Friday, April 11, 2014

Mongolia Brief April 11, 2014

Mongolia to Cooperate with Belarus in Military Technique
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) The House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus passed bills on the ratification of the agreements on military technical cooperation with Mongolia on April 10. 

The news was released on belta.by website the same day.
The agreement is to promote supplies of Belarusian military products to Mongolia. The document envisages an exchange of technologies, co-developing, aircraft service and maintenance, air defense armament. 


Belarus Ratifies Visa Abolition Agreement with Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) Belarusian MPs ratified the Belarus-Mongolia intergovernmental agreement on abolishing visas on April 10, reported belta.by website the same day.
The agreement provides that the citizens of Belarus and Mongolia can enter, leave, pass through the other country in transit and temporarily stay there without visas for the period up to 90 days since the first entry.
If Belarusian and Mongolian nationals want to stay in the other country for a longer period, they will need to obtain a visa in line with the existing legislation. 


Best Players to Study in Japan
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) The best two basketball players (a girl and a boy) at the ongoing Junior Basketball League Championship among middle school pupils will be granted scholarship rights to study in a school in Japan.
The above announcement was made by the Governor of the UB city's Bayanzurkh district D.Purevdagva, before semifinal matches of boy and girl teams in the middle schools championship of academic years of 2014-2015 to take place this Saturday. The two winner teams will go to Poland for a week to have a joint with the Polish youngsters trainings and friendly matches.
The championship has been attended by 40 teams of 20 schools.


Mongolian Receives Rumsfeld Fellowship
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) One of this year’s recipients of the prestigious Rumsfeld Fellowship is Ms Shijir Ochirbat, a senior strategy and policy analyst at Oyu Tolgoi LLC, the latter's website published Thursday.
The Rumsfeld Fellowship is awarded each year to young leaders and experts from Central Asia, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, and Mongolia to participate in a six-week research programme at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
Ms Shijir leads a team responsible for strategic analysis and developing corporate strategies at OT. The fellowship programme provides a unique opportunity to meet in the USA with colleagues working in related fields.
Ms Shijir will have the opportunity to meet Ambassador John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN (2005-2006), Dr Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter, and former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. She will also meet experts of geopolitics and foreign investments, China-Russia relationship think-tank, trade, and infrastructure projects.
Ms Shijir is the second one from OT to receive this fellowship. The first receiver was Baasantseren Tumurbat, OT Board Secretariat Specialist, in 2010. 
The Rumsfeld Fellowship programme was launched in 2008 by the Rumsfeld Foundation in partnership with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. The Rumsfeld Foundation over the past six years has granted over 160 fellowships for young leaders from Central Asia as well U.S. graduate students. 


Mongolian Footballer Plays First Match in Thailand
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) The first-ever professional footballer of Mongolia A.Moron made his first appearance in Thailand’s football arena on Wednesday.
Playing for Krabi FC of Thailand, A.Moron had a successful assist to a goal at Khonkaen FC vs Krabi FC match which ended with a score of 2:1 in favor of Khonkaen FC. This was the last match of Krabi FC in the Thailand Football Association Cup. Krabi FC is currently the 15th in Thailand League Division 1, with one win and two draws.
Becoming the first-ever professional footballer of the nation, A.Moron Friday signed two year’s agreement to play for the Krabi FC in the first division league of Thailand last December.
Born in Ulaanbaatar, A.Moron (24) has played college soccer for Hannibal-La Grande University and the Central Methodist Eagles, located in Fayette, Missouri. He made his international debut for Mongolia in 2007, and has appeared in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. 


"Impression" Exhibition to Open
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) Young artists are planning to open a joint exhibition themed "Impression" at "Glamour" art gallery on April 14.
All the paintings are unique in terms of expressing the artists' views of trees motion, of a woman's beauty, of the city in four seasons, and of a horse. The artists are M.Tsaschikher, E.Togsoo and Sh.Sukhbat.
It will be open until April 23. 


Consultative meeting between Mongolia and Russia
April 11 (news.mn) A consultative meeting between the Foreign Affairs Ministries of Mongolia and the Russian Federation, where the Deputy Foreign Ministries of the two countries will meet, is being held in Moscow, Russia on April 10th and 11th. 
At the Consultative meeting between the Foreign Affairs Ministries, Deputy Foreign Minister of Mongolia D.Gankhuyag is having talks with his counterpart Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov on bilateral political, economic and humanitarian relations. They are to exchanging views on regional and multiple cooperation and discussing further measures to be implemented in the future. 
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MPP held peaceful demonstration
April 11 (news.mn) The Mongolian People`s Party (MPP) held a peacful demonstration at Chinggis Square (formerly Sukhbaatar Square) at 10.00 am yesterday, April 10th. 
Due to the opening of the Spring Session meeting of Parliament, the Reform Government is under severe attack from the opposition party in Parliament, MPP. MPP has criticized Parliament`s failure to control the government and held a demonstration protesting MPs from holding the position of cabinet minister at the same time. 
The bill is expected to be discussed today at the Spring plenary session meeting of Parliament, therefore the opposition party is urging the Parliament not to the allow the MPs who hold the position of cabinet minister at the same time to attend the poll.
The opposition also claims that the Reform Government is ignoring any suggestions and initiatives on politics, socio-economic challenging issues made by MPP. 
MPP urges the 17 cabinet ministers out of 19 in the Reform Government to reject holding the double position at the same time.


Remembrance held for child road traffic victims
April 11 (news.mn) Traffic Police of the General Police Agency Mongolia declared April 10th as the “Day to prevent children from traffic accidents”. Yesterday at Freedom Square the "Love me" day event was held for the “Day to Prevent Children from Traffic Accidents”. 
As part of the event, a children`s parade was held to call for attention from drivers and adults and a lamp lighting ceremony in remembrance of children road traffic victims was organized at Freedom Square. To show how tragic the traffic accidents are, 37 empty chairs will be erected as evidence. 
It is reported that 37 children died on the roads due to traffic accidents last year alone. Traffic Police have called on parents to take children to schools and to ensure their children know about traffic safety rules on the road.


Mongolia Learns from Swiss Fiscal Equalization System
April 11 (infomongolia.com) On April 08, 2014, the Office of the President of Mongolia in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) organized a presentation and discussion entitled "Inter-Governmental Relations and Fiscal Equalization System" in Ulaanbaatar.
The event was held in the Citizen Hall of the Government House, where relevant officials from the Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economic Development, Members of Parliament and representatives from academia and civil society have gathered to learn about the Swiss model of fiscal equalization in comparison with the current system of inter-governmental fiscal transfers in Mongolia.
In his opening speech Citizen Participation and Economic Policy Advisor to the President L.Dashdorj said, “Decentralization, transfer of decision-making powers to the sub-national level and increased citizen engagement in public affairs were the key objectives in the policy agenda of the President Ts.Elbegdorj in his first tenure and in his second tenure, the President is promoting a policy of Smart Government in line with further decentralization and citizen-centred governance initiatives”.
SDC’s Deputy Director of Cooperation, Mr. Diepak Elmer, noted that Switzerland is honoured to share its experiences in direct democracy and decentralization, and commended Mongolia for its remarkable advancements in its decentralization reform. “We expect that this event will kick-start a debate on the kind of Inter-Governmental Relations and Fiscal Equalization System that Mongolia wants to have”, he said.
The first presentation by Associate Prof. L.Ariunaa, Head of the Economics and Finance Department of the National Academy of Governance, described the current fiscal transfer system in Mongolia, highlighting the main challenges and proposing potential remedial actions. Prof. L.Ariunaa holds a PhD from the University of Potsdam (Germany) and is one of the national scholars who studied the issues of fiscal transfer system in Mongolia in-depth as the topic of her doctoral dissertation was “Fiscal federalism and decentralization in Mongolia” (2010).
The international expert in Fiscal Federalism, Public Management & Finance, Professor Dr. Stefan Pfaeffli from the School of Business of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Switzerland), presented the benefits and challenges of fiscal equalization in general and explained the specificities of the Swiss model of inter-governmental relations.
Following the presentations, the participants expressed their opinions regarding the challenges of the current system of fiscal relations in Mongolia and asked further questions about the Swiss tax system, distribution of functions between the confederation, cantons and municipalities, and about the Swiss experience of inter-cantonal collaboration.
Concluding the event, Advisor L.Dashdorj conveyed the President’s appreciation to the Swiss Government for continued and highly efficient support in implementation of decentralization reform in Mongolia.


Mongolia and United States Sign Joint Statement on Security Issues
April 11 (infomongolia.com) A four-hour official visit of the U.S. Department of Defense delegation to Mongolia led by Secretary of Defense Charles Timothy Hagel was held in Ulaanbaatar on April 10, 2014.
The visit to the Asia-Pacific region took over 10 days and concluded with a short stop in Mongolia, but considered as historical importance in friendly partnership relations particularly in the defense sector between the two countries.
Defense Minister of Mongolia D.Bat-Erdene welcomed the delegates at the airport and after meeting with Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag in the Government House, two Ministers held official talks in the Ministry of Defense, where parties exchanged views on bilateral relations focusing on partnership in defense sector and its further cooperation tendencies. During the talks parties expressed their satisfaction that defense sector partnership is growing in the form of new content enriched and progressively forwarding in harmony with the common interests of the two countries to deepen friendly ties based on the basic principles of protection peace and global stability.
Following the official talks, Minister D.Bat-Erdene and Secretary Chuck Hagel signed on joint statement of security issues between Mongolia and the United States and hosted a press conference.
At the press conference Minister D.Bat-Erdene noted, “The Defense Secretary of the United States Chuck Hagel is visiting Mongolia. The defense collaboration between our two countries have been started since 1991 and the cooperation successfully being developed as a result of the armed forces of both nations have been participating in peacekeeping operations and training of military professionals. Mongolia’s priority policy to adhere is an active position in regional as well as global stability.
We deem your visit to our country would bring important impetus between the two countries especially in the relationship between the defense sectors and opened a new page in the history of two countries’ partnership. I would like to extend my appreciation for your visit again and wish all the best in your work”.
In his speech Secretary Chuck Hagel said, “I was very glad to receive the invitation to visit Mongolia. Ulaanbaatar is the last destination after visiting Asia-Pacific region. Mongolia is a valuable partner for the United States and considered one of the countries with rapidly growing economies in the world. In this regard, Mongolia is a valuable contributor to ensure security and stability in the region. Based on the common interests, the economy, security and diplomatic ties between the two countries have been expanding. Mongolian armed forces militants are involved in international peacekeeping operations with UN Mandates, moreover serving with U.S. soldiers side by side in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today the “Mongolia and U.S. Joint Statement on Security Issues” was signed, where detailed information is included. In the frames of Mongolian armed forces active reform, the joint military training between defense sectors will be growing that would enable of open participation in international events, trainings and operations. I have exchanged my opinions with Minister D.Bat-Erdene regarding results of my last 10-day visit and during this period I met 13 Defense Ministers of Asia-Pacific region. These meetings were common to work together in the development of the regional countries and common to resolve the contentious issues facing in peaceful manners".
Following the press conference, Secretary Chuck Hagel met 25 Mongolian militants served in Iraq, Afghanistan and other UN peacekeeping operations and appreciated them for successful mission. After which, Minister D.Bat-Erdene presented the distinguished guest a thoroughbred racehorse.
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GHMAF Head Meets Ambassador of Turkey
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) Head of the General Headquarters of Mongolian Armed Forces (GHMAF) Lieutenant-General Ts.Byambajav Thursday received Mr Murat Karagoz, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey to Mongolia, in the Defense Ministry.
Expressing thanks to the Ambassador for calling on him, the GHMAF head noted that the Mongolia-Turkey cooperation in the defense sector has been successfully developing through co-organizing mutual visits, holding consultative meetings, training staffers, in frames of the intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation established in 1999.
In turn, Mr Karagoz said he will do all his best to forward the bilateral cooperation in the social-economy, culture, education and defense spheres. Mr Karagoz also said he will actively work on sending Mongolian servicemen for studies in Turkey and on having them participate in trainings organized by the NATO.
Mr Byambajav asked the Ambassador to study an opportunity to have the Turkish troops participate in the "Khaan Quest" international military exercises, hoping they will take part in them.  
Mr Karagoz expressed a confidence that the Armed Forces of the two countries will collaborate not only in the exercises but also in other matters. 



It Might Be Interesting
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) The United States Ambassador to Mongolia Ms Piper Campbell released on April 10 a statement, on the eve of the US Defence Ministry's visit. Ms Ambassador calls for "staying united for Ukraine". Following is the statement unabridged:
"Since last November, the people of Ukraine have been striving to define their own future.  In the process, they have become a symbol of courage and peaceful change for the whole world. The international community remains united for Ukraine, respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and giving its citizens the space and the support to help them determine how their country will be run and what their choices will be.
“Last November in Kyiv, a small group gathered to tell their President that they wanted their voices heard.  He had made a political decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.  They disagreed, and they told him so publicly.  That public protest swelled to the tens of thousands.  Their voices rose up to protest more than a political decision.  Through the cold winter, citizens from the entire country stood together on the Maidan to urge an end to corruption in their country, more economic participation by hard-working citizens instead of shadowy secret business dealings, and true constitutional protections.
“This is not just about Ukraine.  It is about basic principles that govern relations among nations in the 21st century.  As President Obama stated in Belgium on March 26, this is a “moment of testing for Europe and the United States, and for the international order that we have worked for generations to build.”  This order is based on a set of core principles that include respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.  Just because Russia has a deep history with Ukraine does not mean it should be able to dictate Ukraine’s future.  On March 27, one hundred countries aligned in the U.N. General Assembly in support of the fundamental principles of the U.N. Charter, in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and against Russia’s illegal actions.
“Another important point: Political activism in Ukraine today, as on the Maidan through the winter, includes all nationalities and all religions that make up multi-ethnic Ukraine.  The people of Ukraine—Ukrainian, Russian, and Tatar speakers alike—have the right to determine their future as a sovereign and democratic nation. 
“Social media gives us access to understand these opinions firsthand.  We need only to watch their videos, view their photographs or read their blogs, circulating the globe via a vibrant and open social media.  A free and unfettered Internet has given these Ukrainian voices a global reach, so that even here in Mongolia we can see and hear and read for ourselves what the citizens of Ukraine have been striving to achieve. 
“The President, against whom the first small protest was organized, disappeared for seven days and eventually left his country.  The democratically-elected representatives of the people of Ukraine responded to fill the leadership vacuum created by Yanukovich’s cowardice, organizing a temporary, technocratic interim government and early, responsibly-organized elections.   In April that interim government will propose economic and political reforms that ensure a voice to each citizen of Ukraine.  In May, the population of Ukraine will elect a new president with a mandate to build the future Ukraine that all of its people want.
“Meanwhile, in Crimea, Russia has torn down and discarded the international legal order and thrown away the very notion of the rule of law.  A forced, rushed, and illegal “referendum,” against the backdrop of a foreign military intervention, was used to justify a blatant land grab by a neighboring country.  That precedent cannot stand.  Crimea is Ukraine.  The border recognized in the Ukrainian constitution is the border of sovereign Ukraine.  The world has not been fooled into belief that a referendum engineered by Russia somehow justifies what is simply a land grab by force.  We do so not to keep Russia down, but because the principles that have meant so much to Europe and the world must be lifted up.  The United States, Mongolia, and the world, have an interest in a strong and responsible Russia, not a weak one.
“In the coming weeks and months, from Kyiv to Washington to Ulaanbaatar, the world must continue to stand up for the rights of brave people everywhere who stand up to a corrupt and authoritarian leader.  The citizens of Ukraine have asked for our support as they come together to define their reforms and run their elections.  For the sake of a Europe whole, free and at peace, we all need to stand together, united for Ukraine.” 


Vietnam Expresses Its Willingness to Boost Collaboration with Ulaanbaatar
April 11 (infomongolia.com) On April 11, 2014, Governor of the Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar E.Bat-Uul received in his office the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to Mongolia Mr. Fang Dang Duong.
Ambassador Fang Dang Duong has been starting his mission in Ulaanbaatar since March 21, 2014 and during the meeting with Mayor expressed his initiation on further cooperation between the two municipalities in the scope of celebration the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations marking in 2014.
In response, Mayor E.Bat-Uul noted, “I wish success in your 3-year mission to Mongolia and we are ready to collaborate in any sector proposed. Mongolia and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam have established the diplomatic relations on November 17, 1954 and as of today, over 700 citizens of Vietnam are residing in Mongolia”.
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Mongolia to Conduct Population Census in 2015
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) The National Statistical Office of Mongolia has decided to run a population census nationwide in 2015.
This will be the first-ever intermediate census, as the nation conducts the national census every decade, he last one took place in 2010.
The census not only develops a detailed population estimate, but also updates statistics of education, literacy, religion, economic activities, employment, household composition and living conditions.
According to the 2010 census, a total population of Mongolia was 2 million 754 thousand and 685. One of the main features of this census was e-enumeration for Mongolians living abroad. According to the main findings, Mongolia had 107 410 citizens living abroad for more than six months, 16 428 foreign citizens and stateless people living for more than six months in Mongolia.


Amendment to Law on Labour Safety and Hygiene Discussed
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) The Civil Hall at the President of Mongolia hosted Friday an open discussion for a draft amendment to the law on labor safety and hygiene.
It was co-organized by the Presidential Office, Mongolia’s Trade Unions (MTU) and United Association of Employers (UAE).
The MTU’s secretary-general G.Adya made the opening remarks, a head of the department of labor relations and policy regulation at the Ministry of Labor B.Alimaa spoke about a work on the draft.
The current law on labor safety, passed in 2008, should be conceptually altered, B.Alimaa emphasized. The draft amendment’s concept has been co-adopted by the Ministers of Labor and of Justice, it has also proposals from other Ministers, she added. The bill has new clauses that determines a general subscriber of works, labour safety for the executors and assistant executors, their hygiene standards, rules and expenses, and also clarifies the labor safety in enterprisers and duties of hygiene workers, she explained. 


Mongolia and Kazakhstan Discuss Transportation Issues
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) Mongolia and Kazakhstan discussed their cooperation in the auto road transportation at a meeting of the bilateral working group for the transportation collaboration held April 7-8 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The meeting was co-headed by Kh.Yerjan, Mongolia’s Deputy Minister of Road and Transportation, and by Azat Bektusov, Kazakhstan’s Vice Minister of Transportation and Communication.
Within the action, Mr Yerjan met with Jenis M.Kasymbek, the Kazakh Minister of Road and Communication, to share views on a present situation of transportation and road relations in both countries. Mr Kasymbek expressed a willingness to cooperate with Mongolia in all directions of the road and transportation spheres, and confirmed that Kazakhstan invited the Mongolian Minister of Road and Transportation A.Gansukh to a conference on international transit transportation which will run this May in Astana.
The Deputy Minister Yerjan said Mongolia wants to have its experts get au fait with transportation sector’s factories and entities, including locomotive factory in Kazakhstan, and to have them visit Khorgos and Dostuk border checkpoints.
The Kazakhstan’s side accepted the requests.


Kazakhstan, Mongolia to Open Direct Air Communication
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) Kazakhstan and Mongolia have initialed a memorandum on the implementation of the Intergovernmental Agreement on air communication within the framework of the 1st session of the Kazakhstan-Mongolia working group for cooperation.
This news was published on Kazinform International News Agency website on April 11.
The memo is set to be signed at the VI session of the Kazakh-Mongolian Intergovernmental Commission for Commercial and Economic, Scientific and Technical and Cultural Cooperation that will take place in the capital of Mongolia this May.
Based on the document, the two countries will be able to open direct air communication between Astana and Ulaanbaatar.
In addition, the sides agreed to speed up the signing of the Agreement between the two governments on cooperation in the sphere of air rescue and recovery.


Asphalt and Concrete Factory Opens in Aimag
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) The Orkhon aimag's "Olziikhutagiin naran" company has opened an asphalt and concrete factory in the province.
Some 2.1 billion togrog has been spent for its erection. The equipped with the latest advanced hi tech object with a capacity of producing 70 thousand ton of asphalt a year will employ some 40 people.  


Best Players to Study in Japan
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) The best two basketball players (a girl and a boy) at the ongoing Junior Basketball League Championship among middle school pupils will be granted scholarship rights to study in a school in Japan.
The above announcement was made by the Governor of the UB city's Bayanzurkh district D.Purevdagva, before semifinal matches of boy and girl teams in the middle schools championship of academic years of 2014-2015 to take place this Saturday. The two winner teams will go to Poland for a week to have a joint with the Polish youngsters trainings and friendly matches.
The championship has been attended by 40 teams of 20 schools. 


Province Erects Development Center in Its Remote Baga
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) Khovsgol province has erected a “Development Center of Baga" /baga--the smallest administrative unit in the countryside/” in its remote baga.
Some 180 million togrog was spent for this construction from the locality's Development Fund.
The local inhabitants will now get services of library, fitness center and state services from this center.


Here Comes Third Drift Show
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) The first drift show of 2014 will be organized in Sky Resort on April 19.
The first-ever Mongolian drift show was organized in 2012. Since then, organizers have earned quite good experiences in running such kinds of event. The opening of drift show of 2014 will be held in high level of security and under a permission of the Traffic Police Department, the organizers promise.
The show program includes air acrobatic and circus performances, motorsports demonstrations and a remote control car competition.
Music bands including Ice Top, Four Directions and Kadr will entertain the gathered with their songs during the show. There will be also a VIP show after party in Metropolis Night Club.
Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally or unintentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while maintaining control from entry to exit of a corner. As a motorsport discipline, professional drifting competitions are held worldwide and are judged according to the speed, angle, showmanship and line taken through a corner or set of corners.



Labor Fair to Run
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) A “Tourism and Employment” labor fair is to run at the UB Business Development Center on April 17.
The event is to be co-organized by the Departments of the City Tourism and of Labor. It intends to connect part or full time jobseekers to employers, particularly in tourism sphere.


Youth Federation Cooperates with Red Cross in Humanitarian Acts
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) The Mongolian Youth Federation and Mongolian Red Cross Society have recently signed a cooperation memorandum.
This memorandum confirms already traditional relationship of the two organizations and follows the intended cooperation direction of the Mongolian Youth Federation to work together with similarly purposed governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The sides agreed to further develop voluntary service and youth participation at all levels of society in framework of the memorandum, as well as to jointly develop local youth programs.


"Impression" Exhibition to Open
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) Young artists are planning to open a joint exhibition themed "Impression" at "Glamour" art gallery on April 14.
All the paintings are unique in terms of expressing the artists' views of trees motion, of a woman's beauty, of the city in four seasons, and of a horse. The artists are M.Tsaschikher, E.Togsoo and Sh.Sukhbat.
It will be open until April 23. 


Mongolian Hip-Hop Band to Tour S.Korea
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) "Ice Top" band has fixed a tour program to South Korea to perform for Mongolians living in that country in early May.
Accordingly, the band will play in Uijeongbu on May 2, in Gwangju May 3, in Seoul May 4, in Suwon and Joenju May 5 and in Busan May 10.
Respected hip-hop band, the "Ice Top" had earlier announced they would not perform any more after the last concert of “the Bests of Ice Top” at UB Palace on February 1 of 2014. Ice Top’s spokesperson then said they were performing together for the last time as the members wanted to focus on education and different careers.
Ice Top has more than 250 songs in their discography.


Blackbox Theater Releases April Program
Ulaanbaatar, April 11 (MONTSAME) The Blackbox Theater has released their April program.
The program opens with ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’, one-act play, by Samuel Beckett on April 12. With a cast of one man, it was written for Northern Irish actor Patrick Magee and first titled "Magee monologue". It was inspired by Beckett's experience of listening to Magee reading extracts from Molloy and From an Abandoned Work on the in December 1957.
‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ will be followed by ‘People’s Love’ play by Dmitry Bogoslovky. ‘People’s Love’ was shortlisted in the Depute Prize contest for young authors by the Pokolenie Foundation in 2012. The last play to be staged by the Theater in April is ‘The Lady Aoi” by Yukio Mishima, which will be performed on April 26.


Oyu Tolgoi Project Issues Revised at Parliament of Mongolia
April 11 (infomongolia.com) At the morning Plenary Session of the State Great Khural (Parliament) held on April 11, 2014, it was planned to hear MP D.Ganbat's request regarding current investment issues on Oyu Tolgoi project, where Mining Minister D.Gankhuyag gave the following answers.
In his remarks, Minister D.Gankhuyag noted, “Parties (Government and Investors) can amend the Oyu Tolgoi (OT) Investment Agreement following a written request, after which Mongolia’s Ministry of Mining sent a letter in October 2012 to continue negotiations and in order to resolve shortly by appointing workshop members from both parties.
Accordingly, under the ordinance of the Prime Minister, Mongolian side comprised of Ministers from Mining, Nature, Environment and Green Development, Finance, and Economic Development have been conducting a shareholders’ meeting with investors several times under formal and informal levels since February 2013.
At the sixth shareholders’ meeting, Mongolian Government forwarded 22 requests in 2 sets to resolve problems within the framework of the project activities. The key issues to resolve were cost overruns and incremental royalty that caused after annulling the tax commission on unexpected profit (68%).
Currently, negotiations are ongoing to resolve disputes regarding OT first phase project, but investors requesting additional funding on the second phase for underground development that opposed to the problem, and dialogues in this sphere are also ongoing.
As of the additional funding for underground, Mongolian Government requests as much as possible not to change the initial negotiations for benefit ratio. The Mining Ministry has repeatedly urged Oyu Tolgoi LLC to send the final official version of the Feasibility Study, but no replies yet to date.
The investors sent its request to the Government of Mongolia that need to borrow 4 billion USD from 15 bank institutions such as the World Bank and International Finance Corporation. According to the Law on Companies of Mongolia, this issue shall be decided at the OT Board of Directors and the shareholders' meeting”.
Afterwards, questioner MP D.Ganbat commented, "The OT project should be a leading foreign investment in our country. If successfully to implement this important project, it would compose incentive conditions for investment. However, almost a year passed since its operational of the first phase of the project, but benefits are detectable for the people. Therefore, civilians have the right to know when such important project for the development of the country would work efficiently and productivity. Thus, all aspects of the project under consideration will be asking for confirmation in future”.

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