A two-day international workshop themed “Strengthening Mongolian National Capacity Building to join Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation” was cooperatively organized by the Academy of Diplomacy under the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Economic Cooperation, the Research Center for General Coordination of Foreign Policy, and Konrad Adenauer Foundation, in Ulaanbaatar, on December 2 to 3.
The workshop was organized to study the experiences of other countries that have been cooperating with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), to compare and evaluate the policies and activities Mongolia has so far implemented to join APEC, and to develop guidelines encompassing the suggestions of internationally renowned scholars and researchers on further policies and measures to adhere to.
Director of the Research Center for General Coordination of Foreign Policy L.Galbadrakh delivered a keynote speech on “Policies and measures Mongolia has implemented to date on joining APEC”. The speech was followed by extensive discussions on key topics, including evaluating the policies Mongolia has implemented, future policies, and the pros and cons of joining APEC. Following the discussions, guidelines on future policies and measures were developed.
Opening the workshop, Director of the Academy of Diplomacy Kh.Bekhbat remarked, “Mongolia fully supports the objectives and principles of APEC and has been conveying its willingness to join the organization since 1993. We are organizing this workshop on the assumption that now is the proper time to evaluate the policies and measures we have implemented so far, discuss our progress, and appropriate means to proceed.” He added, “In addition to wishing this two-day event does not resemble a regular research conference, in respect to the involvement of attendees – where some deliver speeches and some listen, we entreat all of you to freely share your analyses and opinions. Furthermore, we expect this workshop to be a prolific one that will identify priority measures that ought to be taken in order to strengthen Mongolia’s capacity building to join APEC and accurately evaluate the pros and cons of joining APEC.”
Attendees and organizers noted that the workshop had practical value for the attending scholars and researchers from six APEC member countries, who shared their countries’ experiences with joining APEC, evaluated Mongolia’s policies, and provided suggestions on developing guidelines for future policies.
The workshop was attended by experts specializing in APEC-related research from Australia, the United States, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, and China; and representatives, economists, scholars and researchers from national research institutes, universities, the Ministry of Finance, Asian Development Bank, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Economic Cooperation (MFAEC), General Customs Office, and General Department of Taxation. The workshop was held at the Consensus Meeting Hall of the MFAEC building.
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