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Moldova ranked 62nd out of 130 in the Human Capital Index



The Republic of Moldova was placed on the 62nd place (out of 130) in the Human Capital Index published by the World Economic Forum. It received the general score of 62,29, situated above the average.

The highest score was attained at the Capacity level- 72,2 (52nd place)-, because of the above-average literacy and numeracy rate, as well as the secondary education attainment rate- up to 82,4% in the 25-54 age group.

The Deployment scored at 64,5 (72nd place) because of low labor force participation rate (56,8% for 25-54 age group), no significant employment gender gaps (lowest ration of employed women to men- 0,69) and relatively low unemployment and underemployment rates.

In terms of Development of Human Capital, Moldova excels at enrollment rates for primary and secondary education but shows lack of quality of primary schools. Surprisingly for Moldova, the graduates of Moldovan tertiary and vocational education seem to reach a certain level of skill diversity, but still under the global average- scored 88, but ranked 74th.

Speaking of know-how, Moldova does not have high-skilled employment share (19,1%- 73rd place), compared to the medium-skilled employment share- 91,6%. Moreover, looking at the complexity of exported goods, Moldova’s economic complexity scores low (48 points), somewhere between Vietnam and Mauritius.

Nonetheless, the Human Capital Index reveals some other features of the Moldovan human capital:

  • 7,5% of the GDP is spent on education;
  • 33,6% of the working-age population is covered by the pension scheme;
  • an average worker has a yearly output of $12279;
  • 27,8% of young people are not in employment, education or training;
  • the labor force participation rate is 43,3%;
  • the unemployment rate is 4,1% etc.

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy.

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Chisinau placed third in a top of the European cities of the future



The capital of Moldova was ranked third among the middle-sized cities in Europe in terms of costs and efficiency, according to the fDi European Intelligence and Financial Times fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/2019.

According to, the fDi Intelligence division of the Financial Times collected data using the online FDI tools: fDi Benchmark, fDi Markets, as well as other sources.

The data was collected for 489 locations (301 cities, 150 regions and 38 LEPs), and divided into five categories: Economic Potential, Work Environment, Cost Effectiveness, Infrastructure and Business Friendly attitude.

According to the ranking, London is the most attractive destination for FDI, despite Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

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March 8: Women’s March of Solidarity



“We do not want flowers, we want equal rights,”

This was one of the messages displayed on banners and chanted by the participants during the manifestation. The Women’s March of Solidarity, traditionally held on 8th of March – on International Women’s Day, aims to promote gender equality and to signal the phenomenon of discrimination and violence against women.

On this day, women and men – including the Action and Solidarity Party leader, Maia Sandu – walked through the center of the Chisinau, reminding the passers-by about gender equality, for which women fought more than 100 years ago. The participants walked from the center of the capital to the “Maria Biesu” National Opera and Ballet Theater.

“We still live in a world where much effort is needed to make girls and women have the same opportunities, benefit from the same reward, and enjoy the same freedoms. And there is still much more to be done in Moldova for all women to have the freedom and opportunity to follow their dreams.” declared Maia Sandu on her official Facebook page.

The event was organized by non-governmental organizations fighting for gender equality.

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Moldovan mercenaries in the Donbass region: “It takes me five seconds to kill a man”// RISE

They went on different paths. They crossed the border illegally and found a way to hide their traces. The destination was the same – the Donbass trenches.



The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine attracted the Moldovan mercenaries to join the war in the Donbas region. They have reached the trenches that mark the red line on the political map of the world, according to a RISE Moldova investigation.

They fought in a war that doesn’t belong to them. At home, they were greeted by the Moldovan authorities, not their family. In Moldova, mercenaries are a crime, something easier rather than being hunted and considered terrorists in Ukraine.

According to the Security and Information Service, around 100 Moldovans have reached separatist trenches, fighting in a war that does not belong to them. Half of them have already been identified, and less than a quarter have reached the defendants’ bench. In the Republic of Moldova, these people are condemned as mercenaries and risk up to 10 years in prison; in Ukraine – the offenses committed by them are considered terrorist activities and are punished by up to 15 years or life imprisonment.

Vitalie Cojocari, 35 years old:

A resident of Cimișlia. In early 2015, Vitalie was at war in Ukraine. For that, he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison, with conditional suspension for two years.

“It takes me five seconds to kill a man. I can kill him with my own fingers. I never look him in the eyes. You don’t look into your victim’s eyes. We are mercenaries and, for us, this is a service. We wear masks and never spare anyone. No matter who they are.”

Igor Gusikov, Chief of the Apparatus of the Director of the Security Service of Ukraine:

“They are criminals to us. They are terrorists to us. We investigate them on a basis of articles that provide for participation in terrorist organizations, murders.”

Radu Chirilov, Alias “Tiger”, 26 years old:

He was sentenced to three years in prison, for the mercenary activity. The documents obtained by RISE Moldova show that in Ukraine Radu allegedly killed over 50 people. For his involvement in the war, e was paid monthly, with 40,000 Russian rubles, which then meant about 750 euros.


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