Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 9 November 2020
The President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, today held a meeting with the president of National Parliament, Aniceto Guterres, to discuss the efficiency and effectiveness of the legislative body.
Aniceto Guterres said that, when he took office in May, his main priority was to ensure the regular functioning of the National Parliament. The 2020 General State Budget has already been approved and the 2021 budget hearings are already underway. The regular functioning of the National Parliament will allow for changes to be made to ensure its efficiency and effectiveness.
‘We talked about efficiency and effectiveness in terms of parliamentary administration and management, with an impact on the productivity of the members of Parliament as a body vested with legislative and supervisory powers,’ Aniceto Guterres told journalists after the meeting.
The National Parliament is preparing to carry out structural reforms to improve the system and increase the productivity of its members.
Aniceto Guterres also took the opportunity to say that efforts are being made to stick to the calendar for the 2021 General State Budget. According to the Constitution, the President of the Republic has 30 days to enact or veto the state budget. If the calendar is not complied with, there will be no budget in January, which means going back to the provisional twelfths system.
The budget proposal was initially presented to Parliament on 15 October, but the missing information and documentation was only submitted on 29 October.
The parliamentary committees initiated the public hearings on 6 November, which are scheduled to continue until 17 November. Each committee’s report must be submitted to Committee C on 23 November. The latter has seven days to issue an opinion which will then be discussed in plenary session. The general discussion will take place on 1 December.
The 2021 budget proposal covers the economic recovery measures defined under the Economic Recovery Plan approved by the Council of Ministers on 19 August 2020 which prioritises agriculture, tourism, housing, human capital, and institutional reform.
The budget proposal has an overall expenditures amount of $1.89 billion.