Friday, April 18, 2014

Mongolia Brief April 17, 2014



Ambassador Participates in Int’l Forum on Trilateral Cooperation
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Republic of Korea Mr B.Ganbold took part in the 2014 international forum for trilateral cooperation held April 15 in Seoul under a theme "The Unity in Diversity - Fostering East Asian Identity & Spirit of Community".

Head of the secretary-general of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) and Ambassador of Japan Mr Shigeo Iwatani made the opening remarks at the forum, and then an advisor to the South Korea’s President on foreign policy and security Chu Chol Gi delivered a speech.
The Mongolian Ambassador B.Ganbold; and the Ambassador of the Russian Federation (RF) Mr K.V.Vnukov gave reports, representing their countries. Moreover, the Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland A.Donahue delivered a report, representing the European Union (EU) and Mr Thomas Wuchte represented the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Mr Ganbold’s report had a theme “Integration new model in Northeast Asia: confidence building and strong bilateral cooperation” which was delivered at a sub-meeting titled "Wisdom of integration-When Northeast Asia Encounters the West". By his report, he introduced to the participants an initiative of the Mongolian President on Ulaanbaatar Talks on Security in Northeast Asia. In addition, Mr Ganbold touched upon issues of Mongolia’s possibility to serve as an international mediator for the region, and then expressed a willingness to join the trilateral cooperation structure.
Mongolia officially took part in the trilateral cooperation forum for the first time, reporting about its policy and actions.      


US Narcotics Bureau Delegation Visits Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) Chief of Legal Assistance and Foreign Relations Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Mongolia G.Ganzorig received Tuesday representatives of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
The delegation included Asia Team Leader Kathllen Szpila and Senior Advisors Shibani Malhotra and David W. Purdy.
At the meeting, the sides shared views on actions aimed at combating narcotics and drug related crimes taken place in Mongolia. The parts also noted a need of relevant trainings for prosecutors, judges and criminal investigators of Mongolia to achieve effective operations in combating drug-related crimes, to share experiences, as well as to build competency for relevant officers here.
During their visit here, the U.S. delegation are getting introduced activities of Mongolia’s legal and law enforcement organizations responsible for combating these kinds of crimes.


Ambassador of Mongolia G.Batjargal Presents Letter of Credence to President to Croatia
April 17 (infomongolia.com) Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) The Ambassador of Mongolia to the Republic of Croatia Mr G.Batjargal Wednesday presented his diplomatic credentials to Mr Ivo Josipovic, the President of the country.
A non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Republic of Croatia Mr. Gunaajav BATJARGAL presented a Letter of Credence to the President of Croatia Ivo Josipovic on April 16, 2014.
Following the credential handing ceremony, newly accredited Ambassador G.Batjargal conveyed greetings of the President of Mongolia to the state head of Croatia and congratulated the nation on becoming a member of the European Union in 2013, and expressed a satisfaction with opening up an opportunity for fostering bilateral relations under Mongolia’s third neighbor policy.
On the same day, Ambassador G.Batjargal met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia Vesna Pusic to discuss issues concerning bilateral relations and cooperation.
The sides highlighted friendly relations the two states have maintained since the establishment of diplomatic ties and important roles of reciprocal visit of the heads of state in the development of bilateral political relations. The Foreign Minister of Croatia said Croatia has a strong willingness to forward economic ties with Mongolia.
Mongolia and the Republic of Croatia have established the diplomatic relations on March 10, 1993 and since, the second President of Croatia, Stjepan Mesic conducted a state visit to Mongolia in 2008, and the fourth and current President of Mongolia, Ts.Elbegdorj made a visit to Croatia in 2011.
Newly accredited envoy G.Batjargal is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia with residency in the Republic of Austria since April 2013, concurrently serves as the Ambassador of Mongolia to the Republic of Slovenia and as the Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the UNODC, OSCE, UNIDO, IAEA and IACA respectively.
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Capacity Strengthening Training for Local Delegates Runs
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) A Capacity Strengthening Training for local delegates of the Citizens' Representative Khural is running in the eastern Dornogobi province until April 25.
The action has been co-organized by the Parliamentary Office of the State Great Khural, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the UN Development Program /UNDP/.

Lessons themed “Law of budget”, “Local Development Fund” and “Understanding about gender” are being given by specialized trainers to delegates of the province.


JICA President Praises Mongolia’s Potential
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr Akihiko Tanaka informed Wednesday on his visit here and projects of JICA taking place in Mongolia.
Opening his press conference, Mr Tanaka praised development potentials and undiscovered opportunities of Mongolia that he has found out during his visit here. Visiting the country, the president of JICA met with the Prime Minister and other dignitaries, and delivered a lecture in the National University of Mongolia to emphasize roles and impacts of education to development of the nation. He also got introduced outcomes of major projects of JICA being carried out in Mongolia.
Amid his meeting with the Prime Minister of Mongolia, Mr Tanaka discussed with Mr Altankhuyag realization of projects to support engineering high education and to reduce air pollution in Ulaanbaatar and expressed a hope in further strengthened cooperation between the two countries. These two projects have been implemented under mid-term program of Mongolia-Japan strategic partnership.
Projects of JICA in Mongolia have been focused of three main areas of ‘sustainable development in mineral resource sector and stronger governance’, ‘support toward inclusive growth’ and ‘strengthened urban functionality in Ulaanbaatar’, highlighted Mr Tanaka at the meeting.
Before assuming the present post, Mr Akihiko Tanaka was Professor of International Politics at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies and at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo. Most recently he was Vice President of the University of Tokyo (2011-2012), Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo (2009-2011), and Director of the Division of International Affairs of the University of Tokyo (2008-2010). He received the medal of honor with Purple Ribbon for his academic achievements in 2012.


Z.Enkhbold Grants Prizes to Best Students and Teachers
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) Under auspices of the Speaker of the State Great Khural (parliament), the “Eureka” annual scientific conference for students and young teachers and scholars was concluded Wednesday.
Speaker Z.Enkhbold; and his advisor S.Lambaa granted prizes to winners of the scientific conference.
The prizes went to 30 students and eight teachers who have been selected as top participants in ten divisions. Student from the Mongolian State University (MSU) P.Dagvadorj, M.Molor-Erdene, B.Anudari and Ch.Sosorbaram were selected as the top attendees for the economic science, and a teacher from the “Mandakh Burtgel” institute S.Tsolmon--as the top teacher.
The organizers and participants consider that supporting scientific works by students and young teachers is closely related to preparing well-educated people and implementing a policy on sciences for the country’s development.     


Speaker Receives Sponsors of “Eureka” Scientific Conference
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) On Wednesday, the Speaker of parliament Z.Enkhbold received business delegates who sponsored the “Eureka” annual scientific conference for students and young teachers.
Expressing thanks to the businessmen for participating in the scientific contest as sponsors, the Speaker said he wants them to expand the event for supporting young scholars and to continue it for a long time.
Mongolia is not making big amount of investments to the scientific field, Enkhbold said, and emphasized that the state side is possible to prepare specialists for a specific sector with a governmental scholarship if companies have a willingness to do so.
In response, the business delegates put forward their proposals such as improving the training quality of educational organizations and to develop the internship-based training.     


Labor Minister Works at ‘11 11’ Center
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) Labor Minister Ya.Sanjmyatav worked Wednesday at the ‘11 11’ Center of the Government.
At the beginning of the interview with an officer of the Center, the Labor Minister linked reasons of establishment of his Ministry to need of a well-arranged social welfare system, employment provision to working-age population and increased employment in the nation.
During the interview, many people asked the Minister about a job training program of the Government that has been taking place in vocational centers of Ulaanbaatar and provinces. Within this program, some five thousand people have thus far graduated from relevant job trainings, and nearly 80% of them have established labor contracts with employers.
Mr Sanjmyatav also highlighted a decrease in workforces seeking employment in foreign countries, taking an example that the number of Mongolian workers in South Korea has phased down to a thousand and 900 from three thousand in one year’s time.
Another achievement of the Ministry is transparency in loan information of the Small and Middle Enterprises Support Foundation, the Minister noted.
During the interview nearly five thousand people accessed to the Center via phone or internet.


President receives Mongolian Prosecutor General
April 17 (VNS) Vietnam always treasures ties with traditional friends and stands ready to expand all-round cooperation with Mongolia, including in the field of justice, President Truong Tan Sang has said. 
The State leader made the remarks during his April 16 meeting with Prosecutor General of Mongolia Dorligjav Dambii, who is on a working visit to Vietnam. 
He highly valued outcomes of the meeting between the Mongolian Prosecutors’ Office and the Vietnam Supreme People’s Procuracy, which aims to realise a high-level agreement reached by the two sides during Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdori’s visit to Vietnam in 2013.
President Sang said the two countries will mark the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this year, noting that Vietnam always keeps in mind Mongolian people’s support to Vietnam during the country’s struggle for independence. 
Expressing his delight at the achievements Mongolia has reaped recent years, the leader noted his hope that the country will achieve more successes in time ahead. 
In reply, Dambii spoke highly of Vietnam’s development in various fields, especially in judicial reform. 
He called on Vietnamese leaders to create favourable conditions for the two procuracies to increase the exchange of delegations and enhance their cooperation in personnel training while putting forth mechanisms for the implementation of outstanding agreements.
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Prosecutor General D.Dorligjav Meets President of Vietnam
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) During his visit to Vietnam on April 16-19, the Prosecutor General D.Dorligjav was received Wednesday by Mr Truong Tan Sang , the President of this country.
At the meeting, Mr Dorligjav conveyed a greeting of Ts.Elbegdorj, the leader of Mongolia to the President Mr Truong Tan Sang, and thanked him for a warm reception.
The Prosecutor General Mr Dorligjav highly spoke about the outcomes of the meeting between the Mongolian Prosecutorial Organization and the Vietnam Supreme People's Procuracy.
In turn, the President Mr Truong Tan Sang said the two countries will mark the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this year and noted an importance of this official visit being paid in frames of the celebration. He added that Vietnam is ready to cooperate with Mongolia in all spheres and the parts need to make official high level visits and dialogues between the two countries in a constant manner.
Furthermore, the President Mr Truong Tan Sang congratulated the Mongolian side for establishment of cooperation between the prosecutorial organizations of the two countries and also for signing of cooperation protocols.


Mongolia at Vietnam Expo 2014
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) Leading firms of Mongolia including ‘Baragshuun Pharma’, ‘Ochir Daginas’, ‘Zebra International’ and ‘Mongolia Food’ are representing the nation at ‘Vietnam Expo 2014’ taking place in Hanoi city on April 16-19.
Over 800 companies from more than 20 countries are participating in the international trade fair to display their products including machineries, electronic appliances, knitwear and textile goods and commodities.


Financial Regulatory Commission Convenes
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) A regular session of the Financial Regulatory Commission convened on April 9.
At the session, issues regarding launching of Merex JSC’s primary market trading on April 10, delisting of Darkhan Impex JSC’s securities and revoking of the license of “Ten D Sec” LLC, “NIKI” LLC, “UGS” LLC, “Tengri Securities” LLC and “Mon Khan Trade” LLC were discussed and approved, reports the Public Relations Department of the Mongolian Stock Exchange.


Five Brokerage Companies Excluded from MSE Membership
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) Based on relevant resolutions of the Financial Regulatory Commission dated April 9, and related articles of the Charter of the Mongolian Stock Exchange (MSE), membership rights of “Monkhan trade” LLC, “Niki” LLC, “Tenger securities” LLC, “Ten D Sec” LLC and “UGS” LLC have been terminated on April 15, reports MSE. Due to termination of memberships, clients of these firms will be transferred to other brokerage companies according to the relevant legislation, it says.



Banks Refinance Housing Loans of 507.7 Billion Togrog
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) Commercial banks have received low interest housing loan applications totaling one trillion togrog.
After a careful consideration over the new requests, the banks decided to grant mortgage totaling 999.7 billion togrog to 17 thousand 867 applicants.
Since commencing the annual 8% mortgage program last June, the banks have received requests to refund already awarded housing loans of 845.8 billion togrog, which have been delivered under the Government program to stabilize the mortgage system of the nation. Refunding requests for the loans totaling 507.7 billion from 17 thousand 786 citizens have been approved by the commercial banks. 


French Scientist Awarded Mongolian Science High Medal
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) President of the Academy of Sciences of Mongolia B.Enhtuvshin received Tuesday Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Mongolia Yves Delunay and a delegation from the Department of Environmental Control at the Atomic Energy Commission of France.
The sides exchanged views on further expansion and development of bilateral relations in sciences and technologies. This year, Mongolia and France celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of cooperation in the field of geophysics.
During the meeting, Mr Enhtuvshin presented Ms Benedicte Guilpart, Director of the Department of Environmental Control of the Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission, a gold medal named after Kublai Khan. This highest order of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences was awarded to the French scientist for her contributions to geophysics development in Mongolia.


Mongolian Chess Player at Women Grand Prix
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) Mongolia’s T.Batchimeg is attending the fourth tournament of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2013-2014, taking place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia on April 7-22.
At the Grand prix tournament among 12 best chess players of the world, our T.Batchimeg has one draw and four loses so far after seven rounds. She drew with Russia’s Tatiana Kosintseva at the third round to earn 0.5 point.
Hou Yifan of China is leading the tournament with 4.5 points, and is followed by Anna Muzychuk of Slovenia with 3.5 points.


Int'l Morin Khuur Festival to Run
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) The 4th international festival of Morin Khuur /horse-headed fiddle/ is to be hosted in the UB city, on April 26-May 2.
It will be co-organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, the World Association of Morin Khuur and the Fund of Culture and Scientific Research of Mongolian nation in the work frame of a decree about spreading this musical instrument issued by the President.
The action is expected to attract professional and amateur Morin Khuur players from China, Russia, USA, Germany, South Korea, France and Japan, and our country will be represented by 200 players.
An opening concert of the festival will be staged by professional players, a gala concert of the best players will be given May 2.


Muay Thai Boxing Championships come to Mongolia
April 17 (news.mn) It has been decided that the Asian Muay Thai Boxing Championships will be held in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia this summer. A board meeting of the Asian Professional Muay Thai Boxing Federation reached the decision just recently. 
As part of the Championships, Muay Thai Boxing fights for the 57 kg class will be held in Ulaanbaatar in June. 
For the Asian Professional Champion`s belt in 57 kg, Mongolian leading fighter, sports master of kickboxing B.Gantogtokh, and Vietnamese leading fighter Tang, will compete in five stages according to the Muay Thai boxing rules. 
The Mongolian fighter, 18 year-old B.Gantogtokh, is winner of silver from the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Incheon, Korea and bronze medals from World Muay Thai Boxing Championships in 2013 and 2014. B.Gantogtokh has won 11 out of 14 professional fights. He outright defeated his competitors with heavy blow five times. 
Vietnamese fighter, 19 year-old Tang, has won 14 times out of 20 professional fights. 


“For water in the future” children’s contest held
April 17 (news.mn) A month long campaign to test children`s water usage knowledge, develop their skill to save water and promote Mongolia`s beautiful tradition of treasuring mother earth, nature and water was held between March 5th and April 5th by the Ministry of Environment and Green Development. The campaign was held in accordance with the program a World Fit for Children initiated by the UN General Assembly and World Water Day. 
During the campaign days, an essay writing contest was held on the topic of “The Value of Water, Ecological value in nature and nature protection” among 9-12 grade students. “Water- In my dream” picture contest was held among 1st to 3rd grade students and “Water and I” hand drawing contests among 4th to 8th grade students in secondary schools.
For the 9th edition of the contest, over 11,200 students from national schools and other school participated in the contests. 
The contest to develop children`s good habits to save water and promote Mongolia`s beautiful tradition of treasuring mother earth, nature and water was supported by water distributor Bonaqua.  


Foreign Affairs Ministry Open Day
April 17 (news.mn) The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Mongolia is holding a “Public open day” event to promote the ministry`s activities at Chinggis Khaan Square (formerly Sukhbaatar Square) on Sunday April 19th between 10 am and 3 pm. 
To open the event the Foreign Affairs Minister L.Bold will deliver a speech.  Foreign Affairs Ministry`s departments, offices and foreign diplomatic, consular and other representative offices will introduce their activities and answer civilians` questions.
Consulates will give information related to visa applications, and travel advice, providing notary services and as well as connecting civilians to Diplomatic representative office abroad and reply to related questions. 
During the day there will also be Mongolia`s Foreign Affairs Central Archive exhibition with archive services. 
The Office of Diplomatic Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia will give information regarding diplomatic protocol. 
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Ministry is to organize "Open Day"Montsame, April 17


Mongolia to Host First Asian Championship of Folklore - 2014 Ulaanbaatar
April 17 (infomongolia.com) Upon the initiation of the World Folklore Academy and World Association of Folk Festivals, Ulaanbaatar is hosting the First Asian Championship of Folklore at the National Amusement Part organized by Art Lar House NGO on June 11-15, 2014.
The event will be organized with support of UNESCO Mongolia and with financial and logistical supports of Municipality of Ulaanbaatar and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, and organizers believe this event is high in importance to become one of the most important cultural events in Asia, where about 80 nations are invited to participate.
These invited folklore groups from all over Asia are Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, British Indian, Ocean Territory, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, North Korea, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao, Lebanon, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn, Russia, Qatar, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Wallis and Futuna, and Yemen.
The concerts of the Asian Championship of Folklore - UB 2014 will be broadcasted live on the World Internet Television “TV Eurofolk” and on several Mongolian televisions live, moreover all contestants will parade with their traditional costumes on Chinggis Square, Ulaanbaatar on June 12, 2014.
The contest system includes the following categories:
A) Folklore songs groups - authentic folklore (choirs and ensembles)
B) Folklore songs groups - modern arrangement of folklore music (choirs and ensembles)
C) Folklore dances groups - authentic folklore (folklore dance groups, ensembles)
D) Folklore dances groups - modern choreography (folklore dance groups, ensembles)
E) Folklore mix ensembles - authentic performances (live vocal, instrumental and dance)
F) Folklore mix ensembles - processed performances (live vocal, instrumental and dance)
G) Folklore Instrumental groups - folklore music (ensembles and orchestras)
H) Folklore customs group - replica (folklore groups, ensembles)
I) Group for old urban songs - (groups, ensembles)
The winner of the Grand Prize of Asian Champion of Folklore for 2014 will be awarded with Grand Prix "Orpheus", a Gold medal and a Diploma for Absolute Asian Champion of Folklore for 2014, moreover the First place prize is accompanied with cash award of 4,000 EUR, the Second - 2,000 EUR and the Third with 1,000 EUR.
Besides, the jury awards the top performers with a recommendation for participation in the Fourth World Championship of Folklore to take place in Pomorie, Bulgaria on August 21-31, 2014.
To remind, Mongolia’s “Domog” Folk Group, accompanied with dancers, long song singers and contortionists, had participated with brilliant results at the Third World Championship of Folklore winning the Grand Prix “Golden Orpheus” and becoming the Absolute World Champion of Folklore in 2013.


Global Study on Homicide 2013
April 17 (infomongolia.com) According to new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). study, the Global Study on Homicide 2013 was launched in London on April 10, 2014.
Almost half a million people (437,000) across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide. Globally, some 80 percent of homicide victims and 95 percent of perpetrators are men. Almost 15 percent of all homicides stem from domestic violence (63,600). However, the overwhelming majority - almost 70 percent - of domestic violence fatalities are women (43,600). Over half of all homicide victims are under 30 years of age, with children under the age of 15 accounting for just over 8 percent of all homicides (36,000), the Study highlighted.
The regional picture
Almost 750 million people live in countries with the highest homicide rates in the world - namely the Americas and Africa - meaning that almost half of all homicide occurs in countries that are home to just 11 percent of the earth’s population. At the opposite end of the spectrum, 3 billion people - mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania- live in countries where homicide rates are relatively low.
The global average murder rate stands at 6.2 per 100,000 population, but Southern Africa and Central America recorded more than four times that number (30 and 26 victims per 100,000 population respectively), the highest in the world. Meanwhile, with rates some five times lower than the global average, East Asia, Southern Europe and Western Europe recorded the lowest homicide levels in 2012. Worryingly, homicide levels in North Africa, East Africa and parts of South Asia are rising amid social and political instability. In an encouraging trend, South Africa, which has consistently high rates of homicide, saw the homicide rate halve from 64.5 per 100,000 in 1995 to 31.0 per 100,000 in 2012.
Homicides linked to gangs and organized criminal groups accounted for 30 percent of all homicides in the Americas compared to below 1 percent in Asia, Europe and Oceania. While surges in homicide are often linked to this type of violence, the Americas saw homicide levels five to eight times higher than Europe and Asia since the 1950s.
The causes of homicide
The consumption of alcohol and/or illicit drugs increases the risk of perpetrating homicide. In some countries, over half of homicide offenders acted under the influence of alcohol. Although the effects of illicit drugs are less well documented, cocaine Land amphetamine-type stimulants have been associated with violent behavior and homicide.
Firearms are the most widely used murder weapons, causing 4 in 10 homicides globally, whereas about a quarter of victims are killed with blades and sharp objects and just over a third die though other means (such as strangulation, poisoning etc.). The use of firearms is particularly prevalent in the Americas, where two thirds of homicides are committed with guns, while sharp objects are used more frequently in Oceania and Europe.
Post-conflict societies awash in arms and grappling with weak rule of law and impunity are conducive to organized crime and interpersonal violence. Haiti, for example, saw homicide rates double from 5.1 in 2007 to 10.2 per 100,000 in 2012. In South Sudan, the homicide rate in 2013 was, at over 60 per 100,000 people, among the highest in the world. In contrast, in Sierra Leone and Liberia, where reconciliation processes and anti-crime strategies are taking root, security is gradually improving.
Conviction rates
The global conviction rate for intentional homicide is of 43 convictions per 100 homicides. However, disparities exist across regions, with a conviction rate of 24 percent in the Americas, 48 percent in Asia and 81 percent in Europe.
As of Mongolia, the conviction rate for homicide is of 9.7 convictions per 100 homicides and ranks at the 158th place out of surveyed 219 nations.


Mayor of Ulaanbaatar E.Bat-Uul bestowed with JICA Award
April 17 (infomongolia.com) The President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr. Akihiko Tanaka and accompanying delegates are visiting Ulaanbaatar these days, and today on April 17, 2014, President handed over an Award named after JICA to Governor of the Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar, Mr. Erdene BAT-UUL.
During the meeting JICA President noted that Ulaanbaatar city in collaboration with JICA has implemented the Study on City Master Plan and Urban Development Program of Ulaanbaatar City in 2007-2009, moreover based on these studies, the amendment of Ulaanbaatar City Master Plan of until 2020, and tend of 2030 year was adopted by the State Great Khural (Parliament) in February 2013.
Also, the "Urban Development Sector Capacity Building Project" and some important development projects have been successfully implemented. Above projects have been contributed affectively to the development of Ulaanbaatar socio-economic and infrastructure sectors, therefore the JICA Award is given to the Mayor E.Bat-Uul, stressed Prof. Akihiko Tanaka during the meeting.
Ulaanbaatar is collaborating with JICA International Agency many years and the development programs have been focused not only to capital city, but also covering Mongolia’s development stage, such as ongoing long-term and large City Metro and new Sewage Treatment Plant projects.
In the frameworks of his visit, JICA President, Prof. Akihiko Tanaka held meetings with President of National University of Mongolia, Dr. A.Galtbayar and Minister for Education and Science Mr. L.Gantumur.
Moreover, Prof. Akihiko Tanaka gave a lecture at the Round Hall of the National University themed "Mongolia’s Development Accelerator - Role of Higher Education and its Potential”.
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UB Mayor awarded JICA’s prizeMontsame, April 17


Hi-Fi Records to Celebrate Record Store Day on April 19, 2014
April 17 (infomongolia.com) Internationally celebrated the Record Store Day is observed on the third Saturday of April annually since 2007 and this year the Day falls on April 19, 2014.
The day is aimed to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store and to bring together fans, artists and thousands of independent record stores across the world.
In the scope of the event, Mongolia’s “Hi-Fi Records” store is also starting to celebrate the day with its artists, bands, album collectors and fans, besides to promote young artists with an opportunity to showcase their talent.
On this day, the “Hi-Fi Records” store will announce special sales on all albums, to host album collectors’ day and to organize the RSD Party at 08:00 pm in the Basement Club, Ulaanbaatar, where 80's new wave, post punk, DJ Ghost Wheel (USA), DJ Tamiraa and Gang & Daisy band will join the party.
In the afternoon, new CD, DVD and Albums will released with presentation ceremonies at the “Hi-Fi Records” store.


8th International Conference on Mongolian Studies to Be Held in Washington D.C. on May 02-04, 2014
April 17 (infomongolia.com) The annual International Conference on Mongolian Studies will be organized by Mongolian Cultural Center at the Embassy of Mongolia in Washington D.C., United States on May 02-04, 2014.
This is the eighth edition, where 18 scholars and doctors from Great Britain, South Korea Mongolia, Russia and United States will be participating and delivering their remarks.
The Program also included tour to the U.S. Library of Congress familiarizing with rare Mongolian books reserved at Mongolian Collection of LOC and special reception hosted by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the United States of America, Mr. Bulgaa ALTANGEREL. Also, exhibition of Original Copies of Mongolia’s Laws of 1920s will be displayed.
The Eighth Annual International Mongolian Studies Conference
Hosted by Mongolian Cultural Center
In partnership with the Embassy of Mongolia 
Media Sponsors - Daily News (Udriin Sonin), UMON TV, NTV Mongolia 
Friday, May 02, 2014
09:00 am - Registration & Breakfast
10:00 am - Opening Remarks
- Mr. Bulgaa ALTANGEREL, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the United States of America
- Dr. Myagmar SARUUL-ERDENE, President of Mongolian Cultural Center
10:30 am - Panel One. History
- ScD Ookhnoi BATSAIKHAN, “Mongolia’s National Revolution of 1911 and the VIII Bogd Jebtsundamba Khutugtu”
- William Fitzhugh, “Deer Stones, Ovoos and Rock Art: New Discoveries from Khuvsgul to the Mongolian Altai”
- Vaughn KHISHIGSUREN, “Core strength within Mongol Diaspora communities”
12:00 pm - Lunch
01:00 pm - Panel Two. Literature
- PhD Dolgor TSENDJAV, “Five New Visions on Mongolia's Literature, Values and Poetry”
- PhD Simon Wickham-Smith, “Natsagdorj’s Journey To the West:, The Influence of the Weimar Republic on Mongolian Modernist Literature”
- PhD Choisuren DAGVADORJ, '" Explanation of ‘Khotogoid’ name in terms of oral history"
03:00 pm - Trip to Library of Congress. Delegates will be introduced to Mongolian Collection of LOC. (Hosted by Susan Meinheit, Mongolian and Tibetan Specialist of Asian Division, LOC)
Saturday, May 03, 2014
09:00 am - Breakfast
09:30 am - Panel Three. Modern Mongolian Society
- Bayarnyam ERDENE, “Sociological analysis for 2008 Riot, July 1st”
- Mikhail Vlasov, Alexander Bespalov, Mikhail Vlasov, Alexander Bespalov, “Youth Value Orientations: A Field Study in Western Mongolia”
- PhD Sunmin Yoon, “The Third Space: The Mongolian Soundscape between Ulaanbaatar and the Countryside, and Beyond”
- Tsevegdorj BOLD, “Domestic differentiation and circumstances in Mongolian society”
12:00 pm - Lunch
Exhibition: Original Copies of Laws of Twenties.
01:00 pm - Panel Four. Khangin GOMBOJAV, Memorial Session (co-sponsored with MACA)
- Sanj ALTAN (MACA), “Life and Career of Professor Kh.Gombojav”
- Choisuren DAGVADORJ (Mongolian National University), “Poems Dedicated to Khangin GOMBOJAV”
- Dr. Myagmar SARUUL-ERDENE (Mongolian Cultural Center), “Few Words on Khangin GOMBOJAV’s Linguistic Works”
02:30 pm - Panel Five. Education
- PhD Thomas Sheiding, “Learning from History and Others - The Ongoing Reform of Economics Education in Mongolia”
- Lkhagva MUNKHBAT, ”Financial support provided by the state and its impact on students’ learning and activity”
- G.Mongolkhatan, “Comparative study for five-year-old children's school readiness”
04:00 pm - Wrap-Up and Concluding Remarks
06:00 pm - Reception in Honor of Conference Participants
Hosted by H.E. Bulgaa ALTANGEREL, Ambassador of Mongolia to the United States of America
Performance of the singer Erdenebat SARAN (Mongolian Cultural Center)
Sunday, May 04, 2014
10:00 am - Sight-seeing Tour and Informal Party, Great Falls, MD
Hosted by the Mongolian Cultural Center and Sponsors
The Mongolian Collection at the Library of Congress
The Mongolian Collection consists of approximately 2,500 monographs, 160 serial titles, over 2,000 microfiche, and 408 volumes of rare books. Since 1992 the Library’s New Delhi Field Office, through a bibliographic representative in Ulaanbaatar, has been actively acquiring publications from Mongolia, in both classical Mongolian script and Cyrillic.
The Mongolian rare collection also includes complete reprint editions of both the Mongolian Kanjur and Tanjur, the Buddhist canonical texts and their commentaries. The Mongolian Kanjur, in 108 volumes, was published in New Delhi, 1973-1974 by Dr. Lokesh Chandra. The edition was reproduced from the Imperial Red block-print edition of 1720, which in turn had been prepared based on the rare handwritten Ligdan Khan Kanjur produced in the early 17th century.

Economic Development Minister meets JICA President
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) met with Economic Development Minister N.Batbayar on Wednesday.
At the meeting, the sides talked about financing of up-building projects taking place in Mongolia. Mr Batbayar briefed on the current state of the economy of Mongolia, and shared views with Mr Tanaka on an airport construction project carried out in Khoshigt valley under a soft loan from Japan. The Minister expressed a willingness to finance a project of a high road from Ulaanbaatar to the airport with a similar soft loan from the Japanese part.
Mr Tanaka said he will consider the above request, and informed the Minister on a project planned to render technical assistance to the Mongolian part after launching of the airport.
Mr Batbayar also proposed the president of JICA to cooperate in ongoing ‘Street’ and ‘Soum’ projects of Mongolia, as well as in industry projects of metallurgical and steel-melting plants that have been running in preparation stages.


“Inclusive insurance 2014” int’l forums held
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) An international forum on "Inclusive Insurance-2014" took place on April 16-17 in Ulaanbaatar.
Co-organized by the Financial Regulatory Commission (FRC) of Mongolia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the forum brought together some 200 delegates of 17 Mongolian and foreign organizations and companies, and experts from India, Bangladesh, the Philippines, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.
Banking sector accounts for 96% of the financial sector in Mongolia, and capital and insurance fields account for the rest of the amount. The insurance sector accounts for less than one per cent of the financial market in the country, experts have said. They concluded that the insurance sector has not stood its position yet at the country’s market although all statistical indicators of this have been increasing from last decade.
The UNDP has suggested that the poverty rate in Mongolia can be reduced by increasing adequacy of the insurance services and augmenting kinds of insurance services and products which are focused on people with low incomes.
Experts said Mongolia is lack of a system for protect risks of the insured people though the state supports insurance companies. “Banking sector bears insurance system for account owners, but it is not clear how to protect interests of the insured when an insurance company is bankrupted,” they said.
The Ministry of Finance intends to draw up and approve a long-term developmental strategy for the financial sector, and this policy document is expected to make clear a state policy on backing the insurance field. Moreover, an important objective of this forum is to encourage sharing the knowledge and experiences on inclusive insurance from international and local speakers. The forum organizers see the forum as an ideal platform to launch the next stage of development of the insurance industry in Mongolia.


Standing committee head meets Ms Sezin Sinanoglu
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) Head of the parliamentary Standing committee on social policy, education, culture and science D.Battsogt Thursday received Ms Sezin Sinanoglu, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Mongolia.
Expressing thanks to the Standing committee head for an audience, Ms Sinanoglu handed to him the fifth report on UNDP support for countries' population fund.
This year’s report was drawn up well, Ms Sinanoglu noted, and said that she is satisfied with placing it on the UN official report. She wished the Standing committee head paid great attention to this report.
In response, the Standing committee head thanked Ms Sinanoglu for delivering the report, and promised to carefully get familiarized with the report on Mongolia’s population fund, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and development programmes.
Mr Battsogt expressed a willingness to collaborate with the UNDP in improving professional skills of the Standing committee’s staffers.


Sh.Tuvdendorj meets S.Korean delegation
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) Head of the parliamentary Standing committee Sh.Tuvdendorj Thursday met a delegation of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP).
The delegation included Dr Lee Jae-young, the Director of Planning and Research Coordination of the KIEP; Dr Jeh Sung Hoon, a researcher of the Regional Research Center; and Dr Kh.Lhagvasuren, rector of the “Chingis Khaan” institute.
Beginning the meeting, Dr Lee mentioned that the KIEP is working under three basic programmes in frames of the policy by the South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The first programme called “One continent - train” aims to widen a unified network of energy and railways, the second “Creative continent” programme--to develop cooperation in technique and technologies and jointly realize an exchange programmes of human resources; and the last “Peaceful continent” programme--to improve the economic cooperation in Asia and Eurasia, Mr Lee said.
Mentioning that Mongolia adopted its newest Constitution 22 years ago, Mr Tuvdendorj emphasized the policy on legal reforms policy is intensifying from 2011 at an initiative of the Mongolian President. He added that the country has been maintaining a policy on creating basic laws for promoting the economic development and expanding the external trade with neighbour countries.


Stock exchange news for April 17
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades held Thursday, a total of 52 thousand and 592 shares of 18 JSCs were traded costing MNT 63 million 086 thousand and 804.00.
"Remikon" /30 thousand and 996 units/, "Genco tour bureau” /9,662 units/, "Sharyn gol” /2,631 units/, "Tavantolgoi” /2,741 units/ and "Khyalganat” /1,744 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Sharyn gol" (MNT 21 million 572 thousand and 030), "Tavantolgoi" (MNT 12 million 714 thousand and 435), "Khyalganat" (MNT nine million 853 thousand and 600), "Makh impex" (MNT five million 097 thousand and 620) and "Remikon" (MNT four million 588 thousand and 974).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 592 billion 987 million 307 thousand and 805. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,761.04, increasing by MNT 117.31 or 0.75% against the previous day.


Here comes fashion photo exhibition
Ulaanbaatar, April 17 (MONTSAME) N.Galbadrakh, a fashion photographer of Goodali magazine, is planning to open his solo exhibition consisting of fashion photographs in Blue Moon art gallery this Friday.
The five-day exhibition will display fashion works of the photographer taken in nine year’s time. This will mark the first-ever event of this kind in the nation, and will also be a part of the ninth anniversary celebration events of Goodali magazine.

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