Moldova Business Week 2020

În perioada de 19-20 noiembrie 2020, la Chișinău, se va desfășura “Moldova Business Week-2020”, cel mai important eveniment economic al anului 2020 în Republica Moldova.

În cadrul acestei ediții, organizatorii  vor realiza prezentări exhaustive și interactive privind oportunitățile economice de investiții și comerț ale Republicii Moldova.

In cadrul evenimentului, companiile locale din sectoare economice precum TIC, BPO, cercetare și dezvoltare, producție electronică, infrastructură, modă și agro-alimentar vor realiza prezentări, pentru o mai bună cunoaștere a profilului economic local.

“Moldova Business Week-2020” se va realiza în format digital, fiind asigurat un spațiu online sigur, pentru participarea tuturor celor interesați.

Înregistrarea se realizează la următorul link:

Relatii suplimentare se pot obtine de la Mihaela HRISTACHE, DIRECTOR Internal and International Relations Department, PRAHOVA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Phone: (+40) 244 51 45 30
Fax: (+40) 244 51 25 52


19 November – MBW 2020

AGENDA  MOLDOVA BUSINESS WEEK, 19 – 20 November 2020


Venue: Online / Working language: English

11:00 – 11:30



HOST – RodicaVERBENIUC, General Director, Moldovan Investment Agency


 Ion CHICU, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova
 Peter MICHALKO, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Moldova – TBC 
Dereck J. HOGAN, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova
 break (2 min)
11:30 – 11:50 (20 min)MOLDOVA – HIDDEN GEM FOR INVESTMENT,OPP0RTUNITIES TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS IN MOLDOVA –  Igor ȘTEFANEȚ – Head of Investment Attraction and Protection Team, Moldovan Investment Agency


Incentives and factors of attractiveness of investment climate in Moldova, Moldovan Investment Agency

 break (2 min) Moldova country brand
11:55 – 12:15 (20 min)Special Guest


Doctor Binod CHAUDHARY

Chairman of Chaudhary Group, Nepal and CG Corp Global – a multi-dimensional conglomerate with a net worth exceeding $1.5 billion, comprising 160 companies with 123 brands in 27 countries and a workforce of more than 15,000 people. 

Global player in fast-moving consumer goods, covering over 2.6 percent of the world’s shares in the noodle market. Philanthropist, Global Player, Member of Parliament of Nepal, President Emeritus of Confederation of Nepalese Industries, Member of World Presidents Organization.

12:15 – 12:30Q&A
 break (5 min) Invest Moldova

Panel session

Moderator: Dumitru CIORICI, Media Entrepreneur, economic journalist


12:35 – 13:45

§  Financial policies and tax incentives for stable economy – Sergiu PUȘCUȚA, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance

§  Governmental solutions for investment attractionSergiu RĂILEAN,Minister of Economy and Infrastructure

§  Upgrading public services through digitalization – Iurie ȚURCANU, Director, E-Governance Agency

§  Transformation of human capital to fit the new era – Viorel BOSTAN, Rector, Technical University

§  World best ICT ecosystemNatalia DONȚU, Administrator, Moldova IT Park

§  Creative industries, the rise of niche sectors–Doina NISTOR, Chief of Party, Moldova Competitiveness Project, funded by USAID, Sweden and UK aid


 break (video x min) / poll (5 min)

Success stories of Moldova’s super brands. Testimonials of challenges and global expansion.

Moderator: Eugen BOICO, Director, Publicis Moldova


§  Cross sectorial – Vasile TOFAN, Horizon Capital, Partner, (brands: Purcari – first listed company from Moldova, entered in over 30 markets, GCC)

§  Creative Industries – Dmitri VOLOȘIN, Simpals, Founder, (brand: Lobster – innovative devices for athletes won Red Dot Award 2020; Simpals studio released in 2019 the first VR animated film in Eastern Europe)

§  Creative Industries – Elena IVANOVA,  Crunchyroll, Managing Director,(brand: world largest anime library offering over 1000 anime, with 70+ million users)

§  Fintech – Andrey AYDOV, QSystems, Director (brands: financial and payment solutions for CIS & Europe banking systems)

§  HoReCa – Ruslan COJOCARU, Tucano Coffee, CEO & founder (brand Tucano coffee present in 8 countries from Europe to Asia) 

15:00 – 15:30Special Guest


Michio KAKU

Influencer, motivator, visioner, futurist, bestselling author of 4 New York Times Best-Sellers, New York, USAHe is one of the most recognized personalities in the world, being a futurologist and visionary in reporting global trends related to economics, finance, medicine, based on the latest research in science.

§  Guest of the most famous TV shows (Discovery Channel, Science Channel, BBC, David Letterman Show, Good Morning America, CNN-Financial, etc.);

§  Speaker in numerous international forums: Microsoft, Hewlet-Packard, HSBC Bank, NRC

International, Deloitte-Touche, Deloitte Consulting, Cisco Corp, Credit Suisse, BMC Software, etc.


15.30-15.45Q and A (15 min)
16:00 – 19:00 (3h) CONSECUTIVE PITCHING SESSIONS during which Moldovan companies will present their investment profile in front of potential investors and partners



16:00 – 17:30 (1h30min) PANEL 1 – AGRIFOOD

Moderator: Tatiana BURCA, High Value Agriculture of USAID program

Sector overview: Maxim POPOV, State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and


 §  12% Share of agricultural production in GDP;

§  25% growth from 2015 to 2018;

§  45% of total exports;

§  The most export-oriented products are wines and spirits, as well as fruits and vegetables, both fresh and processed. Only these two categories represent more than 43% of exports;

§  Moldova supplies agricultural products in 70+ countries. Main trade partners are EU and CIS, which together account for

85% of the country’s foreign trade;

§  8% VAT (standard VAT rate -20%);

§  One of the largest suppliers of nuts to EU;

§  Moldova also has significant potential in organic farming. Legislation has been harmonized with EU requirements.

 break (5 min)



17:30 – 19:00 (1h30min) PANEL 2 – INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUBLIC PROPERTIES (large scale national investment projects) Moderator: Elena OLEINIC- SLIVINSCHI, Deputy General Director, Moldovan Investment Agency
 §  Regional development – Anatol USATÎI, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure

§  Chisinau Mayorship investment projects (e-ticketing in public transport, parking, smart street lightening) – Victor Chironda, Deputy Mayor, Chișinău Municipality

§  Multifunctional Industrial Platforms – ODIMM

§  Public Property Assets – Agency for Public Property





Venue: Online / Working language: English

13:00 – 14:30




Moderator: Marina BZOVÎI, Executive Director, ATIC Association of TIC companies in Moldova 

Sector overview: Vitalie TARLEV, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure

 §  Third sector of the national economy with a faster growth rate: 8% of GDP;

§  Only sector of the economy that has dedicated policies in place (IT Park Law, It Visa);

§  Since 2005, the ICT sector has increased over 40 times;

§  Exports of IT services – increasing by 50% (2018 vs 2017);


11:00 – 12:00 (1h)HOSTRodica VERBENIUC, General Director, Moldovan Investment Agency




Keynote Speaker – Massimo MELONI, Investment Policy Reviews Division on Investment and Enterprise UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade & Development)

–                      Recent trends in global FDI flows and prospects for the coming years;

–                      Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on FDI in the short, medium and long term – global and by region;  – The impact of the megatrends on global value chains and FDI.


Keynote Speaker – Stefan KRATZSCH, Investment and Technology Promotion Division, Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation, UNIDO (United Nation Industrial Development Organization)


–                      Connecting SDGs with “quality” FDI following the global pandemic;

–                      Leveraging SMEs opportunities to the core performance metrics compounded with a digitalization strategy.


Keynote Speaker – TBC, Invest Moldova USAID program “Moldova investment potential for durable SME’s development”

 Break 5 min.

Moderator: Ion LUPAN, Chief Secretariat, Economic Council to the Prime Minister

 §  European Business Association- Mariana RUFA, Executive Director

§  American Chamber of Commerce of Moldova – Mila MALAIRAU, Executive Director

§  Foreign Investors Association– Ana GROZA, Executive Director

§  Alliance of Small Enterprises– Liliana BUSUIOC, Executive Director

 Break (15 min)
13:00 – 19:00 (6 h)CONSECUTIVE PITCHING SESSIONS during which Moldovan companies will present their investment profile in front of potential investors and partners





 §  In 2019 Moldova IT Park was recognized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as one of the best global practices in promotion and development of the IT ecosystem;

§  Chisinau won in the category for the Emerging City of the Year in SEE in 2020;

§  Over 90% coverage of fiber optic networks and 98% coverage of 4G communications at the lowest prices in Europe;

§  This sector benefits from highly qualified and multilingual human resources (over 28,000 employees in ICT);

§  Moldova ranks 4th in the world in terms of the percentage of the population covered by gigabit internet only after Singapore, South Korea and Malta and the 6th most accessible country in the world (based on the average cost of broadband).

 break (5 min)
14:30 – 15:55




Moderator: Cornel COȘER, Partner, Gateway & Partners 

Sector overview: Alina MONACU, GIZ, Economic Policy Advice to the Moldovan Government

 §  The BPO segment represents approximately 12% of the outsourcing market; 

§  Estimated by an IDC report*, that it will record significant growth, reaching a value of $30.42M by 2024, compared to $14.45M in 2018;

§  The current workforce size of Moldova’s BPO &SSC industry is over 3,000 people, servicing European and US markets predominantly.  The service focus is across multiple industries, especially in Logistics, Travel, and Telecom sectors;

§  From the world’s longest nanowire or the world’s first nanostructures micro-submarine, Moldova innovation is impacting research and product development globally;

§  Moldova offers a collaborative ecosystem for R&D including 11 Public Research Institutes, 8 innovation incubators, one Science and Technology Park;

§  The Republic of Moldova is ranked 58 out of 129 countries in the Global Innovation index 2019. Research and development expenditure (% of GDP) in Moldova was reported at 0.24 % in 2019;

§  Moldova offers a unique incentive – 7% tax on turnover for IT Virtual Park residents carrying out R&D and some BPO activities.

 break (5 min)

Moderator: Sabina CRIGAN, Partner, Gateway & Partners 

Sector overview: Representative of Association of Electronic Industry Companies (ACEM)

 §   The electronics sector covered a wide range of activities such as semiconductors, PCBs, transformers, sensors, navigation systems and electronics for naval ships and submarines;

§   171 companies in 2019;

§   16.000 employees in 2019 (+69% compared to 2015);

§   Exports  of 526.4 mil USD in 2018 (double compared to 2015 and 5 times more than in 2008);

§   Revenues  of 7 bln lei of turnover in 2019 (2.5 times more than in 2015);

§   The sector established its own association – Association of Electronic Industry Companies (ACEM);

 break (5 min)
17:35 – 19:00 (1h25min)PANEL 4 – MANUFACTURING AND FASHION

Moderator: Irina TOLSTOUSOV, Moldovan Investment Agency 

Sector overview: Iulia ALLERT, Vice President of the Light Industry Employers Association (APIUS)

 §  Manufacture of textiles, clothing, leather goods and footwear is an important and competitive branch of Moldova;

§  One of the largest exporters in the Moldovan economy, representing 16% of exports (2018) and registering an average increase in exports of 10% each year, starting with 2015;

§  The sector also represents 4% of the total number of national employment, with more than 30,000 people working throughout the industry, mainly women;

§  Moldova is known for high quality production, short delivery times, flexible orders and value-added production from CMT plus full package service;

§  Based on duty-free access to EU, Eastern European and Turkish markets, Made in Moldova fashion products are exported to more than 12 countries, mainly to the EU;


 §447 light industry enterprises in Moldova, more than ¼ have gone from low to high sustainable production;
 §Republic of Moldova advances with a common platform  „Din Inima” which brings together about 100 local brands.


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