Security Service officers, along with prosecutors and police officers from Odessa, Ukraine, have uncovered a cocaine smuggling maritime.
The $1,000,000 worth of cocaine was found in a fruit container during a cargo inspection to be transported to Europe. The Security Service of Ukraine announces that two Moldovans have been detained.
“During the in-depth examination of the goods to be transported to Europe from a country considered one of the world’s largest drug producers, officers detected 12 kilograms of cocaine in a fruit container,” SBU’s note says.
The institution mentions that during the special operation, two Moldovan citizens were detained after they were caught trying to remove cocaine from the territory of the container terminal outside the customs control.
In this case, criminal proceedings have been initiated. Investigations are being carried out and all persons involved in the operation of the smuggling channel are to be identified.
Moldova prepares for an outbreak of coronavirus in the country
The biggest world’s media outlets keep the public updated regarding the major coronavirus outbreaks that happened in South Korea, Iran and Italy in the last days. Taking into consideration that one of the biggest Moldovan diasporas is in Italy and there are hundreds people who enter the country from all over the world every day, let’s have a look at the measures the Moldovan authorities took and the pandemic plan they prepared.
Yellow alert for coronavirus outbreak
The authorities have issued a yellow alert of the coronavirus outbreak in Moldova, there being a possible risk of triggering the public health emergency. As a consequence, all responsible authorities have to carry out prevention and control measures according to the provisions of the International Sanitary Regulation and the recommendations of the World Health Organization. That means actively detecting the suspected cases of disease and ensuring the daily exchange of information with the National Agency for Public Health (NAPH), informed the official page of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection (MHLSP).
In this regard, the following measures are announced as put into action:
- People who are currently crossing border checkpoints are thoroughly checked, and if they present symptoms, they are isolated in special designated rooms, the National Agency for Public Health being announced;
- On the Chisinau International Airport, a thermoscan is used to identify the persons who are at risk of infection;
- Likewise, all public health institutions have the necessary stock of medicines and medical equipment, and the NAPH Laboratory has received 480 tests for the detection of COVID-19 virus and 192 tests for specifying and confirming the result;
- public announcements are issued urging the population to comply with all hygiene and precautionary measures to prevent new-type of coronavirus disease or acute respiratory infections, to be cooperative at border checkpoints and to notify the NAPH in case of presenting symptoms.
Prime Minister Ion Chicu called the meeting of the extraordinary National Public Health Commission. The director of the Country Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), Igor Pokanevych, was also present at the meeting.
Ion Chicu confirmed that the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection, together with the Border Police Department and the Customs Service, is carrying out an action plan in this regard.
The WHO representative urged the authorities to prepare for the emergence of cases of infection and to be ready for the calm management of the situation. He spoke about the measures taken by the Italian authorities to prevent the spread of the epidemic outside the regions, and emphasized the application of measures to isolate the localities where cases of infection are identified.
“The Border Police, being the first filter for detection, notification, prevention and control of the probable cases of coronavirus infection, has undertaken and will continue to implement all the necessary measures, within the limits of its competences, to exclude the risk of cross-border transmission of the biological hazard that has negative impact on public health,” is declared in a Border Police statement.
Moldovan citizens are asked to call the NAPH hotline (080012300) in case of observing any symptoms of disease when returning to the country.
“So far, no forms are filled in, at the entrance to the country, inquiring the country or locality from which passengers travel. That should have been already done. In addition to all the measures that are required to be implemented in such situations, it is necessary to create a Task Force at the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Italy, to which the ministries in charge will delegate concrete tasks. The ministry and the NAPH should urgently contact the Italian health authorities for information exchange that would help to stop the spread of coronavirus,” declared former Minister of Health, Labour and Social Protection, Ala Nemerenco.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration recommends to the citizens of the Republic of Moldova who are in Italy to strictly follow the indications of the Italian authorities regarding the current epidemiological situation.
People are asked to refrain from travelling, attending public places, they should leave the house only in cases of strict necessity, as well as take the necessary actions regarding hygiene and disinfection. The Moldovan nationals in Italy are asked to seek consular assistance only in emergency cases and exceptional situations.
The World Health Organization declared lately the coronavirus outbreak has swept from China to a number of countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. It is not yet a pandemic according to WHO, but countries are urged to prepare for such a situation.
In the Republic of Moldova, no case of coronavirus was identified yet.
Global Talent Competitiveness Index: Moldova when it comes to Artificial Intelligence
The 7th edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) addressed the topic Global Talent in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. The index is used to rank 132 national economies, across all groups of income and levels of development, that representing 97% of the world’s GDP and 94% of its population. The report referred, first of all, to the level of innovation and technology development, exploring how the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not only changing the nature of work but also forcing a re-evaluation of workplace practices, corporate structures and innovation ecosystems.
This year, Moldova ranked 86th out of 132 analysed economies, being ranked behind the neighbouring countries such as Ukraine and Romania, which ranked 66th and 64th, respectively.
The countries that are best positioned to benefit from the AI revolution are also the most developed countries in the world, especially when it comes to the competitiveness and potential of attracting and training best professionals. Top ten countries in the ranking are Switzerland, the United States of America, Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway and Australia.
New York, London, Singapore, San Francisco, Boston, Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Munich are among the most developed cities in this regard.
One of the most important observations made in the GTCI report for 2020 is that the gap between talent champions (almost all of them high-income countries) and the rest of the world is widening. Still, AI may provide significant opportunities for emerging countries to leapfrog.
The top of the GTCI rankings is still dominated by Europe, including the Nordic countries – a significant number of small high-income economies, many of them being either landlocked, island or quasi-island economies, including Switzerland (1st), Singapore (3rd), Luxembourg (8th), Iceland (14th) or Austria (17th).
According to the report, the key factor is developing relatively open socio-economic policies in which talent growth and management are central priorities in the age of AI.
Moldova managed to get a score of 36.64, being ranked 86th out of 132 countries. It was classified as lower-middle income country and ranked 7th out of 32 countries included in this category. The country’s talent competitiveness index weakened as compared to the period between 2015-2017, when it was listed around the 61st position.
Moldova was evaluated with the highest scores for such aspects as gender development gap, ease of doing business, number of female graduates, competition intensity and political stability, while the lowest scores were given for its share of R&D expenditure, robot density, university ranking, number of registered researchers, scientific journal articles, labour productivity per employee, new business density and collaboration across organisations.
This year’s model of the GTCI index includes a total of 70 variables, up from 68 indicators used in the GTCI 2019.
Maia Sandu, on an official visit in Bucharest: “We need Romania’s support very much”
Today, July 2, Prime Minister of Moldova Maia Sandu is on an official visit to Bucharest. This is Sandu’s first external visit after the busy weeks of taking office. President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, says it is very important and symbolic that the first visit of Prime Minister Maia Sandu and the Government of Chisinau takes place in Bucharest.
During the meeting, Klaus Iohannis said that Chisinau officials will have all his support, as well as Romania, in the commitment of the new coalition on the European path.
“I would like to, once more, thank the Romanian authorities and the Romanian citizens for their disinterested support. I am sure that the new milestones fixed today will further contribute to our collaboration. It is the first official bilateral visit after taking office and convincingly reflects the importance and interest that the new government attaches to special and privileged relations with Romania in the strategic partnership for the European integration of the Republic of Moldova,” declared Maia Sandu.
The Chief Executive of Chisinau, who will be accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Năstase on the official visit to Bucharest, will also meet with representatives of Parliament.
Moreover, Prime Minister Maia Sandu had a meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, where several topics were discussed, including the energy field, with an emphasis on finalizing the construction and putting into operation of the Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline.
Prime Minister Maia Sandu listed the projects he had been able to discuss with the Romanian Government: completion of the construction and putting into full operation of the Iasi-Chisinau gas pipeline, the importance of interconnections of high voltage power lines, and the construction of the Unirii motorway to Ungheni.
“I furthermore pointed out in the discussions with the Prime Minister and the major relevance granted by Romania to the settlement of the conflict in the Transnistrian region, respecting the territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova and not affecting its pro-European vector,” Dăncilă declared.
Reminder: The Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, Nicu Popescu, had a meeting with his counterpart (Teodor Meleșcanu) in Bucharest yesterday.
Minister Popescu stressed that the relationship between the Republic of Moldova and Romania is a special one, including the position of Bucharest on the events in Chisinau in the recent situation of the duality of power.
“We appreciate that Romania was the first state to summon the political forces from Chisinau towards a peaceful transition of power, so Romania has played an important role in bringing the situation to the brink of normality.”
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