The Integrated Centre for Entrepreneurs, Employment and a Voice for Timorese young people the Knua Juventude Fila Liman (KJFL) opened at Pateo, in front of UNTL-Liceu, Dili.

Integrated Centre for Entrepreneurs, Employment and a Voice for Timorese young people the KJFL opened at Pateo, in front of UNTL-Liceu, Dili.

The aim of the centre is to support and motivate the youth to think and develop a business in the private sector for Timor-Leste.
KJFL was initiated by the International agency UN, PNDU and worked with the cabinet of the former VI Government Prime Minister, and other relevant institutions of government.
This centre was officially inaugurated by former Prime Minister Dr. Rui Maria de Araujo accompanied by then Secretary of State for Youths and Sport Leovigildo Hornay.
"It's an honor to stand in front of you especially the youth who give testimony about the spirit of enterprise, and to motivate other young people to participate in this process," said the former Prime Minister in his opening speech after the inauguration of the Knua Juventude Fila Liman centre.
He added there is a high concern from all parties about Timor-Leste's economy, with dependence still on the oil and gas sector and that for economic diversification there is a need for concrete action.
The KNFL has launched a concrete step to motivate the youth to develop businesses in area of need and help strengthen the national private sectors.
"We are trying to lessen our dependence on oil and gas, and to diversify our economic and production sector," said Dr Araujo.
According to demographic data, out of the 1.3 million population of Timor-Leste, 60% of the is under the age of 25.
Timor-Leste needs a job creation model that develops 15.000 new job vacancies annually to respond the number of youth entering the job market annually but reality shows the job market only manages to create 2.000 to 3.000 new jobs annually.
The Public service is still the biggest employer in Timor-Leste.
The KNFL is a development project initiated by PNUD and will support the participation of Timorese youth who are interested in being active in economic diversification for the country.
"UNDP is very pleased to support Timor-Leste's government, agencies and institutions and will also work with the private sector to promote these important initiatives. There are many young people that need assistance to develop their ability in developing enterprises, as well as, to operate a successful and sustainability business. They will also create field work for those who need support, " said the Director of UNDP in Timor-Leste Claudio Providas.
At the opening two young entrepreneurs gave their testimony about how and why they decided to run a business themselves.
A young woman entrepreneur, Silvia Correia de Araujo talked about her own business, a Tilapia fish production farm in four municipalities, "we need to produce our own fish food so we don’t need to import anymore."
She also shared her message to young people who want to run a business in Timor-Leste. They did not have to study in University or complete a high educational level, she herself has not completed higher education, but has managed to develop and run her own business, and now has a team employed, of which one has a University degree.
She reflected on her experience, being the main speaker at an Enterprising event in the Special Administrative Region of Oe-Cusse and how she flew from Dili to Oe-Cusse to speak and motivate the youth on developing and running their own business.
"I challenge the young people in the future, a young woman or man from Oe-Cusse to be standing here and speak," she added.
KJFL is working with PNUD, agencies and institutions that are responsible for enterpreneurship, access to credit and providing training in Timor-Leste. This includes the Institute of Business Development Support (IADE), Secretary of State for vocational training policy and employment (SEPFOPE), Business registration and verification (SERVE) and also the National Commercial Bank Timor-Leste (BNCTL) that will place their representatives at KJFL to assist and give information to the youth that wish to start and run a business.
KJFL will also provide training, organize seminars, plus virtual dialogue to encourage research and leadership. In addition, they will provide capacity training and promote youth participation to develop the private sector in Timor-Leste. For those who access this resource centre, they will have access to free internet, because this centre is in partnership with telecommunications operator Telemor.