The speeches selected here are drawn from the wide variety of events at which Xanana Gusmão has spoken. They discuss local and international development and investment issues, Xanana Gusmão's vision for Timor-Leste, and provide insights into engaging with Timor-Leste.

 
 

receiving an Honorary Degree in International Relations from Hunan University

Hunan University is known throughout the world not only for its academic excellence but also because it has educated many renowned professionals who have held, and currently hold, leading roles in academic institutions, the government and the private sector, contributing to make China the superpower it is today.

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Goodbye Conflict, Welcome Development

First and foremost, allow me to say how happy I am to be here today at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University to share with you a reflection on the Timorese experience in its transition from conflict to development. It is a great honour for me to address such a distinguished audience, knowing of your keen interest to know a little more about the Timorese process and our goals for the future. I would like to thank you for coming here today, and to acknowledge the Southeast Asian Studies program at SAIS and Asia Society Washington, DC, for organising this event and our Embassy for its support...

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Launch Of The Strategic Development Plan, 2011-2030

First and foremost, I want to salute all of you who have come a long way to take part once more in this important meeting, the main purpose of which is to strengthen strategic partnerships to develop our Nation...

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Opening Of The International Investment Conference

The holding of this Conference is a reflection of both the expanding investment opportunities in our economy and the increasing optimism in our future. And it reflects the Government’s commitment to growing our economy and building our nation...

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Australia Timor-Leste Business Council Reception

I am always pleased to address an Australia Timor-Leste Business Council event. I did so in 2006 as President and in 2008 as Prime Minister. Today, I am particularly pleased to be speaking to you. Not only because it is good to be back in Sydney to meet with many friends who are here today. But because today I have a brighter story to tell...

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State Building 10 Years On: A Reflection On Timor-Leste

The future of Timor-Leste was determined, in practice, when under the auspices of the international community we restored our sovereignty and assumed, before representatives from many countries, our determination to build the democratic foundation for developing Timorese society and our commitment towards peace...

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67th Session Of The United Nations General Assembly

It is a great pleasure for me to address this great General Assembly of the United Nations for the second year in a row. Last September, I tried to convey to you a message of progress and hope. Today I bring from the People of Timor-Leste a message of both joy and thankfulness...

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G7+ High Level Side Event Of The United Nations General Assembly

Since its first meeting in Díli, in early 2010, the g7+ has grown to become an influential advocate for the people of fragile and conflict-affected countries...

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State Building For The Next Decade

It is with great honour and pleasure that Timor-Leste welcomes once again the meeting of our development partners. This annual meeting is now part of Timor-Leste’s history and provides an overview of the path we have taken since achieving our independence...

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Harnessing Natural Resource Wealth For Inclusive Growth And Economic Development

In Timor-Leste we are well aware of the rise in inequality across the world. This is both in developed and developing countries, including the great emerging economies. In our region of the Asia-Pacific we have seen spectacular growth stories. With access to capital and a focus on human resources many Asian nations have made remarkable progress which has lifted millions of people out of poverty...

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Forum On Trade And Investment Opportunities In Timor-Leste

The birth of our nation brought great hope to our people for a better future of self-determination and freedom. In 2002 we faced the exciting new challenge of learning to live in peace and developing the foundations of a strong and robust State.

We soon learned nation building is a very difficult task. Most of our roads, bridges, schools and hospitals had been destroyed. We had to establish a civil service, a banking system and a court system – all at the same time and all from scratch...

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Reviving The Silk Road: A Dialogue With Asian Leaders

At this Boao Conference we are identifying growth drivers for Asia’s New Future. These include technological progress, the rise of emerging markets, the expanding Asian middle class and the benefits of an interconnected and globalised world. The great value of Reviving the Silk Road is that it leverages off these emerging economic trends with a concrete initiative to strengthen trade as well as international peace, cooperation and friendship...

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Timor-Leste Development Partners’ Meeting, 2014

Timor-Leste is a development success story thanks to the determination of our people and the support of our international friends. Since our crisis of 2006 we, as a people, have pulled together. In tackling the root causes of our fragility we were able to embark on a process of peace building and State building. We had learnt only too well that conflict can wipe out years of development progress. And today, we enjoy peace and stability, which you can all witness from the vibrancy and positive energy on our streets and in our towns.

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70th Session Of The United Nations Economic And Social Commission For Asia And The Pacific

In December last year, Asia-Pacific countries unanimously endorsed a landmark declaration outlining the road map towards a regional economic community. Together with government leaders, ministers and senior officials from 36 countries, we adopted the ‘Bangkok Declaration on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific,’ resolving to work closer together to build an integrated market, seamless transport and energy connectivity, financial cooperation and enhance resilience to address vulnerabilities and risks of natural disasters.

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Sustainable Development Of Small Island States Through Genuine And Durable Partnerships

Like all the small States, Timor-Leste was colonised for centuries and only very recently achieved its sovereignty. In this short period of 12 years of independence, Timor-Leste is building the nation and is classified as a ‘fragile’ and ‘vulnerable’ State. I cannot argue with this, but it is important to make the distinction between the institutions of the State, and people who make up the State. I have to admit that our State institutions are still fragile, but our people are resilient, and they are determined to build a better future for our children.

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United Nations Climate Change Summit

The way the world responds to climate change is of critical importance to international development and our shared future. I commend the Secretary-General for his great leadership in urging the world to take collective action. This Summit provides the catalyst towards a global binding agreement in 2015. 

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69th Session Of The United Nations General Assembly

In September 2000, before becoming an independent country and while under UNTAET’s administration, we came to this Great House as observers, in order to familiarise ourselves with the grand designs for the new century, in the shape of the Millennium Development Goals.

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