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Dili, May 4, 2023, Executive Director of SERVE,IP, Mr. Florêncio da Conceição Sanches , and the team participated in the […]

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Presentation of the investment proposal of the company Discovery Business Industrial Zone, Lda

Dili, May 3, 2023, Executive Director of SERVE,IP, Mr. Florêncio da Conceição Sanches was part of the team meeting with […]

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Workshop to consolidate the implementation of Decree-Law no. 83/2022

Dili, April 11, 2023, SERVE, I.P. with the support of the IFC, the Government of Japan and Prosivu Australia, held […]

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Presentation of the implementation of DL 83/2022

Dili, April 18, 2023, Business Registration Supervisor, Ms. Noemia Amaral, together with the work team and on behalf of the […]

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Socialization of the soft credit facility program in municipality Lautém

Lautém, November 12, 2023, Executive Director of SERVE,IP, Mr. Florêncio da Conceição Sanches, spoke at the socialization event of the […]

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Presentation program of the new decree-law

Dili, April 11, 2023, SERVE,I.P. Senior Supervisor, Ms. Ana Jeannie Cortereal, in representing of Executive Director, and the team, held […]

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Socialization for accession to WTO membership in the municipality of Aileu

Aileu, March 31, 2023, the working team for Timor-Leste’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), which includes the Executive […]

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Please refer to Tax Law n. 8/2008, 30 of June by visiting www.mof.gov.tl at Ministry of Finance of Timor-Leste.

SERVE,I.P. can be contacted via:

  1. Phone (fixed line):  (+670) 3110116
  2. Mobile Phone: (+670) 78122222
  3. Email address: info@serve.gov.tl

The registration process may take 1 to 5 days and this is in accordance with the article 25.º – Deadline in the Decree-Law (DL) n. 16/2017, 17 of May – Business Registration and the registration process is free of charge.

The minimum share capital for the businesses or companies is US$ 1.00 and there is no maximum limit and for the Joint Stock Company the minimum value is US$ 50,000.00 and there is no maximum limit and the cost for the share is US$ 1.00 each, and while for Foreign Branch or Permanent Representative, the minimum share capital is US$ 5,000.00 and there is also no maximum limit. The share capital value is in accordance with New Law of the Company Act N. 10/2017, 17 of May.

Foreigners are allow to be member of board of the Director if she/he holds Working Visa or Permanent Residence Visa
If not, one of the member of the board of Director or Administration Council can be anyone with any citizen that holds Working Visa or Permanent Residence Visa.

There are 6 types and character of business and companies as follows:

  1. ENIN (Sole Trader/Sole Proprietorship – ST)
  2. UNIPESSOAL, LDA. (Single Shareholder with Limited Liability – SSLL)
  3. LDA. (Limiter Liability Partnership – LLP)
  4. S.A. – Sociedade Anônima (Joint Stock Company – JSC)
  5. R.P. – Representação Permanente (Foreign Branch or Permanent Representative – FB)
  6. E.P. – Empresa Pública (State Owned Enterprise – SOE)

Please refer to the business types section.

Yes, it is. Foreigners can own businesses and company up to 100% of shares, except petroleum and media communication that foreigners could own less than 100% of shares. Foreign business entity or it shareholders are allowed to own or subsidiary other business entity in Timor-Leste.


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