Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mongolia Brief March 27, 2014



Marking 65th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, Honorary Consulate of Mongolia Established in Tirana, Albania
March 27 (infomongolia.com) On March 25-26, 2014, Mongolian delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister D.Gankhuyag has conducted a working visit to the Republic of Albania, which is considered significant because made as first visit since 1957.

Within the scope of the visit, Deputy Minister Damba GANKHUYAG held bilateral talks with his counterpart Mr. Sokol Dervishaj and expressed his willingness to develop mutual relationship in political, commercial, economical, educational and cultural spheres.
He further mentioned, this year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and in the frameworks of the event, Mongolian side invites the Speaker of the Parliament of Albania and Foreign Minister to visit Mongolia that would strengthen bilateral relations, said Deputy Minister D.Gankhuyag.
Representing the Foreign Ministries, parties signed on the Memorandum of Understanding to enhance the bilateral partnership between Mongolia and Albania that was frozen for over 60 years.
On the occasion of marking the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Honorary Consulate of Mongolia was established in Tirana, Albania and represented with Albanian national as Honorary Consul.
On the following day, March 26, Deputy Minister D.Gankhuyag was received by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania Ditmir Bushati and during the meeting Minister D.Bushati highlighted the importance of identifying the right cooperation areas in the bilateral agenda, which would contribute to the consolidation of relations between Albania and Mongolia.
On March 26, Mongolian delegates visited the Parliament of Albania (Kuvendi), where Deputy Minister D.Gankhuyag was received by Speaker of Parliament Mr. Ilir Meta and during the meeting Speaker expressed his confidence that the visit would give new impetus to bilateral relations and his willingness to strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries.
In response, Deputy Minister D.Gankhuyag also noted in the scope of celebrating the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Mongolia and Albania would raise the friendly relations in new level and conveyed greetings of the Speaker of State Great Khural (Parliament) Z.Enkhbold with official invitation to visit Mongolia this year.
Mongolia and the Republic of Albania have established the diplomatic relations on May 24, 1949.


Mongolian pop group Uvertura prepares for countrywide tour
March 27 (news.mn) Mongolian pop opera group Uvertura is due to start their tour across the country next month. 
The pop opera group successfully performed “Endless” in the UB Palace in Ulaanbaatar last year. Now the group plans to perform for every Mongolian in every corner of the country on the 5th anniversary of the group. “Uvertura” is scheduled to perform in Zuunkharaa on April 12th, in Zaluuchuud theatre in Darkhan on April 13th, and in Erdenet on April 14th.



Standing Committee Head Receives French Delegation
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) Head of the parliamentary Standing committee on security and foreign policy Ts.Oyunbaatar Wednesday received a French delegation.
It consisted of Brigadier-General Pascal Ausseur, a director of the French Defense Ministry’s Division of Arming for Asia-Pacific Affairs, and Mr Yves Delaunay, the Ambassador of France to Mongolia.
Mr Ausseur noted that the two countries exchange every year their military officers to have them share experiences, and said he was appointed to his current position two years ago. France spends every year some USD 20 billion for the arms industry such as navy arming, military ships, helicopters and space techniques, he went on. France is the only country among EU nations to independently carry out this industry; he noted and expressed a willingness to cooperate with Mongolia in this direction.
In response, Oyunbaatar said the Mongolia-France relations have hundreds of years history and that the 50th anniversary of our diplomatic relations will be celebrated next year.
In its defence sphere, Mongolia uses Russia-made weaponry, Mr Oyunbaatar noted and emphasized an importance of introducing the latest hi tech to develop the frontier troops, "here, a reliable partner is needed".
He went on that Mongolia’s Defense Ministry is implementing a ten-year programme on renovating the arms, to be completed in 2015, "now, the country is working out the next 10-15-year programme.
After this meeting, the French delegation had talks with the Defense Ministry, National Emergency Management Agency and General Department for Border Protection.


Deputy FM Meets with Albanian Speaker
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) In the scope of a working visit to Albania March 25-26, the Deputy Foreign Minister D.Gankhuyag held a meeting with Mr Ilir Meta, the Speaker of Albanian parliament /Kuvendi/ on Wednesday.
The sides exchanged views on the ways of strengthening ties and cooperation between Mongolia and Albania, Mr Gankhuyag conveyed to Mr Meta an invitation from Z.Enkhbold, the Speaker of the Mongolian parliament.
The Speaker Meta underlined a significant importance of the bilateral relations and said he is planning to visit Mongolia within this year and that he will sign bilateral cooperation documents and organize business forum in frames of this visit.


D.Gankhuyag Meets With Albanian Counterpart
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) During the visit to Albania, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs D.Gankhuyag Wednesday met with his Albanian counterpart Mr Ditmir Bushati.
They talked about ways of intensifying relations and cooperation between Mongolia and Albania in all spheres and highlighted wide opportunities to collaborate in agriculture, mining and tourism spheres.
The sides also stressed that our countries, who both adhere to foreign policy on regional and international peace and stability, can continue cooperating in frames of the European Union, the North Atlantic treaty Organization and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Mongolia and Albania established the diplomatic relation on May 24 of 1949.
Development of Light Industry Needs Professional Workers
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the light industrial development in Mongolia, a meeting ran Wednesday in UB palace.
The Industry and Agriculture Minister Kh.Battulga addressed the audience consisting of industrial workers. He talked about projects that have been carried out by the Government to develop the light industry, mentioning approval of laws aimed at supporting the sector that include the law on food, the law on safety of food products and the law on easing customs taxation for equipment imports of small and medium enterprises.
He also said that increased productivity and enhanced competitiveness of the light industry has been one of the key missions of Government which is striving to promote exports of products made of leather, wool and cashmere, specifically supporting provincial entrepreneurs of those kinds of products.
Today, Mongolia’s processing industry compromises mere 6% of the national GDP, which is very dissatisfying indication of the light industrial development, he pointed out. The Government will pay attention to creating of a favorable legal environment for running business in Mongolia, and to opening of opportunities to elevate the light industrial development to international standards by introducing advanced technologies and scientific achievements and exporting pure natural products.
During the meeting, the Minister awarded best entrepreneurs and workers the state high medals.


President Greets Participants of “Make The Right Real” Meeting
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) An advisor to the President Ts.Elbegdorj on human development and social policy Mr R.Bold has conveyed a greeting of the President to participants of the UN Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities, Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities in Mongolia. The event ran Wednesday in the State House.
In the message, the President greets all participants, guests and foreign representatives of the Official Launching Ceremony on commitment of implementation of the UN Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities, Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Mongolia. “World communities proclaimed the decade (1993-2002) the Asia and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons and adopted BIWAKO Millennium Framework for action in 2003-2012, towards an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for persons with disabilities. Based on above mentioned plans and projects, Mongolia is moving forward to support and improve living standards of the persons with disabilities,” the message says.
"As the President of Mongolia, I was fortunate to deliver a speech at the interactive roundtable meeting of the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly of the UN on International and regional cooperation and partnerships for disability inclusive development. It is praiseworthy to draw global attention to the interests, development and participation issues of the persons with disabilities.
"The people of Mongolia have a tradition to help, love and care for elders, children, persons with disabilities and in generally those who need help. Therefore we must give high significance on creating decent environment for the persons with disabilities when we address issues related to the interest, development and safety of the persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities have right to access to the information and right to participate. Certainly, world communities have the same opinion and we have similar missions on this issue," the message says.


Amarjargal MP at PDF
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) Representing Mongolia, a member of parliament R.Amarjargal is participating in semi-regular meetings of General Assembly and of Governing Council of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy/PDF/.
The meetings are running in Brussels, Belgium, on March 27-28. Mr Amarjargal works as the deputy Chairman of the Governing Council.
A theme for this year's forum is “Democratic challenge: Attention on Ukraine's situation”.
The creation of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy (PFD) was an initiative of the Community of Democracies (CoD). It is an organization of members and former members of parliament which exists to strengthen democracy in the member states of the Community of Democracies and to promote democratic development in other states. It pursues these goals by sharing best practices of successful democracies, identifying challenges to democracy in nascent democracies, and expressing solidarity with fellow members of parliament and democracy advocates in non-democracies. 


MPs Submit Draft Amendment to Parliament
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) Parliamentarians S.Demberel, A.Bakei and Su.Batbold Tuesday submitted to parliament a draft amendment to the law on government of Mongolia.
The amendment reflects a clause on creating units of combating air pollution in all Ministries who are charged with this task. A key purpose is to joint efforts and activities of the state, civilians and entities more effective in dealing with air pollution, say the MPs.


Chinese Investors’ Meeting at Foreign Ministry
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) The Federation of Mongolian Employers organized a meeting with some 100 Chinese investors at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.
The meeting was also attended by the Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag and chiefs of affiliated ministries and agencies.
This meeting was planned within the frameworks of Mr Altankhuyag’s last official visit to China, during which the Governments of the two countries had agreed to jointly run economy-related projects.
At his opening speech, the Premier noted that Mongolia has created more definite legal environment for investments sector’s development, eliminating bureaucracy and burdens in certain ways. Foreign investors can now receive single window services at the Foreign Investment Agency operating within the Ministry of Economic Development, he said.
Ambassador of China to Mongolia Mr Wang Xiaolong thanked the PM for his face-to-face meeting with the Chinese investors to discuss economy and trade relations, and promised efforts for further mutually beneficial cooperation.
During the meeting, officers of ministries and agencies answered questions of representatives of Chinese investors in Mongolia.



Minister Receives South Korean Ambassador
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar Wednesday received Mr Lee Tae-ro, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of South Korea to Mongolia.
The meeting took place on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Mongolia and S.Korea.
The sides focused on all matters of the bilateral cooperation and expressed a mutual willingness to run it more fruitfully.
It was noted that a trade turnover between the two countries reached 63 million USD and that the S.Korea has become the seventh country by its investments to our country.
The meeting was initiated by the S.Korean side.
Mongolia and South Korea established the diplomatic relations March 26 of 1990. 


Mongolia and Canada to Organize Roundtable Meeting
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) This measure will run within this year in Ulaanbaatar.
The sides are expected to propose collaboration ways in economic and mining spheres and focus on expansion of the further cooperation.
Mongolia’s Minister of Mining D.Gankhuyag discussed this matter with Mr Joe Oliver, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, and with Mr Ed Fast, the Minister of International Trade, during an international forum of mining investors held this month in Canada.
Mongolia and Canada have many similarities in nature, climate, social system, law governance and natural resources. Both countries’ economies are based on the mining and agricultural sectors, so these features are to play important role in boosting the bilateral relations and cooperation, the Ministers emphasized.
The Canadian side has also expressed its proposal to establish an agreement to support investments.


Program to Be Implemented for Animal Products
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) The Mongolian Government will implement a 10-year project to develop manufacturing of animal products, announces the Presidential Office.
The project will enable processing of animal origin raw materials, thus supporting chemical, pharmaceutical and nanotechnology industries in the country. The project will be carried out in three stages, with the first stage focusing on protein production until 2016, the second stage paying attention to preparation of collagen manufacturing in 2016-2020. At the last stage of the project, Mongolia will begin to produce collagen for medical and aesthetic use, commencing from 2020.
Mongolia has opportunities to produce protein hydrolysate that has special application in sports medicine because its consumption allows amino acids to be absorbed by the body, a study of the National Development Center shows.
Today, Mongolia annually produces animal products of 160 billion togrog.


Mongolians with JINR Director
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) A Mongolia delegation led by a Head of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEAM) N.Tegshbayar met on Tuesday with V.A.Matveev, a director and academician of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia.
During the talks, the sides discussed a development of cooperation between Mongolia and JINR. Mr Tegshbayar praised high quality of training of Mongolian specialists in JINR, and expressed a hope this training will continue to contribute to researches in Mongolia.
Representing JINR, present at the meeting were also Laboratory of Radiation Biology director E.A.Krasavin, and International Cooperation Department chief M.G.Loshchilov.
The meeting took place before a regular session of the Committee of Plenipotentiaries of JINR Member States, which ran March 25-26 with a participation of representatives of governments of 11 founding countries.


Mongolian Woman Receives UNESCO Award
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) A Mongolian teacher Ts.Urantsetseg received a UNESCO competition award on Thursday in Ulaanbaatar.
The best written article award consisting of a certificate and an e-book for ‘Skill for a Better Life’ competition was handed to her by Ms Barbara Trzmiel, program assistant at UNESCO.
Ms Urantsetseg, who has been working at educational organizations of Bulgan province for 34 years, had sent her article titled ‘Secrets of Being Healthy and Happy’ for this competition.
UNESCO Bangkok launched an e-contest entitled ‘Skills for a Better Life’ to collect young people’s voices and thoughts on skills they feel are important to their future. More than 100 entries were submitted as part of the contest, which included written essays and videos.
In an entry from Huu Tin Le from Viet Nam, “A better life is a life where everybody lives freely with their own dreams”. People often say that a better life means a ‘brighter future’.
The participants of the e-contest, however, all define ‘a better life’ in slightly different ways. Generally speaking, they suggest that having a better life in the 21st century is not only about obtaining ‘stable jobs’ through the acquisition of technical skills. Instead, young people see the key to a better life for their generation as the opportunity to pursue their own unique dreams and ambitions rather than follow in the footsteps of societal expectation.


About Mining Production in First Two Months
Ulaanbaatar, March 27 (MONTSAME) In the first two months of this year, the copper production reached 146.6 thousand tons, or the performance rate is 71.2%, and the molybdenum production--523.9 thousand tons or 108.2%.
The Mining Minister D.Gankhuyag said it during the “Transparent Mining” monthly news conference Wednesday.
The coal production reached 5.7 million tons or 44%. Since the beginning of 2014, Mongolia has extracted 3.6 million tons of coal and sold 3.6 million tons, of which 2.1 million tons has been exported. This shows an increase of 23% against the previous year, Mr Gankhuyag said, adding that the country intends to export 31.4 million tons of coal this year.
Since adoption of the amendment to the mineral law, the Bank of Mongolia (BoM) received 1.320 kg gold. It was 506 kg in February of 2013, the Minister said.
The iron extraction reached 340 thousand tons in the first two months of 2014, which is equivalent to 26.1% of the figures planned. Furthermore, the zinc production was 18.1 thousand tons or 123.9%, the size of oil production--1,020.4 thousand barrels or 104.6%. Thus, the tax revenue constitution reached 47.2 billion togrog or 163.8%, the Minister said.


"Erdenes MGL" to be restructured as corporation
March 27 (news.mn) Erdenes MGL LLC, (Erdenes MGL) a government-owned mining company is to be restructured as a corporation. The company currently represents the Mongolian Government’s interests in strategic mineral deposits, prospecting, exploration, and mining licenses. It also conducts operations and makes reserve assessments for strategic mineral deposits with state budget-funded prospecting and exploration. Further, it holds government-owned shares of corporate entities that conduct mining operations in the above mineral deposits. 
"Erdenes MGL" is planned to be developed using Singapore corporation standards. It is planned that the Board of the corporation will be comprised of 30 percent foreign experts, 30 percent native Mongolian leading managers and 30 percent former senior government officials.
O.Sainbuyan, the CEO of Erdenes MGL, commented on the restructure saying the company intends to take steps to move onto the stock market in order to improve its activity as a corporation and to support its subsidiary company’s finances. 
O.Sainbuyan added that the company is not in a hurry to move onto the stock market until the legal environment has been improved and internal and external factors are improved. As currently economic growth is slow, mining production prices are weaker in the world market. However, the company does plan to put several mineral deposits into production this year.  


Vehicle weight limits in place to protect local roads
March 27 (news.mn) Heavy trucks and haulage vehicles are temporally banned on the roads of Ulaanbaatar city during the periods between March 20th to April 20th, and October 20th to November 20th every year. 
Heavy vehicles can damage local road paving especially in spring when they are weakened because they are saturated with water and frost in autumn. Resolution No 191 of the Ulaanbaatar City Mayor, dated April 21st 2008, limits the weights of trucks and haulage vehicles allowed on the City roads. Vehicles above 18 tons for double unit trailer trucks and 24 tons for triple trailer units are banned. 
The Road Authority of Mongolia has releases warnings to limit the weights on the roads of the city until April 20th. 
However, local businesses depend heavily on these roads to operate, so numerous complaints are made during this period of time. 




Mongolian Judokas in Turkey to Compete in Judo Grand Prix, Samsun 2014
March 27 (infomongolia.com) As part of series of tournaments organized by International Judo Federation and host nation, the Turkish Judo Federation is hosting the Judo Grand Prix in its Samsun city on March 28-30, 2014.
The three-day competition will take place in both Men and Women 7 weight categories at “Yasar Dogu” Sports Arena, where on Friday, March 28, competitions scheduled for Women: 48kg, 52kg, 57kg and Men: 60kg, 66kg; March 29 for Women: 63kg, 70kg and Men: 73kg, 81kg; and Women: -78kg, +78kg, Men: 90kg, -100kg, +100kg on March 30, 2014.
Mongolian team is competing with 14 judokas in Women’s three and Men’s five weight divisions under coach G.Dashdavaa and following the Judo Grand Prix, Samsun 2014, Mongolian athletes are planning to have joint training with Austrian, Azerbaijani, Georgian and German judokas in Berlin from March 31 to April 11, 2014.
Mongolian Team for Judo Grand Prix, Samsun 2014
Women
52kg - Ch.Azzaya, A.Batzul
63kg - B.Gankhaich, S.Adiltsetseg
70kg - B.Khulan, D.Odkhand
Men
60kg - M.Ganbold, Ts.Tsogtbaatar
66kg - B.Batgerel, D.Altansukh
81kg - N.Dagvasuren
90kg - L.Otgonbaatar, G.Altanbagana
-100kg - B.Serik
The recent Judo Grand Prix was held in Tbilisi, Georgia on March 21-23, where Mongolian team grabbed a Bronze medal by
B.Batgerel, Men’s 66 kg.


From April 01, 2014 Mongolia to Export Coal under New Flexible Tariff and Plans 31.4 Million Tons
March 27 (infomongolia.com) On March 26, 2014, the Ministry of Mining of Mongolia hosted the regular monthly press conference themed "Transparent Mining", where Minister Davaajav GANKHUYAG, State Secretary at Mining Ministry Rentsendoo JIGJID and other officials reported their works carried out in the first three months of 2014.
In their statements, authorities mentioned Mongolian Mining delegates had participated in the PDAC 2014 International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange held in Toronto, Canada on March 02-05, 2014. During the visit, Minister D.Gankhuyag met with Minister of Natural Resources of Canada Joseph Oliver, who is currently serves as Minister of Finance since March 19, 2014. Mining Minister also met with Minister of International Trade of Canada Edward Fast, where parties exchanged views to strengthen partnership supporting foreign investment into Mongolia.
On March 17, 2014, Minister D.Gankhuyag received Russian delegates led by President of Rosneft Company I.I.Sechin and during the meeting sides negotiated on long-term contract to supply oil products from Rosneft, moreover Mongolian Government re-affirmed its interest to import petroleum from Russia up to 1 million ton this year.
According to the first quarter of 2014, 2.1 million tons of coal was exported, which is an increased volume by 23% compare to the previous year. The country expects to export 31.4 million tons of coal this year. In the first two months of 2013, a total of 506 kg of gold was sold to Central Bank and this volume increased by 2.6 times in February 2014 reaching to 1,320 kg.
On March 10, 2014, the country’s largest zinc-lead enrichment plant “Dulaan Khar” was opened in Bayan-Ulgii Aimag, Mongolia.
In order solve the problems and difficulties faced on coal exports today, at the Cabinet meeting held on March 21, 2014, it was resolved to set a flexible tariff on coal exports that changes the tax system including mineral royalties and in the scope of new regulations, which is effective from April 01, 2014, coal will be exported under new tax tariff depending on how was made the contract. Before, taxes including mineral royalties for coal export used to be under one solid tariff, despite the international market price. 
As of March 25, 2014, the oil reserve at national level was estimated for 35 days, of which A-80 grade gasoline for 39 days, A-92 for 42, Diesel for 43 and TC-1 for 16 days.

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