Meeting of the Council of Ministers on August 17th, 2022

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Eighth Constitutional Government


Press Release

Meeting of the Council of Ministers on August 17th, 2022

The Council of Ministers met, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the draft Decree-Laws, presented by the Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães, for the first amendment to Decree-Law no.15/2017, of May 17th, which creates and defines the organic structure of the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP – Portuguese acronym).

This diploma aims to give this public institute, in line with the Government's Programme, greater responsibilities regarding the qualified training of human resources in the Public Administration, namely by providing leadership programmes and advanced training programmes in Public Administration. Thus, the new role of INAP regarding professional training in the Public Administration aims to strengthen professional training as a strategic instrument for the modernization and transformation of the Public Administration, through the establishment of strategic training areas.

Also approved was the draft Decree-Law, presented by the Minister of Public Works, Abel Pires da Silva, for the second amendment to Decree-Law No. 8/2019, of April 24th, with the wording given by its first amendment approved by Decree-Law No. 50/2022, of October 14th, on the Organic Law of the Ministry of Public Works.

Given that a new Head of the Ministry of Public Works has taken office, the intention is to make the necessary changes to reorganise some of the services that make up the Ministry, to make it more efficient in the execution of its attributions.

Thus, the Directorate General of Administration and Finance is divided into two general directorates with differentiated vocations. One focused on budget execution, which comprises the National Directorates of Procurement and Budget and Finance, which also includes the Strategic Planning Unit which is now a national directorate. The second is focused on issues of the general administration of the Ministry's resources, which includes the National Directorates of Administration and Management of Assets and Human Resources, with the addition of the National Directorate of Information Technology, which aims to provide support for the digitalisation of the ministry's services.

The General Directorates that were extinguished with the appointment of the governing bodies of the public companies, Bee Timor-Leste, E.P. and Eletricidade de Timor-Leste, E.P., are also removed.

The National Directorate of Roads, Bridges and Flood Control is also divided into two national directorates, one focusing only on roads and the other on flood prevention and control, to provide the ministry with an entity with specific skills to mitigate the risks of flooding that have increasingly occurred as a result of climate change.

The Council of Ministers approved the draft Decree-Law on Land Registry Information, presented by the Minister of Justice, Tiago Amaral Sarmento. This draft Decree-Law had already been subject to deliberation in the meeting of the Council of Ministers on June 8th, 2022, however, due to the decision to amend Article 46, referring to the date of entry into force of the diploma, it became necessary to submit it to a new deliberation. Thus, it is now defined that the diploma will come into force on November 1st, 2022, it was previously defined that the diploma would come into force 120 days after its publication.

The Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho and the Vice Minister of State Administration, Lino de Jesus Torrezão, presented to the Council of Ministers, the Report of the Mission to Support the Electoral Census Process in Guinea-Bissau. The Timorese delegation, led by Deputy Minister Lino de Jesus Torrezão, visited Guinea-Bissau, from July 22nd to August 8th, to meet with local authorities to verify the existing conditions and identify the needs for the organization of voter registration and free and democratic elections in Guinea-Bissau, scheduled for December 18th.

Lastly, the Minister of Petroleum and Minerals, Victor da Conceição Soares and the Heads of ANPM, Timor Gap and IPG, gave a presentation on the progress in the petroleum and minerals sector. The presentation had the objective of giving the members of the Council of Ministers an overview of the main activities planned or already done, to strengthen the national petroleum industry. END