Monday, May 26, 2014

Mongolia Brief May 26, 2014

Foreign Minister to Visit Sweden

Ulaanbaatar, May 25 (MONTSAME) The Mongolia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold will start an official visit to the Kingdom of Sweden on Monday.

The Mongolian Minister has been invited by his counterpart of Sweden Mr Carl Bildt, and this visit runs on occasion of the 50th anniversary of Mongolia and Sweden.
The countries established the diplomatic relations on June 30, 1964.

Stock Exchange Weekly Review

Ulaanbaatar, May 25 (MONTSAME) Five stock trades were held at Mongolia's Stock Exchange May 19-23, 2014.
In overall, 198 thousand and 026 shares were sold of 47 joint-stock companies totaling MNT 122 million 205 thousand and 306.30.
"Remikon” /119 thousand and 407 units/, "Hai Bi Oil /28 thousand and 615 units/, "Genco tour bureau” /21 thousand and 037 units/, "Khokh gan” /8,420 units/ and "Merex" /2,997 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 767 thousand and 792), "Hai Bi Oil" /MNT nine million 442 thousand and 950/, "Baganuur" /MNT four million 587 thousand and 534/ and "Material impex" (MNT four million 478 thousand and 500).

Rosneft and NIC signed a petroleum deal

May 25 ( During the International Economic Forum in St.Petersburg, Mongolian NIC and Russian Rosneft companies signed a 5-year petroleum supply deal worth USD1.3 billion – 1.2 million ton petroleum until the end of May, 2019. NIC accounts for 25% of the Mongolian petroleum market. The deal was signed by Chairman of Rosneft Igor Sechin and Executive Director of NIC JSC S.Altantsetseg. President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was also present in the signing ceremony.

Russian President Receives Our PM

Ulaanbaatar, May 25 (MONTSAME) On the fields of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhuyag was received Friday by Mr Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, in St. Petersburg.
The Russian leader thanked the Premier for attending the international economic forum in Russia, then the tow dignitaries exchanged views on the bilateral cooperation and economic issues, also touching upon railways and joint ventures matters.
The Prime Minister said Mongolia and Russia have long-year friendly relations, emphasizing that these ties are among the priorities of the Mongolian foreign policy, "we always wants to advance the relations". Hr also noted that he had met with authorities of joint ventures.
The Premier reaffirmed that the Russian President has been invited to Mongolia on occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Khalkh River Battle.
He stressed that the government of Mongolia is ready to talk with Russia about modifying an utilization of the joint railways, augmenting freight turnover, easing visa requirements, supporting a matter on building gas pipelines through territory of Mongolia.

IT Section of Parliamentary Office Attends ICT Expo 2014

Ulaanbaatar, May 25 (MONTSAME) Information Technology section of the Parliamentary Office is participating in the ICT Expo 2014 which opened May 22 in the “Misheel Expo” center.
Running for the eighth time, this year’s exhibition has been organized by the Agency of Information Technology, Post and Communication in frames of the 93rd anniversary of foundation of the modern communication sector in Mongolia and World Communications and Information Society Day under a motto “Progressive technology--Smart consumption”.
At the exhibition, IT experts are introducing to the public the website which is registered at the Inter-Parliamentary Union as well as the website, are displaying applications such as LawsMN, automatic machine for governmental services, and the “State Great Khural” module. “Parliamentary Office currently has some 100 websites. This time we are attending the exhibition with main three websites,” a chairman of the IT section J.Elbegzaya said.
The ICT Expo-2014 will continue until Monday.

Vice Minister of Agriculture Meets SDC Director

Ulaanbaatar, May 25 (MONTSAME) The Vice Minister of Industry and Agriculture Ts.Tuvaan has received a delegation led by Mr Martin Dahinden, a director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), who paid an official visit to Mongolia May 20-22.
It was decided by an agreement that Mongolia is to receive a technical assistance from the SDC for introducing achievements of the “Mongolian potato” programme in agriculture and that the sides are to  forward their cooperation.
The visit of the SDC director has coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Mongolia-Switzerland diplomatic relations and 10th anniversary of the SDC Office in Mongolia.
From last decade, the SDC has been implementing many projects and programmes--on refining the agricultural sector, especially potato farming, on upgrading the pasture management, introducing an insurance system of livestock. Moreover, the SDC gave aid and support to Mongolia during the dzud natural disaster in 2009-2010.

China’s Deputy Justice Minister visits Mongolia

May 26 ( China`s Deputy Justice Minister,  Zhang Zhijun, is to make a two-day official visit to Mongolia between May 26th and 27th upon the invitation of the Justice Minister of Mongolia, Kh.Temuujin.
During the visit, the two counterparts are expected to exchange information on the reforms of the legislatures of both countries, legislation systems, and also detention center functions.
The parties will also hold talks over the further increase of bilateral relations and collaboration between the legislatures, and the potential of mutual legal assistances between the two countries.
The Deputy Justice Minister of Mongolia E.Erdenejamiyan and China`s Deputy Justice Minister Zhang Zhijun are to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the two ministries.

"11 11" Center Reports

Ulaanbaatar, May 26 (MONTSAME) Last week, the "11 11" center, created at the cabinet of  reforms, received suggestions, complaints and words of gratitude from 866 people.
Many complained about a costly loan prepayment imposed by commercial banks to winners of a housing raffle for the newly-completed Buyant Ukhaa apartments. Others asked about availability of the low-interest loan program of the Government for those willing to build a house. The procedure of the low-interest loan program has been changed so as to allow the loans to private house builders, the Urban Development Ministry answered. Once the amendments are approved, the Government loans will be available for the house builders, with annual 8% interest in Ulaanbaatar and with 7% interest in provinces.
People were also irritated by the Khan bank’s decision not to render services to those showing a reference ticket from the Government Services Machines (GSM). The State Registration Authority said they warned the bank on this matter and applied to the Fair Competition Agency already.

Future Engineers to Be Trained in Japan

Ulaanbaatar, May 26 (MONTSAME) The parliamentary session decided last Friday to launch the "Higher Engineering Education Development" project which has been included in the mid-term program of the Mongolia-Japan Strategic Partnership.
This program was approved during a visit of the Mongolian PM to Japan last year, including this education project that aims to improve curricula of engineering and natural sciences classes of the Sciences and Technology University and National University of Mongolia, to support a quality of academic works by teachers and scientists, and to prepare qualified engineers and specialists in a short period.
Under this project, the Mongolians will study double-degree (320), master’s degree (100), doctorate (60), and non-degree (325) programs. The project will be implemented under a soft loan of USD 74.1 million, with annual interest of 0.2%, and repayment condition of 20 years. In the first six years of the project implementation, there will be no loan payment.

Conference for Khalkh River Battle Victory Anniversary Runs in Moscow

Ulaanbaatar, May 26 (MONTSAME) A conference dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Mongolian and Soviet soldiers victory in the Khalkh River Battle ran May 17 in the Central Museum of Armed Forces in Moscow, Russia.
It was organized by the Moscow-based officials of Zabaykalsky Krai and became the first event of the anniversary. The conference's date was not chosen accidentally because this is the foundation day of the Lenin Order laureate Zabaykalsky Krai’s Military District that took part in the Battle.
The conference brought together Sh.Altangerel, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Russia; Bair Jamsuyev, a senator of the Federal Council of the Russian Federation; N.Makarov, Army General and Hero of Russia; N.G.Bogdanov, the Battle veteran; A.Mikhailov, People’s Artist of Russia; and Yelena Limorenko, a daughter of tankman and Hero of Soviet Union A.P.Pyankov.
Mr Altangerel congratulated the gathered, and highlighted that the Victory in the Khalkh River Battle was a basis for the Soviet Union’s Victory over the World War II and Mongolia’s complete gaining of its independence in 1949.
After the conference, a state-run “Chita” TV and radio company displayed a documentary film about the Battle, and artists of cultural center at the Russian Armed Forces gave a concert.

Nat’l Campaign against Cancer Runs in Darkhan-Uul Aimag

Ulaanbaatar, May 25 (MONTSAME) A national campaign against cancer was organized in Darkhan-Uul aimag on May 12-17, 2014.
As a commercial Khan Bank’s website reports about it, the campaign was conducted for the fourth consecutive year through collaboration with National Cancer Center (NCC) and Mongolian National Broadcaster. This aimag is one of the most densely populated ones, some 160 people die of cancer every year there, surveys say. A medical team led by R. Ganbaatar, a head of the Surgery Department of NCC, screened and diagnosed 1,536 people within six days. As a result, 16 people were diagnosed with cancer, 28 suspected cancer cases were identified, 89 tumors were diagnosed along with 39 cases of cancer causing diseases, and six urgent surgeries were conducted.
One of the significant events of this campaign was the organization of training about cancer registration and registering software for doctors, statisticians and cancer recording specialists of the General Hospital of the province. Brochures and other supporting information on the topic were also distributed to the locals.
Since the National Campaign against Cancer was organized in 2011 in Darkhan-Uul aimag, a total of 540 people were screened, this year, the number reached 2,076. At high risk people who had been planning to be screened and diagnosed at the National Cancer Center in the city were glad that the action in their home greatly saved their time.
This year, the NCC’s doctors, divided into five groups, are to work in high risk aimags. The medical team which worked in Darkhan-Uul will go on to work in Selenge aimag. Another team started working in Zavkhan aimag on 20th May, and will subsequently travel to Gobi-Altai aimag.

SUMO/ Hakuho takes 29th title with clutch win over Harumafuji on Day 15

May 25 (Asahi Shimbun) Grand champion Hakuho quickly dispatched compatriot Harumafuji on May 25 to win his 29th Emperor's Cup while denying Kisenosato a chance to capture his first title at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.
Needing a victory over yokozuna Harumafuji to win the tournament outright, Hakuho delivered when he used an arm throw to send his opponent toppling down in the day's final bout while improving to 14-1. Harumafuji dropped to 11-4.
"I'm thrilled to win my 29th title at the age of 29," Hakuho said. "It's hard to find the words to describe it other than I did my best."
Kisenosato needed Hakuho to lose in order to force a playoff, but it didn't happen. The ozeki did his part to stay in the title chase when he used a barrage of powerful arm thrusts in the penultimate bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan to defeat yokozuna Kakuryu and improve to 13-2.
Mongolian Kakuryu finished his first tournament at sumo's highest rank with a 9-6 mark, a result that will leave his critics questioning his yokozuna credentials.
Kakuryu was in decent shape until he lost his final three bouts and will need to work on his stamina to post a result worthy of a grand champion.
In other major bouts, sekiwake Tochiozan threw down Ikioi to improve to 10-5. Ikioi, a No. 5 maegashira who was in contention up until the second to the last day, finished the tournament with a solid 11-4 record and picked up the Fighting Spirit Prize.
Sekiwake Goeido, the only wrestler to beat Hakuho, got a grip on the belt of Kotoshogiku and used an arm throw to defeat the ozeki while securing a winning record of 8-7 and being awarded the tournament's Outstanding Performance Prize. It was a disappointing tourney for Kotoshogiku, who finished with a 5-10 record.
Rising star Endo, a No. 4 maegashira, finished on a winning note when he used an arm throw to send down No. 12 maegashira Takanoiwa (3-12) to improve to 7-8.
Endo wasn't able to secure a winning record, but he did win four of his first five bouts, which included a huge upset of grand champion Kakuryu on Day 4.
Further down the ranks, Egypt's Osunaarashi, a No. 10 maegashira, shoved out No. 15 maegashira Kyokushuho to finish with an impressive 10-5 record. Mongolian Kyokushuho also had a strong tournament, posting a record of 9-6.
Osunaarashi finished strong, winning six of his last seven bouts, an accomplishment that should help him move up the ranks.
Komusubi Chiyootori overpowered No. 8 maegashira Takayasu (6-9) to finish with a 5-10 mark. Yoshikaze, also a komusubi, beat Kyokutenho to close out at 6-9 while sending the Mongolian veteran to his 12th loss against only three wins.

Boys’ Team Takes 5th Place in 3x3 Basketball World Schools Championship

Ulaanbaatar, May 26 (MONTSAME) The national boys’ team has become the 5th in the 3vs3 Basketball World Schools Championship.
The events ran May 23-25 in Beijing, China. For the first time, Mongolia was represented there by boys’ and girls’ teams.
The girls took 11th place.
In the preliminary rounds, the boys’ team defeated opponents from France and Iran. In the semi-finals, they were defeated by Hungary, losing to compete for a medal. The boys achieved the prize-winning 5th after beating Estonia and Taiwan.

Prime Minister visits Russia

May 26 ( Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag made an official visit to the Russian Federation between May 22nd and 25th. During the visit, Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag attended the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). The Prime Minister also met with Russian President V.Putin.
This was the first time that Mongolia has been represented at the government level at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) thst has been annually organized since 1997 with the participation of state or government heads and companies from Russia and other countries. Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag attended the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum accompanied by delegates including the Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia D.Gankhuyag and the Chairman of the Petroleum Authority G.Ulziiburen.
After the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russian President V.Putin received Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag on May 24th.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Russian President expressed pleasure at the acceptance of his invitation and for the Mongolian Prime Minister’s coming to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. President V.Putin and Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag had talks over multiple issues including railway infrastructure and joint industries and they exchanged views on how to increase further bilateral relations.
Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag pointed out that Mongolia and Russia has had traditionally diplomatic relations for a very long time. He continued to say that bilateral relations with the Russian Federation is one of the priorities of Mongolia`s foreign policy.
Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag told President V.Putin that he had talked with the directors of the Mongolia-Russia railway joint venture company and exchanged views over issues and matters.
Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag re-affirmed to the Russian side that Mongolia`s President had invited Russian President V.Putin to the 75th anniversary of Khalkh Gol battle victory during the 4th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit in Shanghai, China.
Also at the meeting, Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag said that the Government of Mongolia is ready to negotiate on issues including improving the railway JVC efficiency, increasing railway shipments, and reciprocal visa-free travel.
Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag also met Russian Railways President V.Yakunin on May 23rd as part of his visit to Russia.
Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag and Russian Railways President V.Yakunin exchanged opinions how to increase Mongolia-Russia JVC Ulaanbaatar railway revenue, and mutually beneficial collaboration in this field. Both parties agreed to further bilateral collaboration.
During the meeting Mongolia`s petroleum importer “Magnai Trade” and “Shunkhlai” signed a 5 year cooperation agreement with the Russian Rosneft company.

Government of Mongolia Ready to Support Issue on Natural Gas Pipeline through Mongolian Territory, Says

Premier N.Altankhuyag

May 26 ( Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhuyag, who attended the International Economic Forum 2014 in Saint Petersburg, held a meeting with President of the Russian Federation V.V.Putin on May 24, 2014.
At the beginning of meeting, state of head Vladimir Putin expressed his gratitude to Premier N.Altankhuyag for accepting the invitation to participate in the International Forum and parties exchanged views on further bilateral partnership and economical issues, besides discussed about many other topics such as railway and joint ventures established by two governments.
Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag underlined that Mongolia and Russia are friendly nations with long traditional ties, our country’s relationship with the Russian Federation is considered as the priority foreign policy and we always prefer to deepen this traditional relations.
Also, Premier N.Altankhuyag mentioned that he met with authorities of Mongolia-Russia joint ventures including Ulaanbaatar Railway and other organizations to exchange views and re-affirmed the invitation of the President of Mongolia to participate in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Battles of Khalkh River to commemorate in Dornod Aimag of Mongolia in August 2014.
During the meeting Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag expressed his readiness to discuss issues regarding a joint railway efficient utilization, transportation increases, and reciprocal visa free travel and if necessary, the Government of Mongolia is ready to support the issue on construction of natural gas pipeline between Russia and China through Mongolian territory.

Russian Rosneft Company Signs 5-Year Term Contract with

Mongolia’s NIC LLC for Oil Products Supplies

May 26 ( During the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014 (SPIEF) held on May 22-24, the Russian state-owned Rosneft Company signed a 5-year contract for oil products supplies to Mongolian NIC LLC, a subsidiary of company of Petrovis LLC, which is considered a leading importer of Mongolia.
The document was signed by Rosneft President, Chairman of the Managing Board, Mr. Igor Sechin and NIC LLC Executive Director, Ms. Sonomtseren ALTANTSETSEG, where President of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Putin was present.
The overall cost of supplies for the period of June 2014 and May 2019 is estimated at 1.3 billion USD with volume of more than 1.2 million tons. The overall Mongolian market share of NIC accounts for 25%.
Rosneft is aimed at increasing the volumes of supplies to the Mongolian market, where the Rosneft Company already reached similar agreements with other local companies such as Shunkhlai and Magnai Trade. This will allow Rosneft to supply up to 80% of the needs of oil products of the Mongolian market. The Agreements will be signed in the nearest future.
Following the signing ceremony Igor Sechin commented, “The Mongolian market has a great capability of growth and therefore it is important that Rosneft takes a firm position in it. At the same time the Company is aimed at the expanding of the mutually beneficial cooperation with Mongolian partners”.

Rosneft Signs Agreement on Cooperation with Petroleum Authority of Mongolia

May 26 ( On May 24, 2014, the Russian state-owned Rosneft Company signed a 5-year contract for oil products supplies with Mongolia’s formerly state-owned NIC Company, which is now owned by Petrovis LLC as it's subsidary company since 2004.
So on the same day, the Rosneft signed a 5-year term contracts with Mongolia’s another two leading importer companies of Magnai Trade and Shunkhlai.  
The documents were signed by Rosneft President, Mr. Igor Sechin and Executive Directors of above companies, where President of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Putin was also present.
The overall cost of supplies for the period of June 2014 and May 2019 is estimated at 1.0 billion USD with volume of more than 1.0 million tons. The overall Mongolian market share of Magnai Trade and Shunkhlai companies account for 28%.
Importantly, the contracts are concluded directly with the end users of petroleum products, which made economically attractive negotiations for the parties.
In addition, the Rosneft and Petroleum Authority of Mongolia signed an agreement on cooperation inked by the Company's President Mr. Igor Sechin and Head of the Authority Mr. Gungaajav ULZIIBUREN. The agreement provides for a joint assessment of the prospects of participation of the Parties in promising infrastructure projects in the field of petroleum products in Mongolia as well as in the field of oil and gas deposits in Mongolia.

Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar Requests

Russian Side to Construct Natural Gas Pipeline via Mongolian Territory

May 26 ( Mongolian delegates led by Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhuyag have participated in the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum held on May 22-24, 2014.
During the attendance, Premier N.Altankhuyag and Minister for Economic Development of Mongolia N.Batbayar have held meetings with the Russian President V.V.Putin, Russian Railways President V.I.Yakunin, Rosneft President I.I.Sechin and Minister for Economic Development of the Russian Federation A.V. Ulyukaev respectively.
During the meeting between Minister Nyamjav BATBAYAR and Minister Aleksei Valentinovich Ulyukaev, parties exchanged views on accelerating bilateral economic partnership, where Minister N.Batbayar proposed Mongolia’s initiations on constructing natural gas and oil pipelines, auto roads and energy network connecting Russia and China through Mongolian territory.
In the scope of natural gas pipeline via Mongolian territory, Minister N.Batbayar offered that Russia, China and Mongolia, the three parties should agree on establishing a new concept of this gas route namely “Steppe Road”. He also noted it was good that the Governments of Russia and China have negotiated to construct a natural gas pipeline and if the route passes through Mongolia it would be the most beneficial solution for three countries.
Furthermore, Minister N.Batbayar said in order to increase bilateral trade turnover, parties agreed to mutually realize its national currencies, to establish a swap agreement and strengthen cooperation between the Central Banks of the two countries. 
In response, Russian Minister A.Ulyukaev affirmed to fully utilize the economic partnership opportunities and offered to study on co-establishing and joining a Free Trade and Economic Zone.
Afterwards, relevant Ministries agreed to establish agreement on cooperation between the two countries in order to facilitate bilateral economic partnership.

Welcome to Folk Art in Bottles

May 26 ( The Art in the Bottle exhibition by B.Tsevegsuren is made its opening today at the Blue Moon Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, which is located on south to the First Campus of National University of Mongolia.
This is first of its kind of exhibition being displayed in UB and is devoted to the art and craft of building and collecting aircrafts as well as folk art showcasing Mongolian nomads’ life and other whimsies in bottles, light bulbs, flasks and other glass containers.
Here you will find the most extensive gallery of this folk artisan craft including over 100 pieces by the experienced artist and is offered as a free entrance for public to be continued until May 28, 2014.

State Secretary Meets Nepal Delegates

Ulaanbaatar, May 26 (MONTSAME) The State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice J.Bayartsetseg Thursday received official delegates of Nepal during their visit May 18-23.
Ms Bayartsetseg spoke about experience and laws of Mongolia on a fight against human trafficking-- preventing, ceasing, detecting, protecting victims and providing legal assistance.
Here the Nepalese delegates, representing Ministries of Women, Children and Social Welfare, of Law and Justice, of Home Affairs and of Labor, visited also several state organizations.  

Foreign Minister of Mongolia Pays Official Visits to Kingdoms of Sweden and Denmark

May 26 ( Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Mr. Luvsanvandan BOLD left the country to pay an official visit to the Kingdom of Sweden on May 26 upon the invitation of his counterpart of Sweden Mr. Carl Bildt and to the Kingdom of Denmark at the invitation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark Mr. Martin Lidegaard on May 27-28, 2014 respectively.
During his visit to Sweden, Minister L.Bold will meet Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Minister for Public Administration and Housing Stefan Attefall and attend a Mongolia-Sweden Business Forum to be co-hosted by the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The present visit implemented within the 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the Kingdom of Sweden has a great importance for furthering bilateral friendly relations and cooperation, maintaining the frequency of top and high-level talks, strengthening mutual understanding and addressing bilateral and international issues of mutual concern.
Mongolia and the Kingdom of Sweden have established the diplomatic relations on June 30, 1964.
The official visit to Denmark is being paid following an official visit of Danish Parliament Speaker Mogens Lykketoft, which took place last year within the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations that had significance for fostering bilateral relations and cooperation.
During his upcoming visit, Minister L.Bold will pay courtesy calls to Her Majesty Margrethe II, the Queen of Denmark and Danish Parliament Speaker Mogens Lykketoft and held meetings with his Danish counterpart Martin Lindegaard and Minister of Trade and Development Cooperation Mogens Jensen, reports the Foreign Ministry of Mongolia.
Mongolia and the Kingdom of Denmark have established the diplomatic relations on August 05, 1968.  

Consultative Meeting Runs between Foreign Ministries Consular Departments

Ulaanbaatar, May 26 (MONTSAME) The second consultative meeting of the Foreign ministries consular departments of Mongolia and Turkey took place in Ulaanbaatar on May 23.
Under leadership of directors of the two departments Sh.Sukhbaatar and Mehmet Samsar, the meeting discussed issues regarding travel conditions and rights protection for the peoples of the two countries, and a cooperation between the consular services departments. The meeting was attended by B.Batkhishig, the Ambassador of Mongolia to Turkey.
At the meeting, the sides highlighted the importance of the intergovernmental agreement on reciprocal visits of citizens of the two countries in developing their relationship, and agreed to conclude pacts on matters of social security and health insurance of peoples residing in Turkey from Mongolia and vice versa. They also decided to draw attention to several issues including issuing of employment permission for Mongolians in Turkey, updating the limit of passenger carriage for the Turkish Airliner, mutual acceptance of drivers’ licenses, entrance visa waiver for the Turkish who have long-stay visas in Mongolia.
The parties also agreed about conclusion of a cooperation agreement between civil registration organizations of the two countries, and a visit of relevant Mongolian officers to Turkey to learn experiences on address-registration system, social protection and electronic visa.
The same day, Foreign Minister L.Bold received a Turkish delegation led by Mehmet Samsar, a director of the Consular Services Department of the Foreign Ministry of Turkey. Pleased with the successful implementation of the relationship of the Mongolia-Turkey comprehensive partnership, Mr Bold agreed with the delegation on advancing this relationship, the protection of legal rights of the two peoples, and increasing economic relations and investments.

Switzerland and Mongolia celebrate double jubilee

May 26 ( A celebration for the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the Swiss Confederation was held in Bern in Switzerland on May 22nd. In his opening speech for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Switzerland, Ambassador B.Purevdorj stated that the Swiss Confederation was the first western country and non-socialist trade partner that established diplomatic relations with Mongolia. He evaluated the two countries` path in bilateral relations and cooperation as well as the current development and future perspectives of the nations.
Currently bilateral cooperation between Mongolia and Switzerland has expanded in agriculture, development in the countryside, micro-mining, vocational training, and strengthening of administration. 
The 10th anniversary of Swiss development cooperation in Mongolia falls this year at the same time as the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
At the celebration of the double jubilee, officials from the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, Parliament, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, as well as Swiss and Mongolian citizens were present.  

ICT Expo-2014 Exhibition Takes Place

Ulaanbaatar, May 26 (MONTSAME) Dedicated to 93rd anniversary of foundation of the modern communication sector in Mongolia, the 8th ICT Expo national exhibition was mounted May 22-26 in the "Misheel Expo" center.
This year's action has been organized by the Agency of Information Technology, Post and Communication attracting 57 companies and 14 organizations. The biggest companies such as Skytel, Mobicom, Unitel and G-Mobile, and PC providers and TV channels have displayed their services.
The participant introduced to guests the latest progressive applications and explained their features.  The very first searching system of Mongolia and a first E-application shop were inaugurated, and Skytel company opened its maps application as well.
An opinion poll is to reveal best participants of the event in nominations of top technology, services, innovation, investor, solution, product and the best appreciated product. A prize granting ceremony is to run this Wednesday.
A national championship for E-sports will take place soon. 

Mongolian Representative Attends UN Meeting

Ulaanbaatar, May 26 (MONTSAME) Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations (UN) O.Och attended May 23 a UN General Assembly high-level event on Achieving Poverty Eradication through Full Employment and Decent Work for All.
At the meeting that ran at initiative of the president of the UN General Assembly John W.Ashe, the delegates stressed that growth-driven quality jobs are key to the poverty reduction in the post-2015 era.
Eradicating poverty is the greatest global challenge facing the world today and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, in particular for developing countries. This imperative is reflected in the Millennium Development Goals to halve global extreme poverty by 2015.
Mr Och said that for Mongolia’s part, the decline in poverty in recent years was rooted in targeted Government programs that aimed at creating a skilled workforce, and still, more is needed to be done to further address the poverty-related issues. Looking ahead, he said full employment and decent work for all should be a top priority for the new development agenda.
He also noted that Mongolia will cooperate with others in including the matter of Poverty Eradication through Full Employment and Decent Work for all in the Post -2015 Development Agenda.

Sciences Academy Welcomes Vietnamese Delegation

Ulaanbaatar, May 26 (MONTSAME) The president of Mongolia's Academy of Sciences Mr B.Enkhtuvshin Monday received the Vietnamese delegates led by a vice president of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences.
The sides exchanged views on future cooperation in culture, education, sciences and technology spheres in which the two countries have profound cooperation experience.
Present at the meeting were also T.Dorj, a deputy president of the Academy, L.Davaagiv, a head of Department for Foreign Relations, and Mr Fan Dang Duong, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Vietnam to Mongolia.
The sides agreed that a "60 years of friendly relations and cooperation between Mongolia and Vietnam" scientific conference must be run at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 27, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between Mongolia and Vietnam, established in November 17 of 1954. 

D.Erdenebileg Becomes 11-Time National Champion

Ulaanbaatar, May 26 (MONTSAME) At the end of the national draughts championship of 2014 last Saturday, international master D.Erdenbileg was announced as the winner of the men’s category of the tournament, reaching the championship title for the 11th time.
In the women’s category of the tournament, high school pupil M.Odgerel bagged the gold medal, achieving the championship title for the first time.
The national draught championship ran in Ulaanbaatar, under a support of the Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry and a sponsorship of Bodibadmaarag Co, with 14 men and 12 women players.
At the final game, D.Erdenebileg had a draw with M.Ganjargal, who was leading the tournament together with D.Erdenebileg until this last game. The championship title went to D.Erdenebileg who had a ‘coefficient’ advantage over M.Ganjargal. The bronze medal went to Ts.Hashchuluun.
At the women’s tournament, M.Odgerel was followed by G.Amgalan and Ye.Ariunzaya.

Kh.Tsagaanbaatar to Rule Para-Judo Federation

Ulaanbaatar, May 26 (MONTSAME) State Honored Sportsman and World champion for judo Kh.Tsagaanbaatar has been elected the president of Mongolia’s Para-Judo Federation (MPJF).
The MPJF at Mongolia’s Judo Federation (MJF) is paying great attention to judo for para-athletes. By this reason the MPJF has selected one of the top Mongolian judokas as its head.
According to programmes of the MPJF, the national championship for para-judo will take place on May 30-31. Winners will be awarded a right to compete in Para-Asian Games and World Championships.

Soroban Festival Celebrated Here

Ulaanbaatar, May 26 (MONTSAME) The Mongolia-Japan cultural center hosted a Soroban festival May 24-25.
The Mongolian Child and Youth Association of Soroban (MCYAS) organized the event for the fourth time, with attendance of honor guests Mr Dino Wong, a president of the Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic Systems (UCMAS), and Ms Jenny Yap, an instructor at the UCMAS, who earlier had arrived in Ulaanbaatar by invitation of MCYAS and ‘Oyuny Tulga’ school. Amid the festival, a training session was held for teachers of the association.
Since joining the MCYAS to UCMAS as the 58th member, the Mongolian children have attended a couple of international soroban competitions to achieve silver and bronze medals. 

Amazing “Little Star’s” circus arrives in Mongolia

May 26 ( The world renowned “Dwarf circus” has arrived in Mongolia upon the invitation of Mongolia`s national circus.
The amazing circus group will perform the Little Star’s Miracle, consisting of all kind of circus acts. The circus troupe, made up of circus artists with dwarfism, will stage the performance for Mongolian audience between May 25th and June 1st.
This sole dwarf circus, the only one in the world, once performed in the Mongolian circus before, 20 years ago.
This time the circus has arrived in Mongolia with a group of 35 performers that includes clowns, acrobats, as well as 20 trained animals.

Bearded Vulture or Ooch Yol Announced as Pride Bird of Umnugovi Aimag
May 26 ( On May 22, 2014, the Citizens Representative Khural of Umnugovi Aimag (Aimag Council) approved a Decree No.69 from May 08 at its Board Members’ meeting to announce the bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), also known as the lammergeyer or lammergeyer or Ooch Yol in Mongolian language as the Pride Bird of Umnugovi Aimag.
The Decision is aimed to promote the Bird not only as an aimag bird, but also as a national pride species and to protect and introduce nationwide, which is registered in the Red Book of Mongolia.
The Yol is a bird of prey and the only member of the genus Gypaetus, it eats mainly carrion and lives and breeds on crags in high mountains in southern Europe, the Caucasus, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Tibet, and Mongolia laying one or two eggs in mid-winter that hatch at the beginning of spring.
In the frames of celebrating the 850th Anniversary of Birth of Chinggis Khaan in 2012, the Government of Mongolia resolved to name the Falcon bird as the National Bird of Pride.

2014 Program for Mothers' and Children's Day Celebration in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
May 26 ( Capital City Administration
11:00 am - 04:00 pm, June 01, 2014, - "Children's Day", Chinggis Square
Mongolian National Song and Dance Academic Ensemble
10:00 am & 12:00 pm, June 01, 2014 - "Erkh Tsagaan Unaga" (Whimmy Grey Foal) children’s musical by D.Ganbold, Chinggis Square
State Academic Drama Theatre
11:00 am & 01:00 pm, May 31, 2014 - “Lusyn Dagina” (The Mermaid) children play by G.H.Anderson
03:00 pm & 05:00 pm, June 01, 2014 - “Bardam Tuulai” (The Drunken Rabbit) children play by S.Mikhalkov
08:00 pm, June 01, 2014 - "Buuvei” (Lullaby) three-act drama play by N.Gankhuyag
ASA Circus
03:00 pm & 07:00 pm on weekdays of May 25-June 02, 2014 - "Little Stars' Miracle" international circus by dwarf artists
12:00 pm & 07:00 pm on weekends of May 25-June 02, 2014 - "Little Stars' Miracle" international circus by dwarf artists
12:00 & 03:00 pm & 07:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - "Little Stars' Miracle" international circus by dwarf artists
11:00 am on May 31, 2014 - “Masquerade” show marching from Yalalt (Victory) Square to ASA Circus
10:00 am on May 31 & June 01, 2014 - “Ice Cream” Festival, outside area of ASA Circus (free)
Ulaanbaatar Ensemble
On May 29 & 30 & 31, 2014 - “Adventures of Bongo” performance
On June 01, 2014 - “Total Music” concert
Cultural Center of the Mongolian Trade Union
11:00 am & 01:00 pm on May 31, 2014 - “Ice Queen” by Mask Production
04:00 pm on May 31, 2014 - “Funny Clown” performance
Ulaanbaatar Palace
12:00 pm & 03:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - Children play by Dream Theatre
Children’s Palace
June 01, 2014 - Opening Ceremony outside of the facility
June 01, 2014 - “Children’s World” art exhibition of best contestants, “A” foyer
12:00 pm & 02:00 pm on May 31 & June 01, 2014 - Cultural Performance dedicated to the Mothers’ and Children’s Day
12:00-03:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - Drawing contest on the ground outside of the Children’s Palace
11:00 am-02:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - Chess & Draughts competitions
12:00-03:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - Eco Day campaign
Administration Office of Bayanzurkh District, Ulaanbaatar
10:00 am on May 31, 2014 - Children’s Event, National Park
Administration Office of Sukhbaatar District, Ulaanbaatar
10:00 am on June 01, 2014 - Children’s event in its Khoroos (sub-administrative unit of District) and joining the Day Events at Chinggis Sq.
Administration Office of Bayangol District, Ulaanbaatar
10:00 am on June 01, 2014 - Parade with 580 participants from Ulaanbaatar Railway Song and Dance Ensemble to Ulaanbaatar Palace
11:00 am on June 01, 2014 - Children’s event at its facility
Administration Office of Khan-Uul District, Ulaanbaatar
10:00 am on June 01, 2014 - Children’s event and conferring presents to 500 children, Buyant-Ukhaa Sports Palace
Administration Office of Chingeltei District, Ulaanbaatar
11:00 am-05:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - Children’s event for Targeted children, Independence Palace
Administration Office of Songinokhairkhan District, Ulaanbaatar
11:00 am-03:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - Children’s event in its Khoroos (sub-administrative unit of District)
National Park
01:00-05:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - Cultural Performance for children
02:00-06:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - Hours of Fairy Tale Stories, Family marathon, games and contestants at its Mini Stage
07:00-08:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - Unplugged concert
08:00-09:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - Cultural program for youth at its Big Stage
National Amusement Park
10:00 am-01:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - Art and Cultural performance jointly organized with TV-5 Channel
12:00-02:00 pm on June 01, 2014 - “Green Park - Our Dream” campaign

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