After a two-year hiatus, the exhibition “Made in Moldova” returns with a jubilee edition, the 20th, during February 1-5. Over 300 business entities confirmed their participation in the event that will be hosted by the Exhibition Center “Moldexpo”. Italian companies that invested in Moldova were invited to the exhibition for the first time, IPN reports.
Sergiu Haree, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said a novelty this year is the common stand of Italian companies that invested in Moldova, created jobs here and export products from Moldova. Delegations from Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Croatia, Japan, Bulgaria are expected to take part in the event and this is a confirmation of the increased interest in the products made in Moldova.
“We will have an international wine forum staged together with the European Commission and the partners from Eurochambers. We will have delegations of experts from Poland, Belgium, Turkey who will debate the manufacture and promotion of these products on foreign markets,” Sergiu Harea told a news conference.
A bilateral Moldova-Romania forum will be held on the first day of the exhibition. The Organization for Entrepreneurship Development will inform business entities about programs of support for SMEs.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry will sign an agreement of cooperation with the National Employment Agency so as to support the companies looking for qualified labor force. On February 3, the Chamber, together with a group of MPs, will present a legislative proposal concerning sport vouchers for company employees.
Francesco Sanna, of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Moldova, said that Italy is a strategic partner of the Republic of Moldova not only in terms of commercial exchanges, but also in terms of investments. There is a large Moldovan diaspora in Italy. The exhibition “Made in Moldova” is the main event that can directly promote local products. “We are ready to offer our support to help the Moldovan enterprises that have potential and can export to Italy and not only,” he stated.
Rodica Crudu, deputy director of the Organization for Entrepreneurship Development, noted that their organization supports the participation by small and medium-sized enterprises in “Made in Moldova” through the program to promote business entities’ participation in fairs and exhibitions. The program was launched back in 2012. The companies can be refunded the participation fee, but not more than 3,000 lei. The OED subsidizes also 50% of the cost of the exhibition space, but not more than 5,000 lei.
Participants’ stands will be placed in two pavilions. There will be provided additional spaces in ten tents where 20 companies will present their products.
The organizers project the exhibition will be visited by at least 50,000 people.