The SRECA project, implemented by GIZ on behalf of the BMZ, is supporting the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Mongolian Focal Points since 2011. Since the COVID-19 related lockdowns in Mongolia in 2020, SRECA organised several online training series for GTI Mongolian Focal Points (FPs), particularly for building up their project proposal writing skills for regional cooperation.

As results of this training, the Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS) developed and submitted the project proposal on “System dynamic analysis on economic advantages of GTI countries” to the GTI Research Institute Network, the Dornod province Governor Office developed and submitted the project proposal on “Improving Cross-border Labour Movement in the Greater Tumen Region” to NEA Local Cooperation Committee and the Ministry of Road and Transport Development (MRTD) developed and submitted the project proposal on “Study of a new potential railway route in the Great Tumen region” to the Transport Board in 2020 respectively. The Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) is developing a regional project as well. Additonally, the Mongolian General Customs Administration (MGCA) proposal on inward-outward processing to the GTI Customs Sub-Committee from 2019 is in implementation but is delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Based on these feasible outcomes, SRECA continues to facilitate the online training series in 2021 for GTI Mongolian FPs. From 17 March to 08 April 2021, over the course of four weeks, together with the Applicatio Training & Management Consultancy, SRECA is organising two-separate online training series on “Proposal writing & Project Management” for GTI Mongolian FPs. About 63 participants from the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry (MOFALI), MRTD, Mongolian General Customs Administration (MGCA),  Development Bank of Mongolia (DBM), ISS, Sukhbaatar Province Governor’s office participating in one of training series. Another 63 participants from MNCCI mainly including all 21 provincial sub-branches are participating in the second strain of the online training series. From 15 April to 15 June 2021 follow-up coaching and advice will be conducted for FPs to further develop project proposals.

The participants building up capacity on several topics in a project cycle such as how to do problem analysis and how to use several problem analysis tools, how to make an effective stakeholder analysis, stakeholder management, project proposal writing techniques, logframe development as well as project management and monitoring and evaluation.

SRECA will support Mongolian FPs to apply and implement Mongolian driven regional projects within the GTI framework as well as further regional cooperation mechanisms.