The 7th GTI NEA Local Cooperation Committee (LCC) Meeting, the 5th LCC Logistics Sub-Committee (LSC) Meeting, and the 6th Local Development Forum were successfully held on 24th July 2019 in Khentii Province of Mongolia. The meeting was hosted by Khentii Provincial Government in collaboration with the GTI Secretariat. LCC member represenatives of province and city governemnts from China, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, and Russia as well as international partner organisations attended the meeting and reviewed the progress of LCC activities and discussed new project proposals and ideas proposed by LCC members.

Participants shared their perspectives and apporaches on local cooperation. Among other project porposal discssions, the LCC approved the project proposal of “Establishment of the Marine Cooperation Sub-Committee of NEA LCC” from Jilin Province, and welcomed Kemerovo Region of the Russian Federation as a new observer of LCC. At the end of the meeting, Busan Metropolitan City confirmed to host the 8th GTI LCC Meeting 2020 and circulate detailed meeting information in due time. fter discussing future cpapacity building needs and apporaches, insights on cross-border cooperation and higher inclusion of the private sector were shared. GIZ SRECA presented project experiences to facilitate agricultural exports for SMEs from developing countries with improving access to trade-related services. GIZ will consitnue to support the LCC and LSC with to foster the inclusion of eastern Mongolian provinces in regional economic integration processes.

During the 5th LSC Meeting, participants reviewed the progress of LSC activities and the “Information Sharing Sheet – Logistic Barriers and Cargo Data 2019”. Report of the Second Trial of “Pilot Transport Testing Project (Changchun – Hunchun – Zarubino – Vladivostok – Donghae – Sakaiminato)” was presented by Tottori Prefecture, and the new Pilot Transport Testing Project in 2019 was approved unanimously. The Logistics Sub-Committee Work Plan for 2019-2020 was discussed and adopted by member provinces.

The 6th Local Development Forum focused on “Development of Cross-border Multi-destination Tourism Products”. The Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Tourism and ADB intoduced projects for the development of historical tourism in Eastern Mongolia. Representatives from Yingkou City, Dornod Province, Inner Mongolia, Busan Metropolitan City also presented their own tourism products.