Given the existence of limited technical and financial resources in the State, the work carried out between the State Secretary for Art and Culture and other governmental and non-governmental institutions must be articulated, in order to create mechanisms that allow efficient communication and sharing of resources between the Secretary of State and other institutions. The related programs designed in National Policy of Culture for this measure are as follow:
1. National Partnership; and
2. International Partnership;
The relationship between the State Secretary for Art and the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Culture must be regular and comprehensive, so that the work developed by the Ministry reflects the effort made in the culture sector. The establishment of partnerships and protocols between State supervisors will ensure efficient coordination and information sharing, as well as continuous cooperation between institutions. In addition, State Secretary for Art and Culture will develop projects in collaboration with Non-Governmental Organizations, local associations and person, seeking to support and participate in cultural initiatives with relevance to Timor-Leste.
According to the strategies defined by the government, the establishment of effective cooperation and exchange with the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), is of extreme importance, which will allow the strengthening of linguistic and cultural ties with these countries, fundamental elements of history and identity nationals of Timor-Leste. This cultural exchange will allow to project the Timorese culture in the world, promoting on the one hand the heritage that unites it to the member countries of this Community, and on the other, affirming its particularity. The State Secretary for Art and Culture will also work with Community partners to develop exchange and partnership projects that provide the qualification of Timorese staff in various cultural areas, such as theater, cinema, music and new technologies, contributing for the sustainability of the cultural existence.
The The State Secretary for Art and Culture will continue to develop joint cultural projects with UNESCO. In addition to international recognition and functioning as a dynamic element of tourism with cultural characteristics, the existence of a set of sites and values classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site is important insofar as these sites and values can be based on the creation of sustainable economic development models in communities. The existence of a set of rules and benefits at the local level will allow the establishment of low-cost preservation and management mechanisms, also contributing to the creation of strong relationships between communities and their heritage, based on the combination of knowledge traditional and scientific knowledge.
In addition to cooperation with the countries of the Portuguese-speaking community and UNESCO, the Secretary of State for Art and Culture has cooperated with the various international institutions and several countries in supporting the protection and promotion of cultural heritage in order to contribute to the sustainability of these wealth in Timor-Leste.
Reported achievements include:
1. In cooperation with national and international stakeholders, have published several books, entitled; "From the Hands of our
Ancestors'', ''Patrimonio Arquitetonico de Origem Portuguesa'' (Architectural Heritage of Portuguese Origin), ''Tais of Municipalities
(Traditional Textile), ''Music and Traditional Dance'', ''Oral Tradition'', ''Figurinhas nas Portas'' (Engravings on the doors), ''Cultura
Viva'' (Living Culture), ''Ai-to'os' no Uma Lulik'' (Sacred House), and ''Dialect Dictionaries'';
2. Held several cultural events;
3. In cooperation with CPLP, has participated for fifth time International Contest of DOCT TV and FICTV
4. In cooperation with UNESCO, has realized several seminars and capacity buildings regarding to conventions Ratified, namely
UNESCO Convention of 1972, 2003 and 2005;