Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

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 of 2015). At the same time, according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2018, Moldova ranks 130th on quality of roads and 79th on quality of the overall infrastructure (out of 140 countries ranked). In terms of innovation capacity, Moldova is ranked 105th, 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.

  • 9.1 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient physical and business infrastructure in the regions in order to support economic growth, development and the wellbeing of the population, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
  • 9.2 Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization in order to increase, by 2030, the employment and industry's share in GDP close to the average level in Central and Eastern Europe
  • 9.3 Increase the access of SMEs to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets
  • 9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, taking action in accordance with the respective capabilities
  • 9.5 Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors, as well as encouraging innovation in order to boost economic competitiveness and the wellbeing of the population
  • 9.c Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet by 2020

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SDG 9

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