Timor-Leste to donate one million dollars to aid West Africa
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão announced in New York that Timor-Leste will donate one million dollars to help the West Africa G7+ countries to combat the Ebola virus.
The announcement was made during a speech at the High Level Meeting on Peace and Capable Institutions as Stand-Alone-Goals in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
“I want to say here that Timor-Leste will contribute one million dollars (about 779 000 Euros) to help the nations of West Africa that are members of the G7+, to deal with the Ebola crisis”, stated Xanana Gusmão, who was in New York to participate in the 69th General Assembly of the UN on 25 September 2014.
According to the Timor-Leste Prime Minister, the Ebola crisis “makes quite clear the vital need for institutions to be able to deal with a phenomenon that may become a global health crisis”.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s most recent report, Ebola haemorrhagic fever has already caused the death of 2 811 people in West Africa, in 5 864 registered cases.
The three countries most affected by the disease are Liberia, Guinea (Conakry) and Sierra Leone. The current Ebola epidemic, which is the most serious since the virus was identified in 1976, originated in Guinea at the end of December 2013.
The G7+ is a voluntary organization of countries which are or were affected by conflict and which are now in a phase of transition towards the next level of development.
The main objective of the organization is to share experiences to advocate reforms in the way the international community engages in states affected by conflict.
The member states of the G7+ are: Timor-Leste, Guinea Bissau, Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Haiti, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Togo and Yemen.
Embassy of Timor-Leste in Pretoria