Cahul is passing through the digital transformation, and the authorities are making efforts to provide more digital public services to the community. The employees of the Mayor’s Office of the city quickly became aware of the importance of digitizing and developing their skills.

Meet – Iuliana Bulat, specialist of the Public Relations Service of the Mayor’s Office of Cahul! The young woman decided to keep up with local trends and enrolled in the “ICT4Women Cahul” programme developed within the project “EU4Moldova: Startup City Cahul”, where she learned WordPress Development. She studied foreign languages and worked for 10 years in the field of tourism, but the pandemic challenges determined her to change her professional profile. She believes that the Cahul region has potential, and such digital projects and services are essential for the development of the economy.

Iuliana Bulat, employee of Cahul Mayor’s Office:

“There are few young people in the region who work in the IT field. It is difficult to find a graphic design professional. Working in the field of public relations, I often look for specialists to create models, banners. Unfortunately, there are few specialists in the region, and the existing ones are overworked. Therefore, training and building digital skills are extremely necessary. It is difficult to find a well-paid job in Cahul now, but the opportunities that the region has had lately are promising. There are several projects that offer development opportunities, and we hope that in the future there will be more jobs, which will determine the young generation to remain at home.”

#UpgradeCahul: digital services for the southern region

Digitization is part of several initiatives and projects taking place in Cahul, such as: digital bases in the Mayor’s Office, online enrollment of children in kindergartens, creation of digital catalogs for libraries, creation of intelligent public lighting system, implementation of remote data registration system, online application system, etc. In the coming years, with the support of “EU4Moldova: Startup City Cahul”, a number of actions will be carried out to digitize the municipality, including to create an innovation technology center “EU4Innovation Centre”. It will have a stimulating effect on the southern region by developing educational initiatives to increase digital literacy, connect communities to create an environment conducive to the development of IT solutions, and support innovative projects that meet community needs.

“EU4Moldova: Startup City Cahul” is being implemented in the period 2020-2024 by ATIC, with the financial assistance of the European Union in partnership with Sweden.