Search: moldova

Why Customs Processes Matter to Moldova

As a landlocked country of about 3.6 million, nestled between European Union (EU)-member Romania and Ukraine, Moldova has struggled economically. Since gaining its independence in 1991, Moldova’s gross domestic product (GDP) has actually declined from Soviet-era levels. Part of the reason is that the government has hampered Moldovan export sales with prohibitive customs requirements that…

The Nuts and Bolts of STEM in Moldova

An array of sensors, batteries, motors, and cables lies before wide-eyed students. These children see the opportunity to build, tinker, and explore. But for educators, this is a long-term investment in the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals. Today’s global economy demands STEM professionals who are critical thinkers and innovators, with…

Can Robotics Curb Brain Drain in Moldova?

This activity was one of four winners of Chemonics’ recent Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest within the youth enterprise track. This post originally appeared on Marketlinks.  When thousands of youth are migrating abroad to seek better employment opportunities, how do you provide a viable economic alternative to encourage them to stay, develop their skills,…

Strengthening the Moldovan Wine Sector from Grape to Glass

The wine sector holds a unique distinction in Moldova: Wine is one of the only products exported with its full value chain completed in-country. From grape to glass, wine is produced, processed, and packaged in the small eastern European country, an approach that has cemented the sector’s role in economic growth and job creation. As…

News: Moldova Competitiveness Project Selected as Digital Development Award Winner

From the Peruvian Amazon to the vineyards of Moldova, digital technology has the power to stimulate economic growth, protect public health, promote stability, and lift millions out of poverty. The development sector has increasingly embraced this potential. The Digital Development Awards, presented by USAID, recognize agency projects and activities that model innovative application of digital…

Improving Moldova’s Economy Through Business Reforms

Over the past several years, Moldova has made considerable progress in reforming its business environment. The USAID Moldova Business Regulatory, Investment, and Trade Environment (BRITE) project helped the government of Moldova make reforms that attracted investment, encouraged entrepreneurship, increased competitiveness, and solidified the foundation of the country’s market economy. BRITE focused on reforms that the…

Fashion Forward: Supporting a Growing Industry in Moldova

Success in the fashion industry, in any country, requires a delicate balance between artistic ability and keen business skills. As a designer, you need to not only understand what your market is and what customer you are targeting but what trends are emerging and how your personality will come out in your collections. The “toolkit”…

Boosting Business in Moldova

The June 2014 ratification of the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union enabled Moldova to expand its trade significantly. Funded by USAID and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Moldova Competitiveness Project (MCP) is making the most of these economic benefits by improving the quality…

3 Questions with Doina Nistor About Building Transformational Partnerships

Q: CEED had success using USAID’s Global Development Alliance (GDA) model in Moldova’s information technology (IT) sector. Can you describe the transformational partnership you formed with Microsoft and IBM, and the impact you expect it to have on the local IT sector? We engaged in an innovative partnership with Microsoft and IBM to create an…

Fashion Forward in Moldova

Today, buying fashionable, high-quality locally made products resonates with Moldovans and evokes a sense of national pride. But it was not always this way. Although Moldova has always enjoyed a vibrant apparel industry, local companies face tough competition from well-known international brands. Moldovan consumers have historically been skeptical about buying Moldovan-made clothing, footwear, and accessories,…

Chemonics Supports Doing Business

The World Bank Doing Business report is a tool that is used by the public and private sectors to determine the opportunities and challenges of doing business in various countries. The 10 key indicators tracked by the report comprise one of the measurement tools used by Chemonics projects seeking to improve the business enabling environment…

Improving Industry Competitiveness in Moldova

Although apparel, information and technology, wine, home furnishings, and fashion industries in Moldova are stable and capable of growing, they have historically lacked the structured support they need to flourish internationally. The USAID Competitiveness Enhancement and Economic Development (CEED) II project partnered with Moldovan enterprises and the government to support export- and investment-driven growth. Targeting…