Voices from Europe & Central Asia
Syndicate content

February 2019

Investing in young Radu is investing in Moldova’s future

Anna Akhalkatsi's picture
Also available in: Română | Русский
Moldova Human Capital


















Ask anybody in Moldova about the country’s most-popular attractions and they’ll likely mention Moldovan wineries, including the Cricova Wine Cellars, located about half an hour’s drive from Chisinau, and famous for having 120km of underground tunnels. In 2002, the Cricova wine complex was awarded the Order of the Republic for its contribution to the development of the national economy.
 
Moldova’s true wealth, however, is not underground. It’s well-above ground, in its people.

Can Belarusian railways keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Winnie Wang's picture
Also available in: Русский


If you were to take a train from the Belarusian capital of Minsk to any satellite town, it would likely be cheaper than commuting within the city itself. This sounds like a good deal for inter-city passengers, but it also underscores the challenges facing the long-term development of Belarus’ railway system.

So, how can the railway system be maintained and upgraded to meet new demands, without making train trips unaffordable for ordinary Belarusians?

Quit smoking – not only good for your health, but also for your wallet!

Cesar A. Cancho's picture
Also available in: Bosanski


It is a foggy afternoon in Sarajevo and the sound of the bell signals the end of classes for the day. The engineering school students rush out of the building, and while most scatter in different directions, some of them head to a kiosk nearby.

Women and employment in Albania’s construction sector – Closing the gender gap

Nato Kurshitashvili's picture
Also available in: Shqip
A road construction engineer, Albania

New infrastructure projects typically see an increase in demand for labor and skills, thereby creating new employment opportunities in the construction sector. In Albania, several infrastructure projects currently being implemented are good news for the country’s economy – but they also provide an opportunity to boost participation of women in a largely male-dominated sector. According to our research, the share of women currently employed in Albania’s construction sector is just 3%.