Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 29, 2014 Part I



More to work at Mongolia’s Permanent Rep to UN
Ulaanbaatar, July 29 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on Monday allowed L.Bold, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to increase a number of the diplomats who work at Mongolia’s Permanent Representative Office to the United Nations (UN).

Now that Mongolia has begun chairing the United Nations Environment Assembly for 2014-2016, a need has increased to work closer with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the cabinet decided.

Mongolia to have representative office at UNEP
Ulaanbaatar, July 29 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Environment and Green Development S.Oyun was authorized at the cabinet meeting on Monday to appoint a representative of Mongolia to the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya with a two-year period.
Moreover, the Minister was allowed to set up an office at the Ministry of Environment with a responsibility for supporting everyday works of Mongolia’s presidency of the UNEP, and to appoint two staffers to work at this office.
Mongolia was elected the president of the UN Environment Assembly during its first session this June 23-27 in the UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya.
Main duties of the UNEA president are to chair the UNEA sessions, to monitor implementation of action programmes, finance and budgets approved for the period of 2014-2016, to head and consult meetings of the UNEA’s bureaus, to regulate their dialogues and connections, to regulate talks among regions and political groups with the support of the UNEA Secretariat, to chair political and policy dialogues, and to attend international meetings and consultations representing the UNEA.

Criteria fixed to estimate risks of imported products
Ulaanbaatar, July 29 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on Monday approved a list of imported products that will be subject to the special inspection at state borders and be classified in a risk rate based on concrete criteria. 
The Deputy Prime Minister D.Terbishdagva was ordered to adopt the list and implement it.
Thanks to this procedure Mongolia will be able to ensure the products/foods imported, to properly use the human resources, and to ease activities of external trade businessmen.

Programme to be implemented to save documentary cultural heritage
Ulaanbaatar, July 29 (MONTSAME) A programme on saving documentary cultural heritage was approved by the cabinet during its regular meeting on Monday.
To be realized in two phases as 2015-2017 and 2017-2022, the programme includes complex works on creating a data of cultural documentary heritage and putting them into a circulation of scientific works. Measures for saving, propagandizing and restoring them are included in the programme as well.
Documentary heritage of culture, which are stored in books, videos and audio, are considered as important sources for scientific works because they contain the national history, language, culture, traditions and custom.
Due to lack of proper storage and facilities, the conditions of the documentary cultural heritage are worsening. For example, 85 percent of three million rare and rarest books, kept in the National Central Library, were more or less damaged, as showed the 2008 state registration, also foreign experts warn that a half of the books might get completely destroyed in 20-30 years, the same fate is expecting books and documentary materials kept in the Institute of Linguistics and Literature at the Academy of Sciences.

Preparation for winter considered
Ulaanbaatar, July 29 (MONTSAME) The cabinet issued Monday a governmental resolution on measures for the 2014-2015 winter preparation in agricultural sector.
The Minister of Agriculture and Industry Sh.Tuvdendorj, a Mayor of Ulaanbaatar and governors of all aimags were obliged to work out a plan on preventing damages caused by possible natural disasters and weather difficulties and to put control over the plan’s implementation.
Orders were also given to the Minister of Road and Transportation to keep countryside off-roads open in winter and spring and to ensure human and technical resources. Other tasks were given to the Minister of Agriculture and to a head of the General Agency for Specialized Inspection.
The governmental resolution also reflects obligations--to improve a supply of fodder-making techniques and facilities, to form emergency reserves of fodder and hay in every city and soum, to repair livestock fences and water spots, to prepare fuels and winter clothes, to take measures for preventing damages of natural disasters, and others. 

Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry made an announcement as Dollar skyrockets
July 29 (Mongolian Economy) Currently, USD 1 is equivalent to MNT 1850. Governors promised to hold the currency rate at lower levels, but so far there has been no outcome. Due to high depreciation, the rate is creating a large impact on the Mongolian economy and on people’s lives. Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry made an announcement indicating that thousands of entities that are registered with the chamber are beginning to close their doors as prices sky rocket. 
The government and Mongol Bank claim that the currency rate is flexible, and that it will adjust naturally if left alone. However, others argue that it cannot be stopped if nothing is done. Thus attributed indirect factors that can influence the current state of the tugrug are adding more pressure on companies, clearly showing that leaving the currency rate alone is not working out.
Prices are rising and many Mongolian citizens cannot afford their necessities. Many of these people are expressing their anger, hoping to end Naadam celebrations as money is becoming a tight issue. The chamber and businesspeople are asking authorities to take policy measures in order to help the currency rate to fall back to more practical ranges. They also want parliament members and businesspeople to participate in the Financial Stability Council initiated by the Speaker of Parliament.

"Tarbosaurus Bataar" Postal Stamp Released
July 28 (infomongolia.com) The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Mongolia partnering with the "Mongol Post" (Mongol Shuudan) State-owned JSC had jointly released the brand new postal stamp "Tarbosaurus Bataar" and both organizations officially introduced the new postal product to the Central Dinosaur Museum on July 24th, 2014.
During the ceremony of introduction on new postal stamp "Tarbosaurus Bataar", the Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Ts.Oyungerel noted "After the rare findings of the Tarbosaurus Bataar skeleton, the noticeable sculpture artworks and fine-art paintings have been delivered; and this time, the new postal stamp was also released with great efforts from the "Mongol Shuudan" State-owned JSC. This remarkable event will surely contribute to protect our cultural heritages as well as to provide value-added cultural and economic impact to Mongolia".
The original painting of the “Tarbosaurus Bataar” postal stamp was drawn by the painter Ch.Bat-Erdene and graphically designed by J.Gankhuyag. The Central Post Office is commercializing to sell the stamp with size-based pricing of 200 to 800 MNT (Tugrug) through its’ daily operation.
Previously, the Central Dinosaur Museum had also released the Painting Books and the Story Books for Children in which described the overall processes of carrying up the skeleton of the T-Bataar from United States to Mongolia which later on led to build the museum specially dedicated to the Mongolian dinosaurs so called “The Central Dinosaur Museum” in Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia.
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Cabinet meeting in brief
Ulaanbaatar, July 29 (MONTSAME) At a regular cabinet meeting on Monday, the Deputy Premier D.Terbishdagva introduced to the gathered a report on marking the National Great Festival--Naadam, dedicated to the 2223rd anniversary of the first Mongolian Statehood--the Hun Empire, the 808th  anniversary of the Great Mongol Empire and the 93rd anniversary of the People’s Revolution of Mongolia.
- The cabinet summarized results of the official visits of the chairman of Turkey’s National Assembly Cemil Cicek and Latvia’s President Andris Berzins, and obliged the FM L.Bold to submit the issues to the National Security Council (NSC).
- The cabinet considered as necessity to approve a plan of measures to be taken for realizing proposals put by rural people during a tour of the Premier to Dornod aimag.
- The cabinet approved results of the first meeting of the Mongolia-Poland intergovernmental commission held July 24 in Ulaanbaatar. Orders were given to O.Chuluunbat, the Vice Minister of Economic Development and head of the intergovernmental commission's Mongolian side, to adopt a plan of measures in line of the meeting and to monitor its implementation.
- A decision was made to allot additional financing of MNT 1.9 billion from the Development Bank of Mongolia for completing a construction of a paved-road between Ondorkhaan and Choibalsan.

Foundation for SME reports at “Hours of great construction” meeting
Ulaanbaatar, July 29 (MONTSAME) The government is about to give financing of 19.5 billion Togrog to 37 enterprises, said B.Battuvshin, a director of the Foundation for Developing Small- and Middle-sized Enterprisers (FDSME) at the “Hours of great construction” weekly meeting on Monday.
This decision has been made after placing 100 billion togrog in the foundation in order to finance export-oriented and import-substitution projects that request loans of below 2 billion togrog. These projects have been chosen, in their turn, from 888 selected by the government. 
About 600 projects have asked the government to get financing of up to two billion Togrog, he said, adding these projects' authors must promptly send applications to relevant commercial banks. It is also possible to render a support to those enterprises who cannot receive the loans due to the lack of pledge capital, said Ch.Tsaschikher, a head of the FDSME’s financial section. 

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