The Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) convened its 5th Transport Board Meeting as well as a Seminar on the Promotion of Sea-Land Routes in the Greater Tumen Region (GTR) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on June 15, 2015.

In the course of the GTI’s Transport Board Meeting, the delegations from the PR China, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea, and the Russian Federation presented their respective progress in line with the GTI Regional Transport Strategy, and planned their next steps. Complementing the purpose of this meeting, the subsidiary seminar presented the participants with the current status and problems of sea-land multi-modal transportation in the GTR, and further gave them the opportunity to discuss various measures which could benefit and promote transportation in the region.

In this context, GIZ gave a presentation on how to engage the private sector in the design for solutions of port-related logistical challenges. As port infrastructure is typically owned by the public sector, while providers of logistical services normally belong to the private sector, both areas’ interests are often not aligned which commonly results in suboptimal processes and performance. Consequently, GIZ highlighted the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach to the successful operating of ports to improve regional integration in Northeast Asia to also include landlocked Mongolia better into regional economic corridors.