MIL-OSI Translation: Meeting of the Council of Ministers on January 17, 2024

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MIL OSI Translation. Timor-Leste Portuguese to English –

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste
IX Constitutional Government

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Press release

Meeting of the Council of Ministers on January 17, 2024

The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace in Dili and approved the draft Government Resolution, presented by the Vice-Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Céu Brites, for the appointment of Arlindo Pinto for a three-year term as President of the Board of Directors of the National Social Security Institute, and, inherently, President of the Board of the Social Security Reserve Fund.

The diploma highlights that Arlindo Pinto “has recognized suitability and has been performing, throughout his professional career, functions that make him possessed of knowledge, technical training and qualified experience that presuppose management capacity and substantiate the suitability of his profile for performance of the said position.”

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The draft Decree-Law, presented by the Vice-Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of Rural Development and Community Housing, Mariano Assanami Sabino, was approved for the regulation of the National Council for Sovereignty, Food Security and Nutrition in East Timor (CONSSAN-TL).

This draft Decree-Law aims to establish a normative framework for the effective implementation of food and nutritional security policies in the country. The diploma defines the composition and responsibilities of CONSSAN-TL, establishes an Interministerial Working Group and a Permanent Technical Secretariat to support the coordination and execution of these policies. It is also proposed to create municipal representations to ensure a decentralized and effective implementation of the established guidelines. The ultimate objective is to ensure a coordinated and efficient approach to promoting food and nutritional security in Timor-Leste.

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The draft Government Resolution was also approved, presented by the Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Agio Pereira, which establishes the remuneration of the President of the Public Service Commission.

Taking into account that the Public Service Commission, created by Law No. 7/2009, of July 15, is the body responsible for guaranteeing a politically exempt, impartial, merit-based public service, holding a high standard of professionalism, with the purpose of providing quality services to the State and people of Timor-Leste.

Also considering that it is clear that the level of responsibility of the powers and the degree of complexity and demand of the tasks inherent to the position of President of the Civil Service Commission are, by far, higher than those of the other members of the Commission, the Government decided to increase the remuneration of the President, moving her from the 3rd level, where she was previously aligned with the other commissioners, to the 2nd level. With this diploma, the payment of remuneration equivalent to the 2nd level of remuneration for holders of management bodies of public legal entities that are part of the indirect State Administration and personalized services covered by the scope of Decree-Law No. 92/2022 , of December 22nd, which corresponds to the value of 80% of the Prime Minister’s remuneration, is due from the beginning of the duties of the President of the Civil Service Commission.

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According to the project presented by the Vice Minister for ASEAN Affairs, Milena Maria da Costa Rangel, the Council of Ministers decided to approve two agreements between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for visa exemption for holders of ordinary passports and holders of diplomatic and service passports.

The aforementioned agreements aim to strengthen friendly relations between the two countries and facilitate the travel of their citizens for tourist purposes. Taking into account Timor-Leste’s ongoing accession process as the 11th member of ASEAN, and its observer status at ASEAN Summits, this deliberation also aims to align with the provisions of the ASEAN Tourism Agreement and the Accession Roadmap of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to ASEAN. The objective is to effectively promote tourism in the region and strengthen friendly ties between ASEAN citizens, reflecting Timor-Leste’s commitment to implementing and respecting all ASEAN instruments, including the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Waiver.

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The Council of Ministers approved the draft Decree-Law, presented by the Minister of Public Works, Samuel Marçal, to grant a risk subsidy to workers who work at the Institute of Equipment Management and Support for Infrastructure Development, IP.

This subsidy aims to compensate for the special working conditions faced by these professionals, whose activities involve significant risks, exposure to extreme weather conditions, dust, excessive noise and other factors harmful to health.

The risk subsidy is intended exclusively for IGEADI workers involved in operations with heavy equipment, especially in situations of natural disasters such as floods and landslides and only relating to the actual days of work in the field. The amount of the subsidy varies according to the nature of the work and geographic location, and is paid monthly together with the beneficiary’s remuneration. The value of the subsidy is calculated based on the actual working days outside IGEADI facilities, where operations with heavy machinery are carried out.

The beneficiaries of the risk subsidy are workers who perform functions at IGEADI, regardless of the nature of the contract, including those holding management and leadership positions, with the functions of operators of heavy machinery, drivers of heavy vehicles with a tonnage equal to or greater than 30 tons, drivers of heavy vehicles with a tonnage of less than 30 tons, mechanics, operational engineers and assistants to operators of heavy machinery.

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According to the projects presented by the Minister of Transport and Communications, Miguel Marques Gonçalves Manetelu, the Council of Ministers decided to approve:

the memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia for Cooperation in the field of communications and information technology. the extension of the term of the memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Indonesia for cooperation in the field of education and training in the area of transport. the bilateral agreement between the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Ministry of Transport of the Government of Malaysia in the field of air transport.

The improvement and expansion of the communications and IT sector, as well as development in the transport and communications sector, require proactive and assertive collaboration with other countries, to increase effectiveness in internal and external action.

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The Council of Ministers also decided, in accordance with the project presented by the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Forests, Marcos da Cruz, to authorize expenditure for the Maliana II irrigation project, in Maliana, in the Municipality of Bobonaro.

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In accordance with the project presented by the Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment, Gastão Francisco de Sousa, the Council of Ministers decided to approve the memorandum of understanding between the Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing of the Republic of Indonesia for Infrastructure Development Cooperation. The Council of Ministers also granted full powers to Minister Gastão de Sousa to sign the aforementioned memorandum of understanding.

This memorandum of understanding aims to strengthen and expand cooperation between the parties based on the principles of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit. The main focus is on expanding collaboration in the infrastructure development sectors and related areas, adopting an efficient, effective and holistic approach. Under this agreement, the two countries will share knowledge, skills and experiences in the context of infrastructure development, aiming for the well-being of the populations of both countries. This cooperation will serve common interests and contribute to strengthening bilateral collaboration between the two countries and in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in their respective countries.

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The Council of Ministers approved the draft Decree-Law, presented by the Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment, Gastão Francisco de Sousa, regarding the Regulation of the Human Capital Development Fund.

This Decree-Law aims to regulate the Human Capital Development Fund, created by Law No. 1/II/2011, of February 14, with the purpose of financing national human resources training projects in strategic sectors, both in the country like abroad.

The objectives to be achieved with this legislative intervention consist, firstly, in establishing, in the organization of the administration of the Fund, including its legal nature, governance and operating rules, the specific approaches that achieve the policy objectives established in the Government Program and assigned by law to your responsibility. Secondly, the aim is to design the Fund’s organizational structure guided by the standards of efficiency and effectiveness of the Administration’s actions, in the management and implementation of the Strategic Development Plan, with a view to improving the quality of the provision of more and better goods and public services to citizens in the financing of Projects and multi-annual programs for the training of national human resources in strategic sectors of the country’s development, both in Timor-Leste and abroad.

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Finally, the Council of Ministers approved the draft Government Resolution, presented by the Minister of Transport and Communications, Miguel Marques Gonçalves Manetelu, for the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of the Public Company for the Administration of Airports and Air Navigation of Timor- East (ANATL).

Thus, with this Government Resolution, the following are appointed for a period of four years, on an exclusive basis:

Romualdo António Soares da Silva for the position of President of the Board of Directors of ANATL EP; Luís Caldeira Alves for the position of member of the Board of Directors of ANATL EP; Marco Paulo dos Reis Faria de Sousa for the position of member of the Board of Directors of ANATL EP; Agostinho Castro for the position of member of the Board of Directors of ANATL EP; Isolino dos Santos Sequeira Sarmento for the position of member of the Board of Directors of ANATL EP. END

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