Dili, December 13th, 2019: The Government has decided to withdraw the 2020 State Budget Proposal, under discussion in the National Parliament, for reformulation, and will send it back to the National Parliament, on December 13th, 2019, as a new proposal, for hearing in the committees.
The decision was taken by the Head of the Government, on the second day of the general debate, taking into account the concerns and suggestions of the deputies, both those supporting the Government and those of the opposition, and also the opinion of Committee C of the National Parliament, regarding the current amount and structure of the State Budget Proposal.
“The Government has considered and agrees to withdraw [the State Budget] and promises that soon will adjust the text to accommodate the concerns of all distinguished deputies and will resubmit it for timely discussion,” said Prime-Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, at the Plenary of the National Parliament.
The Head of Government also thanked the deputies for their contributions in improving the document of 2020 State Budget, expressing legitimate concerns, which the Government accepts and notes.
I “want to formally and outrightly thank Mr. President and all the distinguished members for your patience and dedication to help and contribute to improving the document of 2020 State Budget. These concerns are legitimate and the Government accepts and notes it,” declared the Head of Government.
The Government submitted, to the National Parliament, a 2020 State Budget Proposal with an amount of one billion, nine hundred and fifty million US dollars (the US $ 1,950 million). END