28 October 2014

Council of Ministers approves decree law for the transfer of rights of ownership of community or private property to the State for Suai Supply Base

From Extraordinary Meeting of the East Timor Council of Ministers of 22 August 2014 Decree Law approving the transmission of property rights of community and private property to the State, relating to the Suai Supply Base Project

This diploma sets the special framework applicable to the temporary transfer of rights of ownership of community or private property, to the State, for the implementation of the Suai Supply Base Project.

28 August 2014

Report on land dispute case heard in Baucau District Court in May 2014

17.  Land dispute, Case No.20/Civ.2008.TDB

Composition of judges            : Panel
Judge                                       : Jose Gonçalves, Antonio Fonseca, Afonso Carmona
Lawyer for the plaintiff          : Mujariah Amaral
Lawyers for the respondent    : Grigorio de Lima and Juvinal Yanes
Conclusion                              :Ongoing

On 15 May 2014 the Baucau District Court conducted a hearing to examine the testimony of the respondent. This case involved the plaintiff Francisco de Oliveira and the respondent Aderito de Carvalho. The land in dispute is located in Uatukarbau Sub-District, Viqueque District.

The witnesses Sebastião Pinto, aged 70, and Bernardo da Costa, aged 92, testified that their father and the plaintiff have been managing the rice field on the land in dispute and the father of the plaintiff has been using the rice field since Indonesian times. The two witnesses added that ever since the plaintiff has been occupying the land no one has claimed to be the owner of the land. The witness heard that in 1999 the respondent stopped the plaintiff from using the land. The witnesses did not know when the Department of Land measured the land because the two witnesses were not there. The witness Sebastião Pinto was traveling (back to his village) and the witness Bernardo da Costa was in Dili.

After hearing testimony from the two witnesses, the court scheduled a date to continue the trial on 22 May 2014 to hear testimony from the respondent.

The witness Jeremias Quintão, aged 68, and the witness Agapito Pinto testified that they knew the respondent’s father and in Portuguese times the respondent’s father had managed the rice field on the land in dispute and channeled water into the rice field. The witnesses added that they helped to channel the water. At that time the witness Agapito was assigned to look after the buffalo belonging to the father of the respondent. At that time they managed the rice field with the use of the buffaloes. In 1983 the respondent and his brother were still young so the plaintiff took the opportunity to manage the rice field belonging to the respondent until 1999. On the last occasion the witnesses heard from the respondent himself that he had been managing the rice field until now.

After hearing testimony from the two witnesses summoned by the respondent, the court adjourned the trial to 5 June 2014 at 10am to hear further testimony from the plaintiff and respondent.

See the full report of cases heard in the Baucau District Court in May 2014 on the East Timor Law and Justice Bulletin

28 July 2014

World Bank and Government of Timor-Leste Presents Dili-Ainaro Road Project to the community

Connecting people to the market and other critical services along the Dili-Ainaro corridor Dili, July 14th, 2014 – Today the Government of Timor-Leste presented the Dili – Ainaro road rehabilitation project to the community. Through this project, the World Bank is supporting the Government to rehabilitate a 110 km road corridor that will link the District of Dili to the District of Ainaro.

The presentation ceremony was conducted by Mr. Gastão de Sousa, Minister of Public Works and was witnessed by Franz Drees-Gross, World Bank Country Director for Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and the Pacific Islands outside of Dili.

The road from Dili to Ainaro is a vital link between the north and the south of the country and connects three districts—Dili, Aileu and Ainaro—which jointly account for a third of the country’s population, including thousands of small farmers.

“Improving the road access will bring a social and economic benefit to the State and to the people, as a good road makes it easier for the community to connect and sell its produce to the market”,  said Minister of Public Works Eng. Gastão. “It will also provide access for tourism, boost  the economic development  and increase the quality of life for people through better access to  health and education.”

“The need for robust road infrastructure that directly helps the population living along this Dili-Ainaro corridor is real and must be attended to in a swift manner, therefore we are pleased to see this project moving forward,” said Drees-Gross, World Bank Country Director for Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and the Pacific Islands. “The World Bank’s support will continue after this groundbreaking ceremony and we will help ensure that a high quality road is delivered to the people,” he continued.

This road project is part of the Timor-Leste Road Climate Resilience Project, launched in 2011, which delivered emergency repairs along key sections of the road, where road closures were frequent due to flooding or damage caused by heavy rainfall.

This project will now focus on rehabilitating the entire 110km road corridor across the three districts. Construction works will stabilize slope structures, improve drainage and repair pavements. The project will also support feasibility studies and detailed designs for possible future road improvements linked to the Dili-Ainaro corridor.

An emergency maintenance and response system will also help the Government plan for managing extreme weather events, such as landslides and heavy rain.

The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Public Works and is being financed with US$60 million from the World Bank—an IDA grant of US$20, an IDA Credit of US$25 million and an IBRD loan of US$15 million. The Government of Timor-Leste will contribute US$53 million to the project. #End# Source: World Bank Press Release 14 July 2014

01 July 2014

Contract for the Establishment of National Registry and of the Registry of Land Parcels in Timor-Leste

01/07/2014 Extract from Extraordinary Meeting of the TImor-Leste Council of Ministers of 30 November 2013 - Following the approval, on last October 7th, of the Resolution approving the Procurement Process for the project of Establishment of the National Registry, the Council of Ministers approved, at this extraordinary meeting, the terms for the contract to be signed with Grupo Media Nacional’s consortium – GMN, Holding and Arm Apprize. Source: Presidency of the Council of Ministers V Constitutional Government Dili, November 30th 2013 Press Release