Timor-Leste and ADB
In the Spotlight
Twenty-one-year old Arcelia Faroca Fernandes challenged Timor-Leste's social norms to become the country's first-ever car mechanic when she graduated from a training scheme supported by the Asian Development Bank.
Timor-Leste, Asia’s youngest country, has moved past the strife of recent years and is undertaking the difficult work of building a strong, resilient economy that benefits all. ADB is by its side.
Pacific economies are looking to overcome their remoteness through telecommunications technology, improved transport networks, and greater private investment and competition, says a new ADB report.
ADB has been supporting Timor-Leste’s development since 1999. According to this country brief, ADB is helping the government build a broad-based, non-oil economy through supportive investments in the national road network, urban water supply, and vocational education.
Timor-Leste’s development prospects hinge on prudent use of its petroleum wealth to finance high-quality, sustainable investments in physical and human capital. The country has made excellent progress in state building and improving key social services, but its human development indicators remain among the lowest in the region.
The country partnership strategy, 2016–2020 for Timor-Leste will help develop a sustainable non-oil economy by improving infrastructure, developing key institutions, and increasing investments in human capital.
Read the ADB and Timor-Leste fact sheet.
Projects in Timor-Leste
Maternal mortality ratio in Timor-Leste, per 100,000 live births (2015)
Population in Timor-Leste, in millions (2016)
Average annual population growth rate in Timor-Leste (2011-2016)
Population living below the national poverty line in Timor-Leste (2014)