital development which is including education and health sector.

Alola has been prioritizing those two main areas as fundamental rights of the people and as an important pillar of the country development.

Let me talk about each priority area,
Fundasaun Alola devoted to improving quality of and access to education in Timor Leste through promoting the importance of education with whole community involvement, providing training to improve teachers' teaching ability, expanding education opportunities and establishing collaboration with MoE and relevant education organizations to develop the holistic education program. As a result of this program, there were a thousand of girls has been graduated and 75 percent has got the job and continue to support their family's member. In addition, during its commitment for 15 year to now, there was significant achievement made in contributing to the development of education from pre-primary to primary school in Timor-Leste.

Another sector which is Improve Women's and Children Health status

To improve maternal and child health at Fundasaun Alola continue to place our energy, efforts, and resources at the community and health facilities levels. It is continued to promote exclusive breastfeeding, nutrition education including complementary feeding, birth preparedness plans for safe delivery, distribution of maternity packs to the health posts and support antenatal and post-natal care at health facilities in Baucau, Oecusse, Maubisse, and Dili. The interventions have been contributing to the achievement of MDG no 4 reductions of infant mortality rate. moreover, as result of the program, exclusive breastfeeding rate increased from 52 percent in 2010 to 62.3 percent in 2013 and It is clearly recognized that the strong community involvement and support led by the Mother Support Groups of Fundasaun Alola. Furthermore, the Mother Support Group initiative established by Fundasaun Alola over 10 years ago has been considered as best practice initiative that was adopted nationally by our government. The program has contributed to the reduction of children underweight rate nearly 7 percent, from 44.7 percent in 2010 to 38.1 percent, stunting declined from 58.1 percent to 51.9 percent and wasting decreased from 18.6 percent to 10.8 percent in 2013.

I would like to conclude, natural resource revenue is an essential part which significantly contributes to the country development and its citizen, especially women and children in Timor-Leste. However, the undefined maritime boundary of Timor-Leste and Australia might be caused uncertainty decision to explore the natural wealth in the disputed area. Therefore, considering the long-standing friendship ropes and respecting the principle of independence country can be lead to the prosperous neighbor country.

I am honored to thank the entire Alola friend and supporter for your commitment and support to our country, the organization in the past, today and in the future.
Join us and remain, partners, as we continue to support the achievement of planet 50-50 by 2030 "Step it Up for Gender equality and Leave No One Behind.

Let's continue to consolidate ourselves for better and bright future of women and our children.

A woman is a mother of the nation, the strong woman born of a great nation.

"Strong Women, Strong Nation"

Thank you

 

Alzira Reis,

CEO of Fundasaun Alola,

Timor-Leste

 

 

 

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