Alberta International Development Office: Leading the way to shared prosperity

Established within the Government of Alberta in 2013, the Alberta International Development Office (AIDO) plays an important role in achieving Alberta’s international priorities. The AIDO leverages the public sector to support the private sector, educational institutions and civil society organizations pursuing international development projects. The AIDO coordinates the Alberta government’s participation in global development work and helps identify new areas of collaboration between public and private sectors.

Photo: Representatives from the Government of Mongolia pictured with AIDO’s Jihan Sharifi (centre) at the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) first Regulatory Excellence Global Summit in November 2017.

Through cooperation with various provincial stakeholders, the office enhances Alberta’s engagement in international development projects for the benefit of Albertans and the global community. By bringing together resources to support Alberta’s engagement in a given region, the AIDO is effecting change in different parts of the world, while fostering commercial opportunities for Alberta and provincial stakeholders.

One of the projects the AIDO is currently supporting is called Strengthening Extractive Sector Management in Mongolia (SESMIM). This project will build Mongolian public sector capacity for transparent and effective policy implementation supporting sustainable growth in the extractive sector.

As part of the SESMIM project, the AIDO facilitated presentations and mentorship opportunities for Government of Mongolia staff in various Alberta Ministries, agencies and institutions. This opportunity provided Mongolian officials with key information on Alberta best practices and principles in extractive sector management to facilitate the strengthening of policy and regulatory frameworks in Mongolia.

The office is also able to facilitate expertise towards projects in the country that is seeking the expertise. In September 2017, the AIDO facilitated the placement of a Government of Alberta official in Mongolia. The official was able to provide expertise to Mongolia’s Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industries through engaging in discussions, presenting at a forum and providing workshops to the ministry officials.

Photo: The AIDO coordinated presentations by Alberta Environment and Parks for four Mongolian officials representing Mongolia’s Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industries, Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Ministry of Finance in November 2017.

The AIDO is currently working to host other Mongolian officials in fall 2018 in support of the SESMIM project. This support is in addition to several other development projects and opportunities of which AIDO is a partner.

For more information on the Alberta International Development Office (AIDO), please visit us at www.economic.alberta.ca/AIDO.asp or email jihan.sharifi@gov.ab.ca

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