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    23 of September of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 23, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 23, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the draft Decree-Law, presented by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Pedro dos Reis, on the first amendment to Decree-Law No. 19/2019 of  July 31st, on the Organic Law of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. This draft Decree-Law aims to reconcile the wording of the Organic Law of this Ministry with the current Organic Law of the 8th Constitutional Government, in order to include in its organic structure, the existence of the Vice Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. The logo of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, which should appear in all documents and forms prepared by the Ministry, was also approved.
    The Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Joaquim Amaral, presented the draft Decree-Law, which establishes the support measures for families, through the allocation of basic food baskets, and for farmers and traders of food and personal hygiene products, both national and local, in order to provide short-term economic stimulus and encourage production and trade, as part of the Economic Recovery Plan. This draft Decree-Law was approved, with amendments, by the Council of Ministers. This draft Decree-Law also establishes the mechanisms and conditions for the implementation of the measures and creates a special distribution network within the allocation of basic food baskets’ framework.
    The beneficiaries of the basic food basket are those who are members of households registered in the “Uma-Kain Register Book” and who are on national territory when the basic food basket is distributed, as well as Timorese citizens who currently attend social, educational, religious, health or prison institutions on a boarding or imprisonment  basis, and for this purpose, they will be treated separately from the respective households listed in the “Uma-Kain Register Book”.
    The basic food basket will be delivered in the months of November and December, with an amount up to USD $ 25.00 (twenty-five American dollars), for each household member, in each of the two referred months. The food basket may be replaced by a shopping voucher for the corresponding goods, in the same amount.
    This measure will help support families in meeting basic needs, also contributing to fight hunger and the greatest vulnerabilities in some of the poorest and most isolated regions of the country, and to contribute to the improvement of the food and nutritional diet of Timorese families, affected by the decrease of income streams. This support also aims to stimulate local economic dynamics, through the circulation of financial resources, necessary to increase national production, aiming at reducing the impacts of the economic crisis resulting from the pandemic, within the scope of the Economic Recovery Plan, creating conditions for increasing farmer’s, agricultural producers in general and local traders income, in order to also encourage local supply, ensuring the outlet of the respective products.
    The Government has decided to propose to the His Excellency, the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, the extension of the state of emergency, for thirty days. Given the worrying evolution of the epidemiological situation and the proliferation of registered cases of COVID-19 infection, both at regional and global levels, and in order to avoid and neutralize the risks of SARS-CoV-2 spreading, thus protecting public health and the National Health System response capacity, the Government proposes to the President of the Republic that, through the extension of the state of emergency statement, the rights of international circulation, movement and establishment of residence and the right of resistance’s suspension or restriction may be allowed.
    Lastly, the Minister of Defence, Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus, gave a presentation on the political-legislative  options underlying the draft Decree-Law on the F-FDTL Remuneration Regime and the draft Decree-Law on the Military Service Law Regulations. END
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    18 of September of 2020Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 18, 2020
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    Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 18, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the Government Resolution draft, presented by the Minister of Finance, Fernando Hanjam, concerning the establishment of the Policy Review Committee structure (known by the acronym CROP) for the 2021 General State Budget.
    The CROP is responsible for ensuring the strategic allocation of resources from budget submissions, in order to achieve the commitments and goals contained in the strategic documents and to analyse the plans implementation capacity for the 2021 financial year. The CROP is chaired by the Prime Minister and also comprises the Vice Prime Ministers, the Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, the Minister of Finance and the Secretary of State for Equality and Inclusion, as an observer.
    The CROP is split into four Sectoral Sub-committees, the Institutional Sector Sub-committee, chaired by the Prime Minister, the Social Sector Sub-committee, chaired by the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, the Infrastructure Sector Sub-committee, chaired by the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Territory, and the Economic Sector Sub-committee, chaired by the Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs.
    These Sub-committees will examine sectoral budget submissions, simultaneously, starting on September 21st, and then, all sectors conclusions will be reviewed, by the Policy Review Committee.
    The 2021 GSB has an aggregate ceiling of US$ 1.6 billion, approved at the Council of Ministers meeting on  September 2nd, 2020. After the CROP's analysis, the 2021 GSB Law Proposal draft will be subject to approval by the Council of Ministers, to be delivered to the National Parliament by October 15th.
    Lastly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mrs Adalgiza Magno, announced to the Government members that, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Report on States of Fragility 2020, published yesterday, September 17th, Timor-Leste has left the list of fragile states. The report notes that, in Timor-Leste, “fragility has decreased in all dimensions, except security, which has shown a slight increase” and highlights the “significant decline in economic and environmental fragility”, which has contributed to Timor-Leste's exit, for the first time, from the list of states considered fragile. END
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  • 17 of September of 2020Government congratulates East Timor Hearts Fund on its tenth anniversary
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    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    September 17, 2020
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    Government congratulates East Timor Hearts Fund on its tenth anniversary
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    16 of September of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 16, 2020
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    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 16, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and analysed the political-legislative options underlying the Decree-Law draft on the second amendment to Decree-Law No 1/2007, of January 18th, on the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) Organic Statute, presented by the Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho. The objective is to create a stronger and more adequate structure, in order to provide  more professionalism and quality in the organization of electoral processes, to the political parties and citizens in general.
    The Decree-Law draft for the establishment of the Social Security Reserve Fund (SSRF) and for the definition of the respective Management Model, presented by the Vice Prime-Minister and Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Mrs Armanda Berta dos Santos, was approved. The SSRF is under the supervision of and answer to the Government member responsible for the Social Security area, and it aims to ensure the financial stabilization and sustainability of the Social Security contributory regime, finality to which it is exclusively allocated. The allowance of this fund constitutes Social Security assets and are not considered public funds. The SSRF is administered and managed under a stabilizing public capitalization regime, obeying criteria of security, profitability and liquidity, in a prudent manner and in accordance with the principles of good government, for the benefit of contributors to the Social Security contributory regime.
    The Council of Ministers approved the Decree-Law draft relating to the first amendment to Decree-Law No 3/2019, of March 5th, on the Ministry of Health Organic Structure, presented by the Minister of Health, Odete Maria Freitas Belo. This intervention has as main effect the creation of the National Directorate of Family Health, in order to complement the attributions of the Minister of Health, defined in the Organic Structure of the 8th Constitutional Government, and mainly to better respond to the challenges faced in terms of primary health care, with  the creation of legal and operational conditions that facilitate greater involvement of individuals and families in health activities.
    The Council of Minister approved the Government Resolution draft, presented by the Minister of Tourism, Commerce and Industry, José Lucas do Carmo da Silva, who appoints Rosito de Sousa Monteiro, as member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Quality of Timor-Leste, IP.
    The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, presented the Decree-Law draft, approved by the Council of Minister, whose object is the first amendment to Decree-Law no 21/2020, of June 5th, which created the temporary subsidy in the scope of the response to COVID-19, attributed to Timorese citizens who are or temporarily reside abroad. With this change, the number of countries covered by this mechanism increases, thus increasing the number of Timorese citizens protected, at a time when the effects of the pandemic continue to have dramatic effects worldwide. As result, Timorese citizens who temporarily reside in Bangladesh, Belgium, China, South Korea, United Kingdom, Mozambique or Singapore are now covered by this measure.
    The Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Joaquim Amaral, presented a Decree-Law draft, approved by the Council of Ministers, on support for the resumption and maintenance of activity in the context of the economy recovery, including self-employed workers, deemed necessary and suitable for economic recovery. Thus, the entities enrolled in the social security contributory regime, registered in the tax system, who present a loss of turnover or income and who intend to resume or maintain the activity, are entitled to partial exemption from monthly social security contributions and to allocation of a monthly monetary amount, designated as subsidy to support the recovery and maintenance of economic activity.
    In order to have access to this support, the employers must be registered within social security until the entry into force of this law, while individual entrepreneurs, self-employed workers and domestic service workers have access to support, even if they register after the entry into force of the law, but they must maintain their social security registration for, at least, three months after the last support was granted. To receive this support, the entities are obliged to provide the usual service and to be open to the public, excluding beneficiaries who are unable to provide the usual services, namely airlines and travel agencies. Support is granted monthly, during the 4 months following the entry into force of the Decree-Law.
    Lastly, the Council of Ministers approved the Government Resolution draft, presented by the Minister of Finance, Fernando Hanjam, on the first amendment to Government Resolution No 13/2020, of May 12th, on the Value of the Remuneration Supplement for public administration employees, agents and workers, who provided their professional activity in the prevention or control services of COVID-19 disease, or in conditions of direct exposure to the SARS-CoV2 virus, during the state of emergency. The approved Resolution defines the value of the remuneration supplement to be paid to the professional categories added by Decree-Law no 34/2020, of September 2nd, to the list provided for Decree-Law no 17/2020, of April 30th. END
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  • 11 of September of 2020The Government of Timor-Leste extends condolences for the loss of “Renan Selak”
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    September 11, 2020
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    The Government of Timor-Leste extends condolences for the loss of “Renan Selak”
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    09 of September of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 9, 2020
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 9, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the Government Resolution draft, presented by the Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, which approves the Public Administration Reform Program for the 2019 to 2023 period, and establishes the respective monitoring mechanisms. The Public Administration Reform aims to transform the public service, focusing on the structures of central government. It aims to improve service delivery processes, strengthen accountability and performance incentives, improve management and human resource development, review public service roles and structures and improve administrative services delivery to citizens and businesses. To monitor the implementation of this reform programme, an inter-ministerial monitoring committee is also established, chaired by the Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, and including Ministers and relevant organisations in this sector.
    The Council of Ministers approved the Decree-Law draft, presented by the Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho, on the first amendment to Decree-Law No. 11/2019, of June 14th, on the Ministry of State Administration Organic Law. This Decree-Law draft establishes a General Directorate of Rural Development, with the aim of strengthening the rural and local development areas, strengthens the current National Directorate for the Modernization of Local Administration competences and also establishes a National Directorate, responsible for IT area of the Ministry, and a National Directorate responsible for protocol, institutional communication, public relations and external cooperation of the Ministry.
    The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture, Longuinhos dos Santos, presented a Government Resolution draft, approved by the Council of Ministers, on the appointment of Rui Daniel de Carvalho as President of the Polytechnic Institute of Betano (IPB) General Council, for a three-year term, and the appointment of Edmundo Viegas as a substitute to the IPB General Council.
    The Decree-Law draft referring to the first amendment to Decree-Law No. 7/2019 of  April 15th, which approved the Organic Structure of the Ministry of Defence, was approved. Based on the changes made to the Organic Structure of the 8th Constitutional Government, and in order to promote the updating, rationality, efficiency and effectiveness of the structure of this Ministry, the present draft Decree-Law eliminates the Technical-Military Cooperation and the General Archives of Defence Cabinets, and establishes, within the Directorate General of Administration, a National Directorate of Planning and a National Directorate of Information, Technology and Communication. Through this amendment, the positions of the Heads of the Legal and 2020 Force Cabinets equal, in  salary, to the General Director’ s level. The structure of the Supreme Military Defence Council is also changed, reflecting the provisions of the first amendment to the National Defence Law.
    The Council of Ministers approved the Government Resolution draft, presented by the Minister of Public Works, Salvador Soares dos Reis Pires, on the discharge of José Luis de Carvalho and the appointment of Ermenegilda da Costa Laurentina, to the position of Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Timor-Leste’ s Institute of Equipment’s Management.
    Lastly, a Government Resolution draft was approved, presented by the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Armanda Berta dos Santos, who appoints Atanásio de Jesus as Executive Secretary of the National Commission Against HIV-AIDS in Timor-Leste and revokes the Government Resolution no. 2/2014, of January 22nd. END
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    04 of September of 2020Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 4, 2020
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    Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 4, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the Draft Government Decree, presented by the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, on the measures for implementing the state of emergency declaration, made by the President of the Republic Decree N.º 55/2020, of August 5th, to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of emergency covers the entire national territory and will be in force between 00:00 September 5th, 2020 and 23:59 October 4th, 2020.
    This Government Decree determines that all individuals who intend to enter or leave the national territory are subject to mandatory health check. All individuals who intend to enter the country are also subject to mandatory preventive isolation (quarantine) with a minimum duration of fourteen days. This period does not apply to the aircraft crews who provide international transport of passenger or goods and drivers of heavy goods vehicles for international land transportation.
    It is forbidden to board in buses, ships or aircrafts, to all individuals who have any of the following symptoms: body temperature higher than 37,50 C; cough; sore throat; cold; and respiratory distress or shortness of breath, except in case of medical evacuation.
    The Government Decree requires the COVID-19 testing to anyone who enters the national territory and presents any of the symptoms listed in the previous paragraph. If they are diagnosed with COVID-19, they are obliged to undergo therapeutic isolation.
    Individuals who are infected with SARS-CoV-2, who enter in to national territory from overseas or who are under the supervision of health authorities, will remain in compulsory confinement in health establishment, in their own residence or in state isolation centres, for 14 days, or until medical discharge.
    The period referred in the preceding paragraph does not apply to aircraft crews who ensure the international transport of passengers or goods and drivers of heavy goods vehicles for international land transportation, whom are subject to mandatory confinement period coinciding with the time their stay in national territory, discounting the vehicles operation time. The rules of entry and mandatory confinement for these citizens are approved by ministerial diploma from the Minister of Health.
    In exceptional cases, justified by reasons of health and safety of the population, the Minister of Interior may order the border posts temporary closure or the reduction of opening hours to the public.
    During the term of the state of emergency, all licenses, authorizations and other administrative acts and documents remain valid, regardless of their expiration date.
    The enforcement of the present diploma ruling supervision is the responsibility of the security forces and services and of the epidemiological and health surveillance teams, and is therefore prohibited any act of active or passive resistance to the orders issued by the competent public authorities in the implementation of the state of emergency’s declaration. END
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  • 02 of September of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 2, 2020
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 2, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the Deliberation draft, presented by the Deputy Minister of Finance, Mrs Sara Lobo Brites, regarding to the final ceiling for the temporary budget allocation for September 2020, which value was set at USD 119.6 million (including the payment of loans).
    The Government approved the Deliberation draft, also presented by the Deputy Minister of Finance, on the 2021 General State Budget aggregate and disaggregate ceilings, with an aggregate ceiling total amount of $ 1.6 billion to cover the program and national priorities needs, defined by the VIII Constitutional Government, namely in terms of social capital development, economic development, in line with the measures included in the Economic Recovery Plan, the development of basic fundamental infrastructures, environmental development, institutional development and ongoing institutional reform processes.
    The Council of Ministers approved the Deliberation draft, presented by the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, on accession to the Scalling Up Nutrition "Sun Movement". This “movement” was created in September 2010, by government entities, agencies and groups, founded on the principle that everyone has the right to food and adequate nutrition. Currently, it has sixty-one member countries, looking to work together to find truly transformative methods and solve the nutrition problems in their countries. Timor-Leste’s accession to the SUN Movement may contribute to improve the country's visibility, allowing to share the challenges related to malnutrition in Timor-Leste and learning from successful cases in improving nutrition, as well as joining a network agencies, institutions and donors, making a decisive contribution to improve the health and well-being of the population in Timor-Leste.
    The Minister of Justice, Manuel Cárceres da Costa, presented to the Council of Ministers the political legislative options related to the draft Law Proposal for the Organization and Functioning of Courts, the draft Law Proposal for the Legal Regime for Professional Public Associations, the draft Law Proposal that creates the Bar Association and the draft Law Proposal of the New Statute of the Public Ministry.
    The Law Proposal for the Organization and Functioning of Courts intends to create legal conditions for the full implementation of the Constitution, regarding the higher courts organization and functioning and the administrative and fiscal jurisdiction, and it also aims to consolidate the legislation dispersed in various legal diplomas, allowing a joint view of the country's judicial organization.
    The Legal Regime for Professional Public Associations aims to ensure that the solutions approved for each of the regulated professions are consistent with each other, that they obey certain structural principles, that the same legal solutions are not multiplied in different diplomas, that the normative framework is established given the creation of the Bar Association, but also the future creation of other professional orders or chambers and, finally, that the confidence in the technical and ethical quality of the professionals of Timor-Leste will be reinforced, in respect for the Constitution and national sovereignty.
    The creation of the Bar Association aims to stimulate the lawyer activity regulation and the exercise of disciplinary action, to supervise the training contents for the professional internship courses towards the specific needs that the class identifies, to provide Timor-Leste with a similar institution to its counterparts in all other CPLP countries and to reinforce confidence in the technical and ethical quality of Timor-Leste lawyers, in respect for the Constitution and national sovereignty.

    With a new Statute of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, it is intended to reinforce the autonomy and independence of this magistracy, more fully describing various aspects that govern their career, adapting the services of the Public Prosecutor’s Office to the present, allowing their specialization in certain types of crime or certain areas of action, and its decentralization and expanding the access to the top of the career, according to professional merit criteria.
    The Council of Minister approved the draft Government Resolution, presented by the Minister of Transports and Communications, José Agustinho da Silva, regarding the appointment of the Board of Director of Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea de Timor-Leste, EP (ANATL) members, for the period from 2020 to 2024. José Trindade da Cruz Pinto was appointed to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the public company responsible for the management and administration of the public airport and air navigation service to support civil aviation in Timor-Leste. Lurdes Gomes and Eusébio da Costa Lopes were appointed for the positions of members of the ANATL Board of Directors, on the proposal of the Ministry of Transports and Communications, Veríssimo Nai Sai, on the proposal of the Ministry of Finance and  José de Oliveira Leong, on the proposal of workers.
    The draft Government Resolution, presented by the Minister of Transports and Communications, on the appointment of the Board of Directors of the Civil Aviation Authority of Timor-Leste (AACTL) members for the period from 2020 to 2024, and the dismissal of previous Board of Directors members, was also approved.
    Eusébio Freitas has been appointed as Chairman of the organisation Administrative Board, whose mission is to ensure the safety of the air transport system. For the position of AACTL Board of Directors members, have been appointed Domingos Savio de Jesus Sarmento, on a proposal from the Ministry of Transports and Communications and Geovanio M.R. Hei Henriques, on a proposal of the Ministry of Finance.
    The Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Joaquim Amaral, presented, to the Council of Ministers, the political-legislative options to regulate the implementation of the Support Measures for the Resumption and Maintenance of Activity and Support to local families and producers (“basic food basket”) under the Economic Recovery Plan, already set out in the Government Resolution no. 28/2020, of 19th August, which approved the Short-Term Measures for Mitigating the Impacts of the Economic Crisis caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, under the Economic Recovery Plan.
    The Council of Ministers attended a presentation by the Board of Directors of the National Commercial Bank of Timor-Leste (BNCTL), regarding a proposal for capitalisation through government funding, for the period from 2020 to 2022. This capitalisation aims to be a lever for a significant increase in the credits granting until 2022, to support the modernisation of the bank's infrastructure and to raise the human resources’ capabilities, in order to increase the number of clients, improve the services provided quality and to be the main commercial bank in the country. BNCTL officials also point to a 50% return from the amount injected by the State. BNCTL representatives also presented a comparative analysis with other private banks, the deposit and credit growth, from 2011 to the present date, and the strategic plan up to 2022. BNCTL is a public limited company with exclusively public capital, which has the State as sole shareholder and its purpose is to provide banking and financial services to reducing poverty and aiding the development of economic activities throughout the national territory, providing access to financial services to the population and to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises both in urban and rural areas.
    Lastly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mrs Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, gave a presentation to the Council of Ministers on the current situation of Timor-Leste’s accession process to ASEAN. This presentation is part of the preparation for the second round of meetings with the ASEAN Fact-finding Mission, which is scheduled to take place between 8th and 10th September, by videoconference. The main goals achieved since the formal submission of the application for ASEAN membership in 2011, national strategy for the membership process and recent key achievements were also presented. END
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