United Nations Development Programme conducts projects and programs, since 1973, related to certain areas such as human development support, poverty reduction, sustainable management of environmental resource, mitigation plan on disaster risk, democratic governance and human right so on. This time UNDP is planning to conduct a project “Assessment on corruption risk in Mongolian extractive industries” within in the areas of sustainable management of environmental resource and democratic governance and IRIM is executing this project.
Currently, there are 3283 valid mining licenses in Mongolia, where 1482 of them are for mining operation and 1801 are exploration license. Companies with operation licenses are obligated to provide many licenses and official letters in every phases of its’ operation process which can be main cause of corruption risk. Thus this assessment aims at defining corruption risks in every decision making phase of extraction industries by conducting detailed analysis of current legal acts.
The assessment will cover ministries and offices related to extractive sector, such as Ministry of Mining, Ministry of Environment, Green development and Tourism, Mineral Resource Authority, Parliamentary Standing Committee, Anti-Corruption Agency and General Agency of Specialized Inspection so on. Also, the assessment will focus on the state owned enterprises, non-governmental organizations, and companies co-operates with extractive industries, in Umnugobi and Selenge provinces.
It is important to emphasize that, the assessment is very significant because result of this assessment is will be used for creating a base for corruption analysis and monitoring, and for producing corruption risk mitigation plan.