Monday, July 7, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 7, 2014 Part III

Standing committee head meets ADB expert
Ulaanbaatar, July 7 (MONTSAME) Head of the parliamentary Standing committee on budget Ts.Davaasuren Monday received Ms Asako Maruyama, an education expert at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Office in Mongolia.

The latter thanked the Standing committee head for the audience and introduced to him the “Skills for Employment” project co-formulated by the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Education and Science at initiative of the ADB.
Costing USD 30 million, the project aims to support ongoing reforms to establish a market-responsive and competency-based technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system in Mongolia, she said.
Mr Davaasuren said he is attaching a great importance to the project which focuses on three directions--agriculture, road-transportation and construction. It also reflects a curriculum for pupils of high schools.

Standing committee on state structure reports
Ulaanbaatar, July 7 (MONTSAME) Head of the parliamentary Standing committee on state structure A.Bakei Monday gave a report on works done by his committee during the spring session of parliament.
The committee met 11 times to discuss and solve 17 issues, at a duplicated number, Bakei said. A It took a long time to consider a draft amendment to the law on the State Great Khural (parliament), he added. The Standing committee also discussed draft amendments to the laws on the National Great Celebration--Naadam, on the government, on monitoring, on the 2014 budget of Mongolia, on the 2014 budget for social insurance fund, on changing compositions of Standing committees, bills on Mongolian language and a draft resolution of Mongolia on agendas of the autumn session.
The Standing committee, he said, received 48 official messages from organizations, enterprises and citizens, and one request, all of them have been tackled. The committee has sent 97 official messages as well, he added.

Medical vans are put into service
Ulaanbaatar, July 7 (MONTSAME) Ahead of the Naadam Festival (July 11), two fully equipped medical vans (Grand Starex) have been put into health care services for the city people.
The Emergency Authority of South Korea gave the vans to the Capital city Emergency Agency as part of cooperation between the sides. Transportation and other expenses of the vans, furnished with a cardiac apparatus and a monitor, a stretcher and an oxygen breathing apparatus, were issued from the capital reserve of the Ulaanbaatar Mayor.
The vehicles will be in emergency services within the city.

National football team to head for Guam
Ulaanbaatar, July 7 (MONTSAME) To compete at the preliminary round one, our national football team is planning to head for Guam in near time.
In Guam, the team will have matches with host Guam, Macau and Northern Mariana islands in the first of two preliminary rounds of the 2015 East Asian Football Federation Cup.
The first match of Mongolia will be against Northern Mariana Islands on July 21, followed by matches against Guam and Macau on July 24 and 27, respectively.
The winner of the preliminary round one will compete against Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and North Korea in the preliminary round two on November 11-18. Similarly, the winner of this round will be included in the final competition with host China, Japan and South Korea.
The final competition is expected in China in July or August of 2015.

Ulaanbaatar to host 11th World University Archery Championship
Ulaanbaatar, July 7 (MONTSAME) The city has been awarded a right to organize the 11th edition of the World University Archery Championship in 2016.
The board meeting of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) has recently decided to give hosting rights of the biennial event to Mongolia. Previous several successful organizations of university championships have played their role in deciding as such.
In 1996, the championship season opened with the first World University Archery Championship in Vaulx-en-Velin, France. Archery was four times in the list of optional sports at Summer Universiades: in 2003 in Daegu, Korea; in 2005 in Izmir, Turkey; in 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia; and in 2011 in Shenzhen, China, where the 2010 World University Championship took place as a test event.
In the university archery championship, tournaments are held in two main sections of individual events (recurve and compound bows for men and women), and team events (recurve and compound bows for men, women and mixed teams).
The 10th Championship was held in Legnica, Poland on July 1-6 with participation of 206 competitors from 32 countries.

Free opera postponed
July 7 ( The free open air Opera “Best of Classic-Open Air Show” that was to be held on Chinggis Khan Square on Sunday night was cancelled due to bad weather. Because of the rain, the open air opera concert will be rescheduled for another day. The date is to be confirmed.

Foreign Minister of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier Pays Courtesy Calls on President and Prime Minister of Mongolia
July 7 ( On July 06-07, 2014, the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier is paying an official visit to Mongolia and on the first day of his visit, the two Foreign Ministers held bilateral talks.
Today on July 07, Federal Minister of Germany was received by the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj at the State Affairs Ger Palace and during his meeting with the President, Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier noted that the bilateral relations between the two countries are intensively growing in all spheres, underlining the rapid economic growth of Mongolia. Minister F.W.Steinmeier said that during the past 40 years of diplomatic ties between Mongolia and Germany, bilateral relations have been considerably expanded in all fields and expressed interest to further deepen economic cooperation and his gratitude that Mongolia set to participate in the ITB-2015 International Tourism Fair to be hosted in Berlin in 2015.
President Ts.Elbegdorj emphasized that since the democratic movement in 1990s, the people of Germany were close to Mongolians, helping Mongolians learn the democracy ABCs and making great contribution to Mongolian democratic transition.
Since then, Mongolia has made significant achievements in a dual political and economic transition, and today Mongolia has started sharing its democratic experience with Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan and other countries. Just to draw a recent example of April, 2014, a group of Myanmar journalists visited Mongolia and participated in a workshop on Mongolian democracy development experiences.
There are many Mongolians who studied in Germany and President Ts.Elbegdorj underlined that the German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology opened in Nalaikh District, Ulaanbaatar, and noted that the education investment is the most valuable investment. In response, Foreign Minister Steinmeier expressed to pay every attention to educate Mongolian young people.
On the same day, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier also paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhkuyag and during the meeting, Premier confirmed commitment to expanding bilateral relations and economic cooperation with Germany, in particularly, producing high-quality products in husbandry and nonfertilized agronomy. Also, Mongolian delegates to participate in the ITB-2015 International Tourism Fair in March 2015 will be headed by a large group promoting its culture and heritage and currently, preparation works chaired by Prime Minister is being conducted, added Premier N.Altankhuyag.

Citizens of Mongolia and Serbia Lifted from Mutual Visa
Requirements, Effective from July 17, 2014
July 7 ( The Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia reports that nationals of Mongolia and the Republic of Serbia will be visiting mutual countries visa-free and also not required to be issued a transit visa from July 17, 2014.
The Agreement on Mutual Exemption of Visas for citizens of Mongolia and the Republic of Serbia was approved during the Cabinet meeting of the Government of Mongolia held on December 03, 2013.
The first negotiation was agreed and signed between Mongolia and Serbia during the Intergovernmental Agreement held in Belgrade on November 07, 2013.
According to the Intergovernmental Agreement, citizens of the Republic of Serbia and Mongolia are allowed to visit reciprocal territories under visa-free terms up to 90 days in any 180 day-period and the regulation is effective from Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Mongolia and the Republic of Serbia (former Yugoslavia) have established the diplomatic relations on November 20, 1956 and Ms. Tugsjargal GANDI serves as an incumbent non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Republic of Serbia.

Stock exchange news for July 7
Ulaanbaatar, July 7 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades held Monday, a total of 85 thousand and 196 shares of 66 JSCs were traded costing MNT 54 million 245 thousand and 130.60.
"Remikon” /36 thousand and 109 units/, "Moninjbar” /10 thousand and 290 units/, "Khokh gan” /9,900 units/, "Hermes center” /7,416 units/ and "State Department Store” /3,180 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Tavantolgoi” (MNT seven million 780 thousand and 069), "Remikon" (MNT five million 585 thousand and 722), "Avto impex” (MNT four million 641 thousand and 245), "APU” (MNT four million 569 thousand and 170) and "Moninjbar” (MNT three million 337 thousand and 110).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 645 billion 044 million 842 thousand and 924. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,980.44, increasing by MNT 623.06 or 4.06% against the previous day.
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