Covid-19. Timorese President approves basic basket of essential goods and support for local producers – Observer

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The Timorese President enacted this Tuesday the delivery of a basic basket of support to the country’s citizens and a set of measures to support companies, within the scope of the economic recovery measures following the Covid-19 pandemic.

As should cost the state coffers between $ 30 and $ 35 million (25.7 and 29.9 million euros), constitutes a direct support to the country’s families “through the allocation of basic food baskets” to all citizens, also supporting “agricultural producers and commercial operators of food and personal hygiene products , national and local ”.

Designed in the “perspective of short-term economic stimulus and incentive to production and trade”, the measure is part of the Economic Recovery Plan (PRE), in response to Covid-19. Some measures will be applied in the short term, later this year, and others from 2021.

The decree-law defines the mechanisms and conditions for the application of the measures and creates a “special supply regime” in the scope of the allocation of basic baskets.

The executive explained that the beneficiaries of the basic basket are, individually, all the members of the registered households of the “Uma-Kain Register Book” and who are in the national territory when the basic basket is distributed.

THE registration was used this year to award a $ 200 (171 euro) allowance to each family, as part of a first package of support measures for around 130 thousand families in the framework of the response to the pandemic.

In this case, the beneficiaries of the basic basket are also “Timorese citizens who currently attend socio-educational, religious, health or internment institutions, being treated for this purpose separately from their respective households.

A basic basket will be allocated in the months of November and December, with a value of $ 25 per person and per month, the basket being replaced by a “shopping voucher for the corresponding goods in the same amount”.

The measure “will enable families to support basic needs, while also helping to combat hunger and greater vulnerabilities in some of the poorest and most isolated regions of the country, and to contribute to improving the food and nutritional diet of affected Timorese families. by decreasing income flows ”, underlined the government.

This support also aims to stimulate local economic dynamics through the circulation of financial resources necessary to increase national production, aiming at reducing the impacts of the economic crisis resulting from the pandemic, within the scope of the Economic Recovery Plan, creating conditions for increasing farmers’ income. , agricultural producers in general and local traders, in order to also encourage local supply, ensuring the disposal of the respective products ”, he explained.

In the explanatory memorandum, the government noted that the Covid-19 pandemic created “unpredictable and adverse” situations, testing “Governments’ resilience and responsiveness and adaptation” and compelling “to identify weaknesses, mitigate them and make them new opportunities to improve and progress”.

The necessary health response affected the economy, the government recalled, “with many domestic and foreign companies suspending or ceasing operations, causing the loss of many jobs and leaving countless families with less income and under considerable financial pressure to meet basic food and sanitary needs ”.

Approved by the government on September 23, the decree was sent by the executive on October 2, 2020.

Timor-Leste currently has an active case of Covid-19, with 27 patients recovered since the start of the pandemic. Almost 300 people are currently quarantined in government facilities or hotels, with more than 400 in prison at home.

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