The Closing Conference of the EU-funded project "Support to the DCFTA process in the Republic of Moldova" (DCFTA project) was held today with the participation of the Minister of Economy, Octavian Calmac, and the EU Ambassador to Moldova, HE Pirkka Tapiola.
During its three years of activity, the Project has been supporting the DCFTA process in the Republic of Moldova by enhancing the capacities of the Ministry of Economy and other relevant organizations regarding policy design and selection, legal approximation, coordination, implementation, communication, monitoring and evaluation.
In his opening remarks, HE Pirkka Tapiola highlighted the importance of implementing the DCFTA in the Republic of Moldova and thanked the Project's team, as well as the Ministry of Economy for their efforts in this issue. He noted that the positive benefits from implementing the DCFTA in Moldova are better than expected, including 65% of Moldovan exports going to the EU and an increase in agricultural exports to the EU of more than 30%.
The Minister of Economy, Octavian Calmac, reiterated the importance of the DCFTA project and the contributions it has made in three directions: advising officials involved in DCFTA implementation, advising sectoral Working Groups formed by the Ministry of Economy and facilitating bilateral dialogue between the Republic of Moldova and the EU.
The Team Leader of the DCFTA Project, Tina Golfi, reviewed the main challenges in implementing the DCFTA and the assistance to address challenges. Ms. Golfi also provided recommendations for the future effective implementation of the DCFTA.
Mihaela Gorban, Head of General International Economic Cooperation Directorate, Ministry of Economy, stressed the Project’s contribution to the overall implementation of the DCFTA and the results achieved within the Ministry and subordinated institutions: support for the development of DCFTA implementation plans, legislative alignment priorities, assistance provided for specific sectors such as market surveillance, customs, and trade in services and goods, assistance to institutions involved in DCFTA implementation, support for the elaboration of the DCFTA communication strategy and the www.dcfta.md website, both of which were developed to raise public awareness and provide support to the business community mainly but also the government officials at central and regional level and the general public.
Speranţa Olaru, the EU Project Manager, gave practical examples of specific beneficial results from the Project’s budget and assured that EU will continue to support the DCFTA implementation in Moldova. In this regard, Ms. Olaru announced two future projects on DCFTA: a communication and public awareness project and a second one focusing on TBT and quality infrastructure.
During the event selected stakeholders who had been assisted by the DCFTA Project described the impact of the Project’s inputs and expressed gratitude for this help.
The DCFTA Project worked for 41 months (December 2013 – April 2017) with a budget of 2.8 million euros provided by the European Union.
The presentation of the Project can be downloaded HERE.