Laure Darcy

Publication Date

Winter 8-1-2012


When Timor Leste became an independent country in 1999, much of its basic power, water, transport and telecommunications infrastructure had been destroyed in the preceding years of conflict. Almost everything needed to be rebuilt and the country faced a massive task in planning and executing a wholesale infrastructure investment program estimated at more than $10 billion. Eleven years later, while notable progress had been made in some sectors, Timor-Leste remained far behind its original investment targets. While the country possessed significant oil & gas resources to support infrastructure financing, its capacity for investment planning and implementation remained constrained, and as such its engagement with the private sector was narrowly focused on traditional construction and engineering contracts. Much of the potential for the private sector to expand the Government’s capacity to deliver infrastructure and related services remained untapped.

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