A partnership centred on digital transformation for the public sector of Mongolia

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk (IPUR) at NUS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Academy of Governance (NAOG) of Mongolia to promote data-driven innovations in the public sector of Mongolia.

The one-year partnership will see IPUR and NAOG work together to design a virtual training programme on using data and behavioural insights in public policy and risk communications. They will also build capabilities through advisory support, and co-create a case study on Mongolia’s public sector transformation.

Blended Innovation Masterclasses will offer some 300 mid-senior government officials in Mongolia insights into the strategic and technical perspectives of data policy and artificial intelligence, thereby building their capacity in data literacy and risk communication. The ideas and innovations from these masterclasses would then be translated into projects and initiatives under a Data Innovation Laboratory programme, further moulding Mongolia’s data and technology landscape.

Towards a better tomorrow

The MOU was signed by Professor Koh Chan Ghee, IPUR’s Director, and Dr Surenchimeg Dulamsuren, NAOG’s Rector, in a virtual ceremony on 6 Sep. The ceremony was also attended by Mr Erdenebaatar Dolgion, Advisor to Prime Minister of Mongolia.

“Our common mission is to build up capabilities in the science of analytics and the art of implementation, leading to the vision of better lives and livelihoods for the Mongolian people,” said Assistant Professor Reuben Ng, IPUR Lead Scientist in Data and Technology.

“We will bring best-in-class talent and tools to this strategic partnership with the Mongolian government,” added Asst Prof Ng, who is spearheading the effort.

Prof Koh said the partnership will be a key focus area for IPUR in terms of training and outreach over 12 months and beyond. IPUR has been at the forefront of data innovation in Asia, partnering the public sector to harness the power of data for evidence-informed policy-making and risk communications. “We are keen to support the Mongolian government officials in capacity building in terms of data literacy and risk communication through masterclasses and data innovation labs that will encourage and test out innovative ideas,” he said.

Dr Surenchimeg shared that the project was “vital in developing digital transformation in Mongolia”. Noting that Singapore is one of the leading countries in digital transformation, she expressed excitement that the collaboration would see the exchange of digital knowledge, practices and experiences with Mongolia.

By the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk