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
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provisions, which dealt with leadership positions, has been repealed.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.