Historically, the region now encompassed by the
Moldova was poorly developed. Economic activity was
agricultural, rural poverty was endemic, and the urban
such as it was, was based almost entirely on commerce,
processing, and the production of consumer goods.
prior to the mid-eighteenth century lagged for a variety
reasons, but principally because of limited resources and
political instability. The region of Moldova was
backward in comparison with the rest of Romania.
Data as of June 1995