International Conference March, 25-26, 2003

The International Conference (25-26 March, 2003)

MDRC organized the International Conference on the theme. Mongolia, Peace and Development Issues of the Northeast Asia. on 25-26 March, 2003 in Ulaanbaatar. The Conference was a final part of the three year project . Mongolia. s Role in Peaceful and Stable Development of Northeast Asia. financially supported by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation during 2000-2003 Japanese fiscal years. The Conference was attended by about 50 participants including 13 foreign participants. Opening speech was delivered by Mr. T. Ochirkhuu, Chairman, Standing Committee on Economic Policy, Mongolia.

State Great Hural (Parliament), and keynote speech was presented by Mr. L. Enkhtaivan, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Mongolian Government. Foreign guests included well known researchers from Korea, Russia, China, Japan, as well as the USA. For the first time a representative from East West Center, Hawaii, Prof. Seiji Naya, DistinguishedVisiting Senior Fellow, attended our Conference.

In the Concluding session chaired by Dr. Ts. Batbayar, a number of speakers including Prof. Seiji Naya, Prof. Bing Zheng, Prof. Sumio Kuribayashi, Prof. Sergei Lousianin, Dr. L. Nyamtseren, and Dr. S. Lhagva came up with their impressions from the Conference and concrete suggestions and proposals how to improve the future Conferences. Prof. Seiji Naya observed that Ulaanbaatar conference was more confidence building type of Conference and there is a need to improve analytical level of papers in order to bring NET concept and complementarity between NEA countries alive. Prof. Kuribayashi suggested some ways to improve the quality of papers: first, by arranging a coordinating meeting before the Conference and having exchange of papers and making comments, second, by establishing international team to study the same issue from different angles. He mentioned the need to work on next development strategy for Mongolia with special emphasis on the growing gap between poor and rich. Prof. Lousianin mentioned the attractiveness of the Mongolian model of transition and the need to study further its advantages over other models of post Soviet transition. Mr. Nyamtseren mentioned that MDRC organized 12 Conferences and seminars for last 5 years and published 21 books and broshures. He mentioned the usefulness of MDRC project for developing sustainable development model for Mongolia. Dr. Lhagvacame up with a proposal to formulate Mongolia. s own role in regional cooperation and integration.

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