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Country Profile of Timor-Leste

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
National Statistics Directorate
Web address
Position in the government
NSD head report to General Directorate for Analysis and Research Ministry of Finance since 30 April 2009
Organizational structure and finance
NSD is divide by 4 department : 1. Department Economic Statistics 2. Department IT, Data Management and Dissemination 3. Department Operation and Methodology and 4. Department of Administration.
Multi-annual or annual work program
NSD have a Statistics Work Plan (SWP) from 2010 – 2019
Main duties
• Coordinating the official statistics system of the country, so as to ensure its coherence and rationality;
• Compiling, analyzing, systematizing, producing and publishing statistical data on the population, companies and other entities, in order to produce and publish information on the economical, social and demographical situation of Timor-Leste;
• Ensuring the coordination of the National Statistics System (NSS), approving concepts, definitions, nomenclatures, indicators and other statistics coordination instruments, according with the international standards;
• Compiling and socializing National Accounts and further information on the different aspects of economy;
• Developing, updating and administering statistical information and records according with the international best practices;
• Safeguarding the compatibility of computer and technology systems with internationally accepted and practiced standards;

Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
National Statistics Directorate (NSD) is the sole agency responsible for the collection, analysis, interpretation and publication of general statistics.

Legal basis
Legal basis
NSD operates under the authority of the Statistics Decree Law No. 17/2003 of 01 October 2003, Statistics Law still in Draft process.

Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
a. Line minister
b. The Central Bank
c. The costume office
d. The University and private organization
e. UN agencies and donors

Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory body still in consultation .

Data collection
Most recent population census
LSMS 2001, MICS 2002, DHS 2003, Census 2004, LSMS 2007, Labour Force Survey 2009/10, DHS 2009/10 and Census 2010.
Access to administrative data
NSD also has access to Administrative data
Data confidentiality
Confidentially of individual is assured by the decree law.

Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
NSO does not publish a release calendar.
Main publications
The Timor-Leste NSD produces a wide range of publications. Many can be downloaded in PDF format from the website. Hard copies can be obtained directly from the NSD.
- National Account 2002 – 2003
- Timor - Leste in Figures 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009
- Timor-Leste Living Standard Survey, 2001 and 2007
- DHS 2003 and DHS preliminary Report 2009/10
- MICS 2003
- Census 2004
- CPI monthly and Quarterly
- Trade monthly and Annually
- QSI (Quarterly Statistics Indicators)
Languages of main publications
Use three language in publication : English, Portuguese and Tetun.

How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
All data available in Paper, CDRom and Website
Availability of microdata for research purposes
The researcher should get the approval of the Minister of Finance to have access.

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