domingo, 30 de dezembro de 2012



Beloved people of Timor-Leste,

Let us all prepare for a new year of work, following on from 2012, where we achieved important goals for the country.

In the year in which we commemorated the 10th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence, held three successful electoral processes, which had high citizen participation, a new President took office, the National Parliament began the 3rd Legislature and swore in the 5th Constitutional Government.

These successes were accompanied with an environment of peace and stability. The United Nations mission in Timor-Leste ended. Our country moved away from the tutelage of the Security Council. These successes are reason for contentment.

However, at the start of 2013, the imposing challenges remain: to combat poverty, take full advantage of the country's natural resources, develop a sustainable economy, and achieve a better quality of life.

Despite different opinions and beliefs, which are natural and positive, we all agree that we must work to have a greater wellbeing and build a better life.

What must we do for this to happen? This is the question I bring to our attention. We all have to contribute for there to be an answer.

Firstly, we have the challenge of communication between those who govern and those who are governed. We have to improve this communication.

The goal of communication between those who govern and those who are governed is to enhance the performance of the State and of society, to improve the country's circumstances. We must learn to listen to each other, to pay attention to the opinions of others.

Secondly, we have to integrate civil society and all citizens in nation building. We need a new model of participation.

We are already ten years independent and the participation of all citizens is required to achieve the goals of the Nation. Our society likes to claim rights. But to build a better country, with better quality of life, citizens, essentially, have to pay attention to duties and responsibilities. The mindset that sees the government as responsible for everything and the citizens as observers does not aid development. We need a new model of participation, with citizen mobilisation and its accountability in nation building.

Thirdly, we must combat improvisation and empiricism.

We must use our intellectual abilities and techniques, accurately and effectively, to plan and have the capacity to be able to implement what we have planned. There is no shortage of Timorese offspring’s with technical and intellectual capacities: what is lacking is greater rigor and organisation. Improvisation and empiricism are not enough to meet the challenges of development.

Finally, we need to foster within the bosom of society; team work and team spirit.
Team work unites society. With team spirit, we shall be able to do more rather than working alone. Only with team work can we achieve the desired results and achieve social change with greater wellbeing throughout the country.

Our country needs to increase public services in the districts, so that the entire State reaches where the majority of the population is.

The country needs to create several poles of development, to energise the economy of the regions and create employment.

We have to mobilise farmers and invest to increase productivity of the land and the marketing of their products and reduce dependency on food importation.

The country needs better infrastructure to create conditions to attract private investment, diversify the economy and reduce dependence on the oil economy.

This work will only succeed if we listen to stakeholders across the country, if we mobilise society and work arduously; if we fulfill the plans and engage citizens in a team effort.

Beloved people of Timor-Leste,

The country continues to ask of us all of our dedication, determination and hard work. You can count on the President to work with civil society, with the government and other sovereign organs, to mutually overcome the challenges and conquer new victories for Timor-Leste.

I will work with everyone to help make 2013 a momentous year for development and improvement of living conditions. However, the building of a wellbeing future is in your hands.

Let's work together in a team and make Timor-Leste a country stronger and richer.

To all Timorese, within the country and residing abroad, I send you my embrace and my well wishes for the New Year, peaceful, happy and prosperous.

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