• ILO, SEFOPE and Statistics of Timor-Leste under portfolio of Ministry of Finance Conducting Training to 42 participants for collecting data on Labour Force Survey 2021.

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ILO, SEFOPE and Statistics of Timor-Leste under portfolio of Ministry of Finance Conducting Training to 42 participants for collecting data on Labour Force Survey 2021.

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Díli, 20 September 2021, An International Labour Force (ILO), Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment (SEFOPE) and the General Directorate of Statistics under portfolio of Ministry of Finance conducting opening training to 42 enumerators that will carry out data collection on Labour Force Survey in the country in few months coming after attending the training that will give by 13 trainers during Eight days training. The event was taking place in Balide at State Assets Department Affairs or (Patrimônio do Estado).

The General Director of Statistics, Mr. Elias dos Santos Ferreira during his introductions speech to representative of ILO, Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment as well as to Vice Minister of Finance by saying that, during several months ago all technical experts as highlighted above have putting together lots of efforts in designing Labour Force Survey 2021 questionnaires as well as loading into CSEntry application and also have been conducting tested by Training of Trainers via utilizing devices like Computer Assisted Personnel Interview (CAPI) in some selected sucos in Dili and the program and the logic is also going well.

In the same occasion representative of ILO by expressing appreciation for the fruitful continued collaboration with GDS and SEFOPE in regards to Labour Market Information, and particularly the Labour Force Surveys. This LFS 2021 marks the third stand-alone full LFS carried out in Timor-Leste since the country’s independence in 2002. The first Labour Force Survey in Timor-Leste was conducted in 2010, the second was conducted in 2013. In addition, in 2016 a mini labour force analysis was produced with data generated from the 2016 Child Labour Survey.

It is critical for Timor-Leste to conduct the 2021 Labour Force Survey, since the last comprehensive one is about 8 years old. Updated data on employment and labour market is important to provide evidence to stimulate dialogue on economic development and employment to see changes in the labour market situation and to provide a good platform to build future knowledge about the intricate relationship between the national economy, education, skills, and employment trends. It is also critical for an effective employment programme in the country and supports the country’s effort to achieve decent and productive employment for all.

We also note that both national development efforts as well as international development support to Timor-Leste requires reliable updated labour statistics data, particularly for the purposes of planning and monitoring social and economic progress, as well as for industrial relations.

The ILO thus fully supports and will provide technical assistance and financial contribution as much as we can to the Government of Timor-Leste to conduct the LFS 2021. ILO is currently working in close collaboration with Labour Market Information Department within SEFOPE and GDS for this LFS 2021 to be realised.

The LFS 2021 is expected to provide updates on characteristics of the National Labour Force including: employed and unemployed populations; major occupations and industries; employment conditions such as earnings, working hours, under-employment, and informal employment. These data will provide valuable inputs to assessing the country’s current decent work situation, as well as contributing to on-going policy discussions on future priorities for the country’s decent work agenda.

In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for the LFS to provide also an insight on the current impact of the pandemic on Timor-Leste labour market: impact on both (possible) job losses, as well as impact on employment conditions (working time, earnings, etc.) for those still in employment. A component for such assessment will be included in the LFS questionnaire, along with additional related issues such as labour migration in line with the guidelines from the 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians of October 2018 (including return migrants, and potential return migration due to Covid-19).

Finally, the ILO congratulates the Government of Timor-Leste for this significant effort of conducting the Labour Force Survey 2021, and for conducting this Training for Interviewers and Supervisors of the Labour Force Survey 2021. We look forward to continue working and supporting our constituents in Timor-Leste, and working together with you to achieve the common goal for a better Timor-Leste.

In the same time, Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment, H.E Alarico do Roário and The Vice Minister of Finance H.E Sara Lobo Brites also by thanking to ILO in fully supports and always providing technical assistance and financial for carrying out this survey.