Moldova is a small lower-middle-income economy. Although the poorest country in Europe, it has made significant progress in reducing poverty and promoting inclusive growth since the early 2000s. The economy has expanded by an average of 5% annually, driven by consumption and fueled by remittances. The latter account for a quarter of GDP, among the highest shares in the world.
The project is providing support to improve the business environment through regulatory reforms that reduce the cost of doing business, help SMEs and exporters to get access to business development services, and improve access to medium and long term finance for export oriented enterprises.
In 2016 Moldova registered robust growth, recovery was supported by favorable conditions in agriculture and robust private consumption. Higher wages, lower inflation and higher employment resulted in a decline in poverty rate. Supported by consumption and accommodative fiscal policy, growth is projected to maintain its momentum in the mediumterm. While Moldova is slowly rebuilding its macroeconomic buffers, major policy challenges related to governance— particularly in the financial sector—and efficiency of public spending remain. Read more