Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 15 October 2020
Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak gave his assurance that the government will make efforts to ensure that the 2021 State Budget, for which expenditures have been set at 1.895 million dollars by the Council of Ministers on 12 October, reflects an investment in the productive sector.
The Prime Minister was speaking to journalists after a weekly meeting with the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo. Although he did not disclose the amount that will be allocated for this sector, the Prime Minister mentioned the areas of education, health, agriculture, tourism, socioeconomic, infrastructure, and institutional development.
He also said that, in addition to the 2021 State Budget, whose deadline for presentation to Parliament is today, the Prime Minister and the Head of State discussed the country’s security situation.
On the news of the resignation of the minister of Finance Fernando Hanjam, the Prime Minister said that he has not received a letter of resignation, but that the minister should remain at home in recovery until he is fit enough to return to work.