MIL-OSI Translation: Meeting of the Council of Ministers of 4 May 2022

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Presidency of the Council of Ministers

VIII Constitutional Government

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Press release

Meeting of the Council of Ministers of 4 May 2022

The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the draft Decree-Law, presented by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture, Longuinhos dos Santos, for the first amendment to the Organic of the Ministry of Higher Education. , Science and Culture. The aim of this Decree-Law project is to partially change the organic structure of this Ministry, to allow solving some service obstacles felt in the last three years of governance, in order to allow a continuation of the work of growth and evolution of the higher education sector. in Timor-Leste.

The draft Decree-Law, presented by the Deputy Minister of Finance, António Freitas, concerning the new Legal Regime for Procurement, Public Contracts and Respective Infractions was also reviewed and approved. This draft Decree-Law had already been the subject of deliberation at the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of March 16, 2022, however, due to the introduction of some changes in the final drafting phase, it became necessary to submit it to a new deliberation. It is intended to create a new legal regime, clearer, simpler, objective, rigorous and transparent, to promote the economic and social development of the country.

The Council of Ministers approved the draft Decree-Law, presented by the Minister of Petroleum and Minerals, Víctor da Conceição Soares, for the creation of Companhia Mineira de Timor, SA. The purpose of this national mining company is to carry out mining activities as defined by law, including reconnaissance, prospecting and research, assessment, development, exploration, treatment, transport and marketing of minerals, as well as mine closure activities. . It may also carry out complementary or ancillary activities to mining activities and activities to provide services related to mining activities, which include, in particular, technical, commercial and management consulting services in the mining sector.

Two draft Resolutions were also approved to the National Parliament, presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, for ratification for accession to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and for ratification for accession to the Protocol Optional to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This Convention is an instrument of international law, which aims to promote, protect and guarantee the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities and the promotion of respect for their inherent dignity.

The Council of Ministers decided to approve the annual staff to be incorporated into FALINTL – Defense Forces of Timor-Leste in 2022, according to the project presented by the Minister of Defense, Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus. Thus, a military recruitment process was approved for the incorporation of 600 recruits, of which 240 will be for the Naval Force component, 240 for the Land Force component and 120 for the remaining units.

According to the projects presented by the Minister of Public Works, Abel Pires da Silva, the Council of Ministers decided to authorize the opening of procurement procedures, through an international public tender, for public works related to the repair works of the Suai-Beaço motorway. , Section 1: Suai-Fatucai/Mola and concerning the construction of the UaicaKelikai-Ossu Municipal Road.

Finally, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Armanda Berta dos Santos and the Minister of Health, Odete Maria Freitas Belo, in her capacity as President and Vice-President, respectively, of the Interministerial Commission for the Preparation and Coordination of the Execution of the Vaccination Plan against COVID-19, presented to the Council of Ministers the results of the vaccination and a set of changes to the Plan.

Of the planned changes, it should be noted that the Pfizer vaccine will now be administered to citizens aged 18 or over, also as a first and second dose, in addition to the booster dose that already covered this age group. Anyone who received the first dose of the Astrazeneca or Sinovac vaccines will be able to receive the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

As of May 2, 2022, nationwide, a total of 71.6% of young people aged between 12 and 17 have already received at least one dose. Across the country, 36.9% of young people have already received both doses. In Dili, 74.4% of young people between 12 and 17 already have two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

With regard to individuals over 18 years of age, 72.2% have already received at least two doses and 84.6% have already received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19. THE END

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