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Wednesday, 12 August 2009

IV Constitutional Government of Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão reaches two year milestone

This week the Government of His Excellency Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão reached a major
milestone marking the two year anniversary of the IV Constitutional Government.

The Secretary of State for the Council of Ministers and Official Spokesman for the IV
Constitutional Government, Ágio Pereira stated, “against unbelievable odds, this
Government, the first political coalition to govern in Timor-Leste, proved that political
diversity could be embraced and through dialogue and concord, progress and development
could be reached.’

‘We demonstrated to our people that with unity, solidarity and a like -minded vision of
democracy, we could start to heal and move on with the arduous task of nation building.’
‘In turn, the people of Timor-Leste rose from past challenges to establish a new climate of
stability, with a sense of pride and dignity that can be seen and felt throughout our nation.’

‘This is a moment in time when we should recognize our collective achievements. A nation
that the global community announced only a few years ago was becoming a ‘failed state’ is
now the second fastest growing economy in the world.’

‘When the United Nations warned us that returning our 150,000 refugees to homes would
take at least ten years, we managed to achieve this in two years.’

‘When we were warned the rifts between our army and the police were too deep to repair, we
proved in our time of crisis after February 11, 2008, that our security sector could override
past divides and join forces with a new level of national pride and professionalism, and now
moving towards enhancing institutional capacity building.’

‘And when we believed that compassionate social policies could ignite hope in our most
vulnerable, we watched our veterans, the elderly and our infirmed receive, with pride, their
very first monetary pensions.’

‘Since 2007, despite much criticism, our Ministers and National Parliament committed to
budgets more than the sum total of all past Governments combined to deliver better services
to our people; doubling our expenditure in vital areas like Health, Education and Agriculture
and increasing minor and major capitol development to rebuild our communities by 339% .’

‘In the extremely challenging area of employment, in past two years our commitment to job
creation produced wage generation for some 85,500 Timorese and increased food security
measures to empower rural areas’.

‘The establishment of eight national resource centers across the country provided new
technologies, equipment, training and technical assistance to farmers which increased the rice
yield, a main staple for the Timorese, from 1.6 ton/ha in 2008 to 2.45 ton/ha in 2009 and an
aggressive fisheries scheme benefitted some 2,149 fisherman, increasing fish production by
an estimated 1,107,000 kg per year.’

‘The strengthening of the private sector was also evident in the end of year results when
business tax receipts increased by 56%, the total number of tax payers increased by 44% and
customs revenue increased an estimated 30% demonstrating that reforms combined with
more efficient systems could encourage private sector growth.’

‘Our institutional capacity has increased dramatically with the Government’s establishment
of the Civil Service Commission to regulate the public service and the Anti Corruption
Commission which promises to establish an independent body to deal with corruption cases
from all levels of Government, which will have the mandate to work towards the eradication
of corruption from our institutions.’

‘The most powerful achievement of Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão’s Government was
depoliticizing a highly divided nation from the volatile crisis of 2006, creating an inclusive
environment where our citizens could feel safe in their own communities.’

‘The sovereignty of Timor-Leste is now firmly enshrined with a determined will for long
lasting and unwavering peace. That determination is fostered by an administration with
defined social and fiscal policies to support national development.’

‘It is also the strong solidarity between the Government, the Parliament and the President,
guided with the sole spirit of national unity and pride, that further nurtures the appropriate
environment of national security and safety, thus helping to ensure that those who try to
damage the good name of our country are met with unequivocal condemnation.”

The Secretary of State of the council of Ministers also commended the partners in
development, the donors, the International Stabilization Forces, UNMIT, the NGO’s and all
the charitable based operations in Timor-Leste who contribute to the national priorities of the
IV Constitutional Government. ENDS

Contact: Ágio Pereira +670 723 0011; E-mail:

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