Friday, July 11, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 10, 2014 Part I



State prizes awarded
Ulaanbaatar, July 10 (MONTSAME) The leader of Mongolia issued a decree on Wednesday to award some people on occasion of the 2,223rd anniversary of the first Mongolian Statehood--the Hun empire, the 808th anniversary of the Great Mongol Empire and the 93rd anniversary of the Mongolian People’s Revolution.

The title of Hero of Labour was bestowed upon veteran A.Tseveen, a State Honored Sportsman and champion of national archery. The title of People’s Teacher was given to A.Baskhuu, a general coach of the national selected team for wrestling, Sports Training Center, and to J.Nyamsuren, a teacher at the Institute of Finance and Economics (IFE).
A teacher at the Mongolian University of Arts and artistic manager of the Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet A.Dashpeljee became the People’s Artist.
The title of State Honored Artist went to D.Otgonbayar, a guitarist at the “Khurd” rock band. State Honored Titles of teacher, coach, herder, pilot, mechanic, cultural worker, artistic worker, transporter, service worker, medical doctor, scientific and industrial figures, environmental worker, economist and medical expert were given to others.
The Order of Sukhbaatar was bestowed upon Gavj D.Choijamts, His Highness of the Gandantegchilen Monastery, and S.Dambadarjaa, a member of the Steering Council of the IFE and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
The Red Flag Order of Labout Merit went to B.Tutev, a retired railway worker; B.Jigjidsuren, a veteran from Sukhbaatar district; and S.Tserennadmid, a member of the Steering Council of the Union of Politically Repressed People.
The Polar Star Order went to four people, the Honorary Medal of Labour and the Honorary Medal of Military--to others.

State flag hoisted
Ulaanbaatar, July 10 (MONTSAME) A ceremony took place Thursday to hoist the Mongolian Flag on the Square of Chingis Khaan on the Day of State Flag.
The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj attended the ceremony, delivering a speech and starting the parade of military troops.
Present were also MPs, Ministers, Ambassadors of foreign countries to Mongolia, authorities of the Armed Forces and servicemen.
In 2011, the President Elbegdorj issued a decree on cherishing the State Flag, by which all state organizations and people hoist the State Flag this day. 

Wreaths laid to Monument of Sukhbaatar
Ulaanbaatar, July 10 (MONTSAME) The President Ts.Elbegdorj, the Speaker Z.Enkhbold and the Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag paid tributes to the Monument of Chingis Khaan and the Statue of D.Sukhbaatar Thursday.
This action has been dedicated to the 2,223rd anniversary of the first Mongolian Statehood--the Hun Empire, the 808th anniversary of the Great Mongol Empire and the 93rd anniversary of the Mongolian People’s Revolution.
The ceremony was also attended by members of the State Great Khural (parliament), cabinet members, and civil delegates. 

Germany Statistics delegation visits
Ulaanbaatar, July 10 (MONTSAME) Upon invitation of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) Chair S.Mendsaikhan, a Germany delegation led by Federal Statistical Office (FSO) president Mr Roderich Egeler is visiting Mongolia these days.
The delegation includes Ms Sibylle von Oppeln-Bronikowski, a Head of the Department for Strategy and Planning, International Relations, Research and Communication; Ms Simone Koll, a Head of the International Cooperation Section of FSO, and Mr Mustafa Dinc, a Senior Economist and Statistician at the World Bank.
During the visit, the delegation will discuss with NSC officers the implementation of joint projects including the Monstat project (Strengthening the National Statistical System of Mongolia), for which an agreement was signed between the Mongolian Government and the World Bank on June 26 of 2009. A project implementation contract followed the above agreement in 2010 to launch the project in Mongolia.
Coinciding with the visit, the eighth semi-annual Monstat project consortium coordination meeting is taking place in Ulaanbaatar to discuss the project that aims at improving efficiency and effectiveness of the national statistical system of Mongolia to enable it to provide relevant, timely and reliable data for evidence-based policy making.

Visit of French parliamentarian continuing
Ulaanbaatar, July 10 (MONTSAME) A delegation headed by Mr Jerome Chartier, a member of the National Assembly (NA) of France (lower house of parliament) and chairman of the France-Mongolia friendship group at the NA, is paying the official visit to Mongolia these days.
Mr Chartier has been invited by Mr N.Battsereg MP, a chairman of the “Justice” coalition’s faction at parliament and head of the Mongolia-France inter-parliamentary group. The delegation got acquainted with constructions of international airport in Khoshig Valley in Tov aimag, with intensified farm in Bayanchandmani soum and the "Khotol" cement-lime factory.
Mr Chartier has been serving as the chairman of the France-Mongolia friendship group at the NA, which comprises 19 members. Since being appointed as such, Mr Chartier has visited Mongolia four times. The friendship group intends to establish the “Mongolian Friends” association aimed at implementing society-targeted projects, he said. 

Defense Minister of Qatar Conducts Official Visit to Mongolia
July 10 (infomongolia.com) A delegation of Qatar Armed Forces led by Minister of State for Defense Affairs, Major General Hamad Bin Ali Al Attiyah is conducting an official visit to Mongolia on July 10-11, 2014.
Today on July 10, Minister for Defense of Mongolia D.Bat-Erdene welcome the visiting guests at the Government House and parties held an official talk exchanging views on the global and regional security and discussing current situation of bilateral partnership issues between the two defense sectors and prospects of actions to be implemented in the future.
Mongolia and the State of Qatar have established the diplomatic relations on January 21, 1998 and the first Partnership Agreement between the Armed Forces of Mongolia and Qatar was inked in December 2007.
In the scope of the Agreement, relationships between Defense sectors of the two countries have been growing in terms of professional staff preparation, joint military training and practices, peace support operations as well as efforts in combating terrorism.
On the same day, Major General Hamad Bin Ali Al Attiyah paid courtesy call on the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj and during the reception, Qatar Defense Minister conveyed greetings of the Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and predecessor Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani.
The Qatari delegation visit coincides with Mongolian National Naadam Festival and today they have participated in the ceremony of the Honorary Day for the State Flag of Mongolia at Chinggis Square, Ulaanbaatar and visited the Khui Doloo Khudag valley in Tuv Aimag to get familiarized with Shudlen (three-year old) horse racing competition as part of Mongolian tradition and custom to celebrate the biggest national holiday.
On July 11, the Defense Minister Hamad Bin Ali Al Attiyah is invited to participate in the official Opening Ceremony of 2014 National Naadam Festival dedicated to the 2,223rd Anniversary of the Mongolia's First Statehood, the 808th Anniversary of the Great Mongol Empire and the 93rd Anniversary of the People's Revolution.
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President receives Defense Minister of Qatar
Ulaanbaatar, July 10 (MONTSAME) The President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj Thursday received visiting Major-General Hamad bin Ali Al-Attiyah, the Minister of Defence of Qatar.
Major-General Hamad bin Ali Al-Attiyah is paying a working visit as a personal representative of his country’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, so he conveyed greetings of the Emir to the President.
Mr Elbegdorj thanked the Qatari Emir for the greetings and sent his reply greetings to him and the previous Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Mr Elbegdorj affirmed again that the Emir of Qatar has been invited to Mongolia and thanked the Defense Minister for visiting us.
The President said he is satisfied with strengthening of the defense ties between the countries, and noted that Qatar is doing some specific works in Mongolia such as constructing roads and supporting peacekeepers.
Qatar has lifted to a high development in a short time by a proper exploitation of its mineral, and  Mongolia wants to study this experience as well as achievements of Qatar, the President emphasized.
In response, the Defense Minister said he sees an intensive development and progress of Mongolia. He noted that servicemen of the two countries will attend joint exercises soon for strengthening the bilateral cooperation.

Stock exchange news for July 10
Ulaanbaatar, July 10 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades held Thursday, a total of 2,711 shares of 22 JSCs were traded costing MNT seven million 597 thousand and 156.00.
"E-trans logistics” /550 units/, "Remikon” /515 units/, "Hai Bi Oil” /250 units/, "APU” /205 units/ and "Aduunchuluun” /162 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Talkh chikher” (MNT one million 180 thousand and 400), "Bayangol hotel" (MNT one million and 160 thousand), "APU” (MNT 831 thousand and 220), "Darkhan nekhii” (MNT 727 thousand and 260) and "Gobi” (MNT 706 thousand and 360).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 751 billion 363 million 938 thousand and 307. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 17,085.18, increasing by MNT 230.51 or 1.37% against the previous day.

T.Tuvshintulga becomes world university champion
Ulaanbaatar, July 10 (MONTSAME) A Mongolian T.Tuvshintulga grabbed a gold medal at the 11th World University Championship in Pecs, Hungary on July 9.
At the final round, he competed against an US wrestler B.J.Futrell to win with a near score margin of 12:11. Thus, Tuvshintulga has become the fourth sportsperson from our country to be awarded this outstanding title.
On the first day of the championship, other Mongolians B.Khash-Erdene and B.Batmagnai won bronze medals in categories of 57kg and 65kg, respectively.
At the prestigious events, Mongolia has been represented by five men and seven women wrestlers. Some 400 young talents from 30 countries are competing in Pecs Championship that welcomes sport ambassadors of remote cultures and students of other universities on July 8-12.

N.Togstsogt beats first round opponent
Ulaanbaatar, July 10 (MONTSAME) Mongolia’s seasoned boxer N.Togstsogt defeated Tuesday his opponent from Tajikistan Oraz Avzalshoev at the fourth Kazakhstan President’s Cup International Boxing Tournament in Almaty.
The same day, other three Mongolians D.Otgondalai (60kg), B.Chinzorig (64kg) and J.Otgonjargal (75kg) also won over their opponents at the first rounds.
Mongolia has been represented by nine boxers at the tournament that traditionally brings together the best boxers in the world–Olympic champions and winners of Asian Games and European and Asian championships. This year, 104 boxers from 12 countries–Azerbaijan, Iraq, Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, the Philippines and Kazakhstan--are participating in the events that will end on July 13.

Rankings of top judokas revealed
Ulaanbaatar, July 10 (MONTSAME) The International Judo Federation (IJF) Tuesday released the latest rankings of world’s top judokas.
According to the rankings, nine Mongolians were listed in first ten places in men’s and women’s various weight categories. Showing the best result among Mongolians, a State Honored Sportswoman and World champion M.Urantsetseg led the women’s 48 kg category with 2,598 points. She was followed by Brazilian Sarah Menezes having 2,182 points and Hungarian judoka Eva Csernoviczki with 1,240 points.
An international master of sports G.Boldbaatar was ranked third in the men’s 60 kg category with 1,780 points, whereas D.Amartuvshin--in the fifth place, and G.Kherlen--10th place at the same category. D.Tomorkhuleg IMS stood at third place in the men’s 66 kg division, with 1,500 points.
State Honored Sportsmen S.Nyam-Ochir and Kh.Tsagaanbaatar were ranked in 8th and 9th places, respectively. O.Uuganbaatar IMS was ranked 11th in the men’s 81 kg.
An international master of sports D.Sumya maintained 7th place in the women’s -57 kilo category.

Press release: Oyu Tolgoi marks first anniversary of commencement of shipment
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 9 (Oyu Tolgoi) - Oyu Tolgoi today celebrates the first anniversary since it began shipment of its copper concentrate to international customers.
In a speech to members of the workforce in Ulaanbaatar, Oyu Tolgoi President and CEO, Craig Kinnell, congratulated them on the completion of a full year of exports, and spoke about Oyu Tolgoi’s strong future.
Craig Kinnell said: “The open-pit is up and running and our business is getting stronger and stronger. The concentrate that we have produced contains enough copper to run a standard 22mm copper pipe almost five times around the world.
“That’s a lot of copper. But what we have done goes far beyond the product that we make and export.
“While we’re never complacent, we should be proud that we are bringing a new approach to safety standards in Mongolia.
“We’ve completed a five year investment of more than US$126 million in education and training, a scheme which more than 13,000 Mongolians have benefited from.
“We’re continuing to work with our neighbours to strengthen our partnership and agree a long term approach to supporting the South Gobi together.
“Our water recycling rate has now reached 86.4 per cent, reusing each drop more than five times, and making us one of the very best copper mines in the world for water efficiency.”
Looking to the future, he continued: “Our business could last as long as one hundred years. In those terms, we are a small child, with many years of growing and developing ahead of us.
“With age comes wisdom, and with experience comes strength. We have much more to do, and a lot of challenges and hard work to face together.
“But I have so much confidence in what we have already achieved - the seeds that we have sown to create a safe and thriving partnership, developing one of the best ore bodies in the world.”
In a ceremony last year, Prime Minister Altankhuyag, Mining Minister Gankhuyag, and Rio Tinto Copper Group Chief Executive, Jean Sebastien Jacques watched the first convoy of trucks depart for international markets. Since then, exports have continued to ramp-up while the business has focused on safely improving productivity and efficiency.

Dinosaur museum opens here
Ulaanbaatar, July 10 (MONTSAME) A dinosaur exhibition opened Tuesday at the new Dinosaur Museum, located in the building of the former Lenin Museum.
In this exhibition, Tarbosaurus Bataar and other priceless fossil remains are on display. In addition to them, exhibits also include fossils of Saichania (an armored dinosaur), Gallimimus (a bird-like dinosaur), Oviraptor (“Egg Taker”) and baby Protoceratops (“First Horned Face”).
The Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Ts.Oyungerel gave a speech to open the exhibition.

Consumer Price Index Rises – Macroeconomic Indicators
July 10 (Mongolian Economy) As of June 2014, the national price consumer index rose 0.5 percent compared to the previous month. This shows an overall 6.7 percent increase since the beginning of the year. These raises occurred due to 0.7 percent increase in food and nonalcoholic beverages; 1.0 increase in clothing, footwear and cloth; 2.8 percent increase in health; and 1.2 percent increase in miscellaneous goods and services.  
Money supply in Mongolia at the end of last month reached MNT 10.2 trillion, which represents a 0.3 percent drop from the previous month’s money supply. Despite the drop, overall money supply increased by 27.6 percent, or MNT 2207.4 billion, since last year. In addition, currency issued in circulation went down by 2.9 percent to MNT 860.0 billion. Loans outstanding, on the other hand, went up by 2.0 percent to MNT 12.3 trillion. 
During the first half of 2014, 30.1 million shares were traded valued at MNT 133.9 billion. The total equilibrated revenue and grants of the General Government totaled MNT 2729.4 billion. Total expenditure and net landing of the budget reached MNT 2970.0 billion. 
Tax revenues also increased within the past year by 6.9 percent, or MNT 150.1 billion. The rise in percentage is partly due to increases in social security contributions, taxes on domestic goods and services, revenue from taxes on foreign trade, and other tax revenue. 
Within the first half of this year, Mongolia traded with 118 different countries, allowing external trade turnover to reach USD 5117.8 million. Of this amount, USD 2480.8 million was made up by exports. The other USD 2637.0 million was made up by imports. The external trade turnover increased since last year by USD 23.3 million, or 0.5 percent. Also, external trade balance improved, showing a deficit of USD 156.1 million, compared to USD 1.0 billion last year. 

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