|Traditional house, East Timor|
The Minister of Justice thanked, on behalf of the Government, "the communities that have contributed to encourage the Government to continue to strive to better serve its People. I especially thank the Embassy of the United States and the representatives of USAID, as it was with them that we began determining the land through the project Ita nia rai".
Lucia Lobato added that the awarded certificates will allow solving many problems in communities, since the owners have a way of proving their rights.
Present at the ceremony, the Acting Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres, stated that "the State would like to recognize the owners’ right over their land through the delivery of certificates, because these lands were the property of our grandparents, our ancestors, and I hope that you take good care of them and don’t sell them".
The event was also attended by the Vice-Minister of Justice, Ivo Valente, the Vice Minister of Economy and Development, Cristiano da Costa, the Secretary of State for Social Assistance and Natural Disasters, Jacinto Rigoberto, the Secretary of State for Professional Training and Employment, Bendito Freitas, Director of the United Nations Program for Development and the UN representative, Nikiku Tanaka, representatives of civil society and other NGOs.