Oe-Cusse Administration Enters into Key Partnerships with World's Leading Organizations

Mar 28, 2016

Dr. Alkatiri signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Max Everest-Phillips, Director of the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE)

Dili, 28 March 2016. As parts of its efforts to leverage the strengths of some of the world’s leading organizations for the benefit of the people of Oe-Cusse and implementing its innovative ‘Partnering with the Best’ policy, the Authority of the Special Administrative Region of Oe-Cusse Ambeno (SAROA) and Special Zones for Social Market Economy (ZEESM) formalized collaboration with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE). Both these partnerships are part of the Authority’s plans under the ‘Supporting the Institutional Development of Oe-Cusse Special Administrative Region and ZEESM’ Project with UNDP.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in Singapore on Tuesday 22 March 2016 by Dr. Mari Alkatiri, President of the Authority of SAROA and ZEESM and Ms. Lim Seok Hui, CEO of SIAC and the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC). Under this MOU, SIAC, a world leader in the provision of dispute resolution services, will provide arbitration services and a unique arbitration-mediation-arbitration (Arb-Med-Arb) service developed jointly with SIMC, for SAROA-ZEESM. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Alkatiri stated that the MOU aimed to strengthen investor confidence, adding that “Access to high quality dispute resolution services is a prime concern for investors and contractors. By partnering with SIAC, we have ensured that anyone investing in Oe-Cusse can be assured of dispute resolution services of the highest standards. This is an innovative step we have taken and sends a clear message to the private sector: Oe-Cusse offers an enabling, world class business environment”.  

In her remarks, Ms. Lim Seok Hui, said that SIAC was delighted to partner with the Authority and commended Dr. Alkatiri for his vision for Oe-Cusse’s social and economic development. “Arbitration and the ‎innovative Arb-Med-Arb process offer international investors and businesses from different legal systems and cultures, the benefits of certainty coupled with flexibility within an institutionalised framework that is user-friendly, practical and saves parties time and costs. Over the past 25 years, SIAC has worked closely with parties from all over the world, including governments and private sector firms, to develop and promote international arbitration as an efficient and cost-effective means to resolve their cross-border commercial disputes. By providing quality, efficient and neutral dispute resolution mechanisms, we aim to contribute to Oe-Cusse's economic development.”

Earlier, Dr. Alkatiri signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Max Everest-Phillips, Director of the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE). This LOI is intended to provide a platform for innovations in institutional capacity building and for using technology to help build better client and citizen orientation for public servants. “While the process of building quality public infrastructure in Oe-Cusse will continue, I also want to build quality institutional infrastructure. We need a public service that is competent, accountable and responsive and able to keep pace with expectations of citizens and private sector alike. The UNDP is already our lead partner agency and this LOI further strengthen that partnership. With the GCPSE, we will test new models of capacity building and find new solutions for not just resolving strategic challenges but also to bring government closer to the people”. Dr. Alkatiri further added that “If we want to change from subsistence to a market economy, the public sector must have the skills and the mechanisms to achieve that goal. Otherwise, we will struggle to deliver on our plans”.

Responding to President Alkatiri’s comments, Max Everest-Phillips, the Director of the GCPSE stated that “We recognize the range of challenges that face the Oe-Cusse administration in terms of institutional capacity and the need for a new compact between the state and citizens, but we are equally impressed by the innovative approach taken by the Authority and the strength and clarity of political leadership. The GCPSE has been helping governments around the world to address gaps in competence, knowledge and trust through policy research, introduction of new strategic planning tools and by providing platforms for learning through sharing. We will use these to help transform President Alkatiri’s vision into tangible results for the people of Oe-Cusse”. 

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