The Government of Republic of Moldova have committed to an ambitious reform agenda and policy actions to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the EU candidacy status; improving the quality of governance and the business and investment climate; strengthening the rule of law, accelerate the process of implementation and alignment to the EU acquis in energy sector. However, given the magnitude of the energy crisis and the war in Ukraine, the Government is facing significant challenges which has put a huge strain on the country’s resources and infrastructure.
In response to a request from the Government of Moldova, EBRD has structured a pilot project to support the government’s reform capability with the establishment of targeted Reform Support Teams (RSTs) in key government ministries, inspired by the Ukrainian Reform Architecture programme. The Reform Support Teams (RSTs) will initially be piloted in the State Chancellery and Prime-Minister’s office (SC), Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development (MoIRD), Public Property Agency (APP) to support delivery of priority SoE and infrastructure reforms with the provision of up to 20 experts for up to 3-years.
The overall objective of the project is to support the Government of Moldova to prioritise, develop, adopt and implement policy reforms in the energy and infrastructure sectors, public property management, and strategic planning and coordination with the Cabinet of the Prime Minister.
The experts will provide strategic advisory and implementation support on energy sector and SOE reform projects, including successful implementation of conditions for EBRD loan disbursements. The experts will also help enhance stakeholders’ knowledge and awareness of EU and Moldovan energy and transport sector policies and legislation, as well as provide day-to-day operational support to the Ministry/Agency on areas of priority for EBRD and the government, most notably, in the transport and energy sectors and in reforming state-owned enterprises.
TC 1: A team of four experts will be embedded in the State Chancellery focusing on Legal aspect of the policy, energy and transport, state property management, and institutional transformation/deregulation and will have a coordinative role focused on areas of priority for EBRD (energy security and market reform; SoE reform; institutional capacity building) and its specific transaction-linked policy dialogue objectives.
TC 2: The RSTs will comprise of 8 experts embedded in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development focusing on energy (heating, electricity, gas, energy efficiency/RE) and transport (railways, roads, ports, financial modelling). The Experts will provide policy advice and implementation support to the MoIRD and the State Chancellery of the Government and Prime Minister’s Office on the implementation of key energy and transport sector reforms and support at securing the achievement of the National Energy Action Plan.
TC 3: A team of 8 experts will be embedded in Agency for Public Property (APA) with the objective to support the Government to prioritise, develop, adopt and implement its reforms in the state property management sector concerning state-owned assets and enterprises, as identified in the National Development strategy “Moldova 2030”. The Experts will support the Agency for Public Property (APP) in the drafting of new laws on state property management, as well as supporting efforts to evaluate and optimise SOE property management through the implementation of necessary corporate norms to help enhance competitiveness in the economy.
The experts will be hired through competitive processes in line with EBRD’s procurement policies and procedures, in close cooperation with the Government. Recruitment campaigns will be targeted towards members of Moldova’s diaspora community in particular. Depending on the need and availability of funding possibilities for Programme expansion will be explored (including through a potential Multi Donor Account).
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