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18 to 19 October 2022 | By invitation only

Ulaanbaatar (Hybrid format), Mongolia
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Amid complex global and regional production networks, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted gaps as well as opportunities to improve efficiency and strengthen resilience of supply chains. In this context, the potentials of inland intermodal facilities or dry ports find further merit to improve transport efficiency and meet supply chain requirements. Disruptions caused by the pandemic have provided the impetus to increase additional warehousing capacity or dry ports to shorten the time to get goods to market. To this end, dry ports—being points of convergence grouping access to transport modes together with customs processing, warehousing and clustering of economic activities—offer ideal settings to boost integration into global/regional supply chains.


The Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports, facilitated by ESCAP and entered into force in April 2016, is a fundamental pillar for the development of dry ports in the Asia-Pacific region. ESCAP, in coordination with the Investment Research Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia, conducted a technical assessment of dry ports identified by Mongolia in the Agreement (i.e., Altanbulag, Sainshand, Ulaanbaatar, Zamyn-Uud and Choibalsa) as well as possible new dry ports locations (Tsagaannuur Free Economic Zone along AH4 on the western part and Bichigt Port which is the Eastern port bordering with China).


Following the assessment study, a technical consultation workshop will be jointly organized by ESCAP and the Investment Research Center. The workshop aims to:


  1. consult with officials and stakeholders involved in dry ports development in Mongolia on the findings of the study towards identifying priority areas for possible technical assistance and capacity building;
  2. update parties involved in the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor Program on dry ports development and other projects; and
  3. exchange information on dry ports development towards identifying possible areas for collaborations.
18 Oct 2022
  • Mr. Munkhjin Batsumber (Deputy Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia)
  • Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav (Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)  
  • Mr. Vinod Ahuja (UN Resident Coordinator a.i., Mongolia; UN Food and Agriculture Organization Country Representative, Mongolia)
Session 1 – Background and Overview
  • Dry ports project overview (Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav, Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)
  • Updates on the trilateral partnership

          - Mr. Yesukhei Enkhuvshin (Director, Investment Research Center, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia)

          - Mr. Yuxiao Cheng (Ministry of Transport, People’s Republic of China)

          - Mr. Aleksei Petrov (Advisor to General Director, Directorate of International Transport Corridors, Russian Federation)

          - Mr. Vadim Zhizhin (Federal Customs Service, Russian Federation) [online]

  • Other projects related to the corridor (Ms. Fideles Sadicon, Sustainable Development Officer, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)
Session 2 – Assessment study of dry ports development in Mongolia
  • Presentation of study outcomes (Prof. Davaasuren Avirmed, Research Lead of Dry Ports Assessment Study/Consultant, ESCAP)
  • Feedback from officials and stakeholders


          Following the presentation of study outcomes, the floor will be open for interactive discussions among participants. A set of guiding questions will help steer the discussion, to be facilitated by ESCAP and IRC. 


Session 2 – Assessment study of dry ports development in Mongolia



  • Feedback from officials and stakeholders
Session 3 – Knowledge sharing on practices and initiatives related to dry ports development
  • Initiatives and projects related to dry ports development in Mongolia (10 mins each)

          - Prof. Dong Am Chun, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)

  • Good practices on dry ports development (10 mins each)

          - Dry ports developments in landlocked developing countries (Ms. Gladys Mutangadura, Office of the High-Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS) [online]

          - Dry ports literature review 

          - Mr. Roman Sementsov (Deputy Director, Transport and Logistics Investment Department, Corporation for Far East and Arctic Development, Russian Federation)

          - Ms. Balnur Azmaganbetova (Head of Department, Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development, Republic of Kazakhstan)

          - Mr. Aleksey Artemenko (Head of Railway Transportation, Directorate for International Cooperation and Interaction, FESCO Group) [online]

          - Digital solutions in dry ports development (Mr. Alexander Oleynikov, Director for GR and International Organizations Cooperation, Freight Village RU) [online]

Session 4 – Training Tools and Capacity Needs
  • Knowledge resources on dry ports (15 mins each)

          - ESCAP learning course on connectivity (Mr. Fedor Kormilitsyn, Economic Affairs Officer, Transport Division, ESCAP)

          - UNECE-UN/CEFACT Standards to support international trade (Ms. Yan Zhang, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations ECE) [online]

  • Identify priority areas for capacity building
  • Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav (Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)  
19 Oct 2022
Field visit

Programme arranged by Investment Research Center

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