Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mongolia Brief August 6, 2014 Part I



Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag Meets with Children from Liaoning Province in Nairamdal International Children's Center

August 5 (infomongolia.com) During his official visit to China in October 2013, the Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhuyag put forth his warm and welcome invitation for the Chinese younger generation to Mongolia from the Fushun city in Liaoning province where the worst and severe flood hit in decade triggered the large-scale of loss and the number of people suffered across the area in August 2013.

At the invitation of the Prime Minister of Mongolia, the one hundred children from Liaoning province have been spending their summer vacation in "Nairamdal" International Children’s Center in Mongolia at this moment; therefore, the Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag met with those children and handed over the warm gifts to them on August 4th, 2014.
The Prime Minister has noted “Geographically, Mongolia and China is the neighboring countries and we must stand together in each and every circumstance. It’s also good to mention that you fairly overcame the hard times caused by recent natural calamity in Liaoning province with your strength and willpower. Finding your strength in difficult times that leads you then to true happiness. So, you are all very welcome to our motherland Mongolia and build the true friendship with your Mongolian friends while spending your summer vacation here in Mongolia. Be a good person, learn more knowledge with wisdom and become valuable and helpful people to your parents and to your motherland. May all your wishes come true”.
In the framework of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and PR China and the “Mongolia-China Cultural, Arts and Humanitarian Exchange” program, those one hundred children have been spending their summer vacation in Mongolia through this summer and this year of 2014 is the third year of humanitarian exchange program set forth within both neighboring countries respectively. Since 2009, the children from Sichuan province and the children from Hulunbuir prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China had also spent their summer vacation in Nairamdal International Children’s Center through the sphere of effectively running intergovernmental cooperation between Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China.

Mongolian FM Interviewed by Luxemburg Newspaper

Ulaanbaatar, August 6 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Mr L.Bold Tuesday gave an interview to the "Luxembourg Wort" newspaper.
A journalist Joseph Lorent asked the Minister about the Mongolia-Luxemburg relations and cooperation, international situation, and Mongolia's foreign policy. For example, Mr Bold spoke about a visit of Deputy Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn to Mongolia and his return visit to Luxembourg.
Mr Bold also gave the journalist newspaper clippings with his interviews and news published in Luxembourg newspapers.

EBRD Supports New Cement Plant in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, August 6 (MONTSAME) The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will lend "Senj Sant" USD 65 million for a cement plant project in Mongolia.
The deal has been signed at a ceremony by EBRD First Vice President, Phil Bennett. It follows an equity investment of USD 20 million for a stake in Senj Sant, agreed in May 2013.
Senj Sant is building a dry process cement plant in southern Mongolia, around 450 km from Ulaanbaatar, using state-of-the-art and environmentally-friendly equipment. The plant will have a production capacity of 3,000 tpd, helping to meet growing demand for cement in the country. The ERBD financing will help the company to continue to fund construction, commissioning and operation of the plant, which is expected to start-up in 2015.
Senj Sant is owned by Mongolia’s Monpolymet Group, run by a mother-daughter team – CEO Ms Munkhnasan Narmandakh and Group President Ms Garamjav Tseden. The Group was founded in 1992 with a focus on gold mining and it has since diversified into construction, mineral exploration, rehabilitation and construction material production through the establishment of four sister companies. In 2012, Ms Garamjav Tseden won the EBRD Women in Business Award for outstanding achievement in industry.
“The EBRD’s long-term finance, including equity, is not only helping us build the first greenfield cement plant in Mongolia using environmentally friendly dry process, but also supporting the company in raising business standards to international levels,” said Ms Munkhnasan Narmandakh, CEO of Monpolymet Group, at the signing ceremony.

Mongolia-Austria first political consultative meeting held

August 6 (news.mn) The first political consultative meeting between Foreign Affairs Ministries of Mongolia and the Republic of Austria took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar on August 4th.
At the consultative meeting wide range issues of bilateral relations and cooperation, in particular the strengthening economic relations and cooperation between Mongolia and Austria, productive use of 40 million euro loan to Mongolia by the Government of Austria, and mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passport and collaboration in developing Diplomatic Academy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.
Mongolia-Austria first political consultative meeting parties exchanged opinions on international and regional issues and underlined the importance of supporting each other on multilateral cooperation and holding political consultative meeting between two countries.

Minister of Sport Meets Shooters

Ulaanbaatar, August 6 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Ts.Oyungerel Tuesday received shooters of the national selected team.
The visitors were O.Gundegmaa, a State Honored Sportswoman and Olympic silver medalist; Z.Ganbaatar, who has been qualified for the shooting event of the 2016 Summer Paralympics; and their coaches.
"I returned back to the training. I noted some changes in the shooting competition rules but I continue exercising. So I got 21 points out of 25 in the two series of World Cup. In previous World Cup tournaments, 16-17 points were quite enough to reach first places. At the World Cup series, I suffered from panics in the final’s beginning due to the rules’ alteration, but I managed to win a medal," said Gundegmaa who grabbed a gold medal in the ISSF World Cup series.
After this the Minister and the athletes considered urgent problems concerning training places and supply of pistols and bullets. A lack of places for the shooters to train is still one of the major problems, "plus, we do not have enough electric devices and advanced techniques", said the coaches.
Another problem is the bullet supply. "A draft amendment to the law on fire weapons has been drawn up, but parliament has not discussed it yet, if the draft is not approved, our trainings will certainly worsen, in general, there is no legal environment for the shooting sports," the coaches told the Minister.
Professional federations sent to this draft their proposals on importing concrete amount of bullets and guns for this sport and on altering a clause which prohibits under 21 people from using fire weapons. "It affects our young promising shooters," the coaches explained.
In response, the Minister said that a bill is being worked out on domestic functions, operation and management of the Center of Technical Sports because it has transmitted to a state ownership.
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