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Launch of TL Transparency Portal 15.3

Launch of TL Transparency Portal 15.3

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Launch of the Timor-Leste Transparency Portal
Launch of the Timor-Leste Transparency Portal

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF TIMOR-LESTEOFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
ADDRESS BYHIS EXCELLENCY THE PRIME MINISTERKAY RALA XANANA GUSMÃOON THE OCCASION OF THE LAUNCH OF THETIMOR-LESTE TRANSPARENCY PORTAL
Dili Convention Centre,15 March 2011
 
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Your Excellency the President of the RepublicHonourable Members of ParliamentHonourable Government MembersHonourable Members of the Diplomatic CorpsDistinguished Members from the ChurchDistinguished Director-Generals and National DirectorsDistinguished Civil Society RepresentativesDistinguished GuestsLadies and Gentlemen,It is my pleasure today to welcome you to the launch of the Timor-Leste Transparency Portal.Since the IV Constitutional Government came to office, on 8 August 2007, we have beenwalking a long path to strengthen the institutional capacity of public administration, so as tobetter protect the interests of the State, to improve public service delivery and, of course, topromote good governance.As such, it is a great honour for me to be here today at the launch of the Transparency Portal
 
, which will enable real time data on State expenditure that can be accessed by thepublic through a website.Ladies and Gentlemen,This Portal represents much more than the development of a mechanism for promoting transparency, accountability and control in regard to the public accounts of the State. ThisPortal represents
the true transformation of our State
, particularly in PublicAdministration, which “step by step” has been adopting new efficiencies, innovation andaccountability standards.This was the commitment we made when we accepted the challenge of governing theCountry for five years, that is, to implement bold policies enabling the social and economicdevelopment of the country and the reduction of poverty.This goal can only be achieved with a strong Government that is transparent and that doesnot favour one party over others; when we have the necessary instruments to oversee
 
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Government members, Directors and other public servants, so that they do not misuse thefinancial resources that belong to the People and that they never put their individual interestsabove the interests of the whole.Ladies and gentlemen, this oversight, this control over the public accounts of the State, cannow be performed by ALL Timorese citizens, regardless of whether they reside in Timor-Leste or anywhere in the world!Timor-Leste is, therefore, leading one of the most progressive systems in the world, enabling any person to have access to the Timor-Leste State General Budget process, as well as to itstax execution, in real time and in an interactive manner.Your ExcellenciesLadies and Gentlemen,We have achieved reforms in the area of Public Finance Management that resulted inefficiency improvements, including a significant degree of decentralisation to enable betterservice delivery to our People.The reform and improvement process continues every day, step by step, as we continue tobuild on the foundations that have already been set.Civil servants are first with front line responsibility for providing services to the entirepopulation, and have the potential to contribute to improving the living situation of theTimorese People.Therefore they must – or rather ALL OF US HERE IN ATTENDANCE MUST – performour duties with greater efficiency and professionalism, making better use of the availabletools and mechanisms that support integrity and productivity.And so, the establishment of the Civil Service Commission, in full knowledge that civilservants are vital to our economy and are, currently, the main driver of economic growthgiven their management and administration of public investment.It was also in pursuing greater accountability in the national development process that weestablished the Anti-Corruption Commission. We have also began a process of reform to

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