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17 October 2022 | By invitation only

Ulaanbaatar (Hybrid format), Mongolia
Web banner of 1st Annual Forum on Connectivity

The need for collaborative solutions through strengthened regional and sectoral cooperation has been one of the core lessons in responding to crises in recent years, including the COVID-19 pandemic. This especially holds true in maintaining resilient supply chains and preserving seamless cross-border trade and transport connectivity. Countries put in place institutional coordination mechanisms in line with whole-of-government approach to enhance operational connectivity in trade and transport. With future challenges becoming more intertwined, going forward, there is merit to continue the momentum of cross-sectoral engagements.


Aligned with GTI’s common vision and strategic directions and ESCAP’s subregional programme priority in East and North-East Asia on sustainable connectivity, the Annual Forum on Connectivity aims to provide a regular platform for sectoral bodies to engage on issues in connectivity of common interests. The Forum is jointly organized by the country chair of the GTI Consultative Commission, GTI Secretariat and ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office and is a regular side event leading up to the annual meeting of the GTI Consultative Commission.


The 22nd Meeting of the Consultative Commission (CC) is chaired by Mongolia with the theme “Framework for Agriculture Development and Food Security in the Greater Tumen Region”.


To this end, the 1st Annual Forum on Connectivity will be utilized as a platform for sectoral dialogues in line with the theme of the 22nd CC meeting. In particular, the Forum will aim to:

  1. inform of the agriculture and food security landscape of GTI member countries;
  2. share global developments and practices in addressing food security challenges and promoting agriculture development;
  3. encourage knowledge sharing and regional cooperation on agriculture development, including through digital transformation and innovation; and
  4. highlight key cross-sectoral linkages supporting food security and agriculture development.
17 Oct 2022
  • Mr. Luvsanjantsan Erdenebayar (Director General, Development Research Department, Ministry of Economy and Development of Mongolia)
  • Mr. Ganbold Baaasanjav (ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)
  • Mr. Andrey Smorodin (Director, GTI Secretariat) [online]
Food security and agriculture development: Policies and opportunities
  • Context: State of food security and nutrition in the world (Mr. Vinod Ahuja, UN Food and Agriculture Organization Country Representative, Mongolia)


          The presentation will inform on national initiatives/policies addressing food security and agriculture development, highlighting opportunities for cooperation, and identifying priority actions.



  • National perspectives

          GTI member countries [online, except for Mongolia]

          The presentation will set the scene highlighting the key messages of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report 2022 (FAO’s flagship publication).  

          - Ms. Yu Zhong (Research Fellow/Director, Industrial Economics Research Office, Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences)

          - Ms. Oyuntulkhuur Boldoo (Officer, Regional and Industrial Policy Department, Ministry of Economy and Development)

          - Dr. Jongin KIM (Senior Research Fellow, Korea Rural Economic Institute)

          - Ms. Polina Zinoveva (Consultant of International Organizations Division, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Russian Federation)

Food security and agriculture development: Cross-sectoral linkages

          The presentations (10 minutes each) will highlight the linkages and roles of sectors in addressing food security and advancing agricultural development.

  • Role of connectivity and infrastructure

          - Mr. Florian Miss (Project Director, Support of Regional Economic Cooperation in Asia, GIZ) [online]

  • Smart and sustainable mechanization solutions for food security

          - Mr. Anshuman Varma (Deputy Head, Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization) [online]


  • Private sector partnerships and collaborations on food security and agricultural development

          - Ms. Sugar Oyunzul (Head, Project and Programme Department, Mongolia National Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

  • Q&A and discussions
  • Mr. Luvsanjantsan Erdenebayar (Director General, Development Research Department, Ministry of Economy and Development of Mongolia)
  • Mr. Ganbold Baaasanjav (ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)
  • Mr. Andrey Smorodin (Director, GTI Secretariat) [online]

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia +82-32-458-6600 [email protected]
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