Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mongolia Brief April 2, 2014 Part II

Book published on all Presidential elections
Ulaanbaatar, April 2 (MONTSAME) The General Election Commission (GEC) has published a book about all Presidential elections held in Mongolia since 1993.

The book has results of these elections, their statistics recorded in the capital city, in provinces and soums and information on candidates. This book gives political scientists and scholars opportunities to run comparative researches, evaluate and analyze the elections.
Incumbent head of the GEC Ch.Sodnomtseren wrote a foreword of the book, noting features of the 2013 Presidential election.

Mongolia will cooperate with Lithuana in transport sector
Ulaanbaatar, April 2 (MONTSAME) During a meeting between Mongolia's delegation and Lithuania's Ministry of Transport and Communications, new opportunities of the international container block train Mongolian Vector were discussed.
This news was released on website on April 1. The country suggested including the Klaipeda State Seaport in the route Ulaanbaatar-Moscow-Brest.
"I hope that Lithuania's striving to connect the route of the train Mongolian Vector to our project Viking will be implemented," said Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Arijandas Sliupas.
The Minister of Road and Transportation of Mongolia A.Gansukh is to conduct a visit to Lithuania on June 3 during which the sides are expected to sign the bilateral cooperation memorandum in the transport sphere.
Lithuanian and Mongolian Foreign Ministries held the 4th political consultations on 28 March in Vilnius. The sides discussed issues of bilateral cooperation, relations between the European Union and Mongolia, partnership within the United Nations and other international organizations as well as regional issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed.
The Lithuanian delegation was led by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mr.Neris Germanas, the Mongolian--by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs D.Gankhuyag.
According to Germanas, the potential for bilateral economic cooperation has not yet been fully exploited. The officials shared their opinions on future actions in this area, discussed cooperation in the transport sector and the advancement of bilateral economic relations.
Lithuanian and Mongolian diplomats also discussed events in Russia, the situation in Ukraine and Crimea.

MNOC president appointed as advisor to Ts.Elbegdorj
Ulaanbaatar, April 2 (MONTSAME) A head of the Mongolian National Olympic Committee (MonNOC) D.Zagdsuren has been appointed the non-staff adviser to the President Ts.Elbegdorj on Olympics and international sport affairs.
In accordance with the rule of the Presidential Office, advisers to the President are appointed or discharged by a decree of the President. Non-staff advisers have a right to express their positions and opinions at meetings of policy council.
For the time being, the President has non-staff advisers B.Tsogtsugar, Ch.Battsogt, B.Lakshmi and E.Badar-Uugan.  

“Gobi” brand starts to process its first in 2014 cashmere
Ulaanbaatar, April 2 (MONTSAME) One of the biggest producers of cashmere and wool products, the “Gobi” Corporation announced Wednesday that it has started processing of raw cashmere of this year.
Having a motto “From goat to coat”, the Corporation has begun this work to stimulate herdsmen to hand over raw materials to national producers, and to express thanks to them. “This measure is like an event of farmers to receive their first harvest of a year,” the Corporation’s official said.
The “Gobi” Corporation was founded in 1981 with a capability of processing 1,000 tons of cashmere. Since Mongolia transmitted into market economy system, the factory suffered a lack of raw materials therefore it has not worked in its full capability. In 2011, a condition became better to revive the cashmere and wool industry after the country set a goal to produce value-added and final products with raw materials given from herdsmen who used to sell to foreign countries.
As the result, the “Gobi” Corporation has created some 50 new job places at first-stage processing workshops, and had a great opportunity to increase kinds of export products.
The “Gobi” Corporation is considered as the largest exporter of Mongolia to produce sewn and knitted clothes made of cashmere and camel wool.

Stock exchange news for April 2
Ulaanbaatar, April 2 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades held Wednesday, a total of 16 thousand and 519 shares of 16 JSCs were traded costing MNT six million 824 thousand and 489.00.
"Remikon" /12 thousand 968 units/, "Moninjbar" /2,000 units/, "Hermes center” /865 units/, "Genco tour bureau” /301 units/ and "Gutal" /175 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Remikon" (MNT one million 944 thousand and 900), "Gutal" (MNT one million 928 thousand and 500), "Darkhan nekhii" (MNT one million and 726 thousand), "Moninjbar" (MNT 580 thousand) and "Talkh chikher" (MNT 272 thousand).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 622 billion 847 million 033 thousand and 484. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,824.78, decreasing by MNT 22.02 or 0.14% against the previous day.

Districts will be connected to camera system
Ulaanbaatar, April 2 (MONTSAME) Within this year, 490 controlling cameras will be set up in the UB city's three districts.
Some three billion togrog has been allotted from the city's and the locality's Development Fund. This a part of the ongoing work reflected in the action plan for 2013-2016 of the City Mayor to connect the city's central six districts to the united control cameras system.

Mongolian visit to Alaska Vigilant Guard continues partnership success
Ulaanbaatar, April 2 (MONTSAME) During Exercises Alaska Shield and Vigilant Guard-Alaska 2014, members of Mongolia’s National Emergency Management Agency observed disaster response and coordination exercises March 26-31.
The news published at on Tuesday also reports that the Mongolian representatives attended VG-AK14 as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program.
Alaska and Mongolia began their partnership in 2003 and conduct approximately six to eight joint exercises each year. The two were partnered due to their similarity in size, terrain, and natural disasters, with many citizens living in rural areas.
VG-AK14 is a regional, tactically focused exercise designed to test the response and coordination of different agencies from a disaster scenario earthquake and tsunami.
Each joint training exercise allows the two regions to exchange ideas and share practices to improve each other’s operations when responding to a major disaster.
“They face a lot of the same challenges we do,” said Maj. Alex Elmore, Alaska State Partnership Program coordinator.
This will be the first time Col. Ulambayay Nyamkhuu, city manager for emergency response at Ulaanbaatar, and Maj. Ariunaa Chadraabal, an officer in the foreign cooperating division, visit Alaska to learn more about the National Guard’s tactics and procedures in responding to a simulated earthquake.
The Mongolian representatives visited scenario-based events at multiple locations including Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer Fairgrounds and the joint operations center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. They observed scenarios including search and rescue training, hazard material detection and response, damage assessment and triage.
“It’s to show them how we do emergency management in the United States … how the military support the civilians when it comes to an actual response,” said Elmore.
At the Alaska Medical Station at Palmer Fairgrounds, Staff Sgt. Ned Tri, clinical noncommissioned officer-in-charge, explained the basic layout of the building and a walkthrough on what would happen if a person needed medical treatment at the facility.
“It’s nice to see our counterparts from the different nations, especially [for them] to see what we do, what we are capable of doing,” said Tri. “I hope that they can take some of that back with them to their countries and to their respective military operation.”
When asked if the Mongolian representatives commented on any aspect of the exercise they found interesting, Elmore said that they were impressed with the cold weather clothing and equipment used at the rubble pile.
“They are the coldest capital city in the world on average, so their winters are worse than our winters,” said Elmore. “So cold weather gear and equipment, able to work in this kind of climate, is very beneficial for them.”
Soldiers and Airmen in the Alaska National Guard benefit from this partnership as well, and they travel to Mongolia and to operate and train in an unfamiliar environment.
“It makes our leaders and junior enlisted much more flexible and adaptable to a situation,” said Elmore.
The Alaska National Guard will continue to enhance their partnership with Mongolia by sending a bilateral affairs officer to work at the embassy in Ulaanbaatar for a two-year tour. 

Niner sponsors GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge
Ulaanbaatar, April 2 (MONTSAME) Niner Bikes, US-based bike producer, is planning to sponsor the GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge, a seven-day mountain bike stage race in Mongolia.
Members of the Niner-equipped race team will participate in the event, held Aug. 1-7, said on Tuesday. "This event is exactly right for Niner — it combines mind blowing adventure, spectacular natural beauty and seven days of very tough racing," said Niner's global marketing manager, Carla Hukee. Niner will be the event's official bike sponsor. riders Jason Sager and Evelyn Dong will race in the event; Sager was fourth in the event last year. Besides the riders, Niner is sending Ian Hylands as the official event photographer. 

Nat’l university championship for taekwondo concluded
Ulaanbaatar, April 2 (MONTSAME) The national university championship for taekwondo ran March 29-30 in Ulaanbaatar.
The competitions were included for the first time in the list of university championships for 2014. The events attracted 180 fighters from 18 universities and institutes of the capital city, from Dornod and Darkhan-Uul aimags. The tournament ran in the women’s 49, 57, 65 kg, and in men’s 54, 58, 68, -74 and +74 kg weight divisions.
A winner of the women’s 57 kg D.Tomorsukh from the “Ikh zasag” university was named the best female fighter, whereas N.Gandorj (54 kg) from the “Mongol” institute--the best male fighter.
As the team results, the team of University of Defense came first, followed by the University of Agriculture and National Institute of Physical Culture.
Winners of each contest are qualified to compete in the World University Championship for Taekwondo that will take place June 8-14 in Hohhot, China’s Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region.

Boxers to compete in World Youth Championship
Ulaanbaatar, April 2 (MONTSAME) Boxers of the national selected team Wednesday left for Kazakhstan to have a joint training with their counterparts.
The team has 70 male and female boxers with ten coaches. After the joint training, the men’s youth team will compete in the World Championship for Amateur Boxing which will run April 10-25 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The women boxers will compete in “A” class international tournament of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) that will take place n Astana, Kazakhstan, following several competitions in Europe.
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