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Meeting of the interministerial commission to coordinate the implementation of the economic recovery plan for the years 2021/22/23

Dili, March 30, 2023, Executive Director of SERVE, I.P., Mr. Florêncio da Conceição Sanches, and the work team, participate in […]

SERVE,I.P. Publicated on 03/04/2023

Presentation of the investment proposal of AERO Díli Service Transport, Unipessoal,Lda

Dili, March 31, 2023, Executive Director of SERVE,IP, Mr. Florêncio da Conceição Sanches, together with several entities of the Timorese […]

SERVE,I.P. Publicated on 03/04/2023

Work session of Planning for the year 2024

Friday, March 24, 2023, Executive Director of SERVE,IP, Mr. Florencio da Conceição Sanches, as part of the planning work session […]

SERVE,I.P. Publicated on 27/03/2023

Assessment for alteration of Pelican Paradise environmental license

Thursday, March 23, 2023, Executive Director of SERVe,IP, met with Pelican Paradise investors with the aim of reviewing amendments to […]

SERVE,I.P. Publicated on 24/03/2023

Implementation plan for data Exchange between SIGTAS and ASYCUDA World

Dili, March 22, 2023, Executive Director of SERVE, I.P., Mr. Florêncio da Conceição Sanches, and the work team involved in […]

SERVE,I.P. Publicated on 23/03/2023

Launching of a fish hatchery in Hera

Hera, March 17, 2023, Executive Director of SERVE,IP, Mr. Florêncio da Conceição Sanches, was present at the launch of the […]

SERVE,I.P. Publicated on 21/03/2023

SERVE, I.P. visited by Malaysian investors Zemancartel Ltd

Dili, March 16, 2023, SERVE, I.P. was visited by a major Malaysian investor, Zemancartel Ltd. The potential investor was received […]

SERVE,I.P. Publicated on 17/03/2023


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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