Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mongolia Brief August 14, 2014 Part III

President of Mongolia to Visit Tajikistan on September 11-12, 2014
August 14 ( According to Asia Plus Media Group of Tajikistan from August 12, 2014, President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj will be visiting Dushanbe to participate at the meeting of the Council of Heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Member States to take place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on September 11-12, 2014.

During the meeting, President Ts.Elbegdorj will meet the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomalii Rahmon and it is expected to hold bilateral talks by the two state heads.
Moreover, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, and the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomalii Rahmon are to attend this meeting.
The last meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO Member States was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on September 13, 2013.
According to source, many political analysts deem Mongolia would become a member-state of the SCO during the next Summit to be organized in Russia in 2015.
Currently, Mongolia holds an observer status along with Afghanistan, India, Iran and Pakistan.

Mongolia-Japan “Sky and Sun Partnership” Calligraphy Exhibition Opens Soon
August 14 ( The Academy of Mongolian Culture and Poetry is organizing a Mongolia-Japan joint exhibition of calligraphy named “Sky and Sun Partnership” at Blue Moon art gallery in Ulaanbaatar on August 20-23, 2014.
The exhibition is being organized in the scope of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Japan and according to organizers, well known socio-political figures of Japan will be participating at this event.
For instances, about 30 Japanese Parliament and Government authorities led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are participating at this exhibition by writing calligraphy and representing Mongolian side is headed by the Second Vice-President of World Academy of Arts and Culture G.Mend-Ooyo, who is the President of the Mongolian Academy of Culture and Poetry, and Founder of Mongolian Art Council.

Coal-Bed Methane Project to Be Implemented in Collaboration with Korea Gas Corporation
August 14 ( On August 13, 2014, Minister of Mining D.Gankhuyag received in his office the Executive Vice-Present & COO of the KOGAS Research & Development Division, Yang Young-myung to discuss an implementation of Coal-bed methane (CBM) project in Mongolia.
At the beginning of meeting Mining Minister D.Gankhuyag noted that the visit of the Vice-Present found a pleasant time when Mongolia provides with legal frameworks for utilization of coal-bed methane gas and briefed about the law that recently was amended by Parliament.
In response, Vice-Present Yang Young-myung said, “Kogas has been completing the first stage of the study in collaboration with Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi JSC and we plan to run the methane gas pilot plant from June 2015. In addition, in order to reduce Ulaanbaatar air pollution, about 2 million tons of methane gas is required”.
KOGAS an abbreviation for Korea Gas Corporation, was incorporated by the Korean Government in 1983. Since its founding, it has grown to become the world's largest LNG importer.
About CBM
Coal-bed methane (CBM) is an unconventional natural gas that contains virtually 100% methane (CH4). During the coalification process large quantities of methane gas are generated and stored within the coal on its internal surfaces. Because coal has a large internal surface area, it can store large amounts of methane-rich gas, or up to six or seven times what a conventional natural gas reservoir of equal rock volume can hold. As methane has become a lucrative source of fuel, coal bed methane has been captured from existing coal mines, coal seams not yet mined, or from coal seams that are uneconomical to mine. CBM is almost identical to conventional natural gas and is utilized for the same end uses, such as heating homes, cooking, and electricity production.

Mongolian National Team Announced to Compete in 2014 World Judo Championships
August 14 ( The 2014 World Judo Championships will be held in the Traktor Ice Arena in Chelyabinsk, the Russian Federation on August 25–31, 2014.
This is the 36th edition of World Championships and this year over 800 judokas from 120 countries have claimed to compete, and Mongolia will send its 18 top athletes to wrestle in 7 weight categories (9 male and 9 female).
According to International Judo Federation regulation, each country may present a total of 18 men and women judokas, which have the opportunity to participate in one of the 14 weight categories (7 male and 7 female), but not more than two judokas from the same country are allowed to fight.
Mongolian National Team:
60 kg - D.Amartuvshin, G.Boldbaatar
66 kg - D.Tumurkhuleg, A.Batsuuri
73 kg - Kh.Tsagaanbaatar, S.Nyam-Ochir
81 kg - O.Uuganbaatar
90 kg - L.Otgonbaatar
-100 kg - N.Tuvshinbayar
48 kg - M.Urantsetseg, G.Otgontsetseg
52 kg - M.Bundmaa, A.Tsolmon
57 kg - D.Sumiya
63 kg - B.Mungunchimeg, Ts.Tserennadmid
70 kg - Ts.Naranjargal
-78 kg - B.Munkhtuya
O.Baljinnyam, D.Battulga, Kh.Erdenet-Od, Sh.Tsevelmaa, G.Dashdavaa

UB Mayor Receives Honorary Consul to Denver
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 14 (MONTSAME) The Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city E.Bat-Uul Wednesday received a delegation led by Mr James Wagenlander, the Honorary Consul of Mongolia to Denver city of the USA.
Being happy for meeting again with the Mayor, Mr Wagenlander pointed out he observed a change of the capital city for a development.
In response, the Mayor thanked the Honorary Consul for appreciating this development and hoped that they will continue the talks which were started at their previous year’s meeting.
Mr Wagenlander reported that the Honorary Consulate has created a foundation dedicated to the Pupil Exchange Programme, adding that some 70 thousand US dollars has been collected. “Denver city’s Green Park has played a main role in ther fund-raising," he added.
He also said he backs the UB Mayor’s proposals of organizing a visit of the Denver city Mayor to Ulaanbaatar in 2015, realizing the pupils’ exchange programme, training students in the University of Colorado to major in construction, having the city gardeners study experiences in the Denver Green Park, and discussing matters on investments.
Ulaanbaatar and Denver cities have been cooperating in several areas in accordance with the sisterhood partnership. The sides concurred to train three students in the University of Colorado with sponsorship from both cities, to implement an internship programme for two Mongolian experts at the Denver city municipality, to have Mongolian gardeners get practiced in Denver city’s green park and to collaborate in the real estate sector.

Today is Day of Judokas
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 14 (MONTSAME) The day of August 14 is one of the most unforgettable and noticeable days for Mongolian athletes and people because this day brought to Mongolians a big joy and happiness all over the country.
Roughly six years ago, a Mongolian judoka Tuvshinbayar Naidan won a gold medal in the Beijing Summer Olympic Games, becoming the very first Olympic champion of Mongolia. He competed in the men’s -100 judo event.
The Beijing Olympics has been Mongolia's most successful games so far, with two gold and two silver medals in the events of judo, boxing and shooting. By the team results, the national team of Mongolia took 31st place alongside Thailand.
This day was also crowned by the only medal for Mongolia won by State Honored Sportsman and World champion Kh.Tsagaanbaatar at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games in the same event. 

UB Food Festival to Take Place
Ulaanbaatar, August 14 (MONTSAME) In frames of the 375th anniversary of Ulaanbaatar city and of the “Friendly Ulaanbaatar” programme, the UB Food Festval-2014 will take place August 16-17 in the “Viva City” district in the city. 
The action is to propagandize many nations' food cultures and give opportunities to taste the most famous and "brand" ones. All skilled chefs and cooks from 40 top restaurants will take part in the measure.
Moreover, a 5x1 meter pie shaped like Khangarid (Garuda) will be offered free to all. 
Mongolian boxers prepare for 2014 Asian Games
August 14 ( The Mongolian Boxing Federation has announced the names of the Mongolian boxing team for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games being held in Incheon, South Korea, from September 19 – October 4.
Mongolian boxers will compete in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games in the men's and women's competitions.  The Mongolian athletes are now busy preparing for the Asian Games at the Olympic training facility in Orkhon Province.
Mongolian men's team:
International Master G.Gan-Erdene (49 kg)
International Master Kh.Enkhdelger (52 kg)
State Merit Athlete of Mongolia N.Tugstsogt (56 kg)
International Master D.Otgondalai (60 kg)
International Master B.Chinzorig (64 kg)
International Master B.Tuvshinbat (69 kg)
N.Shinebayar (75 kg)
S.Erdenebayar (81 kg)
International Master D.Otgonbayar  (-91 kg)
International Master B.Enkhbayar (+90 kg)
Mongolian women's team:
International Master M.Nandintsetseg (51 kg)
O.Suv-Erdene (60 kg)
E.Undram (75 kg)
State Merit Coach of Mongolia D.Bandi, Senior Coach of the National Boxing Team D.Batsuren, coaches B.Erdenebayar and B.Enkhtaivan.
The athletes will be led by Vice President of the Mongolian Boxing Federation, Beijing Olympic Champion, and State Merit Athlete of Mongolia E.Badar-Uugan.

Power Sector Cooperation Agreement Signed
August 14 (Mongolian Economy) Today, the government and Oyu Tolgoi signed an agreement that will aim to strengthen the power supply network in Mongolia. On behalf of the government, the agreement was signed by the Ministry of Energy. The deal calls for long-term strategic cooperation to create an effective energy plan for the South Gobi region. 
The Prime Minister, N. Altankhuyag, attending the signing in the State House alongside M. Sonmpil, the Minister of Energy, S. Otgonbayar, the Head of the Energy Regulatory Commission, G. Batsukh, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Craig Kinnell, President and CEO of Oyu Tolgoi LLC. The agreement is named the Power Sector Cooperation Agreement (PSCA). 
This will allow for a wide range of power-related issues to take precedence as the PSCA aims to identify and select an independent power provider as an international tender process. This will in turn label Oyu Tolgoi as the primary consumer of this privately funded power plant. 
According to the Minister of Energy, “Successful implementation of the PSCA will add significant domestic power capacity, strengthening Mongolia’s energy supply network. It will also encourage investment and jobs – both during construction and in operation.”
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