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After breaking with Indonesia in 1999, Timor-Leste formally declared restoration of its independence in 2002 after 3 years of United Nations administration. Independence had been initially proclaimed on November 28th 1975, but on December 7th 1975 the new country was invaded by Indonesia and remained so for the next 24 years.
A decade on, the country is holding parliamentary elections on July 7, after presidential elections held in March and April. With ASEAN membership on the cards, and the UN finally set to leave in 2013, major changes are afoot for the country also known as East Timor. Around US$10billion in oil and gas revenues have to date been banked in a Norway-style escrow fund, aimed at ensuring future solvency for the nation. Double-digit economic growth in recent years has followed, but many Timorese live in poverty, especially in rural areas, and several government ministers stand accused of corruption.
To discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the decade-old state will be outgoing President Jose Ramos-Horta. A 1996 Nobel peace laureate who shared the prize with Bishop Carlos Belo for his role in the Timorese independence movement, Dr Ramos-Horta has previously served as Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. Frequently outspoken on Timor-Leste’s place in the world, and the role of international actors in Timor-Leste, President Ramos-Horta will reflect on a decade of independence, and shed some light on what lies ahead for his country and on the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Members: No cover charge, buffet dinner is 350 baht
Non-members: 300 baht cover charge without buffet dinner or 650 baht for buffet dinner including cover charge
- Penthouse, Maneeya Center 518/5 Ploenchit Road Bangkok Patumwan 10330