Mongolia Takes Important Steps towards Greening Public Procurement

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 26 November 2015 - The Government of Mongolia is taking active steps towards greening its procurement procedures. An important step in the process was a workshop organized by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism on 26 November, 2015 in Ulaanbaatar with support by PAGE. The workshop allowed to:

  • Introduce the national legal framework related to sustainable public procurement in Mongolia;
  • Share findings of a prioritization exercise which aimed at identifying an initial set of products that should be purchased in line with sustainability principles;  
  • Review a market analysis for A4 paper which was selected one of the priority products as a result of the prioritization exercise;
  • Introduce international best practices on sustainable public procurement, and to
  • Exchange views for stakeholder engagement and future collaborative actions.

The workshop gathered over 60 representatives from line ministries, the Government Procurement Agency, the private sector, civil society organizations, universities, as well as representatives of PAGE and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The participants acknowledged sustainable public procurement as an important initiative from the side of the Government towards green development. It was pointed out that the Mongolian law on public procurement currently does not include criteria looking at the environmental and social impacts of the products purchased. Only economic/costs considerations are used to select products for tendering. Therefore, products with good environmental value, are often not usually selected for public financing. Participants recommended that products available in the Mongolian market should be further studied and a database of green products should be created and available for public access.