Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak presides a meeting (Image Tatoli/Egas Cristovao)

DILI, 23 september 2020 (TATOLI)– The Minister of Economic Coordination, Joaquim Amaral has introduced a decree-law for approval on basic household staple foods, at the council of minister’s meeting today.

The President of Council of Minister, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães said the draft has also defined the entities that will support the economy ministry in the implementation of this program during november and december 2020.

“The agriculture food producers and commercial operators, including national and local hygiene groups will join the program with propose to promote the short term growth for the economy and to assist in the funding of production incentives and other commercial operations, which are in the economic recovery plan,” Minister Magalhães said after the executive meeting of the ministers at Government palace.

The project also includes the required mechanism and conditions for a standardised implementation practice; this creates a special regime for the provision at the scope of distribution for the basic staple foods.

The program beneficiaries are the households that have been recorded in the “Household Registration Book” within national territories when the initial distribution of this program runs.

“Citizens who are staying in Social educative institution, Religious institutions and those who are inside the prison will receive these benefits individually without including their families,” he added.

The permanent amount, which will be allocated for every household per month is $25, and this will be paid out at one time for the two months.

Mr Magalhães added, this measure can help families support their necessities while contributing to family nutrition issues which are by products of lower-income.

This support has objectives to inspire growth in the local economy dynamically through the circulation of financial resources towards local production to reduce the impact of the economic crisis caused by the COVID19 pandemic.

A focus of the economic recovery plan is to create conditions which improve the income of farmers and other local Merchants.

The Government will continue to implement the four measures, which should mitigate the economic and social impact in the short term. A US$ 113.4 million budget will be used to preserve existing jobs and assist in the recovery of income for families by attempting to normalising economic activities.

This basic food staples plan is a part of the four measures mentioned above relating to the economic recovery plan. This measure consists of the preparation of the “basic staple foods for families, which will be implemented between november and december, with an aim at supporting the basic needs of households especially for the most vulnerable families and local producers.

Journalist: Antónia Gusmão

Editor: Julia Chatarina/Nick Kettle

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