More cooperation opportunities emphasized

2018-09-19 16:32:44

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/ At the initiative of the Hokkaido-Mongolia Economic Exchange Promotion Society, the Third Mongolia-Hokkaido Business Forum took place on September 17 in 'Consensus' Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia. 

The Hokkaido-Mongolia Economic Exchange Promotion Society was first established at the initiative of Mongolia’s Honorary Consul to Sapporo Tsutomu Takebe in 2016 with the purpose of strengthening cooperation between private entities of Mongolia and Japan.

In the forum's opening, Director of Department of State Administration and Management at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs N.Ankhbayar expressed the deepest condolences for natural disaster in Hokkaido, Japan. Besides, he thanked the representatives for arriving Mongolia despite the hard times in their country due to the natural disaster, and expressed appreciation to them for their sincerity to develop cooperation between Mongolia and Hokkaido.

Moreover, N.Ankhbayar noted that the Government of Mongolia is working to open its ‘Trade Representative Office’ in Tokyo with the aim to develop cooperation in commerce and economy, give actual supports to business relations, attract investment as well as to increase trade turnover.

Afterwards, MP and head of Mongolia-Hokkaido Economic Exchange Promotion Society  L.Bold highlighted the importance of intensifying cooperation between Mongolia and Hokkaido in agriculture sector as they have a similar climate. 

The forum was attended by some 100 representatives from over 60 entities of the two sides, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, the Embassy of Japan to Mongolia, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Hokkaido-Mongolia Relationship Association, Darkhan- Uul aimag, Administration of Sapporo, Hokkaido prefecture, the Citizen’s Representatives’ Meeting of Ulaanbaatar city, the Mongolian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Human Resource Development Center of Mongolia and Japan, JCI Academy in Sapporo as well as others.

The attendees reported that Mongolia and Hokkaido have been developing bilateral cooperation from year to year, for instance the two sides started realizing concrete actions such as planting buckwheat rice, making contents, creating a building design and introducing geothermal heat technologies. 

Furthermore, they noted more cooperation opportunities in the fields of tourism, agriculture and renewable energy and agreed to increase effectiveness of the forum by organizing discussions on specific fields such as tourism.