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Minister of Finance

VI Constitutional Government

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

On 16 February 2015, H.E. Santina Jose Rodrigues Fereirra Viegas Cardoso was sworn in as the Minister of Finance under the VI Constitutional Government of Timor-Leste. Ms. Cardoso previously occupied the post of the Vice-Minister of Finance under the V Constitutional Government of Timor-Leste. Ms. Cardoso finished her University Degree in Economics specializing in Economic Sciences and Development Studies in October 2000 from the University Widya Mandira in Kupang, Indonesia.

Ms. Cardoso’s professional career started immediately after her university when she joined the Children Recovery and Resilience Program, a non-government organization focused on Timorese children’s issues. This was followed by her involvement with the Constituent Assembly in 2001 as part of its Working Secretariat.

Ms. Cardoso’s planning and monitoring background including her exposure in project/program design, implementation and management led her to enter the East Timor Public Administration (ETPA) in late 2001. With the establishment of the First Constitutional Government of Timor-Leste in 2002, Ms. Cardoso moved on to assume the post of Programme Officer in the Planning & Monitoring Division of the National Directorate for Planning and External Assistance Coordination (NDPEAC) of then Ministry of Planning and Finance (MPF). Due to her gained experience and excellent performance delivered in dealing with donors and coordinating donor programs, in 2007, Ms. Cardoso was appointed as Program Implementation Officer (PIO) of the Planning and Financial Management Capacity Building Project (PFMCBP) during the IV Constitutional Government. Under her skilled leadership and management, the PFMCBP contributed considerably to the sustainability of the Ministry of Finance’s reform strategy through the timely provision of technical advisory services and other capacity building initiatives. Likewise, Ms. Cardoso’s knowledge and experience in financial operations, human resources processes and asset management, along with a focus on establishing transparent processes and procedures, merited her concurrent appointment as Director-General for Corporate Services.

As Director-General for Corporate Services, Ms. Cardoso supervised the departments and units of the directorate general, including satellite units established in other directorates. She oversaw the technical accuracy of the implementation of policies, plans and programs based on regulated standards and approved procedures of the public service. Ms. Cardoso also led in the work to produce the Strategic Plan of the MoF, including the planning of its human resources as well as in the execution of the annual budget of the Ministry.

In 8 August 2012, Ms. Cardoso was appointed as Vice-Minister of Finance under the V Constitutional Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. As Vice-Minister, Ms. Cardoso took charge of the operational requirements of the Ministry. During her term as Vice-Minister, she is credited in overseeing the corporate reforms including the performance management system (KPIs) that has been put in place in the Ministry. She directed and coordinated the Ministry activities, with support from its various general directorates, in accordance with the public service law and under the guidance of the Minister of Finance. Similarly, Ms. Cardoso ensured the just implementation of all Ministry-established policies, plans, programs and other related operational directives and rules needed to ensure an efficient running Ministry.

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