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ICT Centric Innovation Ecosystem Country Review

Republic of Moldova

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Moldova identifies itself among countries with a strong focus on enhancing the growth of the IT industry and positively expanding its potential. This report provides a snapshot of challenges and opportunities currently faced by stakeholders, and is complemented by seven key recommendations based on the needs analysis. These specific policies, programmes, or flagship projects recommendations will serve as a reference tool to help guide and support innovation with aim to make Moldova attractive as a potential hub for emerging technologies. These new approaches to policymaking became the basis for the new Strategy for fostering the digital innovation ecosystem currently being developed in the country.

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Conclusion

Moldova is in the process of developing a robust ICT centric innovation ecosystem. There are clear strengths to build on. The country has done excellent work in preserving primary education and research activities and has very strong communications infrastructure. There are also positive signs to be seen in the way the country is moving. There are widespread efforts at policy reform and steps toward the development of soft infrastructure resources. But there are persistent problems as well, transparency and bureaucracy present barriers to start-ups, trust gaps prevent collaboration and the development of strong communities among stakeholders, brain drain dramatically reduces the supply of skilled labour and draws potential innovators abroad, research and academia are not focused on areas that will support the ecosystem and capital is broadly difficult to access.

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