The workshop took place on 14-15 January 2016 at Chinggis Khaan Hotel in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The workshop was held from 9am to 5pm. A total of 48 participants attended the workshop in order to reflect upon their project planning needs. Workshop participants were representatives from the key ministries in Mongolia—the Ministry of Mining, the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism, and the Ministry of Finance—as well as participants from the SESMIM technical team (Canadian and Mongolian specialists), the Government of Alberta, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and other service providers.

The “Strengthening Extractive Sector Management in Mongolia (SESMIM)” Project ($8.4 Million, 2015-2020), sponsored by the Government of Canada, aims to build Mongolian public sector capacity for transparent and effective policy implementation supporting sustainable growth in the extractive sector. The objective of the project is to improve public sector governance in the extractive sector as indicated through three intermediate outcomes: improved implementation of extractive sector policies and regulations by Mongolian institutions; improved coordination between ministries and key stakeholders in the extractive sector; and, stronger evidence-based decision-making that supports extractive sector management in a manner that is gender-sensitive and socially and environmentally sustainable.  (Ltd, 2015)

The workshop was funded by Agriteam Canada Consulting Ltd (Agriteam). The Independent Research Institute of Mongolia (IRIM) was contracted by the Agriteam to organize, facilitate, and moderate the workshop.