Advanced cross-river capacities for trade

Status: Active
Duration: 2019 – 2022
Budget: US$2,069,679
Coverage: Republic of Moldova, including Transnistria region
Beneficiaries: Micro, small and medium-sized companies, mainly operating in the agri-food, services and ICT areas
Focus Area: Inclusive Growth
Partners: Bureau of Reintegration, Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, Agency for Investments, Chambers of Commerce and Industry from Chisinau and Tiraspol, Business Associations from both banks, Business Service Providers, EU-CBM Programme, Competitiveness Project managed by USAID, the EU-funded Economic and Social Development Project managed by the East Europe Foundation
Project Document: Advanced cross-river capacities for trade
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Project Summary:

The Advanced Cross-River Capacities for Trade Project facilitates cross-river cooperation and expands access of Transnistria enterprises (particularly micro, small and medium sized enterprises - MSMEs) to export promotion mechanisms available on the right bank. The project provides tailored support and develops capacities based on specific needs of current and future exporters, but also provisions methodological and practical assistance to establish long-term trade links and to promote exports. In the framework of this initiative, existing companies and start-ups will be supported to create new jobs for women and vulnerable groups.

These goals will be achieved through cross-river exchange of knowledge and experience, but also by understanding the opportunities provided by DCFTA to companies from the Transnistria region. At the same time, benefiting companies and associations will learn from best practices of businesses from Eastern and Central Europe.

Main efforts will be dedicated to reviving the MSMEs sector which is underdeveloped in the Transnistria region.

The focus of the proposed initiative will be given to the MSMEs as the development in the region is inseparably linked to this sector.


To ensure that men and women on both banks of the Nistru River have better livelihoods and living conditions, cross-river cooperation will be improved allowing to access opportunities offered by Moldova’s external trade arrangements, contributing to an environment of trust and cooperation:

  • Support cross-river exchange of information and awareness-raising on the opportunities provided by DCFTA in the region;
  • Develop exporting capacities of companies companies from both banks of Nistru river and diversify exports by supporting emerging businesses;
  • Promote expansion of the MSME sector in the Transnistria region by developing new or emerging businesses, in particular those led by women, with impact on representatives most vulnerable groups of people.

Expected results:

  • Increased awareness among companies and business associations in the Transnistria region on the opportunities provided by DCFTA, as well as ensure technical support needed to access EU markets;
  • Improved capacities of business associations on both banks (at least 5 in Transnistria) to advocate, cooperate and support the interests of business communities from both banks;
  • Over 60 companies from the Transnistria consulted and certified by business development organizations to promote their exports, with at least 40 partnerships or contracts signed;
  • More than 160 jobs created on both banks as a result of provided support;
  • At least 4 processing facilities supported, allowing MSMEs from rural areas to cooperate and export joint lots of products;
  • At least 10 companies improved their competitiveness due to the provided equipment;
  • At least 2 partnerships established with abroad retail chains, to distribute produced goods;
  • 20 start-ups initiated and new companies accelerated, with at least 60% led by women.At least 10 companies improved their competitiveness due to the provided equipment;
  • At least 2 partnerships with retail chains abroad established;
  • 20 start-ups initiated/new companies accelerated, with at least 60% led by women.



  • More than 500 representatives of 130 companies and business associations have increased their awareness regarding the opportunities provided by DCFTA, as well as regarding the technical steps needed to access the EU markets;
  • 3 partnerships were created between business associations on both banks of the Nistru in order to promote their interests, provide development and support services to companies in order to overcome the negative effects caused by the pandemic crisis;
  • 6 business associations have improved knowledge and capacities on promoting products on abroad markets, with a direct impact on the exports volume;
  • 5 retail networks from the right bank have been acquainted with the capacities of left bank producers and the quality of their produces, thus establishing new contacts and partnerships with a long-term impact on the cross-river trade;
  • 16 start-ups were initiated and 5 young companies were supported, of which 14 companies are managed by women;
  • 17 jobs created, of which 12 for women, and over 1000 jobs maintained on both banks of the Nistru river as a result of the support provided by the project;
  • At least 21 companies have improved their competitiveness due to the equipment offered within the project;
  • 26 companies, of which 14 are from the left bank of the Nistru river, have benefited of business services to improve their export capacities, such as development of visual identity, online sales, certification, marketing and sales. Now, benefiting enterprises are accessing new markets, expanding their abroad transactions. As a result, at least 2 partnerships will be established with overseas retail networks.


Years Budget Delivery
2019 $280,592 $269,149
2020 $662,298 $664,975
2021 $889,489  
2022 $237,300  
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