FONGTIL accuses TL-Delegation to Dubai for wasting taxpayers’ money

FONGTIL accuses TL-Delegation to Dubai for wasting taxpayers’ money

DILI, 21 october 2021 (TATOLI)– Executive Director of the Non-Government Forum Organization of Leste (FONGTIL) Daniel Carmo said FONGTIL had officially reported 7 Ministers and 120 delegates to the Comission of Anti Corruption (CAC) for alleged waste of the state budget.

FONGTIL director Daniel dos Santos said the TL law provides procedures for citizens to report activities deemed detrimental to the state.

““We made a report to CAC to investigate the seven government members and a delegation of 120 people participating in Expo 2020 Dubai. The reason is, based on the data we have obtained that the delegates participating in the Dubai Expo are detrimental to the state,” Daniel told reporters at the CAC office, Farol, this Thursday.

He added that all evidence and other administrative documents had been submitted to the CAC for review.

“Fongtil has submitted evidence and documents based on the information we have gathered. However, furthermore, FONGTIL does not publish these documents to the public for reasons of justice,” he said.

At the same place, CAC Commissioner Sergio Hornai explained that CAC will study and analyze the sequence of documents for further processing.

Joaquim Amaral, Head of Inter-Ministerial Expo Dubai and Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, told the media during a press conference that the Expo Dubai delegation willing to take responsibility for the allegations from FONGTIL.

“We are willing to respond to the allegations because all budget execution is managed by the state. We will publish the report to the public and also to the National Parliament, FONGTIL also has the right to do the accusations,” he said.

It was determined that, Budget allocated for Expo 2020 Dubai was $1 million, of the total budget of $9,700 spent on local visits to identify local products and indigenous culture in Timor-Leste to be presented in Dubai, $167,250.00 was spent on travel tickets, $18,700.00 was allocated for seminars held in Dubai, $15,000 is used for operations, logistics and transportation, $121,930.00 was used for operating expenses and $414,908.00 is used to support traditional culture and dance, $187,412.00 was used for hotel rentals, and others. finished in the report.

Joaquim informed that all budget implementation reports will be published to the public and will also be submitted to the DPR.

“We make sure there is no financial drift,” he said.


Journalist : Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Nelia Borges



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