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  • 29 of May of 2019 Government manifests solidarity and guarantees support to the population affected by the fire in the Manatuto Market
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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     Government manifests solidarity and guarantees support to the population affected by the fire in the Manatuto Market
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  • 28 of May of 2019Government congratulates Scott John Morrison on his reelection
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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  • 28 of May of 2019National Holiday on the Occasion of the Celebration of Idul Fitri
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    National Holiday on the Occasion of the Celebration of Idul Fitri
     
    The Government of Timor-Leste defined June 6, 2019, as a national holiday on the occasion of the celebration of IdulFitri, under Order No. 02/2019 / I / PCM, which defines national holidays of variable dates for 2019.
    This decision is based on Law no. 10/2005, of August 10, which determines the legal regime of holidays, official commemorative dates and day-offs. Given the religious nature of the events celebrated in these holidays, the respective dates in Order No. 02/2019 / I / PCM were indicated by the Diocese of Dili and the Center of the Islamic Community of Timor-Leste.
    The official list of national holidays of fixed and variable dates for the year 2019 may be consulted on the Government Portal through the following link http://timor-leste.gov.tl/?p=21146&lang=en
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  • 22 of May of 2019Meeting of the Council of Ministers of May 22, 2019
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers of May 22, 2019
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace in Dili and heard a brief presentation by the Minister of State Administration, Abilio José Caetano, on the Nova Dili project. The project concerns the planning of functional areas, accessibility and green spaces and a marina in the country's capital.
    The Government analyzed a proposal for a Decree presented by the Acting Minister of Health, Bonifácio Maukoli dos Reis, on the National Ambulance and Medical Emergency Service, which aims to increase the level of operation and response of the medical services, to ensure they are able to guarantee care or medical emergency throughout the national territory, including the transport of persons suffering from sudden illnesses or injuries to appropriate health care institutions.
    The Council of Ministers approved two Resolutions, submitted by the Minister of Public Works, Salvador Soares dos Reis Pires, regarding amendments to the public contracts for the improvement of National Highway 1, the Dili - Manatuto and the Baucau - Lautem sections. The deliberations of the Council of Ministers will allow the extension of the duration of the contracts, without additional costs and without changes to the remaining terms and conditions, due to the need to review the current volume of work on the ground and due to delays in the payment of both compensation to the population for expropriated land as well as due to changes in the initial design, respectively.
    The Minister of Legislative Reform and Parliamentary Affairs, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, presented a proposal for a Government Resolution that was approved by the Council of Ministers on the rules of law. The matter is of a regulatory nature with the objective of ensuring a better internal operation of the legislative procedure of the Government, which includes better reasoning of the decision to legislate.
    The Council of Ministers reviewed an agreement with the People's Republic of China for the supply of medicines and decided to grant full powers to the Minister of Health, Bonifácio Maukoli dos Reis, to sign the document.
    The Council of Ministers also examined a proposal for a Memorandum of Understanding, presented by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture, Longuinhos dos Santos, on Scientific and Technical Cooperation with the Development Research Institute, from France, and decided to assign full powers to the Secretary of State for Art and Culture, Teófilo Caldas for its signature.
    The Council of Ministers approved a proposal for a Government Resolution submitted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dionisio da Costa Babo Soares, concerning a donation to the permanent representation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, taking into account the historic ties that unite Timor-Leste and this country, in the common desire to fight for self-determination and independence of their respective peoples.
    Finally, the Council of Ministries approved an Agreement between the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dionisio da Costa Babo Soares, on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and service passports. ENDS
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  • 15 of May of 2019Message on the occasion of the International Day of the Family
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Message on the occasion of the International Day of the Family
    Every year, on May 15, the International Day of the Family is celebrated in Timor-Leste and throughout the World, reminds us of the importance of the constitutional duty to “protect the family as the society’s basic unit and a condition for the harmonious development of the individual" (Article 39, paragraph 1 of the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste).
    It is an excellent opportunity to discuss the new challenges that arise, in particular, for our young citizens, both national and foreign, who, wishing to establish, plan and live within the family, face the difficulties of sustainability, socio-economic well-being or moral, ethical and religious character that influence our world in an increasingly globalized and interdependent transformation.
    In this small family democracy, present at the heart of society, we can realize ourselves as children, as spouses and as parents and we find in this womb a true refuge for our physical and mental health, which gives us renewed energies to face the circumstances of a life more and more hurried, demanding and competitive.
    Holy Family Day may not be a holiday, nor be marked in important protocol ceremonies, but it is a real opportunity to promote unity, team spirit, solidarity, partnership and tolerance, which, by building healthy families in our communities, contributes actively to the good functioning of society, an essential condition in the current phase of national development.
    As the family is a blessing from God, it is fair to send to all those who suffer in want, orphanhood, divorce or abandonment, a word of courage and support and the good examples of a society that, valuing the role of family, seeks to promote an increasingly fair and equitable country where inclusion and social solidarity reign.
    To all the sons and daughters, to all the husbands and wives, and to all Timorese and foreign families who contribute with their willful and persevering service to an ever more modern, developed and prosperous Timor-Leste, I would like to present on behalf of the Eight Constitutional Government, our sincere thanks!
    The Families are also heroes, sometimes forgotten, that contribute a lot to the national development, and to build the Strong, Rich and Safe Nation, that we so much ambition. ENDS
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  • 15 of May of 2019Meeting of the Council of Ministers of May 15, 2019
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers of May 15, 2019
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace in Dili and approved the proposal for a Government Decree, presented by the Minister of Justice, Manuel Cárceres da Costa, which approves the Regulations for the Training of Investigators of the Special Criminal Investigation Career and of the Specialists for the Laboratory of the Scientific and Criminal Investigation Police (PCIC). The approval of this diploma will contribute to ensuring the proper training and qualification of the professionals who will be part of the special career regime of the Scientific and Criminal Investigation Police, in compliance with the legal requirements and in accordance with the Eight Constitutional Government’s Program, with a view to consolidation of the justice sector, providing them with competent, independent and professional human resources.
    The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Joaquim José Gusmão dos Reis Martins, presented the proposal for a Government Resolution on the Statutes of the National Council of Food Security and Food and Nutrition Sovereignty of Timor-Leste (CONSSANTIL). The Government Resolution aims to define the nature, objectives, regulations, composition and functioning of CONSSATIL, an interministerial coordination body for the elaboration, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public policies related to food and nutritional security and sovereignty. CONSSATIL's main objectives are to ensure the implementation of the National Strategic Development Plan and the Government's programs in this area, develop and promote mechanisms for coordination and capacity building of public institutions and existing resources, in order to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition and to implement food security and nutrition plans. This Government Resolution will be reviewed at a subsequent meeting of the Council of Ministers.
    The Council of Ministers approved two Resolutions, submitted by the Minister of Public Works, Salvador Soares dos Reis Pires, regarding changes to the public contracts for the improvement and maintenance of the road node of the Natarbora-Laclubar road and the Manututo-Baucau road. The approved Council of Ministers Resolutions will allow the duration of the contracts to be extended without additional costs and with the other terms and conditions remaining unchanged, in order to compensate for the delays and interruptions of work in these projects due to the high rainfall which occurred in these areas.
    The Minister of Public Works also presented the proposal for a Resolution, approved by the Council of Ministers, approving the procurement procedure for the acquisition of fuel for the Hera and Betano power stations for a period of one year, from October 2019 to September of 2020, in order to guarantee the full operation of power plants and the provision of energy for the entire territory. ENDS
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    08 of May of 2019Meeting of the Council of Ministers of May 8, 2019
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers of May 8, 2019
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace in Dili and approved the proposed Decree-Law, presented by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Demetrio de Amaral de Carvalho, on the Legal Regime for the Protection and Conservation of Biodiversity. This Diploma aims to safeguard the vast biodiversity of Timor-Leste, which is positioned in one of the regions with the highest biodiversity in the world and which hosts a number of different species of fauna and flora. The Decree-Law establishes the legal framework for the protection and conservation of biodiversity, complementing the provisions of the National System of Protected Areas, and implementing the Environmental Law, in the part where the State is expressly responsible for adopting measures necessary for the protection and conservation of species, habitats and ecosystems. At the institutional level, the Decree-Law also promotes the integration of biodiversity considerations in the different sectoral policies, defines the responsibilities of each of the governmental actors and simultaneously demands the active participation of all sectors of society in the protection of biodiversity and sustainable use of components, in a participatory, collaborative and consultative framework.
    The Secretary of State for the Environment also presented the proposed Decree-Law on the sale, import and production of plastic bags, packaging and other objects. This Diploma aims to prevent and reduce the impact of waste on the environment, focusing mainly on single-use plastic products. Accordingly, the Decree-Law prohibits the sale, import and production of non-recyclable plastic products and the prohibition of the acquisition, distribution, importation and production of certain plastic objects. The Diploma also establishes the following fundamental principles: precaution, prevention, sustainable development, global environmental security, polluter-pays, reuse and recycling and energy recovery. This proposal will be re-examined further by the Council of Ministers.
    The Council of Ministers approved the proposal for a Resolution, presented by the Acting Minister of State Administration, Abílio José Caetano, approving the procurement process for the implementation of the investment strategy for solid waste management in Dili. The solid waste management plan proposes the acquisition of model containers for modern and efficient waste disposal, waste collection vehicles, mobile equipment, scale and landfill equipment to improve the operational standard of the Tibar waste site. It also aims to improve the service of solid waste collection, with the change to a method of mechanical collection. Finally, the plan also aims at transforming the Tibar dump into a landfill that is controlled according to the integrated waste treatment strategy. The implementation plan for the management of solid urban waste in Díli presents as its main benefits the improvement of the quality of the urban environment, improving health, reducing the risk of flooding, high efficiency in the collection and management of waste through international practices, creation of employment opportunities and the possibility of tourism growth through effective environmental management and maintenance.
    The Minister of Transport and Communications, José Agustinho da Silva, presented the proposal for a Resolution, approved by the Council of Ministers, appointing the members of the Board of Directors of the Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações, the telecommunications regulator. Thus, the Government appoints Fernando Afonso da Silva as Non-Executive Director and Vidal dos Santos Gomes as Technical Director, both for a term of five years.
    The Minister of Transport and Communications also presented the proposal for a decision on the authorization of the process of supplying the construction of the passenger ship for the project of connecting maritime transport along the north coast of Timor-Leste. This project is co-financed by the German Financial Cooperation and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. The Deliberation proposal was approved pending analysis and confirmation by the Ministry of Finance.
    The Council of Ministers approved the proposal for a resolution presented by the Minister of Defense, Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus, regarding the names of the commanders of the F-FDTL components to be proposed to the President of the Republic, responsible for appointing the F-FDTL components.
    The Council of Ministers approved the proposal for a resolution submitted by the National Procurement Commission on the authorization of the procurement process for the construction of the future building of the Dili District Court. The funding for the construction project for the Dili District Court is included in the State Budget for 2019 in the Infrastructure Fund. ENDS
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  • 01 of May of 2019Government congratulates the new Emperor of Japan
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Government congratulates the new Emperor of Japan
    The Government of Timor-Leste presents its warm congratulations to His Majesty Emperor Naruhito who ascended to the throne in Japan on May 1st, 2019 and wishes the greatest successes in the performance of his noble functions.
    Timor-Leste and Japan have a multifaceted and extremely rich bilateral relationship that is expected to continue to evolve positively under the leadership of Emperor Naruhito.
    The Government of Timor-Leste also salutes the outgoing Emperor, Akihito, who has served as Emperor of Japan for the past three decades.
    To celebrate this occasion, a Congratulations Book will be available at the Japanese Embassy, ​​which will be attended by members of the Government and all those who wish to congratulate the new Emperor. The Congratulations book will be available between 10am and noon and between 2pm and 4pm on the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th of May.
    On behalf of the Government, the Minister of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Agio Pereira, expressed his conviction that, following this new imperial era, strong ties between the two nations will continue to be strengthened in the years to come. ENDS
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