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Chișinău and Bălți- most competitive regions of Moldova in terms of economy

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The biggest municipalities of Moldova, the capital Chișinău and the northern city of Bălți, lead the top of the most competitive regions of the country, conducted by IDIS “Viitorul”.

According to the index, the capital of Moldova is characterized by well-developed infrastructure, skilled labor force and good wages. The biggest problems faced by Chișinău are bureaucracy, corruption and local taxes. Out of the districts, Drochia and Ialoveni score the best in terms of competitiveness.

Districts with the worst economic potential are Basarabeasca, Cantemir, Leova and Telenești. Competitive disadvantages characteristic of these districts are: high unemployment, poor road infrastructure and inadequate use of technologies.

As for the Gagauzia, which ranks 18th position out of 35 regions analyzed, automotive and Internet use by enterprises, the development of companies potential and the high level studies of are the main economic advantages of the region.

The ranking is part of the Report on the competitiveness of regions from Moldova, signed by Liubomir Chiriac Tatiana Lariushin and Ion Butmalai. In this regard, companies and local authorities in 32 districts, Gagauzia, Chisinau and Balti were surveyed, based on data recorded in 2012-2015. The competitiveness of districts was evaluated based on eight indicators like economic environment, economic output, legislation, public administration, infrastructure, technology, human resources, education. The methodology was taken from a similar project successfully implemented in Slovakia.

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World Bank provides $10 million loan to Moldova for education reform

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16 February 2018- The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a 10 million USD loan for Moldova’s education system reform.

The loan with a maturity of 30 years is aimed at improving learning conditions in targeted schools and strengthen Moldova’s education monitoring systems while promoting efficiency reforms.

“One of our biggest concerns is the mismatch between labor market demand and the current training offered by Moldova’s educational system,” said Anna Akhalkatsi, World Bank Country Manager for Moldova.

According to a WB press-release, a considerable number of Moldovan students, teachers, and school managers will benefit from expanded training activities, the further provision of science laboratories and ICT equipment, as well as training for teaching support staff to promote inclusive education for students with special needs and/or disabilities.

Moldova Education Reform Project of the World Bank is worth 40 million USD started in 2013 and end in June 2019.

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Moldova Socialists submit motion on economic policy

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15 February 2018- The caucus of the Socialists’ Party of Moldova submitted to the Parliament a simple motion against the policy conducted by the Economy and Infrastructure, led by minister Chiril Gaburici. The Socialists are complaining about the “disastrous” economic state of the country.

According to Socialist MP Vasile Bolea, the year of 2017 was a total failure because of the over-taxation and cut capital investment policies.

“The submission of this motion represents our will to call on the minister to participate in a debate to explain the causes for economic disaster, to talk about the state of the national economy, jobs, the cut public investment, about the state enterprises that are sold for small money. The policy is going in the wrong direction and does not represent the interests of the citizens”, declared Bolea.

The motion is reportedly being sent to the Government.

Chiril Gaburici was sworn in as Economy minister at the beginning of January 2018.

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US Ambassador: Moldova’s “progress disappointed” in 2017, some laws are “a step back”

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The United States Ambassador to Moldova, James D. Pettit, declared in a TV8 interview that Moldova’s “progress” was disappointing in 2017. According to Pettit, some laws promoted by the Moldovan authorities constituted “a step back for the country”.

“Last years, the international development partners were slightly disappointed with the lack of progress. Recently, (I) have seen different draft laws that were effectively a step back”, declared His Excellency. As dubious and problematic, Pettit mentioned the switch to the new electoral system and the draft law on the “decriminalizing of the economic crimes”, pushed by the Economy Ministry. At the same time, he pointed out that corruption is the problem number one and that Moldova needs structural reforms, not only technical ones.

Ambassador Pettit is not impressed by the 4% economic growth either:

We are happy to have seen economic growth, but I would say that 4% for such a small country like Moldova is a relatively modest achievement”, added the American Ambassador.

Despite the critique brought by the US and EU Ambassadors, the Prime-Minister, Pavel Filip, did not renounce from the draft law on “decriminalizing economic crimes”, claiming that the idea came out of the “discussions with business”.

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