“Quality employment creation through support to sustainable value chains can be the driver to rural development and growth. The European Union together with FAO are supporting Khuvsgul province in working towards the promotion of inclusive and community participatory growth" said European Union Ambassador to Mongolia H.E. Traian Hristea.
"The interventions under the EU project have emphasized public-private partnerships, technology innovation, capacity development and risk mitigation for SMEs. These elements are fundamental to creating decent and stable employment in the long-run. It great to see the results of project interventions on the ground with the local government support.” said Vinod Ahuja, the Representative of FAO in Mongolia.
The European Union Ambassador to Mongolia H.E. Traian Hristea and the Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Mr. Vinod Ahuja are visiting Khuvsgul province to meet local authorities, teachers, students, civil society and beneficiaries of EU-funded projects.
During a meeting with the Governor of Khuvsgul, Mr. Ganbold Lkhagvasuren, they discussed about the Aimag's development strategy and EU-funded and FAO interventions in the aimag. They elaborated on the importance of inclusive and sustainable development in Mongolia through promotion of quality employment focusing on the non-mining sector and particularly in value chains. Strategic participatory partnerships of local authorities and civil society as well as the significance of improving community participation in local economic development processes were also highlighted.
During the visit, the European Union Ambassador to Mongolia and the FAO representative visited as well beneficiaries of the EU-funded project Support to Employment creation in Mongolia Component 2: Value Chains (EUR 4.45 million, MNT 13.5 billion). The project enables private sector job creation through targeted interventions to sustainably strengthen specific value chains where Mongolia has potential comparative advantages: meat, dairy, fibre, leather and vegetables. It is implemented in different regions of Mongolia by FAO and UNIDO.
The European Union Ambassador to Mongolia also met with beneficiaries from other EU-funded projects: "Support to Employment creation in Mongolia Component 1: Labour Policy (SECIM 1)" implemented by Hulla Dynamics, "Trade related assistance in Mongolia (TRAM)" implemented by GOPA, and "Support for Mongolian Economic Diversification through SME Access to Finance" implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).