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Timor-Leste and ADB

ADB supports Timor-Leste in strengthening its basic infrastructure and services and building a sound country system as it moves to expand its assistance to other sectors.

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Timor-Leste Facts

ADB's Work in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste demonstrated resilience amid the resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic since March 2021 and the severe flooding that struck the country caused by cyclone Seroja in April 2021. In response to the devastating impact of the flooding, ADB provided a $1 million grant for immediate relief efforts for the Hamutuk Serbi Komunidade cash-for-work project.

ADB accelerated its assistance to other sectors to support the Government of Timor-Leste’s pandemic response through Timor-Leste’s first loans in the urban water, air transport, and energy sectors. The $47 million loan for urban water services will bring reliable access to 62,000 people in the municipal capitals of Lospalos, Viqueque, and Same. The $135 million loan for the expansion of Dili’s Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport will improve international connectivity and boost trade and tourism in the country. The $35 million energy sector loan will modernize the power distribution system, enhance electricity access, and provide a more resilient and reliable power system. Two additional projects are proposed in the road transport and urban water sectors for 2022.


Data: Timor-Leste

Forecasts are based on ADB's flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook. Updated four times a year, it analyzes economic and development issues in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Development indicators for Timor-Leste, including a selection of economic, environmental, and social indicators used globally to track progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.

Results achieved are aggregate amounts of outputs and outcomes from operations reported in project completion reports and extended annual review reports circulated for the year.

Cofinancing operations enable ADB’s financing partners, governments or their agencies, multilateral financing institutions, and commercial organizations to participate in financing ADB projects.

Contact: Timor-Leste Resident Mission (TLRM)

Rua Cabo Verde No 16, Posto Administrativo, Vera Cruz, Suco Motael, Aldeia Halibur, Dili, Timor-Leste

  Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)


Yong YE (Mr)
Country Director
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Asad ALEEM (Mr)
Deputy Country Director
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M. Ismail KHAN (Mr)
Senior Communications Officer
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Khurram Imtiaz BUTT (Mr)
NGO/Civil Society Focal Point
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The Timor-Leste Resident Mission (TLRM) was opened in 2000 and provides the primary operational link for activities between ADB and the government, the private sector, civil society stakeholders, and development partners. The resident mission engages in policy dialogue, country partnership strategy development and programming, and portfolio management, while also acting as a knowledge base on development issues in Timor-Leste.

TLRM will be closed on these dates:

Last updated: 28 December 2021