On October 18th 2018, stakeholders of the Development Assistance programs funded by the Canadian Government met at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Canada, and share success stories from six Canadian-funded projects in Mongolia. The projects are worth nearly CAD 40 million combined, and focus on the diverse needs of enhancing resource management, strengthening good governance, public service, empowering women and ensuring gender-equality.

Represented by Agriteam’s own Mongolia Project Manager, Debra Rasmussen, our “Strengthening Extractive Sector Management in Mongolia (SESMIM)” project was among those recognized for their success. SESMIM is a five-year, CAD 8.4 million project focused on building the capacity of the Mongolian government for transparent and effective policy implementation supporting sustainable growth in the country’s extractive sector. Agriteam is working hand-in-hand with the government of Mongolia and other key stakeholders to improve policy and regulatory frameworks, including increased capacity for policy development, improved implementation and coordination of policies and regulations between ministries and key industry stakeholders, and stronger, evidence-based decision making in extractive sector management that is gender sensitive and socially and environmentally sustainable. Additionally, public awareness and education programs involving hundreds of industry and civil society organizations are enhancing understanding and social licence for the sector, while evidence-based pilot programs in monitoring and reporting are carried out in rural mining communities, engaging populations of about 8,000 people in total, including women and youth.

SESMIM is working directly with the Mongolian Ministry of Mining, Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism the and the Ministry of Finance, with additional input from the Government of Alberta, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and other service providers.

For more information on SESMIM, check out our project facebook page.

To see the original press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, click here.