Sustainable, Inclusive, and Equitable Economic Growth

Strategic objective by 2022

  • The people of Moldova, in particular the most vulnerable, have access to enhanced livelihood opportunities, decent work and productive employment generated by sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth.


During the implementation of the new UN Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development 2018-2022, The UN in Moldova will be building on the results achieved in the past years.

To respond to the economic growth and labour-market challenges and accelerate the implementation of Moldova’s national strategies, the UN will focus on:

Policy advice: Technical assistance and policy guidance in the area of national and local planning, policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for inclusive and sustainable growth that fosters quality of life, social cohesion and improved livelihoods, and facilitates access to employment and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on women.

Regional cohesion, regional and local economic development: Addressing regional disparities and the rural/urban divide, sustainable regional and urban development, enhancement of services and upgraded resilient infrastructure, which will subsequently boost the local economic development and employment opportunities.

Labour-market information: Supporting the country’s efforts in data-collection and analysis for forecasting the labour market trends and development of targeted education; strengthening the capacity of the Government to translate data into budgetary decisions, taking into account the specific needs and rights of women and other target groups.

Capacity-building for business development policies: Improvement of the capacities of national institutions (public and private) to develop, implement, monitor policies and measures that foster inclusive entrepreneurship, a positive business environment and sustainable (green) growth.

Small and medium-size enterprises development: Engagement with the private sector, innovative solutions for business development will be promoted; SME clusters development and export consortia; upgrading and developing value chains in perspective growth sectors; enhanced productivity, value addition, technology and skills upgrading; investment promotion.

Employability and job creation: Support for groups with limited access to the labour market, including, but not limited to young people, women from particular groups, such as persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities (including Roma), returned migrants, to benefit from better access to finance, enhanced skills, improved access to second chance education (notably though ICT), childcare services, and employment guarantee schemes to promote inclusive employment.

Promotion of social corporate responsibility and women’s empowerment principles in the private sector.

Innovation and competitiveness: Trade facilitation, agricultural trade, innovation, increasing SMEs’ competitiveness and internationalization, including of the agrifood products both in national and foreign markets; enhancing business support services for SMEs, promotion of innovative approaches to self-employment and entrepreneurship through research and development (including extension in agriculture) that involve various target groups, such as young people, women, returned migrants, academia, research institutions, etc.

Confidence-building measures: Provision of support to people from both banks of the Nistru river and regions with special status in implementing comprehensive, area-based development interventions, job generation activities that address critical needs.