Sunday, August 10, 2014

Mongolia Brief August 8, 2014 Part II



Permanent Rep attends 2014 Meeting of Experts of BWC Parties

By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 8 (MONTSAME) The Deputy Permanent Representative of Mongolia and Minister-Counsellor Mr G.Jargalsaikhan delivered a speech at the Experts’ Meeting of States Parties of the Biological Weapon Convention (BWC) began August 4 in Geneva, Switzerland.

In his speech, Mr talked about the convention’s implementation in Mongolia, emphasizing that a nationwide realization of the BWC is a prior condition for eternally prohibiting biological weapons, and adding that Mongolia has been focusing a great attention to a complete implementation of it.
Mr Jargalsaikhan underlined an importance of training which was co-organized April of this year by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN Disarmament Commission (UNODA) for propagandizing the BWC’s purposes and significance, upgrading the related laws and regulations, fortifying the national potential and working out programmes and projects on technical assistance.
He also highlighted an importance of creatively resolving global issues of bio-protection and bio-security.

Premier meets Russian Minister

By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 8 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhuyag Friday received Mr S.Ye. Donskoy, the Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and chair of the Mongolia-Russia intergovernmental commission for the Russian side.
Mentioning about the 75th anniversary of the Khalkh River Battle Victory, the Premier expressed thanks to the Russian side for attaching a great importance to the jubilee and participating in the event at a high level.
Mongolia is attaching a great importance to a forthcoming visit of the Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to Mongolia to be paid in September of this year, the Premier said.
In turn, Mr Donskoy reported that the sides have summarized an implementation course of decisions made at the previous meetings of the intergovernmental commission and discussed issues of intensifying the ongoing works, within his working visit here.

Deputy Premier D.Terbishdagva meets Mr S.Ye.Donskoy

By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 8 (MONTSAME) The Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia and head of the Mongolia-Russia intergovernmental commission D.Terbishdagva Friday received visiting Mr S.Ye. Donskoy, the Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and the commission’s chairman for the Russian side.
Mr Terbishdagva noted that Mongolia is preparing for a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Khalkh River Battle Victory, and said Mongolia is thankful to Russia for attaching a great importance to the event. “We are paying a great attention to an upcoming visit of the Russian President to Mongolia,” Mr Terbishdagva said, adding that the sides intend to establish a middle-term programme on developing the bilateral strategic partnership during the visit.
Mr Donskoy said Russia is also attaching a great significance to the anniversary. “Our President Mr Putin is expected to pay a high-level visit to Mongolia on September 3. This is an expression of our attaching of importance to the event,” Mr Donskoy underlined.
Mentioning that the countries will sign a number of documents on the bilateral cooperation, Mr Donskoy said his country aspires to intensify the realization of decisions which have been made at the previous meetings of the intergovernmental commission. He said the bilateral trade turnover is declining recent years, and then put forward a proposal to bring the commercial and economic cooperation into a new level.
Boosting the strategic partnership relations with the Russian Federation is one of the priorities of the Mongolia’s foreign policy, the Deputy Premier noted. Keeping a frequency of high-level mutual visits and talks has a big importance for a development of the ties and cooperation, he went on.
Mr Terbishdagva expressed his satisfaction with successful implementation of specific matters reflected in a protocol established during the 17th meeting of the intergovernmental commission.

USAID supports Mongolian tax administration’s new tax E-Payment System

By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 8 (MONTSAME) With support from the USAID-funded Business Plus Initiative Project (BPI), the General Department of Taxation (GDT) launches its new E-Payment System on Friday.
The GDT upgraded and launched its new e-tax filing system in early 2014, which now reaches more than 70 percent of taxpayers. In order to facilitate payment of taxes, USAID supported the GDT in developing an E-payment System with two user-friendly options. Under the first option, taxpayers can visit the GDT e-filing website and make payments using a debit or credit card and with the second option, taxpayers can pay taxes directly from their personal banking system. Golomt, Khan Bank, and State Bank partnered with the GDT to pilot the latter option under this initiative, providing e-payment access through banks to more than 80% of the taxpayer base. GDT plans to expand this service via all commercial banks in Mongolia.  Before E-payment, taxpayers needed to make tax payments at their bank and then visit the GDT office, where a tax inspector would enter payment information to the system based on the bank payment slip. The new E-payment options will make paying taxes easier, cheaper, safer and faster by connecting GDT and banks electronically with just a few clicks, eliminating physical visits to banks and the tax office.
During the launch event, the GDT and commercial banks will demonstrate and explain the new e-payment system to taxpayers. “Improved information technology support is an important enabler for the implementation of tax administration reforms and for the enhanced performance of the GDT. We also recognize that partnerships with leading commercial banks are key to accelerating the migration of our taxpayers to a ‘cashless society’ throughout Mongolia,” said T. Batmagnai, Commissioner of the GDT.
Commenting on this partnership, Golomt’s Chief Executive Officer, G. Ganbold said: “This new e-payment system demonstrates Golomt’s vision which is to provide our customers with convenient, accessible and reliable financial services as part of our commitment to contribute to the economic development of Mongolia,”
E-payment is part of USAID’s broader collaboration through technical assistance, capacity-building for more than 500 tax officers and 3,000 taxpayers tax preparers, and public awareness to support the Mongolian tax administration in modernizing and introducing compliance simplification measures through tax e-filing and e-payment, aimed at improving the business climate and enhancing private sector development and growth. The introduction of electronic filing and e-payment is expected to significantly reduce the number of payments and the time to comply with tax obligations as measured by the World Bank Doing Business Report.
Since 1991, USAID has provided over $230 million worth of technical and humanitarian assistance in support of Mongolia’s democratic, economic and social transition.

Mongolia-S.Korea economic forum approaches

By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 8 (MONTSAME) An economic forum between Mongolia and the Republic of Korea will be held August 10-12 in the “Ikh tenger” complex, Ulaanbaatar.
The forum’s main objectives are to support the Mongolia-Korea economic cooperation and to develop mutually-beneficial and friendly ties between the countries, the organizers said.
It is expected the upcoming forum will bring together G.Batkhuu, chairman of the Mongolia-Korea Economic Forum (MKEF); Jung Jang-son, head of the Korea-Mongolia Cooperation Forum; Ya.Batsuuri, an executive director of the “Erdenes Tavantolgoi” LLC and deputy head of the MKEF; B.Ganbold, the Ambassador of Mongolia to South Korea; and delegates of the two countries’ governments and parliaments.

Stock exchange news for August 8

By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 8 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades held Friday, a total of 21 thousand and 033 shares of 24 JSCs were traded costing MNT 19 million 972 thousand and 279.00.
"Hermes center” /8,460 units/, "Olloo” /5,000 units/, "Silikat” /2,500 units/, "Moninjbar” /1,192 units/ and "APU” /1,049 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"APU” (MNT four million 106 thousand and 896), "Talkh chikher” (MNT two million and 562 thousand), "UB hotel” (MNT two million and 500 thousand), "Sharyn gol” (MNT one million 540 thousand and 080) and "Hermes center” (MNT one million 438 thousand and 200).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 621 billion 677 million 065 thousand and 845. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 16,154.32, increasing by MNT 217.84 or 1.37% against the previous day.

Today Fathers Day of Mongolia

August 8 (news.mn) Father's Day of Mongolia is celebrated on August 8th  honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society. The Mongolian Men's Association began the celebration of Father's Day on August 08  in 2005.
Mongolia is the 18th country where the Father`s Day is celebrated. This year the Father`s Day of Mongolia is celebrated for the 10th year.

Golden Eagle Festival will be held

August 8 (news.mn) The Annual traditional festival Golden Eagle will be held near Nalaikh district between 9-10 August. The Annual Golden Eagle Festival is organized by community council of Bayan-Ulgii province, sponsors of Golden Eagle Festival in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, and Governor`s Office in Nalaikh district.
Hunting with specially trained eagles has long been the tradition for Kazakh people of Bayan-Ulgii. Golden Eagle Festival aims at protecting and promoting diversity of Mongolia`s cultural expressions, displaying ethnic Kazakh people`s tradition, culture, and sports event at the same time with hunters and eagles.
Golden Eagle Festival offers ceremonies, dance performances, a parade and a Kazakh play in honor of the hunters and their eagles. The first Golden Eagle Festival was held among small Kazakh community in the central region, Darkhan-Uul province in 2006.

Operation Pacific Angel brings over 70 medical specialists in Mongolia

August 8 (news.mn) "Operation Pacific Angel," a humanitarian assistance exercises involving an estimated 70 military personnel from Air Force of the U.S. Pacific Command kicks off in Mongolia.
"Operation Pacific Angel," will be carried out in Ulaanbaata city, Orkhon and Bulgan province between August 4-18th.
This is the first time that such exercises, which include medical, dental, optometry, and engineering programs as well as various subject-matter expert exchanges are held in Mongolia. Local medical specialists and staffs of Defense Ministry of Mongolia, medical center for Law Enforcement University, and National Trauma Orthopedic Research Center will be involved in the humanitarian assistance exercises to provide civilians with medical care.  Medical professionals from around the Air Force set up engineering services to restore the II general education school and family clinic in Bayan-Undur sum in Orkhon province, and the IV kindergarten in Bulgan province in collaboration with 170 military servicemen from local military units and armed forces of Mongolia.

Government officials attend the UN Asia-Pacific policy forum

August 8 (news.mn) Foreign Affairs Minister L. Bold, Minister of Environment and Green Development, president of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) S.Oyun, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from Mongolia to the Kingdom of Thailand Ch.Battumur and Mongolian government officials are attending at the 70th Commission Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) this week. The annual political policy session is being held under the theme, Regional Connectivity for Shared Prosperity which is being held now at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 4 to 8 August 2014.
Senior Government officials from over 40 member countries and associate member countries meet at ESCAP's 70th session.  Key speakers at panel discussions during the high-level session this week are Ministers from Mongolia, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands and Tonga. Foreign Affairs Minister of Mongolia L.Bold emphasized that “Our future challenge is how best to deepen regional connectivity. An active involvement into Asia-Pacific integration is one of the main priorities of Mongolia`s foreign policy.”
Foreign Affairs Minister L.Bold presented Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on Northeast Asian Security initiated by the President of Mongolia with intention to expand multiple cooperation and intensify negotiations with countries of the Northeast Asia Region and Government of Mongolia's current policy direction.

Mongolian Armed Forces Sends Its Troops to South Sudan

August 8 (infomongolia.com) As part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNMISS), the 4th shift of the Mongolian troops to South Sudan paid the tribute to the Grand Military Flag during the honorable ceremony at the parade square of the General Headquarters of Mongolian Armed Forces on August 7th, 2014.
During the ceremony, the Vice Chairman of the General Staff of Mongolian Armed Forces (GSMAF), Major General B.Bayarmagnai, the Brigadier General J.Badambazar, the general management officials of the Ministry of Defense, GSMAF and other affiliated organs have respectfully attended in this event along with the parents and family members of the Mongolian troops who leaving for the peacekeeping operation to the Republic of South Sudan. The Mongolian troops consists of 850 militants and the Lieutenant Colonel M.Batchuluun appointed as the commander of the battalion to the South Sudan respectively.
The Mongolian Armed Forces sends its’ troops to South Sudan since 2012, and this is the 4th turn of Mongolian troops enforcing the UN peacekeeping mission which consists of 850 peacekeepers including the soldiers and military officers not only from the Mongolian Armed Forces but also from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Police Agency and the Authority for Border Protection.
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