From enigma to priority, regional development policy in Moldova
The Moldova Cooperation in Regional Development (MDRD) project assisted the Ministry of Regional Development & Construction (MRDC) to organise and host a conference entitled “Achievements and challenges in regional development in the context of international cooperation” on 28th January 2011. This event marked the end of the MDRD project and aimed to promote regional development progress to date and attract future donor support after DFID’s graduation from Moldova. The event was well attended by over 10 ambassadors, the Moldovan Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development and Construction to name a few. Media coverage was high with the event being covered by various outlets including:
Deputy Prime Minister, Valeriu Lazar, declared that “the main achievement of regional development is that we recognise regional development as a level of policy. A few years ago the definition of regional development was just an enigma, now, regional development is a priority." Representatives from several embassies including Germany, Sweden, USA and China indicated their continuing or future support for regional development in Moldova at the event.