o strengthen the coordination of cooperation efforts of Mongolia under the framework of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI), Mongolian GTI focal points convened for the first time to jointly discuss their approaches and engagement within the initiative.
1st GTI Stakeholder Meeting in Mongolia
Utilising the GIZ-VIETRADE Export Guidelines for Train-of-Trainer
Building up on the successful introduction of the GIZ-VIETRADE Export Guidelines for fresh fruits, both sides deepened cooperation on private sector development in regard of export processes to China. To enhance capacity of Vietnamese SMEs, GIZ and VIETRADE conducted a train-of-trainer (ToT) based on the Export Guidelines in Hanoi on 12-13 September 2018.
Vocational training along the agricultural value chain: learning from China
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the German Hanns-Seidel Foundation (HSS), and the Vocational Training Centre Pingdu, China, organised a pilot training course for the Laos Vocational Education Development Institute (VEDI) from 13-24 August 2018 on food processing and rural value chains to demonstrate the benefit of trilateral cooperation between Germany, China and third countries in the region.
Introduction to SME Service Centers
To support the development of SMEs, governments, organisations and institutions around the world have set up SME Service Centers, to provide SMEs with respective business information and capacity-building. The GIZ SCSI Programme aims to improve SME inclusion in regional cooperation and integration processes in Asia. To accompany ongoing interventions, SCSI regularly compiles overviews on available online support sources for private sector development. The following list gathers information on SME Service Centers in the region as well as additional examples on good practices.
Fresh Fruit Export Guidelines to China for Cambodian SMEs
Jointly with the General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) from the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fishery (MAFF) Cambodia the GIZ SCSI Programme introduced the revised export guidelines for mango, banana and longan on 09 August 2018 in Phnom Penh. The workshop gathered participants from SMEs, business associations, and further involved ministerial departments like CAMCONTROL from the Ministry of Commerce.
GIZ-UNWTO Training at 7th GTI NEA Tourism Forum
Co-organised by the GTI Secretariat, the 7th Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Northeast Asia (NEA) Tourism Forum took place in Hunchun, China, on 03 August 2018. The Forum was held back-to-back with a training on Marketing of Tourism Destinations and Tourism Planning on 4 August, co-organised by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).