The SRECA project has been supporting to strengthen private sector development in Mongolia, especially regarding export-oriented SMEs for diversifying its export markets and to get more involved in regional economic integration processes in Northeast Asia.

Against that background, SRECA together with the bilateral PROGRES project in Mongolia supported the organisation of the hybrid event, “Mongolia-Japan Business Partnership Meeting 2022”. It was organised by the Export International Trade Center (EITC) together with the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia (MOFALI), the Ministry of Economy and Development (MED), the Mongolian SME Agency, the Ulaanbaatar Support Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises, the Embassy of Japan in Mongolia and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on 15 September 2022 in Ulaanbaatar as well as via the online platform – Export Mongolia.

During the hybrid event in a total of 300 visitors including 250 representatives of about 150 Mongolian companies, 17 representatives of 10 government organisations and about 30 foreign guests participated. Moreover, 212 visitors checked the online platform and 1154 people watched the live streaming on the “Export Mongolia” facebook page. Mongolian companies in food and agriculture, trade and investment, banking and financing, tourism, cashmere, hides, skin, cosmetics and IT sectors attended the event both physically and virtually. Some of the Mongolian known brands displayed their products on the online/offline exhibition to the audience. The news of the event was published as a digital magazine in Japanese language to reach more Japanese partners.

The Director General of Regional and Industrial Policy Department, the Ministry of Economy and Development of Mongolia Mr D. Erdenebayar opened and gave a keynote speech. Moreover, at the meeting, the Project Director of GIZ PROGRES Ms Jutta Rehag and the Project Director of GIZ SRECA project Mr Florian Miß presented ongoing activities towards supporting and promoting Mongolian SMEs and export. Afterwards, JICA introduced its activities and programmes for Mongolian business development. Closing the session, some representative of companies that started entering the Japanese market presented and shared their tangible challenges and outputs as well.

Mr. Florian Miss presenting on GIZ SRECA Project activities
Ms. Jutta Rehag presenting on GIZ PROGRESS Project activities

SRECA and PROGRES will continue to support EITC in future trade fairs and business development activities in Mongolia.