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Heineken hones in on Timor-Leste

Publika iha Ekonomia


By Caitlin Taylor, Somerset Lewis and Tahlia Sarv 


Heineken has begun the training of Timorese workers in preparation for the opening of their 40 million dollar ‘multi beverage’ facility near Dili, planned for late next year. 


The Dutch brewer signed a formal land lease with the Timor-Leste government in June and began construction in August, creating 1000 jobs for locals around the country. 


General Manager of Heineken Timor-Leste, Vinay Mathur, says that in a bid to ensure immediate success, brewery supervisors have already been sent to Indonesia to commence mandatory training.  


“[Heineken] are hiring even the factory workers now and we will put them again on a plane to Indonesia because we have 2 breweries there,” he said. 


“In total 50 people will train in Indonesia for the next 9-10 months.”


Mr Mathur admits that the facility is one of the company’s smallest but anticipates the large investment in staff training will pay off. 


“The reason why we are investing this sum is because we don’t want the first beer that comes out of the local brewery to be any different in quality or taste than the imported beers.” 


With 55 per cent of the population under the age of eighteen, Timor-Leste provides the company with a vast employment base. 


Staff at the brewery will comprise largely of Timorese locals with the aim of providing long-term employment with reasonable salaries. 


“There’s been a fair bit of positive spin coming from the community because of what we are offering. I don’t think people have too much to complain about,” Mr Mathur said. 


 “It will be the beacon of our investment in the country. We will build the local technical management skills amongst the population.”


Heineken’s investment in a multi beverage plant is the first foreign investment in Timor-Leste’s manufacturing sector.


Mr Mathur says the young country is appealing due to its fast growing economy on the back of oil and gas revenues. 


“Basically what excited us about the country was fundamentally the way they are managing their oil rent,” he explained.


“Here the money is all in a sovereign wealth fund and the fact they were using the wealth fund in a fairly mature manner to invest in infrastructure.” 


The venture also shows promise due to the lack of beer variety in Timor-Leste with Heineken, Tiger, Bintang and ABC all produced by the Dutch company. 


“It’s very clear that it’s a one player market,” he said. 


If all goes to plan, it is anticipated that the first batch of beer will be in the hands of locals by December of 2016 with an area of the factory designated for visitors to try an array of Heineken products. 



In order to secure a return on the multi million-dollar investment, the Dili brewery will also produce a carbonated soft drink line as well as bottled water. 

Beijing, 04 Setembru 2015 – Tuir nota de imprensa ne’ebe fo sai husi Prezidensia da Republika informa katak durante vizita estadu ba Xina, Prezidente Republika, Taur Matan Ruak, ne’ebé akompañadu ho Primeira Dama, Isabel da Costa Ferreira, no Ministru Negosiu Estrangeirus no Kooperasaun, Sr. Hernani Coelho Sexta-Feira lorokraik, halao vizita ba Embaixada TL iha Beijing ne’ebé simu husi Embaixadora Sra. Vicky Tchong iha okaziaun partisipasun Xefe Estadu nian iha Selebrasõens “70º Aniversáriu Vitória husi Povu Xinêz iha Funu Rezistênsia hasoru Agressãun Japoneza no Funu Anti-Facista”, iha II Guerra Mundial.


Hafoin halao vizita ba Embaixada, Prezidente Repúblika Taur Matan Ruak, akompañadu hosi Primeira Dama, Isabel da Costa Ferreira, Ministru Negosiu Estrangeirus no Kooperasaun, Sr. Hernani Coelho no Embaixadora Sra. Vicky Tchong hasoru malu ho Estudantes Timoroan ne’ebé halao estudus iha Xina iha Hotel Kempinski, Rua, 50 Liangmaquiao, Munisípiu Chaoyang, Beijing. 


Iha enkontru ne’e rejista diskursu rua, dahuluk, Diskursu Boas vindas husi Lider estudantes Timor-Oan (iha China) no daruak, hosi Prezidente Repúblika, Taur Matan Ruak, ne’ebé enkoraja estudantes hotu atu estuda ho di’ak, iha dedikasaun no empeñu, hodi bele garante susesu iha sira nia (prosesu) aprendijazen, atu ho koñesimentu ne’ebé sira hetan bele benefisia Timor-Leste ne’ebé oras ne’e dadaun iha hela faze dezenvolvimentu.



Xefe Estadu sei fila mai Dili iha loron Kinta-Feira (10/09/2015) ho aviaun Silk Air husi Singapura hafoin partisipa iha Selebrasõens “70º Aniversáriu Vitória husi Povu Xinêz iha Funu Rezistênsia hasoru Agressãun Japoneza no Funu Anti-Facista”, iha II Guerra Mundial ne’ebé halao iha Beijing Xina iha loron 02 no 05 Setembru 2015. 

Telling the stories of Timor one photo at a time

Publika iha Nasional


By Tahlia Sarv, Somerset Lewis and Caitlin Taylor 


When you think of Timor-Leste a history of poverty and conflict often springs to mind. As one of the world’s newest nations, its tropical shores and increasing population are largely untouched by the outside world, let alone social media. 


But after moving to Timor-Leste four years ago, 28-year-old Queenslander Natasha Cleary has spent the last year and a half developing her blog, Humans of Dili


Inspired by the hugely successful photoblog and best-selling book by Brandon Stanton Humans of New York, Ms Clearyshares the touching stories of people not only from Dili, but districts across Timor-Leste through the blog’s main Facebook page. 


“I saw Humans of New York, and I saw Humans of Pakistan, humans of everywhere…and I thought it would be really cool to do Humans of Dili because Timor-Leste is the kind of place where no one really knows a lot about it,” Natasha says. 


“I can show the human side of this little country and there are so many interesting humans here.


“Humans of Dili gave me a reason to go up to that person and talk to them.”


Edging nearly 4000 likes on the Facebook photoblog, the page is visited by mostly Timorese but has since attained an international audience after stories were shared in both Tetum and English. 


Natasha says the photoblog was initially established as simply a story and photo-sharing platform. 


“The only objective of HOD is to share ordinary peoples stories. HOD is not about me, I try to make it about everyone else and remain as anonymous as possible,” she says.


“But after a while I realised it is a good platform for awareness raising, getting alternative voices in the public arena.” 


“This year for IDAHOT day (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) I linked up with an NGO here and for a week I put photos of the homosexual and transsexual community [on the page] just to break down the stigma.” 


Natasha has been balancing her blog with full-time work here in Timor-Leste in an international development agency called ChildFund, and is currently working in anti-violence against children advocacy. 


With no actual photography or journalism background, but a degree in international relations and Islamist studies, Natasha says the reaction to the page has been great.  


“Generally the response is really good and also engagement with the page, the fans and stuff, their responses are also really positive,” she says. “They’re always giving encouragement to the people [on the page].”


However, she says the photoblog can still come with various difficulties.  


“One of the biggest challenges is getting people to tell me their important life stories,” she explains. 


“First of all it’s a language issue. I speak Tetum, but I’m not a native speaker, so that’s one barrier.


“I also don’t think Timorese people are really used to like media or journalists or anyone really talking to them about their lives.” 


“Sometimes I feel shy to go up to people, especially lately. It’s not easy to put yourself out there,” she admits. “Probably 99 per cent of people say ‘ yeah sure take my photo, great’. Probably one in every ten people [I speak to] leads to a great story.” 


After spending the past few years here and deeply engaging with Timor-Leste’s culture and people, Natasha holds enormous optimism for the young country’s future. 


“A lot of people think I’m too idealistic and don’t look at the problems, like yes there are a lot of problems, but it could be a lot worse,” she said. 


“Look at South Sudan, the youngest country in the world after Timor-Leste. They are in chaos and crisis, but Timor-Leste is going really well and I see this from the people I talk too.”


In regards to the future of her photoblog she admits it will be hard for her to let go when the time comes, but sees an incessant future for it. 


“When I’m panning my life and looking for my next job Humans of Dili is a huge factor. It’s my baby, I cant leave it,” she says. 


“Other people have approached me in the past being like ‘can I be a part of Humans of Dili, I’ve got a background in photography and journalism?’…Sure! It’s not mine it’s for everyone.”


“I would love to get a Timorese person [involved] so it can be totally sustainable and last forever.”


Natasha has interviewed over 1000 people now, and says the main reoccurring theme shared in people’s stories is peace. 


“Every day, on the ground, the people that I talk to, from the youngest people to the oldest people are all saying ‘I want peace, I want my education, I don’t want fighting, I want to develop the nation’.”


The project has also allowed Natasha to form special relationships with a diverse array of people in Timor-Leste. 


“When I started taking peoples photos I would start recognising these people,” she explains.


“Before I would have just driven past and not taken a second thought.” 


Whether it’s a story of sadness or triumph, a visit to the photoblog will leave you feeling touched, inspired and aware of the special place that is Timor-Leste. 

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