An English vlogger in Chisinau: “If I were a politician in Moldova, I’d be ashamed to show my face”
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I would be ashamed! If I’d ripped off my nation as these motherf#ckers have ripped of Moldova, I’d be ashamed to show my face.”
The vlogger told his subscribers about the “billion dollar bill theft” and criticizes politicians who “have done nothing in their 30 years of independence.”
He pointed out that after the collapse of the USSR, the citizens of the Republic of Moldova hoped that a better life awaits them.I
“In Soviet times, Moldova was a well-run, efficient republic. Soviets used to come from all over the SU here. It was warm, there was good wine here, […]. But then independence came, and people wished for something better. But what did they receive instead? They’ve received nothing but Governments that ripped them off, embezzled cash, escaped the country with stolen billions, and the people are left here to pick up the pieces,” he concluded.
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LEGATHON: Hack Corruption. Law to the People – an event for young people passionate about IT
The “LEGATHON: Hack Corruption. Law to the People” is an event which is organised for the first time in Moldova, being designed to gather 30 young professionals and enthusiasts passionate about programming languages, databases, UX and web design.
Guided by information technology specialists and anti-corruption experts and working in six teams by five persons, the participants will develop applications for the National Anticorruption Centre’s (NAC), which would be easily accessible to the general public and would allow reporting the laws or normative acts containing ambiguous provisions which may generate corruption cases, as well as build a friendly environment for people who have difficulties in interpreting the legislation, according to the NAC official page. The best application proposal will be actually used for the NAC platform and will be awarded.
LEGATHON will take place on November 8-10 at Digital Park in Chișinău.
The event is organised within the framework of the “Curbing Corruption by Building Sustainable Integrity in the Republic of Moldova” Project, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the National Anticorruption Centre, with the financial support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
See more details on the event’s Facebook page.
Participate in the 6th edition of Moldova Business Week and get to know more about the Moldovan business environment
Moldova Business Week is the biggest national economic event outlining the policies, reforms, trends and success stories of the investment climate of Moldova, being designed to create a network to benefit from all the business opportunities in Moldova.
This is how the event is presented on the official website. It will be conducted between November 13-15 at the Palace of the Republic (Maria Cebotari street, 16) and on November 16th at the Tekwill Centre (Studenților street, 9/11).
This year program includes an agenda dedicated to Moldova’s strategic sectors like ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) & BPO (Business Process Outsourcing), Agrifood, Tourism and Green Energy, as well as Creative industries and Cinema Production. For the first time, the 4th edition of Moldova Automotive Days will be held during Moldova Business Week, having a focus on Mechatronics, Clusterisation and Research & Development.
On November 15th, the ProExport Forum will be conducted, which will allow local companies to increase the know-how regarding qualitative exports and establish a useful business network. On November 16th, the annual “Moldova in Fashion” Conference will refresh the business trends in the fashion industry.
More than 1000 national and international leaders and business partners are expected to be present at the event, which is organised by the Investment Agency in collaboration with the development partners and the associative environment. Moreover, over 100 local speakers and 26 international speakers from 15 other countries will discuss the opportunities and challenges of the strategic and niche sectors.
The scope of Moldova Business Week 2019 is to promote the business environment in Moldova as one based on sustainable economic growth, friendly fiscal system and open attitude towards establishing transparent commercial relations with partners around the world.
Moldova Business Week will start with panels dedicated to key reforms to improve the investment climate, progress and challenges of foreign investors, followed by individual B2B discussion sessions.
The 4-days-agenda of Moldova Business Week 2019 can be found here.
Access to the conference is free, based on a prior registration on the official page of the event between October 10th and November 10th, 2019.
Moldova is ranked 48th in the Ease of doing business ranking, according to the World Bank Group report on Doing Business 2020. The rank shows where are the regions with easiest to do business in the world. In 2017, Moldova had the 44th place in the ranking, same as in 2018.
Among the states that are ahead of the Republic of Moldova regarding the ease of doing business are Slovakia, Belgium and Armenia, Moldova being followed by Belarus, Montenegro and Croatia.
Doing Business is a valuable tool used by governments, businesses and potential investors to assess the evolution of business environment in a certain country.
5 uncommon businesses in Moldova we bet you didn’t know about
All of them work really hard to see their dreams come true. All of them took risks when investing money, work, equipment and time into their businesses. All of them are great, representing our country and its heritage at home and abroad. There are many more unique businesses like this in Moldova. It’s just that they are not yet discovered by the public eye. For now, check out those presented below.
Biantti – ecological almonds and sea buckthorn products
Biantti is the only local producer of organic flour, cold pressed oil and almond flakes, which is certified as being ecological in the Republic of Moldova.
The owner of a 7 hectares almond orchard, a 10 hectares walnut orchard, a 5 hectares sea buckthorn orchard, as well as the producing factory is Igor Golban. He came back to Moldova after he graduated his studies in France and started the almond business in the village he was born.
By taking the technology from Germany, the planting material from Romania and accessing funds from several sources, including non-reimbursable funds, the idea of growing almonds became reality.
Besides the almond and walnut oil and flour, briquettes made out of shells, sea buckthorn leaves tea, the producer sells also dried fruits, pumpkin seeds, flax, hemp and cumin oil, pumpkin, as well as flax flour.
“We have a total of 7 generations of nuts and almonds trees. Last year, we gathered 12-14 tons of almonds. This year, around 7-8 tons,” declared Igor Golban.
Only 15% of the volume of the products are exported, the rest remains in the country, being used in Moldovan kitchens.
The owners of this business – Mr. and Mrs. Malancea launched it after the retirement. The pasta and home made noodles are produced from organic ingredients. It is so good that most kindergartens and schools in the region buy pasta from the Malancea family. The couple plans also to export the goods abroad.
“80% of our production is represented by homemade noodles. Moldovans love homemade products,” said Mr. Malancea.
Every day, 8 employees work at the factory in Antonești. During one day, they use at least 2000 eggs, needed in the production process. Generally, over a ton of pasta is produced in the factory for one day.
The noodles are prepared after a traditional recipe, as they are prepared at home. After the pasta and noodles are dried for 8 hours, the package process comes in place.
Still, Malancea spouses revealed that the biggest problem they have to face is the shortage of skilled labour, as a lot of such workers prefer to work abroad.
Green – handcrafted soap made of natural ingredients
Ivan Chiriac is a beekeeper who creates honey products and handmade soaps with different natural additions. He can quickly name his products’ properties and has a great passion for what he is doing.
The young man said that it all started with the purchase of the first hive. Then he took what the bees produce and managed to open a small workroom near his house, where he and his partner started to produce honey goods and natural soaps.
“After discovering the properties of honey, I started to produce different products derived from it, such as solid shampoo and natural soaps, with various additions of plants or oils,” claimed Ivan.
The entire composition of solid shampoo and soap produced at the Ivan’s workroom is based on natural products, such as vegetable oils, seeds, honey, everything being indicated on the label.
Brânza de Popeasca – a unique kind of cheese protected by the European Commision
About Cheese from Popeasca we already wrote in a previous article. It is one of the few authentic products from Moldova that were qualified as products with a protected designation of origin. Once it obtained such a labelling, it can no longer be manufactured according to the same recipe and the same name anywhere in the world. “Brânza de Popeasca” is a cheese made with different additional ingredients like dill, parsley, olives, bell pepper and other kinds of cheese.
Vadim and Mariana Osipov are the households that manage a farm of 200 heads. Their customers are several restaurants and supermarkets in Chișinău. These people face daily a lot of difficulties, from human factor to climatic conditions. Despite all the hardships, they never give up and continue to work for developing their business and taking it to a new stage.
FROM THE HEART.SHOP – the online shop where only Moldovan goods are sold
FROM THE HEART.SHOP aimed to be the first online store in the Republic of Moldova where products manufactured and created in Moldova were collected in one place. It was set out to create a bridge between Moldovan producers and consumers, wherever they are, as it facilitated the online purchase of the goods desired and their delivery in any corner of the world.
The online platform was founded by a group of enthusiastic people led by Nata Albot, a blogger, TV producer, journalist and a media manager from Moldova.
There online shop sells all kinds of clothing products, shoes, cosmetics, accessories, books and household items from 28 Moldovan brands and there is still room for more.
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