Friday, May 23, 2014

Mongolia Brief May 23, 2014



Swiss Delegates Visit "One Window Service" Center

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) In a scope of the working visit, the Swiss delegates led by Ms Denis Luthe, the Director for East Asia Department of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation /SDC/, visited a "One Window Service" center of the UB city's Chingeltei district on Thursday.

Together with them were a director of “Research Center of Human Safety” NGO L.Erdenechuluun, a deputy manager of the project P.Baasanjav, and a project manager of Governance Support and Decentralization Mr Jack Merat. A deputy governor of the district B.Monkhbat introduced to them all functions of the center.  


Here Comes "Reconstruction 2014" Job Fair

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) The Employment Support Center, along with the Youth Labor Exchange are planning to organize a job fair named "Reconstruction 2014" in Ulaanbaatar on May 27.
During the event, employers will find new employees among students and young people visiting the fair. In a series of meetings with the employers, the event organizers managed to collect requests from 28 entities who want to offer 651 vacancies.
The first edition of this event successfully took place last year, within missions to provide students and young people with temporary jobs during their summer vacation, help them get involved in reconstruction, and increase their incomes.


S.Koreans to Cooperate with Mongolians in "Madame Butterfly"

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) Singers of the Opera and Ballet Theater will stage together with the South Koreans artists the "Madame Butterfly" opera by Giacomo  Puccini on May 24-25.
Under directing of People’s Artist of Mongolia Kh.Urtnasan, main characters will be performed by soprano B.Erdenetuya (Cio-Cio San), mezzo-soprano M.Dariimaa (Suzuki), and tenor G.Shijirbold (Pinkerton), accompanied by a choir of the Opera and Ballet Theater.
The opera will be conducted by N.Tuulaikhuu of Mongolia, and Ryu Myon of South Korea, in its two stagings separately.
Earlier, on April 25-28, artists of the Opera and Ballet Theater of Mongolia performed the "Madame Butterfly" in S.Korean Daejeon, together with its singers.
Madame Butterfly is an opera in three acts (originally two acts) by Giacomo Puccini. It is a staple of the standard operatic repertoire for companies around the world, ranking 7th in the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide.


World-Famous Circus Dwarfs to Arrive

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) Invited by the Mongolian National Circus, a world-famous Russian circus dwarfs have arrived here to stage performances themed “Little stars' wonder”.
It will be shown at the National Circus May 25-June 1. The team consists of 35 artists and some 20 animals including bear, dogs, sheep and goats. The Mongolian circus artists will be involved as well.
This group's first performance was given here 20 years ago.


East Asian specialists train coaches on disabilities

May 23 (news.mn) This week, from 19th to 23rd May, an international delegation from the East Asian region of Special Olympics International has been in Mongolia to train sports coaches and school teachers on how to teach sport to people with disabilities.
The specialist trainers from China and Taiwan were invited by the Special Olympics Mongolia program especially to train the first ever official Mongolian Special Olympics Coaches. The training was sponsored by Special Olympics Mongolia and the Laureus Fund. The teachers and sports coaches who attended the three day training have now received certification to train people with disabilities to participate in Olympics type sports.
The training involved teachers from the special education schools based in Ulaanbaatar including school numbers 25, 55, 63 and 70, and kindergarten 186 as well as teachers and coaches from Tsetserleg sum, Arkhangai. Parents of people with disabilities were also involved in the training and were invited to join the Special Olympics “Family Support Network”, which is a network of help, guidance and support for families of people with disabilities that spans the globe.
Mongolia will hold its first ever National Special Olympics Games this autumn by using the training given to the newly qualified coaches. The Games will involve athletes with intellectual disabilities, who will compete in Olympic type sports including judo, table tennis, athletics, basketball and volleyball. The winners of the National Games will have the chance to progress to the World Special Olympics Summer Games, to be hosted in Los Angeles, USA, in 2015. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has confirmed that medalists from the Special Olympics World Games will receive financial benefits similar to Olympic and World Champion medalists.


Bearded vulture recognized as pride of Gobi Desert

May 23 (news.mn) It is said that the bearded vulture (“yol” in Mongolian) originates from Umnugovi aimag. The bearded vulture is apparently a sharp-sighted and high flying bird. Recently, the Local Residents` Representative Khural announced the recognition of the bearded vulture as the Pride of the Gobi Desert.
There was a poll conducted among local residents and youths in Umnugovi aimag about 10 important birds of the Gobi Desert.
About 1597 civilians out of 2421 said that the most important bird was the bearded vulture.
The bearded vulture is found in the mountains of Bayanbor, Tostiin nuruu, Sevrei, Nemegt, Altan, Noyod and Gobi Gurvansaikhan in Umnugovi aimag.
In Mongolia, hunting of the bearded vulture was banned from 1953. The bird was added to the rare animal list of Mongolia by a Government decision in 2012.



UN Resident Coordinator Meets with IAEA Delegate

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Mongolia Ms Sezin Sinanoglu received Mr O.Acuna Thursday.
The latter--a head of Asia and Pacific Section, the Department of Technical Cooperation of the International Atomic Energy Agency /IAEA/--has been invited by N.Tegshbayar, a head of the Nuclear Energy Agency of Mongolia.
Ms Sinanoglu and the visitor shared views on the matters relating to cooperation and interrelations between international organizations based in Mongolia and to Mongolia-UN development program for 2012-2016.


Standing Committee Head Meets SDC Delegation

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) A head of the parliamentary Standing committee on state structure A.Bakei Thursday received Ms Denise Luthi, a chairwoman of the East Asia Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Present at the meeting were also B.Boldbaatar, the secretary-general of the Parliamentary Office; Diepak Elmer, a deputy country director of the SDC for Mongolia; and other officials.
Ms Luthi underlined that the 10th anniversary of the Mongolia-SDC cooperation has coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Mongolia-Switzerland diplomatic relations, and expressed her satisfaction with the bilateral friendly relations. She also clarified some issues of projects and programmes implemented in Mongolia under financing of the SDC and UNDP.
Switzerland is already considered as a model nation of democracy, but it always strives to keep and strengthen its principle, Ms Luthi noted, The the sides discussed some proposals on the further collaboration.
Mr Bakei highlighted that projects “Upgrading capability of self-governance bodies of localities” and “Supporting legislative body with civil participation” are being implemented fruitfully. He hoped that the SDC will give a vital impetus to fortifying of the democratic governance in Mongolia.
After this, Mr Boldbaatar introduced to Ms Luthi projects and programmes that are being realized with financing of the SDC, and invited her to a meeting to be held next week with heads of Citizens Representative Khural of the city and localities. He also expressed a willingness to study Switzerland's experience in democratic governance.
Mongolia is near to become a model nation for democracy in East Asia, Ms Luthi said and added that their assistance and support will contribute to this.
The visit of the SDC division head will continue two weeks to get familiarized with projects and programmes.


Prime Minister Arrives in Saint Petersburg

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhuyag arrived Thursday in Russia’s Saint Petersburg to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
A led by him delegation includes Economic Development Minister N.Batbayar, Foreign Deputy Minister D.Gankhuyag, Petroleum Authority Chief G.Buren-Erdene and others.
On Friday, after taking part in panel session themed "Sustaining Confidence in a World Undergoing Transformation", the Premier will be received by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Our PM will also receive V.Yakunin, a head of Russian Railways, and Igor Sechin, a head of "Rosneft", an integrated oil company majority owned by the Russian government.
The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is a leading international economic and business forum held annually in Russia. The Forum was established in 1997. Since 2006, it is run under a patronage of the Russian President. The organizing committee of the Forum is chaired by the Minister for Economic Development of the RF, with input on the programme and activities coming from a community of major international and Russian business leaders.
Over the past five years the Forum has transformed into a leading global business event, attracting over 4,000 Russian and international participants, representing government and business from around the world, joined by leading voices from academia, the media, and civil society. SPIEF gathers leading decision-makers to identify and deliberate the key challenges facing emerging markets and growth economies, Russia and the world, and engage communities to find common purpose and establish frameworks to forge solutions.


Prime Minister of Mongolia Meets President of Russian Railways JSC

May 23 (infomongolia.com) Prime Minister of Mongolia, Mr. Norov ALTANKHUYAG, who is participating in the International Economic Forum 2014 (SPIEF), held a meeting with President of the state-run Russian Railways Company (RZD), Mr. Vladimir Ivanovich Yakunin in Saint Petersburg, the Russian Federation today morning on May 23, 2014.
During his meeting, President V.I. Yakunin noted, “Before I have met you in Mongolia and I am glad to meet you again here in my home city and welcome to Saint Petersburg. We do remember how the people of Mongolia greatly assisted during the WWII. Our two nations have long friendly ties. Today, the global community is facing economic difficulties. I am sure the present Forum would play an important role in tackling our problems”.
Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag said he was pleased to share views on joint actions to be taken for improving the efficiency of the Ulaanbaatar Railway and stimulating mutually beneficial cooperation.
The next meeting scheduled is with Mr. Sergey Viktorovich Chemezov, CEO of Russian Technologies Corporation, reports the Media and Public Relations Office of the Government of Mongolia.
Mongolian delegation comprises of the Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs D.Gankhuyag, Chairman of the Petroleum Authority G.Ulziiburen and other officials.
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Consulate of Mongolia Opened in Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia

May 23 (infomongolia.com) On May 22, 2014, Director of the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, Mr. Sh.Sukhbaatar handed over a consular patent of Mongolia and exequatur granted by the Government of the People’s Republic of China to Mr. D.Ganbold, who will represent the country as the Consul of Mongolia to Hulunbuir city, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China.
Consular Department Director Sh.Sukhbaatar wished newly promoted Consul of Mongolia D.Ganbold successes in his mission to develop bilateral political, economical, cultural and humanitarian ties between the two nations and protect interests of Mongolian citizens residing there.
The Consulate of Mongolia is newly being opened in Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia and as today, Mongolia’s Embassy in Beijing, General Consulate in Khukh Khot (Hohhot), Consulate in Ereen (Erenhot or Erlian) and Consular Representative Office in Shanghai cities are operating.
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Mining Minister Submits Draft New Wording to Parliament

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) The Minister D.Gankhuyag Friday submitted to the Speaker Z.Enkhbold a draft new wording of the law on oil.
The draft initiator said this law must be altered, for Mongolia needs to give to its people an understanding about oil, natural gas and non-traditional oil, to make clear duties and rights of the state and of self-governance bodies of localities, and to refine all relations in royalty, taxes, granting, suspending and annulling special licenses.
In order to equalize legal terms in harmony of other laws, some understandings are amended or added to the draft, Gankhuyag said.
The Minister also said the cabinet worked out draft amendments to the laws on tax and on the state budget.  


Energy Sector to Cooperate with Foreign Investors

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) During the "Energy Mongolia-2014" international conference, Mongolia has   established a memorandum on mutual understanding with five foreign investors.
This document has been inked by B.Amarsanaa, the CEO of “Erchim” Corporation, by Mr Hur Myun Pang, a director “Asia Holdings” company, by Mr Lee Sung Hak, a manager of “Hyandai Heavy Industries”, and by Mr Park Sung Cheol, a director of “Meritz Securities”.
This is a part of actions of short-term goals of the energy sector aimed to increase capacity based on domestic thermal and power energy, and intensify international cooperation focused on the sector's competitiveness.
In frames of the cooperation, the sides intend to set up a comprehensive station, develop distribution network of energy product trade, introduce here the latest hi tech, erect mobile power plant in order to get connected to internationally-standardized smart network.


IAEA Division Leader Oscar Acuna Visits

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) Chief of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation Mr Oscar Acuna paid a working visit this week to Mongolia by invitation of N.Tegshbayar, a head of the Nuclear Energy Agency of Mongolia (NEA).
Mr Acuna legged the Nuclear Research Center at the Mongolian State University (MSU), the Physics and Technology Institute at the Academy of Sciences, also the National Center of Oncology (NSO), the Veterinary Scientific Institute at the University of Agriculture, and the Central Laboratory for Veterinary Sanitation.
Mr Acuna reported that the National Agency of Nuclear Safety at the US Department of Energy intends to realize a programme on changing the cobalt-60 radiation source which is used in the medical area, into a linear accelerator in order to strengthen a nuclear protection.
If Mongolia joins this programme, the NSO can modify its Cobalt-60 source with the progressive technology. 


Here Comes "Reconstruction 2014" Job Fair

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) The Employment Support Center, along with the Youth Labor Exchange are planning to organize a job fair named "Reconstruction 2014" in Ulaanbaatar on May 27.
During the event, employers will find new employees among students and young people visiting the fair. In a series of meetings with the employers, the event organizers managed to collect requests from 28 entities who want to offer 651 vacancies.
The first edition of this event successfully took place last year, within missions to provide students and young people with temporary jobs during their summer vacation, help them get involved in reconstruction, and increase their incomes.


Press release: Gobi kids know their birds

May 22 (Oyu Tolgoi) Dalanzadgad, South Gobi - A group of school children from Dalanzadgad have a new appreciation of the rich variety of birds soaring above the Gobi after last weekend’s annual World Migratory Bird Day celebrations.
The Gobi is a prime spot for bird watching, with three major migratory bird routes crossing the desert. During this year’s events local children learned how to identify and recognise many of the species which pass over their schools each spring.
Oyu Tolgoi has organised celebrations of World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) since 2011, and this year organised a host of activities with the World Wildlife Fund, the Mongolian Society of Bird Watchers, the South Gobi tourist association and the Children’s Association of Nature Lovers.
This year, local children were taught how to recognise migratory birds, with a competition to challenge them to identify more than their friends. The competition was won by tenth grade students, G.Tsenguun and B.Tumentsogt, who are both members of a local environmental club called “Falcon.”
G.Tsenguun said: “We cannot imagine the surrounding environment without birds. I can now recognise all of the five migratory birds that fly into the Gobi. Our club has done a lot of work to save and protect the environment. Last year our club members went to the neighboring aimag of Dund Gobi and to the Lammergeyer Valley in our aimag to plant many trees. This year we learnt many new things about migratory birds.”
B.Tumentsogt added: “We have a geography room at our school with many photos of birds on the wall. I know about all the birds that we have in the Gobi. I would like to call on my friends to help save and protect Mother Nature and migratory birds.”
WMBD activities also included an exhibition of photos of rare migratory birds taken in the South Gobi and bird watching activities at a nearby lake.
The exhibition displayed photos by photographer and bird watcher, Kh.Tumendelger, head of the local tourist association and also Ts.Purevsuren, Oyu Tolgoi’s Fauna research supervisor.
Ts.Purevsuren said: “I displayed photos of around 40 birds. The children were surprised to learn that we had so many birds in the Gobi. There are only a handful of bird watchers in Mongolia and the photo exhibition was helpful in spreading the message about why we should protect the environment.
The highlight of the day for many children was watching migratory birds stopping to rest at a small lake near Dalanzadgad, before continuing to their final destination.
WMBD was established in 2006. Every year, on the second weekend of May, people around the world take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions.
Oyu Tolgoi is supporting a project to set up database of geographic location, photos, images and videos, scientific names of pristine natural sites, rare wild life and plant species of Mongolia which is being jointly implemented by the Mongolian national society to protect natural environment and wild life, the Ministry of green development and Environment, and the Ministry of culture, sports, tourism. This year the project implementing team, among others, will document mammals, birds, reptiles, plants, insects through photos and videos.
Oyu Tolgoi fauna research supervisor Ts. Purevsuren has written a book called “Birds of Khanbogd” (in Mongolian) which is available at Oyu Tolgoi information centers in Ulaanbaatar and Dalanzadgad.


Books to Be Donated to Prisoners

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) The Mongolian Youth Federation ran a "Book Festival" on May 19-20.
The reading promotion festival included a series of actions such as second-hand books exchange between bookstores and individuals, issuing of readers cards for students, new book promotions and auctions.
The event organizers also ran an introduction tour to the Rare and Precious Books Museum of the Mongolian National Library, with a participation of 50 young people.
During the festival, some 50 books were donated to jails.


Square to Be Decorated with Oriental Zodiac Signs for Children’s Day

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) For the celebration of the International Children’s Day on June 1, the city main square named after Chinggis Khaan will be decorated with twelve animal signs of the Oriental Zodiac.
According to the arrangements planned by the City Governor’s Office, the twelve animal figures will be placed around the square, while big statues of warriors will be surrounding D.Sukhbaatar Monument in the center of the square.
That day, actors and singers from the Mongolian Puppet Theater, National Song and Dance Ensemble, Mongolian Children’s Palace, and Music and Choreography College will entertain with performances the children. 


Minister and Parliamentarian Meet Cyclists

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Ts.Oyungerel MP and a parliamentarian J.Batzandan Friday met cyclists who will compete in the 2014 Asian Cycling Championship.
Co-organized by the International Cycling Union (ICU) and the Asian Cycling Confederation, the forthcoming Asian Championships will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan. Mongolia will be represented by 13 cyclists from “Atilla” club. They are coached by B.Boldbaatar IMS.
Mr Batzandan noted that a Mongolian cyclist T.Enkhjargal won a gold medal in the 2013 Asian Championship in the women’s time trial event, and said he expects a greater success from our cyclists.
Ms Oyungerel emphasized that much more assistance is required to develop cycling sport in Mongolia, and promised to pay attention to this. “Now we should set up a national selected team in the first turn. We plan to build a track field for cyclists,” she added.  


"Agula" Jazz Concert to Be Staged

Ulaanbaatar, May 23 (MONTSAME) A jazz concert of Mongolia and Switzerland bands will be performed in the State Opera and Ballet Theatre May 29-30.
It will be a part of the Mongolian-Swiss music exchange program called "Agula". Initiated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation /SDC/, this project has been co-organized by the Arts Council of Mongolia as a part of celebration of the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries and 10th cooperation anniversary of the SDC.
The project celebrates bilateral fruitful cooperation in economy, culture and art, and humanity spheres through a music exchange.
In frames of the program, Mongolian ethno jazz band “Arga Bileg” and Swiss “Heinrich Kaenzig Quintet” bands are working together on ten new music pieces for the first time, and these works are expected to be performed at the concert.
Furthermore, a brand new album is planned to be released consisting of six new compositions by Swiss Heinrich Kaenzig and Mongolian T.Purevsukh, and four new rearrangements of each group's work as well.


Consultative meeting between Mongolia and Turkey

May 23 (news.mn) The second consultative meeting between Mongolia and the Republic of Turkey will be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on May 23rd.
The 2nd consultative meeting will be represented by the Director General for Consular Affairs of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mehmet Samsar and the Director of the Consular Department, Sh.Sukhbaatar.
At the meeting parties will exchange views on security of population, civil and social protection and as well as legal issues.
In the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, it said that the consultative meeting on the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries would bring a significant contribution to boost bilateral relations development.


"Energy Mongolia-2014" International Conference and Expo

May 23 (Mongolian Economy) The two day “Energy Mongolia-2014” International Conference and Expo is being in Ulaanbaatar until the 24th of May. This exhibition is a platform for investors to discuss environmentally friendly technology to boost the country’s world energy competitiveness index which rests at a score of 36.77. This places Mongolia 107th out of the 146 participating countries according to KPMG. 
Sonompil. M. of the Energy Ministry hopes to establish a good base to introduce advanced technology that is nature friendly for upcoming energy projects. This would increase the competitiveness of the Mongolian energy sector as well as expand cooperation and partnership in the field.  
Related authorities are giving presentations regarding multiple facets of the energy sector. They are discussing energy policy and planning, competitiveness in the energy sector, price and tariff policy, renewable energy resources, and efficient energy technology. These presentations pave way for more talks on how to revitalize the energy sector of Mongolia by making progressive improvements in the way things are run and organized. 
By ramping up the energy sector of Mongolia, officials and representatives aim to reduce the amount of air pollution that plagues the nation. With eight power plants focusing on water, sun, and wind energy sources, people are leaning towards the positive direction. Out of 794,000 families, 509,000 are connected to the central grid whereas 102,000 families who live a nomadic lifestyle rely on renewable energy resources. 
Otgonbayar. S. from the Energy Regulatory Commission stated that in order to attract investors to the energy sector of Mongolia, the country must reform its tariffs as well as clarify the legal environment that prohibits many investors from taking a risk. 
Total energy comsumption per capita per annum is 1, 889 kWh/hour. The goal of introducing new and advanced technology is to increase economic benefits by creating a tariff system based on real absolute costs. This is the priority of the energy sector. Officials are also pushing to pass new energy laws to establish a sounder sector within Mongolia’s borders that would strengthen business opportunity as well as competitiveness. 
The Energy Vice Minister, Dorjpurev. D., says that we have a huge opportunity to meet domestic demand as well as exports if we can use our entire capacity. The energy sector can become another economic pillar to the country of Mongolia. 
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Taiwan-Mongolia business interaction set to expand

May 23 (Mongolian Economy) Peter W.J. Huang, President and CEO of Taiwan External Trade and Development Council (TAITRA) worked with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Mongolia to discuss opportunities between both countries at the Mongolia-Taiwan Trade and Economic 13th Meeting. Last year, the meeting was held in Taiwan where 70 business representatives from Mongolia went to discuss the relations between both nations. This year, 30 business representatives came from Taiwan to further continue discussions. 
Taiwan and Mongolia have a unique relationship in which both countries complement each other economically. Taiwan is a country with advanced technologies whereas Mongolia is a country with abundant land and rich mineral resources. Together, both nations can work together and combine their strengths to form a strong relationship. This is a reason why Taiwanese bankers want to cooperate with the Mongolian banking sector. They have enough money to invest in Mongolia; however the only problem that lies in the way is that there is not enough information on the legal environment. 
The Director of Foreign Investment, Javkhlanbaatar, gave a presentation on the investment environment of Mongolia. Taiwanese business representatives in turn gave a presentation on the management of recycling organic waste in order to benefit the environmental facet of the Mongolian industry. Through these talks, both Mongolia and Taiwan can learn from each other to firmly consolidate their relations. 
Currently, there are 50 Taiwanese businessmen in Mongolia while there are no Mongolian businessmen in Taiwan. Officials hope to turn this around by requesting a direct flight between Mongolia and Taiwan to increase travel and relations. As of 2013, 2300 Mongolians traveled to Taiwan for purposes relating to medical opportunities, tourism, and business. There are also 820 Mongolian students studying in Taiwan with scholarships received from the government. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Mongolia hopes to increase the 1700 Taiwanese tourists to Mongolia to 2000 in the future. 
Increasing travel is not the only thing to consider. If Mongolians buy more products from Taiwan, they can gain advantage of low-interest loans from the Export-Import Bank (EXIM) of Taiwan. This would help the mining, agriculture and animal husbandry sectors as well. The head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that Mongolia is not using the opportunity to buy non-essential products from Taiwan. Instead of looking at relations as a business deal, it is important to view it as an opportunity to manage natural resources properly and to introduce environmentally friendly technology. Mongolians should begin to buy more than just essential goods to help promote relations between the two nations.
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"USA Eagles" vs. "SBL Khasyn Khuleguud"

May 23 (infomongolia.com) Mongolian national basketball team "SBL Khasyn Khuleguud", four-time winner of the Super League of Mongolian National Basketball Association, will be having friendly games with an American "USA Eagles" team in the scope of celebrating the 10th year of participation in the National Super League Tournaments.
Today on May 23, the guest team from the United States is arriving in Ulaanbaatar and the matches will be held at the Central Sports Palace in Ulaanbaatar on May 25 and 26.
According to organizers, the entrance ticket costs 10,000 MNT (Tugrug), which will be started at 06:00 pm on above days.


British Minister Hugo Swire Meets Mongolian Foreign Minister L.Bold and Deputy Speaker R.Gonchigdorj

May 23 (infomongolia.com) British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire is visiting Mongolia these days and during his stay in Ulaanbaatar, Mr. Hugo Swire was received by Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold and Deputy Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) R.Gonchigdorj respectively on May 22, 2014.
During his meeting with Foreign Minister L.Bold, the sides discussed issues concerning bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual concern including situations in Ukraine, North Korea and Afghanistan.
On the same day, British Minister Hugo Swire and his accompanying delegation met Parliamentary representatives headed by Deputy Speaker R.Gonchigdorj, the latter part appreciated the guests for visiting Mongolia and mentioned that Mongolia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland had celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2013.
Deputy Speaker also noted that Mongolia’s judicial and law enforcement bodies are implementing reforms in its spheres and expressed his willingness to cooperate and study British experience in the fight against organized crime and capacity building of Mongolian law enforcement staff. Moreover, he reminded that Mongolia is introducing in its secondary schools the Cambridge system of British education and asked to pay a particular attention on further successful collaboration in this sector.
In response, Mr. Hugo Swire expressed his gratitude to meet the Deputy Speaker and emphasized to accelerate the cooperation between the two countries at all appropriate sectors.

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