The Support of Regional Economic Cooperation in Asia (SRECA) project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by GIZ cooperates with the Mongolian Customs General Administration (MCGA) on various occasions and supports its activities towards promoting regional integration and cooperation within Northeast Asia. The MCGA is also a Focal Point of the Customs Sub-Committee under the Trade and Investment Committee of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI). Within regional integration processes, the MCGA is collaborating with GTI member countries from China, Russia and South Korea.
Mongolia became a member of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) in 1991. Since then, the MCGA is actively participating and implementing its duties regarding the customs related activities in the world.
Based on its long collaboration, GIZ SRECA agreed to support the MCGA to translate several WCO documents into the Mongolian language to make them available to Mongolian customs officers as well as other related partners on a national and provincial level. Moreover, SRECA provided support for the MCGA to publish some of the translated WCO documents for further utilisation in practice. These documents include:
1. The Why and How of Performance Measurement Contracts 2014
2. WCO The Handbook on Inward and Outward Processing Procedures 2017
3. WCO Framework of Principles and Practices on Customs Professionalism
4. WCO Handbook on Data Analysis 2018
Additionally, based on WCO’s and other regulations, MCGA prepared a handbook with customs related conventions for Mongolian stakeholders:
The Introduction to the Customs Related Conventions Book
Against this background, MCGA proposed a regional project on “Promotion of SMEs’ Production by Enhancing the Implementation of Inward and Outward Processing Procedures” within the GTI framework. SRECA will continue to further cooperate with the MCGA for implementing the project proposal as well as supporting to promote further regional cooperation with GTI member countries’ customs organisations. The translated WCO documents will also support capacity building for MCGA and other partners to improve Mongolian driven project proposals within regional economic cooperation in Northeast Asia.