Advanced cross-river capacities for trade

Status: Active
Duration: 2019 – 2023
Budget: US$3,420,979
Coverage: Republic of Moldova, including Transnistria region
Beneficiaries: Micro, small and medium-sized companies, mainly operating in the agri-food, services and ICT areas, etc.
Focus Area: Inclusive Growth
Partners: Bureau of Reintegration, Ministry of Economy, Agency for Investments, Chambers of Commerce and Industry from Chisinau and Tiraspol, Business Associations from both banks, Business Service Providers, relevant thematic programs.
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 enterprises from Transnistria region (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 the on the Strategic Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement signed between the UK and Moldova and 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..

Objectives:

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 on the Strategic Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement signed between the UK and Moldova and DCFTA in the region;
  • Develop exporting capacities of companies from both banks of Nistru river and diversify exports by supporting emerging businesses;
  • Promote expansion of the MSMEs 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:

  • 180 companies and business associations in the Transnistria region aware on the opportunities provided by the DCFTA and UK-Moldova Strategic Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement, as well as the technical steps needed to access EU and UK markets;
  • 20 business associations (at least 10 in Transnistria region, of which 2 women business associations) with sufficient capacities to effectively advocate for, cooperate and support the interests of the business communities across the river;
  • Over 80 companies from the Transnistria region received consultancy/certification support from cross river business development services institutions/networks to promote their exports, resulting in at least 50 partnerships or contracts signed;
  • More than 160 jobs created on both banks as a result of the support provided;
  • At least 2 processing facilities supported, allowing for cooperation of SMEs in joint export promotion, in particular in rural areas;
  • At least 10 companies from the left bank improved their competitiveness due to the provided equipment;
  • At least 2 partnerships with retail chains abroad established enabling to increase exports;
  • 35 start-ups initiated/new companies accelerated, with at least 70% led by women.

Accomplishments:

  • 1328 representatives of the companies and business associations from the Republic of Moldova (847 left bank/876 right bank, out of which 860 women) have increased the awareness regarding the opportunities provided by the DCFTA, and learned about recovery solutions for exporters affected by COVID-19 economic recession;
  • Over 100 companies and business associations from the Transnistria region have got aware of the opportunities provided by DCFTA, as well as the technical steps needed to access EU markets;
  • 9 business associations from both banks (5 left bank/4 right bank) capacitated to effectively advocate, cooperate and support the interests of business communities across the river;
  • 26 exporting companies (11 left bank/15 right bank) have improved their competitiveness by adopting technological innovations and increasing their capacity for expanding their business operations abroad;
  • 123 companies from both banks (105 right bank/ 27 left bank) identified relevant partners (foreign distributors, retail chains and potential business partners) by attending B2B meetings and partner search activities implemented by the project;
  • At least 10 companies from both banks (5 from TN region, improved their competitiveness due to the provided equipment;
  • 180 jobs were created, out of which 104 on the right bank, and 76 on the left bank, out of which 86 for women, 71 for representative of vulnerable groups, including 29 emigrants returned home. 1,370 jobs have been maintained in the context of the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • 21 micro and small companies have been launched with assistance from the AdTrade Project, out of which 13 on the left bank,14 run by women, 16 are start-ups, 5 led by young entrepreneurs.
Years Budget Delivery
Sweden United Kingdom
2019 $280,592   $269,149
2020 $662,298   $664,975
2021 $1,013,388 $350,825  
2022 $144,597 $515,422  
2023   $440,685  
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