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  • 14 of Outubro of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 14, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 14, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved, with amendments, the Decree-Law draft, presented by the Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho, on the Second Amendment to the Technical Secretariat of the Electoral Administration (STAE)’s Organic Statute. This amendment aims to create a stronger and more adequate structure, allowing the institution to provide voter citizens and political parties with a higher quality and professional service in the organization of the electoral process. Thus, by the present legislative intervention, the General Director deputies’ position is eliminated and the National Directorate of Administration and Finance, Procurement, Logistic and Human Resources, the National Directorate of Municipal Coordination and Special Administrative Region of Oe-cússe Ambeno (RAEOA), Electoral Education and Legal Affairs and the National Directorate for the Management of the Voter Registration Database, Information to the Public and External Relations.
    The Law Proposal draft, presented by the Minister of Justice, Manuel Cárceres da Costa, on the Public Prosecutor’s new Statutes, was also approved, with amendments. This Law Proposal draft aims to update the Public Prosecutor’s Office professional statutes, unchanged since 2011, resolving the gaps detected over the years. With this new statutes, the Government intends to ensure three essential objectives, namely, the Public Prosecutor’s Office autonomy strengthening, the modernization and adaptation of its organic to the current requirements and the full performance of the functions that constitutionally are assigned to it, and the restructuring of the respective professional career, all in the sense of reinforcing the Public Ministry conditions to continue contributing to the good administration of justice, by providing an efficient, timely, exempt, credible, objective and fair service.
    The Council of Ministers approved the Deliberation draft, presented by the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, for the Centro Nacional Chega, IP Board of Directors’ members appointment for the period of 2020-2023. Under the Decree-Law that created this public institute, the Council of Ministers decided to appoint Alzira Sequeira Freitas dos Reis, as Centro Nacional Chega, IP Board of Directors Chairwoman and Felicidade de Sousa Guterres, as a Board of Directors member for the next three years. The remaining Board of Directors members, Arlindo Francisco Marçal, Jovito Rego de Jesus and Sisto dos Santos, representatives of Religious Confessions, the former CAVR/CVA Commissioner and Fongtil, respectively, will be reappointed in their terms of office for another three years.
    Lastly, the President of the Special Administrative Region Authority of Oe-cússe Ambeno (RAEOA), Arsenio Paixão Bano, presented the political and legislative options underlying the Decree-Law draft on the First Amendment to the Decree-Law on the RAEOA statutes, in order to update its powers and responsibilities, to harmonize its statutes with other relevant legislative initiatives and to solve the existing gaps. END
     
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  • 13 of Outubro of 2020Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak's message on Timor-Leste's accession to the "Scaling Up Nutrition" Movement
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    October 13, 2020
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    Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak's message on Timor-Leste's accession to the "Scaling Up Nutrition" Movement
    Timor-Leste has assumed the commitment to increase the living conditions of its populations, especially in the well-being areas of education, health and food, as well as in the access of basic services and infrastructures, therefore contributing to the development and economic stability of the country.
    This commitment encourages our strategic goal to fight against poverty and child or family sub-nutrition, which justifies our adhesion to the Global Movement to Improve Nutrition, known in English as SUN Movement ou Scaling Up Nutrition Movement.
    It is in this sense that we wish to mobilize human and financial resources in favour to the establishment of new Public and Private Partnerships to implement the Sun Movement Operational Roadmap in Timor-Leste, which will support national nutrition plans and policies.
    We believe that, with the SUN Movement support in Timor-Leste, we will have the possibility to give to children a better life starts, contribution to reduce the sub-nutrition and infant mortality rates, securing the development of a healthy and active society, with well growth children, prosper families and strong populations.
    I would like to end with a warm gratitude given to H.E. the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations in her quality of the SUN Movement Coordinator. Ms. Gerda Verburg, for all the support and for the confidence shown by the members of this global movement. Many Thanks. END
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    12 of Outubro of 2020Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 12, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 12, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met today, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the 2021 General State Budget (GSB) aggregated and disaggregated ceilings, presented by the Vice Minister of Finance, Sara Lobo Brites. The aggregate ceiling has a total amount of US $1.895 billion, including loans, to cover the needs of the program and national priorities defined by the 8th Constitutional Government, namely in terms of social capital development, economic development, in line with the measures inserted in the Economic Recovery Plan, the development of basic fundamental infrastructures, environment development, institutional development and ongoing institutional reform processes. Of the total amount of 2021 GSB, 239.26 million correspond to wages and salaries, 421.49 million refer to goods and services, 669.91 million are for public transfers, 61.14 million correspond to minor capital and 503,20 million for development capital.
    The Vice Minister of Finance also made a presentation to the Council of Ministers, on the results of the 2019 Agricultural census Report. The data collection from the agriculture sector aims to support the definition of a policy and strategy for the sector, support the Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030’s national agriculture program, develop the indicator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2)- Zero Hunger and Sustainable Agriculture, provide statistical data on the sector at village (suco) administrative level and provide a framework for the national agricultural sector. Data indicates that there are 141.738 farms, of which 141.141 are family farms and 597 belong to private institutions. The report indicates that 66% of national households have agricultural activities. The agricultural properties occupy an extension of 219.250 hectares. The municipalities with the largest areas of family farms are Bobonaro, with more than 41 thousand hectares, Ermera, with more than 40 thousand hectares and Baucau, with more than 25 thousand hectares, while the municipalities with the smallest areas of family properties are  Lautém and Manatuto, with 8555 and 3371 hectares, respectively. END
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  • 09 of Outubro of 2020Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 9, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 9, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the Decree-Law draft, presented by the Vice Prime Minister of Planning and Territory, José Maria dos Reis, which establishes the National Development Agency (NDA) new Statutes. With this new statutes, it is intended to update and revitalize the NDA, maintaining the same objectives and the same mission, but restructuring it, adapting its internal structure for a better and more effective response to the challenges that arise. Thus, the NDA is transformed into a public institute, endowed with legal personality, and its attributions are clarified, resolving issues of functions overlapping, and increasing its attributions, with regard to studies and development and the sector technicians in the areas of engineering, architecture and projects professional training. The wording for management positions it’s also clarified, and the structure of its services is reviewed.
    A Government Deliberation project, presented by the Minister of Public Works, Salvador Soares dos Reis Pires, regarding the procurement procedure for contract amendment for the rehabilitation of the Dili – Manatutu roads, was also approved, extending delivery of the work deadline until February 24th, 2021, with no increase in contract costs.
    The Minister of Justice, Manuel Cárceres da Costa, presented the political-legislative options underlying the legislative initiatives on the execution, exploitation and access to cadastral information, on the land registry, on the real estate financial fund and on the legal regime of community property protection zones and community property. This legislative package regarding Land Law, aims to solve the difficulties in its application and the regulatory gaps regarding property rights. It is also intended to favour the legal real estate trade and economic development, and also to provide security to citizens, regarding the protection of their rights over real estate. END
     
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  • 09 of Outubro of 2020Government congratulates World Food Program for the award of the Nobel Peace Prize 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    October 9, 2020
    Press Release
    Government congratulates World Food Program for the award of the Nobel Peace Prize 2020
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  • 09 of Outubro of 2020Studies undertaken by development partners offer a positive assessment of the Government’s response to COVID-19’s impacts on household’s income
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    October 9, 2020
    Press Release
    Studies undertaken by development partners offer a positive assessment of the Government’s response to COVID-19’s impacts on household’s income 
    In recent months, several development partners have conducted studies and analysis reports on the Government's response to the negative effects of COVID-19 on household’s incomes, and have given an overall positive assessment and concluded that the monetary support, provided by the Government, has helped families to meet their basic needs and reduce the households’ difficulties associated with COVID-19 restrictions.
    Overall, studies indicate that this direct support to families has achieved its main goals, as the majority of households that received this payment clearly needed this money, due to the hardship they had experienced during the first three-months of State of Emergency. Besides the direct impact of this measure, there was also a multiplier effect, supporting not only the direct beneficiaries but also a larger number of people and businesses.
    The reports “Timor-Leste COVID-19 – Household Cash Transfer: Initial Socio-Economic Impacts and Effects on Gender Dynamics”, of September 2020, and “Timor-Leste Covid-19 Survey”, of July 2020, conducted by The Asia Foundation, indicate that the overwhelming majority of households spent all, or most of the money they received on food, and there was no evidence that the money was spent on luxury or temptation goods. In addition to food, some families report using financial support to pay for toiletries, health and education costs, fuel, clothes, transport and loan repayments. Despite payments were mostly made to male heads of households, decisions on how and where to spend the money were mostly made together and in the interest of the entire household (result also highlighted in the study conducted by MoF, “Rapid Analysis Market impact of cash transfers”).
    The study “Timor-Leste COVID-19 Survey” also points out that most citizens claim to trust the Government to take care of them during the COVID-19 crisis and that more than half consider that the Government is adopting appropriate measures.
    It is also concluded that this support has significantly helped micro and small businesses to recover, as OXFAM’s report, “The Informal Sector in Timor-Leste during COVID-19”, indicated that 78% of respondents felt a noticeable increase in sales and a 40% increase in income. Data collected by OXFAM indicates that the measure has supported rural businesses to reopen and restore trade in agricultural products, with large numbers of farmers stating that the money received would be used to sow their future next crop.
    The “Rapid Market Resilience Assessment 2020: Final Report - Round 1 and 2 - Timor-Leste” report states that in July, 95% of the businesses surveyed were open and operating at their standard capacity.
    The studies recorded limited evidence that the programme may have caused inflation within the national economy, with non-cereal food prices remaining stable and with sporadic increases in the price of rice, attributed more to a reduction in supply rather than to an increase in demand, according to the monitoring of the World Food Programme and data from the “Rapid Market Resilience Assessment 2020: Final Report - Round 1 and 2 - Timor-Leste”.
    The Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, and Government Spokesman, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, stated that “these results are the recognition of the Government’s effort, through the implementation of this and other measures, to minimize the negative impacts of COVID-19 on our people,” and reiterated “the Government’s commitment to continue to develop and implement measures to mitigate the COVID-19’s negative economic and social impacts, as well as to implement measures that support development and increase national resilience to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic”. END
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    03 of Outubro of 2020Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 3, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 3, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the Government Decree draft, presented by the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, on the state of emergency’s implementing measures, which has been extended by the President of the Republic Decree No. 62/2020, of October 3rd, to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of emergency, currently extended, will apply throughout the country and will be in force between October 5th, 2020 00:00 am and November 3rd, 2020, 11:59 pm.
    This Government Decree establishes that all individuals wishing to enter or leave the national territory are compulsorily subject to health surveillance. Entry into and exit from national territory is carried out exclusively at the border posts designated for that purpose, during the hours of their respective operation. Land border crossing for traditional or customary purposes and for access to regulated markets is prohibited. Anyone who fails to comply with these rules will be subject to a fine of USD 30 to 250, and will also be obliged to bear the costs resulting from his/her prophylactic isolation.
    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.
    Citizens wishing to enter the country are also required to undergo prophylactic isolation (quarantine), for a minimum of fourteen days, and to be tested for COVID-19. This time limit 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. Individuals experiencing the symptoms described in the previous paragraph, suspected of being infected by SARS-CoV-2, but whose COVID-19 tests are inconclusive, who are health professionals who have worked in an isolation centre where SARS-CoV-2 infections are cared for, or who have been in close contact, living together or sharing the same environment with a COVID-19 patient, are also subject to quarantine for, at least, fourteen days. Expenses related to quarantine (prophylactic isolation) are covered by each individual when carried out in a private health establishment, residence or isolation centre.  If they are diagnosed with COVID-19, they must undergo therapeutic isolation compulsorily.
    Individuals of foreign nationality wishing to enter national territory via the land border must apply for registration and ask for entry permit at consular offices.
    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 state of emergency, all individuals, should engage in and promote the practice of social distancing behaviours and respiratory etiquette, namely avoiding participating in crowds of people, keeping a distance of, at least, one and a half meter from other individuals with whom they do not live in shared economy, wearing a face mask covering the nose and mouth when they have to remain in closed public spaces and frequently sanitizing their hands, namely at the entrance of business premises and public administration service buildings.
    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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    30 of September of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 23, 2020
    Approved:

    1 - Supply of fuel by TIMOR GAP, EP to EDTL, EP;

    2 - Temporary budget allocation for the month of October 2020;

    3 - Preliminary approval of the aggregate and disaggregate ceilings for the 2021 General State Budget.


    Analyzed:

    1 - Political and legislative options underlying the draft Decree-Law on the F-FDTL’ s Organic Statute;

    2 - Political and legislative options underlying the draft Decree-Law for the creation of the FALINTIL Unit.
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