Subject: Press communique - council of ministers

OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF TIMOR-LESTE

PRESS COMMUNIQUÉ

Dili, Wednesday, 16 July 2003, 08:00am

All members of the Council of Ministers of the 1st Constitutional Cabinet of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste attended today's meeting, excepting the Senior Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports who have travelled overseas and were represented by their respective Vice-Ministers.

The Council of Ministers made a preliminary examination of the draft organic law on the Presidency of the Republic, which was presented by the Prime Minister. The Council decided to examine the draft further at its next meeting.

Pursuant to its decision made on 3 July 2003, the Council of Ministers discussed the bill on the Provedor de Direitos Humanos e Justiça, which was presented by the Prime Minister. The Council decided that the document should be revised so as to incorporate amendments that were put forward today, and the final version should be presented to the Council at its next meeting for approval.

The Council of Ministers discussed the draft Decree-Law on Statistics, which was presented by the Minister of Planning and Finance. The Council will examine the document further at its next meeting.

Pursuant to its decision made on 3 July 2003, the Council of Ministers approved the draft Decree-Law on Public Companies, which was presented by the Prime Minister and Minister of Development and Environment. The purpose of the document is to lay down the legal parameters governing the establishment of public companies in Timor-Leste, and it falls within the scope of the legislative package designed to create a favourable environment for investment and development in the country. The approved decree-law will now be sent to the President of the Republic for promulgation, as required by the Constitution.

The Council of Ministers discussed a draft resolution on the award of academic degrees and diplomas to graduates from the National University, which was presented by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. The Council decided that the draft should be revised so as to incorporate amendments that were put forward today, and the final version should be presented to the Council at its next meeting for approval.

The Council of Ministers discussed the draft Decree-Law establishing port fees for Timor-Leste, which was presented by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Public Works. The Council decided that the draft should be revised so as to incorporate amendments that were put forward today, and the final version should be presented to the Council at its next meeting for approval.


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