Timor SDP 2011-2030

In the 2011-2030 Strategic Development Plan, which is Timor-Leste's vision 20 years into the future, the government has drawn up a blueprint of the development of a creative economy founded on culture in the effort to encourage rises in public revenues, creations of job opportunities, and expansion in exports while simultaneously contributing to community conservation and cultural diversity.

Strategic Development Plan
TIMOR-LESTE 2011-2030

"Through the creative economy, it is expected that by 2030, this sector is capable of absorbing larger than 5% of Timor-Leste's labor market."



The sustainable and integrated development of Timor-Leste revolves around the commodities and sectors relying on renewable natural resources, sciences and the prime utilization of human resources. The volume of workers employed in small and medium enterprises will also stimulate vaster creative economy growth in that it strengthens the economic foundation of Timor-Leste in the future days. One of the creative products developed several hundred years ago and passed down over generations is Tais. Not solely a traditional piece of cloth, Tais plays a crucial role in the lifecycle of the people of Timor-Leste. The resist dyeing technique with rich color variants, various ornaments and philosophical values spread over thirteen municipal regions is a precious nonmaterial wealth. Tais is the pinnacle of culture; a proof of civilization still well-preserved on the soil of Timor-Leste.


As the very identity and pride of the people of Timor Leste, Tais has now been developed as a high-selling creative product. In the year of 2016, MCIA administered a human resource development program and training on Tais manufacturing. The expected outcomes of the scheme included increase in human resource competencies and the wealth of Tais designs, colors and functions, which would ultimately drive the growth of SMEs adhering to local customs and wisdom, as well as birth of new job opportunities. In the meantime, cloth making at Tais production centres, that has always attracted tourists, may encourage the founding of recreational villages and enlarged demand for Tais souvenirs. In return, these will potentially support the development of Timor-Leste's tourism industry. This book will supply the global community with in-depth illustrations of the richness of Tais, while being a source of delightful inspiration for the young readers to conserve and expand it in the future years. Additionally, the written work is hoped to become a medium for Tais to attain recognition as one of the world's most valued cultural heritage.