East Timor Ministry of Finance
14 August 2008
In what can only be described as a victory for the people of Timor-Leste, the tribunal today ruled in favour of the AMP Government and the 2008 State General Mid Year Review Budget. The judgment confirmed the Government of Timor-Leste had exercised its competence and acted within its’ mandate in direct accordance with the constitution. The ruling came as a blow to the opposition party, Fretilin, who contested the budget in the courts after the budget had been passed by parliament and promulgated by the President, his Excellency Jose Ramos Horta on August 5, 2008.
The budget amendments included $185.6 million in economic development investment and general state services and $240 million for the Economic Stabilization fund, a preventative measure to combat global price fluctuations. The budget increases were part of the AMP Government plans to promote greater sustainable economic growth through increased spending in job creation, social services, agricultural initiatives, infrastructure, training and capacity building, health, and education, amongst other key expenditures including pensions for the elderly, disabled and infirmed.
Emilia Pires, The Minister of Finance pointed out “The beneficiaries of this mid- year budget are the citizens of Timor-Leste, who are depending on the Government to provide vital services. This year, we have made some substantial advancements cross sectors and certainly we can see the benefits of increased spending in our communities.
From cash for work programs to agricultural pilot projects to increase rice productivity; our nation is building the foundations for progress. We owe it to our people to invest in the nation, for short and long term results.”
Pires has worked tirelessly to implement mass reforms to Government financial operations. By decentralizing procurement to key line ministries, the Government has been able to improve delivery of services and dramatically increase budget execution rates.
Pires closed by saying “Today’s court decision confirms that we as a Government are upholding the principles and values of the constitution and the laws of Timor-Leste. We are pleased with the outcome and most importantly, encouraged that our working processes have been validated by the high court.”
For more information please contact: Ms Ines Almeida, mobile: +670 723 0032.
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