Friday, June 6, 2014

Mongolia Brief June 5, 2014



Premier Receives FM of UAE

Ulaanbaatar, June 5 (MONTSAME) A development of the relations and cooperation with Gulf states including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the priorities of the foreign policy of Mongolia.

The Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag said it on Wednesday during a meeting with Mr Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Foreign Minister of the UAE who was here with the official visit. He also expressed a satisfaction with an intensive development of the Mongolia-UAE ties and cooperation.
Underlining an importance of a permanent mechanism that regulates the commercial and economic cooperation between the two countries, the Premier proposed that the UAE set up an intergovernmental commission and host its first meeting.
In turn, the UAE Foreign Minister expressed his satisfaction with an enlargement of the bilateral relations, and exchanged views with the Premier on boosting the cooperation in some concrete spheres. 


"Mongolica 2013" Bests to Be Announced

Ulaanbaatar, June 5 (MONTSAME) An award presenting and closing of an one-year-long photography competition themed "Biological Diversity–Mongolica 2013" will run in Zanabazar Fine Art Museum early evening today.
Since its announcement on June 5 of 2013, the competition has received a huge lump of wild life photographs. The photographers--from amateur to skilled professionals--show biological diversity and natural mysteries of Mongolia within goals to promote love for the nature, environmental conservation, and awareness-raising on the matter among the public.
Initiated by the Ornithological Society and the National University of Mongolia and financed by the Ministry of Environment and Green Development and the Nature Conservation Fund, the competition has pioneered here this kind of event, intending to become an international event in future. 


Asian Championship Kicks-off Here

Ulaanbaatar, June 5 (MONTSAME) The Junior Asian Wrestling Championship began in the Buyant Ukhaa sports complex of Ulaanbaatar on Thursday.
This is the first time the Asian freestyle championship is taking place here. The events will continue until June 8, with a participation of nearly 200 junior wrestlers of 14 Asian countries such as Mongolia, Iran, South Korea, China, North Korea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, India and Japan under three sections of  freestyle men, freestyle women and Greco-Roman and in eight weight categories in each section.
The tournament will start with men Greco Roman matches on June 5-6, and will continue with freestyle men and women matches June 7-8.
Mongolia will be represented by promising wrestlers including a world cadet championship bronze medalist and Asian cadet championship gold medalist Z.Zanabazar, a world youth championship bronze medalist B.Nyambayar in the men’s category, and a world youth champion S.Tserenchimed, world championship medalists B.Nyamgerel and A.Battsetseg in the women’s category.
The first edition of the Junior Asian Wrestling Championship was held in India, where our three wrestlers--A.Enkhee, Lu.Enkhbayar and S.Sukhbaatar--grabbed gold medals. The Mongolian junior women wrestlers have thus far won 5 gold, 16 silver and 16 bronze medals from junior Asian wrestling championships.
These events precede the FILA Junior World Championship which is expected in Zagreb, Croatia, on August 5-10.


Our Tenor to Compete in Final of Int'l Contest

Ulaanbaatar, June 5 (MONTSAME) Tenor of the State Opera and Ballet Theater D.Erdene-Ochir is to compete at final round of the 33rd International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition for young opera singers in Düsseldorf of Germany this June 30-July 6.
Our tenor became second after having competed with singers from Denmark, Russia, Belarus, Austria, Lithuania and Bulgaria at the first stage, held during the International Opera Music Festival "Breath of Baikal" in Irkutsk of Russia on May 28-June 1.
In 2012, D.Erdene-Ochir was the second at the International Opera Singers competition named after D.Bandi and was also awarded a special prize from the International Contest of Kim Bazarsadeav in Russia. 


Mongolian celebrates World Environment Day

June 5 (news.mn) Today World Environment Day is being celebrated globally.
In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly established the day to raise global awareness of environmental issues and to help stimulate political attention, public action, and personal commitment to environmental preservation.
Since that day, UN member countries have observed World Environment Day by launching big campaigns to protect the environment under various themes.
In 2013, World Environment Day was marked under the theme of “"Think.Eat.Save".  This year Mongolia is celebrating World Environment Day with theme of “Good choices and smart consumption”.
On World Environment Day, the Ministry of Environment and Green Development is organizing a number of events including a Flash Mob among students of vocational training schools, universities and colleges on Chinggis Khaan Square between 12.00 pm and 2.30 pm. Also planned for the day is a scientific conference on “Mongolians` culture and tradition of protecting the environment in modern day”, the opening of the documentary “Exit” that shows the impacts of infrastructure projects to wildlife at Tengis movie theatre at 6.00 pm, and the opening of the photo exhibition  “Biological diversity Мongolica-2013” at the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts.


Foreign Minister of the Arab Emirates visits Mongolia

June 5 (news.mn) Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, paid a two-day official visit to Mongolia, upon the invitation of Foreign Affairs Minister L.Bold, on June 3rdand 4th.
Foreign Affairs Minister L.Bold had official talks and exchanged opinions on bilateral economic relations and cooperation with his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Minister L.Bold said that they had open talks and exchanged views over bilateral and international relations issues. At the meeting, Mongolia expressed its willingness to expand bilateral cooperation in certain fields. Foreign Minister of the Arab Emirates accepted positively Mongolia`s proposal to create a Mongolian-Arab Emirates Intergovernmental Joint Commission and to increase bilateral economic cooperation, particularly in mining, crude oil, infrastructure fields.
In the framework of the visit Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan met President Ts.Elbegdorj and Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag respectively.
This is the first official visit by a Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates to Mongolia since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1996.


Government of Japan to Provide Grant Aid Supporting

Mongolia’s Human Resources Development

June 5 (infomongolia.com) The Government of Japan is providing grant aid with a value of 242 million Yen to implement "Human Resources Development Scholarship Program" project in Mongolia, where representing the two Governments, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia L.Bold and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Mongolia Takenori Shimizu signed the Notandum to exchange between the two countries and the signing ceremony was held at the Foreign Ministry in Ulaanbaatar on June 04, 2014.
The Government of Japan started to implement the Human Resources Development Program since 1999 that aimed to support human resources development in developing countries, where Mongolia was included in this Program in 2001 and as of today 12 projects have been implemented successfully involving 227 Mongolian youths to study in Japanese Institutes and Universities for Master Degree.
Under the objective “To prepare public servants that would contribute to the state policy implementation”, the Government of Japan grants scholarships for 18-20 people each year to study in Japan for Master Degree majored in law, economics, public administration, business administration, international relations, and information and communication technology.
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Embassy of United Arab Emirates in Ulaanbaatar to Be Opened in Two Years, Negotiates Mongolia and UAE

June 5 (infomongolia.com) Upon the invitation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Luvsanvandan BOLD, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has conducted an official visit to Mongolia on June 03-04, 2014.
On June 03, 2014, two Foreign Ministers held an official talk and during the meeting, parties discussed several vital issues such as to stabilize intergovernmental talks, strengthen economic partnership, and boost relations in educational and cultural spheres. Moreover, the two sides agreed to establish an intergovernmental commission and to consider launching direct flights between Mongolia and Emirates, besides parties negotiated to open the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Ulaanbaatar within two years to come.
The Government of the United Arab Emirates and the Abu Dhabi Development Fund had provided a soft loan to construct Taishir hydro plant in Mongolia and during this visit, the Emirates Sheikh expressed his willingness to cooperate and invest in Mongolian major projects by the Abu Dhabi Development Fund.
On June 04, 2014, Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan paid courtesy calls on the President and Prime Minister of Mongolia, where parties discussed bilateral partnership broadening issues.
During his meeting with Foreign Minister, Premier N.Altankhuyag noted that the permanent mechanism to coordinate trade and economic cooperation between the two countries is important and offered to establish the Intergovernmental Commission by organizing the First Mongolia-United Arab Emirates Intergovernmental Commission Meeting.
At the meeting with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President Ts.Elbegdorj mentioned that previous State Heads of Mongolia had conducted an official visits to the United Arab Emirates in 2001 and 2007 respectively. Contrary, some Ministers of the UAE had also visited Mongolia that contributed significantly to develop bilateral relations and President Ts.Elbegdorj conveyed his sincere warm greeting to the UAE President, Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, born on April 30, 1972, served as Minister of Information and Culture from 1997 to 2006 and as the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs since February 2006. He is the son of the founder of UAE, the First President, Emir of Abu Dhabi, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Mongolia and the United Arab Emirates have established the diplomatic relations on April 01, 1996.


Presidential Office Head Meets “Gilead Sciences” Company Delegates

Ulaanbaatar, June 5 (MONTSAME) A head of the Presidential Office Mr P.Tsagaan Wednesday received delegates of the US "Gilead Sciences" company that has invented a new medicine to cure hepatitis C virus.
The visitors also included "LF Asia" company and “Onom” foundation.
The Gilead Sciences vice president in charge of access operations and emerging markets Clifford Samuel said their company decided to supply Mongolia with the Sofosbuvir drug at a lower price. This new medicine has entered the market recently to cure Hepatitis C virus.
In turn, Mr Tsagaan appreciated the company’s efforts to combat the disease caused by this virus, and wished the company success in introducing the medicine in Mongolia. 


Working Group Formed for Centennial of Birth of Yu.Tsedenbal

Ulaanbaatar, June 5 (MONTSAME) Managing board of the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) formed Wednesday a working group responsible for celebration of the centennial of the birth of Yu.Tsedenbal, one of the leaders of Mongolia of 1952-1984.
The group is headed by Ch.Khurelbaatar MP and includes the party members A.Ariunzaya, N.Tomorkhuu, Ya.Sodbaatar MP, J.Jambalsuren and others. The centennial will be marked in 2016.
During his political life, Yu.Tsedenbal served as Prime Minister (1952-1974) and General Secretary of the MPP (1958-1984), General Secretary of the Central Committee of the MPP (1940-1954)
He was born in Dorvod's nomadic family--present Davst soum of Uvs province--in 1916.

Mongolian Children at International Competition

Ulaanbaatar, June 5 (MONTSAME) Mongolian teenagers B.Sumiyabazar (15) and U.Khongor (19) have been awarded special mentions at the 17th "Radost Tvorit" (Joy to Create) drawing competition for visually impaired children in Zlin, the Czech Republic.
The officers of the Mongolian Embassy represented the kids at the awards ceremony in Prague recently. Present were also Alena Gajduskova, Vice-President of the Senate of parliament, and Mr Misak Stanislav, a governor of Zlin region.
The contest ran as one of events for children within the 54th international Zlin Film Festival for Children and Youth, held May 30-June 5 in the city.


State Hospital Staffers Trained in South Korea

Ulaanbaatar, June 5 (MONTSAME) Staffers of the State Third Hospital visited the South Korean Daejeon Sun Hospital of “Sun” medical center May 26-30.
This is the first time when the support service medical workers are involved in training in foreign country.
The Mongolians attended lessons on medical ethics, communication and attitude and got au fait with S.Korean model hospital. 


Mongolians Grab Two Gold Medals in Russian Yakutsk

Ulaanbaatar, June 5 (MONTSAME) The freestyle wrestlers B.Nemekhbayar (65kg) and E.Iderkhuu (74kg) have won gold medals at the international open tournament, which took place in Yakutsk, Russia recently.
In the tournament that preceded the national adult wrestling championship of Russia, Mongolia was represented by 12 wrestlers under coaching of O.Purevbaatar.


Our Judokas Grab Five Medals in Russian Krasnoyarsk

Ulaanbaatar, June 5 (MONTSAME) Mongolian judokas grabbed two gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the international judo tournament held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia early June.
At the tournament attended by judo wrestlers from Russia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, our D.Altansukh (66kg) and B.Janchivdorj (-100kg) became champions to have the national flag raised in the Krasnoyarsk sports hall, while N.Khadbaatar (73kg) bagged a silver medal. B.Khishigbayar and N.Ser-Od received bronze medals.




Concert for Tourists to Be Performed

Ulaanbaatar, June 5 (MONTSAME) Starting from June 15, the State National Song and Dance Academic Ensemble is to stage best performances themed “Wonders of Mongolian Art” for foreign tourists.
The tourists will enjoy folk songs and dances, long songs, throat singing, Morin khuur /horse-head fiddle/ play and others.
Additionally, a special concert themed “The Exciting World of Mongolian Art” will be performed July 5-15 on the occasion of the Naadam festival and 93rd anniversary of People's Revolution (July 11-13). 


Gilead Sciences Offers Government of Mongolia Its “Sovaldi” Drug for Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus

June 5 (infomongolia.com) Senior Advisor to the Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) S.Lambaa, former Minister of Health, received a U.S. Gilead Sciences Company representatives headed by Clifford Samuel in Ulaanbaatar on June 04, 2014.
Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company’s mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide. For many years since the company was founded, the company concentrated primarily on antiviral drugs to treat patients infected with HIV, hepatitis B, or influenza.
During the meeting, Mr. Clifford Samuel introduced the company’s developed “Sofosbuvir” drug known under brand name “Sovaldi” for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus. It inhibits the RNA polymerase that the hepatitis C virus (HCV) uses to replicate its RNA.
Moreover, suggested to supply Mongolia with 100% of discount, which usually costs 90 thousands USD for 6 months treatment and offers the Government of Mongolia for only 900 USD. This proposal is advised by the World Health Organization to distribute the Gilead Sciences Company’s product Sovaldi to those countries with high percentage of disease under 100% of discount.
Senior Advisor S.Lambaa appreciated the initiation to introduce “Sofosbuvir” in Mongolia and noted, “At this time, where liver disease is highly registered in the country and the hepatitis C antiviral drugs are needed much in Mongolian health sector, but for civilians a 900 USD drugs would be too costly. Therefore, before discussing pricing issues, we should collaborate closely with the Ministry of Health and in order to introduce into Mongolian market, we should first register the drug and then consider how to deliver to patients, pricing and discounts”.
In response, Clifford Samuel said the Company’s offer to the Government of Mongolia is 900 USD, but to individuals it possible to suggest for up to 300 USD for six months treatment and expressed his hope to cooperate with the Government of Mongolia.
SOVALDI is a hepatitis C virus (HCV) nucleotide analog NS5B polymerase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) infection as a component of a combination antiviral treatment regimen. SOVALDI efficacy has been established in subjects with HCV genotype 1, 2, 3 or 4 infection, including those with hepatocellular carcinoma meeting Milan criteria (awaiting liver transplantation) and those with HCV/HIV-1 co-infection.

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