Partners in Timor-Leste


SEAPRI is a new government institution that is tasked with the responsibility of assisting and developing the private sector of Timor-Leste. It is a crosscutting responsibility as businesses mushroom and thrive in all sections of the economy. The empowerment of the national entrepreneurs and their subsequent achievements are the aim of SEAPRI. SEAPRI through the Institute of Business Development (IADE) together with Don Bosco Training Centre is assisted by the ILO through the ERA Project to train Timorese contractors in rural road construction and contracts management.


Instituto de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento Empresarial (IADE) is a key component of SEAPRI which focus on service provision to the private sector. IADE is now an accredited national training provider that offers certified courses to its clients delivered by a team of certified trainers. Activities under the ERA Project in Collaboration with the BOSS project are geared towards establishing a sustainable capacity at IADE to provide contractors with quality need and market-oriented business development services, as well as information on business opportunities and local tenders. In addition to training, IADE’s services includes business information as well as an enterprise directory containing contact information of over 3000 companies in Timor-Leste. IADE has developed a Tender Information System (TIS) which allows IADE to disseminate information to the private sector on government and non-government tenders by email and SMS, and send other business information messages to entrepreneurs. The IADE website serves as an information portal for entrepreneurs.


The Ministry of Public Works is responsible for planning, designing, coordinating and managing construction, maintenance and supervision of rural roads to agreed quality standards in Timor-Leste, and has a policy to outsource works to qualified Timorese construction companies, using labour-based methods for rehabilitation and maintenance where appropriate. The Ministy is receiving technical and financial support for development and management of the rural road network in Timor-Leste through the R4D Programme.


The European Union has provided support to rural development in Timor-Leste, (through RDP I, II and III) for a number of years and as part of this programme funded road rehabilitation works.  EU is currently providing support to rural development through the RDP IV Programme which has two active components (i) the support to agriculture through GIZ and Camoes and (ii) the support to rural roads through the ERA Project. EU is currently preparing their support to district roads.


The German development Cooperation GIZ implements Component 1 of the EU Rural Development Programme IV Agricultural Extension together with Camoes.


Instituto Camoes implements Component 1 of the EU Rural Development Programme IV Agricultural Extension together with the German development Cooperation GIZ.


The International Labour Organization is a Specialized UN Agency dealing with employment and skills development .  The ILO has been present in Timor-Leste since 2002 and has since 2008 implemented the Timor-Leste Decent Work Country Programme, which adopted three interrelated and mutually supportive strategic outcomes relating to:

Youth Employment Promotion
Rural Economic Development
Labour-Market Governance

The ILO is currently implementing four major programmes in Timor-Keste, namely TESP, R4D, BOSS and ERA (see below for more info)


The Roads for Development Prgramme (R4D) main thrust is to develop and institutionalize adequate capacities and instruments in the public sector that will enable MPW to effectively and equitably plan, budget and implement investments in rural road construction, rehabilitation and maintenance. The MPW will outsource works to qualified Timorese construction companies, using labour-based methods appropriate, and will rely on Don Bosco and IADE through the ERA Project for the training of the private sector. The R4D is implemented by the ILO through funding support from AusAID.


The BOSS Project, implemented by the ILO with Irish Aid and NZ Aid funding,  contributes for the development of the overall capacity of IADE to support private sector development as a whole, while the ERA will allow the IADE to develop business management training packages specifically tailored for construction contractors.


The TESP assists the Secretary of State for Vocational Training, Employment and Policy (SEPFOPE) to facilitate economic development in Timor-Leste and to support employment growth, through the development and delivery of demand driven skills training. TESP supports INDMO with the development and management of a national qualifications framework. TESP is implemented by the ILO with funding support from AusAID.


ERA works with the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Timor-Leste (CCI-TL), and with their district offices with the aim of incorporating their capacity building requirements of the small contractors in the design of the training modules. The involvement of CCI-TL in the ERA Project is promoted in particular regarding the development of qualification requirements of contractors for rural road works, as well as facilitating recruitment of trainee contractors.


Workers’ Confederation in Timor-Leste (Konfederasaun Sindikatu Timor-Leste; KSTL) is involved with the ERA Project to ensure that measures are taken that promote adherence to decent work standards and to occupational safety and health requirements.


(National Labour Force Development Institute) has been mandated to establish a national competency-based skills training system to guide the development of course curriculum, training delivery, and participation of the private sector in the determination of priority skills for national investments. INDMO identifies national priorities and works in support of other line ministries in particular SEFOPE and the Ministry of Education. The ERA project work closely with INDMO regarding the accreditation of Don Bosco and IADE regarding their accreditation, based on national competency standards.