Beneficial ownership transparency in Mongolia: Tackling complex implementation issues

Sow barns are pictured at a breeding farm of Best Genetics Group (BGG), a Chinese pig breeding company in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China February 26, 2022. Picture taken February 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
Editor's note:

This is part 2/2 of the “Beneficial ownership transparency in Mongolia” report. Read part 1/2 here.

Beneficial ownership refers to natural persons who directly or indirectly ultimately own and derive financial benefit from a company or commercial activity. Beneficial ownership disclosure allows the general public to understand who has control of a company or a stake on it, so potential conflicts of interest can be identified and prevented. With more mechanisms for monitoring from governments, and the increasing importance of beneficial ownership registries, there is a global trend towards disclosure of this type of information. However, challenges remain significant.

Mongolia is strengthening its beneficial ownership processes, laws, and systems. In fact, a comprehensive beneficial ownership disclosure regime requires careful consideration of challenges beyond the public register.

With an ecosystem approach to beneficial ownership, the Leveraging Transparency to Reduce Corruption (LTRC) project, a joint initiative of the Brookings Institution and Results for Development, is supporting actors in Mongolia identifying implementation gaps and viable solutions to concrete challenges.

Building upon the findings and recommendations for a public register in a first report, Beneficial Ownership in Mongolia: A Way Forward, this follow up study focuses on how to tackle complex implementation challenges, based on lessons from other countries and a discussion of Mongolia’s context. These implementation issues are:

  • Reporting regulations for State-Owned Enterprises
  • Disclosure requirements for companies listed on a stock exchange with varied shareholders
  • Definition and identification of foreign Politically Exposed Persons
  • Elements related to verification measures for a public register
  • Clarifications on the definition of indirect control
  • Benefits and challenges associated with a public register

The report concludes with concrete recommendations for government and parliamentarian officials in Mongolia championing its beneficial ownership process.

Download the full report here.

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