Officials from the National Institute of Workforce Development (Instituto Nacional de Desenvolvimento de Mão-de-Óbra – INDMO) of Timor Leste visited the Colombo Plan Staff College in Manila last August 5, 2019 to discuss possible opportunities for collaboration particularly on matters concerning Asia-Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC).

The delegation is composed of the following:

  1. Mr. Arlindo da Costa, Senior Officer for Qualification and Industrial Linkages, INDMO
  2. Mrs. Evangelina Domingas Correia Guterres, Senior Officer for TVET, INDMO
  3. Mr. Leonel Casimiro Araújo, Senior Consultant for Employment Policy, INDMO
  4. Mr. José Mendes Nono, Senior Officer of Counterpart Fund Affairs, INDMO
  5. Mr. Aquiles Salvador Guterres, National Adviser-Institutional Strengthening, INDMO
  6. Mr. Pankrasio Silveiro, Immigration Attaché, Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste in Manila

They were welcomed by Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, CPSC Director General; Ms. Therese Lee, CPSC Faculty Specialist; Ms. Adrienne Abril, APACC Officer and Mr. Bryan Noel Lazaro, Executive Secretary.

Matters discussed during the meeting include the accreditation and certification of training centers offering National Certificates in agriculture, implementation of training regulations, competency standards and other matters concerning the implementation of APACC. A short briefer about CPSC was also presented during the meeting.

The delegation expressed their interest in CPSC's capacity development programs and inquired about the membership process and requirements. They also extended an invitation to Dr. Lamichhane to speak at future conferences in their country tentatively planned in the upcoming months.

In addition, both parties expressed their optimism that the said meeting will open doors for closer ties between the two entities and will pave the way for Timor Leste to reap the benefits of intergovernmental cooperation in TVET.

Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane gives the CPSC plaque on behalf of the delegation to Mrs. Evangelina Domingas Correia Guterres, Senior Officer of INDMO for TVET.

INDMO was established in 2008 and is a designated and recognized institution to supervise and provide accreditation for the establishment of technical and skill development education institutions in Timor-Leste.

The institute is engaged in various public and private entities and other international agencies in executing and monitoring its core programs. In addition, it manages 25 accredited technical education and skills development centers all over the country. It is also responsible for implementing and monitoring the training regulations developed for various sectors in accordance with the Timor-Leste Qualifications Framework (TLQF).