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17 September 2008

East Timor Council of Ministers Meeting 17 September 2008

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF EAST TIMOR
IV Constitutional Government
SECRETARIAT OF STATE FOR THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS
PRESS RELEASE

Meeting of the Council of Ministers 17 September 2008

The Council of Ministers met this Wednesday, 17th September 2008, in the Council of Ministers meeting room, Government Palace, in Dili where it approved:

Decree-Law that approves the Financial Incentives to be given to the Health Professionals
The diploma that the Council of Ministers approved in today’s meeting regulates the criteria and conditions to give financial incentives to the professionals in the Ministry of Health, and these are applied to the doctors, nurses, professionals and health assistants and also to administrative staff.

The Ministry of Health considers of utmost importance to introduce an additional retributive system, with the aim to improve the usage of the available human resources and the service delivery in the health area.

The introduction of this subsidy aims to achieve the streamlining of health sector professionals and is an attempt to equalize the salary level with the responsibility that the positions entail and to the high and specialized demand in the health sector. We also aim to improve customer satisfaction and overall performance.

Decree-Law that approves the Regulation of Licensing, Commercialisation and Quality of Drinkable Water
The Council of Ministers approved in today’s meeting the regulation of licensing, commercialisation and quality of drinkable water, which is one basic needs to sustain human life, and this aims to improve the quality of water that is made available to the consumer

The Council of Ministers also analysed:

The draft Law that approves the Organic of the Central Bank of Timor-Leste
The Council of Ministers analysed in today’s meeting the draft Organic Law for the Central Bank of Timor-Leste. A diploma that is in accordance with article 143 of the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, and this diploma will be scheduled for approval after the changes are made by the Council of Ministers.

The Central Bank of Timor-Leste is the institution responsible for price stability, for the financial system and for the decisive contribution to the economic development and reduction of social inequalities in Timor-Leste.

Decree Law that approves the Regulation of Recreational and Social Games
The Council of Ministers analysed and debated in today’s meeting the Regulation of Recreational and Social Games, with the purpose to integrate these activities in the legal economy and for them to be developed in social, economic and financial harmony.

It is vital to avoid financial impunity and the unregulated development of illicit activities, which have created an environment of public antipathy, and in some situations a feeling of insecurity that have not contributed at all, to the development of the country.

The Council of Ministers considered that the diploma requires some adjustments, and will be scheduled for presentation after these are made.

Presentation of the report made by LABEH regarding the national consultation on the Anti-Corruption Commission
The Council of Ministers heard a presentation on the report made by LABEH regarding the national consultation on the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Draft Law that creates the Anti-Corruption Commission
This draft Law which aims to create the Anti-Corruption was analysed and heavily debated in the Council of Ministers (CoM), after which it and was decided that it needs some changes and after these are made it will be presented again to CoM for approval.

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