After being postponed throughout the year due to Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting was finally held on 8 September 2020 by video conference. It was co-organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the GTI Secretariat.
During the Committee Meeting, GTI members from the respective line ministers in China, Mongolia, RoK and the Russian Federation reviewed the progress of the Committee’s work in 2019. Members gave each other updates on regional agricultural cooperation in the Greater Tumen Region (GTR). Representatives from each country commented on and approved the 2020 work plan of the GTI Agriculture Committee. Furthermore, new projects and activities were proposed and discussed by the member states. As a main objective, the renewal of the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) was negotiated and is now in discussion among the National Coordinators to be approved and extended until 2025.
On 23 September 2020 the GTI Policy Dialogue on Industrial Parks discussed the potential positive role of industrial parks during and after the pandemic. The Policy Dialogue was organised by the Ministry of Commerce of China together with Jilin Provincial Government of China, and Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Secretariat. The Dialogue was moderated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The Dialogue brought together officials and experts from the four GTI member countries China, Mongolia, RoK and Russian Federation. Inputs highlighted the impacts and challenges of industrial parks during the pandemic but also showed opportunities on how to revive the economy. The importance of industrial parks in Northeast Asia and the need to develop transport infrastructure and connectivity, trade facilitation, digital transformation, and respective policies to utilise the full potential of industrial parks in the region were main discussion objectives.
The GTI Secretariat together with the GIZ SRECA Project is currently issuing a policy brief on the Dialogue which will be published and distributed among the GTI members and other international partners.