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Selling to the Public Sector
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Selling to the Government

Virtually all Moldovan governmental agencies can conduct procurements.  All important acquisitions technically require competitive bidding with strict formal requirements that limit the extent of sole sourcing.  Public procurement procedures are overseen by the Public Procurement Agency.  The Agency publishes procurement announcements in an electronic bulletin that can be accessed online.

Since 2012, businesses have access to an electronic procurement system.  Virtually all procurements are conducted online through the MTender platform at with the support of EBRD and local IT companies.  The e-platform for public procurement makes it easier for anyone interested to have access to public procurement notices and tender documentation.  First tested for small procurements, the platform was extended to encompass the entire range of procurements organized by public authorities.

The 2016 Law on Public Procurements aligned Moldovan governmental practices with the EU practices in accordance with the Moldova-EU Association Agreement and the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement.

Some domestic and foreign organizations have criticized Moldova’s public procurement practices for insufficient transparency.  The time allowed for preparing bids after the announcement of a tender is frequently short and documentation requirements, including translation into Romanian, can be onerous for companies not based in Moldova.  Also, budgetary constraints often limit the local government’s purchasing power.  Internationally financed public procurements are usually more transparent and provide the best opportunities for U.S. companies.  International tenders organized by the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and other international organizations present good opportunities.

U.S. companies bidding on foreign government tenders may also qualify for U.S. Government advocacy.  Within the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, the Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. Government interagency advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. exporters in competition with foreign firms in foreign government projects or procurement opportunities.  The Advocacy Center works closely with our network of the U.S. Commercial Service worldwide and interagency partners to ensure that exporters of U.S. products and services have the best possible chance of winning government contracts.  Advocacy assistance can take many forms but often involves the U.S. Embassy or other U.S. Government agency officials expressing support for the U.S. exporters directly to the foreign government.  Consult the Advocacy Center’s program web page on for additional information.

Financing of Projects

Moldova lacks a developed capital market.  Banks are the only domestic source of project financing.  However, interest rates are high, and the bulk of financing from banks is short-term.  Given the relatively small size of Moldova’s financing sector, a single bank may find itself under a great deal of pressure to provide lending for large projects.

Project financing is very limited unless implemented through subsidized loan programs that are funded by foreign governments and multilateral financial institutions and are aimed at private business development.  Therefore, the role of international financial institutions such as the World Bank Group (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development , International Finance Corporation  and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development , and the European Investment Bank  to finance large projects is very important.

Multilateral Development Banks and Financing Government Sales. Price, payment terms, and financing can be a significant factor in winning a government contract. Many governments finance public works projects through borrowing from the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). A helpful guide for working with the MDBs is the Trade Finance Guide. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s (USDOC) International Trade Administration (ITA) has a Foreign Commercial Service Officer stationed at each of the five different Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs): the African Development Bank; the Asian Development Bank; the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; the Inter-American Development Bank; and the World Bank.

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