Market Research In Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste Profile:

  • East Timor, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is a sovereign state in Maritime Southeast Asia.
  • After petroleum, the second largest export is coffee, which generates about $10 million a year. Starbucks is a major purchaser of East Timorese coffee.
  • The economy is dependent on government spending and, to a lesser extent, assistance from foreign donors. Private sector development has lagged due to human capital shortages, infrastructure weakness, an incomplete legal system, and an inefficient regulatory environment.
  • The government has focused significant resources on basic infrastructure, including electricity and roads, but limited experience in procurement and infrastructure building has hampered these projects.
  • The country was ranked 169th overall and last in the East Asia and Pacific region by the Doing Business 2013 report by the World Bank

Timor-Leste Economy:

  • East Timor has a market economy that used to depend upon exports of a few commodities such as coffee, marble, petroleum, and sandalwood.
  • The development of offshore oil and gas resources has greatly supplemented government revenues.
  • The technology-intensive industry, however, has done little to create jobs, because there are no production facilities in Timor-Leste.
  • Annual government budget expenditures increased markedly between 2009 and 2012 but dropped significantly through 2016. Historically, the government failed to spend as much as its budget allowed.
  • The underlying economic policy challenge the country faces remains how best to use oil-and-gas wealth to lift the non-oil economy onto a higher growth path and to reduce poverty.

Timor-Leste Facts:

  • Population: 1.3 million
  • Capital: Dili
  • Largest city: Dili
  • Area: 14,874 sq km
  • Major language: Tetun Prasa 30.6%, Mambai 16.6%, Makasai 10.5%, Tetun Terik 6.1%, Baikenu 5.9%, Kemak 5.8%, Bunak 5.5%, Tokodede 4%, Fataluku 3.5%, Waima’a 1.8%, Galoli 1.4%, Naueti 1.4%, Idate 1.2%, Midiki 1.2%, other 4.5%
  • Major religion: Roman Catholic 97.6%, Protestant/Evangelical 2%, Muslim 0.2%, other 0.2%
  • Life expectancy: 66.8 years (Male), 70.1 years (Female)
  • Monetary unit: 1 US Dollar (US$, USD) = 100 Cents
  • Main exports: Oil, coffee, sandalwood, marble
  • GNI per Capita: $3,380

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