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Govt approves 2 multilateral conventions on social security with CPLP and Portugal

Govt approves 2 multilateral conventions on social security with CPLP and Portugal

Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães (Image/António Gonçalves)

DILI, 19 october 2022 (TATOLI) – The Government of Timor-Leste, through the Council of Ministers, today, has approved two multilateral conventions, namely the Convention on Social Security for the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) and the Convention on social security between Timor-Leste and Portugal.

The two draft resolutions were presented by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Julião da Silva and the Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Armanda Berta.

The Convention on Social Security for the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) is an international agreement that aims to protect workers from each of the signatory countries working in each of the CPLP countries.

“It allows the time worked to be counted, regardless of the country where the employees have worked during his/her working life,” Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães said in a press conference held at the Palace of Government.

Meanwhile, The Convention on social security between Timor-Leste and Portugal covers all workers and nationals of the two countries and includes the contributory and non-contributory social security regimes.

“It has two fundamental objectives: on the one hand, the totalization of the contributory periods completed in the two countries, allowing for the “summing up” of working time and social security discounts in the two countries, for the purposes of compliance with the guarantee periods for access to social benefits of the contributory regimes. On the other hand, to ensure equal treatment between the citizens of the two countries, allowing citizens of one country residing in the other country to benefit from the same rights and be subject to the same obligations as nationals of that country of residence,” said Magalhães explained.

He said the Government will send the two conventions to the National Parliament for their ratification: “Both are very important, especially the second one regarding the social protection of Timorese citizens living in Portugal and vice-versa.”

The conventions would ensure the mobility of people from two countries in terms of security and social, economic, and judicial matters.

 

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges

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