Friday, July 4, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 3, 2014 Part I

Nuclear energy human resources policies discussed here

Ulaanbaatar, July 3 (MONTSAME) The Nuclear Energy Authority of Mongolia iis running a project-seminar called "Human Resources Development" (HRD) in collaboration with the Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA).

The HRD project aims to promote mutual exchange in HRD and strengthen nuclear technology foundation in Asian countries by performing activities. Main activities include understanding the needs of HRD in the nuclear field, exchanging information and survey on nuclear HRD, discussion on future HRD cooperation, joint study of training materials, and so on.
The project started in FY1999 as relatively new FNCA project. It has already achieved various outcomes such as finding out about HRD needs and demand in nuclear science and technology, supporting the training, and HRD survey on basic data. These were expected to improve mutual support activities and give feedback to existing exchanging programs.
FNCA has been implementing ten projects in Mongolia since 2010 to help introduce there advanced atomic technologies of countries such as Japan and South Korea. The projects have been regarded as of great importance to the food security and the economy of Mongolia.
Included in these, a ‘Mutation Breeding’ project, for example, will help the nation to develop varieties of crops that are more resistant to disease, insects, and drought, or give higher yield and offer higher quality. Another project named ‘Neutron Activation Analysis’ will introduce here an analytical technique for determining elemental compositions of a large variety of substances including coal and copper concentration.
FNCA is a Japan-led cooperation framework for peaceful use of nuclear technology in Asia. The cooperation consists of FNCA meetings and the project activities with the participation of Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Mongolia enrolled to this forum in 2010 amid its participation in the 11th Ministerial Level Meeting of FNCA in Beijing, China. The participating countries cooperate in fields such as ‘Radiation Utilization Development’ (Industrial Utilization/Environmental Utilization, and Healthcare Utilization), ‘Research Reactor Utilization Development’, ‘Nuclear Safety Strengthening’, and ‘Nuclear Infrastructure Strengthening’.
The project-seminar will last until Friday. 

State secretary works in ‘11 11’ Center

Ulaanbaatar, July 3 (MONTSAME) During an interview given to this center Wednesday, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism P.Altangerel spoke about preparation for National Great Festival--Naadam.
In his interview, Mr Altangerel mostly talked about art and culture events including opening and closing ceremonies, a concert honoring the State as well as the "‘Ulaanbaatar Night" show.  This year, the program also includes an art festival themed "Let's sing our motherland". Nearly four thousand people are expected to take part in art performances of the opening ceremony that will have a theme of ‘History of Mongolia’.
People also clarified issues from Mr Altangerel about the tourism development in Mongolia. By the latest policy on tourism sector, the cabinet is making efforts to augment the number of tourists to visit Mongolia, maximizing it up to one million by 2017, therefore the revenue from this industry of USD one billion is expected to add to the national budget, Altangerel said.

Journalists trained in USA

Ulaanbaatar, July 3 (MONTSAME) Mongolian journalists have been involved in the 5th series of training for journalism and English language in Washington DC, USA in accordance with an agreement between the Presidential Office and the American Councils for International Education (ACIE).
The trainees were granted the certificates on Wednesday. During the one-month training, the journalists had English language training in various levels and lectures on US media industry, and held meetings with some famous US journalists.
By the training programme, the journalists got acquainted with activities of the Washington-based CCTV, the “Politico” newspaper and the “NPR” radio station. They were given reports with topics “Tendency of US journalism”, “Media and politics in USA”, “Impact of bloggers on US media industry” and “Edward Snowden and space of personal information in USA, terrorism within the Internet”.     

Development cooperation workshop held

Ulaanbaatar, July 3 (MONTSAME) The Foreign Ministry of Mongolia in cooperation with the Asia Foundation held Wednesday a workshop themed “Tendency of Developmental Cooperation in Asia: Mongolia's strategies for international aid fund”.
During the workshop, the director for International Development Cooperation at The Asia Foundation Ms Anthea Mulakala conducted a three-series lecture on objectives and guidelines of the Mongolia’s International Aid Fund’s activities, features of development cooperation policies of the Asian countries, targeted programs and initiatives, models of international development assistance of donor nations such as South Korea, Australia and Thailand, education for democracy, regional cooperation, economic dialogues, capacity building, and knowledge dissemination.
The participants agreed to cooperate in strengthening the activities of Mongolia’s International Aid Fund and to regularly host similar workshops in the future.

Oyu Tolgoi’s international scholarship recipients awarded

July 2 (Oyu Tolgoi) - Oyu Tolgoi supports the State initiative to provide scholarship for student who have qualified for world’s top 100 universities –
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - Today three students were awarded international scholarships sponsored by Oyu Tolgoi. The company made the formal announcement during an event co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Science to highlight investments in the education sector.
Oyu Tolgoi is making a significant investment of MNT 168 billion to support and develop the education sector as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in 2010. As part of this investment, the company has expanded and upgraded several technical and vocational education and training centres across the country, improved professional training for technical and vocational education teachers, and provided domestic and international scholarships for students.
L.Udval, Talent Advisor at Oyu Tolgoi said “Our investment goes far beyond just mining. We have been investing in real people and talent at the same time Oyu Tolgoi mine develops. Since 2010, we have granted 135 domestic and 20 international scholarships on our own initiative. But today’s scholarship award is unique as our cooperation with the Ministry supports the state initiative to provide scholarships for students who have qualified for study in the top 100 global universities.”
Two of the three students who qualified will receive full scholarships under Oyu Tolgoi’s international scholarship programme, while the third student’s tuition fees will be paid by the Government and Oyu Tolgoi will finance living expenses.
B.Urgamaltsetseg, the vice minister for the Education and Science said “I would like to express deep gratitude to our Oyu Tolgoi partners. You have demonstrated significant investment not only constructing new schools and giving scholarships, but also training and educating teachers from vocational training schools. Recently, the Government has transferred the school building in Nalaikh to the German-Mongolian school. It was built by Oyu Tolgoi. It is our pleasure to work with you for the greater future of Mongolia.”
Oyu Tolgoi has committed to granting 200 domestic scholarships and 30 international scholarships. Three recipients have already successfully graduated and returned to Mongolia under the international programme

Water sports athletes to compete for ‘Engui Tal’ Cup

Ulaanbaatar, July 3 (MONTSAME) The fourth cadet championship for aquatics is to run in the sport complex at the Erdenet Mining Corporation on July 4-6.
Organized by the "Engui Tal" LLC and the Mongolian Federation for Amateur Swimmers, the tournament is expected to run in age categories of 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, and over 15. Along with individual breaststroke, back stroke and butterfly stroke swimming competitions, there will be a 4x100 mixed team contest.
Thus far, some hundred swimmers from Khangarid club of Orkhon province, Water sports training center of Ulaanbaatar, MSC-Orchlon Club, MSC Vista and water sports centers of Bayanzurkh and Sukhbaatar districts of the capital city have applied to participate in the competition.

20th anniversary of Mongolia's Foreign Policy Concept

July 3 ( This year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of Mongolia`s Foreign Policy Concept.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of Mongolia`s Foreign Policy Concept, the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and the Ambassador club are organizing an academic conference on Friday July 4th.
At the academic conference senior diplomats, officials from the Foreign Affairs Ministry and guest representatives and researchers of the Institute for Strategic Studies, the Defense Research Institute, the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, the National University of Mongolia, and the President`s Office of Mongolia will participate.
During the conference speeches on the significance of the Foreign Policy Concept, its historic role, and its gains and losses will be summarized and discussed.

One-Time-Only “Night of Modern” by Boston Ballet Soloists to Be Staged in Ulaanbaatar on July 04, 2014

July 3 ( Welcoming the “Friendly Ulaanbaatar” campaign, soloists of Boston Ballet from the United States will be staging a “Night of Modern” one-time-only modern dance performance at the State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Ulaanbaatar at 07:00 pm on July 04, 2014.
The event is prepared and supported by Mongolian Ballet Development Foundation in association with the Office of Capital City Governor to deliver Mongolian audience a classical dance show flow, which is rapidly developing internationally in the XXI century.
A State Honored Artist of Mongolia, soloist ballet dancer of Boston Ballet, Honored ballet dancer of La Scala Opera House and Komaki ballet, Dugaraa ALTANKHUYAG, recognized as one of the top eight ballet dancers in the world, will be dancing a “Night of Modern” that features soloists of Boston Ballet including Sabi Varga, Whitney Jensen, John Lam, Jeff Cirio and Lia Cirio, who have been staged before at the White House of the President of the United States, Royal Opera House in central London, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as well as La Scala Opera House in Milan upon the invitation.
Tickets are sold at State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet and cost 20-40,000 MNT (Balcony), 100,000 MNT (Lounge) and 120,000 MNT (Stalls).
Before, the soloist D.Altankhuyag in association with dancers of Boston Ballet have performed the “Night of Ballet” festival in Ulaanbaatar in 2013, 2012 and 2011.

SATOB 2014 July Program

July 3 ( Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (SATOB) has released the 2014 July Program and in the scope of welcoming the National Naadam Festival, the 375th Anniversary of the Capital City and Friendly Ulaanbaatar campaign, the SATOB is staging the "Best of Classic: Open Air", a three-hour gala concert outside the theatre.
According to organizers, the Best of Classic will be starting from 7 o’clock in the evening and official programs from 09:00 pm and absolutely free to audience, and about 2,500 chairs will be placed at Chinggis Square.
SATOB 2014 July Program
Sunday, July 06, 09:00 pm, ““Best of Classic: Open Air”
Saturday, July 12, 05:00 pm, “Swan Lake” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Sunday, July 13, 05:00 pm, “Three Dramatic Characters” opera by B.Damdinsuren and B.Smirnov
Saturday, July 19, 05:00 pm, “La Boheme” opera by Giacomo Puccini
Sunday, July 20, 05:00 pm, “Choijid Tara” Ballet by E.Choidog
Saturday, July 26, 05:00 pm, “Giselle” ballet by A.Adam
Sunday, July 27, 05:00 pm, “Chinggis Khaan” opera by B.Sharav

Foreign Minister of Mongolia Pays Official Visit Kingdom of Spain

July 3 ( Upon his counterpart invitation, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Mr. Luvsanvandan BOLD conducted an official visit to the Kingdom of Spain on July 01-02, 2014.
In the scope of objective of this visit, the “third neighbor” policy proposed by the Government of Mongolia has been implementing as the Kingdom of Spain is considered as the core Spanish-speaking country influential among the European Union states, and the “third neighbor” policy is targeted to strengthen Mongolia’s national security in the form of political dialogue and expand its position in the international arena as well as to accelerate economic relations between the two countries.
During the visit to Spain, Minister L.Bold held an official talk with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mr. Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil discussing bilateral relations and partnership issues. For instances, parties negotiated to organize regular intergovernmental talks, intensify economic cooperation, implement students exchange program and agreed on the need to strengthen the legal basis of bilateral relations. Moreover, sides exchanged views to collaborate within the European Union, United Nations and other international organizations.
Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo noted that the visit by Foreign Minister of Mongolia to Spain is paid for the first time in the history of diplomatic relations established over 30 years ago and emphasized this visit was an important step to develop bilateral relations and cooperation.
Mongolia and the Kingdom of Spain have established the diplomatic relations on July 05, 1977.
Today on July 03, 2014, Foreign Minister L.Bold and accompanying delegates are paying an official visit to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Foreign Minister visits SpainMontsame, July 3

Honorary Consulate of Mongolia Opened in Madrid, Spain

July 3 ( During his visit to the Kingdom of Spain paid on July 01-02, 2014, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia L.Bold attended in the official opening ceremony of establishment of the Honorary Consulate of Mongolia in Madrid, Spain.
The Honorary Consul of Mongolia in Madrid is appointed a national of Spain, Mrs. Adriana Poveda and Minister L.Bold officially handed over the state flag of Mongolia during the ceremony.
In her statement, Honorary Consul A.Poveda pledged to promote Mongolia in all aspects and to work actively protecting interests of Mongolian citizens residing there and in the scope of starting her duties, newly appointed Consul has been employing two personnel, one a citizen of Spain and another one a Mongolian national.
Currently, over 300 Mongolian nationals are residing in Spain and in the recent record it was reported that a Mongolian man was beaten by some hooligans in Barcelona on June 30 and Mongolian Honorary Consulates in Barcelona and Madrid are paying attention on this case and working to protect rights of this young man, who is under treatment and feeling well.

Parliaments of Mongolia and Spain to cooperate

Ulaanbaatar, July 3 (MONTSAME) During his visit to Spain July 1-2, Foreign Minister L.Bold met with Mr Pio Garcia-Escudero, the president of the Spanish Senate.
At the meeting, Mr Bold conveyed greetings and invitation of parliament speaker of Mongolia Z.Enkhbold to his counterpart of Spain. Noting the fact that a Mongolia-Spain inter-parliamentary friendship group has been established in our parliament, and noted the Mongolian part is willing to develop cooperation between the legislatures of the two countries.
After noting he will make efforts to establish a similar group in the Spanish Senate, Mr Garcia-Escudero invited Mr Enkhbold to visit his country in a favorable time.

FM meets Spanish Vice Minister of Economic Affairs and Competitiveness

Ulaanbaatar, July 3 (MONTSAME) The Mongolia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold held a business meeting with Mr Jaime Garcia Legaz Ponce, the Vice Minister of Spain for Economic Affairs and Competitiveness, within his official visit to the Kingdom of Spain on July 1-2.
The parties emphasized that Mongolia and Spain have a great opportunity to boost the bilateral cooperation in trade, economy and investment fields, and discussed an issue of augmenting the number of business meetings. “There are big chance for us to collaborate in the infrastructure, urban development, agriculture and tourism,” they said, and then agreed to host a regular business forum in September in Madrid, Spain.
Mr Bold also met Mr Arturo Fernandez, the president of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, and exchanged views on expanding the bilateral trade, investment and economic cooperation.

Foreign Minister legs UNWTO Headquarters

Ulaanbaatar, July 3 (MONTSAME) Within the official visit to the Kingdom of Spain, the Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold has legged the Headquarters of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid.
The Minister Bold has met Mr Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Secretary-General; chairs of some divisions; and other delegates of Mongolia.
At the meeting with Mr Rifai, the Minister expressed a satisfaction with works being co-implemented with the UNWTO for developing the tourism sector in Mongolia, and then put forward specific proposals to broaden the ties. For instance, he asked the UNWTO Secretary-General to advertise the Mongolia’s decision on exemption of visa requirements for 42 nations through the organization, to propagandize the Mongolia’s tourism and to help Mongolia create its tourism brand.
In response, Mr Rifai noted about fruitful cooperation between the UNWTO and the Mongolia’s Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, and said the organization is ready to render support to Mongolia for tourism.
Mr Rifai said the UNWTO is helping Mongolia conduct a professional analysis on the new law on tourism, work out a plan for advertisement and strengthen the management. Then he granted to the Minister a list of project. Moreover, the UNWTO has made an official decision to involve Mongolia in an international biggest programme on developing tourism along the Silk Road.

OT to collaborate in project of constructing power station

Ulaanbaatar, July 3 (MONTSAME) At its irregular meeting on Thursday, the cabinet backed in principle to establish a contract with Oyu Tolgoi LLC to cooperate in the energy sector for southern region.
The cabinet authorized M.Sonompil, the Minister of Energy; and S.Otgonbayar, head of the Energy Regulatory Agency to sign the document with the company. By the contract, the OT LLC will participate in the project on building a power station in Tavantolgoi, and this station is strategically important for creating an energy system for southern region of Mongolia.
The OT LLC is liable to be provided with energy resource from Mongolia in accordance with the investment deal between the government and the OT LLC.    

German Foreign Minister to visit Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, July 3 (MONTSAME) The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier is to pay an official visit to Mongolia on July 6-7.
During the forthcoming visit, Mr Steinmeier will be received by the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj and the Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag. He will also hold official talks with his Mongolian counterpart L.Bold and then will have a roundtable meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister D.Terbishdagva to talk about on the bilateral economic relationship and cooperation.
The visiting program of Mr Steinmeier includes trips to Mongolia-Germany join projects in fields of culture, science and archeology. He is also expected to sign a cooperation memorandum on repairing of the Kharkhorin town monastery ruins into an open-air museum. The ancient ruins repair project will be implemented under collaboration between the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia and the Archeological Institute of Germany.
Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between the two countries, and this visit was followed by a visit of Federal Minister of Germany Mr Klaus Kinkel oaid to Mongolia in 1998.
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