Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mongolia Brief June 25, 2014 Part II

Standing Committee Head Meets OSCE/ODIHR Division Chief

Ulaanbaatar, June 25 (MONTSAME) A head of the parliamentary Standing committee on petitions and chairwoman of the working group for drawing up a bill on general elections R.Burmaa Wednesday received Dr Marcin Walecki, a chief of Democratic Governance and Gender Unit at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

Burmaa thanked the OSCE/ODIHR authorities for visiting Mongolia and said that working groups have been set up to deal with financing matters of political parties at parliament and formulating a draft law on general elections.
The bill on general elections aims to consolidate all the law on elections-- of the President, parliament and local authorities, she said. Main alterations of the new law concern list of voters, election financing and tackling of election conflicts, she added.
After this the sides exchanged views on related matters. 

Parliament to Discuss Newly Worded Family Law

Ulaanbaatar, June 25 (MONTSAME) Human Development and Social Welfare Minister S.Erdene submitted Tuesday to parliament Speaker Z.Enkhbold a new wording of this law.
Re-developed to accord with updated social development and international principles of human rights, rights of a child and freedom, the Family law of 1999 consists of 121 articles in 11 chapters in its new wording.
The new wording suggests transferring the functions of social workers responsible for child and family affairs to current development social workers in the city and provinces, in order to ease the overburden to the Government budget.
The Family law has a purpose to regulate relations in regards marriage, divorce, procedure of divorce settlement, property and non-property relations of the family members, adoption and taking in custody.
The Family law coheres with the Constitution and other laws. The changes, however, have been offered in order to accord with the newly-developed Criminal law (civil code) and law on minor offenses.

Turkish Speaker Attends Road Opening

Ulaanbaatar, June 25 (MONTSAME) A 11 km auto road has been opened Tuesday between the Bayazurkh bazaar in eastern Ulaanbaatar and an ancient Turkic monument near the Nalaikh satellite district.
The road has been paved under collaboration with the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), and is scheduled to be completed by this September.
After visiting a nearby monument, build in 744 and devoted to the wise minister Tonyukuk of the Orkhon Turkic State, the Speaker of Turkey Mr Cemil Cicek attended the road opening event saying  projects like this shall be regarded as investments of the Turkish side to Mongolia.
Present at the ceremony were Mongolia-Turkey inter-parliamentary friendship group head A.Bakei MP, Ambassador of Mongolia to Turkey B.Batkhishig, Governor of Nalaikh district Kh.Boldbaatar and others.

Ulaanbaatar and Vienna to Broaden Its Cooperation

June 25 ( Mongolian delegates led by the Governor of the Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar Mr. Erdene BAT-UUL are conducting an official visit to the Republic of Austria.
On June 25, 2014, Mayor of Vienna, Mr. Michael Haupl received Mongolian delegation and expressed a gratitude for accepting his invitation to visit the city.
In the frameworks of visit, the two Mayors discussed issues of collaboration broadening and agreed to employ Mongolian experts from Ulaanbaatar in Vienna. The visit of Mayor E.Bat-Uul is successfully continuing, reports the Mayor’s Office.

Court Councils of Mongolia and Italy to Cooperate

Ulaanbaatar, June 25 (MONTSAME) A memorandum of understanding between Court Councils of Mongolia and Italy was signed Tuesday in Ulaanbaatar.
The document was inked by Prof Michele Vietti, a vice-president of the Italian High Judicial Council, and by N.Lundendorj, a chair of the Judicial General Council of Mongolia.
As the judicial system of Italy gives special importance to the independent judicial administration, the cooperation is expected to be particularly fruitful, said Lundendorj.
During his official visit to Mongolia on June 23-28, Mr Vietti will meet Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Mongolia Ts.Zorigt and Human Rights and Legal Policy Advisor to the President of Mongolia Ch.Onorbayar.

President Ts.Elbegdorj Offers Trilateral High-Level Meeting in Ulaanbaatar between Mongolia, Russia And China

June 25 ( Today on June 25, 2014, the President of Mongolia Tsakhia ELBEGDORJ received Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi.
At the beginning of meeting, President Ts.Elbegdorj noted that the bilateral relations between Mongolia and the PR of China have been actively developing in all sectors in recent years and reached at the top friendly level and further said, “It is very consistent with Mongolia’s position that China is pursuing a more open and comprehensive policy towards neighboring countries”.
In the scope of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the year of 2014 is announced as a Mongolia-China Friendly Exchange Year. In this regard, bilateral friendly relations will be strengthened by promoting reciprocal travel of children, youths, public servants and civilians, underline parties.
During the meeting, Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed his grateful to meet the President Ts.Elbegdorj and conveyed sincere greetings of the President Xi Jinping. In his greetings, President of China mentioned a warm meeting with President of Mongolia exchanging views on issues of bilateral relations during the Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia took place in Shanghai last May and expressed his confidence to see the President Ts.Elbegdorj soon in Ulaanbaatar.
Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi visited Mongolia 11 years ago and during this visit noted that Mongolia has been changed a lot in terms of Mongolia’s successful achievements and efforts. Minister also underlined that the President Xi Jinping anticipates conducting a state visit to Mongolia soon, which is considered as historical significance after President Hu Jintao, who paid a state visit to Mongolia 11 years ago.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi emphasized that the Government of China’s policy is to respect the two countries’ paths of the flourishment and support each other, moreover to strengthen mutual trusts between the two states and to respect each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as security issues.
Minister Wang Yi also pointed out that Mongolia’s initiation on "Ulaanbaatar Dialogue" raised by the President Ts.Elbegdorj makes significant contributions towards regional and international peace and partnership.
President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj mentioned his suggestion of the possibilities of a trilateral high-level meeting in Ulaanbaatar between Mongolia, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China and expressed his gratitude to the invitation to participate at the APEC Summit as a guest of honor.

High-Level Consultation on Prospects of Mongolia’s Macro Economy Launches

Ulaanbaatar, June 25 (MONTSAME) This consultation started Wednesday at the State House.
Co-organized by the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Mongolia, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB), the action brought together international experts.
The Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag addressed the event to underline an importance of the consultation that is to determine a current situation of the national economy in times of global and regional economies crisis.
The size of main export products increased by 30% this year compared to the same period of the previous year. Exports of gold, copper and crude oil augmented, whereas the export of iron ore declined, the Premier said. "The size of exported coal is higher by one million 500 thousand tons against the previous year, but its prices at the world market fell down, due to which revenue for the national economy cannot reach the level predicted," he said.
The deficit of the external trade of Mongolia was about 800 million US dollars in the first five months of 2013, declining to 200 million in the first five months of this year, the Premier highlighted, and mentioned works being done to ensuring an economic growth in 100 days.
The consultation is continuing with sub-meetings  on present situation and prospects of Mongolia’s economy, budgetary matters of mineral-rich countries, intensive growth and banking and financing risks.        

Non-Cash Payment System to Be Developed Here

Ulaanbaatar, June 25 (MONTSAME) The Standing committee on security and foreign policy discussed Tuesday a draft law on a ratification of the loan agreement for a payment system modernization project.
The committee members then agreed to discuss it at a later meeting of parliament.
The Ministry of Economic Development and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) had earlier agreed to implement the "Payment System Modernization" project here. This two-year project will address issues such as development of non-cash payment system and advancement of inspection on monetary policies realization through controlling money flows.
Under the agreement, established between the parties, ADB will invest twenty million USD to the project, while the Government of Mongolia will grant 2.5 million USD. The financing from ADB will be in form of a loan with a term of 15 years.

Total Elimination of Measles Here to Be Certified

Ulaanbaatar, June 25 (MONTSAME) A certificate granting ceremony for the total eliminations of measles in Mongolia will be held in Ulaanbaatar this Thursday.
The certificate is expected to be awarded the Government of Mongolia by Dr Marc Jacobs, a Director for Combating Communicable Diseases at World Health Organization (WHO), Western Pacific Regional Office. During the visit of Mr Jacobs, a ‘Measles-free Mongolia’ national vaccination conference will take place June 26-27, with participation of some hundred representatives of provinces.
On March 20, the WHO declared four countries such as Mongolia, Australia, South Korea and Macau free of measles.
According to a WHO report, Mongolia has experienced no lab-confirmed or epidemiologically-linked cases since 2010, when last seven clinically confirmed cases of measles occurred.
Measles is an infection of the respiratory system caused by a virus, specifically a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus. In developing countries, where measles is highly endemic, WHO doctors recommend two doses of vaccine be given at six and nine months of age. Unvaccinated populations are at risk for the disease.
There is no specific treatment for measles. Most patients with uncomplicated measles will recover with rest and supportive treatment. It is, however, important to seek medical advice if the patient becomes more unwell, as they may be developing complications.

Walking Tour Promotes Smoking-Free Life

Ulaanbaatar, June 25 (MONTSAME) Staffers of Municipal health organizations took a hike from Ulaanbaatar to nearby Zuunmod town on June 21.
The hikers walked over the Bogd Khan Mountain and by Manjusri Monastery on their way to Zuunmod town, the center of Tov province. During the excursion themed ‘Active Movements and Community Free of Alcohol and Smoking’, the health staffers claimed the Tsetsee Gun peak of the Bogd Khan Mountain, and successfully attended a series of sports events.

Children to Receive Heart Surgeries in S.Korea

Ulaanbaatar, June 25 (MONTSAME) Health Deputy Minister J.Amarsanaa received Wednesday six children who are going to seek cardiac surgeries in Danwon Hospital of Ansancity Medical Tourism Support Center in South Korea.
Representatives of S.Korean ‘Salvation Army’ NGO accompanied the children at the meeting. The Mongolian children suffering congenital heart defects have thus far been examined by doctors of Danwon Hospital, ahead of heading for S.Korea to receive needed surgeries that will be fully paid by ‘Salvation Army’ NGO.
The six children were selected among more than 70. 

Boxers of Mongolia and Germany to Encounter in UB City

Ulaanbaatar, June 25 (MONTSAME) Best boxers of Mongolia and Germany are to have battles in Mongol Shiltgeen complex on June 27.
The matches are to take place as a part of celebration events of the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Mongolia and Germany.
A total of seven matches are expected at the event. The names of boxers, however, have not announced yet.

Speaker of Turkish Parliament Visits Historical Sites of Mongolia
June 25 ( On June 24, 2014, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (Parliament) Mr. Cemil Cicek, who is paying an official visit to Mongolia these days, has visited the site, where the Tonyukuk shining monuments are preserved to date, located in the territory of Nalaikh District, Ulaanbaatar.
By visiting the site, Turkish delegates got acquainted with “11 km of Paved Road to Tonyukuk Monuments” project being implemented under “Protection and Rehabilitation of Ancient Turkic Findings” Program by Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA).
In the frameworks of the Ministry of Education and Science of Mongolia and TIKA partnership, parties established an agreement in 1994 to preserve, protect and rehabilitate ancient Turkic findings located in the territory of Mongolia.
The main objective of the project is to protect the Tonyukuk shining monuments by the means of replacing these monuments with copy ones and relocate the original monuments of Tonyukuk in a museum, and make some arrangements in the place where original monuments are situated. The 11 km of paved road will be stretched from Bayanzurkh District to the Tonyukuk shining monuments and under construction with 30% of completion and will be operational by September of 2014.
During the visit, Speaker C.Cicek noted, “Mongolia and Turkey are nations of friendly brotherhood relations connected with our forefathers and this year we are celebrating the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties. The TIKA is implementing many projects around the world and this project is one of the investments to Mongolia. We wish to accomplish this project on time and wish our joyous blessing to all drivers on this road”.
On June 25, 2014, Turkish delegates headed by Speaker of the Parliament Cemil Cicek and Speaker of Mongolian Parliament Zandaakhuu ENKHBOLD have toured to the ancient capital city of Mongolia, Kharkhorum (Karakorum), which is located in Kharkhorin Sum of Uvurkhangai Aimag (Province).
During their visit, dignitaries were introduced the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery, which was ordered to construct by Avtai Sain Khaan (Abtai Sain Khan) in 1586.
They also visited the “Khar Khorum” and “Erdene Zuu” Museums, where about 7,900 exhibits are preserved in “Erdene Zuu” Museum and in the other museum are stored precious heritages of Stone Age, Bronze Age, as well as exhibits displaying eras of early States, Great Mongol Empire and Mongolia’s ancient capital city of Kharkhorum.
Following the visit to Uvurkhangai Aimag, delegates headed for Arkhangai Aimag to visit the Khushuu Tsaidam Memorial Complex in Khashaat Sum of Arkhangai Aimag.
Tonyukuk shining monuments
Tonyukuk monuments, located 60 km from Ulaanbaatar, include two stone monuments with ancient inscriptions and a number of human statues. Archaeological excavations performed in the area have uncovered the remains of a brick building with ceramic roof, which at one point burned down and was destroyed. The engraved text covering the eight sides of the two stone monuments contains runic characters. It describes the social situation at the time and events connected with the biography of Tonyukuk the Wise (624-732 AD), a man of noble birth who acted as advisor to three Turkic kings. Tonyukuk was imprisoned for a crime committed while the Turks were subjects of the Chinese, but he was released at the time of Qutuluq’s rebellion.
Eventually, when Qutuluq became king, Tonyukuk was appointed as his advisor. Qutuluq died in 693 and was replaced by his brother Mojo, who had been connected with the previous regime, including Tonyukuk. Yet Tonyukuk organized a secret plot with support of exiled politicians, which succeeded in overturning Mojo’s ruling, and led to the coronation of Mogilyan as king of the empire. The monuments here were erected by Tonyukuk himself.
Erdene Zuu Monastery
The Erdene Zuu Monastery is part of the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site. The Avtai Sain Khaan, ruler of the Khalkh Mongols and grandfather of Zanabazar, the first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu (Javzandamba Khutagt), ordered construction of the Erdene Zuu Monastery in 1585 after his meeting with the III Dalai Lama and the declaration of Tibetan Buddhism as the state religion of Mongolia.
Khushuu Tsaidam Memorial Complex
This sacred memorial complex, dedicated to Bilge Khaan (Khagan) of Turkic Empire and his younger brother Kul-tegin (Kul Tigin) which flourished during the VI-VIII century, is situated 40 km northeast from Kharkhorin, Arkhangai Aimag. Kul-tegin’s grandson, Yolug-tegin, had this memorial built. Bilge Khaan’s stele, well known as Orkhon Inscription, is 3,3 m high, 1,3 m wide and has 68 rows of inscription. Bilge Khaan, who was the latest King of Turkic Empire, ruled its country for 19 years. During the excavation of the memorial in July of 2001, over 2,000 finds were revealed and the most important one among them was a gemstone inlaid golden crown of Bilge Khaan. It was formerly an entire complex, but only this stele has been remained currently. These memorials were recognized as a “cultural landscape” of the UNESCO World Heritage in 1996 and under state protection since 1961.

Stock Exchange News for June 25
Ulaanbaatar, June 25 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades held Tuesday, a total of 374 thousand and 169 shares of 12 JSCs were traded costing MNT 193 million 713 thousand and 836.00.
"State Department Store” /310 thousand and 284 units/, "Merex" /41 thousand and 320 units/, "Khokh gan” /7,291 units/, "Hermes center" /6,326 units/ and "E-trans logistics” /5,100 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"State Department Store” (MNT 179 million 962 thousand and 200), "Merex" (MNT four million 257 thousand and 720), "Gobi” (MNT four million 163 thousand and 060), "Sharyn gol” (MNT one million and 480 thousand) and "Tavantolgoi” (MNT one million and 029 thousand).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 547 billion 309 million 864 thousand and 484. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,326.05, increasing by MNT 82.88 or 0.54% against the previous day.
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