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Country Economist, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
Kavita Iyengar is country economist at ADB’s Timor-Leste Resident Mission. Previously, she was focal for regional cooperation and knowledge management at the India Resident Mission for over a decade. She has varied work experience in teaching, environment consulting, and publishing. She has a PhD from Clark University in the United States.
Experience from other countries shows online business registries are transparent and easy to use, encouraging enterprises to formalize their business.
Increasing private sector participation in training can help build employer confidence and prepare graduates for the job market.
Building roads for socioeconomic development depends on an efficient O&M system that considers the difficult topology and fiscal issues.
A coordinated policy approach toward improving market efficiency, education outcomes, and infrastructure will enable the highest possible growth.
The pandemic is an opportunity for the country to push for longer-term structural reforms.