The SRECA project, implemented by GIZ on behalf of the BMZ, is supporting the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Mongolian Focal Points since 2011. Due to the pandemic, elections and other events, SRECA organised the first online meeting for GTI Mongolian Focal Points (FPs) workshop since almost two years. However, inbetween, specific trainings for GTI FPs in Mongolia were continously carried out.

The online meeting on 06 October 2021 aimed to enhance the coordination of Mongolian GTI FPs engaged in regional cooperation under the GTI framework and promote effective collaboration and communication strategy within Mongolia and with relevant partners under the GTI framework. It is also intended to meet newly appointed GTI MN FPs and introduce them the GTI mechanism as well as establish further cooperation among them.

Mr. Andrey Smorodin, Director, GTI Secretariat and Mr. Florian Miß, Project Director of GIZ SRECA opened the virtual meeting. Mr. B. Tuguldur, former Mongolian Director, GTI Secretariat presented in the meeting practical insights on the regional mechanism and how to utilise it for regional projects. Moreover, speakers from the Ministry of Finance of Mongolia as GTI National Coordinator, GTI Secretariat, Mongolian Customs General Administration as a member of GTI Trade and Investment Committee and Customs Sub-Committee as well as GIZ SRECA presented during the meeting and provided related information to GTI MN FPs.

20 participants from the related ministries, provincial governments and national organisations participated actively in the online meeting. The meeting was also the conclusion of the Mongolai GTI FPs trainings in 2021 which started in March and April this year. A comprehensive report on methods and outcomes was compiled by the lead consultancy.

SRECA is planning to further cooperate and support the GTI Mongolian FPs for promoting regional cooperation with other GTI member countries. The focus will be on capacity development to enhance Mongolian driven projects under the GTI framework and on a regional level in general.