04 December 2016

East Timor Government approves Decree Law on the Basic Law for Land Use

Meeting of the Council of Ministers of April 20th, 2016

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Sixth Constitutional Government

Dili, April 20th, 2016

Meeting of the Council of Ministers of April 20th, 2016

The Council of Ministers met this Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, at the Government Palace in Dili, and approved:

1. Decree Law on the Basic Law for Land Use

The Constitution establishes the fundamental objective for land-use policy as the promotion of harmonious and integrated development of the sectors and regions, and fair division of the National Product. The Decree Law on the Basic Law for Land Use provides for the existence of two major types of instruments of regional planning: those of national scope and those of municipal scope. Its approval allows to the Government to define the guiding principles and objectives of the Administration, to identify various public interests with territorial dimensions, to use regional planning instruments as a means of Public Administration intervention, as well as to define the typology and the objectives such instruments have to follow.

from http://www.easttimorlawandjusticebulletin.com/2016/12/east-timor-council-of-ministers-meeting_4.html

19 November 2016

UNPol in East Timor Security Briefing 19 October 2007

This is a broadcast of the UN Police in Timor-Leste to provide you with information about the security situation around the country.

The security situation in Timor-Leste has been generally calm.

Earlier today in Dili, UNPol attended three incidents, including an incident where a group of 10 to 15 people were reported to be throwing rocks at shops in the Audian area. UNPol discovered that the incident was due to a dispute over land ownership, and took the complainants to the Bureau of Land Representation.

From UNPol in East Timor Security Briefings 

13 November 2016

Deed to transfer to the Holy See the surface rights on a State property for the construction of the Apostolic Nunciature in Dili

Proposal for Deed to transfer to the Holy See the surface rights on a State property for the construction of the Apostolic Nunciature in Dili

The Council of Ministers approved the terms of a Deed to transfer to the Holy See the surface rights on the plot of land for the construction of the Apostolic Nunciature in Dili, decided at the meeting of the Council of Ministers of April 28th, 2015. (from ETLJB Meeting of the East Timor Council of Ministers of February 16th, 2016)

From Meeting of the East Timor Council of Ministers 28 April 2016:

Government Resolution approving the allocation of land to the Holy See

This diploma transfers land surface rights to the Holy See, on the land adjacent to the Church of Motael, in Díli, and revokes the Government Resolution allocating the land to the nuntiature.

21 September 2016

Land and Property Fiscal Database Project Approved by East Timor Council of Ministers

From East Timor Law and Justice Bulletin 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.

23 December 2015

Timor-Leste Road Project Gets Additional $12 Million Funding Boost

ETLS 23/12/2015 East Timor's Specialised Investment Agency published a report on 29 June 2015 originally published in Financial on 25 June 2015, that Officials from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Timor-Leste had signed an agreement confirming additional ADB financing of nearly $12 million for the Timor-Leste Road Network Upgrading Project.

Signing the assistance package was the Minister of Finance and ADB Governor, Santina Viegas Cardoso, and ADB’s Country Director Shane Rosenthal.

“Creating a shorter and safer route between Dili and Tibar Bay, the site of a planned international seaport, will make it easer and less costly to transport goods, and enhance the Tibar Bay area as a place to do business” said Mr. Rosenthal.

The new funding will upgrade a 5-kilometer section of road along a key route linking Dili to Tibar Bay—site of the country's planned new international port—to Gleno, center of an important coffee-growing region. The original project supports road upgrades from Tibar Bay to Gleno and Liquica. The latest section targeted for improvement is part of the key north coast road linking Dili with Indonesia, as well as the western towns of Maliana and Bobonaro, according to ADB.

The Road Network Upgrading Project also includes upgrading from Tibar to Liquica and complements another road initiative funded by an ADB grant, which together will upgrade 57 km of roads from Tibar to Batugade, on the border with Indonesia. These are the first major road improvements to be undertaken by Timor-Leste since independence in 2002.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region. In 2014, ADB assistance totaled $22.9 billion, including cofinancing of $9.2 billion.