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Since 2002, when Timor-Leste gained independence, the people of Timor-Leste have faced many challenges. Not least has been the question of how to build an economy which is inclusive – bringing benefits to all Timorese, including women and people with disabilities – sustainable – providing potential income and a solid economic and natural resource base for future generations to benefit – and realistic in the global economy.

There are some important questions that need to be addressed: how will the government of Timor-Leste invest its budget to promote different sectors of the economy? And what is the role of civil society and the private sector in contributing to government decision making on how to make the best use of its resource, and to grow and diversify the economy?

This summary report aims to contribute to this discussion by presenting key concepts and data to help stakeholders engage effectively with the issues, and work together with Timorese leadership to improve the economic prospects for the future.


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