Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mongolia Brief September 19, 2014 Part III



Mongolia and Turkey to Cooperate in Defense Sector
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 19 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on Thursday approved a Mongolia-Turkey intergovernmental agreement on the financial cooperation in the military sphere and a protocol on realizing a financial assistance. 

These documents were inked in November and December of 2013 in Ulaanbaatar and Ankara cities. Accordingly, a legal basis has been created for Mongolia to receive non-refundable aid of some TRY 2 million from the Turkish government for the defense sector. These moneys might be spent for purchasing products made at military factors of Turkey.  

Mongolia to Ask Finland’s Support to Join Arctic Council as Observer Member-State
September 19 (infomongolia.com) On October 09, 2014, the XII Intergovernmental Commission Meeting on Economy, Science and Technical Cooperation between Mongolia and the Republic of Finland will be taking place in Ulaanbaatar.
Mongolian side will be chaired by Minister of Population Development and Social Protection S.Erdene and the other part by Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Matti Anttonen, who is responsible for external economic relations of the country.
The intergovernmental meeting is aimed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in forestry, besides to request technical, technological and finance assists from Finland in the development of Sainshand Industrial Park. Also, parties will discuss issues of collaboration in increasing the number of reindeer in Mongolia and its genetic diversity improvement. Moreover, Mongolia will ask Finland’s support to join the Arctic Council as an Observer member-state.
The Arctic Council is a high-level intergovernmental forum that addresses issues faced by the Arctic governments and the indigenous people of the Arctic. It has eight member countries: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.
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President’s Decree Presented
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 19 (MONTSAME) A ceremony took place Friday to present the Presidential decree on directives to Government on environmental changes at “King Chamber” of the Ministry of Environment and Green development.
Present at the event were Chief of Staff of President’s Office P.Tsagaan, the Minister of Environment and Green Development S.Oyun, her advisor and state Honored environmental agent Z.Batjargal, the Minister of industry and agriculture Sh.Tuvdendorj, and also distinguished scholars engaged in the environmental studies.  
The was sounded by S.Erdenebold and handed bv Mr Tsagaan to the Ministers S.Oyun and Sh.tuvdendorj. Mr Tsagaan said that, since his first year in the office, the leader of Mongolia has been paying serious attention to the environmental issues, and addressed an importance of this decree as a necessity to reflect people’s and scholars’ opinions into the policy and preparedness for the environmental changes. He also noted that S.Oyun during her two-year presidency in the UN Environment Assembly is ready to introduce global practice to Mongolia and to share our achievements with others. 
After the presentation, a living environment and green development policy advisor to the President, L.Erkhembayar received opinions of the gathered about the decree. 
The President Ts.Elbegdorj will give speech on the Presidents’ summit on environmental issues in New York this September 23, and will chair the round table meeting.

Second Intergovernmental Meeting between Mongolia and Belarus to Take Place in Minsk Next Week
September 19 (infomongolia.com) The Second Intergovernmental Meeting on Trade, Economy, Science and Technical Cooperation between Mongolia and the Republic of Belarus will take place in Minsk on September 22-23, 2014.
Mongolian Government will be chaired by Deputy Minister of Construction and Urban Development G.Baigalmaa and the Belarusian side by Deputy Minister of Industry A.S.Ogorodnikov.
At the meeting, parties will revise the official visit of Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Mikhail Uladzimiravich Myasnikovich to Mongolia conducted in September 2013 and to discuss implementation works following the First Intergovernmental Meeting on Trade, Economy, Science and Technical Cooperation between the two countries held in Ulaanbaatar on August 21, 2013.
Apart of these, officials will consider a joint factory establishment in Mongolia proposed by Belarusian side, also, boosting issues between the business entities and entrepreneurs. 
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New Permanent Representative of Mongolia to ASEAN Appointed
September 19 (infomongolia.com) At the Cabinet meeting held on September 18, 2014, it was resolved to appoint Mrs. Shagdar BATTSETSEG as the Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Sh.Battsetseg has been working as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Republic of Indonesia, who was promoted by the Cabinet decision in April 2014.
Mongolia has been participating in the ASEAN Regional Forum since 1998; joined the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia in 2005 and further intends to become a member of ASEAN Dialogue Partners.
Newly appointed Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the ASEAN, Sh.Battsetseg succeeds Mr. Ts.Jambaldorj, who was recalled in April 2014.
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“Autumn Green Days -2014” fair and exhibition
September 19 (news.mn) The annual “Autumn Green Days” fair and exhibition will be held at Dunjingarav shopping center on September 20-26th.
The annual fair and exhibition is organized to improve food security; promote and make fairly priced vegetables and fruits planted and harvested in Mongolia available, direct to consumers; expand links between businesses, state agencies, non-governmental organizations, customers and farmers; and provide an opportunity to share experience.
The "Autumn Green Days – 2014" fair and exhibition will be organized under three themes: “Healthy Food -2014” an exhibition of food benefitting heathy; “Golden Autumn -2014” a Mongolian agricultural exhibition; and the “Selected Breed -2014” exhibition.

Police advise reporting missing children before sharing posts on social media
September 19 (news.mn) Dozens of posts with photos of missing Mongolian children have been shared hundreds of times, as social media reacts to them promptly.
Chief of the Media Office of the General Police Department B.Baatarkhuu commented on the social media phenomenon. B.Baatarkhuu said, "All those posts of missing children with photos are found on that day. There is not a single case of a missing child that is not found, or found dead, so far.
"Unfortunately, the phenomenon of frequently posting and sharing information about missing children makes the public concerned that these children are still missing.
"Therefore, we suggest approaching the police before posting photos and posts about missing children to social media networks. The latest case, for instance, a missing child was found in two hours by police officers in Songinokhairkhan district and taken home on September 4th. But the posts and photos of that missing child were shared by 10,000 social media users for 10 days after the child was found."

President meets World Bank officials
September 19 (news.mn) On Thursday, President Ts.Elbegdorj met with the World Bank's new Country Director for China, Mongolia and Korea in the East Asia and Pacific Region Bert Hofman and World Bank Country Representative for Mongolia James Anderson.
Bert Hofman has recently been appointed as the World Bank's Country Director for China, Mongolia and Korea in the East Asia and Pacific Region.
James Anderson was appointed as the World Bank Country Representative for Mongolia in August.
The World Bank officials presented their missions and spoke about collaborating effectively on projects and programs, as the World Bank has in the past. President Ts.Elbegdorj noted that Mongolia has collaborated effectively with the World Bank for many years, and the World Bank has contributed much to supporting Mongolia's development, reducing poverty, and in building a system to distribute the benefits of economic growth fairly to Mongolian citizens.
President Ts.Elbegdorj stressed that Mongolia is striving to make medium-term economic risk regulations.
The President added that Mongolia is taking certain measures to make assessable economic growth, provide sustainability to the macro economy, attract more foreign direct investment, and formulate related laws and regulations. At the end of the meeting, President Ts.Elbegdorj wished the World Bank officials success on their missions.
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