A total of 6,406 enterprises were registered in Moldova in 2017, 13% more than in the previous year. According to the State Registration Chamber, about 64% of them are registered in Chisinau.
On January 1, 2018, the State Register of Legal Entities contained information about 169,400 companies, of which 57.8% (97,900) were limited liability companies, 33.3% (56,500) individual enterprises, 2.6% (4,500) joint-stock companies, 2.2% (3,800) cooperatives, 1.1% (2,000) non-profit organisations, and 0.9% state and municipal enterprises, Infotag reports.
Approximately 53% of registered enterprises are active in trade, 12% in manufacturing, 6% in agriculture, 5% in transport, 4% in hotels, 2% in finance and construction.
SMEs are responsible for over 50% of all jobs in Moldova and generate more than 30% of the country’s income. However, they find it hard to get finance and enter new markets. The Moldovan government has simplified legislation and administration to help SMEs prosper, and EU4Business programmes complement these efforts by improving access to finance, helping SMEs move into foreign markets and providing training to build up business skills. Specific technical help is available to Moldovan SMEs to make sure they can make the most of the country’s free trade agreement with the EU.