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IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS > Regional Economic Development

  • Country – Mongolia
  • Donor – GTZ
  • Duration – 24 months
  • Status – completed

The general objective of the programme is to improve existing conditions for the dynamic regional economic development in 2 pilot regions: Darkhan and Uliastai. This particular project covers component 3 of the programme: Support to rural SMEs and credit cooperatives.

The project through its activities contributed to sustainable measures aimed at poverty alleviation in the pilot regions. The main target group – small and medium enterprises and cooperatives, mostly operating in the agricultural and agri-business sector, received manifold support to develop their production, introduce new technologies and in general increase their market share.

The component focused on the support of rural SMEs, agro-enterprises and farming cooperatives and covered the following main areas:

  • analysis of the potential of the local production chains and implementation of measures aimed at improvement of their efficiency;
  • improvement of the cooperation between small and medium enterprises and between SMEs and various private and public service providers;
  • introduction of modern management information systems;
  • improvement of the availability of information, training and consulting in areas of management, product and technical innovations;
  • support to establishment of agricultural extension services;
  • improvement of SME representation through professional unions and organisations (chambers of industry etc);
  • development of the existing ways for improvement of workers’ qualifications in the selected sectors, i.e. farmers, producers in the food and non-food sector.

Specific activities
implemented under the project included:

  • advice to national and local administration;
  • development of measures targeted directly at rural SMEs;
  • base line surveys, studies;
  • extensive training programme;
  • support to establishment of MIS and agricultural extension services;
  • improvement of private business management know-how and access to resources (finances, inputs etc) for rural enterprises and private farmers.