The USAID structural adjustment program, implemented by Nathan Associates Inc., supports the strategic development of National Agency for Road Transport (NART).
Director of the program Douglas Muir said on Tuesday that in July was presented a comprehensive assessment of Moldova's trade corridors, which revealed a number of key factors affecting the development of trade corridors: only one port; Transnistria, through which exports from Moldova can not be carried out; border with Romania, which is working according to the strict principles of the European Union. One crossing border point Albita-Leuseni accounts for more than 20% of freight traffic and there are also the largest queues of trucks. Douglas Muir noted the efforts of the government to improve the work of border crossing points, noting that this process should be built on bilateral agreements. Regarding Ukraine, it was noted that the process of liberalizing cargo transportation reached the Verkhovna Rada and there it is still stuck. Regarding Romania, Douglas Muir called two news - bad and good: the first is that for Romania, the border with Moldova is not a priority, and the second is that there are many citizens in Moldova who have Romanian passports that participate in elections in Romania, and this factor may attract more attention to solving the problems of border crossing and cargo transportation between the two countries. One of the first steps that need to be taken is the creation of an electronic queue, when a truck driver can sign up for a certain time of passing the border, better planning time and optimizing costs. As noted by Douglas Muir, the USAID Structural Reform Program, launched in September 2017 and designed for 4 years, after assessing the scope of work during the first year, will, in future years, with the support and in cooperation with authorities and competent authorities, implement recommendations in general, and support the strategic development of NART. In particular. The USAID program for structural reforms in Moldova, implemented between September 2017 and September 2018, is intended to support the country's government in integrating Moldova into regional and world trade schemes.// 11.09.2018 – InfoMarket.