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Best TPO from a Transition Economy

  • Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce & IndustryThe Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), acting as the national TPO, was rewarded for showing innovation in a number of areas, to win the World TPO Award 2006 for the Best TPO from a Transition Economy.


    With the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1990, Mongolia found itself in desperate economic straits. MNCCI, aware of the need for leadership, decided in 1992 to convert into an independent non-governmental organization and committed itself to be the voice of industry. It advocated the need for transparent and effective engagement between government and industry, and recognized the importance of a holistic approach to development, involving all tiers of society.


    Red tape index

    Perhaps the most original of the MNCCI’s ideas was its Red Tape Index. This was an index of the propensity to red tape, based on a survey of the business community. It considered indicators such as regulations, paperwork, formalities, bribery, voluntary financial contributions, and excessive administrative burdens. This Mongolian Red Tape Index was considered to be the first of its kind.

    Green bar codes

    MNCCI’s “green” bar codes rewarded producers of environmentally friendly products. They raised environmental awareness and created a benchmark for green products and services.

    Public-private partnerships

    Private-public partnerships have been another hallmark, with an annual business forum attended by more than 2,000 Mongolian business leaders and high-level government officials.

    Other projects

    MNCCI also carried out projects to reduce poverty, corruption and promote sustainable development. Carrying out its motto, “less talk, more action,” MNCCI streamlined its administrative procedures and customs documents, improved efficiency in port facilities, and helped freight forwarders to overcome trade obstacles.

    MNCCI's success and popularity was reflected in its growth: from 900 members in 2000 to 1583 in 2006.