Monday, May 19, 2014

Mongolia Brief May 19, 2014 Part II



Premier informs on ‘100-day action plan’ in parliament

Ulaanbaatar, May 19 (MONTSAME) Mongolia’s Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag informed in the parliament last Friday on the 100-day sprint plan to revive the economy of the nation.

Developed by the Cabinet, this plan was approved by the parliament last week, which then assigned the Cabinet, the Central Bank and the Financial Regulatory Commission to implement the plan in its due time.
All actions planned will be realized in due time, with great results stimulating the economy, said the Prime Minister. Effective measures will be taken to improve foreign exchange flows, to save 20% of the budget operational expenditure, to boost the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, to reduce tax burdens for entities, as well as to increase mining exploration in the nation, he added.


MPP secretary-general visiting North Korea

Ulaanbaatar, May 19 (MONTSAME) A delegation headed by J.Monkhbat, the secretary-general of the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) started an official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
In frames of the visit, the MPP delegation will be received by Mr Kim Yong-nam, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea. In addition, they will meet with Kang Sok-ju, a politburo member of the North Korea’s Labour Party and the secretary of the Central Committee of the party.
The visit will continue until May 24.


Bakei MP meets with SDC delegate

Ulaanbaatar, May 19 (MONTSAME) Chairman of the Standing Committee on State Structure A.Bakei MP on Monday met with Mr Deepak Elmer, a Vice Director of Cooperation of Consulate Department of Cooperation Office at the Swiss Embassy.
After thanking A.Bakei MP for the reception, Mr Elmer noted that the 10th anniversary of cooperation development between Mongolia and Switzerland is coinciding with the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations this week.
He also clarified some matters relating to projects funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation /SDC/ and the UN Development Program /UNDP/, before the sides exchanged views on these issues.
A.Bakei MP highly spoke about several successful projects themed “Strengthening capacity of local governance organization” and “Supporting law-making process with civic participation” running in Mongolia, and talked about multilateral measures taking place.
Noting that the previously-rejected draft law on control will be re-submitted, MP A.Bakei said that a law on state service must be renewed as well.
In response, Mr Deepak shared his opinions on realization of Bayan-Olgii province-based projects, and asked Mr Bakei to draw a particular attention to the projects running in this province during the meeting with Mr Denis Luthe, a head of the SDC for East Asia matters.


Sukhbaatar province to cooperate with Inner Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, May 19 (MONTSAME) An eastern Sukhbaatar province and Khulunbuir city of Inner Mongolia have established a memorandum on cooperation and mutual understanding.
Last week, this document was inked by a deputy governor of province D.Khosbayar and his counterpart Mr Nyu Jengsheng.
The sides intend to bring bilateral cooperation to newer level in spheres of society, economy, culture and art, tourism and trade.
At the meeting, the officials talked about ways of further cooperation in business, mining and construction sectors.


Training against domestic violence is running

Ulaanbaatar, May 19 (MONTSAME) With a support of the “World Vision Mongolia” an international organization, a training themed “Stopping domestic violence and strengthening capacity of victim protection and service” is running in UB city on May 19-20.
This two-day action has been co-organized by training and practice center of Support office under the General Police Department and department to fight against domestic violence and crime against children at the Police Department of UB city.
This training has been involved by a total of 60 police staffers at all level and the all participants will be provided with information and experience on how to work on received complains related with domestic violence, to give urgent assistance and service to victims, to solve such complains and to cooperate with state and private bodies with same purpose.


Economic council weekly report

May 19 (business-mongolia.com) In relation to the 100 day action plan for boosting economy proposed by the cabinet  the Economic Council was established and it will organize press conferences and releases every Monday of the week. The council stated that it will work on long-term plans doubling the country’s USD10 billion GDP. It presented the economics of recently opened Khutul cement plant. The plant is one of the successfully built public private partnership projects in the country. It will produce 1 million tons of cement every year which makes the USD80 million cement importation unnecessary. It also accounts half of the country’s annual demand for cement. Increasing the domestic supply of cement is crucial for the government’s plan to solve housing problems in the urban areas.
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”Altay zither” recognized as symbol of cultural relations between Mongolia and Germany

May 19 (news.mn) A grand ceremony for the spectacular re-playing of the 1400 year-old Altay zither that was found in the Mongolian Altai mountains was held at ACA circus on May 16th, 2014.
The ancient nomads` unique cultural heritage has been restored in the scope of a Mongolia-Germany archeological project.
At the grand ceremony the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia L.Bold and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Mongolia, Gerhard Thiedemann, officially announced the Altay zither as a symbol of cultural relations between Mongolia and Germany as the re-playing of the Altai zither was held on the 40th anniversary  of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the Federal Republic of Germany.
This rare musical instrument that was found at an archeology dig in a tomb in Jargalant sum in Khovd is the first musical instrument to be found in Mongolia.
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Stock exchange news for May 19

Ulaanbaatar, May 19 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades held Monday, a total of 130 thousand and 195 shares of 23 JSCs were traded costing MNT 79 million 955 thousand and 018.80.
"Remikon” /114 thousand and 624 units/, "Genco tour bureau" /7,100 units/, "Khokh gan " /4,620 units/, "Mongolia Development" /1,137 units/ and "Bayangol hotel” /1,000 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Bayangol hotel” (MNT 54 million and 638 thousand), "Remikon" (MNT 17 million 002 thousand and 839), "UB-BUK" (MNT two million and 692 thousand), "Material impex" (MNT one million and 050 thousand) and "Mongolia Development” (MNT 773 thousand and 150).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 582 billion 447 million 661 thousand and 534. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,505.96, increasing by MNT 7.55 or 0.05% against the previous day.


Stake Your Business Claim Now to Mongolia’s Riches in Mining and Other Sectors on TMN Trade Mission in September 2014

May 19 (Trade Mission Network) Trade Mission Network (TMN), in an exclusive arrangement with the Business Council of Mongolia (BCM) and in conjunction with Discover Mongolia and Invest Mongolia Agency, is offering unprecedented business access on a customized B2B trade mission to this special land.
BCM represents over 230 of Mongolia’s top national and international companies across all sectors and YOU will meet top decision makers of your choosing to pursue specific, pre-defined business opportunities.
Held in conjunction with the annual Discover Mongolia Mining Exposition in Ulaanbaatar (UB) on September 4-5, 2014, the weeklong TMN Mission offers unique access to BCM companies and also to Ministerial and other government officials, all of whom are responsible for Mongolia’s vast mineral wealth and other business opportunities.
These are specially arranged one-on-one business meetings with decision makers and are NOT just photo ops or “meet and greet” sessions. For a list of BCM companies available to you for appointments, visit www.bcmongolia.org/en/members.
You will work closely with TMN before your Mongolia visit to develop your business objectives and to set up your agenda and appropriate meetings. TMN is already working in Mongolia and knows the business and political landscape there very well. They and their colleagues will assist and guide you before, during and after your visit.
·         Who should join this mission? In recent meetings in UB, TMN has identified business opportunities in areas such as:
·         Mining exploration, production and marketing
·         Drilling and production equipment (sales, leasing, repair/maintenance and re-sale)
·         Water/wastewater management
·         Clean coal and coal to liquid technologies
·         Geology, lobbying, public relations, translation and other professional services
·         Human resources/workplace management (including legal, finance and accounting)
·         Transportation and logistics maintenance/development (including rail, air and road)
·         Construction in all sectors
·         Oil/gas, crude and shale extraction, development and marketing
·         Machinery purchase, building, installation, repair/maintenance and re-sale
·         Power generation (on/off grid), including wind and solar
·         Capital investment, leasing and finance for all equipment, technology and services
·         Coordination and cooperation with Russia, China, the US and other countries
Your mission fee of $7,500 includes entry to the Discover Mongolia Mining Exposition, first-class UB hotel accommodations, one-on-one meetings with BCM members and appropriate government officials, ground transportation, most meals, and special receptions.
Your fee also includes the considerable advance, on-site and follow-up work needed between your company and TMN to maximize the effectiveness and productivity of your visit. Tours in and around UB, to the Gobi Desert, and to remote mining sites such as Oyu Tolgoi (www.ot.mn/en) are also available by special request at preferred pricing.
If you’re serious about building your business in this Central Asian land of incredible growth and opportunity, contact us now to get more information, discuss your specific needs and reserve your space on this limited access trip.


Darkhan-Uul Aimag Wins National Football Cup 2014

May 19 (infomongolia.com) With the support of the President's Office, the second annual "National Cup" football competition among 21 Aimags of Mongolia has been successfully organized in Ulaanbaatar on May 11-16, 2014.
This year’s competition brought representatives of 15 Aimags co-organized by Mongolian Football Federation (MFF) in the Central Stadium and the MFF’s field, and the 15 teams were divided in 4 groups, where first two winners of each group were advanced to quarter-finals.
The medal contest matches of the National Cup 2014 were held on May 16, where the Team of Selenge Aimag won over Sukhbaatar by 6:3 qualifying a Bronze medal and the final match was held between teams of Darkhan-Uul and Khovd. After second period of the finals, Darkhan-Uul Aimag dominated over Khovd Aimag by 3:0 score and achieved a Gold medal accompanying with 8 million MNT (Tugrug).
Last year, the Team of Dornod Aimag won the National Cup 2013, where Silver and Bronze medals went to Orkhon and Khovd Aimags.
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Erchim and Avragch to compete for Spring Open final

Ulaanbaatar, May 19 (MONTSAME) The winner of a semifinal match between Erchim and Avragch on Monday will take to arena to play against Khasu Megastars at the final match of men’s category of the Volleyball National Spring Open tournament.
Organized by the Mongolian Volleyball Association and Vitafit Group, the Spring Open will end on May 23. The tournament kicked off on April 21, with participation of six men and five women clubs.
In the first semifinal match of men category, the Khasu Megastars defeated last year’s champion Altain Bars with a set result of 2:0. In women’s category, the bronze medal match will be played between Monti and Tsairt Mineral on May 21, while Erchim and Enacoree are going to compete for the gold medal after the bronze medal match the same day.


Fencing tournament ran in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar, May 19 (MONTSAME) A national fencing tournament named after UB Club took place in Ulaanbaatar on May 16.
In this B-class tournament of the Mongolian Fencing Association, the competitions were held in categories of ‘heavy’ sword men, women individuals, with participation of forty fencers from five clubs.
In women’s category, the gold medal went to B.Gerelmaa, who was followed by M.Jargalmaa, A.Khaliunaa and B.Tholmon. In men’s category, E.Dolgoon from UB Club bagged the gold medal, and was followed by B.Batkhuu from Khangarid Club and E.Bayarbat from UB Club.


Nat’l championships for freestyle wrestling concluded

Ulaanbaatar, May 19 (MONTSAME) The national championships for men’s and women’s freestyle wrestling championships took place on May 16-18 in the Central House of Sports.
The championships was attended by some 200 wrestlers of over 20 clubs, but top wrestlers such as a State Honored Sportswoman and World champion S.Battsetseg; a State Honored Sportswoman and three-time bronze medalist of FILA World championships O.Nasanburmaa; international masters of sports G.Naranchimeg, B.Nomin and E.Nyam-Ochir missed the competitions due to injuries.
As the team result, the “Aldar” sports club at the Ministry of Defense won this year’s championships with 58 points, grabbing three gold medals, six silver and four bronze medals.


Mongolian boxers bring medals from Cyprus

Ulaanbaatar, May 19 (MONTSAME) Men and women boxers of the national selected team of Mongolia successfully competed in an “A” class international tournament held last weekend in Cyprus.
This tournament brought together boxers from 17 countries including Mongolia. As the team result, Mongolia took 1st place in the competitions.
Gold medals went to M.Nandintsetseg (women’s 51 kg) and J.Otgonbayar (men’s 91 kg). Two silver medals won by O.Suvd-Erdene (women’s 60 kg) and Ts.Otgon-Erdene (men’s 64 kg). Moreover, a Mongolian judge Tsogtgerel has been selected as the best referee.


Drama art bests to be announced today

Ulaanbaatar, May 19 (MONTSAME) The 11th edition of the international theater festival ‘Saint Muse’ will announce the high prize winners on Monday.
Before the 'Saint Muse' prize announcements, a red carpet ceremony will be held at the city main square (the Genghis Khan square) at 7 pm.
In past ten year’s time, the festival had been held in a form of a contest announcing and awarding the best plays staged in Mongolia during one year’s period since its last edition. In the last decade, the festival awarded the bests among some 400 drama performances and play-staging of national drama theaters. Last year, the festival advanced to become an international event, with a participation of judges from Russia, Canada, Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo. A red carpet ceremony was included in the edition of 2006 for the first time, and the nomination of monoplay was introduced in 2013.
This year, along with Mongolia-staged plays, plays from Egypt, Serbia, Russia’s Tuva and China’s Inner Mongolia are competing for the Saint Muse. The judging panel includes famous actor and producer Elizabeth Hess from the International Theater Institute.
The bests will be announced in four categories of drama, children’s play, musical and mono-play among eighty nominees, including ‘Don Quixote’ of the State Drama Theater (drama), ‘the Chairs’ of Blackbox Theater (drama),  ‘Romeo and Juliette’ of the Classic Musical Production (musical), ‘Adventures of School Boy Norov’ of the State Drama Theater (children’s), ‘Wolf and Seven Little Kids’ of 'Little Fir Tree' Theater (children’s), ‘4.48 Psychosis’ of the Blackbox Theater (monoplay), ‘Human Voice’ from Russia’s Tuva (monoplay) and ‘Waiting’ from Serbia (monoplay).


Colors of Altai Terrain exhibition to open in Art Gallery

Ulaanbaatar, May 19 (MONTSAME) An exhibition roughly translated ‘Colors of Altai terrain’ will open in the Art Gallery on May 20.
The exhibition will consist of various technique paintings displaying ever day life and tradition of the people living in the Altai Mountains in western Mongolia, and natural beauty in the terrain.
The exhibition will display nearly 80 paintings by state-prized artists Sh.Chimeddorj, Ts.Narangerel and Ya.Oyunchimeg, together with young artists.


Food Research Institute for genetically modified food opens at MUST

May 19 (news.mn) The School of Food Engineering and Biotechnology of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology has established a Food Research Institute working in food safety, diet and health, and food materials and ingredients.
The Institute, financed with 4.3 billion MNT from the state budget, will conduct research on studies of chemical formation, molecule, biology, genetics, immune, and food harmonization.


President heads to 4th CICA Summit

May 19 (news.mn) The President of Mongolia, Ts.Elbegdorj is going to the IV Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Cooperation in Central Asia (CICA) which kicks off in Shanghai on May 20th and 21st. At the 4th CICA Summit, the President is expected to meet the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President V.Putin.
As expected, the IV CICA summit will be attended by representatives of 46 countries and international organizations including 11 heads of states and 2 heads of different governments, as well as 10 heads of international organizations.
The Presidents of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and the Prime Ministers of Cambodia and Iraq will arrive in Shanghai to participate in the summit. The idea of convening the CICA was first proposed by Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on 5th October 1992, at the 47th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Presently CICA has 24 Member States accounting for nearly ninety percent of the territory and population of Asia.
The CICA Secretariat, the administrative body of CICA is located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Mongolia has attended its very first conference since it joined to the CICA in June 2001.


The U.S. Congressmen Visit Mongolia

May 19 (infomongolia.com) On May 15, 2014, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, Mr. Luvsanvandan BOLD met with member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the
Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, Congressman Steve Chabot and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Stephen Lynch in the Government House, Ulaanbaatar.
Minister L.Bold said the Mongolian people were grateful to the U.S. Congress for the support of democratic transformations in Mongolia and emphasized a great role of the inter-parliamentary cooperation in bilateral ties.
During the meeting, Congressmen noted that in the frameworks of a working visit to Asian countries, they were highly satisfied with a visit to Mongolia, the country showing an example of promoting democracy and that the United States highly value Mongolia’s contribution to the promotion of democracy, human rights and the rule-of law.
On the following day, May 16, American Congressmen were received by Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) Mr. Zandaakhuu ENKHBOLD, where U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Piper Campbell, Vice Chairwoman of Mongolian-American Parliamentary Group, MP M.Batchimeg, MP Mr. Ts.Tsolmon and other officials were present.
During his meeting Mr. Steve Chabot noted, “Mongolian peacekeepers have been successfully participating in the international operations by sending its troops to South Sudan, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. However, Mongolia’s population is considered few, but the role is significant”.
In response, Speaker Z.Enkhbold expressed his satisfaction to meet the Congressmen and Ambassador and said glad to hear that the U.S. Congress values Mongolia’s contribution in the international peacekeeping operations and Mongolia is capable to further develop relationship strengthening with the United States in all appropriate sectors.


India to Participate with Its 16 Companies in 2014 SME

International Trade and Fair to Take Place in Ulaanbaatar,

Mongolia

Within an aim to broadening the economy, trade and business ties between Mongolia and the Republic of India, Mongolia-India Business Forum is to take place at the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) in Ulaanbaatar on June 12, 2014.
Representing India, about 16 companies specialized in hand crafts, textile, medicine, engineering, agriculture, steel, construction, cosmetics, information technology and oil sectors will be attending in the Business Forum scheduled in the MNCCI, and promoting its products and services during 2014 Small and Medium Enterprises International Trade and Fair to take place in the Misheel Expo Center in Ulaanbaatar on June 12-15, 2014.
Indian Companies to participate in the 2014 Small and Medium Enterprises International Trade and Fair
1. Malmo Exports - Textile
2. Central Himalayan - Woolen
3. Swiss Pharma - Pharmaceuticals
4. Swipha Exports Pvt Ltd - Pharmaceuticals
5. Hind Pharma - Pharmaceuticals
6. ICON Engineering - Engineering
7. Thermax - Engineering
8. Bow Avenue Engineering Services - Engineering
9. Bengal Engineering - Engineering & Agro
10. IMG Hydro Pneumatics - Engineering & Agro
11. MACKEIL - Steel and Forging
12. MTABDT Limited - Constructions
13. Maushumi's Wellness - Beauty Products
14. Aryan IT Aolutions - Information Technology for Mines
15. Kanbho Packaging - Hand Crafts, Home Linen
16. Bharat Petroleum Corporation (state-owned company) – Petroleum


Umnugovi Aimag Organizes Yak Festival 2014

May 19 (infomongolia.com) Within an aim to increase the number of Yak heads in its territory, the Governing Administration of Umnugovi Aimag is organizing a Yak Festival 2014 on May 24, 2014.
The event is purposed to prevent these animals from extinction danger in their desert areas, also animal blood reselection and improve the breed quality, as well as promote benefits of the animals and products.
During the Festival, trade and fair, consultations, and sports competitions such as lasso, parade of herders riding yaks and many other relevant contestants will be organized. This is the third Festival and will take place in Yolyn Am near Zuun Saikhan Mt. of Dalanzadgad Sum of the aimag.
According to Umnugovi Aimag statistics, about 3,000-4,000 yaks were counted in 1990 and the number decreased up to 2,147 heads in 2000, further endangered only 199 yaks in 2004. Therefore, the Aimag authorities with an aim to save the animals are organizing the 2014 Yak Festival in its territory for consecutive third year.


President of Mongolia to Have Bilateral Talks with State

Heads of China and Russia During Fourth Summit of CICA in Shanghai

May 19 (infomongolia.com) President of Mongolia, Mr. Tsakhia ELBEGDORJ will be attending the Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) to be convened in Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China on May 20-21, 2014.
The President of Mongolia plans to address the Summit on the position and policy of Mongolia for cooperation with CICA and its member states and regional cooperation as well as to hold bilateral meetings with the President of the PR of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the Russian Federeation, Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and other heads of state.
The Fourth Summit is expected to finalize the Declaration on the Principles Guiding Relations among the CICA Member States submitted during the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the CICA held in Astana,
Kazakhstan on September 12, 2012. In the scope of the Document, Mongolia’s declaration on its nuclear-weapon-free status;
Mongolia's initiative on “Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on the Northeast Asian Security”; establishment of International Research Center in Mongolia with participation of developing land-locked countries, and call for speedy accession of Central Asian countries to the Multilateral Agreement on this International Think Tank for LLDCs will be processed to include in the Final Declaration.
Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) is a multi-national forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. A member-state hosting the regular meeting of the Heads of State and/or Government is chairing the CICA Summit until the next regular Meeting, where Kazakhstan held the CICA Chairmanship in 2002-2010, Turkey assumed CICA Chairmanship in 2010- 2014, and the People’s Republic of China is holding the CICA Chairmanship for the period 2014-2016.
Main CICA meetings:
First Ministerial Meeting - September 1999
First Summit - June 2002
Second Ministerial Meeting - October 2004
Second Summit - June 2006
Third Ministerial Meeting - August 2008
Third Summit - June 2010
Fourth Ministerial Meeting - September, 2012
Fourth Summit - May, 2014

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