Oxfam and MDI launch result of Informal Sector Research in Timor-Leste

Oxfam and MDI launch result of Informal Sector Research in Timor-Leste

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Dili, 03 december 2021 ( TATOLI) – Oxfam and Mata Dalan Institute (MDI) with the Secretary of State for Cooperative (SSC) launched the result and recommendation of the Informal Sector research  to empower the sector of cooperative in Timor-Leste.

The Country Director of Oxfam in Timor – Leste Fausto Belo Ximenes, said Oxfam and Mata Dalan Institute (MDI) is one of the partners in researching Informal Sector Activities in Timor – Leste.

“We have researched Informal Sector Activities in the scope of entrepreneurs in Timor – Leste and today we invited the Secretary State of Cooperative (SSC) to launch the result of research and its recommendation to the Government of Timor- Leste through the SSC to consider in the future to empower the actors of cooperative in Timor – Leste,’’ Ximenes told reporters in JL Vila Hotel, Fatuhada, Dili today.

Ximenes explained that this research is done by Oxfam and MDI during three months in 7 municipalities as Aileu, Baucau, Bobonaro, Covalima, Ermera Lautem, and Dili. 400 Informal sector workers were surveyed composed of 214 women, 186 men including 5 people with Disabilities (2 women and 3 men).

The research was conducted on several types of activities including kiosks, street traders, transport services, and market vendors, and on the research, Oxfam and MDI find the problems of the informal sector as the location used for informal sector business are often unsafe.

“ This research found that many informal sector workers such as market vendors are doing their business in location or facilities that prepared by the government. There is no sufficient bathroom and electricity water and sanitation, PWD also face difficulties in toilet and bathrooms, alongside other facilities are not accessible, these restrictions can limit their movement and ability to undertake business activities in these areas and Majority of business financing coming from informal sector workers own money,’’ said Ximenes.

“From this finding problem Oxfam and MDI wish to recommend the government through the SSC to be considered,” he added.

According to Ximenes, Government needs to identify trading sites in consulting with vendor representation and provide basic facilities such as water, electricity, and separate toilets for women and men, these facilities must be accessible to PwD adding that, this will ensure everyone to do their business safe and healthy to support their families and contribute to the domestic economy.

At the same time, he suggested that the government should develop a mechanism for financial support or subsidies for the informal sector, as well as facilitating access to low-interest loans from banks to assist informal sector enterprises, Provide informal sector training in priority areas.

“When enterprises have sufficient capacity with the strong strategic business plan, they increase their chances to access credit, and to ensure people register criteria for vulnerable informal economic agents to access benefits must be simplified.”

The secretary State of Cooperative, Elizario Fereira on behalf of the Government thanked Oxfam and MDI for the conclusion of the research on Informal sector activities in Timor – Leste and the result of the research will help the government especially the SSC to find the solution.

“The result and recommendation of the research on Informal Sector activities in Timor – Leste will be considered in the future to empower the small business to sustain their daily life in Timor – Leste,” said Fereira.

Research on Informal Sector Activities in Timor – Leste is facilitated by the Australian Aid through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ( DFAT) in Timor – Leste.


Journalist : Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Nelia B


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