COMMENT: Moldovan president’s determination to stop an airport deal appears increasingly misleading

Will Nicoll in Edinburgh September 17, 2019

As a president with questionable allies and commercial partners renews his attacks on the foreign owner of the country’s only international airport, foreign capital takes flight for good.

Moldova’s GDP grows by 5.8% y/y in Q2

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 17, 2019

Expansion was driven by the construction sector that contributed 3.3pp to overall growth in the second quarter.

Moldova’s inflation marginally up to 5.5% y/y in August

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 11, 2019

Food prices (up 8.4% y/y in August) have been and will remain until the end of the year one of the key inflationary drivers in Moldova.

Moldovan banks close accounts of key Transnistrian companies

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 9, 2019

Moldovan central bank says move is in line with international regulations against money laundering and terrorism financing, but officials in the breakaway republic suspect a political motive too.

Moldova’s government abrogates concession contract for Chisinau airport

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 5, 2019

Decision came shortly after a fund owned by Nat Rothschild took control over Avia Invest, which holds the concession, from an unknown owner represented by Ilan Shor, the visible beneficiary of Moldova's $1bn bank frauds.

KPMG says Moldovan investor falsified financial statements to claim $500mn from Kazakhstan

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 3, 2019

Auditor’s decision to withdraw three years of reports is likely to change the outcome of the $500mn international legal battle between businessman Anatol Stati and the Kazakh state.

Austria’s S&T takes over Moldovan IT company Bass Systems

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 2, 2019

Bass Systems won large contracts with the state during the Democratic Party's rule that abruptly came to an end in June.

Moldova’s president says transfer of Chisinau airport to Rothschild fund was halted

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest August 26, 2019

President Dodon says the 2013 concession contract for Moldova's only international airport is being reviewed and should be cancelled.

Moldovan president aims to return Chisinau airport to state ownership after Rothschild deal

bne IntelliNews August 22, 2019

2013 concession of Chisinau airport to a “group of crooks” must be investigated, says President Igor Dodon, after re-sale of the airport’s operator to financier Nat Rothschild.