11 November 2008

East Timor Council of Ministers Meeting 11 November 2008

Democratic Republic of East Timor
V Constitutional Government


PRESS RELEASE Meeting of the Council of Ministers 11 November 2008

The Council of Ministers met this Wednesday, 11th November 2008, in the Council of Ministers meeting room, Government Palace, in Dili, where it approved:

1. Resolution on the Commission for Promotion in the National Police of Timor-Leste

In today's meeting, the Council of Ministers discussed the establishment of a Commission for Promotion in the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL), which would be comprised of seven elements, of which five would be member of the international community and two from the timorese community. To achieve this, the Government would invite the Governments of Portugal, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia to appoint an experienced senior officer from these countries to be a member of the referred commission. The Commission will only be valid during the transition period included in the Career Regime.

The need to establish this commission is a consequence of the ongoing effort to introduce a new career regime for PNTL, upholding the highest principles of transparency, integrity and independence in the promotion process. We intend to ensure that PNTL has more and better opportunities in the development and promotion of their careers. Thus allowing the exponential honing of their skills, and in doing so raising their potential for the functions of responsibility and command.

The Council of Ministers has decided that this issue should be studied in depth and then approved in the next meeting.

2. The Decree-Law that approves the Regime for Promotion of the National Police of Timor-Leste

The diploma that the Council of Ministers analysed and discussed in today's meeting establishes the Career Regime for the National Police of Timor-Leste. It includes the definition of positions and promotions that define the career regime that adheres to the principles of merit based on knowledge, skills, performance and professional conduct.

The Council of Ministers decided that the diploma should be discussed again and then approved in the next meeting.

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