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Sunday 5th June - 6pm


Timor-Leste Government Welcome address

H.E Minister for Planning and Strategic Investment, Mr Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao

Conferences delegates are invited to take part in the Welcome Reception which will take place at the Timor Plaza Hotel from 6pm on Sunday 5th June. The Conference will be officially opened by Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao. You can enjoy this opportunity to meet and greet and celebrate the opening of the Conference.

Monday 6th June 2016

Day One | Day Two

8:30 Registration and morning coffee

8:50 Opening remarks from the Chairperson

Eng. Arcanjo da Silva, Executive Director, TradeInvest Timor-Leste


9:00 KEYNOTE | Keynote Address

H.E Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Dr Rui Maria de Araujo

9:20 KEYNOTE | International Keynote

Peter Doyle, Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste

9:40 Northern Territory Government Address

The Hon Peter Styles, MLA, Deputy Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government


Chair    Rui Soares, Director-Development and Production, Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM)

10:00 Bayu-Undan project investment update

  • Experience
  • Future plans

Jose Lobato, Country Manager, Conoco Phillips

10:20 Tapping into the Petroleum and potential Mineral Resources Management in Timor-Leste

  • A brief overview of Upstream and Downstream Petroleum business portfolio in Timor Leste
  • Experience sharing successes and challenges in Petroleum Resources Management
  • Shaping the future of the Petroleum and Mineral Industries through establishment and revision of relevant legal frameworks

Mateus da Costa, Director - Explorations and Acreage Release, Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM)

10:40 Morning tea

11:10 An update from Timor Gap - The role of Timor Gap in the social and economic development of Timor-Leste

Francisco Monteiro, President and CEO, Timor Gap


11:30 Realise the potential: fiscal reform for a strong and diversified economy

Fernanda Borges, Senior Coordinator for Fiscal Reform, Ministry of Finance

11:50 The role of TradeInvest to facilitate new investment opportunities in Timor-Leste

Eng. Arcanjo da Silva, Executive Director, TradeInvest Timor-Leste

12:00 Bilateral cooperation between Investment Agency

Dr. Miguel Frasquilho, President, AICEP-Portugal

12:15 The role of Timor Leste Chamber of Commerce to facilitate new investment opportunities in Timor Leste

Oscar Lima, President, CCI-TL

12:30 Timor-Leste in the Asian Century - Implications of ASEAN Membership

  • What is the process for Timor-Leste to ASEAN?
  • What are the main implications of joining ASEAN?
  • How can Timor-Leste make the most of ASEAN membership?

David Freedman, Country Economist, ADB Timor-Leste Resident Mission

1:00 Networking Lunch

Afternoon Chair

Denis Fernandez, President, Australia Timor-Leste Business Council


2:00 The Heineken Experience

  • Identifying Timor Leste Opportunity
  • Investment Rationale
  • Approval Process; Our Experience
  • Market Outlook

Vinay Mathur, General Manager - Timor Leste, Heineken Asia Pacific

2:30 TL Cement - Your Dream We will build

Get the first hand information about Timor-Leste biggest non-oil & gas major investment project and also first major manufacturing project

James Rhee, Managing Director, Timor-Leste Cement

3:00 Impact of Timorese Entrepreneurs (the local story)

  • Why we came back to invest in Timor Leste?
  • Evolution of the business climate
  • Dili Central Expansion Plan
  • Future of Timor - Tourism

Alan Jape, Managing Director, Jape Group International

3:30 Afternoon tea

4:00 The Oecussi Special Zone of Social Market Economy

Dr Mari Alkatiri, President, Zonas Especiais de Economia Social de Mercado, ZEESM

4:30 PANEL: Sharing learnings on business developments and employment opportunities

  • Business implementation: challenges and opportunities
  • Skill developments, training and internships
  • Closing cultural and technological market gaps

James Rhee, Managing Director, Timor-Leste Cement
Vinay Mathur, General Manager - Timor Leste, Heineken Asia Pacific
Susan Marx, Country Representative, The Asia Foundation
Panel Facilitator: Denis Fernandez, President, Australia Timor-Leste Business Council

5:15 Networking Drinks

7:00 Conference Gala Dinner

Tuesday 7th June 2016

Day One | Day Two

8:00 Morning coffee

9:00 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

David Freedman, Country Economist, ADB Timor-Leste Resident Mission


9:05 Asia Pacific business opportunities and Timor-Leste

Peter McMullin, Vice-President, Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry

9:35 Investing in SMEs in TL

Fatima Elsheikh, Chief Technical Advisor Social Business, UNDP Timor-Leste

10:00 Doing business in Timor Leste

David Dennis, CEO, ANZ Timor Leste

10.30 Morning tea


11:00 Tibar Bay Port Project

Rafael Ribeiro, Managing Director, SDV East Timor, Bollore Group
Yann Wickers, General Manager, Bollore Group

11:30 Tibar Bay Port PPP

  • Update
  • Why this project matters
  • New projects coming up and the role of public-private partnership

Jonathon Kirkby, Senior Operations Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

12:00 Global Links for TL, opportunities and challenges

  • Role of international shipping in growing TL economy.
  • Efficiencies in supply chain for TL
  • Improved safety and productivity

Ian Redfern, General Manager Coastal & Logistics, ANL Container Line

12:30 Lunch


    Eng. Arcanjo da Silva, Executive Director, TradeInvest Timor-Leste

1:30 Timor-Leste: A New Origin and Source of Horticulture Products, for South East Asian Markets

  • Timor-Leste social and economic outlook in the agricultural context
  • Potential for Timor-Leste to become a net exporter of food and a source of clean and green produce and products across a wide range of commodities. From coastal lowland crops such as spices, coffee, cashew, coconuts, tropical fruits and vegetables, to the highland value chains encompassing strawberries, low chill temperate and sub -tropical fruits and vegetables, Timor –Leste has great potential to supply.
  • Need for an approach both outwards looking to export and inwards looking to supply local food needs. The opportunities for exports and local markets are substantial and capable of great growth, to supply food to institutions, community needs, commercial development projects, regional food value chains and to food processing networks

Nicholas Richards, Chief of Party, USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project

2:00 WorldFish Hatchery in Timor-Leste

  • Project update
  • The potential for the development of the aquaculture sector in the country

Dr Nigel Preston, Director General, WorldFish

2:30 Afternoon tea


3:00 Importance of financial sector reform

  • Objectives of financial sector reform
  • Financial sector reform: a synthesis of structure, function and institutions
  • Risk assessment, risk management, and private incentives
  • Developing linkages throughout the Timor-Leste financial system

Peter Dirou, Senior Financial Sector Expert, Asian Development Bank

3:30 Timor-Leste Investment Guide

  • Country - geographical position, international accessibility, economic areas
  • Information on legal, financial and tax matters

Luis Florindo, Executive Director, Business Development, EY Portugal

4:00 KEYNOTE | Keynote Address

H.E Minister of State, Coordinator for Economic Affairs, Eng Estanislau Aleixo da Silva

4:20 Closing remarks from the Chair | END OF CONFERENCE

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