The Parliament of Moldova adopted a strategy on the country’s development “Moldova-2020” on Friday 18 May. The central aim is to fight against poverty and maintain economic growth. The experts, however, remain sceptical.
“Moldova-2020” is one of documents on strategic matters prepared by the Moldovan government and PM Vlad Filat. The document assumes that actions undertaken by 2020 will cause an almost twofold reduction of the poverty rate in Moldova – from 22 percent to 12 percent – whereas Moldovan GDP will grow by 12 percent, a change that could not happen unless the strategy would be pursued.
What are the actions essential for future success? The document contains seven priority areas:
– Education: adapting the system to requirements of the job market;
– Roads: developing infrastructure improving intercity connections;
– Financial sector: lowering operation costs;
– Business: improving investment climate;
– Energy: reduction of usage through improving efficiency;
– Pension system: ensuring stability;
– Justice: fight against corruption.
During the voting on the strategy in the Moldovan Parliament, a heated discussion took place among the MPs– a part of the ruling coalition spoke against the document. Valeriu Munteanu from the coalition Liberal Party estimated that “80 percent of the document needs to be changed”. Experts are of a similar opinion – according to them, the “Moldova-2020” strategy will remain only on paper. The document considers “neither the peculiarity of Moldovan economy nor Moldovan citizens”, they claim. Nonetheless, implementation of the strategy is of crucial importance for foreign business partners – possibly future donors – for the document was written in large part for them.
Translated by KD