Friday, July 4, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 4, 2014 Part I

Mongolia Establishes Diplomatic Relations with 181st State of World, Republic of Mauritius
July 4 ( Within its aim to establish diplomatic relations with all United Nations member states, Mongolia has established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Mauritius in New York City on July 03, 2014.

Setting mutual aspirations to develop and strengthen friendly relations and cooperation as a guideline, the two countries agreed to adhere to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the UN Charter and international legal principles and standards.
The Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations, Ambassador Mr. Od OCH and the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Mauritius to the United Nations, Ambassador Mr. Milan Jaya Nyamrajsingh Meetarbhan have signed the joint statement to establish diplomatic relations. The joint statement was registered at the UN and the Permanent Representatives of Mongolia and Mauritius have sent the statement to the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon in order to inform the UN member countries.
The establishment of diplomatic relations with the Republic of Mauritius provides better opportunities for both countries to support each other in bilateral and international organizations, moreover, parties agreed to grow partnership and exchange experiences in economical, investment and tourist sectors.
As of today, Mongolia has established diplomatic relations with 181 states of the world and the EU.

Some 10 thousand cases acquitted

Ulaanbaatar, July 4 (MONTSAME) The action of exculpating the politically repressed has been continuing in several phases since 1989.
The previous parts of the action ran in 1939-1945 and 1956-1962. Until today, 10,162 cases related to 31 thousand 222 people have been acquitted after the Investigation Division at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had investigated them and then confirmed that these cases were unjustly accused.
Thanks to adopting in 1998 a law on exculpating the politically repressed people and giving the compensations, an action launched to determine the repressed and their family members and relatives. A legal environment has been created to redeem reputation of these people and give single-benefit compensation to them, and to abolish the consequences of the political repressions. 

Tokyo Discusses Waste Management

July 4 (Mongolian Economy) The Tokyo metropolitan government visited Ulaanbaatar to tour the city for four days to examine the city’s growing waste crisis. This event was hosted in partnership between the city of Ulaanbaatar and Bayanzurkh district. The city of Tokyo promised to help Mongolia develop successful waste management, as it is become more pressing day by day. Tokyo representatives were shown the city by Puredavaa, the Governor of Bayanzurkh district. They were exposed to landfill areas and ger districts in order to effectively discuss waste management issues. 
The trip ended with a two day conference during which representatives conversed combatants of effective waste management. This conference was also attended by private sector members who wished to learn more about this serious issue. Waste management is becoming a bigger concern as major pressure points are increasing rapidly – illegal dumping and lack of funding. This tour hopes to create a set of alternative waste procedures such as the integration of waste reuse and recycling programs in the city. 
Tokyo representatives thanked Ulaanbaatar for their hospitality and hope to initiate more future partnerships between the two cities. With their help, the city of Ulaanbaatar can make progressive changes to combat their waste problem.

Mongolia and Poland to cooperate in agriculture

Ulaanbaatar, July 4 (MONTSAME) Mongolia and Poland might cooperate in strengthening national human resources of Mongolia and exchange experiences in order to broaden Mongolia's export of agricultural products and to implement the WTO agreement on hygiene and quarantine.
Undersecretary of State of Poland’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr Tadeusz Nalewajk has accepted proposals of Mongolia on these matters and promised to realize them. Then Mr Nalewaik and the Vice Minister of Industry and Agriculture of Mongolia B.Tsogtgerel have also concurred to render a support to Mongolia for diary productions and vegetable planting.
Mongolia, which keeps its pasture animal husbandry traditions, intends to make its brand food products and to export them to European countries, China and Northeast Asian countries, "and in reaching these goals, we want to take technical and technological support from Poland," Tsogtgerel said. 
In response, Mr Nalewajk said Poland’s government is attaching a great importance to the agricultural cooperation with Mongolia and plans to involve Mongolian food and agricultural areas in a soft loan of EUR 50 million.

MPP faction wants to continue working during vacation

Ulaanbaatar, July 4 (MONTSAME) The MPs from the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) intend to work during the vacation of parliament, said the MPP faction head S.Byambatsogt on Friday.
During the parliament spring session that ran from April 5 to July 1, their faction held 18 meetings, he went on. To nine requests, sent to the parliament Speaker, they received three answers. The faction  also sent 71 official letters (documents) to several public high officers and were acknowledged back  11 times, he explained, noting that "all this is a clear example of how the minority group is treated".
The faction actively attended parliament and Standing Committees' meetings, "actively taking part in discussions and in approval of draft laws and other crucial documents," Byambatsogt said.
At the end of the spring session, parliament backed changes in composition of Standing committees, "which gives us opportunities to be represented by two in each," he went on.
He also promised that their faction members "will prove their political proficiency and reliability" and "will not take vacation until the parliament autumn session".

Premier talks about railway issues at weekly meeting

Ulaanbaatar, July 4 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag explained some issues at the “PM’s 30 minutes” weekly meeting on Thursday.
A decision was made to run third-line railways in accordance with the state policy on railway approved by parliament in 2010, but nothing was constructed due a gauge issue, so the cabinet decided to accelerate the work and has spent so far some USD 200 million from the "Chingis" bonds revenue for the railway constructions, the Premier said.
"It is possible to run railway transportation through seven spots to two neighbors, but the construction is running normally only at Omnogobi’ province's Gashuunsukhait border checkpoint, we have postponed other constructions works in order to resolve the gauge matters," Mr Altankhuyag explained.
"The cabinet will continue negotiations with the neighbors before the autumn session of parliament, and we must solve issues regarding routes of new railways, payment, taxes and transport costs, because the railway transportation is supposed to go not only to China, but also to its seaports," the Premier said.
Then the PM said the spring session of parliament adopted some legal regulations reflected in the programme of 100 days for intensifying the economy. An eight percent mortgage loan process is running normally, he said. The financing has been given from the Development Bank of Mongolia to some 20 projects that satisfied specific criteria of commercial banks in frames of the project on developing import substitution and export-oriented industrialization, he said. 

Khovd province to host khoomii festival

Ulaanbaatar, July 4 (MONTSAME) The third edition of the international khoomii (throat or overtone singing) festival has been planned in Khovd province this July 20-25.
The organizers are the Ministry for Culture, Sport and Tourism, the Governor’s Office of the province and the Mongolian Khoomii Association. The best singers will be awarded a Grand Prix of five million togrog, first place winner’s award will be three million togrog.
The festival aims at enhancing singing skills of khoomii performers, enriching their repertories and discovering new talents.
Khoomii is a type of singing in which the singer manipulates the resonances (or formants) created as air travels from the lungs, past the vocal folds, and out the lips to produce a melody. It is believed the art of khoomii singing has originated from south western Mongolia in today's Khovd and Govi-Altai region. Nowadays, it is found throughout the country, and Mongolia is often considered as the most active place of overtone singing in the world. Khoomii was recognised as an intangible cultural heritage of Mongolia with UNESCO in 2011.

Food Price Changes

July 4 (Mongolian Economy) As of July 2, the prices of main food products fell 1.1% compared to last month. Data shows that mutton prices fell 5%, beef prices fell 2.3%, beef without bones fell 2% and goat prices fell 1.9%. Horse meat however, showed no changes. Rice and sugar also did not see any changes in price. 

Foreign Minister of Federal Republic of Germany to Pay Official Visit to Mongolia on July 06-07, 2014

July 4 ( Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be conducting an official visit to Mongolia on July 06-07, 2014.
On the first day of his visit, the Federal Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will have official talks with the Foreign Minister of Mongolia L.Bold and hold press conference with journalists.
Afterwards, German delegates led by Federal Minister will visit Gandantegchinlen Monastery in Ulaanbaatar to get acquainted with books and sutras rehabilitated with support of Goethe Institute and visit the National Museum of Mongolia. Also, Mongolian and German authorities will sign a Memorandum of Cooperation on expanding collaboration in archaeological sector.
On July 07, Federal Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will pay courtesy calls on the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj and Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag and hold a round table meeting with Deputy Prime Minister D.Terbishdagva on bilateral economic relations and cooperation.
As a part of his visit, a Memorandum of Cooperation on reconstruction of Kharkhorin Monastery ruins into an open-air museum is expected to sign between the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia and the Archeological Institute of Germany.
The upcoming visit is hosted in the scope of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the Federal Republic of Germany established on January 31, 1974.

Prime Minister of Kyrgyz Republic to Pay Official Visit to Mongolia on July 08-12, 2014

July 4 ( Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Djoomart Otorbaev will be paying an official visit to Mongolia on July 08-12, 2014.
On July 08, Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhuyag will welcome his counterpart at Chinggis Square and after paying respect to Chinggis Monument, parties will hold official talks in the Government House.
Afterwards, Premier Otorbaev will be received by the Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) Z.Enkhbold and President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj respectively. Also, Minister of Mining D.Gankhuyag and Minister of Industry and Agriculture Sh.Tuvdendorj will meet the Kyrgyz delegates and introduce their sectors’ activity.
On July 09-11, the Kyrgyz delegation led by Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev will be familiarized with Mongolian National Naadam Festival.

First General Consulate of PR of China to Mongolia Established in Zamyn-Uud Sum of Dornogovi Aimag

July 4 ( On July 03, 2014, Deputy Foreign Minister of Mongolia D.Gankhuyag and other officials have attended in the official opening ceremony of establishment of the General Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Zamyn-Uud Sum of Dornogovi Aimag, Mongolia.
Following the opening ceremony, Deputy Foreign Minister D.Gankhuyag held a meeting with the Vice Foreign Minister of the PR of China Mr. Xie Hangsheng to exchange views on bilateral relations and further collaboration issues.
At the event, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the PR of China to Mongolia Wang Xiaolong, Governor of Dornogovi Aimag P.Gankhuyag, Vice Director of Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs N.Bataa and other officials from both sides were present.
The newly established Office in Zamyn-Uud Sum is the first General Consulate of the People’s Republic of China to Mongolia and the first foreign diplomatic office opened in Zamyn-Uud.
The General Consulate of China in Zamyn-Uud Sum is chaired by the Consul General Mr. Li Xiangyang.
Mongolia and the People's Republic of China have established the diplomatic relations on October 16, 1949 and this year, the two countries are celebrating the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations, moreover the year of 2014 is announced as a Mongolia-China Friendly Exchange Year.
Dornogovi (East Gobi) is one of the 21 Aimags (provinces) of Mongolia and located in the southeast of the country, bordering with Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the PR of China.
There are 14 Sums (Administrative Subdivision) in Dornogovi Aimag and the Zamyn-Uud Sum with about 11 thousand residents is located 230 km away from Sainshand, center of Dornogovi Aimag and 780 km from Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia.

Memorandum of Understanding Signed to Construct 8

MW Solar Power Farm in Uvurkhangai Aimag, Mongolia

July 4 ( In the frameworks of “Gobitec and Asian Super Grid for Renewable Energies in Northeast Asia” Project, a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation and investment was signed in Ulaanbaatar on July 02, 2014.
The document was inked by State Secretary of the Ministry of Energy of Mongolia Mr. Davaadorj DELGERTSOGT, President of Shinsung Solar Energy Co., Ltd. Mr. Lee Wan-keun, President of Wooil Engineering Co., Ltd. Mr. Lee Yang-hee and Director of Mon-Korea LLC Mr. B.Osorgarav.
In the scope of the Memorandum, parties negotiated to construct a solar power farm with capacity of 8 MW near Bayanteeg coal mine located in the territory of Nariin Teel Sum of Uvurkhangai Aimag.
Last June 26, the “Development of Renewable Energies in Northeast Asia: Gobitec-Asian Super Grid” Forum was organized in Ulaanbaatar discussing renewable energy sources and opportunities in Northeast Asia. For instance, policy makers from Russia, China, North Korea, South Korea and Japan as well as international organizations and representatives of the business sector and other interested parties have exchanged opinions and discussed investment opportunities of the project that would enable to connect above countries with high-voltage electricity transmission lines.
The Gobitec concept represents the idea of producing clean energy from renewable energy sources in the Gobi Desert and to deliver the produced energy to regions with a high demand of electric energy. The delivery of the energy produced is planned to be using power corridors: the planned Asian Super Grid (ASG), connecting Russia, Mongolia, China, South Korea and Japan.

“UB Sculpture 2014” Festival Starts Tomorrow

July 4 ( In the scope of celebrating the 2014 National Naadam Festival commemorating the 808th Anniversary of the Great Mongol Empire and the 93rd Anniversary of the People's Revolution, the “UB Sculpture 2014” Festival will be organized at the National Garden Park in Ulaanbaatar on July 05-13, 2014.
During the festival many events are planned to take place and the daily events will be held between 07:00 pm and 10:00 pm such as wheel pottery rotation show, children's sand sculpture contest, portrait drawing competition by Union of Mongolian Artists and "My World" paper work showing.
Also, live music concert, show presentations on sand, graffiti as well as services will be performing like hand printing on ceramic plates, drawing on wooden toys and sculptural portrait heads.

Omnogovi hosts "Mining and Health" forum

Ulaanbaatar, July 4 (MONTSAME) Under initiation of the Health Ministry, a "Mining and Health" forum ran in Dalanzadgad town of southern Omnogovi aimag on July 1.
Opening the forum, the Health Minister N.Udval said that chemical poisoning, respiratory tract symptoms and contagious diseases are increasing in this province due to mining boom and migrations. She said her Ministry is planning to commence a construction of medical diagnosis centers in mineral-abundant provinces such as Khentii, Bayankhongor, Dornogovi, Sukhbaatar and Selenge, where more than ten mining companies are operating, and an inter-soum 50-bed hospital in Omnogovi.
After the forum, the gathered visited Erdenes Tavantolgoi Co. 

Bulgaria’s military attache visits

Ulaanbaatar, July 4 (MONTSAME) A defense attache of Bulgaria’s Embassy in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Colonel Dimitar Ovcharov paid a working visit to Mongolia on June 30-July 3.
He legged the University of Defense and the Scientific Institute of Defense (SID), gave a lecture on his country’s defense policy and activities at the "Hours of Attache" meeting in the SID, and participated in a closing ceremony of the “Khaan Quest” international field exercises for peacekeeping operations.
Moreover, he met with Major-General Z.Boldbaatar, the State Secretary of the Defense Ministry, and with Colonel D.Ariunbold, a head of the external relations and cooperation section, to share views on the bilateral defense ties and cooperation. 

Chinese delegation to visit

Ulaanbaatar, July 4 (MONTSAME) A delegation headed by Mr Wang Jun, a chairman of the Standing committee of the People’s Congress and Party Secretary of Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region of China will visit Mongolia July 6-8, invited by the parliament Speaker Z.Enkhbold.
The delegation will be received by Z.Enkhbold, the Chairman of the State Great Khural (parliament); by N.Altankhuyag, the Prime Minister; also by R.Gonchigdorj, a Vice Speaker, and D.Terbishdagva, the Deputy Premier and head of the Mongolia-China intergovernmental commission.
The delegation is supposed to visit the parliamentary hall of the State House, leg the #102 secondary school in Ulaanbaatar, meet delegates of enterprises invested by the Chinese side.

Mongolia goes out of monitoring subject of FATF

Ulaanbaatar, July 4 (MONTSAME) Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has reported that it welcomed Mongolia’s significant progress in improving its AML/CFT regime and that Mongolia has established the legal and regulatory framework to meet its commitments in its action plan regarding the strategic deficiencies that the FATF identified in June of 2011.
Mongolia is therefore no longer a subject to FATF’s monitoring process under its ongoing global AML/CFT (Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism) compliance process.
Mongolia will work with APG as it continues to address the full range of AML/CFT issues identified in its mutual evaluation report.
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