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IFC International Conference on Inspection Reform

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 7, 2016 – IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice (T&C) of the Bank Group, and General Agency for Specialized Investigation (GASI) are hosting an international conference on “Reforming Inspections to Promote Economy and Good Governance”.  The conference will highlight the progress achieved over seven years of reform efforts directed towards the investment climate through licensing, business inspections and food safety reforms in Mongolia.
The Mongolia Business Inspections Reform project implemented by T&C, increased the effectiveness of Mongolia’s business inspection system through adoption of a risk based approach. The project also led to the adoption of international regulatory standards to support food regulations thus enabling producers to reach new markets such as China, Japan and others .
 “The government of Mongolia has been working on improving the business climate and we have positive results especially in Doing Business indicators by moving to 56 th place, inspections reform that reduced inspection numbers by 26 per cent, and we expect further works to be done in permit reforms by cutting down the number of permits from more than 1000 to 400,” said Chimed Saikhanbileg, Prime Minister of Mongolia. The reduced inspection numbers have also realized cumulative Compliance Cost Savings of $2.6 million, exceeding the project’s original target of $2.3 million. “Making a better place for businesses to thrive is a constant process that requires the entire government’s commitment and dedication. Mongolia will become one of the top countries that attracts investment and helps businesses grow. We thank WBG for their support and hope to work together on the next reforms."
“Mongolia can be a role model for implementation of the risk based approach to food inspection, and become the benchmark for regulatory delivery in developing countries” said Tuyen D. Nguyen, IFC’s Resident Representative in Mongolia. “It is essential for the government to continue reform efforts in a sustainable way. Mongolia has achieved a lot in the inspection reform space that can be considered as international best practice.”
In particular, the launch of Mongolia’s Glass Inspection Portal, advised by IFC, improved risk assessments based on evidence. “Risk level assessments as well as planning of inspections are now fully automated. As the next step, we would like to bring consumers into the reform process, as our allies and advisors,’ said Ts. Sharavdorj, Acting Chairman of GASI.
“We have pursued our vision of improving inspections systems over the last seven years and have achieved this goal through the hard work and dedication of the entire agency. Through the top management’s leadership and the commitment of inspectors, we have developed a more effective inspections system,” said Jigjidmaa Dugeree, Mongolia Business Inspections Reform Project Leader. “Changing inspectors’ attitudes, and creating trust between businesses and inspectors was the biggest challenge. We are now receiving positive feedback from businesses regarding the performance of inspectors.”
Reforming inspections systems is a long-term, continuous process and the conference will highlight Mongolia’s progress and commitment, it will also discuss the initiatives required to continue professionalizing and strengthening these reform efforts in the future.
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