Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Mongolia Brief June 3, 2014



Russian Security Council Secretary Visits Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) At an invitation of Mongolia’s National Security Council secretary Ts.Enkhtuvshin, his counterpart from Russia Nikolai Patrushev is visiting Mongolia these days.

During his visit here, the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia will be received by the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj, and will hold negotiations with his counterpart of Mongolia Ts.Enkhtuvshin. After the meeting, Security Council Secretaries of the two countries will have a press conference to inform the media on the meeting.
Prior to this, Mr Patrushev visited to Mongolia in 2009 to discuss the cooperation plans of the two Security Councils for 2010-2011.
Nikolai Platonovich Patrushev was Director of the Russian Federal Security Service, the successor organization to the Committee for State Security (KGB), from 1999 to 2008, and he has been Secretary of the Security Council of Russia since 2008.
Patrushev, a general in Russia's Army and a PhD in law, had been received a number of national awards, including Hero of the Russian Federation.


Statistical Office Head Meets with Turkish Counterpart

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) The Mongolian delegation led by S.Mendsaikhan, the Chairman of the National Statistical Office, visited the Republic of Turkey May 28-30.
Mr Mendsaikhan and his Turkish counterpart Mr Birol Avdemir, the head of the Statistical Institute, talked about a realization of actions reflected in a cooperation memorandum, established between the Statistical Offices in 2013, and determined further goals.
Noting that staffers of the statistical offices exchanged experiences in refining labor force, gender, poverty, population, mining and energy spheres statistics and improved an information collecting system, Mendsaikhan expressed a willingness to intensify more the cooperation, especially on central and localities' levels.
In turn, Mr Aydemir spoke about structure and operations of his organization and put some proposals on ways of implementing the memorandum.
During this meeting, the Mongolian Ambassador to Turkey B.Batkhishig briefed on the bilateral relations matters.
After this, the delegation got au fait with statistical offices in Ankara and Istanbul, and in Nevsiher province, and also visited historical places. 


Mongolia Submits Report on Racial Discrimination

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) The Government has submitted to the United Nations (UN) High Commission on Human Rights a report on implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The report, sent on May 21, highlights a realization of the recommendations given by of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination after it had reviewed previous reports of Mongolia, and also an article in the Constitution of Mongolia that states “No person may be discriminated against on the basis of ethnic origin, language, race, age, sex, social origin and status, property, occupation and post, religion, opinion and education. Every person shall be a subject before the law,” and emphasizes that no complaints regarding racial discrimination have been received by the National Human Rights Commission and the Police Authority of Mongolia.
Mongolia joined the Convention in 1969, and has a responsibility to report its implementation of the convention to the UN every two years.


Economy Intensifying Council Reports

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) The "Economic Intensifying" council, created at the Prime Minister,  delivered to the cabinet some specific proposals and recommendations after having consulted them with the Bank of Mongolia (BoM) and the Union of Banks (UB), seeking solutions to  difficulties in credit services and to reducing actions cost.
The council’s secretary B.Byambasaikhan said it at its weekly meeting on Monday. He emphasized that companies will be supported that are not able pay back loans due to a delay in their business activities, if these recommendations are realized.
The governmental support is fruitful for developing of winter greenhouses. The government backed 15 projects out of 88 offered by people and enterprises, and even several greenhouses were put into use last week, said A.Choijamts, a director of the “Winter greenhouse business” project. Some 23 billion togrog has been allotted from the “Chingis” bonds revenue for the winter greenhouses, he added.
It has been planned to build such greenhouses on 20 hectares in the city and on the rest in localities this year to grow cucumbers, tomato, pepper, salad cabbage and strawberry. It is projected that the business can replace 20 percent of the vegetables and fruits imported. Vegetables grown in winter greenhouses already have been sold at the market, dramatically declining prices of the imported vegetables, business people said.    


“Hours of Great Construction” Weekly Meeting Runs

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) Aimed at repairing cross roads, running new roads and improving a capacity of the city's roads, the "Street" project consists of three sub-projects--“City center”, “Ger areas” that renovate engineering infrastructure in ger (national dwelling) areas, and “Highway”.
This was said by the project manager B.Batbold at the “Hours of great constructions” weekly meeting on Monday. In 2013, 50 billion togrog weres pent for repairing 18 crossroads, the Chingis Avenue and Mongolian Naadam complex at “Khui Doloon Khudag” horse race arena, Batbold went on. This year, 12 crossroads are awaiting the renovation, he added.
In frames of the “Highway” sub-project, feasibility studies and environmental impact evaluation have been performed for constructions for the “Tuul” and “Selbe” highways. Contracts are expected to be established with executing companies on June 16, Batbold said.


Academy of Sciences and Bonn University to Cooperate

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) In frames of Mongolia-Germany cooperation in science, Mongolia's Academy of Sciences and the University of Bonn of Germany have agreed to continue cooperation in Kharkhorin expedition works until 2019.
On Monday, a cooperation document was inked by D.Regdel, a vice president of the Academy, and by Mr Yang Bemmann, a director of the university's Institute of Prehistory and Early History Archaeology.
Under auspices of the Presidents of Mongolia and Germany, the academy and the institute have been cooperating since 1999, successfully researching Kharkhorin city, an ancient capital of Mongolia, and its outskirts, and sending our young archeologists to Germany for studies. 


"Men Health and Aging" Conference Held Here

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) The ninth Japan-ASEAN Conference on "Men’s Health and Aging" ran in Ulaanbaatar May 30-June 1.
The gathered noted that medical specialists have been paying more attention to the men health and aging issues, and shared views on matters regarding the Asian men’s health, aging society, urology, androgen and sexual function, hypogonadism and cardiovascular/kidney functions, sexual dysfunction and alternative medicine.
The event was attended by 53 doctors from USA, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, S.Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, together with medical staffers from Ulaanbaatar and provinces.
The conference was organized under collaboration of various Mongolian health organizations such as Health Ministry, Health Development Center, Society for Sexual Medicine, National Gerontology Center, Medical Sciences University, Kidney Surgery Society, together with International Society for Sexual Medicine and Asia Pacific Society for Sexual Medicine.


Mongolian to Fight for Gold

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) Mongolian B.Chinzorig (64kg) will come to the ring Tuesday to compete for a gold medal of the World Military Boxing Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
At the silver medal match on Monday, he defeated Abdelhak Aatakni from Morocco with a score margin of 2:1. For the gold, Chinzorig will fight against Shili Alaa from Tunisia, who defeated Eldos Sarkulov of Kazakhstan at the semifinal on Monday.
The same day, the Mongolian N.Togstsogt lost to Fahem Hammachi of Algeria in the 56kg semifinal match, thus bagging a bronze medal.
The 55th world boxing championship of International Military Sports Consul (CISM) has been taking place in Almaty with a participation of best boxers of 22 countries such as Columbia, France, Sri Lanka, Brazil, South Korea, Algeria, Morocco, Germany, Mongolia, Italy, China, Russia, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Iraq and Nigeria.
The tournament will end on Tuesday with final matches.


100 Day Stimulus Plan: 21st day

June 3 (Mongolian Economy) The 100 Day Stimulus Plan has gone underway, reaching its third week in planning and consulting. Every Monday, the Economy Council manages meetings to discuss certain facets of the stimulus plan. This week’s topic revolved around financial services, more specifically, loans from banks. Working in joint collaboration with the Mongol Bank and the Mongolian Banking Association, representatives spent time going over the difficulties of receiving loans from banks as well as possible improvements regarding the loan process. 
The Economy Council already conducted extensive analysis and recently submitted advice to the government and to Mongol Bank on how they can make changes to the loan process to make it easier for investors to borrow money. Many borrowers run into problems when they find it difficult to repay debts. With new changes, more options can be set into place, including an option to renew conditions of the loan as well as allow for negotiation with the banks. 
By giving in more effort to increase investment in Mongolia, the Investment Law was successfully passed. What is next on the agenda are the Minerals Law, Debt Law, and Oil Law. Financial sector representatives are meeting this week to further discuss the possibilities and difficulties of these laws as well as the reliance on banks and how Mongolia can increase its investment funds. 
In line with the 100 Day Stimulus Plant, the Mongolian Economic Forum is organizing an international investor’s forum between June 19 and 21. Currently, over 150 representatives from over 30 different countries will attend to discuss future steps to take in regards to Mongolian investment. Mongolian companies, such as Oyu Tolgoi, MAK, Gobi, APU, and Khaan Huns, are going to introduce their businesses to these investors.


Mongolia carves tourism niche

May 30 (Oxford Business Group) Efforts to highlight Mongolia’s broad range of attractions are paying off, with the tourism industry on course to notch up a decade of sustained growth, a recently published report has concluded.
In its overview of the Mongolian tourism industry for 2014, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said arrivals, earnings and employment were all on track to rise over the next 10 years, on the back of significant investment. However, officials are aware that improved coordination between the public and private sectors in key areas, such as infrastructural development and marketing, will also play a part in supporting the industry’s development.  
Arrivals on the up
Mongolia’s tourism sector generated $238m in 2013, according to the WTTC’s report, directly contributing 2.5% of GDP to the country’s economy. The council expects overseas arrivals to be a key driver of growth, with numbers forecast to edge towards 700,000 by 2024, up 50% from an anticipated 456,000 this year.
Tourism’s overall input into Mongolia’s economy is forecast to ease over the coming decade on the back of high growth levels anticipated in other sectors. However, direct revenue should increase by 6.3% annually over the next 10 years to reach $462m, while the number of jobs available in the industry looks set to rise from 26,500 in 2013 to 31,000 by 2024.
Figures are expected to show that Mongolia’s tourism sector attracted $59.6m in capital investment last year, which is forecast to rise by 7.3% annually over the next 10 years. The industry’s overall share of national investment should remain steady at 10.5%, the WTTC concluded.  
Heads together
While forecasts for the industry look promising, the government is keen to forge closer links with the private sector in its bid to better market Mongolia on a global platform.
The authorities have traditionally concentrated on highlighting Mongolia’s cultural attractions, such as its museums and craft activities, while private travel companies are, instead, targeting a new wave of tourists looking for an “off the beaten track” destination. Hiking, horse-riding, camping and off-road vehicle safari tours are among the broader range of activities that operators are publicising.
Representatives across the industry are keen to bridge current gaps by working to promote Mongolia in its entirety. Coordinating efforts will include broader consultation on infrastructure needs, transport and advertising.  
Going global
Mongolia’s International Travel Mart 2014, which took place at the end of March, generated noticeably higher levels of interest among tour operators. Organised by the Mongolian Tourism Association, the event also brought increased regional representation, with 16 of the country’s 21 aimags, or provinces, opting to participate.
The decision to sign up as the official partner country for the major annual travel trade show, ITB Berlin 2015, next March, should also support the government’s marketing efforts.
“We regard tourism as a long-term opportunity that diversifies our economy,” P. Altangerel, State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said, commenting on the partnership in early March. “Mongolian companies are also very keen to actively cooperate with the international tourism industry.”
Tourism Minister Ts. Oyungerel told OBG that new legislation, which is currently being drafted, would help protect sites of interest, while also setting the scene for the government to invest in the sector.  
Winter dilemma
He also acknowledged that other challenges which mark the industry, such as seasonality, will need addressing. Mongolia’s long and extreme winter has traditionally restricted the tourism season, making it difficult for operators to retain a qualified workforce.
“Workers need to know that their job is reliable year-around and not seasonal,” he told OBG. “This is why investment in winter tourism is essential to help us build capacity and develop attractive employment options for future leaders in the sector.”
New attractions, such as a dinosaur museum set to open in the summer, and improved travel infrastructure, led by a new international airport which should be operating by 2016, are signs of Mongolia’s commitment to tourism expansion. A focus on extending the season will support efforts to drive further growth, enabling Mongolia to make full use of its abundant resources and develop the niche markets that are already generating significant interest.


New York City’s Leading Jazz Artists to Stage in UB along with Mongolian Morin Khuur Ensemble

June 3 (infomongolia.com) The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in association with the "Steppe Jazz" NGO is organizing the "Jazz and Morin Khuur" performance at the State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Ulaanbaatar on June 05, 2014.
This is the 6th International Festival hosted by “Steppe Jazz” NGO and this time a group from NYU Jazz Faculty In Residence Ensemble, Combo Nuvo will be costaging to show a combination of western and nomadic music arts. The Combo Nuvo is an eclectic improvisational ensemble comprised of some of New York City’s leading jazz artists and the group includes Dave Schroeder, NYU Jazz Studies Director, harmonica and woodwinds, Lenny Pickett, woodwinds, Brad Shepik, acoustic guitar, Rich Shemaria, piano, Mike Richmond, cello and John Hadfield, percussion.
Due to approaching day, Head of “Steppe Jazz” NGO, N.Ganbat commented, “We will showcase how would sound Mongolian songs in jazz composition. We used to listen to long and folk songs with Morin Khuur, but nearly never heard a jazz version of Mongolian songs, and within this concert we will perform these composites”.
According to organizers, the tickets would range between 15 and 25 thousand MNT (Tugrug) and the Combo Nuvo group had already arrived in UB and they will be staging two nights at UB Jazz Club on June 03-04, 2014.


Asian Development Bank Invests 125 Million USD to Develop Western Regional Road Corridor of Mongolia

June 3 (infomongolia.com) On June 02, 2014, Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar and Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Robert Schoellhammer have signed a 125 million USD Loan Agreement, the second phase of the "Western Regional Road Corridor Development Investment Program".
In the scope of resolved investment, a 103.9 km road from center of Khovd Aimag to Khashaat Davaa, 60 km road from Khashaat Davaa to Tolbo Sum of Bayan-Ulgii Aimag, 25.8 km road from Tsagaan Nuur village of Nogoonnuur Sum (Bayan-Ulgii Aimag) to Ulaanbaishint border port in Tsagaannuur Sum of Bayan-Ulgii Aimag will be constructed and the total road estimates 189.7 km that aims to develop western regional road corridor.
The 189.7 km road to be completed by 2016 is the first stage of the second phase of the Program and the total road agreed between the Government of Mongolia and the Asian Development Bank is to construct 743.1 km road from Yarant port located in Bulgan Sum of Khovd Aimag to Ulaanbaishint border port.
In the scope of the Project, the ADB will invest 125 million USD under 15-year loan with 5-year of grace and the road network aims to connect northern and southern neighbors with a paved road, create linkages with Europe and develop trade across Asia. The road is therefore significant to the development of the region and Mongolia.
The 189.7 km road, which is planned to be completed by 2016 will be accomplished with an additional two-year guarantee period and the total project is estimated to finish in 2018, moreover besides the main routes, internal roads and bridges are also included such as 10 km of repaving sections to allow access to highway, 4.9 km of repaving in center of Ulgii, and two bridges in Ulgii.
Millennium Road Project
The Millennium Road project was started in 2000 and is being implemented with a plan to construct paved roads of 7,546 km long connecting Mongolia’s east to west horizontally (2,653 km) and five parallel vertical axes from the Russian Federation to PRC by 2016, and Ulaanbaatar will be connected to all aimag centers by paved roads, in order to improve transport access of residents living in rural and suburban areas. Figure 5 shows the Millennium Roads, of which Route 1 is in the Tranche 2 and 3 Corridor.
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Top 10 Albums of Week: May 26 - June 01, 2014

June 3 (infomongolia.com) The "Hi-Fi Records" music chain store releases the Top 10 best selling albums on weekly basis. Below the chart list of albums led on May 26 - June 01, 2014.
Top 10 albums of the week: May 26 - June 01, 2014
1. “Mungun Shunu” (Silver Night) by UBS TV (Top participants of the "Universe Best Songs" Contests) - 10,000 MNT (Tugrug)
2. “Namuun Baigali” (Quite Nature) by UBS TV (Top participants of the "Universe Best Songs" Contests) - 18,000 MNT
3. “The Best No.1” by Mongolian National Morin Khuur Ensemble - 10,000 MNT
4. “Khuvtsaa Taichaad Shid” (Toss Your Clothes) by singer D.Bold - 20,000 MNT
5. “Yertunts” (Universe) by music composer G.Onon - 20,000 MNT
6. “Khamag Mongol” (All Mongolians) by singer S.Javkhlan; 13,000 MNT
7. "Geeometry" by rapper Gee - 10,000 MNT
8. “Mongol Kinony Duunuud” (Songs of Mongolian Movies) by UBS TV (Top participants of the "Universe Best Songs" Contests) - 18,000 MNT
9. “Minii Duunuud” (My Songs) by music composer L.Balkhjav - 25,000 MNT
10. "The Face in the Stars" by singer Choijoo - 20,000 MNT


Landlocked Developing Countries Gather in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) A high-level international workshop titled "WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation: Implications for landlocked developing countries" started Monday in Ulaanbaatar.
The action has been co-organized by the government of Mongolia, the International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). It has gathered delegates of 32 countries, officials and scholars from the WTO, World Customs Organization (WCO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),  International Trade Center, state organizations, NGOs, and a private sector.
Being discussed from the year 2004, the WTO agreement on trade facilitation reflects many important clauses for the interests of the landlocked countries. Exempting them from extra payment for transit transport and liberalizing their customs rules are the vital parts of the agreement.
On the first day of the meeting, reports were delivered on developmental criteria for the landlocked developing nations, on their participation in international commerce, and on the present situation.
If WTO members adopt the agreement during a forthcoming meeting of the WTO’s General Council on July 31, any of the landlocked countries will be able to carry out transit transport without additional charge, excluding the service fees, within territories of the WTO states. On the other hand, they will bear a main responsibility for boosting their infrastructure in order to improve the freight passing capacity.
At the meeting, the gathered reached an agreement to enhance their economic development. 
The international workshop will continue until Tuesday.


Naadam Organizing Committee Meets

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) At its meeting on Tuesday, the Organizing Committee of National Great Festival Naadam and members of the sub-committee discussed plans and a draft budget for the celebration.
With nine sub-committees and one working group with 177 members, the committee plans to do 285 types of work and services during the Naadam Festival on occasion of the 808th anniversary of the Great Mongol Empire and 93rd anniversary of the People’s Revolution.
The committee intends to run the celebration with a budget not be higher of the previous year’s. The amount will be introduced to the cabinet at its meeting on Saturday, said a head of the finance and state fund section of the municipality E.Gankhuu.
GPS was presented by Ts.Jadambaa, a head of the Information Technology and Post and Communication Agency, to provide people with opportunities to watch horse-race of the Naadam festival through mobile phones and Internet.
Deputy PM and chief of the organizing committee D.Terbishdagva said the committee will get au fait with the preparation on the Central Stadium and in a “Khui Doloon Khudag” horse-race field before the cabinet's meeting.


Mongolians Learn Environment-Friendly Construction Standards

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) A delegation led by L.Erkhembayar, a green development policy advisor to the President of Mongolia, has recently participated in a short-term seminar on green construction standards in the Czech Republic.
In collaboration with Caritas Czech NGO, the training took place as a part of a project on "Learning the European Union (EU) experiences on green constructions" of the EU and Czech Republic Development Cooperation.
Amid the training, the delegation studied green construction standards and energy-efficient constructions of the EU and the Czech Republic, visited the Czech environmental protection foundation, a state-accredited laboratory and a Technical and Test Institute for Construction.
The delegation included officers from the Presidential Office, State Great Khural (parliament), several Ministries and Building Material Producers Association. 


Minister Receives Basketball Players

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Population Development and Social Welfare S.Erdene MP Tuesday received basketball players who successfully competed in the 3vs3 Basketball World Schools Championship.
The Minister congratulated the players on showing a big success and granted them cash prizes and diplomas of the Mongolian National Basketball Federation.
The title of foremost worker for physical culture and sports and a governmental diploma were given to G.Ikhbayar IMS, a coach of the team; to B.Otgonsuren MS; B.Bolormaa and A.Altan-Ochir, leaders of the teams.
As we informed before, boys’ and girls’ team for basketball had competed in the 3vs3 Basketball World Schools Championship May 23-25 in Beijing, China. The boys came to 5th place.  


EU and EBRD Launch New Programme for SMEs in Mongolia

June 3 (EBRD) The European Union (EU) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are joining efforts to help Mongolia diversify its economy with a new €3.8 million programme dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), launched in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar.
The five-year project “Support for SME Development in Mongolia” aims to improve the business environment in which local entrepreneurs operate and help Mongolian SMEs achieve their growth potential, boosting their role in the country’s economy.
The project is financed by the EU and implemented by the EBRD, together with Mongolia’s SME Agency, which launched its operations in 2009.
“This is the right project at the right time with the right focus,” explains Philip ter Woort, Head of EBRD Resident Office in Mongolia, adding: “It is important that the growth of Mongolia’s mining sector is complemented by strong efforts to diversify the economy and we expect the SME sector to play a leading role here.”
“Small and medium-sized tnterprises are essential to the economic success of Mongolia and its sustainability, as well as for poverty alleviation,” said Minister Counsellor Johan Cauwenbergh, Head of Operations of the EU Delegation to China and Mongolia, adding: “I believe that our cooperation and the project we launch today holds great significance for the economic prosperity of Mongolia. It will contribute to the wellbeing of the Mongolian people as a whole.”
The project includes a series of integrated activities aimed at strengthening the capacity of the SME Agency and promoting reforms that would facilitate SME access to finance in Mongolia.  The new initiative will also focus on developing business support and consultancy services in Mongolia. In addition, the project will work with individual companies, helping them to improve their operational efficiency with support from Mongolian management consulting firms.
Since the beginning of its operations in Mongolia the EBRD has invested close to €420 million in various sectors of the country’s economy, mobilizing additional investment in excess of €700 million from other sources.


Foremost Students Awarded Khan Bank Scholarship

June 2 (Khan Bank) To enhance educational opportunities for promising Mongolian youth, Khan Bank Foundation has been running the Khan Bank Scholarship Program since 2007. This year, Khan Bank Foundation awarded 111 of the most promising students Khan Bank Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic years.
111 students were selected from Ulaanbaatar and 21 aimags and chosen for their outstanding academic performance, active involvement in social and community activities, talents, and strong commitment to pursue further education and learning.
The Scholarship Selection Committees consisted of representatives of Khan Bank, Governor’s offices in soum, aimag, and Ulaanbaatar districts as well as the community representatives conducted the selection process in a thoroughly transparent manner through going soum-aimag-Ulaanbaatar.
Hereby, we are introducing names of 111 most promising students granted Khan Bank scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic years.To see the scholarship awardees, please click here.
Khan Bank Foundation that supports education sector continuously encourages students from lower income families with outstanding academic performance and motivates them to pursue higher for the bright future.
Congratulations to the 111 recipients of Khan Bank Scholarship for the Academic year of 2014-2015.


Flash Mob Competition to Run among Students

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) In celebration of the World Environment Day (June 5), a flash mob competition will be held among university students this Thursday.
The events will be a broad platform for public outreach that encourages awareness and action for the environment. The event will run among university groups consisting of more than fifty people, best three will be given pecuniary awards totaling nine million togrog.
Organizers of the action are the Environment and Green Development Ministry and Mongolian Students Union.
World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Program. The 2014 theme for World Environment Day will focus on "Small Islands and Climate Change", the official slogan for the year 2014 is "Raise Your Voice Not the Sea Level".


National Park to Erect Sport Complex

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) The National park has created a football ground and 2.7 km long cycle way.
This is a first part of the sport complex that will be erected on 2.7 hectares of the park, initiated by the Premier N.Altankhuyag. Some five billion togrog for the construction have been issued by the PM's fund.
The park is also to have basketball and lawn tennis courts and running and skiing facilities.
A tender-winner “Burd” and “Tsagaan zam” companies are working on the construction. 


Composition of Mongolian Teams Announced

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) Compositions of men and women teams competing in the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship in Ulaanbaatar have been announced.
As the host nation, Mongolia will be represented in every weight category of the events that will run in Buyant Ukhaa complex on June 5-8.
The men team consists of Ts.Mandalsuren (50kg), Z.Zanabazar (55kg), B.Bat-Erdene (60kg), G.Torbold (66kg), E.Monkg-Erdene (74kg), B.Nyambayar (84kg), N.Bilguun (96kg) and E.Monkhbaatar (120kg). There also two wrestlers who have won a medal at a world-level tournament--Zanabazar, a World cadet championship bronze medalist and Asian cadet championship gold medalist, and Nyambayar, a world youth championship bronze medalist.
The women team consists of L.Battogtokh (44 kg), G.Otgonjargal (48kg), B.Monkhtuya (51kg) , A.Battsetseg (55kg), S.Tserenchimed (59kg), B.Nyamgerel (63kg), O.Oyungerel (67kg) and P.Nomin-Erdene (72kg). Almost all wrestlers of this team have medals from world or Asian cadet/youth championships.
Wrestlers from fourteen Asian countries--Mongolia, Iran, South Korea, China, North Korea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, India and Japan--will compete for championship titles in three categories of freestyle men, freestyle women and Greco-Roman in upcoming days.


Chess Players to Compete in Macau

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) Mongolia’s Chess Federation (MChF) has selected players for the ASEAN Chess Championship that will run this June 4-9 in Macau, China.
The girls’ team has comprised Amina, Ganchimeg, Otgontsetseg, Altantuya, Tsogzolmaa, the boys’--Khos-Erdene, Anar, Bayarbaljir. A senior team included D.Serjmyadag IMS, B.Bayarmaa, Enkhnasan and M.Baasanjav.
In 2009, a nine-year old girl T.Monkhzul won a gold medal in the ASEAN chess championship.


"Jazz and Morin Khuur" Concert to Be Performed

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) A "Jazz and Morin Khuur" concert is to be staged at the Opera and Ballet Theatre on June 5.
This performance is to be co-organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism and a “Steppe Jazz” non-government organization /NGO/.
"Combo Nuvo", a group from Jazz faculty of the New-York University /NYU/, led by a director of Jazz Studies Mr Dave Schroeder, is to perform together with the State Morin Khuur Ensemble.
A head of the NGO N.Ganbat says that the performance will be unique in terms of combining jazz with the Mongolian long and folk songs.
The band is an eclectic improvisational ensemble comprised of some of New York City's leading jazz artists. The group combines influences ranging from jazz and classical to blues and world music.


Blue Moon Gallery to Display Exhibition

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) An “Art Photo” exhibition is to be displayed at “Blue Moon” art gallery June 4-14 in frames of “Hidden manner” project by “Khokh Zew” artists' group.
The joint exhibition of photographers, stylists and painters will show over 40 artworks. It has been also planned to show a performance. The artists intend to discover hidden characters in everyone's inner world and to express connection between human being and earth through their works. 


Throat Singing Int'l Contest Approaches

Ulaanbaatar, June 3 (MONTSAME) The third international contest of Throat singing is to run in a western Khovd province this July 22-23.
Organizers are the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, administration department of the province and the Mongolian Throat singing Association.
It aims at improving professional skills of singers and promoting talented ones. 
The throat singing tradition, known as hoomii, is the best-known musical form of the Mongols. It is sung differently than traditional vocals. This unique type of singing involves the production of two distinctively audible pitches at the same time, including a low pedal note, or drone, derived from the fundamental frequency of the vocal cord vibrations, and higher melodic notes that result when the singer's mouth acts as a filter, selecting one note at a time from among the drone's natural overtone series pitches.

Petroleum Law is delayed

June 3 (Mongolian Economy) It’s back to the drawing board for Mongolia’s anticipated Petroleum Law, which failed to pass because of a split number of votes. 
Yesterday, parliament members argued that some of the changes made to the law were not clear, so they were not confident in voting in favour of the law. 
Further alterations will now be made to law in a second attempt to get it passed through parliament. 
According to Parliament member Kh. Bolorchuluun, the Production Product Dividend Agreement caused confusion. In the original version of the agreement, the Government was could own up to approximately 60% of profits. After revisions, the agreement stated that the Government can own no more than 50% of profits. 
Despite the drastic change in percentages, the agreement failed to show any concrete numbers, making this section seem unclear. However, the government is able to decide the exact figures; it will be unfair to investors, making this another reason as to why the law could not be passed. 
Currently, Mongolia has 348 million tonnes of oil in reserves, placing it 36th out of 98 countries. If Mongolia were to use 30% of its reserves, it would gain USD 70 billion. 


5-Year Prohibition Period of Mineral Exploration in Territory of Sayan Mountains of Khuvsgul Aimag, Mongolia Extended for 25 Years

June 3 (infomongolia.com) On May 29, 2014, the irregular 7th meeting of Khuvsgul Aimag Citizens’ Representative Khural (Aimag Council) was held in Murun city and following the meeting an important decision to protect its natural resources was issued.
In detail, the Aimag Council Resolution No.01 dated from June 01, 2009 that reads as a part of the Sayan Mountains ranges on the 50th latitude north to the Aimag’s territory was included as the Khuvsgul Aimag Land For Special Needs and within the 7th meeting, the expiration of the 5-year period from Resolution No.01 due on June 01, 2014 was extended another 25 years from now.
In the scope of the extension period, natural resources utilization except for common findings are prohibited as well as exploration and exploitation of gold and mineral resources are also prohibited to conduct in this territory.
The Altai Mountains in the East-Central Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan come together, and where the Irtysh and Ob Rivers have their headwaters, are being determined as an important contributor to the global eco system stabilizations.
Moreover, Byaran jade stone deposit in Tsagaannuur Sum and Mangush coal deposit in Ulaan-Uul Sum territories will not be utilized anymore and the 45.8% or 2,657,847.4 ha of total territory of Khuvshul Aimag are included as special protected area, according to the Resolution.
With unique landscapes and wildlife, the Sayan Mountains extensions pass through 14 sums of Khuvsgul Aimag and being tourism destinations of the Aimag.

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