Jakarta-Indonesia, Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Dili, Timor Leste for a state visit on January 26. This visit is the first visit of President Jokowi to Timor Leste in a move to strengthen the two nations’ relations.
During the visit, Jokowi meets with Timor Leste’s President Taur Matan Ruak and Prime Minister Maria De Araujo. With this visit, the two sides plan to ink some Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) including in Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics sector.
The signing ceremony of MoU between Indonesia and Timor Leste in Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics sector, was held on 26 January 2016 at Timor Leste Prime Minister Office. Agenda for this event was to arrange cooperation between Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) and the Ministry Public Work, Transport and Communication of Timor Leste in consultation calibration of meteorological and seismology equipment, human resource development, and to exchange data and information about meteorology, climatology and geophysics. This cooperation has been discussed since 2009, during visitation of Timor Leste delegation to BMKG.
Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affair, Retno Lestari Marsudi and Timor Leste Minister of Foreign Affair, Hernani Coelho, signed the MoU on behalf of Indonesian Government and Timor Leste Government. This ceremony was witnessed by Indonesian President and Timor Leste Prime Minister.
Regarding of consultation calibration, from June until July 2014 BMKG has helped Timor Leste Government to do calibration for 12 AWS (Automatic Weather Station) in 12 locations in Timor Leste. This consultation calibration was requested by Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Timor Leste to establish a sustainable National Information and Early Warning System (NIEWS) on food security in Timor Leste. BMKG also helped in knowledge transfer for calibration and maintenance of AWS to Agriculture Ministry Staff in Timor Leste.
Meanwhile, for human resources development, BMKG for several times has invited Timor Leste to attend workshop and training, such as Training of Trainers (ToT) Climate Fields School on August 2015. The purpose of the workshop was to share the experience of Indonesia in implementing the Climate Field School program with other countries in the Asia Pacific region in order to support food security programs in their countries. The Climate Field School user outreach approach is in line with the goals of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).
For 2016, BMKG planning to collaborate with ESCAP (United Nation Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) to establish a partnership to promote and institutionalize the ESCAP Regional Network of Knowledge and Innovation Centers in Disaster Risk Reduction. In second half of the year, BMKG and ESCAP plan to do workshop and training in at RTC (Research and Training Center) Citeko, Bogor, Indonesia where Timor Leste and other participants of Pacific Countries will be invited for this workshop and training. (kd)