Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 5th, 2022

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Eighth Constitutional Government


Press Release

Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 5th, 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 Paixão de Jesus, for the first amendment to the Remuneratory Regime of FALINTIL- Timor-Leste Defence Forces (F-FDTL).

Given that through paragraph 2 of article 23 of Decree-Law no. 34/2021 of December 22nd, the State undertook, for 2023, to increase by 15% the basic remuneration of the F-FDTL military and taking into account the recent legislative amendments in supplements within the National Public Administration, this law aims to introduce amendments to both the remuneration structure and the existing supplements in the F-FDTL.

The draft Decree-Law for the first amendment to Decree-Law no. 5/2015 of January 22nd on the Status of the Special Administrative Region of Oe-Cusse Ambeno (RAEOA), submitted by the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak and the President of RAEOA Authority, Arsenio Paixão Bano, was approved.

This draft Decree-Law aims to realign the current organizational structure, as well as the competencies granted to the RAEOA bodies, to strengthen the Region’s relevance and instil greater flexibility in its management, as well as to promote administrative efficiency of the Region’s organic structure, allowing the Regional Public Administration to equip itself with more efficient methods to satisfy the basic needs of the regional population, to correct possible regional asymmetries.

To counteract the difficulty in transferring or seconding qualified personnel to the RAEOA, the present diploma also foresees the attribution of a remuneratory supplement to civil servants transferred or seconded by the necessity of service to the Region, in duly justified and authorized cases by the President of RAEOA Authority.

Also, to ensure greater clarity to the framework given to the ZEESM-TL and better systematize its normative provisions, a set of provisions was introduced regarding the Special Market Economy Zone of Oe-Cusse Ambeno and Ataúro.

The Council of Ministers, following the drafts presented by the Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho, decided to authorize:

l   The launch of a private treaty procurement procedure, for the award of a public contract regarding the construction of the Multipurpose Shelter in Dili.

The Dili Multipurpose Shelter is intended to temporarily house victims of serious accidents and catastrophes, as well as individuals or families affected by a programme, project, or scheme of territorial planning and/or urban reconversion, or a project of construction, rehabilitation, or expansion of public infrastructure, subject to the possibility of integrating spaces intended for commercial use and other uses of a collective nature.

The project includes a residential area with about 162 flats, commercial and cultural areas, a dining hall for approximately 300 persons, an auditorium, and a medical care centre.

l   the procurement procedure, by international public tender, for the awarding of construction of the new Manatuto Municipal Administration building.

The building will have three floors, about 20 offices, and will allow approximately 200 people to work simultaneously. Construction is expected to be completed by May 2025.


The draft Decree-Law, presented by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture, Longuinhos dos Santos, for the first amendment to Decree-Law no. 13/2020, of April 15th, Human Capital Development Fund (FDCH) Regulation was approved.

This amendment aims to clarify and detail the nature of the payments made on account of scholarships and establish more concrete rules for defining the respective amounts, to ensure a legal basis for the public payments due under the various administrative procedures for awarding scholarships in Timor-Leste.

The rules for extraordinary meetings of the FDCH Board of Directors are also clarified.

The Council of Ministers approved the draft Government Resolution, presented by the Prime Minister, to establish the Technical Coordination Committee for the Preparation of the Second Voluntary National Review Report (VNR) on Progress in the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The technical committee will be responsible for collecting data on national progress in the implementation of the SDGs, using a broad consultation and taking into account the results of the most recent Assessment of the State of Implementation of the National Strategic Plan 2011- 2030, completed in 2021, to assess the current situation and allow updating the results reported by Timor-Leste in 2019.

The coordination and technical and administrative assistance to the commission will be provided by the National Agency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (ANAPMA). The commission is also comprised of representatives from the Presidency of the Republic, the National Parliament, relevant Government departments and organizations, civil society, the private sector of the economy, the UNTL, and the RTTL. A representative of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Timor-Leste also participates, with observer status and without the right to vote.

The report and its results will be presented in 2023 to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York after approval by the Council of Ministers.


 The Council of Ministers decided to authorize two financing agreements between the Republic Democratic of Timor-Leste and the Asian Development Bank, for two loans, one of a regular nature in the amount of US$ 50 million, with a maturity period of 17 years, and another of a concessional nature in the amount of US$ 77 million, with a maturity period of 20 years, to finance the project of water supply to the west of Dili.


 The Council of Ministers also decided to authorize the procurement procedure, by international public tender, for the award of the contract for the construction of the Paediatric and Coronary Intensive Care Unit of the Guido Valadares National Hospital (HNGV). This project was presented by the Health Minister, Odete maria Freitas Belo. The main objective of the construction of this new unit is to improve access and the quality of specialized care provided at the HNGV, with special attention to the internment of emergency cases and paediatric urgency. It will also improve the national response to sporadic and emerging outbreaks of dengue, cholera, or other outbreaks with major public health impacts, particularly among newborns, children, and adolescents.

This was followed by a presentation by the acting Minister of Transport and Communications, Abel Pires da Silva, on the political-legislative options underlying the initiative to create regimes for scheduled and non-scheduled international air transport.

The presented options are intended to establish the standards and conditions for the exercise of air traffic rights under the respective bilateral and multilateral agreements.

Lastly, the Vice-Primer Minister, José Maria dos reis, presented the political-legislative options underlying the project on the Strategic Planning Framework Law.

The options presented aim to regulate strategic planning as a basic function of the State and as a system of integrated long-, medium- and short-term economic and social planning.

It is intended to promote sustainable economic and social growth and development, to guide public activity and investment, to guide, in a general and indirect manner, the private and cooperative sectors, and to ensure public management by objectives and results according to criteria of efficiency, efficacy, and effectiveness.  END