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  • 20 of July of 2022Meeting of the Council of Ministers on July 20th, 2022
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on July 20th, 2022
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace in Dili and approved the draft Government Decree, presented by the Minister of the Interior, Taur Matan Ruak and Vice Minister of the Interior, António Armindo, on the daily food allowance to the Migration Service officers. This draft government decree establishes the daily value and consequent regularization of payments of this subsidy, as provided for in the Staff Regulations of the Migration Service, thus standardizing it with the value of the food subsidy provided for in the remuneration schemes of the Defence and Security Forces. The daily allowance defined in this diploma is US$ 10 (ten US dollars).

    The Council of Ministers decided to authorize the Minister of Finance, Rui Augusto Gomes, to sign a Financing Agreement with the World Bank (International Development Association) regarding the Dili water supply project. The agreement aims to contract a loan in the amount of about US$ 121 million, with a 40-year maturity period, to finance a project to supply water to Dili. The programme to be developed through this funding will have a seven-year maturity and three components: the first for developing water supply infrastructure, the second for improving the institutional capacity of services in this sector and the third for improving project management.

    The draft Decree-Law, also presented by the Minister of Finance, for the first amendment to Decree-Law 30/2011 of July 27th, on the conditions and procedures to be observed concerning the import of motor vehicles, was approved. More than ten years after the approval of that decree-law, there is a need to introduce more stringent conditions for importing vehicles and to control import operations more effectively, to ensure consumer and environmental protection. To this end, the present draft Decree-Law intends to add the prohibition of importing motorbikes and light passenger and mixed vehicles that do not comply with the technical conditions for circulation in national territory and to create an administrative offence system to punish non-compliance with the rules set out in the diploma. It is also intended to simplify the procedure for importing vehicles, eliminating the prior authorisation and concentrating the verification of the legal import requirements in a single moment, thus facilitating the import of vehicles following the law.

    The Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, presented the political-legislative options that underlie the establishment of a remuneration regime for the Chairpersons of the State's indirect administration bodies, seeking to establish aligned remunerations according to objective criteria, to ensure, as much as possible, the public interest and equal treatment for equal situations.

    Lastly, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Julião da Silva, gave a presentation on Timor-Leste's application process as a member of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council for the period 2024 to 2026. If elected, this will be the first time Timor-Leste will be a member of the human rights council, contributing to the promotion of human rights through mutual respect and dialogue. Promoting and protecting human rights is a priority for Timor-Leste, both nationally and internationally. END
     
     
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  • 18 of July of 2022Meeting of the Council of Ministers on July 18th, 2022
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on July 18th, 2022
    The Council of Ministers met, at the Government Palace, in Díli, and decided to approve the total amount of expenditure for each budget title regarding the General State Budget 2023 (GSB 2023). END
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  • 13 of July of 2022Timor-Leste signs Compact Agreement with MCC on July 19th, 2022
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Timor-Leste signs Compact Agreement with MCC on July 19th, 2022
    The Government of Timor-Leste and the American government agency Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will sign, on July 19th, 2022, a cooperation pact for a program, to be executed over five years, with a total amount of US$ 484 million, to reduce poverty through economic growth.
    The compact agreement with MCC will be signed by the Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Magalhães and the Vice President of MCC, Cameron Alford, in a ceremony to be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
    The investment will focus on two main projects, one for the improvement of the water, sanitation and drainage system and the other in the area of education and training. The first includes water treatment, sewage, drainage systems, the strengthening of institutions and regulatory bodies, and the creation of a solid supply of water and sewage for domestic use. The second will include a New Centre of Excellence for the training of new teachers that will ensure quality standards and leadership.
    Of an estimated total of US$ 484 million, US$ 420 million will be provided by the MCC and the Government of Timor-Leste will contribute US$ 64 million. The amount to be provided by Timor-Leste will be allocated only to the water, sewage and drainage treatment project, of which US$ 34 million will be used to connect households and decommission the existing septic tanks. The remaining US$ 30 million will be used to support the installation of the conventional system and the installation of water pumps.
    The MCC Board of Directors selected Timor-Leste in December 2017 as eligible for the implementation of an economic growth promotion programme aligned with national development priorities.
    On July 21st, 2018, Minister Fidelis Magalhães and MCC Deputy Vice President Jonathan Brooks signed an initial funding agreement, worth US$ 750,000 for the creation of a team, embedded in the Millennium Challenge Compact programme, with the mission to identify economic sectors to be developed during the implementation of the programme.
    This Government of Timor-Leste Compact Development Team (CDT-TL) was officially established on March 25th, 2019 and is led by Ambassador Constâncio Pinto.
    From April 11th to 17th, 2022, Minister Fidelis Magalhães led a high-level delegation, comprising 14 representatives from various government entities, which travelled to Washington, United States of America (USA), for the negotiations of the compact agreement with the MCC.
    The signing ceremony will be attended by members of the 8th Constitutional Government, the National Parliament, Municipal Authorities, community leaders, representatives of public organizations, civil society and the private sector, the diplomatic corps and development partners. END
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  • 13 of July of 2022Meeting of the Council of Ministers on July 13th, 2022
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on July 13th, 2022
    The Council of Ministers met, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the draft Decree-Law, presented by the Minister of Defence, Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus, referring to the Organic Statute of the Falintil Unit, establishing its structure and attributions. The Falintil Unit, integrated into the central structure of FALINTIL-Forças de Defesa de Timor-Leste (Timor-Leste Defence Forces), is a Special Operations Unit. Its main mission is to train military personnel in the specific area of special operations and to prepare a Special Operations Force, of reduced manpower, specially organized and composed of specially selected, trained and equipped personnel, to operate under physically and psychologically demanding conditions in the fulfilment of missions that require non-conventional techniques and ways of operation.

    The draft Decree-Law presented by the Minister of Tourism, Commerce and Industry, José Lucas do Carmo da Silva, for the creation of the public limited liability company GESPIN - Gestão de Parques Industriais, SA, was approved. To promote private initiative activity in the industrial sector, the Government intends to create this public limited company, which will be responsible for promoting, installing and managing industrial parks.

    Also approved was the draft Government Resolution presented by the Vice-Prime Minister, and Minister of Planning and Territory, José Maria dos Reis, which aims to create the Interministerial Coordinating Commission for the Establishment of the Timor-Leste Engineering Laboratory, with the responsibility to present to the Council of Ministers, within three months, the Master Plan for the establishment of the Timor-Leste Engineering Laboratory. The commission, chaired by the Vice-Prime Minister, also comprises the Minister of Public Works and the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture.

    The Council of Ministers approved the draft Government Resolution, presented by the Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho, concerning the mission to support the voter registration process in Guinea-Bissau. The approved Government Resolution appoints Lino de Jesus Torrezão as the Timor-Leste Government’s Special Representative with the Government of Guinea-Bissau to proceed with the identification of the needs of this State for the accomplishment of free and fair elections, next December 18th, 2022.

    The Council of Ministers has authorised the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries to sign a memorandum of understanding on agricultural cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, to expand the existing framework of bilateral cooperation in the agricultural sector, including the technical and scientific areas.

    The Minister of Tourism, Commerce and Industry, José Lucas do Carmo da Silva, was authorised by the Council of Ministers to sign two memorandums of understanding with the Government of Indonesia, one in the area of trade and the other on standardization, conformity assessment and metrology.

    The Council of Ministers also authorized the Minister of Transport and Communications, José Agustinho da Silva, to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Indonesia on the Cross Border Movement of Commercial Buses. This memorandum aims to support cross-border trade and cooperation between the two countries, allowing for the promotion, development and strengthening of trade, investment, tourism and cultural interchange between the two countries, through the establishment of an integrated and efficient transport system that is capable of encouraging economic growth and development in Timor-Leste, but also with benefits to Indonesia.

    The Minister of Transport and Communications was also authorized to sign a memorandum of understanding between his ministry and the Agency of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics of the Republic of Indonesia on cooperation in the field of meteorology, climatology and geophysics. The partnership foreseen in this memorandum aims to support the development of meteorology, climatology, and geophysics, an essential sector for Timor-Leste, namely in areas such as the calibration of meteorological and seismological equipment and the training of human resources.

    The Council of Ministers also authorized the Minister of Transport and Communications to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia for cooperation in the area of communications and information technology. The expansion and improvement of the communications and information technology sector imply collaboration with other countries so that proactively and assertively both may increase the effectiveness of their internal and external performance and in this sense, it becomes necessary to establish bases for bilateral coordination and cooperation in the communications and information technology sector.

    The Council of Ministers approved the draft Decree-Law, presented by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture, Longuinhos dos Santos, on the support measures for the movement of Timorese students attending higher education abroad to return to Timor-Leste or to go abroad in the occurrence of situations of a pandemic, epidemic, natural disaster or catastrophe, serious illness or armed conflict. With the approval of this diploma, in the event of the occurrence of the referred situations, the State will facilitate the necessary trips for the return to Timor-Leste of students, of Timorese nationality, who are actively attending higher education abroad in accredited higher education institutions, or their departure for the final destination of their higher education studies. The State will pay for the travel by air, sea or road transportation of the student during his or her return to or departure from Timor-Leste, and also for accommodation or temporary stay due to evacuations, quarantine or medical or hospital treatment.

    The Minister of Finance, Rui Augusto Gomes, has received authorisation to sign a project agreement with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOIKA), for the development of the project "YEES - Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Skills". Under this memorandum the Republic of Korea will make a financial contribution of six million two hundred thousand dollars, to fund the development of youth in obtaining skills, competencies and knowledge to be employed, offer services available to provide holistic support in increasing employability and help youth start or expand their businesses. The project will run for six years from 2022 to 2027 and will be implemented in four municipalities, Dili, Baucau, Ermera and Liquica.

    The Council of Ministers approved the draft Decree-Law amending the Organic Law of the National Police of Timor-Leste. This draft Decree-Law had already been subject to deliberation in the meeting of the Council of Ministers on May 25th 2022, however, due to the introduction of some changes in the final wording phase, it became necessary to submit it to a new deliberation.

    The draft Decree-Law for the second amendment to Decree-Law No. 26/2021, of November 26th, as amended by Decree-Law No. 12/2022, of March 17th, on exceptional and temporary measures for health surveillance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic disease, was also approved. With this amendment, the exceptional measures are extended until November 13th, 2022.

    Lastly, the Minister of Tourism, Commerce and Industry, José Lucas do Carmo da Silva, as the National Authority for Expo Dubai 2020 (ANED-TL) and the General Coordinator for Expo Dubai 2020, Manuel Vong, made a presentation to the Council of Ministers on the results of Timor-Leste participation in Dubai Expo 2020. Timor-Leste pavilion, in the first world exposition taking place in the Middle East, was visited by more than 340 thousand people, between October 1st and March 31st 2022. During this period, several marketing and promotion actions were carried out to promote investment in Timor-Leste, in the areas of tourism and hospitality, agriculture and fisheries, connectivity, logistics and transport and oil, gas and minerals. There were also lectures and meetings with middle eastern rulers and private sector representatives. During the event, an air services agreement was also signed with the Government of the United Arab Emirates. END
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  • 09 of July of 2022Timor-Leste regrets the passing away of José Eduardo dos Santos
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Dili, July 9, 2022
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    Timor-Leste regrets the passing away of  José Eduardo dos Santos
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  • 08 of July of 2022Government expresses condolences on the death of former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Dili, July 8, 2022
    Press Release
    Government expresses condolences on the death of former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe
    The Government of Timor-Leste received with deep regret the news of the death of the former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, this Friday, after being shot while addressing a campaign event, in Nara, a city in the west of Japan.
    Shinzo Abe, was 67 years old and was the longest-serving Prime Minister in Japan, first between 2006 and 2007 and then between 2012 and 2020, when he stepped down due to a health problem.
    Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak, on March 15th, 2016, then President of the Republic, on his official visit to Japan, was received by then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and had the opportunity to acknowledge his commitment to deepening cooperation ties with Timor-Leste.
    The Spokesperson of the Government, Minister Fidelis Magalhães, on behalf of the Council of Ministers and the entire Government, conveys his sincere condolences to the family of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and reiterates his friendship and strong solidarity with the Government and all the people of Japan. END
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  • 08 of July of 2022Timor-Leste welcomes the Australian Government's decision to discontinue the prosecution of Mr Bernard Collaery
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Dili, July 8, 2022
    Press Release
    Timor-Leste welcomes the Australian Government's decision of dropping the prosecution against Bernard Collaery
    The 8th Constitutional Government congratulates the decision announced yesterday by the Australian Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus, to discontinue the prosecution of Mr Bernard Collaery, four years after he was accused of divulging confidential information about Australia's alleged spying operation in Timor-Leste.
    The Attorney-General, Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC MP, in announcing the decision expressed that it took into account the "commitment to protecting Australia’s national interest, including our national security and Australia’s relationships with our close neighbours ".
    The Government of Timor-Leste acknowledges and appreciates the contribution of Mr Bernard Collaery and his client, a former spy known as Witness K, in the process that established the definitive maritime boundaries between Timor-Leste and Australia in the Timor Sea, culminating in the signing of the treaty between the two countries on March 6th, 2018.
    Timor-Leste also celebrates and acknowledges the contribution of the Australian people who, over time, have supported and contributed to the closure of this prosecution and to reaching the maritime boundary delimitation agreement with Australia.
    The Spokesperson of the Government, the Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, on behalf of the Council of Ministers and the entire Government, congratulates the Australian Government for this fair decision and asserts that this rectification of the error previously committed will contribute to further deepen the friendly relations between the two neighbouring countries.
    The 8th Constitutional Government, led by Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, is committed to building a prosperous future, in which Australia is an irreplaceable partner. END

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  • 06 of July of 2022Meeting of the Council of Ministers on July 6th, 2022
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Press Release
    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on July 6th, 2022
    The Council of Ministers met, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the draft Law Proposal, presented by the Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, for legislative authorization regarding the establishment of age limit for the working relationship of civil servants and public administrative agents.

    With this draft Law Proposal, the Government intends that the National Parliament authorizes it to set the age limit as a cause for termination of work relationship in the Civil Service. Upon reaching the age limit, these civil servants and public administrative agents will be able to retire and request their elderly pension.

    This draft Law Proposal aims to establish the necessary mechanisms to allow rejuvenation of the professionals of the National Civil Service, making it possible to bring new skills to the civil service. The renewal of staff in the Public Administration is an essential measure to ensure the improvement of services provided to the population.

    The Council of Ministers approved two draft Decree-Laws, presented by the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Armindo Maia and the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport, Abrão Saldanha, aiming at:


    the establishment of the competencies, composition and functioning of the National Sports Commission (CND – Portuguese acronym). This draft Decree-Law revokes Decree-Law No. 39/2011 of September 21st, which regulated the CND and creates a new structure and framework for the CND, as well as outlining its competencies, composition and operation to continue the process of developing the practice of sports in Timor-Leste.
    - make the first amendment to Decree-Law no. 18/2019, of July 11th, which approved the Organic Law of the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports. This draft Decree-Law aims to adapt the Organic Structure of this ministry to the provisions of Decree-Law no. 30/2020, of July 29th, on the organization of the direct and indirect administration of the State. It is also intended to adapt to the ongoing deconcentration and decentralization process, promoting the harmonization between the administrative responsibilities and competencies belonging to the central services of the Secretariat of State for Youth and Sports. The existence of a single Directorate General for Youth and Sport is envisaged, as well as the restructuring and grouping of some national units and directorates.


    Finally, 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 social affairs platform, to effectively reinforce coordination in this sector. END
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