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    14 of January of 2019Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of January 14, 2019
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of January 14, 2019
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace in Dili and analyzed a presentation of the Minister of Public Works, Salvador Eugénio Soares dos Reis Pires, regarding the supply of fuel to power plants in order to guarantee the normal supply of electricity to the country. The Government will continue to evaluate the technical and legal requirements and the proposal will be re-examined at the next meeting of the Council of Ministers.
    The Council of Ministers approved the Government's proposal for a Resolution submitted by the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, to create the Interministerial Council for Civil Protection and Natural Disaster Management as a national coordination body of the public administration structures and services, for the prevention of the risks inherent to major accidents or disasters, in order to mitigate its effects, protect and rescue people and property in danger when these situations occur. The Interministerial Council for Civil Protection and Natural Disaster Management will be responsible for the development and approval of the National Civil Protection Policy, as well as the development of legal diplomas and administrative regulations necessary for its work. ENDS
     
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  • 14 of January of 2019Meeting of the Council of Ministers of January 9, 2019
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers of January 9, 2019
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    19 of December of 2018Meeting of the Council of Ministers of December 19, 2018
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers of December 19, 2018
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace in Dili and approved the proposal for a Government Resolution submitted by the Minister of Transport and Communications on the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of the Civil Aviation Authority of Timor-Leste (AACTL), whose mission is to ensure the safety of the air transport system. The resolution appoints Ana Rosália Ximenes Varela as Chairman of the Board of Directors of AACTL and appoints Carlos Mendonça Tilman and Eusébio Freitas as members of the Board of Directors of AACTL, in order to guarantee the achievement of the objectives of the Authority and considering their recognized technical and professional capacity, integrity and independence.
    The Minister of Transport and Communications also presented the proposal for an amendment approved by the Council of Ministers to the draft Decree-Law approving the organic structure of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The proposal aims to create the National Directorate of Communication Infrastructures, which will be responsible for the management of communications infrastructures of all Ministries in coordination with the public institute of Information and Communication Technology (TIC Timor).
    The acting Minister of Health presented the proposal for an amendment, approved by the Council of Ministers, to the draft Decree-Law that approves the organic of the Ministry of Health. The amendment seeks to assign to the General Directorate of Corporate Services the competence to propose the appointment of diplomatic representations in countries where Timor-Leste routinely sends patients for medical treatment. ENDS
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    17 of December of 2018Timor-Leste and Indonesia held an Exploratory Meeting on Maritime Boundaries
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Timor-Leste and Indonesia held an Exploratory Meeting on Maritime Boundaries
    The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Republic of Indonesia convened an Exploratory Meeting on Maritime Boundaries Delimitation in Bali from 10-11 December 2018.
    Timor-Leste’s delegation was led by the Chief Negotiator H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão.  The delegation of Indonesia was led by Damos Dumoli Agusman, Director General for Legal Affairs and International Treaties, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    The two countries met in a spirit of cooperation to discuss key technical and administrative matters.
    “After the success of our Maritime Boundary Treaty with Australia, the meeting in Bali was a significant step towards commencing formal negotiations on our maritime boundaries with Indonesia,” said the Chief Negotiator H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão.
    The Exploratory Meeting was followed by the 4th Senior Officials’ Consultations on the Land Borders between the two countries, which was held in Dili on 13-14 December 2018.   
    The Government spokesperson, Agio Pereira, said “the Exploratory Meeting in Indonesia was very productive and set a positive tone for maritime boundary delimitation with Indonesia in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and international law.” ENDS
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    05 of December of 2018Meeting of the Council of Ministers of December 5, 2018
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers of December 5, 2018
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace in Dili and analyzed a presentation by the Secretary of State for Social Communication concerning the agreement with the People's Republic of China for the implementation of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). This project will build two DTT broadcasting stations in Dili and surrounding areas, according to the standards of the UN agency specialized in information and communication technologies, the International Telecommunication Union. The Council of Ministers approved the attribution of full powers to the Secretary of State for Social Communication, Merício Juvenal dos Reis 'Akara', for the signature of said agreement.
    The management of the Comité Orientador 25 (CO25) presented the Council of Ministers with an overview of the activities carried out and the projection of work to be carried out next year. The Comité Orientador 25 is an institution created by Government Resolution in 2017 and made up of twenty-five youth organizations of the Resistance. CO25 aims to carry out extensive research into the involvement of youth in the struggle for national liberation and as a result write a book on the history of the East Timor Resistance.
    The Council of Ministers analyzed the presentation by the Secretary of State for Equality and Inclusion, Maria José da Fonseca Monteiro de Jesus, on the report on gender-sensitive budget policy, which presents a road map for the integration of the perspective of gender equality in the management of public finances, by ensuring that the planning and allocation of public resources ensures equal rights for all citizens in political, socio-economic and cultural life.
    The Government approved a proposal for a Decree-Law, on the organic of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the government department responsible for the design, execution, coordination and evaluation of the policy, defined and approved by the Council of Ministers, in the areas of foreign policy and international cooperation, consular functions and the promotion and defense of the interests of Timorese citizens abroad.
    The Council of Ministers analyzed a proposed Decree-Law for the creation of the National Agency for the Reform and Modernization of Public Administration. The proposal assigns to this Public Institute the responsibility for identifying, developing and evaluating programs, projects and actions aimed at reforming and modernizing public administration for the progressive improvement of the provision of goods and public services to citizens. This proposal for a Decree-Law will be re-examined at a later date in the Council of Ministers.
    The Council of Ministers approved a proposed Decree-Law, presented by the Ministry of Health, regarding the second amendment to Decree-Law 14/2004 of September 1, on the work of Health Professionals. This Decree-Law aims to change the validity of the registration of East Timorese health professionals, from the current five years to two years, considering the approval of the policy of examinations of competence for all health professionals, thereby ensuring the qualification of health professionals and the quality of the acts they practice.
    The Government approved a Government Resolution, presented by the Secretary of State for Social Communication, who appoints José da Costa as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tatoli, Timor-Leste News Agency, IP, for a period of four years.
    The Government approved a Government Resolution presented by the Minister of Transport and Communications, José Agustinho da Silva, who appoints Gabriel de Jesus, as Non-Executive Director of the National Communications Authority.
    The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture, Longuinhos dos Santos, presented a proposal for a Government Resolution approved by the Council of Ministers on the appointment of Armindo Maia as President of the General Council of the Polytechnic Institute of Betano for a period of three years.
    The Council of Ministers approved a Government Resolution presented by the Minister of Defense, Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus, to approve the draft Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Australia for the donation of communication and training equipment to Timor-Leste elements of F-FDTL regarding the use of donated equipment. ENDS
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    29 of November of 2018Meeting of the Council of Ministers of November 29, 2018
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers of November 29, 2018
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace in Dili and began with the approval of the organic of the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry, the government department responsible for designing, implementing, coordinating and evaluating the policies defined and approved by the Council of Ministers for the areas of tourism, commercial and industrial economic activities.
    The Government approved the organic of the State Secretariat of Cooperatives, the government department responsible for promoting and strengthening the social economy sector and deepening cooperation between the State and the organizations that integrate the sector, with a view to stimulating its potential to serve the socio-economic development of the country.
    The Council of Ministers approved a proposal for a Decree-Law presented by the interim Finance Minister, regarding the payment of a subsidy corresponding to the 13th month, to all officials and agents of the Public Administration.
    A proposal for a Government Decree presented by the acting Minister of Finance was also approved, regarding the payment of a supplement to be given to officials and agents of the Ministry of Finance, involved in the process of preparing the State Budget for 2019 and the closing of State account for the year 2018.
    The Government also approved the introduction of the first amendment to Government Decree No. 9/2018 of October 8, on the implementation of the State's general budget for 2018.
    The Council of Ministers approved by means of a Government Resolution, a draft of the new Bylaws of the TL Cement and the Shareholder Agreement between the State of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the partners of TL Cement, Lda. TL Cement is a company set up to develop cement production and sale, through the implementation of an investment project in the municipality of Baucau, which involves the construction of a limestone extraction and cement production unit. Ends
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    21 of November of 2018Shell Australia and the Government of Timor-Leste agree on terms for sale of interest in Greater Sunrise fields
    GOVERNMENT OF TIMOR-LESTE AND SHELL AUSTRALIA
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    November 21 2018
    Shell Australia and Government of Timor-Leste agree on terms for sale of interest in Greater Sunrise Fields
    Bali, INDONESIA - Shell Australia and the Government of Timor-Leste have entered into a Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for the sale of Shell's 26.56 percent interest in the Greater Sunrise fields.
    Timor-Leste's Special Representative Mr. Xanana Gusmão stated that "Timor-Leste appreciates Shell's willingness to sell its interests in the Greater Sunrise project". Mr. Gusmão recalled that, in his address at the "World Energy Forum of the Atlantic Council" in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, he stressed that multinational companies have to assume their responsibilities towards small countries as part of their social license to operate. "Shell's attitude throughout the negotiations shows that it is ready to consider not only its commercial interests but also the interests of small nations."
    The Special Representative further commended the open and honest discussions between the Parties' delegations, and clarified that "Timor-Leste sees Shell as a good partner and friend, and far from ending the relationship between the two Parties this transaction instead reaffirms our commitment for the future."
    EVP for Shell Australia, Zoe Yujnovich said the transaction, valued at US$300 million, will allow the Timor-Leste Government and joint venture partners to pursue their aspirations for the Greater Sunrise development.
    "We respect the Timor-Leste Government's determination to develop the Sunrise fields through an onshore LNG facility on its south coast. Although we formed different views about the optimal development scenario, we understand the priorities of the Timor-Leste Government and wish it well in pursuing its aspirations to develop this important resource for the nation.
    "This sale aligns with our global strategy to reshape Shell into a simpler and more resilient company. Our Australian portfolio remains strong as operator of both the QGC onshore natural gas project, Prelude FLNG and significant positions in the Gorgon and North West Shelf LNG projects," Ms Yujnovich said.
    The Timor-Leste Government's purchase of Shell's interest is conditional on receiving funding approval from the Timor-Leste Council of Ministers and National Parliament, as well as regulatory approvals and partner pre-emption rights.
    The sale transaction comprises Shell's permits NT/Rl2 and NT/RL4 within Australia waters and PSC 03-19 and PSC 03-20 within Timor-Leste waters and associated governance agreements.
    The Sunrise and Troubadour gas and condensate fields, collectively known as the Greater Sunrise fields, are located approximately 150 kilometres south east of Timor-Leste and 450 kilometres north west of Darwin in the Northern Territory.
    The Government of Timor-Leste was advised by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Miranda & Associados. ENDS
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