The General Directorate of Statistics (GDS) is pleased to present, for the 5th consecutive year, the publication “Timor-Leste in Figures”, containing annual statistical information up to 2012.
The publication, being the information arranged into three main chapters: territory, demography and society, and economy. However, this year’s edition contains further statistical information, which reflects the gradual development of the statistical activity in our country, through the implementation of new surveys but also through a better use of administrative data for statistical purposes.
The chapter on demography and society includes some preliminary data of the 2nd Demographic and Health Survey, carried out by the GDS in partnership with the Ministry of Health, between August 2009 and February 2010. The education and health sectors also present more statistical information, which reflects the improvement of the information management systems of the respective Ministries.
The 2010 Census provide a set of demographic, social and also economic indicators of the utmost importance for the knowledge of our country. The results of the Census help the national authorities to better evaluate the impact of the national development policies being implemented, to identify new needs and to plan future interventions, for the benefit of the Timorese people. The Census also provide many of the indicators needed to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals in Timor-Leste.
The GDS has strengthened the relations and the statistical co-ordination with other ministries that regularly provide data to us, allowing the production of this publication, as well as the production of the leaflet “Quarterly Statistical Indicators”.