Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 24, 2017—
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Corporate Governance Development Center (CGDC) have launched a corporate secretary club to promote best governance practices so that members can better advise their company board and management on governance matters.
More than 30 corporate secretaries from leading Mongolian commercial banks and other corporations attended the launch in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on April 12. The club provides a venue for corporate secretaries to network, discuss governance challenges and international trends, and undergo training to become senior governance professionals.
“Traditionally people view a board secretary as the CEO’s assistant, but the role is evolving and we see a need to improve public recognition and understanding of what a corporate secretary does,” said Tsend-Ayush Tuvshintur, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporate Governance Development Center. “The club offers professional growth opportunities to help our members become champions of corporate governance in their companies. We believe the club will greatly contribute to improving corporate governance practices in Mongolia.”
Since 2015, IFC has been cooperating with CGDC to increase market awareness of corporate governance, improve governance-related regulations, and advise individual companies on enhancing their corporate governance practices.
“IFC has been working with both regulators and the private sector to strengthen corporate governance standards in Mongolian companies,” said Tuyen D. Nguyen, IFC Resident Representative in Mongolia. “We believe this initiative will further enhance corporate leadership and governance, making Mongolian companies more competitive and attractive to global investors.”
Since 2009, IFC has been supporting Mongolia’s efforts to enhance corporate governance practices, including the development of a corporate governance scorecard in 2013 and regulations governing related-party disclosures to protect the interests of minority investors. These efforts are part of the broader IFC Corporate Governance Program in East Asia and the Pacific, which is funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland.
Globally and across the region, IFC leverages its private sector development expertise to promote good governance practices at different levels of a market and help attract investment. The program helps regulatory bodies strengthen laws and regulations, builds the capacity of local partners and market intermediaries, advises individual firms on corporate governance improvements, and supports various awareness-raising activities. In East Asia Pacific, direct engagements with companies facilitated more than $852 million in financing due in part to corporate governance improvements and over 7,300 executives were trained through workshops conducted by IFC partners as of December 2016.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit
The Corporate Governance Development Center is a membership-based professional training and research institution established in June 2009 to advance corporate governance practices in Mongolia. It actively cooperates with the Financial Regulatory Commission and the Mongolian Stock Exchange in reforming Mongolia’s business regulatory environment. For more information, visit