The PRC in-country consultation workshops on regional coopeation were held in Kunming, Yunnan Province in July 2008, and in Beijing in June 2009 and May 2010 respectively. The Mongolian in-country consultation workshops were held in Ulaanbaatar in January 2009 and June 2010. These in-country consultations have helped the two countires improve internal policy dialogue and coordination, and strengthen their participation in the ADB-led RCI programs.
A PRC-Mongolia joint consultation workshop on regional cooperation was organized on 26-27 June 2011 to discuss issues of mutual interest and share information and experience about regional cooperation.
In-country regional cooperation coordinators for both PRC and Mongolia have been engaged to serve as focal point on regional cooperation and support the work of the national secretariat for regional cooperation in the two countries.
The regional cooperation specialist (PRC - national consultant) to develop the strategy for Yunnan Province started work in January 2009. An inception report was submitted in February 2009, and the draft final report on 30 June 2009. The final dissemination workshop was held on 10 October 2009, and the final report incorporporating comments from the government and ADB was submitted in November 2009.
The regional cooperation specialist (PRC - national consultant) to develop the strategy for PRC's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR) started work in late February 2009. An inception report was submitted on 10 March 2009, and the draft final report on 20 June 2009. The final dissemination workshop was held in Hohhot on 13 November 2009, and the final report incorporporating comments from the government and ADB was submitted in December 2009.
The international regional cooperation specialist for developing Mongolia's national strategy was fielded and the inception meeting was held on 29 January 2009. The firt draft issues paper was submitted on 2 March 2009, and the draft final report was submitted on 28 April 2009. A workshop was organized on 23 June 2009 to disseminate findings and recommendations of the study.
A series of policy and project initiatives have been put forward by the two governments at the Senior Officials' Meetings and Ministerial Conferences of the GMS and/or CAREC. Some of the recommendations have been followed up by concrete investment projects - especially in Mongolia - such as South and Southeast Gobi border town development, supplenmentary financing for a road project to complete the missing link in the CAREC Corridor 4b, and a regional logistics development project in Zamyn-Uud.
PRC and Mongolian governments have jointly recommended to expand cooperation into new sectors, including in particular the quarantine and inspection. ADB will follow up with this proposal through new TAs.
The project supported the traing on regional cooperation for PRC local government officials from border provinces. The TA financed the training for MON customs officers on customs modernization in October 2010 at Shanghai Customs College, and training of Mongolian road carriers and forwarders on multimodal transport and logisticis in Shanghai Maritime University in June 2011.
The international expert group for Pan-Beibu Gulf Economic Cooperation Forum has been set up, and so far four expert group meetings have been held. ADB nominated an expert who participated in all the meetings. At the expert group meeting held on 1-2 June 2011 in Beihai, PRC which was co-sponsored by ADB and PRC government, the feasibility study report on Pan-Beibu Gulf Economic Cooperation was jointly endorsed. It was further agreed to submit the report for approval to ASEAN-PRC Economic Ministers' Meeting to be held in August 2011.
The TA is near completion and planned to be closed by December 2011.