31 December 2010

TLGov: Meeting of the Council of Ministers of 16 of December of 2010



Secretaria de Estado do Conselho de Ministros

Díli, Palacio do Governo,

16 de Dezembro de 2010

IV CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERMENT
SECRETARIAT OF STATE OF COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

PRESS RELEASE

Meeting of the Council of Ministers of 16th of December of 2010

The Council of Ministers met this Thursday, 16th of December of 2010, in the Council of Ministers Meeting
Room in the Government Palace, in Díli, and approved:

1. Decree-Law about an extraordinaire Payment of one month basic salary to the public service

The IV Constitutional Government intends to carry out a policy for the preservation of the human
resources attached to the Timorese State’s activity, and thus considers it important to acknowledge and to
encourage the good performance of its public servants.

This is an equitable measure, even though of exceptional nature, that tends to bring the public servants
closer to other national workers, placing them at the same level.

2. Decree-Law about the Statutes of the National Institute for Training for Teachers and Education
Professionals


This diploma regulates the terms of the creation, organization and functioning of the Statutes of the
National Institute for Training of Teachers and Education Professionals (which its creation is predicted in
the new Organic Law of the Ministry of Education).

The objectives of this Institute are: to answer to the enormous challenge of requalification of the teachers
in function, as determined by the Statute of the Teaching Career; promote the necessary investigation on
best practices with the view of teacher training; develop the curriculums of all training modalities; and
guarantee capacity and efficiency in providing its services in the national territory, for the prosecution of
an Education and Teaching System qualification as underpinning educational success of the students.

3. Decree-Law on the Environmental Licensing Regime

The present diploma approves the Environmental Licensing Regime that responds to the need for
negative environmental impact prevention, according to project complexity and taking into account the
social and economic reality of Timor-Leste.

This regime concedes the attribution of environmental licences and their enforcement, as a logical
consequence of the Environmental Impact Analysis procedure of the projects, thus creating an integrated
procedure and a simplified procedure for negative environmental impacts and pollution control of the
projects.

It is highlighted that the country has, since its restoration of independence in 2002, demonstrated
enormous worries and sensibility to the environmental issues. The Constitution establishes, in article 61,
not only the right to a healthy human living environment and ecologically balanced, but also the duty to
environmental preservation and protection for the good of future generations. At the international level,
Timor-Leste has been present in several Conferences and ratified several International Conventions,
celebrated under the scope of the United Nations – such as the United Nations Framework to Combat
Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations Convention for Biodiversity (UNCBD)
the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the Vienna Convention for the protection of the
ozone layer and the Montreal Protocol for the reduction of substances that destroy the ozone layer.
Fulfilling the international obligations from the UNFCCC, the State has now the duty to implement a group
of strategic measures directed to respond to the environmental needs related to Climate Change in the
country, where it is also proposed to carry out the necessary measures for the effective sustainable
development of Timor-Leste.

For this motive, and even though, under the UNFCCC, Timor-Leste as a developing country is not bound
to reduce its green house gases, and having also very low emission levels (around 0.02 Tonnes per
capita per year), the State proposes itself to voluntarily reduce them.

The Council of Ministers also analysed:

1. Decree-Law on the creation of the Timor-Leste oil company

Having already defined the regulations of activities connected to the oil sector, the Council of Ministers
analysed the proposal to create the Timor-Leste oil company that will detain and manage, with a
managerial framework and principles, the property assets of the Timor-Leste State, in the oil sector.

2. Decree-Law on the creation of the Investment and Development Fund

With the objective of fighting difficulties businessmen have at acceding to financing – an economic and
social reality confirmed by a recent study from the International Financial Corporation and the Asian
Development Bank – the IV Government intends to create a National Investment and Development Bank.
The process to create this financial instrument to support the private sector (and consequently to a model
of sustainable development for Timor-Leste) implies the fulfilment of a group of standards necessary for
the full functioning of the bank. The creation of a fund related to investment and development that may
allow for, on the short term, support to the private sector, was one of the options by the Council of
Ministers.

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