“Business flow from Mongolia to Japan” seminar for food supply companies
On October 9th, 2008 Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO) organized a seminar “Business flow from Mongolia to Japan” with Mongolia-Japan Center and Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Sponsoring organizations were Japanese Embassy in Mongolia, Japan International Corporation Agency’s Office in Mongolia and Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Mongolia.
Participants were students from Mongolia-Japan Center’s business course totaling 100 and above.
Seminar consisted of two parts.
During the morning session, Japanese specialists and teachers had one-on-one meeting with representatives from the participating twenty companies.
Survey results show participants asked questions concerning the foreign investment and co-operating opportunities for the businesses that are directed to Japan and challenges, preparation and quality requirements for exports to Japan.
In the afternoon, specialists presented lectures on the following topics: Food business between Mongolia and Japan; Export to Japan; Meeting safety measures and satisfaction of consumers: Introducing product tracking system and its advantages. Questions and answers followed the lecture.
Participants received answers to the questions such as export opportunities for Mongolian sort potatoes; strategy policy planning specifics for companies trading with Japan; technology and technical training for Mongolian companies.
The seminar started a year ago through the partnership of Mongolia-Japan Center and JETRO. Today’s seminar touched the challenges that Mongolian food supply companies facing during the export. We will continue to organize this training. (Director Hakamura Mitsuo)
Introducing the international standard “ISO 9001 * 14001”
Last month, the Center organized a training series for ISO over four days. The objective of this course was to inform companies with implementation process of the standard to their business.
Participants were representing the food supply companies and manufacturers of mining explosives. Quality management ISO 9001 and Environmental management ISO 14001 were introduced to the class and they learned its applicable areas, requirements, documents specifics and handbook for quality as well as the possible implementations to the daily work.
Improving employment environment
Mongolia is still in transition period to market economy but seeing developments in many parts of business world. At the same time, business owners are facing many challenges, specially small and medium enterprises. Thus we introduced a course, which is implemented to many Japanese companies, “5S principles to improve a business”.
The principles of 5S, implementation methods, preparation stage and specifics were explained through examples. Total 30 people were participated this course and here are few feedbacks.
“Learned simple and important aspects of the principles such as the change has to start from the company’s management. If we explain to our employee the advantages of the principles – it is a feasible for Mongolian companies.” Thus we concluded that if companies pay attention to preparation methods and steps of the principles it will bring a success.
(Business course staff N.Erdenesuvd)
Room filled with children’s laugh
October 31st of 2008, we held a book day for children’s book “Story of single tree” by writer J.Dashdondog. 40 students out of 70 were from middle school (Naran Japanese language school and Tugs Jargalant school).
Director Hakamura Mitsuo opened the seminar by introducing the publications and the author’s biography. Author then read the Story of single tree to his audience using Japanese kamishibai (paper drama storytelling).
Kamishibai was very interesting not only to kids but also to adults. Afterwards author introduced his publications and his mobile library. He visited children in all provinces of Mongolia travelling 70,000 km by totaling two cars (One was donated by kind Japanese people).
Seminar continued for an hour and students had no time to get bored watching the talented author. Dondog brother (author’s nick name for himself) sang a song about Colorful Dream and students were singing together. At the end of the fun seminar, students asked their questions from author.
One student asked which one is your favorite story and he answered your parents love you and your sister equally like that I love all my stories. When another student asked how old he was, he answered I’m only a year older than you are and all students had a laugh. Then author advised students not to ask one’s salary and age saying it is not a polite manner – all students promised not to do it.
One student was very intrigued by the author’s comment “Children are God” and asked why; author said children are pure and innocent creature that’s why and I work for you thus my work and life is very fulfilling.
We observed how polite and understanding was the author towards the children and it made us compare adults to him and question them. Representatives from his publishing companies presented flowers and wished him success. We, Mongolia-Japan Center, wished him success and happiness as well. Also, we would like to thank all our participants and students.
(Library staff B.Azbileg)
Feedback from participants
From August 16th to September 6th of 2008, I attended the Japanese style management course from JICA and did an internship in Hokkaido Japan. Previously, I was a participant of Management and Monitoring of Small and Medium Enterprises course organized by Mongolia-Japan Center.
. I saw how the knowledge I obtained from the course was applying to real life business environment. My goal was to gain practical experience of the Japanese style management and apply it to Mongolian factories as well as give advice to fellow businessmen and women.
This training consisted of lecture, practical training and visits to manufacturing companies. I learned from the lecture about World War II aftermath Japan; economic and social development, Japanese economic policy, Japanese style management, and 5S principles. During the field trip, we visited many small and medium companies of Japan.
There were a lot to learn from these companies in Hokkaido since the weather is very similar to Mongolian climate. I have a very clear understanding from this course on “Without customer there is no business” and “Leadership directly affects company’s success”.
The survival of small and medium companies is not only depend on the company itself but also positive incentives from the government.
(Business course staff E.Odgerel)