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Youth Face Lack of Government Support in Moldova Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Eugeniu Graur, Moldova Aug 24, 2004
Child & Youth Rights   Opinions


Some might know, but many might not know that there are still communist governments in the world. One of them is in Moldova. I wouldn't have anything to say against them, but recently I have read an article in a newspaper that our government cancelled a World Bank program aimed to support youth from Moldova initiate and manage businesses. The World Bank's project targeted around 500 people from some of the regions of Moldova and was intended to help youth acquire new business skills and provide financial resources for the most successful participants in order to start their businesses. But the Government of Moldova didn't think it was worth it and disapproved the project.

After a period of almost 9 months of negotiations between the World Bank and Moldova's Government, our officials stated that there is no chance that the project will be implemented, because, as they say, it doesn't cover all the regions of Moldova. My opinion is that this is not a serious argument to cancel such a program. The program might result in an increased level of business knowledge between our youth, around 100 new businesses launched in some of the areas of Moldova, which might serve as an incentive for our officials and international organizations to replicate this initiative and spread it to more regions in Moldova and possibly all over the developing world.

Since the Moldovan declaration of independence was signed in 1991, the country has faced a continuous recession and a terrible drop in the GDP and the overall standard level of living. Only in the past few years has there been a small recovery process in our economy, and I believe that there is a considerable contribution from youth who are running business in our country. The World Bank program could be a serious incentive to all our youth and we could start a new generation of youth entrepreneurs in Moldova, with a new mentality; knowledgeable, with easy access to resources.

Our country has almost no natural resources and our economy rests predominantly on agriculture, but the key to development of so many countries in the last century was not access to natural resources, but the level of development of the human capital, which lead to unprecedented growth in a lot of Asian and African countries. It seems that our government doesn’t realize how important is to stimulate the development of youth, who will become leaders of tomorrow and who will lead the country into the future.

I should also note that there is a predominant negative trend in our economy, which is the brain drain. We have a lot of bright young people that could work in Moldova and contribute to the development of our country, but because they do not feel any support or confidence in the government, and in turn, the future, they are leaving the country to look for better opportunities abroad. I am afraid that this negative trend will continue unless action is taken soon.

In conclusion I would like to add that a strong society can only be build through joint efforts and a transparent communication between all its members irrespective of their status.



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Eugeniu Graur

I am a young professional from Moldova, working in the sales department of a big Moldovan company, running a youth NGO, and working as chief editor of a youth magazine from my native village where I live. Working with youth is my passion and I will do everything to help youth from my country have the same opportunities that youth from developed nations have.

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Cristina Pascaru | May 13th, 2005
Eugeniu, I completely agree with you and after spending a year in the US I see the situation even better, but I am afraid that I can't really find a solution that would work for Moldova. Maybe we can change something on a small level, but how can we influence the government? Or how can we get help from international organizations if the government stops everything? Do you have any ideas?

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