New Perimeter

Our Global Pro Bono Initiative

Supporting Economic Development in Timor-Leste

About our work

New Perimeter undertook a comprehensive study and prepared a report analyzing the successes and failures of special economic zones (SEZs) and identifying best practices in existing global SEZs. The comprehensive report includes background information about SEZs, provides an overview of ten potential “model” zones for Timor-Leste, gives an assessment of the risks and benefits relating to the creation of an SEZ in Timor-Leste and provides information on next steps should the Government choose to pursue the creation of an SEZ.

Key deliverables

  • Developed and delivered a report analyzing SEZ successes and failures; identified best practices in existing global SEZs; and delivered a series of in-country workshops on SEZs.

Key facts

  • Timor-Leste, which became independent in 2002, has given high priority to economic development.
  • SEZs are designated geographic areas that typically have economic laws more progressive than those in the rest of a country. They are often used to test new policies designed to boost trade and foreign direct investment.

Social and economic development


East Timor

Project dates


Program partner

  • Government of Timor-Leste

Program manager

Claire Donse