ETLJB 21 September 2016 Source: Government of East Timor Press Release 13 September 2016 DILI Council of Ministers meeting of September 13th , 2016 - The Council of Ministers met on Tuesday at the Government Palace in Dili, and was updated on the status of the National Registry System project, managed by the GMN-H/ARM-APPRIZE consortium and under the authority of the Minister of State, Coordinator of State Administration Affairs and Justice and Minister of State Administration, in coordination with the Secretary of State for Land and Property.
The project, initiated in 2014, includes the survey and cadastral mapping of the territory, the
establishment of a computerised database of registration and the creation of a system of property
valuation for tax purposes, with the aim of supporting the implementation of a set of clear and fair rules in
regulating the mechanisms of property ownership and transfer.
The Council of Ministers approved the proposed acquisition of a property for the Chancellery and
Embassy of Timor-Leste in Singapore, presented by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and
The project for the construction of a new passenger terminal for the Dili port, in negotiation with the
Government of Japan, through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which will partially
finance the project, presented by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, together with the
Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications and APORTIL (the Port Administration in
Timor-Leste), was also approved.
The Council of Ministers approved the strengthening of bilateral cooperation with Mozambique and
Cape Verde, in the area of education, through the signing of three memorandums of
understanding. Also related to education was the approval of the Decree-Law establishing the
Polytechnic Institute of Betano and approval of its Provisional Statutes. The creation of this public
institution of higher technical education fulfils the item of the Government’s Programme which stipulates
that the "Government will promote an efficient polytechnic and university sector in order to provide our
children with the opportunity to receive quality education and to take part in the building of our country ".
The Government Decree on remuneration of the Bodies of the Authority for Inspection and
Supervision of Economic, Health and Food Activities, PI, presented by the Prime Minister's Office,
was approved, fulfilling the need for regulation of Decree-Law N. 35/2016, of September 7
creates this structure.
The Ministry of State Administration had four proposals approved: the Second amendment to Law N.
11/2009, of October 7
th (Administrative Division of the Territory), which allows the extension of the
territorial competence of the Special Administrative Region of Oe-cusse Ambeno administrative bodies to
the Administrative Post of Atauro, so that it can achieve the objectives for which it was intended, in the
context of the Special Economic Zone for Social Market Economy, which will make the island a
complementary development area; the Government Decree on the change of dates for the meetings
of the Village Assemblies and of the Suco Councils under the procedures for the election of
community leaders, changing the dates approved in the August 16th Meeting (updated calendar
available in www.timor-leste.gov); the Government Decree establishing the rules for electing the
members of the Suco bodies; and the Government Decree approving technical procedures for
implementation and updating of the electoral data base. This document establishes how the electoral
registration will be held throughout national territory as well as in the diplomatic missions and consular
Also approved was the Government Decree that regulates the process of opening escrow bank
accounts and signing of escrow deposit contracts, in the framework of the implementation of the
Public Private Partnership for the Tibar Port, presented by the Minister of Finance. This legal
innovative instrument in Timor-Leste establishes the necessary rules for the opening of accounts that
guarantee the availability of State funds to pay its financial contribution in the construction of the Tibar
From the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment two documents were approved: the
Government Resolution Repealing Resolution N. 34/2014, of November 5
, adopting legal measures
and regulations for the creation of new solutions in the treatment of waste, suitable for the needs of the
people, reviewing those whose results were not effective; and the proposal for ratification of the Paris
Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be submitted to the
National Parliament. Timor-Leste ratified, in 2006, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Minister of Defence, Cirílo Cristóvão, and the MP Carmelita Moniz were reappointed as members
(effective and alternate, respectively) to the Superior Council of Magistrates.
The Council of Ministers approved the financial support to the internally displaced persons from the
Central African Republic, having granted one million five hundred thousand dollars for humanitarian aid,
to support the resolution of the distressing situation of tens of thousands of displaced people, who are
concentrated in the country’s capital. ENDS