Dili, October 3rd, 2020 – His Excellency the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak said that he has instructed the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Territory, José Reis, so that, from now on, all projects financed by the General State Budget are recorded through a GPS (Global Positioning System) mapping, to facilitate control, because there is evidence of past projects that are out of control, and, in some cases, projects were duplicated in the same location, but payments were separated.
“I have already asked the Vice Prime Minister, Dr. José Reis, to integrate all existing projects in Timor-Leste in an electronic GPS mapping. When that process is complete, I will show you all the projects we’ve done and where. How much money has been spent and how is the quality of the projects, because sometimes, in the same place, there are two or three joint projects together, but the budget is separate”, said the Head of the Government, this Friday, in the 2020 GSB overall debate, in response to concerns of CNRT Deputy, Domingos Carvalho, on many projects that the Government hasn’t paid for yet.
The Head of Government appreciated the concerns of the Deputies about these projects, but also noted that the Government has recently detected that many projects, from 2010 to 2016, are still ongoing, with a value of more than $ 170 million, which inflates the Infrastructure Fund at the GSB, every year. In addition, some projects without contracts were also detected.
Therefore, the Head of the Government asked the Members of Parliament to support the Government in solving these problems.
Ladies and Gentlemen Members of Parliament, I want to be very sincere. I tell the members of my Government and the officials that I don’t want them to go to prison, and I don’t want us to bury Timor. So, we have to do these things calmly, well, and correctly. Dear Member of Parliament, we cannot solve these problems alone, but we also do not discard our responsibilities. The Government wants to contribute to solving these problems, which are not just a few, they are many because control has been lost. So, once again, I would like to ask for Parliament’s support. But if you keep these things in the drawer, you don’t do it, wait until I become Prime Minister, I have to talk more than you do. Now I’m inside the system and I don’t want this. For this reason, I humbly ask everyone to follow the principles that I have stated today: “united in difficult times, united in good times”. It cannot be just applauding in good times, and, in difficult times, leaving the responsibility to others,” said His Excellency the Prime minister. END/M-PMO