Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 20th, 2021

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Eighth Constitutional Government


Press Release

Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 20th, 2021

The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace, in Dili and, after analysing the presentation of the National Epidemiological Situation, carried out by the coordinators of the Situation Room of the Integrated Centre for Crisis Management (CIGC), decided to propose it to His Excellency, the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, the renewal of the state of emergency, for another thirty days, between October 30th, 2021, 12:00 a.m. and November 28th, 2021, 11:59 p.m..

Given that the determining causes that justified the declaration of the state of emergency and its renewals remain in place, in order to prevent and neutralize the risk of spreading of new strains of SARS-CoV-2, thus, to protect public health and the response capacity of the National Health System, the Government proposes to the President of the Republic that, with the renewal of the state of emergency, the suspension or restriction of some fundamental rights and guarantees be allowed.

Four draft Decree-Laws presented by the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Armanda Berta dos Santos, were approved, regarding:

o   to extend the scheme to new groups of workers;

o   to correct some aspects of the contributory base and expand the number of optional membership levels;

o   to ensure the protection and incorporation of workers temporarily working abroad ; and

o   to ensure equal treatment of all workers, by eliminating the rule that imposes a ceiling on the contribution to be paid (and benefits to be received) for workers with fixed-term contracts in the Public Administration.


o   To guarantee the basic principle of the contributory scheme, associating the duty to contribute with the right to receive social benefits;

o   To regulate the calculating formula for invalidity and old ages pensions for workers partially covered by the transitional regime (with rights in training);

o   To ensure that whoever contributes to the general scheme will always be entitled to a pension worth more than the Support Allowance for Elders and Disabled; and

o   To clarify the way presumed death is to be dealt with for social security purposes.




The Council of Ministers deliberated to approve the procurement procedures for the award of contracts related to the solid waste management project in Dili, according to the project presented by the Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho. The project has three components, as follows:


Lastly, the Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, presented the status of the execution of the Government’s Legislative Plan for 2021. The legislative plan was approved by the Council of Ministers at the meeting held on January 13th, and it was elaborated based on the proposals submitted by the members of the Council of Ministers. The Plan consists of a forecast of the Government’s legislative interventions and respective priorities, divided by sectors, for the year 2021. During the meeting, the members of the Council of Ministers analysed which of the 241 initiatives foreseen at the beginning of the year have already been finalized, which are in the finalization process and which are still to be presented to the Council of Ministers. END