With the financial support of the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, an ODA Business Advisory Centre for entrepreneurs in the region was inaugurated today in Balti. The Centre was opened by the Ministry of Economic Development and Digitisation together with the Organisation for the Development of Entrepreneurship (ODA).

The ODA Business Information and Consultancy Centre aims to develop human capital by promoting entrepreneurial skills and culture, providing business information and consultancy services on grant programmes accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The ODA Centre aims to develop and promote entrepreneurial skills and culture by providing business information and advisory services throughout the northern region of the country. Thus, SMEs benefiting from the support offered by the newly created Centre will be empowered with the knowledge and skills needed to access non-reimbursable financial resources, geared towards increasing the competitiveness and resilience of SMEs in the Republic of Moldova.

"Entrepreneurs are the engine of our economy and we are committed to providing them with the support and tools they need to grow their businesses and create jobs. The ODA Business Advisory Centre in Balti is an important step in this direction and we will continue to invest in the development of SMEs in the Republic of Moldova.

We are helping entrepreneurs to overcome challenges and reach their full potential by remaining a reliable partner and investing in the prosperous future of the Republic of Moldova," said Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Digitisation Dumitru Alaiba.

 


"SMEs account for 99% of enterprises in the EU, and they are a powerful source of entrepreneurship and innovation, essential for the competitiveness of EU businesses. From this perspective, the European Union supports the development of SMEs in Moldova, so that they become a driving force for local welfare and development. We are confident that the Centre launched today, managed by the ODA, will contribute to making Moldova a more favourable environment for new companies, business investment, job creation and economic activity", said Jānis Mažeiks, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova.

Margret Uebber, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Moldova said: "Improving the business environment, creating jobs and thus offering a perspective for young Moldovans at home is one of the main objectives of Moldovan-German cooperation. An important factor for success in this respect is to go beyond the borders of Chisinau and reach other regions of the country. We are proud to have supported both the development of the Balti region into a growth pole and the transformation of ODA into a strong partner for companies. Joining forces with the European Union was elementary in this regard."

The objectives of the Centre are also to promote a sustainable entrepreneurial culture among people interested in starting a business, thus also contributing to job creation in the regions of Moldova.

 


"The administration in Balti is fully open to European funds in order to bring modernisation to the municipality of Balti. The second largest city in the Republic of Moldova must look different, modernized. We are ready to implement even more projects in Balti, for which we are grateful and thankful," said Alexandr Petcov, Mayor of Balti.

 


Gheorghe Iudin, Acting Director, Organisation for the Development of Entrepreneurship (ODA) says that "ODA's Business Information and Advisory Centre has a clear objective: to develop human capital by promoting entrepreneurial skills and culture. High-quality information and advisory services will be offered here on state entrepreneurial support programmes and instruments managed by ODA. These services are crucial to help businesses become more competitive and resilient, essential pillars for a healthy and diversified economy.

I am confident that this center will become a transformational engine, not just for local businesses, but for the entire region. We will work closely with all our partners to ensure that every entrepreneur has access to the resources and support they need to thrive."

The Office of the Organisation for the Development of Entrepreneurship (ODA) in the municipality of Balti became operational thanks to financial assistance from the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the programme "EU4Moldova: Local Communities".

The centre is located at 13 Decebal Street. It will be open Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 17:30.

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