The Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center (EPCRC), together with the Konrad- Adenauer Foundation, Governor’s Office of Khuvsgul Province, and the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry held the “Khangai Region’s Competitiveness Forum 2017 - Coherent Policies for a Sustainable Khangai” in Murun, Khuvsgul Province on 2-3 October, 2017.

During the forum, governors from six provinces of Khangai region (Khuvsgul, Orkhon, Bulgan, Arkhangai, Uvurkhangai and Bayankhongor), Chairmen of the Citizen’s Representative Khural and other local officials took to the floor and expressed their views about the development of their respective provinces and how to address key challenges in the region. Additionally, the Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of Mongolia, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light industry, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, National Development Agency, Financial Regulatory Commission, Loan Guarantee Fund, MNCCI, the Asia Foundation, Mongolian Tourism Association, as well as business organizations also took an active part in this forum.

During this event, four main sessions were organized: “Development outlook of Khangai Region Concept of Regional Development”, “Economic Diversification: Developing the tourism sector in Khangai region”, “Economic Diversification: Developing SMEs in the Khangai region” and “Current situation and perspectives of the agricultural sector in the Khangai region”. The final session, entitled “Khangai Region Cooperation: Forum review and further steps”, offered a chance for all participants to share some conclusions and ideas about how to collectively address sector-specific policies in the region and effectively implement their development strategies. In particular, one of the key findings of the forum was the need for enhanced infrastructure to support economic development.

Khangai Region Competitiveness Forum 2017