Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration


flag timor lestemap timor lesteTimor-Leste has a population of around 1.1 million which is growing at an estimated average rate of 2.4 per cent per year. Its GDP per capita is USD $3,100 (2011 est.).

The official languages of Timor-Leste are Tetum and Portuguese, while English and Indonesian are working languages.

Timor-Leste achieved formal independence on 20 May 2002. Timor-Leste’s independence resulted from the August 1999 UN-sponsored referendum.

The legal basis of the Timorese Civil Service are Law No 8 of 2004 (Civil Service Act, 16 June 2004) and – Law No 7 of 2009 (Civil Service Commission Act, 15 Jul 2009).

The President of Public Service Commission is Mr Liborio Pereira and its Chief Executive Officer/Secretary of Public Service Commission: is Ms Maria de Jesus Sarmento.  Total Public Sector Employment is 27,568 and the salaries and wages bill constitutes (8.9%) of total operating expenses of the state.

Areas of focus in strategic priorities for 2012 – 2015:

The key activities to be implemented include:

The President of the Public Service Commission and his delegation have observer status at the Pacific Public Service Commissioners’ Conference.

Website of Timor Leste Public Service Commission:

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