Friday, September 5, 2014

Mongolia Brief September 4, 2014 Part I



'Discover Mongolia 2014' kicks off
The 12th Annual International Mining Investors Forum “Discover Mongolia 2014” kicks off today at the Mongolian Children's Palace.

The Ministry of Mining and the Mongolian National Mining Association are organizing the annual forum. Mining Minister D.Gankhuyag noted in his opening speech at the forum, that Mongolia is improving its legal environment to attract more investment.
Foreign direct investment (FDI) dropped by 70 percent in the first half of 2014, which was once 4 to 5 billion USD in 2011. FDI was equal to 53 percent of GDP but is now only 7 percent.
The parliament approved a new investment law in 2013 and made amendments to the Minerals Law and Petroleum Law in the last spring session.
The other good news for investors is that Mongolia is determined to maintain its policy in the minerals sector.
During the two-day forum, discussions on the legal environment, the current situation in the gold and coal markets, project finance, and geological research will be held. There will also be a sub-session on rare earth elements. 
Entrepreneurs and entities also display their work in an exhibition for investors. The 12th Annual International Mining Investors Forum “Discover Mongolia 2014” will end on Friday, September 5th.
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V.Putin's one-day visit to Mongolia
September 4 (news.mn) Russian President Vladimir Putin's five hour visit to Mongolia, upon the invitation of President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj, ended on September 3rd.
At the end of the visit, Russian President V.Putin had dinner with Khalkh Gol Battle veterans and then laid a wreath at Marshal Georgy Jukov's monument on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the historic victory by Soviet and Mongolian soldiers at Khalkh Gol.
During his visit to Mongolia, V.Putin had one-on-one meetings and official talks on bilateral relations and cooperation.
The presidents of the two countries attended a ceremony signing bilateral agreements and protocols between the governments and .ministries of the two countries.

Mongolia and Russia signs 15 agreements and protocols
September 4 (news.mn) President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj and Russian President V.Putin had official talks and signed 15 agreements, protocols and MoUs at a ceremony on September 3rd.
The 15 agreements signed include:
An agreement on terms for reciprocal travel of citizens,
Wildfire protection agreement,
A protocol between Aeroflot and MIAT-Mongolian Airlines on civil aviation cooperation,
An agreement on cooperation between the nations' Ministries of Justice,
An agreement between the Russian Railways Company (RZD) and the Ministry of Roads and
Transportation of Mongolia  on a strategic partnership in the modernization and development of the Ulaanbaatar Railway JSC,
A memorandum on mutual understanding between the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development  and Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of Russia,
A memorandum on mutual understanding between the Ministries of Economic Development of the two countries on the development of economic relations,
An agreement between Rosneft petroleum company and the Ministry of Education and Science of Mongolia on the training of Mongolian students in the Rosneft partner institutions of higher learning,
A protocol to extend the terms of an intergovernmental agreement on free technical military assistance to Mongolia,
A memorandum of mutual understanding between the Finance Ministry of Mongolia and Russian National Wealth Fund on technical assistance,
A memorandum of mutual understanding of cooperation between the Citizenship and Migration General Authority Mongolia and the Federal Migration Service,
A memorandum of mutual understanding between MNB and Russia Today agency,
An agreement on readmission.

Minister Receives Russian Deputy Head of Defense
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 4 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Defense D.Bat-Erdene Wednesday received Army-General A.V.Bakhin, a First Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation.
The latter was here in frames of the working visit of Russia’s President Putin to Mongolia.
Mr Bat-Erdene said the cooperation in defence plays a main role in the Mongolia-Russia historical, traditional and good neighbourhood relations, and emphasized that the 75th anniversary of the Khalkh River Battles has been celebrated not only across Mongolia, but also among Russians.
Mongolia is thankful to Russia for assistance in improving arms and techniques of the Mongolian Armed Forces and for preparing military staff, he said and expressed a satisfaction with a successful development of the bilateral relations and cooperation in the defense sector.
Mr Bat-Erdene also hoped that the First Deputy Defense Minister will focus attention on a new way of collaboration within the intergovernmental agreement on rendering military and technical non-refundable aid to Mongolia and on renovating the arms and techniques of the Mongolian Armed Forces. He added that Mongolia is maintaining a policy on preparing its military staff, administrative officials and engineers in Russian military universities.
In response, Army-General Bakhin expressed satisfaction with a present bilateral traditional relations and said Russia wants to continue the active collaboration with Mongolia.

Mongolia and Russia Expand Cooperation in Construction Sector
Ulaanbaatar, September 4 (MONTSAME) The Minister of construction and urban planning Ts.Bayarsaikhan met Wednesday with the Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Russian Federation M.Meni and the Minister of Regional Development I.Slyunyaev.
After having touched upon matters of bilateral relations and cooperation in the construction and housing, the sides agreed that Mongolia will learn how Russia has been adjusting its normative documents of the sector to the European standards, and that cooperation may grow by ways of developing construction design, analysis, exchanging students and experts, joint realizing housing projects.
Ts.Bayarsaikhan stressed that their cooperation should be activated within the memorandum of mutual understanding, which was inked September 3 and on which a joint working group will work consisting of representatives of the two Ministries. 

Mongolia's ranks 98 in global competitiveness
The World Economic Forum (WEF), a Geneva based non-profit international organization, released its annual Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-2015. According to the Global Competitiveness Report, Mongolia ranked 98th out of 144 countries.
The Global Competitiveness Report produces internationally recognized rankings that provide a platform for dialogue between governments, business and civil society about the actions required to improve economic prosperity.
The different aspects of competitiveness are captured in the following 12 pillars:
-Institutions,
-Infrastructure,
-Macroeconomic environment,
-Health and primary education,
-Higher education and training,
-Goods market efficiency,
-Labor market efficiency,
-Financial market development,
-Technological readiness,
-Market size,
-Business sophistication,
-Innovation
Mongolia has been included in the report since 2005, and has been able to compare its competitiveness ratings to other countries.
The reports show that there have been no significant positive changes to Mongolia's competitiveness since 2005. The main obstacles to running a business in Mongolia are bureaucratic apparatus, corruption, exchange regulations, lack of qualified personnel, the instability of inflation policy, and chances for financing.
According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, the top 10 countries are Switzerland, Singapore, the USA, Finland, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Sweden.
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Mongolians to Study Transportation and Railway in China
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 4 (MONTSAME) A total of 77 students will begin their study in Beijing to major in auto transport and railway in 2014-2015 academic year with scholarships granted by China.
This has become available in frames of the cooperation memorandum established between the Ministry of Road and Transportation of Mongolia and Beijing Jiaotong University.
Some students have already been studying in this university starting from 2013.
The new 77 will go to China on September 15. 
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