New businesses to be launched in 9 localities with natives’ involvement
Nine economic projects will be implemented and new businesses will be launched in nine localities across the country due to local authorities’ cooperation with native migrants abroad and local entrepreneurs.
So, nine localities will benefit from a USD 25,000 grant provided by the Swiss Government through the Migration and Local Development Project (MiDL), implemented by UNDP Moldova. Additional financial contributions are expected to be collected from local authorities (USD 45,000), hometown associations (more than USD 11,000), as well as local entrepreneurs (circa 30,000 USD). The overall projects value will exceed USD 315,000.
“Without having a viable economic environment, there are less development opportunities for Moldovan localities. The United Nations Development Programme in Moldova comes with a new approach looking to boost local economic development, through improved infrastructure, producers organised by products, creation of local brands etc., to make localities more attractive for current entrepreneurs and potential investors”, said Olesea Cazacu, Manager of the Migration and Local Development Project.
An example of promoting local touristic potential is Chiscareni village, where the mayoralty in partnership with the local population (households), intends to create a network of touristic pensions, to set up a touristic point and include new local tourist attractions in the national tourist route.
To spread the Moldovan traditional wear and provide local women with jobs and income generating activities, Pelinia village is planning to launch a House of local authentic folk costumes design and production; in the centre of Cosnita village an agricultural market and a recreation area for children and young people will be opened; a garment factory will be opened in Telenesti; in Dubasarii Vechi, tomato producers will come together and will build a platform that will optimize their efforts and costs for selling tomatoes.
The centre of Ungheni city infrastructure will be modernized to enable the launch new local businesses, and a multifunctional Community Centre will be built in Cioresti village proving catering and laundry services for the local population.
The first multifunctional agricultural commercial centre will be set in Vorniceni, and the modern market, recently built in Selemet, will be properly equipped.
“The building of the former primary school will be redesigned in an agricultural commercial centre. Here the population from our village and outside will be able to commercialize their products thus generating an income for their families”, said Vasile Tofan, the mayor of Vorniceni (Straseni district).
All nine projects are envisaged to be implemented over the following six months. As a result, around 300-500 jobs, of which 70% for women, will be created.
These nine projects are implemented as part of the second phase of the Migration and Local Development Project, building on the project’s first phase where this approach was tested for the first time in 2017, with six grants allocated to MiDL partner localities. As a result of the first six projects implemented, over 70 new jobs were created, and other 500 new jobs are about to be opened. The budget of projects implemented over the last year amounted to 179,000 USD, with 33% of co-funding.