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14 July 2016

Meeting of the Council of Ministers of 31 May 2016

ETLJB 14 July 2016 Source: Government of East Timor DILI, MAY 31ST , 2016 PRESS RELEASE Meeting of the Council of Ministers of May 31st , 2016 The Council of Ministers met this Tuesday, at the Government Palace in Dili, and approved:

1. Government Resolution on Public Service uniforms The adoption of a Public Service uniform, to be used on national dates and official ceremonies, aims to dignify the Administration’s work, highlight a spirit of nationalism and contribute to the development of the esprit de corps of staff. It also aims to preserve and disseminate the historical-cultural heritage of the Tais patterns (traditional Timorese cloth), incorporated in the proposed design. The submitted uniform designs were studied and approved by a technical team, including DirectorsGeneral, National Directors and heads of department from five institutions – the Civil Service Commission, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Secretariats of State for the Support and Socio-Economic Promotion of Women, Youth and Sport, and Arts and Culture.

2. Second amendment to Decree-Law no. 27/2008 on the Public Administration’s General Careers Regime This diploma readjusts the salaries and wages of the employees of the Civil Servant’s General Careers Regime, which has not been updated in 7 years. The realignment of the General Career Regime also aims to avoid the unnecessary proliferation of special career schemes, which is detrimental to the harmony of the Public Service system. The Public Administration Reform determined by the Government Programme aims to improve professionalism and productivity in the Public Service. The development of new legislation, starting with this amendment to the General Careers Regime, also considers the adoption of the contribution to the pension scheme and retirement pension. An increase in the number of leadership positions in the Public Administration has also led to the creation of a system for service commissions, which will now integrate their own regime. Therefore the previous provisions, which dealt with leadership positions, has been repealed.

3. Decree-Law on Leadership Positions Regime in the Public Administration The Public Administration of Timor-Leste, due to its size and complexity, requires the establishment of specific rules for directors and chiefs. The service commission positions were, until now, regulated within the framework of the General Career Regime. It was decided, now, to separate the systems and to establish some special requirements for the exercise of leadership positions. This diploma establishes the framework of personal skills required from candidates for these positions of leadership. It also regulates the conditions for renewal and termination of service commissions, ensuring better work conditions for employees.

The Council of Ministers also examined:

1. Career Regime for the Senior Professionals in the Public Administration The Civil Service Commission proposes the introduction of a specific career to senior professionals, which, according to their qualifications and experience, will have their own regime.

Meeting of the Council of Ministers of 7 June 2016

ETLJB 14 July 2016 Source: East Timor Government  DILI, JUNE 7 TH , 2016 PRESS RELEASE Meeting of the Council of Ministers of June 7th, 2016

The Council of Ministers met this Tuesday, at the Government’s Palace in Dili, and examined:

1. Fiscal ceiling for 2017 The Ministry of Finance presented several budget implementation scenarios for 2017, in accordance with the recommendations of the Council of Ministers’ meeting of May 24th. 

The projects financed by the Infrastructure Fund were analysed, in order to evaluate the amounts for the 2017 budget. The presented scenarios are intended to guide the ministries in the preparation of their annual plans and respective budgets, which take into account factors such as the Strategic Development Plan (SDP), the Government Programme, budgetary execution, inflation, fiscal sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the National Parliament last September. Funding national priorities for 2017 were discussed, in particular regarding agriculture, health, education, water, sanitation and infrastructure, and impact of elections to be conducted in 2017 were carefully considered.

2. Order from the Director General of the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications The Council of Ministers decided to repeal the Order of the Director General of the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications concerning the meeting of May 18th , between the Deputy Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications and the representatives of the airlines that operate flights Dili - Denpasar - Dili, which set the minimum and maximum tariffs.

3. Reference Hospital in the Baucau Municipality With the completion of works at the Reference Hospital in the Baucau Municipality, the Council of Ministers examined some questions concerning the inauguration of this infrastructure, which will take place soon. The Hospital will receive the name of nurse Eduardo Ximenes, suggested by the local authorities. It was also decided that the signature of the Hospital plaque will fall to the Minister of Health and that local authorities will also have a plaque in recognition of the land and support given to the construction of this important health infrastructure.

4. Meeting of Timor-Leste’s Development Partners The Ministry of Finance submitted to the Council of Ministers the proposed agenda for the meeting of Timor-Leste’s Development Partners, which will take place next month. This year the theme is: "Financing for sustainable development in Timor-Leste". This annual meeting with development partners, organised by the Government, aims to share its vision for the future, articulate the medium-term priorities and reflect on the progress made in national development.

Meeting of the Council of Ministers of 14 June 2016

ETLJB Source: Government of East Timor DILI, JUNE 14TH, 2016 PRESS RELEASE Meeting of the Council of Ministers from June 14th, 2016

The Council of Ministers met this Tuesday, at the Government Palace in Dili, and approved:

1. Amendment of Government Resolution N. 10/2014, of April 9th, which creates the National Commission for the Implementation of Measures to Combat Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism After the Minister of Justice presented the first National Risk Assessment of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (AML/TF), the Council of Ministers approved an amendment to the Government Resolution N. 10/2014, of April 9th.

The amendment aims to increase the operability of all responsible bodies. It was considered necessary to include other bodies dealing directly with cross-border activities and criminal phenomena. The Ministers of Justice, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Interior, as well as the Public Prosecutor of the Republic, Governor of the Central Bank, Anticorruption Commissioner, President of the Civil Service Commission, PNTL Commissioner, National Director of the PCIC, Executive Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit, Executive Coordinator of SERVE, Director Generals of the Migration Services, Taxes, and Customs, are now all part of the National Commission for the Implementation of Measures to Combat Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (in Portuguese CNCBC).

2. National Strategic Plan to Combat Money Laundering/Financing of Terrorism The Council of Ministers approved the document setting out the National Strategic Plan to Combat ML/TF, submitted by the Minister of Justice, who presides over the National Commission for the Implementation of Measures to Combat Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism. This Plan stems from the risk assessment process on Timor-Leste, carried out in 2012 by the Asia Pacific Group pcm.gov.tl@gmail.com (+670) 33 310 608 (APG). The Plan intends to implement, sequentially, several measures which help to achieve the National Strategic Objectives 2016-2020, to reinforce the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing.

3. The Government Resolution that assigns the name to the Reference Hospital in the Municipality of Baucau After analysis during the meeting of the Council of Ministers of June 7th, 2016, the Council of Ministers assigned to the Regional Hospital of Baucau the name: the Regional Hospital Eduardo Ximenes, in homage to the Eduardo Ximenes, a nurse, political activist and martyr of the national liberation struggle.

4. Decree-law on the 1st Amendment to Decree-Law N. 7/2014, of April 12th, on the Statute of the Military of the Armed Forces This first amendment to the Decree-law approved at the meeting of the Council of Ministers on July 16th, 2013 focuses on the renewal of the mandate of the Chief of Staff, which up to now was limited to two mandates. With this approval, provisionally and exceptionally, the mandate may be renewed for a third term.

5. Technical Agreement on "Smallholder cattle enterprise development in Timor-Leste" The Council of Ministers approved the technical agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAP) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, related to the Memorandum of Understanding on technical cooperation signed with Australia in 2003. This five-year agreement aims to increase the incomes of cattle producers and market intermediaries in Timor-Leste. The University of Queensland (Australia), MAF, National University of Timor-Lorosa'e and the University of Mataram (Indonesia) are involved in this project.

Meeting of the East Timor Council of Ministers of 22 June 2016

ETLJB 14 July 2016 Source: Government of East Timor -  DILI, JUNE 22ND , 2016 PRESS RELEASE Meeting of the Council of Ministers of June 22nd , 2016 The Council of Ministers met this Wednesday, at the Government Palace in Dili, and approved the Draft Law for the First amendment to Law N. 1/2016, of January 14th , which approves the General State Budget for 2016.

The Draft Law allows for a rectified budget needed to give continuity to vital infrastructure projects that are moving quicker than expected. An increase in the development capital budget in 2016 through a rectified budget will prevent a budgetary burden for 2017 and avoid possible delay in the progress of large essential projects.

The Government considers that this measure will accelerate the economic benefits to the country and contribute to economic diversification. -ENDS-
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