Gobie Rajalingam


GovAsia – Barely Staying Afloat: The Impact of Covid-19 on MSMEs in Southeast Asia

August 13, 2021

GovAsia provides a platform for The Asia Foundation and its partners to examine critical social, economic, and political issues faced by citizens and governments across Asia, drawing on the Foundation’s daily engagement with the region’s development challenges. GovAsia aims to facilitate thoughtful debate and build consensus for solutions to the mo… Read more


2020 Economic Impact of Covid-19 on MSMEs and Timor-Leste’s Tourism Sector

July 9, 2021

Over the course of 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic had an unprecedented worldwide impact. In Timor-Leste, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) were particularly susceptible to the economic impact of the pandemic, and MSMEs in the tourism sector experienced the worst setbacks. To improve understanding of the scale of Covid-19’s impact on tourism… Read more

Tourist stands at a small market stand selling snacks 

Tourism in Timor-Leste: Small Businesses, Big Impacts

May 12, 2021


Timor-Leste is working hard to reopen its shuttered tourism industry, but a few false steps and a new surge of Covid infections since last month’s flash floods may make it difficult to attract international travelers demanding new levels of safety and hygiene.


A Flight Path to Recovery for Tourism in Timor-Leste

October 28, 2020


Timor-Leste’s natural beauty should be a magnet for tourists and a much-needed boost to the economy, but costly airfares, inadequate airports, and Covid-19 have kept this goal out of reach. A report from The Asia Foundation points to a way forward.

Tourism campaign timor 

Timor-Leste Prepares for New Government and Opportunities for Tourist Economy

August 9, 2017


In July, Timor-Leste held its 4th parliamentary election, heralding in a new government, and potentially new leadership both within key ministries and at the prime ministerial level. Such leadership changes come at a critical time for the oil-dependent island nation, with warnings that if it doesn’t diversify its economy beyond oil extraction, the… Read more


Timor-Leste Elections 2017: More of the Same?

March 15, 2017


Politics in Timor-Leste is always engaging and colorful, and the lead-up to the 2017 presidential election on March 20 is no exception. With campaigning in full swing, the Timorese variety of consensus politics is on full display. It is a common site these days to see campaign event-bound trucks loaded with supporters of two former opposition parti… Read more