Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mongolia Brief June 20, 2014

PM Opens "Mongolia Business Summit 2014"

Ulaanbaatar, June 20 (MONTSAME) Opening the summit on Thursday, the Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag had a speech, explaining efforts of his Government to stimulate the economy of the nation.

The Premier noted the importance of reflecting the economic growth the country is currently experiencing in the livelihood of the people.
The Government is making efforts to create here a favorable for the business environment, to eliminate burdens and encumbrances ahead of business people and wealth creators, he said. The Cabinet convenes twice a week to discuss ways to support business and manufacturing, and it has thus far submitted 23 draft laws aimed at business promotion to parliament, he went on. Additional to the mining sector, the largest contributor to the economy and other fields are open for the cooperation between business people and manufacturers, the Premier told the gathered.
The three-day summit kicked off Thursday in Ikh Tenger with representatives of some 20 countries such as Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Jordan, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States, along with leading businessmen from Mongolia.
This high level event will serve as an excellent platform to directly interact with international investors, bankers and local business leaders.
During the event presented are such projects as Tsagaan Suvarga, Xanadu Mines, Nomads, Gatsuurt, Logistical service and meat processing center, Meat Processing Facility, Eg River Hydro Power Plant, Тavan Tolgoi Power plant, Highway project, Cement project and New Railway. Site tours are also offered including day trip to APU Food and Beverage Company, Gobi Cashmere Factory, MAK Cement Plant in Nalaikh and an overnight tour to Oyu Tolgoi and Tavan Tolgoi mining sites.

Chairperson of Federation Council of Federal Assembly of Russian Federation to Pay Official Visit to Mongolia

June 20 ( At the invitation of Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) Mr. Zandaakhuu ENKHBOLD, the Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Mrs. Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko is conducting an official visit to Mongolia on June 22-23, 2014.
During her stay in Mongolia, Head of the Federation Council V.I.Matviyenko will have bilateral talks with the Speaker Z.Enkhbold and sign a Memorandum of Understanding as well as to pay a courtesy call on the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj, Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag and Deputy Chairman of the Parliament, Head of Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) M.Enkhbold respectively.
The Chairperson V.I.Matviyenko will be accompanied with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Ilyas Magomed-Salamovich Makhanov, who is a Head of Inter-Parliamentary Group with the State Great Khural, as well as First Deputy-Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Vladimir Michailovich Dzhabarov and other members of the Assembly.
The Speaker Z.Enkhbold and other officials will welcome the guests at the Chinggis Square, Ulaanbaatar on Monday, June 23 at 09:05 am.

Foreign Minister Meets Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan

Ulaanbaatar, June 20 (MONTSAME) Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan can expand their relations and activate the cooperation in the mining, tourism and education spheres.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold said it Thursday when meeting with Ms K.D.Baktygulova, the Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Mongolia, who had presented the credentials to our President.
The Minister congratulated Ms Baktygulova on becoming the Ambassador to Mongolia and said he will pay attention to implementation of a decision made at the 2nd meeting of the Mongolia-Kyrgyzstan intergovernmental commission for the trade, economy, culture and technical cooperation which ran May 28-29 in Ulaanbaatar.
Mr Bold gave her an invitation the Premier N.Altankhuyag sends to Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister.
In turn, the Ambassador noted that the countries have historical ties and said she will do her best to enhance the bilateral cooperation. Her country aspires to increase a volume of the political relations, to train Mongolian students, to learn Mongolia's experiences in political structure, elections and civil registration, she said.

Investors Detailed on Tavan Tolgoi Power Plant Project

Ulaanbaatar, June 20 (MONTSAME) A project implementing unit for the Tavan Tolgoi Power Plant, together with representatives of MCS Holding LLC and Oyu Tolgoi met Thursday with investors.
During the meeting, a "Trade Commitment" was presented, which include ten documents on issues such as energy sale and purchase, coal supply, and investments. It has been regarded as the key document to help raise investments from international markets.
Project unit director M.Enkhsaikhan noted a hope that the successful implementation of this mega project will pave the way for subsequent mega projects in Mongolia.
Globally operating companies such as ‘GDF Suez and Posco Energy’ consortium of Frrance and S.Korea, ‘Kansai Electric Power’ and Marubeni Corporation’ of Japan, and Daewoo Engineering and Construction of S.Korea have been selected as investors to the project.

UN Assistant Secretary-General completes Mongolia visit

June 20 ( Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Xu Haoliang, made an official visit to Mongolia between June 16th and 20th.
During the visit Mr Xu Haoliang met the Speaker of Mongolian Parliament Z.Enkhbold and Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhuyag respectively.
Mr Xu also met Foreign Affairs Minister L.Bold, the Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar and the Minister of Environment and Green Development S.Oyun for talks over future bilateral relations and views on opportunities for cooperation.
Mr Xu attended a national discussion on the subject of “Enhancing the role of the private sector in sustainable development”, and a development discussion that was held on the topic of “The Future We Want”, launched by UNDP from 2012.
Mr. Xu then paid a working visit to Dundgovi aimag where he observed the projects “Strengthening Capacity of Local Self-Governance Body” and “Water Supply Improvement” in Gurvansaikhan sum.
A donors meeting on water supply issues was also conducted by the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development and UNDP in Gurvansaikhan sum during Mr Xu’s visit.
At the meeting Mr Xu expressed his appreciation of the bilateral relations between Mongolia and the UN and noted Mongolia`s having a 9th MDG on ‘Strengthening Human Rights and Fostering Democratic Governance’ that emphasizes democratic governance and human rights as necessary conditions for the achievement of all the MDGs. Mr Xu then stated that the UNDP will keep a close relationship with Mongolia as a partner, not a donor, for development programs as Mongolia is experiencing rapid economic growth.

Pupils to Learn Business

Ulaanbaatar, June 20 (MONTSAME) The Business Management Faculty of the Mongolian State University is planning to organize a financial management and business training for secondary schools children on June 24-27.
The "I am a future billionaire" named training will give thirty pupils (above 10 years) all basics of business and personal finance, thus enabling "first steps to become billionaires", the organizers believe.
The students will also learn how to manage money flows and household budgets, as well as efficient spending of their incomes.
The training program also includes lessons on time management, communication and ethics.

Ulaanbaatar City to Be Equipped with New Bus-Stops Featuring Free Internet Wi-Fi Access

June 20 ( In order to improve the appearance of the capital city and to create a comfortable living environment for the citizens of Ulaanbaatar City, the Mayor's Office in collaboration with the City's Transportation and Road Authorities and the Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia have been implementing a program to build public transport stops under general standards.
In the scope of the program, which is being carried out under cooperation agreement between above bodies, an advice and support is provided by a French Corporation, "JCDecaux" Group known for its bus-stop advertising systems, billboards, public bicycle rental systems and street furniture.
The new bus-stops will be erected in some 200 locations featuring city map and waiting areas for vehicles, taxis, metro, and bike parking. Also, equipped with information boards, double the Say-ray water resistant, power-efficient LED lighting. Audio devices to information for people with disabilities. This device operates a solar battery transmit sounds within a radius of 5 meters. Moreover, people waiting for the bus will be enabled to access a free internet Wi-Fi for 20 minutes.
It plans to install 69 bus-stops this year, whereas 31 will go into service before the Naadam Festival and the rest within August

Disability Not to Block Way to Leadership

Ulaanbaatar, June 20 (MONTSAME) A Mongolia-S.Korea educational cooperation forum was held Thursday under a theme of "Nurturing Future Mongolian Leaders with Disabilities".
The organizers were the National Rehabilitation and Development Center of Mongolia, Department of Early Diagnosis Participation, the Seoul National University, together with governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
At the meeting, Prof Kim Dong-il, from the Department of Education of Seoul National University, made a presentation under a topic of "Early diagnosis and participation for children with disability", in which he spoke about rehabilitative treatment of underdevelopment, possibilities of occupation for children with disabilities.
He noted that early diagnosis, proper treatment and occupation chances will eliminate the encumbrance those children experience ahead of becoming leaders.

Cooperation Memorandum Signed

Ulaanbaatar, June 20 (MONTSAME) The Rehabilitation and Development Center of Mongolia and the Seoul National University signed Thursday here a memorandum of understanding on early detection of disabilities and special education.
By the document, the sides will be cooperating five years by sharing policies and documents on the matters, exchanging specialized staffers, making reciprocal visits to study experiences of each other.

Asian Games Organizers Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar, June 20 (MONTSAME) A S.Korean delegation led by the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee executive president Mr Kim Young Soo arrived Friday in Ulaanbaatar.
During their five-day visit, the delegation will meet the management team of the Mongolian Olympic Committee to discuss cooperation matters.
The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the 17th Asiad, is the largest sporting event in Asia governed by Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). It is scheduled to take place in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 to October 4, with 439 events in 36 sports and disciplines set to feature in the Games.
Incheon was awarded a right on April 17 of 2007, defeating Delhi, India to host the Games. Incheon is the third city in South Korea after Seoul (1986) and Busan (2002) to host the Asian Games.
The Mongolian athletes have taken part in the Asian Games since 1974. This time, Mongolia applied to the S.Korean Organizing Committee with a participation request for 340 athletes in 25 sports.

Speaker delays discussion on Minister's resignation

June 20 ( During Thursday`s plenary session meeting of Parliament, the resignation of Economic Development Minister N.Batbayar was scheduled to be discussed, however it was delayed until next week on the decision of Speaker Z.Enkhbold.
The MPP caucus submitted a request for the resignation of the Economic Development N.Batbayar, blaming the Minister for the flagging economy. This is the third time that Parliament has delayed discussion of the issue.
Many people are suspicious about why the Speaker has decided to delay the issue. There is speculation that the ruling party is trying to sweep the matter under the carpet, and let N.Batbayar remain in the post. Speaker Z.Enkhbold has not released a comment about his decision to delay the discussion.

Mongolia Business Summit 2014 Commences

June 20 ( The Mongolia Business Summit 2014, a hallmark event for those looking to invest in the country's next phase of growth, has been commenced organized by Mongolia Economic Forum NGO and is taking place at the "Ikh Tenger" State Complex in Ulaanbaatar on June 19-21, 2014.
Business Summit 2014 has been convened with representatives from about 20 countries along with leading businessmen from Mongolia. This high level event will serve as an excellent platform for participants to directly interact with international investors, banker and local business leaders.
The opening remarks was delivered by Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag who introduced the country overview and noted, “The Government is working to boost the country’s economic growth and this development is important to the community. In the scope of the Government’s 100 Days Action Plan to stimulate economic growth, Government is working to stabilize business environment, to create favorable condition to businesses and to stop the difficulties and pressures facing entrepreneurs. Within the 100 Days Action Plan, Cabinet is meeting twice a week and as a result, amendments and settlements were made to some 23 laws to support businesses. Today, foreigners have an imagination about Mongolia only on its mining deposits and underground rich resources, but besides the mining sector we should open there are many opportunities in other sectors to collaborate”.
The participants will be introduced and got acquainted with projects and programs that need investments and during the event, projects such as Egiin Gol Hydro Power Plant, Тavan Tolgoi Power Plant, Highway Project and New Railway Project will be also presented. Moreover, site tours are offered including a day trip to APU Food and Beverage Company, Gobi Cashmere Factory, and MAK Cement Plant in Nalaikh District and an overnight tour to Oyu Tolgoi and Tavan Tolgoi mining sites.

Eleven Representatives from South and East Asia on Learning Journey in Mongolia

June 20 ( Eleven Asian delegates representing Bhutan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India and Nepal are visiting Mongolia to learn and exchange experiences on civic engagement and decentralization, which is conducted on June 15-21, 2014. 
The “learning journey” is hosted by the Office of the President of Mongolia and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and facilitated by the Local Governance Initiative and Network in Asia (LOGIN).
LOGIN is a South and East Asian multi-stakeholder network aiming to aid reform agendas that work in favour of greater decentralization and strengthened role of local governments through the exchange of knowledge among members on good practices, relevant experiences and lessons learnt. The network seeks to promote accountable, transparent and inclusive decentralized governance in Asia, allowing greater involvement of citizens in leading and managing local development.
One of the key activities of LOGIN is “structured learning visits” (learning journeys), where members learn from each other’s experiences and share best practices on specific topics. The topic of the current learning journey in Mongolia, which is a member of LOGIN, is civic engagement for better local service delivery.
In this regard, Mongolia’s current endeavours in promoting greater decentralization and promotion of civic engagement in local decision making have much to offer for LOGIN members. They present an opportunity to experience, learn and share about how sub-national governments are being encouraged to observe and foster inclusive democratic processes and provide services responding to citizens’ needs.
During her stay in Ulaanbaatar, LOGIN learning journey facilitator and team leader Preeta Lall commented, “The first thing that captured our interests to come to Mongolia is the conviction of the Government in the way they are rolling out the reform process. Therefore, there are mostly government representatives in our group. We are deeply interested by the change that is being affected through the Budget Law of 2011. Through that, a lot of changes have taken place in Mongolia”.

Mongolia-China Tourism Business Meeting Held

Ulaanbaatar, June 20 (MONTSAME) A Mongolia-China tourism sector’s joint meeting ran Wednesday in Ulaanbaatar with participation of some 80 tour operators, air transportation and tourism companies of Mongolia and China.
The participants presented their products and services, discussed ways of attracting tourists to Mongolia, who are traveling further to the biggest cities of China, and noted an importance joint advertisements and programmes.
According to 2013 statistics, a half of foreign tourists in Mongolia did not target Mongolia, for 34% of them were going to China, 12.7%--to Russia and 7.8%--to South Korea. A survey of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) says, 53% of total tourists around the world chose air transport, 40%--auto transport, and the rest--railways.
In a scope of the "Friendly Ulaanbaatar" goal, our city is attaching a great importance to expanding of the tourism ties with those cities connected to us by direct flights and to boosting of business tourism.

Ambassador Meets Council Deputy Chair

Ulaanbaatar, June 20 (MONTSAME) Ambassador of Mongolia to Russia Sh.Altangerel held a meeting on Thursday with the deputy chairman of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Mr Ilyas Umakhanov.
The sides shared views on the current state of bilateral relations and cooperation and on ways to develop the strategic partnership that will include fostering humanitarian ties and establishing mid-term program.
They also exchanged opinions on upcoming celebration of the 75th anniversary of the victory at Khalkh River battles.
The sides expressed a mutual determination to reach significant achievements in the Mongolia-Russia friendly relationship and cooperation.
Mr Umakhanov also works as the chair of the Russia-Mongolia parliamentary group in the Federal Council of the Assembly of Russia.

Mongolia and Russia Reach Consensus Finalizing Intergovernmental Agreements on Reciprocal Travel Condition and on Readmission

June 20 ( The Foreign Ministries of Mongolia and the Russian Federation held the VIII Consular Consultation in Ulaanbaatar on June 19, 2014.
In the morning, the two sides reached consensus finalizing the Intergovernmental Agreement on "Reciprocal travel conditions between the citizens of Mongolia and the Russian Federation" as well as an Intergovernmental Agreement on Readmission between parties and in the scope of the latter document negotiation, Mongolia conferred an executive protocol on the procedure of its implementation to Russian side.
This Agreement regulates the issues of cooperation between the two sides in the transfer by the competent bodies of the states of individuals who entered or are in the territory of the requesting country in violation of immigration laws.
The VIII Mongolia-Russia Consular Consultation was chaired by Director of the Department of Law and Treaty, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, A.Tumur representing Mongolian Government and the other part by Deputy Director of the Consular Department at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs A.L.Prosvirkin.
In the afternoon meeting, co-chaired by Director of the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Sh.Sukhbaatar and Deputy Director of the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation A.L.Prosvirkin, parties reviewed the implementation of actions following up the previous meeting and reached agreements on expanding consular ties, facilitating travel conditions for citizens, sharing information on citizens living in respective countries, studying insurance issues related to Russian citizens residing in Mongolia, and strengthening consular representation.
The same day, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs D.Gankhuyag received the Russian delegation led by Deputy Director A.L.Prosvirkin. At the meeting, sides were satisfied with the establishment of intergovernmental agreements on travel condition and on readmission and issues concerning the protection of interests of Mongolian and Russian citizens living in respective countries.

Discussion Held on "Environment and Health"

Ulaanbaatar, June 20 (MONTSAME) The Environment and Green Development Ministry and the Health Ministry jointly organized a symposium themed as such in the Fresh Water Reserve and Conservation Center on Thursday.
At the event, academicians and researches discussed issues regarding water quality, soil contamination, waste management, air pollution, and got presented results of research activities of working groups on the matters. They also shared views about challenges facing and measures planned.
The Health Deputy Minister J.Amarsanaa spoke about the national program on the Environmental Health which has been carried out since 2005. Since its start, a legal environment and inter-sectoral coordination and cooperation on the matters have been improving, he said. He also noted a significant progress in activities regarding research works and studies as well as medical waste treatment.

Intergovernmental Agreement between Mongolia and United States to Repatriate Dinosaur Fossils Signed in Washington D.C.

June 20 ( Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the United States of America Mr. Bulgaa ALTANGEREL signed an intergovernmental agreement between the Government of Mongolia and the United States in Washington D.C. on June 19, 2014.
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a special representative of the International Operations at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Lucy Escamilla co-signed the document, where Head of Consular Section at the Embassy, Counsellor B.Munkhjargal and officer from Cultural Property, Art & Antiquities Investigations, Deborah Hardos were present.
In the scope of the Agreement, it states to officially repatriate some dinosaur fossils that were proved to have been smuggled from the territory of Mongolia and currently been transferred as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s property. The official repatriation ceremony anticipates to take place in the beginning of July 2014.

Mongolian Comes Sixth at World Cup

Ulaanbaatar, June 20 (MONTSAME) A State-honored sportswoman O.Gundegmaa was placed sixth at the 10m air pistol women finals of the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol series in Maribor, Slovenia on Thursday.
The 36-year old Mongolian shooter finished the qualification round in fourth among 82 to become one of eight shooters to compete at a final. In the final, however, she dropped two places back, leaving the competition in sixth, just behind D.Monkhbayar (Mongolian) of Germany.
At the event, the gold medal went to Zorana Arunovic of Serbia, silver and bronze medals were grabbed by Korshunova of Russia and Boneva Antoaneta of Bulgaria.
The five-time Olympian O.Gundegmaa had won a silver medal at the women’s 25m pistol contest of the World Cup on Monday.

Mongolian at US International Ballet Competition

Ulaanbaatar, June 20 (MONSTAME) Mongolian ballet dancer O.Gantsooj is participating in the USA International Ballet Competition (IBC), taking place at Jackson, US on June 14-29.
Partnered by Ch.Ganchimeg from the Mongolian Opera and Ballet Theater, the Mongolian soloist is competing against some ninety ballet dancers from twenty countries in this prestigious event.
O.Gantsooj has successfully performed at the first round of classic ballet competition to advance into the second round of modern ballet as one of twenty senior males. The second round is scheduled for June 20-22. The two-week competition will conclude on June 29, with Encore Gala – Reprise of medalist performances.
The USA IBC is a two-week, “Olympic-style” competition where tomorrow’s stars vie for gold, silver and bronze medals; cash awards; company contracts; and scholarships. The event is designated as the official international ballet competition in the United States by a Joint Resolution of Congress. Presented under the auspices of the International Dance Committee, International Theatre Institute of UNESCO, the USA IBC is held every four years in Jackson, Miss., in the tradition of sister competitions in Varna, Bulgaria, and Moscow, Russia.  

Signing Ceremony for the Implementation of the Grassroots Human Security Grant Aid

June 19 (UNFPA) On the 19th of June, H.E. Mr. Takenori Shimizu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Mongolia, signed the document with regard to the implementation, under the Japanese Government's Grassroots Human Security Grant Aid[1],  for "The Project for Repairing the Hospital in Santmargaz Som of Zavkhan Aimag", "The Project for Repairing the School of Batsumber Soum in Tuv Aimag",  "The Project for Repairing the School Dormitory in Zuunkhangai Som of Uvs Aimag" and "The Project for Repairing the General Health Center in Sukhbaatar District of Ulaanbaatar City [2]."
The amount of the grant aid of the above 4 projects totals USD361,675 (MNT654,630,000). In this financial year, 7 projects, including the above 4, have already been approved under the Grassroots Human Security Grant Aid towards Mongolia. The amount of the grant aid provided totals USD631,370 (MNT1,136,030,000).
The Government of Japan aims to cooperate for the solution of various issues in Mongolia as well as contribute to the development of Mongolia, by continuously utilizing the Grassroots Human Security Grant Aid. The Government of Japan considers the educational and social issues the local Mongolian communities face and promptly responds to the actual needs.

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