Let me explain why the World Bank is optimistic for Moldova.  Reason for optimism number 1. On the edge of the largest market in the world - the European Union - and with labour costs a tiny…

Alex Kremer |

In the early to mid-1990s, the Moldovan Government often didn’t pay pensions on time – sometimes they were up to two years late. And, they were often paid in-kind. This situation was a syndrome of…

Yuliya Smolyar, Victor Neagu |

The conventional wisdom is that low world prices for oil only hurt rich exporting countries, while generating a windfall for poor net importer economies. However, in Central Asia, the story is…

Aurelien Kruse |

The reliable and affordable supply of electricity and heating is an issue of major concern for Moldovan citizens, businesses and policy-makers. The viability and sustainability of the country’s…

Elina Kaarina Hokkanen |

Imagine yourself in the last century, walking down one of the streets of a large Central Asian city. You are surrounded by architecture dominated by the Soviet style, with common building types…

Joaquin Toro |

Citizens in Nigeria participate in a readiness assessment exercise to identify high-priority datasets Around the world, governments, entrepreneurs and established businesses are seeing the…

Laura Manley |

Although innovation has been a hot topic in Kazakhstan for over a decade now, it’s not always easy getting brilliant ideas “from the laboratory to the market.”   Kazakh scientists navigate this…

Yeraly Beksultan |

Mark Twain once said: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” It might seem that not much has changed since then. In Kazakhstan, however, we have tried to change this…

Aliya Pistayeva, Shynar Jetpissova |

The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) has emerged as one of the most innovative services implemented in the area of freedom of movement and people-to-people contacts. E-Visa allows the management of the…

Radu Cucos |

People on the streets of Chisinau, capital of the Republic of Moldova. Photo: Elena Prodan / World Bank After several months of campaigning and negotiations, Moldova’s new Government is about to…

Alex Kremer |