On 14-17 February 2017, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova with the support of European Enterprise Network (EEN) and ‘Modernization of Local Public Services in the Republic of Moldova’ project implemented by German Development Cooperation through GIZ, organised a study visit to Romania with participation of representatives from Ministry of Regional Development and Construction, Public Procurement Agency from Republic of Moldova and design companies in the field of water supply and sanitation and energy efficiency in public buildings.

On 14 February, a round table was organised in Iasi in cooperation with the Scientific and Technological Park TEHNOPOLIS and Republic of Moldova-Romania Bilateral Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The round table covered the following topics: public procurements, legal aspects regarding quality of design services and application of EU standards and modern technologies in the field and was followed by a number of bilateral business meetings of companies from the Republic of Moldova and Romania.

Several study cases on positive experience of participating as part of association at tenders were presented by the Moldovan and Romanian parts. Also, Romania’s experience in implementing European projects in the related fields, lessons learned and relevant recommendations were shared at the event. 

Eduard Cotorobai, representative of ‘Apa Vital’ company from Iasi mentioned the usefulness of the study visit and acknowledged the need of such an event, considering that ‘only jointly it is possible to ensure the quality of services requested’.

Cosmin Tobolcea, executive director ‘Pro Toby’ design company from Iasi shared the idea of promoting bilateral business partnerships in taking part at tenders in associations both in Moldova and Romania, embracing experience and new opportunities of joint project implementation in the field of design service, so that by joining efforts to obtain better results. 

As to the major issues that might come out in the process of commonly carrying out projects, reference was made to financing, which, if it had a clear flow, without delays in covering the executed works and services provided, partnerships would have been more correct and efficient. 

During the visit, the delegation from the Republic of Moldova had a meeting at Iasi Municipality managed by mayor Mihai Chirica, where aspects related to quality of design services, knowledge transfer, necessity to maintain a permanent collaboration structure, existing requirements in this respect and opportunities of Romanian companies to participate in associations at tenders in the Republic of Moldova, with innovative design solutions for economic operators involved in design services were discussed. 

The study visit programme included, also, an information event in public procurements held in Ploiesti, as well as, meetings and discussions at the premises of companies and institutions from Prahova County and Bucharest which deal with the design of water supply and sanitation networks and energy efficiency systems.

The project ‘Modernization of Local Public Services in the Republic of Moldova’ (MLPS) is implemented by the German Development Cooperation through GIZ and is financially supported by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Swedish Government, the Romanian Government, the European Union and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).