The New USAID Project in Moldova
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched new Structural Reform Project (MSRP) in Moldova.
The MSRP is a 4-years Project (until September 2021) worth $11.2 million.
The goal of the Project is to improve the business climate in the country and create conditions favorable for the development of trade by assisting government institutions and private sector in the process of trade liberalization, structural and business reforms; improvement of strategic communication between the state and business.
The US Ambassador James D.Petit: The US is proud of the opportunity to continue the support to economic reforms launched in Moldova in 1992; strengthen economic ties with Europe and meet high standards in the field of European integration, including in the field of fighting corruption, ensuring transparency of state institutions, supporting Moldova to take its rightful place in the world of economy.
The Minister of Economy and Infrastructure Chiril Gaburici: We highly appreciate the support of the US government in carrying out structural reforms. The USAID Project is very important for Moldova in the context of the implementation of reforms carried out by the government. "Only through joint efforts we can bring Europe to our home, by ensuring the development of the economy and a high standards of living for people. We are confident that the Project will contribute to improve Moldova's position in world’s ratings and positive perception of the country in terms of investments and business environment.
The head of the USAID Mission in Moldova, Ms. Karen Hilliard: One of the main objectives of the new USAID project is assistance in creating an export economy, reducing costs for businesses and improving the competitiveness of Moldovan goods at European markets." She expressed confidence that the new project will be more successful than the previous one (the $9 million BRITE project was implemented by USAID in Moldova between 2012-2016). At present, the garment industry is on the rise with the support of USAID, the wine industry and the IT sector too. We also expect that the tourism industry will accelerate the development of the country. There is a great potential for further development, especially in the field of projects related to agriculture sector. Moldova should be recognized as a country producing high-quality products with minimized export-import costs, with advanced investments and competitive environment.
The Chief of the Party, USAID Moldova Structural Reform Project, Mr. Douglas Muir: The development of trade is the main engine of economic growth in Moldova. This country has great potential in it!
According to the World Economic Forum 2016 - 2017 Global Competitiveness Index, the corruption remains the most problematic factor for doing business in Moldova. Systematic and widespread corruption not only increases the cost of doing business, but also increases real and perceived business risk, which in turn, discourages and drives away new potential investors. The Project will have its impact directly to the anti-corruption measures through a series of interventions that will increase transparency, it’ll help Moldova to develop new e-government applications and systems, reducing the cash-flow between public authorities and service consumers.
The main goals of the Project are:
- Improve compliance and implementation of international trade agreements,
- Pursue structural reforms to improve business environment,
- Engage counterparts to create coalitions for successful outcomes through strategic communications,
- Establish and administer trade funds.
It is expected that the results of the implementation of the Project will be:
- Modernizing and strengthening Moldovan trading assets’ capacity and operational efficiency;
- Establishing a functional and accessible trading informational portal;
- Improving the quality of services provided by the Moldovan Customs;
- Enhancing the recognition of authorized economic operators, including possible mutual recognition with the EU;
- Setting up a viable and sustainable framework for a broad public-private dialogue and consultations with involvement of key stakeholders, including SMEs and media outlets;
- Supporting the Moldovan Government in implementing E-Government platforms and digital commercial solutions such as the "One-Stop Shop" companies;
- Supporting the Deposit Guarantee Fund by aligning its regulatory framework to the relevant EU Directives;
- Helping Moldova improve its standing in relevant international indexes.
The Contractor of the Project is a company from the USA Nathan Associates Inc.
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