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Moldova is a small country with a resource scarce economy and its industrial potential remains untapped, with only a 12 per cent share in GDP and employment (as at 2015). At the same time, according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2016–2017, Moldova ranks 132nd on quality of roads and 110th on quality of the overall infrastructure (out of 138 countries ranked). In terms of innovation capacity, Moldova is ranked 124th, according to the same report.

Under Goal 9, the country must put effort into building a robust industrial sector that will secure generation of high manufacturing value-added, long-term jobs, economic growth and the well-being of the population. To obtain this, the Government and its partners will have to develop affordable and accessible physical and business infrastructure in the regions, making that infrastructure reliable, sustainable and resilient. New jobs should be created in the industrial sector and more industrial production should be generated, including through increased contribution of small-scale enterprises, resource-use efficiency, technological upgrade and innovation.

The described development efforts will target small industries, which will get increased access to financial services, along with knowledge, technology and development; the rural population, which will enjoy accessible infrastructure for economic development and human well-being; and women and men, who will equally benefit from employment opportunities created by manufacturing. Also, the environmental cost is expected to decrease due to less use of natural inputs and emissions to land, water and air by industry.

Goals in action


UN inspires on using blockchain – a technology that cannot be corrupted – at Moldova ICT Summit 2017

Persons interested in innovations and technologies learned more about blockchain - a popular incorruptible and efficient technology- at a presentation made by the United Nations at Moldova ICT Summit 2017, on its eighth edition. MORE >


UNDP launches its first Business Innovation Lab on the platform of Tekwill, ICT Center of Excellence

UNDP Moldova launches on 15 March 2017 its first Business Innovation Lab, in the premises of the Tekwill ICT Center of Excellence, a fitting environment for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to engage in innovative projects. MORE >

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Moldovan apples’ dilemma solved through innovation

Kids in Moldova consume only 2/3 of the minimum recommended by WHO quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables. However, Moldova is one of the largest apples producers in the region. Past experiences show that kids prefer easy to consume sliced produce, like the snacks and fruit salads, in an attractive packaging. Such products are lacking on the market, but have great potential to be explored, as this is a fast-growing market niche. MORE >

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