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Trade related assistance for Mongolia (TRAM)

Governance and Economic Development
Delegation of the European Commission
Donor Organisation: 
European Commission (EC)
Associated Enterprises: 
British Standard Institute (BSI)
PM Group
Project Volume: 
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
March, 2017
End of project: 
March, 2021


The project assists Mongolia with strengthening the capacity to further develop appropriate export development strategies and translate this into actual implementation through inter-ministerial coordination and enhanced engagement with private sector organisations, in line with the guiding policy framework; and support the commitments made by Mongolia under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. The project takes a product/sector based approach focusing on strengthening export performance and capacity in sectors/areas where Mongolia has (latent) comparative advantages.

Project details


Overall objective: The overall objective is to enhance Mongolia's international trade and economic diversification and to contribute to sustainable economic growth and development of the country, with the ultimate goal of reducing poverty and external vulnerabilities.

Project purpose: The purpose of this contract is to strengthen capacities and to support Mongolian public institutions and private sector for effective trade policy initiatives with a special focus on specific products/sectors with high potential, to effectively participate in the world economy.


Component 1: Trade Policy Formulation and Negotiation

  • Capacity building on trade policy analysis, formulation, negotiation and implementation.
  • Support to the MOFA in assessing and identifying non-mining sectors and products with export potential.
  • Revision / formulation of trade-related legislation and policies, including quality system, consumer protection, standardisation and metrology.
  • Preparation of studies on trade policy issues, trade agreements, free trade zones, product competitiveness, etc.
  • Support to the MOFA in leading a permanent coordination mechanism on trade issues involving all relevant public and private organisations.
  • Capacity building to promote foreign direct investments in the country.

Component 2: Trade Facilitation

  • Formulation and implementation of trade facilitation actions related to the products and sectors with export potential.
  • Support to the Customs Office to adopt EU requirements for customs matters (such as Authorised Economic Operators) and improve cooperation in customs administration matters.
  • Implementation of measures that ease the rapid movement of legitimate import and export of goods and services.
  • Capacity building on risk management systems, post-clearance audit systems, advance ruling, procedures for expedited shipments, implementation of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and EU GSP measures.
  • Support the implementation of commitments made by Mongolia under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Component 3: Capacity Building of Business Associations

  • Capacity building to private sector organisations and enterprises, especially SMEs, on export development, international markets requirements, nation branding, geographic indications and other export promotion tools.
  • Assistance to private sector enterprises and SMEs to take advantage of international market opportunities through the utilisation of GSP+ preferences in particular).
  • Provision of information to enterprises on standards, rules of origin, certifications and market intelligence to facilitate penetration of Mongolian products into the EU market.
  • Review and implementation of certification schemes to promote trade of the identified products with export potential.
  • Support to business organisations in preparing the participation of Mongolian enterprises in international trade fairs, business to business meetings, business matchmaking, etc.

Project Management

  • Monitoring & Evaluation: verification of activities implementation according to the indicators and targets set in the logical framework.
  • Visibility and communication: development and implementation of an appropriate public profile of the project, in line with EU visibility guidelines.
  • Administrative, preparatory and ancillary tasks relating to planning, monitoring, and reporting on project components and financial management.

Result 1: Enhanced policy dialogue and government capacity and processes for trade policy formulation and negotiation.

Result 2: Effective implementation of concrete measures to reduce trade costs, including mainstreaming of trade policy in other sector policies.

Result 3: Strengthening of the institutional capacity of the private sector intermediary organisations and other trade-related non-state actors, with a view to effectively support private enterprises as well as engage effectively with relevant government interlocutors.


The main project beneficiary is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), which is in charge of trade policies. Other public bodies involved in trade policies may benefit directly from the project such as the Ministry of Finances (specially the Customs Administration), the Ministry of Food Safety and Agriculture (MFSA), and others.

From the private sector, the main project beneficiaries will be the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), the Mongolian Employer's Association (MONEF), the Mongolian Exporters Association and a number of sectorial associations.