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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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    24 of September of 2020Congratulatory message from H.E. The Prime Minister of Republic Democratic of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak on the 75th anniversary of the UN
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    September 24, 2020
    Press Release
    Congratulatory message from H.E.  The Prime Minister of Republic Democratic of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak on the 75th anniversary of the UN
    This year the United Nations is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of its existence, an umbrella organization with a global purpose and vocation.
    On its anniversary day, I would like to express my sincere congratulations to H.E. The President of the General Assembly, Mr. Volkan Bozkir, and H.E. the Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres.
    We feel sad that in this festive year, the General Assembly is forced to meet under a virtual context imposed by the COVID-19.
    We take the opportunity to express our gratitude for the notes made by the Secretary-General of the United Nations encouraging the reinforcement of collective efforts as the only way to overcome the world pandemic.
    Fortunately, Timor-Leste with the grace of God has been able to avoid the spreading of COVID-19 and its related casualties.
    The Government is now working with commitment and effort towards the mitigation of the negative impacts caused by this disease, therefore preparing a program with a package of economic recovery.
    Happy birthday to the Organization of the United Nations! END
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    23 of September of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 23, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Press Release
    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
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Press Release
    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 their tenth anniversary
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    September 17, 2020
    Press Release
    Government congratulates East Timor Hearts Fund on their tenth anniversary
    The Government of Timor-Leste wishes to extend their most sincere congratulations and thanks to the East Timor Hearts Fund, when this non-governmental organization celebrates ten years, since, thanks to their efforts, the necessary funds, to perform cardiac surgery in Australia to two young East Timorese patients, were gathered.
    East Timor Hearts Fund, created based on the volunteer work of cardiologist Dr Noel Bayley, has the mission of providing cardiac treatments to young East Timorese, allowing them a second chance in life.
    Since September 2010, the East Timor Hearts Fund has performed 80 surgeries and cardiac screening for thousands of patients. They ran a program to prevent rheumatic heart disease (RHD) with penicillin for more than 300 patients and distributed personal protective equipment for COVID-19.
    Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, on behalf of the Government and the Timorese People, expresses his deep appreciation and recognition for the work of the East Timor Hearts Fund, over the past ten years, in the treatment and prevention of heart disease in Timor-Leste. END
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    16 of September of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 16, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Press Release
    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”
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    September 11, 2020
    Press Release
    The Government of Timor-Leste extends condolences for the loss of “Renan Selak”
    It is with deep sadness and dismay that the Government of Timor-Leste became aware of the death of Faustino dos Santos “Renan Selak”, veteran of the National Liberation and former Member of the National Parliament, on September 10th, 2020, in Dili, at 63 years old.
    Faustino dos Santos “Renan Selak” was born on May 1st, 1957, in Sub-village (aldeia) of Ira-Ara, Village (suco) of Fuiloro, Administrative Post of Lospalos, Municipality of Lautém. He fought for 24 years for the independence of Timor Leste and was as Secretary of Region I, on the Eastern Tip. He was Vice-President of the UNDERTIM Party and member of the National Parliament, during the second parliamentary term, from 2007 to 2012.
    In 2017 he was appointed as the President of  the National Liberation Combatants Council, for Lautém Municipality, and in January 2020, he was appointed as Vice-President of the National Liberation Combatants Council, during the National Congress.
    In 2018 he was awarded by the President of Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, with the Order of Timor-Leste Medal, in recognition of merit and contribution of his action in support of the Timorese and the country.
    The Spokesperson of the Government, Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, on behalf of the Council of Ministers and the entire Government, present their most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the honourable “Renan  Selak” and stated that “we mourn his death, but we remember and honour his legacy of an unconditional dedicated life to the country and the Timorese”. END

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    09 of September of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 9, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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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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