Friday, August 15, 2014

Mongolia Brief August 15, 2014 Part I



President of China Xi Jinping to Visit Mongolia
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 15 (MONTSAME) At the invitation of the leader of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj, the President of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Mr Xi Jinping will pay the state visit to Mongolia on August 21-22.

This will be Mr Xi’s first visit to Mongolia since assuming office two years ago. This visit has been in the works for several months. While taking part in the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Shanghai this May, the Mongolian President Elbegdorj met with Xi Jinping and invited him to visit Mongolia. Later in June, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Mongolia.

Speaker Meets Ambassador of India
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 15 (MONTSAME) The Chairman of the State Great Khural (parliament) Z.Enkhbold Thursday received Mr Somnath Ghosh, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Mongolia.
The Speaker said he is glad to meet with the recently appointed Ambassador of India and stressed that the Mongolia-India relations and cooperation have been boosting at a high level, and that development of ties and collaboration with Asia-Pacific countries is one of the priorities of Mongolia's foreign policy. He also said India is a main partner of Mongolia in the region.
Mongolia always wants to expand the cooperation with India in all sectors, the Speaker went on and expressed a satisfaction with a successful development of the comprehensive partnership relations in all spheres based on interests of the two countries’ peoples and common principles of the international ties.
In response, Mr Ghosh thanked the Speaker for the audience and said he is happy with the expansion of the bilateral relations and cooperation. Then he invited the Speaker and D.Demberel MP and head of the Mongolia-India inter-parliamentary group, and others to the celebration of the Independence Day of India (August 14).
Ending the meeting, the Speaker wished the Ambassador many successes.

President of PR of China Xi Jinping to Conduct State Visit to Mongolia on August 21-22, 2014
August 15 (infomongolia.com) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia announces that upon invitation of the President of Mongolia Tsakhia ELBEGDORJ, the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping is conducting a state visit to Mongolia on August 21-22, 2014.
Accordingly, the Secretary General of the Parliament Secretariat B.Boldbaatar also reported to journalists that due to upcoming high-level visit of the state head of the PR of China, the State Great Khural (Parliament) is holding a ceremonial session on August 22, 2014.
Mongolia and the People's Republic of China have established the diplomatic relations on October 16, 1949.


Government of Mongolia and Oyu Tolgoi LLC Sign Agreement of Cooperation in Energy Sector
August 15 (infomongolia.com) On August 14, 2014, the Government of Mongolia and Oyu Tolgoi LLC have signed the Agreement of Cooperation in Energy Sector that aims to strengthen power supply network in Mongolia, in particularly, power solution for South Gobi region.
The Agreement that aims to deliver a comprehensive and enduring energy plan for the southern region will be a framework for long-term strategic cooperation between the Government and Oyu Tolgoi, where parties are obliged to successfully implement the Tavan Tolgoi Power Plant Project.
Within the scope of this framework, the Agreement will regulate financial issues for Tavan Tolgoi Power Plant Project that will be allocated from international banks and financial institutions, where Oyu Tolgoi LLC’s support is great and other relevant issues are regulated under this Agreement.
The official signing ceremony was held in the Government House and on behalf of the Government of Mongolia, Minister of Energy M.Sonompil and Chairman of Energy Regulation Committee S.Otgonbayar have inked the Agreement of Cooperation in Energy Sector, where Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag was present, and the Oyu Tolgoi LLC was represented by Chairman of the Board of Directors G.Batsukh and President and CEO Craig Kinnell.
Energy Minister M.Sonompil noted, “Successful implementation of the Agreement of Cooperation in Energy Sector 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”.
 Chief Executive of Copper at Rio Tinto Ltd Jean-Sebastien Jacques added, “The Agreement of operation in Energy Sector is a positive development for Oyu Tolgoi. It demonstrates how the Government and we can work together to achieve shared objectives-in this case, developing a long-term, economically competitive, and reliable power supply in the southern region.”
The agreement provides a framework for a broad range of power-related issues. The centerpiece of the Agreement is an international tender process to identify and select an independent power provider to privately fund, construct, own, and operate a power plant to supply electricity, with Oyu Tolgoi as the primary consumer.
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Protocol to Arrange All Bilateral Treaties Established between Mongolia and China since 1949 to Be Signed during President Xi Jinping State Visit
August 15 (infomongolia.com) The regular Cabinet meeting of the Government was held on August 14, 2014, and during the meeting it was resolved to issue a Prime Minister's Decree authorizing an official to sign a Protocol between the Governments of Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China.
The Protocol is about all bilateral treaties’ effectiveness established between Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China from 1949 to 2012.
Officials deem by clarifying bilateral treaties’ effectiveness it would contribute greatly to continuous strategic partnership and sustainable development between the two countries by the means of legal partnership. The two countries’ authorities have been discussing to arrange all documents from 2006 and since then a list of all treaties, agreements and contracts established have been exchanged and reconciled that being stored in both territories’ archives reflecting proposals received from affiliated Ministries and other organs.
The Protocol is expected to be signed during the high-level visit from the People’s Republic of China headed by the President Xi Jinping.
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Chief of National Police of Mongolia Replaced
August 15 (infomongolia.com) At the Cabinet meeting held on August 14, 2014, it was resolved to dismiss the Chief of National Police Bayanmunkh BILEGT from his job.
B.Bilegt has been serving since September 03, 2012 and the reason to release from post is confidential.
Thereafter, Police Colonel S.Baatarjav is appointed as the Acting Chief of National Police, who serves as Senior Deputy Chief of the National Police since July 2013 and before he held posts of Head of Selenge Aimag Police, Darkhan-Uul Aimag Police and Capital City Police, and Chief of National Investigation Agency of Mongolia respectively.

Cabinet Gives Push to Projects and Programmes
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 15 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting Thursday obliged N.Batbayar, the Minister of Economic Development, to intensify an organization of tenders and an establishment of concession contracts.
All this is to be accorded with a list of projects and programmes to be realized through concession contracts.
There are 51 such contracts approved by the governmental resolution on approving the list of concessionary state-owned objects. Deals have been established for six of them so far. 
The cabinet decided to run talks with those legal subjects who participated in the tenders in order to directly establish concession contracts with them.

Cabinet Meeting in Brief
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 15 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on Thursday considered as necessity to have the National Security Council (NSC) discuss a draft recommendation on measures for reducing air pollution.
This recommendation has one clause on upgrading by parliament a legal environment and eight on a redevelopment of urban areas, ovens, fuels and vehicles for ger (national dwelling) districts.
- Mr B.Bilegt was dismissed from the post of the head of the General Police Department (GPD). He has been temporarily replaced by S.Baatarjav, a current first deputy head of the GPD.

Deputy PM Meets with Vice Chancellor of Germany
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 15 (MONTSAME) In the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) with a working visit, the Deputy Premier and head of the Mongolia-Germany intergovernmental commission's Mongolian side Mr Terbishdagva has met with Mr Sigmar Gabriel, the Vice Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany.
Mr Terbishdagva said he is satisfied with this meeting which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Mongolia-Germany diplomatic relations, and underlined that Mongolia attaches a great importance to its relations and cooperation with Germany, "our main partner in Europe".
The sides agreed to organize a 3rd meeting of the intergovernmental working group which is  responsible for ensuring and monitoring an implementation of the cooperation agreement in minerals, industry and technology spheres.
Mr Gabriel emphasized he is happy that Mongolia attaches such importance to the diplomatic relations’ jubilee and shared views with the Deputy PM on infrastructure, mining, renewable energy, environment protection and standards spheres.
After this, Mr Terbishdagva held officials meetings with Dr Richard Lutz, a chairman of the Financial Council of the Deutsche Bahn AG; Dr Rainer Lindner, an executive director of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations; and Dr Martin Junker, CEO of RAG Mining Solutions LLC.
The Deputy Premier’s visit will last until Friday. 
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