This report provides an assessment of Timor-Leste’s readiness for cross-border paperless trade, i.e., the conduct of international trade transactions on the basis of electronic data and documents – as opposed to paper-based data and documents. The assessment has been conducted by a team of international experts following the readiness checklist developed by the ESCAP Interim Intergovernmental Steering Group on Cross-Border Paperless Trade Facilitation, of which Timor-Leste is a member. The team visited Timor-Leste in June 2019 to conduct interviews with relevant government agencies and private sector stakeholders. A national consultation on facilitating cross-border paperless trade was co-organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce & Industry, Timor-Leste and ESCAP on 9 September 2019, where preliminary findings from the visits were further reviewed, consolidated and validated. Final findings and recommendations incorporating input and suggestions received during and following the consultation are presented in this report. Based on these findings and recommendations, an initial action plan for moving towards cross-border paperless trade for Timor-Leste has been prepared and is also presented in this report.
The complete set of Cross-Border Paperless Trade Readiness Assessment reports can be accessed here.