Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of East Timor, Dr Jose Ramos Horta, is visiting Tasmania

He will be joined by the Ambassador of Timor Leste to Australia, HE Mr Abel Guterres during his visit.

Dr Ramos Horta and the delegation will meet Premier Lara Giddings and other officials during this time and discuss strengthening trade and education ties between the islands of East Timor and Tasmania.

East Timor Honorary Consul Nitin Verma, of Hobart, said Dr Ramos Horta would be in Tasmania from October 8-10.

He will hold talks with Dr Verma about the charity that Dr Verma runs, the East Timor Eye Program, of which Dr Ramos Horta is patron.

He will also deliver the Sir James Plimsoll 2012 lecture at the University of Tasmania on October 8.

Dr Verma said there would be discussions with the Government about the potential for East Timorese guest workers to work in Tasmania.

Further discussions would be held about potentially expanding education links with the University of Tasmania.

Dr Ramos Horta was the joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 and is a past president and prime minister of East Timor.

Photo essay of the East Timor Eye Program’s work can be found here:




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