Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mongolia Brief June 30, Part I

New wording of law on rules for health insurance to be submitted

Ulaanbaatar, June 29 (MONTSAME) The regular cabinet meeting on Saturday decided to submit to parliament a new wording of law on official rules for health insurance.

In general, the new wording focuses on rights and protection of the insured and puts main principles of the health insurance as the basis of insurance actions.
In 2013, 97% of our population was covered by the health insurance. Since its adoption in 1993, the law on health insurance has been amended nine times and was redrafted in 2002. These amendments focused on tackling matters of that time but did not consider a forming of and strengthening the insurance organizations which protect rights of the insured, did not determine differences in duties and directions of the sides and so on.

Cabinet Meeting Resolutions in Brief: June 28, 2014

June 30 ( At the Cabinet meeting held on Saturday, June 28, the following resolutions were issued:
- The Sixth Intergovernmental Commission Meeting between Mongolia and the Republic of Kazakhstan on Trade, Economy, Science, Technical and Cultural Cooperation was organized in Ulaanbaatar on May 26-27, 2014. The Meeting summary was revised and Minister of Population Development and Social Protection S.Erdene is obliged to approve and monitor the plan to adhere on measures at the Meeting discussed.
- Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be conducting an official visit to Mongolia on July 06-07, 2014. In the frameworks, Mongolia’s policy to adhere was revised and agreed to submit to the Prime Minister of Mongolia for approval.
- Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, L.Bold will be conducting an official visit to the Kingdom of Spain on July 01-02, 2014 and to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on July 03, 2014 respectively. In the frameworks, Mongolia’s policy to adhere was revised and agreed to submit to the Prime Minister of Mongolia for approval.
- In order to ensure proper operation of Selenge Aimag’s local government bodies, it was resolved to allocate to Selenge Aimag Governing Administration a 528.7 million MNT (Tugrug) loan from State Fund in terms repayment and entrusted by Minister of Finance Ch.Ulaan.
- Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar is entrusted to sign the first phase of Loan Agreement on "Ger Areas Development and Investment Support Program" between the Government of Mongolia and the Asia Development Bank.
Cabinet meeting in briefMontsame, June 29

Some visits are expected this month

Ulaanbaatar, June 29 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia L.Bold will pay official visits to the Kingdom of Spain and to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on July 1-3.
In addition, the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier will pay an official visit to Mongolia this July 6-7.
The cabinet meeting on Saturday discussed draft directives for the Mongolian side and decided to have them got approved by Prime Minister.

Standing committee on petitions to collaborate with UML

Ulaanbaatar, June 29 (MONTSAME) Parliamentary Standing committee on petitions will cooperate with the Committee of Judges at the Union of Mongolian Lawyers (UML) to promote a civil participation in legislative actions and in refining laws.
A related to it cooperation memorandum was signed Friday by R.Burmaa, a head of the Standing committee on petitions, and by Ts.Tsogt, a chairman of the Committee of Judges. Present were also D.Lundeejantsan, S.Ganbaatar MPs, and B.Enkh-Amgalan, the Office Head of the UML.
The sides will analyze conditions and needs of laws and resolutions, abolish loopholes of laws, co-implement measures for propagandizing legal documents to the public, conduct research into ensuring of the laws’ implementation, hold related trainings and seminars, introduce to the public actions of the Standing committee on petitions, post its information on open chambers of courts in order to take proposals and views from people.

Statement by Deputy Managing Director Naoyuki Shinohara at the Conclusion of his Visit to Mongolia

June 27 (IMF) Mr. Naoyuki Shinohara, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement today in Ulaanbaatar at the conclusion of his visit to Mongolia:
“I would like to thank the Mongolian authorities for their gracious hospitality and for the productive discussions that we have had over the past three days. In particular, I wish to thank Speaker of the State Great Hural Z. Enkhbold, Prime Minister N. Altankhuyag, Minister of the Cabinet Office Ch. Saikhanbileg, Minister of Finance Ch. Ulaan, Minister of Economic Development N. Batbayar, and Bank of Mongolia Governor N. Zoljargal, for their warm welcome and frank exchange of views.
“In my meetings, I commended the authorities for their ambitious growth and development objectives. Mongolia has a magnificent history and certainly has a promising future, given its industrious and talented people, abundant natural resources, and strategic location.
“Our discussions focused on how best to meet the challenges that Mongolia faces as it strive to realize its great potential. In recent years, Mongolia has been one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, vaulting into the ranks of middle-income countries in just a few years. This growth was earlier driven by large investments in the mining sector, spearheaded by substantial foreign direct investment. But as these have dropped, growth has been held up increasingly by fiscal and monetary stimulus. This has led to growing balance of payments pressures, the depreciation of the togrog, and higher inflation.
“I highlighted the importance of tightening macroeconomic policies to combat these pressures. Monetary policy needs to be tightened, since—as in other countries—excessive credit growth has contributed to strong imports. Moreover, the budget should include all fiscal activity, including the spending by the Development Bank, and the consolidated deficit should be brought down steadily toward the target laid out in the Fiscal Stability Law. We also discussed the importance of strengthening bank supervision and the need to maintain Mongolia’s flexible exchange rate system. While such measures might entail a somewhat slower growth path in the near term, they are critical to safeguarding domestic and external stability, and making growth—still rapid by international comparison—more sustainable.
“On a brief trip like this, it is usually difficult to see much of a country. I am thus particularly grateful to the authorities for arranging my visit to one of Ulaanbaatar’s “ger districts,” where I observed important work being done to improve living standards, and also for taking me outside the city to appreciate Mongolia’s stunning natural beauty and rich traditions. Back in the capital, I also had the opportunity to share views with leading bankers and businessmen on economic developments and the outlook for Mongolia and the world.
“The IMF will continue to work closely with the Mongolian authorities and, as always, will stand ready to assist in whatever manner is most appropriate. Once again, I would like to thank the authorities and the people of Mongolia for their warm hospitality, and I look forward to continuing our cooperation.”

Asia Foundation and GASI Conduct National Workshop on Environment in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 27, 2014 (Asia Foundation) — On June 26-27, The Asia Foundation and the General Agency for Specialized Inspection (GASI) held a national training workshop, “Developing a rehabilitation methodology for small-scale mining, ensuring the proper use of natural resources, and protecting biodiversity and habitats,” at the GASI Conference Hall. The workshop was organized as part of the second phase of the Engaging Stakeholders in Environmental Conservation Project (ESEC II) designed to enhance the contribution of Mongolia’s artisanal mining sector to sustainable local development. More than 88 inspectors participated in the training, which also included presentations by the heads of environmental-related government departments, senior state inspectors and senior specialists from various ministries, as well as the Foundation’s ESEC II staff.
Through this national workshop and follow-up trainings, ESEC II is committed to helping build capacity for environmental inspectors as they assess the development of improved rehabilitation practices of artisanal and small scale (ASM) communities. Through collaboration with national stakeholders including key government departments such as GASI, the Foundation’s ESEC II project has developed agreed joint workplans. Frugal rehabilitation methodology is one important output of the joint workplan; this national training workshop will provide background training in preparation for additional aimag and soum-level trainings later in the year.
The national workshop covered a wide range of environmental issues, both legislative and technical, including: natural resource use and conflicts, laws on resource exploitation, protected areas, and environmental impact and biodiversity assessments.  In addition, other topics covered included licensing issues and broader presentations on green development, small-scale mining, and an introduction to the frugal rehabilitation methodology being developed through ESEC II.
Mr. Tserendash, Head of the Environment, Tourism Inspection Division of GASI commented on the value of the workshop: “The testing and implementation of the ASM frugal rehabilitation approach will improve environmental inspectors’ professional capacity and align with a Government Action Plan objective to increase the amount of rehabilitated land to 70%.”
Meloney C. Lindberg, The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Mongolia noted: “I am happy to see the continued collaboration with GASI, who was a key partner during ESEC’s Phase I. GASI remains committed to keeping their environmental inspectors up to date with new skills and knowledge on emerging environmental rehabilitation practices.”
The ESEC II project, implemented by The Asia Foundation with generous support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), aims to enhance the contribution of Mongolia’s artisanal mining sector to sustainable local development, including the realization of the right to a healthy environment and the right to decent work. The project is conducted under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Mining and complements SDC’s Sustainable Artisanal Mining project by introducing responsible and sustainable environmental rehabilitation approaches for abandoned ASM sites. The project incorporates a multi-stakeholder approach pioneered by the Foundation in 2006 on the “Securing Our Future” project and, most recently, the ESEC I project.

Trade Office of Mongolia opens in Hong Kong

June 30 ( Trade Office of Mongolia that aims to encourage trade between Mongolia and Hong Kong, support members promoting opportunities in the market of Mongolia, Hong Kong, China and Eastern Asia and strength bilateral economic relations opens in Hong Kong.
The Trade Office of Mongolia was officially registered in the country by founders of Hong Kong based Mongolia Club, Henry Lee, attorney Victor Young, and the first Consul General of Mongolia to Hong Kong Ya.Ariunbold during President Ts.Elbedgdorj`s visit to Hong Kong to attend “The World in 2014” international economic event in November 2013.

Mongolia for First Time Included in Special List of Official Development Assistance Provided by Government of Canada

June 30 ( The Government of Canada has officially announced of including Mongolia as for the first time in a special list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipient countries last Saturday on June 28, 2014 by Ulaanbaatar time, reports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.
In the 2014 ODA List, 2 countries from previous program were excluded and 7 were added, where a total of 25 countries placed, which is updated every five years, will receive some 90 percent of the total Assistance to be provided by the Government of Canada in coming 5 years.
“Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper played a crucial role in taking this decision, thereby the Government of Canada strives for providing consistent support to strengthening democracy in Mongolia”, noted Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Mongolia Gregory Goldhawk during a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia L.Bold.
In 2013 Official Development Assistance, Canada spent 5.2 billion USD, where 20 countries from 2013 ODA List received about 80 percent of total Assistance.
Since 1997, Mongolia received a total of 5.1 million USD aid under general assistance program provided by the Government of Canada.

Strong, Safe and Resilient: NEMA and the World Bank host Disaster Risk Management Workshop

Ulaanbaatar. June 27, 2014 (World Bank) -- How can the citizens of Mongolia be protected from disasters?  How can hospitals, school buildings and local communities be made safer and stronger, before earthquakes or floods happen?  How can government agencies and the people work together to reduce the risks from natural hazards? The answers to these questions are being discussed today at the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) workshop in Ulaanbaatar City.
The workshop, hosted jointly by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the World Bank will bring together over 70 participants from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, UB Municipality, line ministries, aimag authorities and others.
This workshop is the first part of the Support to the Mongolia Disaster Risk Management Program being undertaken by the World Bank, in collaboration with NEMA, The program aims to enhance the capacity of the Government of Mongolia to mitigate and manage the impacts of natural disasters, with an emphasis on strengthening institutional coordination and increasing professional capacities among agencies.

Mongolian school gets gift of computers, gear from KAL

June 27 ( Korean Air Lines, the nation’s top flag carrier, said yesterday it donated 30 computers and sports gear to Bolovsrol school in Baganuur District, Mongolia.
KAL, an affiliate of Hanjin Group, is the only local airline flying to Mongolia. It signed a code share agreement in 2010 with MIAT Mongolian Airlines.
Since 2004, the company has been conducting a campaign of planting trees in Mongolia as a part of its corporate social responsibility efforts.

Young chess players capture medals in Asian Youth Championship

Ulaanbaatar, June 29 (MONTSAME) Junior chess players of Mongolia have competed in the Asian Youth Standard, Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship in under-6, under-8, under- 10, and under-12 ages.
The events ran June 20-29 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The Mongolian players collected five gold, five silver and six bronze medals in the categories of standard, blitz and rapid.
Gold medals were grabbed, for example, by B.Enkhlen, Ulaanbaatar city’s Baganuur district (standard girls’ U-6), by  E.Mongonzul, "Khangarid" sports club (standard girls’ U-10), by FIDE master Ye.Togstomor, "Uramtai shatar" club (standard boys U-8).

Australia Future Unlimited Education Fair Mongolia 2014

June 25 ( Now in its third year, the Australia Future Unlimited: Education Fair Mongolia 2014 (AFUEF Mongolia 2014) is considered a vital education event for institutions interested in this emerging market.
In 2014 the fair will provide Australian education providers an opportunity to raise awareness of their institution’s profile in Mongolia, and demonstrate the quality and innovation of the Australian education sector.
At the 2013 fair, 18 Australian institutions participated and there were more than 2000 visitors.
For event program details, costs and market insights, refer to the event brochure.

Czech lower house delegates visit Mongolia

June 30 ( Czech delegates lead by of Secretary General of Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Petr Kynstetr are visiting Mongolia between June 29th and July 2nd.
In the scope of the visit, Secretary General of Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Petr Kynstetr will meet Secretary General of the Cabinet Secretariat for State Great Khural, B.Boldbaatar and sign cooperation agreement and MoU.
And Speaker of State Great Khural, Z.Enkhbold will meet Czech delegates lead by of Secretary General of Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Petr Kynstetr.
During the visit, Czech delegates will visit to Govi cashmere, Gandantegchinlen and the National museum of Mongolian history.
Czech parliament's lower house delegation visitingMontsame, June 30

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