International Conference ”MACRO 2013: A global view on
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MACRO Annual International Conference was organized by the EXPERT-GRUP
independent think tank in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, aiming
at providing a platform for a comprehensive discussion of the Republic of
Moldova country risks, including economic, political, security and social, and
how these risks shape the Moldovan economic trajectory.
MACRO, which stands for “Moldova: Assessing Country Risks and Opportunities”
offerred a high-level intellectual platform to dissect the factors influencing
Moldova’s attractiveness as destination for international investments, new ideas
and advanced technologies. The Conference also assessed the country’s risks
that need to be alleviated to make Moldova a better place for the capital and
labour and to identify the opportunities to harness in order to foster Moldova’s
Discussions at MACRO 2013 were focused around 4 panels:
Panel 1: Key economic trends in 2012-2013 and short-term
Panel 2: Competing internationally for attracting foreign investors;
Panel 3: Education, skilled work, business and labour culture in
Panel 4: A meaningful policy addressing country risks and
Preliminary results of the “State of the Country Report 2013” were presented
at the Conference. Next to other subjects, the highlights of the report were the
weak performance of Moldova’s economy compared with its potential level, the
economic and social implications of population aging phenomenon and the
compatibility of the European integration vector with the major development
priorities of the country.
On the first discussion panel, Tokhir Mirzoev, IMF Resident Representative in
Moldova, mentioned that the main short-term risks continue to be the fragile
external environment and domestic political situation, while the main two
challenges are maintaining the fiscal situation under control and reviewing the
recent policies on agriculture taxation. Several of the speakers expressed their
concern on the financial sector situation, while the resolution of bad loans,
transparency of shareholders and propriety rights remain to be major priorities
for short- and long-term.
On the second panel, Dr. Lucian Anghel, CEO of BCR Pensii and President of
Bucharest Stock Exchange named MACRO 2013 as “the best economic profile
conference in years.” Panelists mentioned that the potential of domestic growth
is one of the main determinants of direct investments, therefore, Moldova will
need to make larger efforts, including at the international level, in order to
raise Moldova’s attractiveness.
On the third discussion panel, Maia Sandu, Minister of Education, mentioned
that the weak performance of students in international tests, the discontent of
the entrepreneurs in regards to the performance level of graduates and the low
occupation level of graduates, represent the main factors that stayed at the
basis of the education reform initiated by the Ministry of Education.
Key-messages on the fourth panel highlighted the importance of the dialogue
with the opinion makers and with the international business community.
While addressing the Conference participants, HE Mr. Iurie Leanca,
Prime-Minister of the Republic of Moldova has welcomed the development of a
Roadmap by the Conference. Which includes recommendations for the Government for
future actions, which will be monitored by Conference organizers until the next
edition of the event, where actions realized in 2013-2013 will be presented. The
organizers mention that the next edition of the MACRO international conference
is planned for June 2014.