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BRIEF NEWS ON THE 3RD GTI MONGOLIA STAKEHOLDERS MEETING IN ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA

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Mongolia has been a member of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) together with the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation since its inauguration in 2006. Respective Mongolian focal points (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Road and Transport Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, Mongolian Customs General Administration, Development Bank of Mongolia, Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Institute for Strategic Studies, Dornod, Khentii, Sukhbaatar and Selenge provinces) are the cornerstone of Mongolia’s cooperation under the GTI framework. However, communication and coordination between the six thematic focus areas of GTI (transport, trade and investment, tourism, energy, environment, agriculture) are rare and understanding of working principles of GTI mechanisms remains inadequate. Hence the opportunities that arise under GTI to cooperate with neighboring countries remain underutilised. General Customs Administration of Mongolia member of GTI “Trade and investment committee” and “Customs sub committee”.

From 2018, GIZ and involved Mongolian actors started a series of stakeholder meetings between GTI focal points in Mongolia to strengthen the cooperation on regional integration within Mongolia and ultimately enhance the involvement of Mongolia in the GTI framework. The meetings were part of the interventions by the GIZ Support for Economic Cooperation in Sub-Regional Initiatives (SCSI) Programme to strengthen Mongolia’s regional integration and cooperation efforts under the GTI Mechanism. The focus is lying on the improvement of quality and utility of Mongolian project proposals and enhance the coordination of Mongolian GTI focal points engaged in regional cooperation under the GTI framework.

General Customs Administration of Mongolia very activily involved GTI Mongolian actors and presented successful project “AEO Cooperation Scheme among Customs Administration”, which is emplemented under the Customs sub Committee between 2016-2018.

At the 2nd meeting of the GTI Customs Sub-Committee, Mongolian participants had been introducing a project proposal under the title “Creation of a mechanism for exchanging pre-arrival information among the Customs administrations of GTI Members”. However, the project proposal was very similar to the project to be developed by the UNNExT Task Force on Cross-Border Electronic Data Exchange. In the course of the Task Force meetings, representatives of 4 North Asian economies (Rusiia, Mongolia, China and South Korea) have been sharing their lessons and experiences on cross-border electronic data exchange. The progress reports of the Task Force Meetings had been briefly introduced.

The meeting was the 3rd Mongolia Stakeholders Meeting organised by GIZ. It took place in the GIZ Main Office Ulaanbaatar on 03 May 2019. In total 14 participants from all relevant stakeholders (national ministries, agencies, and provincial governments) were present and used the meeting for active exchange on experiences in the past months, presenting and clarifying updated project proposals and providing comments on the draft Guideline for GTI Mongolian Focal Points as well as consulting each other on further improvement of the project proposals and cooperation among GTI Mongolian Stakeholders.

For further information about the programme, please check https://connecting-asia.org/ and more information on GTI is available at http://www.tumenprogramme.org/ .