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Timor-Leste Report

Entrepreneurial Missions Index


General Information


1,098,386 (148th most populous country in the world)

Roman Catholic98%


Printing, soap manufacturing, handicrafts, woven cloth

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the World Factbook project 4, conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). For more detailed information about Timor-Leste, visit https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/tp.html.

Business Information

The World Bank ranks Timor-Leste as 0 out of 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business. The country ranks as 0 (of 183) in terms of ease of starting a business.

It requires 10 procedures, takes 83 days, and costs 6.6% of income per capita to start a business in Timor-Leste.

In order to start a business in Timor-Leste, one must follow these procedures:

  1. Pay registration fees and deposit minimum capital at the Bank (BNU)
  2. Obtain criminal record clearance from Ministry of Justice
  3. Verify uniqueness of company name and register at the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce, and Industry (MTCI)
  4. Get proof of business address from the Department of Land
  5. File company statute at the Ministry of Justice
  6. Publish statutes in the official gazette
  7. Apply to tax identification number (TIN)
  8. Notify Labor Department
  9. Apply for temporary business license at the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce, and Industry
  10. Make a company seal

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the Doing Business project 3, conducted by the World Bank. For more detailed information about starting a business in Timor-Leste, visit http://www.doingbusiness.org/.



Timor-Leste Economic Freedom

The annual survey Economic Freedom of the World is an indicator produced by the Fraser Institute, a libertarian think tank which attempts to measure the degree of economic freedom in the world's nations. Economic Freedom of the World index has been more widely used than any other measure of economic freedom, because of its coverage of a longer time period

Their measure of economic freedom is based on that the following standards:

  • Personal choice rather than collective choice,
  • Voluntary exchange coordinated by markets rather than allocation via the political process,
  • Freedom to enter and compete in markets, and
  • Protection of persons and their property from aggression by others.

A state will rate high when it focuses on protection of people and their property from the actions of aggressors, enforcement of contracts, and provision of the limited set of public goods like roads, flood control projects, and money of stable value and little else, but a country’s rating on the EFW summary index will fall as government expenditures increase and regulations expand.   


Timor-Leste Summary


1 World Economic Forum

2 Free the World
Gwartney, James and Robert Lawson with Herbert Grubel, Jakob de Haan, Jan-Egbert Sturm, and Eelco Zandberg (2009). Economic Freedom of the World: 2009 Annual Report. Vancouver, BC: The Fraser Institute. Data retrieved from www.freetheworld.com.

3 World Bank Data

4 World Factbook Project

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