- EBRD Managing Director Patrone visits Chisinau for talks with new government and businesses
- Bank pledges investment, support for reforms
- Visit includes signing of €23.5 million loan agreement for upgrading railway infrastructure
Matteo Patrone, Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), has underscored the Bank’s support for Moldova and welcomed the new government’s commitment to reforms during a visit to the country this week.
The Bank is a leading institutional investor in Moldova and, to date, has invested more than €1.4 billion in the country through 146 projects. It has also provided advisory services to more than 1,000 Moldovan firms to help them improve performance and grow.
Together with Angela Sax, the EBRD’s Head of Moldova, Mr Patrone met Prime Minister Natalia Gavriliţa, Economy Minister Sergiu Gaibu and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development Andrei Spînu and the National Bank Governor Octavian Armașu.
Discussions focused on much-needed reforms, the business environment and ways to finance local companies’ growth to create jobs, support the development of infrastructure and attract foreign investment to the country.
Mr Patrone told Prime Minister Gavriliţa: “The EBRD is a strong supporter of Moldova and we remain fully committed to the country’s economic development. Implementing the administration’s ambitious agenda will send a strong signal to the private sector and help unlock jobs-generating investment by local and foreign investors alike. We stand ready to support the business environment with investment, advice and technical assistance.”
Mr Patrone and Minister Spînu signed a €23.5 million loan agreement to enable Calea Ferată din Moldova, the state-owned railway operator, to continue infrastructure upgrades. Mr Patrone also met key banks and private-sector businesses and visited the seaport Giurgiuleşti.