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

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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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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