13 February 2013

Meeting of the Council of Ministers on January 16, 2013

ETLJB 13 February 2013 - The V Constitutional Government met on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, in the meeting room of the Council of Ministers at the Government Palace in Díli, and approved the following:

1. Decree-Law that approves the Organic Law of the Ministry of Health

This law establishes the structure of the Ministry of Health, in compliance with Decree-Law n.º 41/2012 of 7 September, which approved the Organic Law of the V Constitutional Government and the five year Program of the V Constitutional Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

This structure of the Ministry of Health adapts to new realities of the Ministry in order to raise the quality of health care and better meet the needs of the sector.

2. Decree-Law that approves the Organic Law of the Ministry of Justice

Under the Organic Law of the V Constitutional Government (Decree-Law n.º 41/2012 of 7 September) the Ministry of Justice submitted the new structure and the agencies of the Ministry to the Council of Ministers in order to ensure the implementation of the Program of the Government in the areas of law and justice.

Therefore, the Organic Law of the Ministry of Justice reflects the solid commitment of the V Constitutional Government to improve the quality, the effective functioning and efficiency of services and public administration structures, by proceeding with the improvement and reorganization of its departments and agencies to achieve these objectives.

Also considered by the Council of Ministers:

1. Presentation on the Establishment of the Agency for the Cooperation of Timor-Leste,  ACT-L

The creation of the Agency for the Cooperation of Timor-Leste, ACT-L, which will seek to provide foreign aid to developing countries, through actions directed in particular to the area of technical cooperation.

2. Presentation of the Program on "Special Zone of Social Market Economy" in Oe-cusse Ambeno

The Council of Ministers reviewed the proposed creation of a "Special Zone of Social Market Economy". This is a pilot project to be implemented in Oe-cusse Ambeno, with the aim of providing to this district a new perspective for the future, particularly with regard to economic development, peace and stability.

It is recalled that the n.° 3 of art. 5.° of the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste provides that Oe-cusse Ambeno enjoys special administrative and economic treatment.  Source: Presidency of the Council of Ministers V Constitutional Government Press Release 16/01/2013 Edited by Warren L. Wright.

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