Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mongolia Brief June 4, 2014

Minister L.Bold meets with Russian Deputy FM

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold Wednesday received Mr I.V.Morgulov, the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Russia.

The Minister and Mr Morgulov noted that the ties between our countries have been developing intensively recently and exchanged opinions on the actions planned by the two sides for this year.
This meeting ran on fields of the June 3-4 visit to Mongolia of Mr N.Patrushev, the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia. 

Russia’s Security Council Secretary calls press conference

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) Paying the June 3-4 official visit to Mongolia, the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Mr N.P.Patrushev Tuesday called a press conference in the State House about his visit.
The head of Mongolia’s National Security Council (NSC) Mr Ts.Enkhtuvshin emphasized that the meetings of Mr Patrushev with our President, Prime Minister and authorities of the NSC were successful, at a level of mutual trust. He said the two sides had exchanged views on the Mongolia-Russia economic relations and on the security matters, and had touched upon several vital issues such as hosting a high-level Mongolia-Russia-China meeting in Ulaanbaatar and expanding of the military-technical cooperation.
Mr Patrushev said he is satisfied "with Mongolian side's readiness to establish a mutual visa-free agreement", and hoped that this decision would activate the inter-citizen ties. He also underlined a requirement for the two countries to collaborate in ensuring the security in the region, saying he is happy to revive the bilateral ties in the security.
Mr Patrushev was accompanied by the group consisting of some 20 officials including a Deputy Minister of Domestic Affairs and a Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Premier meets UN representative

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag received Tuesday Mr Gyan Chandra Acharya, the United Nations High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.
The Premier expressed a pleasure for a successful realization of Mongolia’s initiative on landlocked countries. As one of the landlocked, developing member-states of the UN, Mongolia put forward several initiatives aiming at development chances and overcoming challenges of these countries, and hosted international consultative meetings of such countries in 2007 and 2011, he noted.
This year, an international research center for landlocked developing countries has recently been established under initiative of Mongolia, he went on. The center will function to reflect issues of the landlocked, developing countries to the post-2015 Development Agenda of the UN.
Having 30%-50% more transports spending compared to others, these countries have particular missions to find rational solutions for trade facilitation and easier transit transports. Mongolia, for example, spends 6.2% of its GDP for transit transports.

Premier meets N.P.Patrushev

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag Tuesday met with Mr N.P.Patrushev, the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
Mr Patrushev expressed thanks to Mongolia for its active participation in the international security consultation annually organized at initiative of Russia.
The Premier noted that last month, he shared views with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on the further cooperation between the two countries including upgrading exploitation of the joint railways, building Russia-China gas pipelines through Mongolian territory and visa-free agreement. Then he expressed a hope that Mr Patrushev would be focusing an attention on these issues.
The visit of Mr Patrushev will continue until Wednesday.

Cabinet meeting runs

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) At its irregular meeting on Tuesday, the cabinet discussed a draft resolution of parliament on ensuring implementation of the state policy on railway transportation.
Earlier, this resolution had been withdrawn from parliament, and will be submitted to parliament again.
- The government backed 888 projects on replacing import products out of 1,151 offered, and classified the selected ones into two groups--requiring 2 billion togrog and more.
The meeting decided to allot MNT 100 billion for financing those asking for up to two billion from the governmental capital earned from stock sales. The Minister of Economic Development and a representing leading council of the Development Bank of Mongolia (DBM) were authorized to give the money through a fund for small- and middle-sized development.

Justice Minister to meet Russian officials

June 4 ( The Justice Minister of Mongolia, Kh.Temuujin, is to meet Russian officials at 11.00 am today.
At the meeting the Justice Minister will have official talks with the Russian State Secretary, Deputy Minister of the Interior, Igor Zubov; Deputy Justice Minister, Dmitry Aristov; First Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Drug Control, Vladimir Kalanda; and senior officials of Russian Embassies in Mongolia.

Transport Minister receives UN Representatives

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) Transport Minister A.Gansukh received Tuesday representatives of the United Nations (UN).
The guests were Mr Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, and UN Development Program Resident Coordinator Ms Sezin Sinanoglu.
Mr Gansukh said Mongolia, a landlocked country, has been paying special attention to development of sea transport and trade, before referring to its experiences in sea transports, which include a decade of the national flag hiring to Singapore’s ships, and 23 years since establishing a treaty on transit transport with its two neighbors.
He also noted that Mongolia recently concluded a trilateral treaty on sea and transit transports with China and Russia, which has been regarded as a great achievement for the landlocked country, and added that Mongolia reached an agreement with S.Korea on establishment of a sea transport company and training of sailors.
The Government is striving great efforts for comprehensive development of railways, infrastructure, reconstruction, and transit transports, the Minister noted and requested a support from the UN in all those efforts, including enhancement of legal environment to properly regulate issues of sea transport, trade taxation and ship hiring.

Mongolians participate in high-level events in Singapore

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) A delegation led by Ts.Bayarsaikhan, the Minister of Construction and Urban Development, are taking part in several meetings in Singapore.
These days are being run the Asia Pacific Infrastructure Ministers Meeting, the World Cities Summit-2014 and the International Water Week 2014. The participants of the high-level meetings are  20 thousand delegates such as Ministers from 40 countries, city governors from 130 countries, authorities of international organizations, governmental officials, production and technological experts and businessmen.
Our delegation consists of E.Bat-Uul, the Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city; Ms B.Delgermaa, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Singapore; officials from the City’s Administration and the Mongolian Union of Cities.
At the World Cities Summit, the Minister Bayarsaikhan delivered “Urbanization in next decade-Challenges and opportunities” report, then he met with Ms Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, the Secretary-General of the UN-Habitat, to share views on collaborating in drawing up a general project on acclimation and urbanization development of Mongolian population.
The Mayor Bat-Uul attended a granting ceremony of the Lee Kuan Yew Prize which went to China’s Suzhou city. After this, he met with Ma Bou Tan, a parliament member of Singapore.
On Tuesday, the Ambassador Delgermaa participated in a discussion titled “Ensuring women’s equal participation and management at decision-making level”.

State Secretary works at '11 11' Center

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) During an interview given to the "11 11" Center, created at the government, the Industry and Agriculture Ministry's State Secretary Kh.Zoljargal give details on agricultural development.
This year, Mongolia has sown grain in 286.6 thousand ha, potatoes in 10 thousand ha, other vegetables in 5.5 thousand ha and oil-yielding crops in 65 thousand ha, he said. Nationwide, 16.1 million heads of domestic animals (sheep, goat, horse, cow and camel) gave birth to healthy youngsters, he added.
A 9,200 ton out of 14 thousand 546 ton of stocked meat has been sold, that means there is a meat stock enough until the Naadam Festival (July 11), he went on.
The Government is implementing selective farming policies for meat, milk and wool production, with promotion of mechanization and technology introduction in agronomy, and construction of vegetable storehouses, Mr Zoljargal noted. In these efforts, the Government is to allot 270 billion togrog for wool, cashmere, milk production and farm, greenhouse construction, and 140 billion togrog for hive and leather manufacturing.

Online meeting held with governors of aimags

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag gave details about governmental works being done within the 100 days of intensifying economy to governors of provinces during a monthly online meeting with all aimags' authorities.
He suggested that the governors buy Mongolia-made products as much as possible and minimize a consumption/usage of unnecessary imported things.
Mentioning that 888 projects on import substitution industrialization have been backed by the government to finance, the Premier denied an advertisement of a sale of one selected project. “There are 579 projects asking for 7.8 million-2 billion togrog. The cabinet has decided to finance them from the fund for small- and middle-sized production. One billion togrog will be transmitted to the fund of each aimag and the city’s districts for developing the small- and middle-sized business," Mr Altankhuyag said, adding that the capital must be exploited for financing the projects.
The Premier also talked about the “Street” project, thermal power stations to be erected in nine aimags, a “New soum” project for 16 soums, construction of paved-roads to connect Ulaanbaatar and centers of four aimags, and building of apartments with 1,000 flats in aimags. He obliged the rural authorities to pay great attention to these works.

Foreign Minister of UAE visits

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mr Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid an official visit to Mongolia June 3-4.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Mr L.Bold held official talks with his counterpart and exchanged views with him on the bilateral economic ties and cooperation.
The Mongolian side expressed a willingness to develop the cooperation with the UAE in concrete directions, to set up a joint intergovernmental commission, to boost the economic ties especially in the mining, oil and infrastructure fields. These proposals were positively accepted by the UAE.
This is the first visit paid at FM level since the countries established the diplomatic relations in 1996.

President meets UAE Foreign Minister

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) The President Ts.Elbegdorj Wednesday received Mr Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who paid an official visit here June 3-4.
The President thanked the UAE FM for visiting Mongolia and noted that the bilateral relations and cooperation have been enhancing in recent years.
Previous Presidents of Mongolia visited UAE in 2001 and 2007, some Minister have paid visits as well, and the Cabinet members of the UAE have visited Mongolia, "and all this significantly contributed to the bilateral relations and cooperation," Mr Elbegdorj underlined.
The dignitaries stressed that the two countries can expand their cooperation in trade and economic spheres.
Mr Elbegdorj conveyed his greetings to the President of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

UN Resident Coordinator delivers speech at int’l workshop

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Mongolia Ms Sezin Sinanoglu made the opening remarks at the high-level international workshop on "WTO agreement on Trade facilitation implications for LLDCs" which ran June 2-3 in Ulaanbaatar.
Ms Sinanoglu congratulated the government of Mongolia, the OHRLLS and the International Think Tank for LLDCs for organizing this very important workshop, and said "the workshop’s focus is the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation", and delivered some additional thoughts on trade and human development.
"It is widely recognized that international trade and investment play an important role in reducing poverty and enhancing human development by helping raise productivity, generating employment and boosting economic growth. However, LLDCs are unable to fully benefit from global trade and continue to fare poorly in comparison with their maritime neighbours on both economic and human development outcomes," she said.
She underlined that much has been said about what LLDCs require to break the barriers and more will be discussed, and highlighted four other considerations:
"First and foremost: to be able to trade, you need to have a good product to sell. The product needs to be of good quality, up to international standards and competitively priced. No matter how many agreements a country has, how much infrastructure it has established, unless it has something worth selling--its trade will be limited. Many LLDCs rely on exports of a few commodities--they need to innovate and diversify their economies. At the end of the day it is small businesses producing a variety of goods that will create jobs and bring people out of poverty. And, unless there is an analysis of the market and the value chains for that product, their success in getting the goods to international markets will be limited - regardless of any other investment in trade.
"Second: trade needs to be integrated into countries' larger national development policy and planning efforts. It needs to be integral to the broader development objectives of poverty reduction and human development. There need to be clear linkages and targets to ensure improved trade indeed results in human development gains. Similarly, trade will need larger institutional and administrative reforms, for instance to ensure streamlining border management practices and procedures.
"Third: there is a need for alliances that work together. This block of LLDCs is an excellent one, but there are many more that can be established. LLDCs need to be leaders for regional and global integrations efforts. There is also room for other innovative alliances, such as those between cities - especially those that share borders in neighboring countries and would jointly benefit from trade. Innovative alliances such as those among cities that can broker partnerships among businesses and trade should be welcome and encouraged.
"Finally, there is a need for research, innovation, knowledge and an evidence base of what works and what does not--all with the goal of developing stronger negotiating positions, helping guide trade, transit and transport agreements and reduce non-tariff barriers," she said, adding that the LLDC International Think Tank based on Ulaanbaatar can play a major role in this.
"The idea of setting up a Think Tank had emerged because of a felt need to strengthen analytical capability of the LLDCs to assess their problems, propose solutions, and coordinate their efforts to negotiate common positions at regional and global forums. There is considerable variation within the LLDCs and countries can learn from each other, and the Think Tank can be a great conduit to promote the exchange of such experiences and best practices. 
"I am particularly happy to be present at the first big event being organized by the International Think Tank for LLDCs which was formally launched by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon together with Mongolia's Foreign Minister in Ulaanbaatar in 2009. UNDP is a partner to the Think Tank and supports both its aspirations to provide services to the global LLDC community and in translating that knowledge to actionable policies for Mongolia," she said. 
Ms Sinanoglu thanked the government of Mongolia for making the significant cash investment into the LLDC Think Tank--the first such government cost sharing contribution. 

Large Group of Latvian Businesses Accompanies President Andris Berzins to Participate Mongolia-Latvia Business Meeting in Ulaanbaatar
June 4 ( The President of the Republic of Latvia, Mr. Andris Berzins is conducting a state visit to Mongolia next week and in the frameworks, Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) in collaboration with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) are organizing Mongolia-Latvia Business Meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Ulaanbaatar on June 12, 2014.
At the Mongolia-Latvia Business Meeting, Latvian side expressed to participate with its representatives from 37 companies and entrepreneurs of 49 SMEs. 

Stock exchange news for June 4

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades held Wednesday, a total of 16 thousand and 089 shares of 31 JSCs were traded costing MNT 33 million 637 thousand and 355.00.
"APU” /4,032 units/, "Hermes center" /4,000 units/, "Remikon” /2,720 units/, "Moninjbar" /1,276 units/ and "E-trans logistics” /1,150 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"APU” (MNT 14 million 582 thousand and 825), "UB-BUK" (MNT four million and 320 thousand), "Darkhan nekhii" (MNT two million and 914 thousand), "Shivee ovoo” (MNT one million 590 thousand and 140) and "Avto impex” (MNT one million 417 thousand and 500).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 573 billion 276 million 442 thousand and 548. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,444.87, increasing by MNT 204.75 or 1.34% against the previous day.

Local student is to compete at World Skills Competition

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) A student of Polytechnic college of Mining and Energy in Darkhan-Uul province P.Galbadrakh has earned a right to participate in the World Skills Competition in 2015 in Brazil.
He became the first at the "Mongolian Skills-2014" contest which was run by the Ministry of Labor with aims to improve capacity of educational organizations and to bring professional skills at international level. The locality's engineering association organized the contest under the rules of the "World Skills" competitions for the first time.
At the awarding ceremony were Ms Ulrike Ebeling, the Permanent Representative of the German Society for International Cooperation, Mr Jurgen Hartveg, a coordinator of the natural resource-based program, and D.Altangerel, the CEO of the association.

State hospital gets new ambulance car

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) The State Central Third Hospital acquired a fully equipped ambulance car last week.
This car was given by a "Japan fund for heart protection" non-government organization in frames of cooperation between the hospital and the fund, established in 2002. Since then, the Japanese medical specialists have been coming to Mongolia two times a year, having performed so far heart surgeries on eight infants.  A first ambulance was given last May. 

Provincial health center receives diagnostic apparatus

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) Health center of Darkhan-Uul province got equipped with the latest “GeneXpert” apparatus for tuberculosis diagnostics on Tuesday.
Some 32 million togrog for its purchase was covered by the united project for tuberculosis with a support of “Global Fund” international financing institution that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The advanced technology was accompanied by a set of laptop, software and diagnosing devices for 2,000 people. Moreover, the center's staffers will be taught methods of dealing with the hi-tech.
The Xpert is a cartridge-based, automated diagnostic test that can identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) DNA and resistance to rifampicin (RIF) by nucleic acid amplification technique (NAAT), especially for multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis and HIV-associated tuberculosis.

KFC new branch opens in UB

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) The fourth branch of the KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) fast food chain in Ulaanbaatar has opened near the "Tengis" cinema.
An opening ceremony took place Wednesday at the new branch with a performance of dancers and of young people's flash-mob. The branch is to offers the brand new “Movie set” that contains one cup of popcorn, two cups of french fries, twister and a burger in two options.
This set also has a discount for a ticket of the “Tengis” cinema. 

B.Chinzorig becomes world military champion

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) The Mongolian B.Chinzorig defeated Tuesday Shili Alaa of Tunisia at the 64 kg final match of the World Military Boxing Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
In order to reach the championship title, our boxer defeated world champion Everton Lopez of Brazil at the preliminary, Russian Rabadan Ismailov at the quarterfinal, Abdelhak Aatakni of Morocco at the semifinal, and Shili Alaa of Tunisia at the final match.
Another medal--a bronze--was grabbed by N.Togstsogt who lost to Fahem Hammachi of Algeria in the 56kg semifinal match.
Representing Mongolia, four boxers--N.Togstsogt (56kg), B.Chinzorig (64kg), B.Monkh-Ireedui (69kg) and J.Otgonjargal (75kg) -- competed at the tournament under coaching of A.Gantulga.
The tournament ran in Almaty, Kazakhstan from May 27 to June 3, with participation of best army 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.

Best cadet team announced

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) The "Mongolia 2" team announced as a champion at the cadet football championship that was organized by "2050" NGO.
At the tournament, teams of Mongolia, Russian Buryatia, Kalmykia and Tyva and of China’s Inner Mongolia competed for the championship title. At the final match, two teams of Mongolia--"Mongolia 1" and "Mongolia 2"--ended the full time with a tied score of 1:1. However, the gold medal and the "Golden Falcon" Cup went to "Mongolia 2", who had goal advantages in penalty shootouts.
At the bronze medal match, two Russian teams faced each other, and the medal went to the Kalmykia team, who defeated the Tyva team with score margin of 3:1.

Russian ballet to be staged

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) The Opera and Ballet Theater is to stage a Russian “Fountain of Bakhchisarai” ballet by B.Asafyev on June 8.
This four-act ballet was performed here first in 1956. A tragic story of love and jealousy made after a romantic poem of great poet Alexander Pushkin. During the Tartar invasions of Poland Khan Ghirei kidnaps the daughter of a Polish lord, Maria. In Bakhchisarai, in the harem, the girl cries over her fate, remembers her former happiness and rejects the love of the Khan. She dies, however, from the hand of Ghirei's jealous wife. In the final scene Ghirei is seen mourning her death by the Fountain of Tears which he built for the beautiful Maria.

Actors to take part in ‘Theater Costumes’ event

Ulaanbaatar, June 4 (MONTSAME) To promote activities of its affiliated agencies, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry is planning to organize an Open Doors event in Chinggis square on June 8.
At the one-day event, actors of the State Drama Theater will run an exhibition to inform the gathered on their performances for 2013-2014. The program also includes a "Theater Costumes" design show. 

President meets Russia’s Security Council Secretary General

June 4 ( On Tuesday June 3rd President Ts.Elbegdorj received Secretary General Nikolai Patrushev from the Russian Federation Security Council, who is on official visit to Mongolia. At the meeting President Ts.Elbegdorj and Security Council Secretary General Nikolai Patrushev talked over the further development of bilateral strategic partnership relations and strengthening the national security of both countries. They also exchanged views on international and regional issues.
This year there are celebrations of multiple events for both countries, for example the 75th anniversary of victory of the Khalkh Gol battle. President Ts.Elbegdorj and Nikolai Patrushev spoke about the two countries joint celebrations.
Further, President Ts.Elbegdorj restated that he and Russia`s President V.Putin discussed holding a Mongolia-Russia-China three-party meeting on transit transport in Ulaanbaatar during the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai.

Foreign Affairs Minister meets Russian Deputy Foreign Minister

June 4 ( The Foreign Affairs Minister of Mongolia, L.Bold, met the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Morgulov at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mongolia today, June 4th.
At the meeting, Minister L.Bold and Russian Deputy Minister Igor Morgulov spoke over extensive bilateral relations and cooperation between two countries and shared opinions on the joint celebration events due for this year.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Morgulov is accompanying the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev who is making an official visit to Mongolia over June 3rd and 4th.

Value-Added Tax Law

June 4 (Mongolian Economy) A renewed version of the value-added tax law has been recently submitted to parliament for further discussion. In most countries that carry this system, the value-added tax ranges between 5% and 25%. In Mongolia, the number rests at 10%, indicating a healthy system compared to other countries. Mongolia is also said to have a one-level value-added tax system. 
Currently, 70% of the world’s population inhabits nations that implement a value-added tax system. This generates USD 70 trillion each year in taxes, which is equivalent to 25% of total governmental income. 

Going Green in Mongolia

June 4 (Mongolian Economy) Parliament will soon begin to discuss a green development mid-term programme, called the Green Development Policy by the Ministry of Environment. This new policy will contain six strategic goals based on a green development concept that will aim to benefit Mongolia in more ways than one. These goals hope to involve the general public in order to achieve maximum benefits.
Mongolia hopes to create an economy that engages the general public to keep a sustainable environment as it becomes a more pressing issue as of late. This Green Development Policy will help Mongolia become a developed country with long-term sustainable benefits. The programme will occur in two phases. The first phase deals with the establishment of a solid foundation of green development between 2014 and 2020. The second phase will occur between 2021 and 2030 and will include the transition of the economy into an age of green development. 

SATOB 2014 June Program

June 4 ( Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (SATOB) has released the 2014 June Program, where the "Chinggis Khaan" opera by B.Sharav in two acts and six scenes produced by State Merit Servant L.Erdenebulgan will be staged two times in June 2014.
SATOB 2014 June Program
Sunday, June 01, 05:00 pm, “The Girl with Enamel Eyes” or "Coppelia” ballet by Leo Delibes
Saturday, June 07, 05:00 pm, “Three Dramatic Characters” opera by B.Damdinsuren and B.Smirnov
Sunday, June 08, 05:00 pm, “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” ballet by Boris Asafyev
Saturday, June 14, 05:00 pm, “Chinggis Khaan” opera by B.Sharav
Sunday, June 15, 05:00 pm, “Chinggis Khaan” opera by B.Sharav
Saturday, June 21, 05:00 pm, “The Drifting Clouds of Fate” opera by Ts.Natsagdorj
Sunday, June 22, 05:00 pm, “Swan Lake” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Saturday, June 28, 05:00 pm, “La Boheme” G.Puccini opera by Giacomo Puccini
Sunday, June 29, 05:00 pm, “Spartak” ballet by A.Khachaturian

Secretary of Security Council of Russian Federation N.P.Patrushev Visits Mongolia

June 4 ( Upon the invitation of the Secretary of the Security Council of Mongolia Ts.Enkhtuvshin, the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Nikolai Platonovich Patrushev is conducting a working visit to Mongolia.
On June 03, 2014, President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj received the Secretary of the Russian Security Council N.P.Patrushev in the State Affairs Ger Palace and during the meeting, parties discussed strategic partnership development relations between the two countries, strengthening mutual cooperation in the security sector and exchanged opinions concerning regional and international spheres.
This year, the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Battles of Khalkh River and other remarkable events are marked, which were mentioned during the meeting to jointly celebrate.
Also, President Ts.Elbegdorj noted that he proposed the Russian President Vladimir Putin to co-organize a Mongolia-Russia-China trilateral dialogue in Ulaanbaatar on transit transportation issues during the recently held Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai, China.
On the same day, Security Council Secretary N.P.Patrushev was received by Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhuyag in the Government House, where Foreign Minister L.Bold and other officials from both sides were present.
During the meeting Premier N.Altankhuyag touched upon issues discussed with the President of the Russian Federation V.V.Putin in Saint Petersburg on strengthening further bilateral partnership including economic issues, in particular, efficient utilization of Ulaanbaatar Railway joint venture, reciprocal visa free travel and the issue on construction of natural gas pipeline between Russia and China through Mongolian territory.
Afterwards, Prime Minister asked the Russian Security Council Secretary to support Mongolia on accelerating above mentioned issues.

Some Projects to Replace Import Products and Increase

Exports to Be Financed from Government Securities Traded

June 4 ( In order to accelerate the Government’s 100 Days Action Plan, the Cabinet meets twice a week and the irregular meeting was held on June 03, 2014, where the following decisions were issued.
- It was resolved to submit a rejected bill on “State Policy to Adhere on Railway Transportation” to the State Great Khural (Parliament) by amending the draft bill that aims to provide the Policy implementation by carrying out some measures.
- The Government of Mongolia proclaimed 2014 as the Year of Industrialization under “Let’s Create in Mongolia” and in the frameworks, it was announced to support projects with purpose to replace import products and increase exports, thereby 888 projects were selected that need to finance from proposed 1,151 ones.
In the scope of financing these projects, it was classified the projects in two groups as projects request up to two billion MNT (Tugrug) and projects request more than two billion MNT. It is required a total of 100 billion MNT to finance the first group projects, where Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar and Board Members of Development Bank are entrusted to allocate the necessary fund from Government Securities traded by transferring into Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund’s account.

Landlocked Developing Countries Gather in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

June 4 ( The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia in cooperation with the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) hosted the High-Level International Workshop on “WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation: Implications for LLDCs” in Ulaanbaatar on June 02-03, 2014.
Being the first major meeting on trade facilitation following the Ninth WTO Ministerial Meeting that took place in Bali in December 2013, the meeting was aimed to review progress made in improving trade facilitation and capacity-building in the field of trade facilitation and trade negotiations in LLDCs, examine the major achievements and constraints experienced and identify the opportunities presented, with a view to further advance the goal of fully integrating the LLDCs into the multilateral trading system.
At the meeting attended by over 100 delegates representing the Government of Mongolia, landlocked developing countries, partners, transit countries and international organizations, opening remarks were delivered by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia L.Bold, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States Gyan Chandra Acharya, UNDP Resident Representative Sezin Sinanoglu and Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Zambia and Chair of the global coordination bureau of the Group of LLDCs Robert Sichinga.
In his opening statement, Minister L.Bold stressed that the LLDCs should grow from being land-locked into being land-linked.
The main objective of the meeting was to provide LLDCs with better understanding of the provisions in the Trade Facilitation Agreement and its consequences for LLDCs, and equip them with the necessary knowledge for designing LLDC country or group positions on trade facilitation and action plans for implementation; implementing the commitments resulting from the trade facilitation agreement, including financing, capacity-building and technical assistance provisions and how to effectively take advantage of the trade facilitation provisions available to them.
The event was also important for introducing International Think Tank for LLDCs, the first international organization to be setup in Mongolia, and its research papers and compiling background documents for the next research through identifying challenges and barriers the LLDCS face in trade and transit transport and listening to positions of LLDCs.
Closing the two-day meeting, Minister L.Bold thanked all participants from LLDCs, development partners, transit countries and United Nations and other international organizations for their effective and constructive discussions on the study “WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Implications on the LLDCs” and contribution to the success of the workshop. Highlighting that the LLDCs need to strengthen our common voice to have a broader visibility for the sake of LLDCs sustainable development and economic growth for next decade, Minister L.Bold expressed hope that the issues on trade facilitation, transit transportation, infrastructure, environment, climate change, international and regional integration and other key issues will be the focus areas during the Second UN Conference on LLDCs and reflect in the post 2015 Development agenda.
While his stay in Mongolia, Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhuyag and met with Foreign Minister L.Bold as well as visited International Think Tank for LLDCs.
Meanwhile, Robert Sichinga held meetings with Minister L.Bold and Deputy Minister of Industry and Agriculture Ts.Tuvaan, reports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.
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