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    28 of August of 2020Day-off on the occasion of the 21st Anniversary Celebrations of the Popular Consultation
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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     August 28, 2020
    Press Release
    Day-off on the occasion of the 21st Anniversary Celebrations of the Popular Consultation
    To celebrate the 30th of August, the Popular Consultation Day, which this year is celebrated on a Sunday, the Government decided to grant a day-off on Monday, August, 31st, for all employees and agents of the Ministries and their dependent services, as well as the institutes and bodies integrated in the State indirect administration, to allow their participation in the celebrations and their return to work.
    This decision is based on Law no. 10/2005, of August 10th, which determines national holidays, official commemorative dates and the rules for day-off.
    The Government urges the population on the celebration of this date, so important in our collective history, as People and Nation, in family and with its community, honouring the courage and resilience of our People, who expressed their will to independence of our Nation, with determination. END
     
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  • 26 of August of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on August 26, 2020
    Approved

    1 - Ministry of Planning and Territory Organic Law;

    2 - first amendment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Organic Law;

    3 - Law Proposal draft on the 2020 General State Budget;

    4 - Extension of the state of emergency statement;

    5 - National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) Disciplinary Regulation.


    Analyzed
    1 - Political-legislative options underlying the draft of the National Development Agency (ADN).
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  • 19 of August of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on August 19, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Press Release
    Meeting of the Council of Ministers of August 19, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the Decree-Law draft presented by the Minister of Justice, Manuel Cárceres da Costa, that has as its object the second amendment to the Ministry of Justice Organic Law. This amendment aims to reflect the widening of the powers of this Ministry, resulting from the new Government's structure, namely concerning the powers related to judicial reform, which are now concentrated in the Ministry of Justice, with the extinction of the Ministry of Legislative Reform and Parliamentary Affairs.
    The Decree-Law draft, presented by the Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho, regarding the Statutes of Municipal Administrations, Municipal Authorities and the Interministerial Technical Group for administrative decentralization second amendment was approved.
    The amendment partially reverses the process of administrative concentration regarding human resources, that had resulted from the Statutes first amendment and resolves legal and operational constraints in terms of the competences, organization and functioning of municipal services, as well as in the matter of appointing managers and leaders as substitutes. The same Decree-Law also includes changes related to the Municipal Consultative Councils, namely concerning their composition.
    The Council of Ministers also approved two Government Resolution drafts, presented by the Minister of Public Works, Salvador Soares dos Reis Pires, related to the National Water Resources Management Policy and the National Water Supply Policy.
    The National Water Resources Management Policy defines the Government responsibilities, intentions, objectives and strategies in managing the water resources. This document provides a general framework and an action line for the National Water Resources Management Policy until 2030. It is a guidance and information document, for public authorities, water resources managers and all entities involved in the preparation and implementation of legislation, regulation, policy, strategies, plans and actions for the water resources management in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. 
    The National Water Supply Policy aims to establish the Government vision and objectives regarding the national and international commitments assumed to provide fair access to adequate, safe and sustainable water services, at an affordable cost for all citizens. This document contains the guiding line that will allow to translate the vision of universal access to a public water supply into strategies and plans, and the respective provision on its best implementation strategy, for benefit of Timor-Leste’ population, and a social and economic development of the country, in a sustainable way. END
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  • 18 of August of 2020Day-off on the Occasion of the Day of FALINTIL
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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     August 18, 2020
    Press Release
    Day-off on the Occasion of the Day of FALINTIL
    Among the official commemorative dates, the law establishes the 20th of August as the official commemorative date for the Day of the National Liberation Forces of Timor-Leste (FALINTIL), which this year celebrates its 45th anniversary.
    Under the Law No. 10/2005, of August 10th, amended by the Law No. 3/2016, of May 25th, the Government decides that:

    Day-off is granted on August 20th, 2020, throughout the day, to all employees, agents and workers of the direct administration of the State, whether central or decentralized, and in the bodies of indirect administration;
    The personnel of the public services that, due to the nature of the public activity carried out, should remain in operation during that day, are excluded from the previous paragraph;
    Without prejudice to the continuity and quality of the public service to be provided, the senior managers of those services referred to in the preceding paragraph shall provide the equal exemption from the duty of attendance of their personnel, on a date to be established in due course. END
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    12 of August of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on August 12, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Press Release
    Meeting of the Council of Ministers of August 12, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met at, the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the Government's Decree Draft, presented by the Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, regarding the rules on the electronic edition of Jornal da República.
    This Government's Decree Draft states that the Jornal da República must be published in electronic format and that, until the National Press of Timor-Leste, IP (NPTL), responsible for the print edition, has the necessary resources for this purpose, it is up to the Ministry of Justice to ensure the management and maintenance of the website that houses the electronic edition of Jornal da República.
    It is also defined that, on the day of the paper edition, NPTL must send the respective computer file to the Ministry of Justice, which, on the same day it receives the file, should make the Jornal da República available on the website.
    It was approved the Decree-Law draft, presented by the Finance Minister, Fernando Hanjam, on the first amendment to Decree-Law No 17/2020, of 30 of April, which creates a salary supplement for employees, agents and public workers who provide the respective professional activity in the COVID-19 prevention or control services or in direct exposure conditions to the SARS-CoV2 virus, during state of emergency.
    This amendment will also include within the scope of this remuneration supplement the staff who works in the Integrated Crisis Management Centre Situation Room, the National Intelligence Service staff, whose activity involves risk of infection by SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 prevention and control task force of the Municipalities Administrations.
    The Minister of Finance, Fernando Hanjam, and the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Social Communication, Francisco Martins da Costa Pereira Jerónimo, presented the Decree Law draft, also approved by the Council of Ministers, which creates a subsidy for those who carried out journalistic activities in the Integrated Centre Crisis Management Situation Room, during the state of emergency, declared by the Decrees of the President of Republic, No. 29/2020, of March 27th, and no 32/2020, of April 27th, under conditions of direct exposure to the SARS-CoV2 virus. These professionals performed their functions in an exemplary manner, contributing decisively to the dissemination of credible information on the prevention and control of the disease in the national territory, mitigating the population’s fear and preventing generalized panic,  functions which went beyond the simple professional duty, clearly serving a superior public interest in the rapid transmission of information.
    The Council of Ministers approved the Decree Law draft, presented by the Minister of Public Works, Salvador Soares dos Reis Pires, regarding the first amendment to the Decree Law No. 8/2019, of April 24th, which approves the Ministry of Public of Works Organic Structure. This Decree Law draft makes the necessary amendments in order to accommodate the changes made to the 8th  Constitutional Government organic structure.
    The Council of Ministers also approved the Decree Law draft on the first amendment to the Decree Law No. 14/2019, of July 10th, which approves the Ministry of Interior Organic, presented by the Prime-Minister and the Minister of Interior, Taur Matan Ruak, and by the Vice Minister of Interior, António Armindo. This amendment aims to accommodate the changes made to the 8th Constitutional Government Organic, namely regarding to the position and powers of the Vice Minister of Interior.
    The Council of Ministers approved the Economic Recovery Plan, which presents a set of measures for the post-COVID-19 economic recovery, divided into priority intervention areas and sectors, which are agriculture, tourism, housing, human capital (education, health and social protection) and institutional reform. The Plan was proposed by the Commission for the Preparation of the Economic Recovery Plan, which took office on June 18th, 2020, with the mission of recommending to the Council of Ministers the measures to be approved and the actions to be taken for the national economic recovery, defining clear investment priorities and ensuring the greatest possible consensus of society around the main areas of investment.
    The Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Armanda Berta dos Santos, gave a presentation to the Council of Ministers on the results of payments and monitoring of the monetary support allocated to households, under the COVID-19 pandemic. This measure aimed to respond to the harmful impacts on the livelihoods of low-income families across the country, caused by COVID-19. Altogether, more than 305 thousand households, from the 12 Municipalities and the Special Administrative Region of Oé-Cusse Ambeno (RAEOA), have already benefited from this support, amounting to more than 61 million American dollars. The Ministry of Social Solidarity and Inclusion is now in the process of assessing complaints.
    Lastly, the Council of Ministers, following the presentation of the Ministry of Finance regarding the final ceiling for the 2020 General State Budget, deliberated on the short-term economic stabilization measures to be allocated to the COVID-19 Fund and the implementing Ministry, and on the budget of RAEOA-ZEESM. The decision on the final budget ceiling will be decided at the Executive’s upcoming meeting. END
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  • 06 of August of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on August 6, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Press Release
    Meeting of the Council of Ministers of August 6, 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 August 6th, 2020 and 23:59 September 4th, 2020.
    This Government Decree determines that all individuals who intend to enter the national territory are subject to mandatory health check and preventive isolation (quarantine) with a minimum duration of fourteen days.
    It is forbidden to board in buses, ships or aircrafts, to all individuals who have any of the following symptoms: body temperature higher than 37,5o 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, for 14 days or until medical discharge, in health establishment, in their own residence or in state isolation centres.
    In exceptional cases, justified by reasons of health and safety of the population, the Minister of Interior may order the temporary closure of border posts.
    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.
    The Council of Ministers approved the draft Government Resolution that amends the Government Resolution n.º 20/2019, of July 14th, which appointed the National Authority for Expo Dubai 2020. With this amendment, the National Authority for Expo Dubai 2020 is no longer under the Prime Minister authority, and will now be under the Minister of Tourism, Trade and Industry authority, which is the Government department responsible for the design, implementation, coordination and evaluation of policies, defined and approved by the Council of Ministers for the areas of tourism and commercial, industrial and economic activities.
    The Council of Ministers approved the draft Government Resolution, presented by the Prime Minister, which establishes the vacancies for the promotion of personnel integrated in the public administration’ general regime careers. The vacancies for promotion are set annually by the Government, on a proposal from the Civil Service Commission, up to a limit of ten percent of the total public servants for each professional category or group.
    The Council of Minister approved the draft Government Resolution, presented by the Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, regarding the creation of the Commission for the Coordination and Monitoring of Institutional Reforms – the reform of public administration, the reform of public financial management, administrative decentralization and judicial reform. These major institutional reforms are interconnected and have the common goal of improving the way the public sector is managed and works, and  ensuring that the State works within a framework of legality and effective legal security and in a more efficient and effective manner. Thus, a coordinating commission is created, which will be responsible for establishing the reforms or programs general direction and vision, coordinating the consistent design, programming and implementation of the reforms, promoting synergies and cooperation between them, removing obstacles and overlaps, providing political support and ensuring good performance and timely implementation of the reforms.
    The Commission shall be chaired by the Prime Minister, assisted by the Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, and integrated by the Ministers responsible for guiding the implementation of each of these reforms - Minister of Finance, Minister of Justice and Minister of State Administration.
    The Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers also presented a Government Resolution draft, approved by the Council of Ministers, which amends the Government Resolution n.º 18/2019, of May 8th, on the Interministerial Commission for the Fiscal Reform and the Public Finance Management and the Government Resolution n.º 7/2019, of February 6th, on the Interministerial Commission for the Coordination and Reform of State Property Management. With this amendment, the Prime Minister no longer presides over these Commissions, allowing him to concentrate on the overall coordination of the institutional reforms, through the presidency of the Commission for the Coordination and Monitoring of Institutional Reforms. These sectoral commissions will now be led by the Ministers responsible for the respective areas.
    The Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Mrs Armanda Berta dos Santos, did a presentation to the Council of Ministers regarding the Political and Legal Options on the Social Security Reserve Fund and Management Model. The purpose of this Fund, established by Law n.º 12/2016, of November 14th, is to ensure that, if there are fewer people to contribute and more people to benefit from (due to the population aging, with the increase in life expectancy), the social security system continues to have money to pay the benefits, without the need to ask a greater effort (contribution) to the future generations, to guarantee them the same benefits. The system is, thus, based on the principles of equality, equity, solidarity between generations and on the same generation, and public responsibility, according to the Constitution of the Republic. Options for the establishment and structure of the Fund were presented, as well as options for managing and maximizing the assets values. The options presented will be reconsidered in a future meeting of the Council of Ministers.
    The Council of Ministers approved two draft Deliberations, presented by the Minister of Public Works, Salvador Soares dos Reis Pires, on the approval of the procedures for the procurement of supplements or the amendment of Public Contracts regarding the extension of the delivery period for improvement and maintenance works on road sections between Baucau and Lautém, between Maubara and Karimbala, and between Atabae and Mota Ain.
    The Minister of Public Works also presented the Government Resolution draft, approved by the Council of Ministers, concerning the attribution of the name of "Nelson Mandela", former President of the Republic of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner, and a great defender of the Timor-Leste cause, to the Laleia Bridge, which joins the banks of the Laleia river, located on the A01 national road. This initiative is part of the celebrations of the Nelson Mandela International Day, which is celebrated on July 18th, the date of his birth. This year, the commemoration of this day counted with the co-presidency of the former President of the Republic of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Prize, José Ramos Horta, and was celebrated by the nations that participated in this event with the attribution of the name "Nelson Mandela" to a bridge, representing the work and life of this personality as a "Builder of Bridges of Humanity, of mediation, reconciliation and peace".
    The Council of Ministers decided to authorize the Exchange of Notes between the Government of Timor-Leste and the Government of Japan, for the Project for Human Resources Development Scholarship implementation. Through this program, Timorese students will attend Japanese higher education institutions.
    Finally, the Council of Ministers approved the Deliberation draft, presented by the Minister of Finance, Fernando Hanjam, regarding the final ceiling for the temporary budget allocation for August 2020, whose value was set at 118 million American dollars (including the payment of loans). END
     

     
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    06 of August of 2020Government expresses solidarity with Lebanon
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    August 6, 2020
    Press Release
    Government expresses solidarity with Lebanon
    On behalf of the Timorese people, the Government offers condolences to the victim’s families and friends of the blast occurred at the Beirut port region, in Lebanon, this Tuesday, August 4th, 2020. The Government also expresses its solidarity to the Lebanese Government and people, who are facing the effects of this catastrophe.
    A strong blast devastated the Beirut Port, which cause seismic waves equivalent to a 3.3 in the Richter scale earthquake, causing countless material damage in almost half of the city, more than 100 fatalities, more than five thousand wounded and around 300 thousand displaced.
    The VIII Constitutional Government Spokesperson, Minister Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, stated that “our condolences go to the families that have loosed their loved ones and we salute those who remain determined in search for survivors. Timor-Leste is in solidarity with the Lebanese Government and people, in these difficulty days, and in the challenges that everyone will face in the coming weeks and months”. End
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    03 of August of 2020Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers on August 3, 2020
    Approved:

    1 - Request to His Excellency, the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, for the declaration of a state of emergency, for thirty days.
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