On 6 July 2016 Strategic Talk on Tumen River International Cooperation international conference took place in Yanji (China). The conference was arranged and hosted by the Chinese Expert Group on Tumen River International Development and Cooperation Programme. The representatives of the governmental bodies, business and expert community from China, Russia, Mongolia and Republic of Korea took part in the event. The EDSG also participated in the event on behalf of the Russian business community.
The Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) was launched in 1995 with the support of the UNDP as well as with participation of the governments of Russia, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, China. In 2007 – 2010 the GTI organizational structure was established in the form of the sectorial boards. At present active discussions are aimed at institutionalization of this initiative.