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The project at a glance

Generate additional income and employment in rural areas of Mongolia by promoting added value creation in the seabuckthorn and sheep wool value chains.

First phase: September 2015 up to August 2018. Second phase: September 2018 up to August 2021.

Ulaanbaatar, Arkhangai (sheep wool) and Uvs (seabuckthorn).

Funding organization
Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ).

Project partners
Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) and Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK).

Project implementing organizations
- sequa gGmbH
- Cooperation Department of MNCCI
- Regional chambers of commerce and industry of Arkhangai and Uvs

Further partners in project implementation
Departments of Agriculture of the aimak administrations in Arkkhangai and Uvs
- Mongolian Wool Association
- National Fruits and Berries Association
- Food Research Center

Both organizations have a long-standing history of collaboration. Between 1999 and 2005 they worked on the organizational development of MNCCI by developing services offered by MNCCI, institutionalizing training courses for the business community and supporting the establishment of first regional chambers. A following project conducted between 2006 and 2013 supported regional chambers as drivers of local economic development. As a result of that project the number of regional chambers grew from 15 to 21, the overall membership of the regional chambers from around 950 in 2006 to almost 2,200 in 2012, 450 (mostly part-time) jobs created in rural businesses and around 2,000 families benefited from increased income.