General Directorate of Statistics conducts a range of economic and
business surveys. These surveys provide important information on
aspects of the Timor-Leste economy and they also provide source data
that are critical for compilation of gross domestic product (GDP) and
other national accounts statistics.
The Business Activity Survey was first conducted in 2010 and is
now conducted each year. It
collects data that are essential for understanding the economic
circumstances of Timor-Leste as the country pursues its development
agenda. The main BAS statistics are of two types:
Data that shed light on the structure and economic
performance of the formal business sector in Timor-Leste. Such data
counts, employment aggregates (e.g. employment status, gender), a
detailed breakdown of income and expenses items (by industry) and
data items used in the compilation of the Timor-Leste national
accounts, most particularly the calculation of gross domestic product.
These data include output, intermediate use, industry value added,
compensation of employees, gross operating surplus and capital
The data are also presented
separately by selected industries
and by geography (Dili/other Districts).
The Labour Force Survey was conducted in
respect of 2010 and is expected to be conducted on a regular basis in
future. The survey collects data from households, including household
characteristics and employment status (employed/unemployed/not in the labour force). The 2010 survey was conducted with
technical support and backstopping by the International Labour Organization.