01 April 2017

East Timor Government congratulates PNTL on 17th Anniversary

Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, March 27th, 2017

Government congratulates PNTL on 17th Anniversary

The Government has participated in the commemoration of the 17th Anniversary of the National Police Force of Timor-Leste [PNTL] held on the 27th of March at the Police Training Centre in Comoro, Dili. The celebrations, with the theme “The Anniversary of 17 years of the PNTL guaranteeing Law, Order and Democracy in Timor-Leste” included an official Parade, the announcement of promotions, conferring of decorations and speeches by the President of the Republic and the Commander-General. A tribute was paid to former members at the PNTL Martyrs' Monument.

The Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo and the Minister of the Interior, H.E. Longuinhos Monteiro, joined the President of the Republic, the President of the National Parliament, the President of the Court of Appeal, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces and other dignitaries, to offer their congratulations to the head of the PNTL, Commander-General Júlio da Costa Hornay and all serving personnel, past and present.

The Sixth Constitutional Government has worked diligently to ensure an increasingly professional and better-equipped national police force, focused on a community-policing model. The implementation of the PNTL Strategic Plan 2014-2018 supports this “VIP” model with its core components of Visibility, Involvement in the community and Professional service, and sets out a clear pathway for the ongoing reform and development of the PNTL with allied operational improvements to maintain security, public order and peace.

During the term of this Government the Police for Scientific Criminal Investigation [PCIC] has been consolidated as a scientific law enforcement agency with training in areas such as terrorism, cybercrime, currency counterfeiting, human trafficking and document falsification. Legislation has been passed to give the PNTL and its various agencies the capacity to respond to emerging transnational threats posed in a more globalized world.

The increased maturity and capacity of the PNTL has not gone unnoticed by observers and academic commentators reporting on the conduct of the recent Presidential elections.

Spokesperson for the Government, Minister of State Agio Pereira, said “the Government congratulates the PNTL on its 17th anniversary. We are proud of the expanding capacity and professionalization of our National Police Force and salute all its men and women who are committed to uphold law and order and serve the Nation.” ENDS etljb

East Timor Council of Ministers Meeting of 28 March 2017

Council of Ministers’ meeting of March 28th, 2017

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Sixth Constitutional Government

Dili, March 28th, 2017

Press Release

Council of Ministers meeting of March 28th, 2017

The Council of Ministers met on Tuesday at the Government Palace in Dili, and heard from the Ministry of Finance regarding the process of formalising the application process to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. On March 23rd, this international institution announced the acceptance of Timor-Leste as a Prospective Member, and informed the Government on the procedures to complete the membership. The Ministry of Finance will now gather the necessary information, in order to submit it to the Council of Ministers, together with the proposed Resolution for membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to be sent to the National Parliament for consideration and vote.

Also from the Ministry of Finance, three proposals were approved: the amendment to the loan agreement for financing of the Manatuto-Baucau road project, to decrease the risk of exchange rate fluctuation; the renewal of the contract with the company FreeBalance, to provide services in the area of financial information systems; and the Policy on the Management of Foreign Aid Effectiveness, which has as main objective to ensure that the assistance from the development partners is used in compliance with the plan and priorities of the Government.

A contribution to the Security Council Report, an independent international organization whose mission is to promote the transparency and effectiveness of the activities of the United Nations Security Council, proposed by the Prime Minister, was approved.

Two proposals from the Ministry of Justice were adopted: the first amendment to the Organic Structure of the Technical and Administrative Services of the General Prosecutor’s Office, which provides for the reorganization of some services and the creation and elevation of the category of others, both indispensable to the attainment of the objectives of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic; and the updating of the permanent staff of the Technical and Administrative Services of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic.

The legal regime for the protection and conservation of biodiversity, presented by the Office of the Minister of State, Coordinator of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment, was approved. It establishes the principles and rules applicable to the protection and conservation of nature, especially setting standards for the protection of protected species and for the control of exotic species.

The Council of Ministers approved the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Commission for Combating HIV/AIDS of Timor-Leste and the National Commission for Combating HIV/AIDS of Indonesia. This agreement aims to promote the participation of the communities in both countries in the HIV/AIDS prevention programme.

Inês Maria de Almeida and Francisco Dionísio Fernandes were appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Centre “Enough” (in Portuguese: “Chega”), from Memory to Hope (Public Institute that promotes solidarity with the most vulnerable survivors of human rights violations).  Inês Maria de Almeida will occupy the position of President.

The Government approved the signing of the Cooperation Protocol between the Ministry of State Administration of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Portugal for the safeguarding and dissemination of archival heritage. This agreement covers the transfer of knowledge, training and scanning of documents relating to the common history, among others; moreover, it pursues the objectives of the CPLP – Community of Portuguese Language Speaking Countries, which provides for the recovery of the historical heritage of its Member States and the creation of mechanisms to facilitate the preservation and dissemination of this common heritage. It should be noted that the National Archives of Timor-Leste, managed by the General-Directorate for National Archives from the Ministry of State Administration, and the National Archives of Torre do Tombo, in Portugal, have documentary heritage which can help to stimulate the exchange of common interest information that exists in these two archives and which are an integral part of the common memory of both countries.

The draft Public Water Supply and Water Resource Management Policies, presented by the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications were analysed. The other ministries made suggestions and comments for incorporation into the texts, which will be presented at a future meeting of the Council of Ministers. ENDS etljb
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