2018 Export Awards
DILI, Timor-Leste (31 October 2018) – Export Promotion Directorate of TradeInvest Timor-Leste (TITL) and it’s sponsorship partners (TL Cement, Timor Plaza Hotel & Apartments, GMN, Heineken, Vinod Patel and Pertamina International Timor) held the second Export Awards in Timor-Plaza. The mission of TITL is to “Make it Easy” for investors and exporters. The idea of the event is to promote and encourage exporters and potential exporters who are doing such a great job in developing products and services which contribute to social and economic development of Timor-Leste.
The award event was proceeded by a mini expo in the morning of the same day where exporters and potential exporters were able to showcase their uniquely Timorese products. The expo was sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in recognition of the importance of the private sector in creating jobs in Timor Leste.
For the 2018 Export Awards there were 15 applications in total (8 from existing exporters and 7 from potential exporters). This was an increase from 2017 of 15%. The applications were assessed by four independent panelists including the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Timor-Leste (CCI-TL), SERVE, Market Development Facility (MDF) and AVANSA Agrikultura.
The winner of the “2018 Export Awards” first category was Cooperativa Cafe Timor (CCT) as existing exporter of the year. CCT export agricultural products, have a 20 year history in Timor- Leste and employ 550 local people. The winner of the second category was Mahanaim Garment as potential exporter of the year. They trade in high fashion women’s garment under the brand “Ita Nia”, are 18 months old and employ 15 people. The winners were also provided with an incentive of US$500 sponsored by Heineken.
In the closing remarks, the Executive Director of TITL thanked everyone for their participation and all the sponsors for their support. “Export Awards has become a TradeInvest annual event to encourage, acknowledge and motivate our national enterprises and group of cooperatives to diversify their businesses and export Timor-Leste’s products to international market”, said Eng. Arcanjo da Silva.
There were 140 participants (up from 90 last year) at the event. They composed of private sector (national and international), relevant government institutions and representatives from development partners. The presentation of the awards was concluded by a Gala dinner and networking drinks.