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Gagauzia - the engine of change, while rural localities are marginalized

2018.04.10 Economie Victor Ursu Print version

There is a major discrepancy between the standard of living in the Moldovan villages and cities, given that in rural areas the population survives in large part from the money received from abroad. They have unequal access to drinking water and spend the most on food. However, visible changes on the economic and social side are attested in Gagauzia, according to Viorel Chivriga, director of programs IDIS Viitorul, within the program "15 minutes of economic realism".

There are some visible changes on the economic and social side that affect the lives of citizens. But the year 2017 was one with some corrections for economic agents and they suffered more from the regions. Instead, there are some improvements in Gagauzia where economic activity has revived.

"Investments were smaller in the regions, but there is a positive trend in Gagauzia and this is due to the positive influence of donors and regional strategic planning. There is an activation of processes that have worked a lot, and this is noticed by foreign capital investments. There are also long-lasting changes in promoting the region, diversifying the economy and strengthening the social sphere. It is an example to be followed by other localities in the country", Chivriga explained.

At present, there is an approximation of living standards in rural and urban areas. This is visible on the part of public services. These are water and sewerage, electrification, sanitation and road rehabilitation. But the problem is to cover the costs of those services through taxes and taxes, which could further erode the fierce incomes of the country's inhabitants.

"Moldovan citizens from rural localities hope for more efficient services and increased quality. For many people, limited access to services has contributed to social exclusion, fewer opportunities and reduced living standards - especially in rural and isolated communities", Chivriga said.

The Program Director draws attention to the poorly developed road network, which limits the economic growth of the villages, and the high cost of shuttle spending is an obstacle to finding alternative jobs in urban areas. At the same time, it is also the low level of education in rural areas. The low level of training of the inhabitants of the villages affects the economic development and the human capital.

In conclusion, Viorel Chivriga said that the acute problem of the Republic of Moldova is aging population and migration. The aging population is more pronounced in the villages, and this puts pressure on the workability to working agricultural lands.

The show is made by IDIS "Viitorul" in partnership with Radio Free Europe.

For further details, please contact the press officer, Victor URSU, at the following address: or at 069017396.

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