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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. Inquiries at [email protected]

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2018 World Press Freedom Index: Moldova down to position 81

2 May 2018- Reporters without Borders (RSF) published their 2018 index of freedom of the press around the world.

The ranking of 2018 places Moldova on the 81st place, 1 position down compared to 2017 (80) with a score of 30,41 (-0,40).

RSF did not change its position on the media ownership and polarization in Moldova:

Moldova’s media are diversified but extremely polarized, like the country itself, which is characterized by chronic instability and the excessive influence of its oligarchs. The editorial line of the leading media outlets correlates closely with the political and business interests of their owners. Journalistic independence and media ownership transparency are major challenges. As media outlets battle with each other in a climate exacerbated by the Ukrainian crisis, the broadcasting regulatory authority’s lack of independence and excesses in the “fight against propaganda” continue to be a source of concern.

Romania was ranked 44th with 23,65 points, Ukraine 101st with 31,16 points, while Russia 148th with 49,96 points.

According to RSF, the freest media can be found in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Finland. The countries with the worst media freedom ranking are Eritrea, North Korea, and Turkmenistan.

The RSF underlines in its 2018 World Press Freedom Index that the global situation of the press is worsening, especially in Europe:

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4 years after visa liberalization: 1,46 million Moldovans traveled without a visa to EU

Source: IPN, Elena Covalenco

28 April 2018- 4 years ago, the European Union introduced a visa-free regime for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova.

According to the Border Police of Moldova, 1 469 917 Moldovan citizens used the visa-free facility. Out of these, 1 168 000 citizens came back to Moldova (the other 300 thousand could be still traveling (23 April- reporting date), residing based on a permit or having entered EU with an EU passport).

Most of the Moldovans crossed the border at Leușeni-Albița checkpoint (562 076 persons), followed by the Chișinău International Airport (273 300), Cahul-Oancea (256 307) and Sculeni-Sculeni (217 896). The Chișinău International Airport registers more crossings than ever: 1 535 937 people traveled to EU with their biometric passport. Men cross (2,4 million) the border to EU more often than women (1,8 million), while people aged between 26 and 35 are the most active at EU traveling across the age groups.

IPN quotes the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders that since the visa regime with the EU was liberalized on April 28, 2014, until December 31, 2017, slightly over 14,000 Moldovans were refused entry to the EU because they didn’t meet the entrance conditions, had insufficient financial resources or stayed longer than allowed in the Member States.

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Chișinău gets a 450 square meters carpet of flowers for 110 thousand USD

12 April 2018- A “carpet” of 200 thousand flowers was arranged according to traditional patterns in the square in front of the “Nativity Cathedral,” central Chișinău. The project initiated by the interim mayor Silvia Radu cost 1,8 million lei (approx. 110 thousand USD).

The rectangle has a surface of 450 square meters (15*30) and was put in place by the municipality workers. According to Radu, the “carpet” of flowers could serve as an attraction for Chișinău. Nevertheless, it was admitted that the flowers would stay in the square until Tuesday, April 17th, and then replanted in parks.

The mayoral elections in Chișinău are scheduled for 20 May 2018. Silvia Radu announced that she would attempt to collect signatures to register as an independent candidate.

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