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Chișinău Airport is building a new 2,4 km runway to renovate the old 3590 m one

On March 20th, “Avia Invest”, the company that manages the Chișinău International Airport, announced about building a new 2400 m runway until May 2017.

The D 2400 meters long and 45 wide runway is being built, so that starting from May 2017 the old 3590 meters runway can be repaired without disturbing the air traffic at the airport.

The new runway is built by the German “Strabag Grup” together with the Moldovan “Exfactor-Grup”. According to Avia Invest manager, Petru Jardan, the runways will not work at the same time when both are ready.

The project costs are estimated at 15-16 million euros, but Jardan refused to name who is the investor, stressing to ask for information at the State Registration Chamber.

The International Airport of Chișinău concession to Avia-Invest under dubious conditions in 2013 has been a subject of controversy in the Moldovan society as a case of high-level corruption. Avia-Invest is considered to be an off-shore company with dubious shareholders and almost no experience in the aviatic services industry. The even more dubious businessman and mayor of Orhei, Ilan Shor, is the head of the administration council of Avia-Invest. Shor’s Air Klassica, a service provider in the airport, received a 40,4 million lei loan from the defrauded Unibank in 2014.

Even if the AntiCorruption Center recommended the cancelling of the contract in August 2015, the Justice Minister Vladimir Cebotari found no reasons for that and the prosecutors didn’t do anything to investigate the concession of the Chișinău airport, in the context of its rapidly growing traffic and profit.

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Moldova Automotive Days, automotive components and suppliers forum, to take place on 29-30 May

Moldova Automotive Days, the automotive components and suppliers forum, will take place on 29-30 May, at the Tekwill center.

Moldova Automotive Days 2018 is the leading industry event aimed to gather all industry stakeholders, including government, business, multinationals, professionals and academia, to discuss trends and challenges facing the automotive components industry regionally and in the country, set the premises for sustainable entrepreneurship environment to foster sector development and attract investment.

According to the organizers, the Moldovan Government and the Moldovan Investment and Export Promotion Organization, the goal of the event is to develop an international annual platform for national and international stakeholders, public, private entities, international partners and diplomatic staff for promoting the potential of the Moldovan automotive components sector worldwide.

Registration is already open for participating at the Moldova Automotive Days. Check the agenda and list of speakers here.

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Moldova Government increases guaranteed minimum wage to 2610 Lei ($157)

25 April 2018- The Government of Moldova adopted a decision to increase the guaranteed minimum wage in the real economy by 230 lei (approx. 14 USD) up to 2610 lei (approx. 157 USD). The change is expected to enter into force from 1 May 2018.

Thus, the workers in the real sectors of the economy will not receive less than 15,44 Moldovan lei (0,93 USD) for an hour of labor, compared to the current 14,09 lei- 2380 lei monthly.

In 2017, the prices increased by 6,6%, while the productivity growth rate was 3%- a 9,6% salary increase is put up.

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Moldova buys 69 Russian GAZ ambulances

24 April 2018- The Moldovan Center for Urgent Medical Assistance announced about the delivery of 10 ambulances bought last year from the Russian GAZ. Other 50 GAZ ambulances are expected to be delivered until the end of May.

The 69 ambulances will be distributed in 32 urgent medical centers, where the ambulances are 90% overused. The Center claims that the GAZ Sobol ambulances, costing 740 thousand lei each, comply with the international standards and the technical equipment allows a high level of medical assistance.

The seller of the ambulances was a Moldovan firm residing in Coșnița, Dubăsari district. According to Mold-Street, the ambulances were produced at the GAZ factory, which belongs to Basel group (Basic Element), controlled by the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. The latter is subject to the US sanctions due to his alleged involvement in the President Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 elections. There are also “allegations that Deripaska bribed a government official, ordered the murder of a businessman and had links to a Russian organized crime group” (NPR).

Some claim that this would mean that the Moldovan Government is a collaborator of Deripaska.

Facing criticisms about GAZ’s quality, State Secretary Boris Gîlcă declared that he was too skeptical about the quality, but then was later convinced that “things changed”:

“Things changed, there are quality cars, well equipped, at an extremely good price, the best price, which probably was the criteria for the listing”, says Gîlcă, quoted by Unimedia. Gîlcă says that only 60 ambulances were bought from the public listing, but then 9 were delivered as part of “very tough negotiations”.

For 2018, the Government of Moldova allocated 273 million lei for buying other 168 ambulances: 35 intensive therapy units and 133 regular ambulances.

In 2017, urgent medical assistance was offered to approximately 868 thousand people.

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