Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mongolia Brief June 12, 2014 Part I

Anti-Corruption Study to Be Presented

Ulaanbaatar, June 12 (MONTSAME) Results of a study to assess the level of public knowledge and perception about corruption will be openly presented in the State House on Friday.

The event will be opened by a chairwoman of the parliamentary Standing committee on Petitions R.Burmaa MP, a resident representative of the US Agency for International Development Mr Francis A. Donavan, and a country representative of the Asia Foundation Ms Meloney C.Lindberg.
The results will be highlighted by project manager at the Asia Foundation A.Bayanmonkh, while the methodology used will be explained by executive director of the Sant Maral Foundation L.Sumati.

Kyrgyzstan Delegation Visits Civil Hall

Ulaanbaatar, June 12 (MONTSAME) A chief of the Presidential Office P.Tsagaan met Thursday with a First Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mr Tayirbek Sarpashev.
Mr Tsagaan thanked the high guest for visiting Mongolia, expressed a confidence in a successful implementation of talks that had run during this visit and wished him a success.
The two sides highlighted open chances to boost cooperation between the countries in economy, agriculture, tourism and trade. They also touched upon current state, economy, relationship and collaboration between Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan.
After the meeting, Mr Sarpashev and accompanying him delegation were shown the Civil Hall, established at initiative of the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj.

Premier Participates in ILC Session

Ulaanbaatar, June 12 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag Thursday returned home after the 103rd session of the International Labour Conference (ILC), which ran May 28-June 12 in Geneva of Switzerland under a topic "Progress with jobs-Employment-2014".
Within the session, the Premier attended introduction meetings of the Sustaining competitive and responsible enterprise (SCORE) and the Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) programmes, being implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO), and exchanged views with many on involving Mongolia in these programmes.
While meeting with Mr Guy Rider, the ILO Director-General, our PM noted that the ILO's support in  the implementation of Mongolia’s social and economic reforms policy significantly contributed to updating and refining the legal basis of labour relations and to making reforms in salary and social welfare systems. He also highly spoke projects and programmes realized with the ILO support for forwarding a transmitting to the official economy from unofficial and for strengthening a monitoring over the labour sector. The Premier said Mongolia needs to empower its workforce in order to specialize the economy through promoting of trilateral social relations, attracting investments, focusing on the mining growth's impact on the country’s development. The government is paying special attention to a support of small- and medium-sized productions, the Premier said and stressed an importance of the cooperation with the ILO in this matter. 

Mongolian Industry & Business Association Launched in Istanbul

June 12 ( At the initiation of Turkish business entrepreneurs, Mongolian Industry & Business Association (MIBA) is established in Istanbul that aims to support and strengthen bilateral ties in economy and trade between Mongolia and the Republic of Turkey. 
The MIBA is comprised of 70 members and also opened its office in Mongolia. The MIBA delegates headed by President Ismail Duru have visited the Embassy of Mongolia in Ankara on June 11, 2014 seeking further collaboration issues and tasks to carry out near future.
In the scope of meeting the MIBA representatives, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Badamdorj BATKHISHIG congratulated the delegates on launching the Association and by introducing Mongolia’s current trade and investment opportunities offered to cooperate in building construction, housing and road & bridges, besides to expand leather & skin, end products and tourism infrastructure businesses in Mongolia, moreover, to open Mongolian wool & cashmere store in big cities of Turkey.

Academy Award Winners to Be Announced Friday

Ulaanbaatar, June 12 (MONTSAME) Announcing the best works in the cinema industry of the nation, the "Academy Awards Mongolia 2014" is to run at the "Mongol Shiltgeen" on Friday.
The national Film Academy will select the best creations that have opened since June 8 of 2013, in a range of nominations--best film, best actor, best actress, best director, best adaptation, best documentary and best short film.
Since 2008, the Academy has been trying to promote film making and film makers and to register in an achieve feature, short films and documentaries made in the nation.
Last year, the best film award went to "Aravt", or "Ten Soldiers of Chinggis Khaan", made by Mongol Film Group in collaboration with Chinese Inner Mongolian "Nuudel Soyol" production.

Ambassador of Mongolia to Kingdom of Denmark, Z.Altai Accredited

June 12 ( A non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Kingdom of Denmark Mr. Zorig ALTAI has presented a Letter of Credence to Her Majesty Queen of Denmark Margrethe II on June 04, 2014.
Following the credential handing ceremony Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II received newly accredited envoy and at the beginning of meeting Ambassador Z.Altai conveyed greetings of the state head of Mongolia and noted that bilateral political and economic relations and cooperation have been intensively developed in recent years. In particular, visits of the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj to Denmark conducted in October 2010 and Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold made in May 2014 have contributed greatly to the stimulation of bilateral ties. Moreover, Ambassador Z.Altai emphasized and pledged to take every effort to implement issues touched upon during the visits and to further bilateral trade and economic collaboration. 
Ambassador Z.Altai also expressed his interests to introduce Denmark’s renewable energy and green technology into Mongolia, which are considered one of the world’s leading sectors, and his willing to attract investment as well as develop partnership in these sectors. Besides, he also mentioned that the Embassy of Mongolia in the Kingdom of Sweden, where Z.Altai is a resident Ambassador, is studying to open a dinosaur museum in Scandinavian countries.
Queen Margrethe II expressed satisfaction in the actively developing of bilateral relations and mentioned that Her Majesty got acquainted well about Mongolia through Danish travel writer and anthropologist Henning Haslund-Christensenher and her son Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, who has visited Mongolia several times, and wished success to endeavors being implemented by the Embassy.
To note, the Kingdom of Denmark has decided to lead the transition to a green growth economy and will be independent of fossil fuels by 2050 as the first country in the world. As the official green brand for Denmark, State of Green gathers all leading players in the fields of energy, climate, water and environment and fosters relations with international stakeholders interested in learning from the Danish experience.
Newly accredited Mongolian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark Zorig ALTAI serves as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Kingdom of Sweden with residency in Stockholm since June 13, 2013, also Ambassador of Mongolia to the Kingdom of Norway since March 06, 2014 and Ambassador of Mongolia to the Republic of Finland since March 27, 2014.
Mongolia and the Kingdom of Denmark have established the diplomatic relations on August 05, 1968.

Mongolia to Host First International Scientific Forum Welcoming “Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on Northeast Asian Security”

June 12 ( Exemplified on “Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy”, the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj forwarded an initiative to organize an “Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on Northeast Asian Security” during the VII Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies held in Ulaanbaatar in April 2013.
The Ulaanbaatar Dialogue searches for novel and empowering solutions to the dilemmas on the security issue in the Northeast Asian Region and aims to offer a forum for open and inclusive dialogue between representatives of the region as Mongolia maintains the friendly status quo with all countries of the Northeast Asian region.
In the scope of the initiative, Mongolia for the first time hosted successfully the Northeast Asian Women Parliamentarians’ Forum in Ulaanbaatar in November 2013. Also this year intends to host a Forum for Mayors of Northeast Asian Cities. In this regard, the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue is not a one-time action, but a mechanism to create a bilateral and trilateral or even multilateral dialogue depending on the agenda to discuss.
The main principle of Ulaanbaatar Dialogue is not to outline an interest of a country or a party, instead it would give opportunities to clarify parties’ positions and in order to facilitate understandings between the parties, the 1.5 channel and 2 channel dialogues are enabled to conduct that contribute to seeking ways for tackling any complicated matters of the region. 
Therefore, Mongolia is to host the First International Scientific Forum in Ulaanbaatar in June 2014.
The upcoming event welcoming the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue is to be convened and anticipates over 100 scholars and researchers from six Northeast Asian countries (Mongolia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea, People's Republic of China, Russian Federation and Japan) as well as the United States of America and the EU Countries.
The Conference is aiming at promoting the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue initiatives, besides engaging parties in discussion, highlighting certain information and focused to listening to the recommendations by outside researchers.

D.Erdenetsogt: The main objective of our institute is the absolute abolishment of chemical weapons

June 12 (UB Post) UN chemical weapons expert, member of a Nobel Prize-winning team, Colonel D.Erdenetsogt gave an interview about his career working for the UN and other important issues regarding chemical weapons.
What is your profession?
I’m a chemical weapons expert. I’m a native of Urgamal soum, Zavkhan Province. After I finished school in the 1980s, I went to study at a military school in Russia. Later, I returned to Mongolia and served in the army. I’ve been in the army for around 25 years. I was qualified to a UN examination in June 2005, and I have been working for the UN for nine years.
Many readers may be surprised that they didn’t hear about the Mongolian won a Nobel Prize. When did you receive the Nobel Prize?
It wasn’t for just me. It was an institutional prize. In October 2013, political issues of Syria became very serious. Russia and western countries focused on preventing war in Syria because the USA and other western countries reported that Syria had chemical weapons and were about to attack. The US stopped its invasion of Syria when our institute took control of Syria’s chemical weapons. Chemical weapons experts destroyed Syria’s chemical weapons. Right at that moment, people started to talk about the Nobel Prize. Out of over 250 institutions and individuals, one institution and one individual received the Nobel Prize. The individual’s prize was given to the Russian President V. Putin and the UN got the institutional prize.
The main objective of our institute is the absolute abolishment of all chemical weapons. So far, we’ve abolished around 80 percent of the total world chemical weapons. People agreed that it was definite that our institutions should get a Nobel Peace Prize. Although it’s an institutional prize, team members who abolished Syria’s chemical weapons got certificates and medals.
Have other Mongolians worked in this field before you?
Ever since the established of the UN Institution for Chemical Research in 1997, Mongolian experts have been constantly working there. In 1997, General Khurlee worked for the institute. The UN establishes a seven-year contract with us. When General Khurlee’s contract expired, Colonel Narmandakh started working and later, I was employed. This is my tenth year working. Mongolians have been working as UN chemical weapons experts ever since the establishment without losing their positions. I’m very happy that I was able to maintain this position, become a member of a Nobel Prize winning team and bring this honor to Mongolia.
Since Mongolia is a peaceful country without any wars, not many are aware of chemical weapons. We only see it from films. What are chemical weapons?
The general and traditional definition of a chemical weapon is a toxic chemical contained in a delivery system, such as rockets, artillery, tanks and aircraft bombs. When the chemical evaporates, it contaminates the area. A person who inhales the chemical will die either within a minute or after excruciating pain. It’s a weapon for mass destruction. It’s defined as a toxic substance together with the chemical’s delivery system.
Have you worked in war zones?
I guess I have since there was a civil war in Syria. Exact locations where experts worked and their missions are confidential; therefore, I can’t reveal it through the media. I primarily work in Russia, the USA, Syria and Libya. During the 1940s, when there was the Japanese cavalry army, they established a weapon against Mongolia but weren’t able to utilize it. Our experts’ team discovered that chemical weapons were hidden in sandy regions such as Manchuria and Harbin and destroyed them. Generally, we work in many places but only the abovementioned four countries have actual chemical weapons. We go to other countries for practical training. The foremost objective is to destroy chemical weapons manually. Our work is considered completed with the absolute destruction of all chemical weapons.
How are chemical weapons destroyed?
There are several devices designed for destroying chemical weapons. The latest technology involves destroying by neutralizing which is to aspirate the toxic substance and mix it with nontoxic chemicals to make it nontoxic. The remaining substance is burnt at 1,000 degree Celsius stoves. Obviously, it’ll not completely burn and disappear but chemicals stuck to the sides of the metal will evaporate and disappear. Metal wastes are divided and disposed. After this, the work is completed. As disposal is conducted similar to assembly, once it begins, it continues for 24 hours until it’s completed. We don’t have working hours or day offs. After I got this job, I worked for days and nights far away from my home for six years. Being a chemical weapons expert requires high endurance both physically and mentally. I got to understand that working in this field in this position shows Mongolians’ durability, persistence and ability. I don’t mean to promote myself but Mongolians who’ve worked and are working here.
How many chemical weapons have you destroyed?
Its recorded in amount not in units. Perhaps, several tens of thousands of tons. Sometimes, we destroy 10 bombs in a day, sometimes even 1,000 bombs. It depends on the circumstances of the day.
How long will you stay in Mongolia or will you stay here for good?
The institute gives a seven to eight day holiday. I’m very happy to have come to Mongolia on my holiday. Homeland is a very valuable thing. Unfortunately, we don’t have more day offs.
You do a very difficult work which not many are capable of doing. There must have been many challenges during your ten year career. When was it the most difficult?
There haven’t been unreasonably difficulties during my ten years working for the UN. However, it seems to be very difficult for Europeans. All chemical weapons are placed away from people. For instance, we serve our duties in wild jungles of India and forests of Siberia for several months.  Working in both minus and plus 50 degrees Celsius temperatures is not easy. At that time, I noticed that the people of developed countries, who were raised in good conditions and a lot of freedom, are having a difficult time. It occurred to me that Mongolians have exceptional adaptive skills as well as implementation capacity because Mongolians stay overtime while other experts from different countries go home to rest. As long as I’m needed, I don’t think I’ll experience my worst hardship.
Where does your family live?
When I left Mongolia, I went with my family. My family’s well. My wife is looking after our children and my children are now working after graduating.
It must be difficult for a woman to manage a household while her husband is away for a long time. Does your wife complain?
My wife never complained. Sometimes when my wife goes back to Mongolia, it’s difficult to be alone. It’s more difficult to stay at home alone than on missions. At work, it’s alright since I can get distracted with work and chat with colleagues but staying at home alone is very difficult.
You’ve worked in many places. How many languages can you speak?
From the languages recognized by the UN, I can speak five languages, which are Arabic, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. I can understand Chinese a little.
How much time do you spend on independent study?
I learnt languages independently. I don’t like wasting time so I try to use every minute productively. While doing push-ups, I memorize and repeat vocabularies of the language I’m learning. It doesn’t require heaps of time, we just need to be able to use the time we have efficiently. I don’t only learn the language of a country I’m about to go to but also for research purposes. I go there after researching for weeks. It’s best to know their culture. For instance, I don’t eat pork when I’m in Arabia because the people there, who are Islamic interpret it as an affront. When I go to India, I don’t eat beef because I’ll be insulting Indians by eating the meat of a holy animal they worship. We should learn from our surroundings and respect everyone around us.
How long will you be working for the UN?
My contract was for seven years. My contract extension is connected to the achievement in Syria. It probably will not be extended again. When it expires, I’ll return to Mongolia and probably work for the army.
Do you have any messages to young people in Mongolia?
In my opinion, young people of Mongolia are the most ambitious people of the world. There are 200 world-recognized schools in Mongolia.
Mongolian young people are very talented and capable. Although China is said to be developing rapidly, Mongolia is developing even faster. To all Mongolian young people, I’d like to advise them to have ambition, work at your highest ability and develop yourselves until you reach your limits.

O.Gundegmaa wins gold at ISSF World Cup

June 12 (UB Post) State Honored Athlete and Olympic silver medalist O.Gundegmaa won a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup, which is being held in Munich, Germany from June 4 to 13.
O.Gundegmaa collected 584 points in the preliminary round of the 25 meters pistol women’s event and advanced to the final in 5th place.
At the final stage, she earned extra 21 points and defeated Germany’s D.Munkhbayar, who is of Mongolian descent.
Two time Olympic bronze medalist, world champion D.Munkhbayar took silver, and China’s Zhang Jingjing won the bronze medal.
Mongolia’s top 12 shooters, coached by senior expert of the national shooters team A.Enkhtur and State Honored Coach L.Undralbat, are presenting Mongolia at the ISSF World Cup.

Student taekwondo fighters compete at World University Taekwondo Championship

June 12 (UB Post) The 13th World University Taekwondo Championship is taking place in Hohhot, China, from June 8 to 14.
The Mongolian student taekwondo team is competing in the 13th World University Taekwondo Championship.
Some 400 student athletes from more than 40 countries, such as Mongolia, USA, Turkey, Thailand, Sweden, Spain, Russia, South Korea, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Brazil and Australia.
The Mongolian team consists of ten athletes, namely Z.Oyunbileg, U.Amartuvshin, S.Yanjinlkham, P.Temuujin, M.Tumenbayar, I.Odsuren, E.Enkhtulga, B.Sergelenbat, B.Tuvshinjargal, and B.Baatarkhuu.

Mongolians in Australia hold Basketball Championship

June 12 (UB Post) The Association for Mongolians in Australia and Nomads League jointly organized a basketball tournament among Mongolians living in Australia, in Sydney on June 8.
Head of the association Yu.Amartuvshin gave an opening speech at the tournament and Sydney Dance Crew performed a dance show.
The tournament was held in two categories, for men and women, with the total participation of 110 athletes. Eight men’s and four women’s teams vied for medals.
Eagles team won gold in the men’s category, followed by Wolves and TMG teams. Red Bulls won the women’s tournament, followed by Black Eagles and Canberra Girls.
O.Munkhtulga of Eagles team was named best male player and O.Enkhtaivan of Red Bulls was named best female player of the tournament.
The Ambassador of Mongolia to Australia R.Bold presented Cups and gold medals to the winners and a special acknowledgment of the embassy to referee G.Gantulga.

Jiu-jitsu fighters win seven medals at World Jiu-Jitsu Championship

June 12 (UB Post) The Mongolian Jiu-jitsu Federation team captured six medals at the World Jiu-jitsu Championship which took place from May 29 to June 1 in California, USA.
The Mongolian Jiu-Jitsu Federation organized a news conference on June 7 to report the results of the championship.
Some 3,000 wrestlers from 40 countries attended this year’s championship.
Twenty Mongolian delegates, including secretary-general of the Mongolian Jiu-jitsu Federation O.Bold-Erdene, and head of the Mongolian team and director of Tumurt Trans LLC Ts.Gantulga represented Mongolia at the World Jiu-jitsu Championship.
From Mongolia, world jiu-jitsu champion M.Sugar won a bronze medal in the women’s 79 kg.
Sh.Bumbayar of Govisumber Province won silver in the junior men’s 58 kg and Kh.Urankhishig captured silver in the junior women’s 69 kg category. Four other junior fighters won bronze medals in the 48 kg, 53 kg and 84 kg tournaments.
Mongolian jiu-jitsu team is currently training to compete in the Asian Beach Games, which will take place in Thailand in November, and the US Open tournament, which will be held in the USA on October.

Bayan-Ulgii Museum showcases new dombra

June 12 (UB Post) The Museum of Bayan-Ulgii Province has received a new exhibit, dombra, a string instrument of Kazakh.
The instrument is three meters tall and weighs 100 kg. It has a pear-shaped body, a long, thin neck, with gut or nylon frets, a small head with two wooden pegs and two low-tuned strings.
The dombra was made by State Cultural Merit Worker Ch.Enkh-Otgon.
The dombra is the most popular Kazakh folk instruments and it can usually be found in every Kazakh family. It was referred to as one the most necessary and obligatory things in the life of Kazakhs.

‘My Love’ romance in theatres next week

June 12 (UB Post) Joint creation of Bodooloi Film and Miyegombo, the romance “My Love” will launch at Tengis, Urgoo and Soyombo cinemas on June 16.
The script was written by director Ts.Zoljargal and A.Miyegombo.
“My Love” stars popular and emerging Mongolian artists, including, E.Munkhtur, B.Bayarmaa, B.Bilegdemberel, A.Enkhbayar, P.Bayartsengel, Sh.Javkhlan, J.Munkhzul, E.Uuganbayar, G.Zolzaya, M.Dorgjdagva, Sh.Altantsetseg and R.Adiya.
The film is about debate, love and domestic dispute.

Aadar to cover Metallica

June 12 (UB Post) Mongolian rock band Aadar is about to perform a Metallica cover concert on June 21, at UB Palace.
During the concert, Aadar is expected to cover a selection of 20 songs by Metallica, including hits from “Kill ‘em All,” “Ride the Lightening,” “Master of Puppets,” “And Justice for All,” “The Black Album,” “Load,” “Reload,” and “Death Magnetic” albums.
Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band’s fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding “big four” of thrash metal alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax.
Metallica has released nine studio albums, four live albums, five extended plays, 25 music videos, and 37 singles. The band has won nine Grammy Awards, and has had five consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200, making Metallica the first band to do so. The band’s eponymous 1991 album has sold over 16 million copies in the United States, making it the best-selling album of the SoundScan Era.
Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 120 million records worldwide. Metallica has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 61st on its list of “The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”

Ch.Khurelbaatar solo exhibition

June 12 (UB Post) Mongolian Artists Union’s prized artist Ch.Khurelbaatar’s solo exhibition is being held at the exhibition hall of the Mongolian Artist’s Union through June 15.
Ch.Khurelbaatar graduated from secondary school in fine arts in 1979 and the Art Academy of Saint Petersburg in 1987. He is the one of the nation’s famous artists who has chosen a realistic approach and has specialized in nature and portraiture since he majored in art. His large number of artworks composed by oil paint and watercolor express his skill and talent, as well as his opinion and aspirations.
He makes conclusions and evaluates his work, and strives to set an example. That is why his compositions’ heroes seem to exist on the border of an imaginary universe. Implementing what he learned from realism, classicism, and the romanticism of humankind’s visual treasury, it seems he is truly focusing on enhancing the viewer’s morals, aesthetic knowledge and education.
This exhibition was sponsored by the leading law firm MDS and KhanLex and international law firm Clyde and Co, as part of their socially responsible projects. They supported the printing of the first introduction about the artist.

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