Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mongolia Brief September 5, 2014 Part II



Waseda University’s Male Chorus of over 50 Singers to Perform in Ulaanbaatar
September 5 (infomongolia.com) The Waseda University Glee Club in association with Morin Khuur Ensemble and students of Mongolian Music and Dance College are staging a joint performance at the State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Ulaanbaatar at 03:00 pm on September 07, 2014.

This event is being organized as continuous of celebrations of the 40th anniversary of establishment of cultural relations between Japan and Mongolia.
The Waseda University of Japan administers over 50 clubs affiliated to its school programs and the Glee Club is a male chorus with over a hundred years of history.
There are currently about 120 members that hold four major performances a year, and during the summer, they perform overseas and throughout Japan.
This time, Glee Club is sending its troupe comprised of 58 members to conduct a joint concert in Ulaanbaatar.

New World Judo Champion, G.Boldbaatar Awarded with Key of Three-Room Apartment in UB
September 5 (infomongolia.com) At the 2014 World Judo Championships held in Chelyabinsk, Russia last month, a new world champion title from Mongolia was achieved by G.Boldbaatar, Men’s 60 kg, who is a judoka of Khangarid Club sponsored by Erdenet Mining Corporation.
The National Team of Mongolia recently arrived from Chelyabinsk with a Gold and a Silver medals and on September 04, 2014, General Director of Erdenet Ts.Davaatseren received the new World Judo Champion G.Boldbaatar and handed over a key of three-room apartment in UB accompanied with 25 million MNT (Tugrug) praising his achievement and hard work.
Ganbat BOLDBAATAR, who became the third World Champion from Mongolia so far, is a resident of Khangal Sum of Bulgan Aimag and the Aimag residents are awaiting him to perform respect and governing administration is planning to host a mini-Naadam festival.

New Molybdenum Concentrate Processing Plant Opens Its Doors in Orkhon Aimag, Mongolia
September 5 (infomongolia.com) On September 05, 2014, the "Shim-Technology" LLC opened its doors for a molybdenum concentrate processing plant in Orkhon Aimag (Province), Mongolia.
The "Shim-Technology" company was earlier established by collaboration of Erdenet Mining Corporation and an investor, but due to global financial crisis the construction works had to stop in 2009. Later, Russian “Uralgipromez” JSC by investing in this industry began to operate again that makes its opening today.
At the opening ceremony, Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) Z.Enkhbold, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Mongolia I.K. Azizov, General Director of Erdenet Ts.Davaatseren, “Uralgipromez” JSC representative and other officials were present.
In the scope of launching new plant, it estimates to process 3,600 tons of molybdenum concentrate per year and over 250 employees will be provided with permanent job places.
The “Uralgipromez” JSC is organization of complex engineering and construction of industrial and civil objects, the successor of the Urals State Institute of Metallurgical Works Engineering “Uralgipromez” was founded in 1925 and was collaborating with Erdenet Corporation over 30 years ago to design “Erdenet” Mongolian-Russian joint venture’s plan.
Since January 2010, the “Uralgipromez” JSC became a member of appropriate self-regulating organizations and now carry out complex survey, pre-project, engineering, design and expert services necessary for the construction of new objects, expansion, reconstruction, technical re-equipment, preservation and liquidation of already existing industrial and civil objects, and also construction works.

Mongolia's UNICEF Representative honored with Peace Medal
By presidential decree, Mongolia's UNICEF Representative, Mohamed Malick Fall, has been honored with the Peace Medal for his role and effort to improve the legal environment for children's health, education, care and protection in Mongolia.  The Chief of Staff of the Office of the President of Mongolia, P.Tsagaan, presented the honor to Mohamed Malick Fall today at the Government House.
During the ceremony for presenting the Peace Medal, P.Tsagaan said, “Hereby, the Mongolia's UNICEF Representative, Mohamed Malick Fall is being honored with the Peace Medal for his role and effort to improve the legal environment for children's health, education, care and protection in Mongolia. Mohamed Malick Fall, who has worked in Mongolia for years, is to leave the office for a mission to another country. I want to say thank you, on behalf of thousands of parents in Mongolia. I wish you success in your next mission.” 
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Combating Illegal Logging to Be Intensified
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 5 (MONTSAME) At its meeting on Thursday, the cabinet discussed and then backed a concept of a draft amendment to the law on forest.
The draft has been worked out by the Ministry of Environment and Green Development due to a requirement to have an extra regulation for combating illegal logging. By the current law, there is no a professional, laboratory or special unit that releases conclusions over crimes against nature and environment, so the draft has clauses on creating a system of estimating an extent of damage and releasing the expertise under a contract and after paying a concrete fee, on creating a monitoring system with the public participation, and on solving the finance of granting incentives to people.
If parliament adopts this draft, the illegal logging will be abolished through collaboration between the state and private sector in combating the crimes and in tightening responsibilities of guilty people. 

Minister S.Erdene Submits Bills
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 5 (MONTSAME) The Ministers of Population Development and Social Welfare S.Erdene Thursday submitted to the Speaker of parliament a draft new wording of the law on compulsory health insurance.
He also submitted draft amendments to the laws on approving a master policy on population development, on payment for pension and allowance for those who suffer from vocational illness and accidents, and on pension and allowance to be given from the social insurance fund.  

Official Ceremony of Conferring Newly Built UN House in Ulaanbaatar Holds Today
September 5 (infomongolia.com) The document signing ceremony on conferring the UN House facility in Ulaanbaatar for its official accommodations under lease term was held on September 05, 2014.
Construction works for 7-storey new UN House was accomplished in 2012 funded by the Government of Mongolia and at today’s ceremony Minister L.Bold and UNDP Permanent Representative to Mongolia Sezin Sinanoglu have signed to document.
The UN House in Ulaanbaatar accommodates eight UN Agencies including Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Labour Organization, UNAIDS Mongolia, United Nations Development, United Nations Population Fund Mongolia Country Office, UN-HABITAT Mongolia, United Nations Children’s Fund, and International Organization for Migration.
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MSE Receives IMF Reps
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 5 (MONTSAME) Acting executive director of Mongolian Stock Exchange D.Angar received Friday representatives of International Monetary Fund at their request.
During the meeting, the sides focused on matters of the stock exchange operations, registered companies, new goods and services to come on the market in a scope of newly adopted law on financial securities, and on conducting of the trades of government securities through the Stock exchange. The discussion continued on the issues such as possibility for investments in above actions. The parties shared opinions on status and future trends of stock exchange market.

Outdoor car sales banned
September 5 (news.mn) Ulaanbaatar City Citizens Representatives Khural issued a decision to ban outdoor car sales in Ulaanbaatar. The ban will be effective on October 1st, 2014.
City officials believe such measure will reduce traffic accidents that are common near the largest markets and heavy traffic.
Starting today, the Specialized Inspection Agency of Ulaanbaatar has announced the official decision and is delivering notices to car sales organizers and importers.
The car sales organizers will be responsible for removing cars from public areas once they receive their notice from the Specialized Inspection Agency of Ulaanbaatar.
Car sales organizers will be fined according to the law if they hesitate to clear vehicles.

First Conference on “Project Management In Emerging Economies” to Take Place in October 2014
September 5 (infomongolia.com) Project Management Institute (PMI) Mongolia announces its inaugural Conference, Workshop and Exhibition that will take place at Blue Sky Hotel in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on October 03-04, 2014.
The theme of the two day event is “Project Management in Emerging Economies”.
This is an important and timely event for Mongolia and other emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region. World investment in the Asia-Pacific region has been increasing exponentially in the past decade and future trends are promising for the region. This raises the question “are emerging economies ready to absorb such big investments and do they have professional project managers who can run these projects effectively?”.
The aim of our inaugural conference is to hear from the best project managers in Mongolia and to provide an opportunity for project managers from Asia-Pacific to share experiences and learn from each other.
A range of workshops and speakers over the two day event will educate, inspire, and motivate professionals in the project, program and portfolio management field from across the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to the conference, workshop and exhibition program, delegates can benefit from networking events and organized sightseeing trips to the renowned countryside of Mongolia.

Putin’s visit to amplify Mongolia- Russia trade
By B. Khash-Erdene
September 5 (UB Post) Russia and Mongolia committed to boosting trade to 10 billion USD by 2020, during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s five-hour visit to Ulaanbaatar on Wednesday.
Although Russia owns 51 percent of Ulaanbaatar Railways and 49 percent of state-owned Erdenet copper mine, trade with Mongolia has been dropping steadily in recent years.
Mongolia-Russia trade stood at 1.6 billion USD in 2013, down 16 percent from the previous year. Trade is expected to be boosted to 10 billion USD by 2020 by cooperating in railway and transportation development, according to Putin and Elbegdorj. A similar arrangement to boost trade was made during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping last month.
Putin hinted at interest in the Mongolian meat industry, noting that there is potential for export in the sector, provided Mongolia is able to meet Russian standards.
Mongolian President Ts.Elbegdorj said during a press conference that Putin’s visit was in relation to the 75th anniversary of the 1939 victory of the Battles of Khalkhiin Gol over Japan, and highlighted that major issues related to economic growth and infrastructure were addressed.
“This year the people of Mongolia and Russia are jointly celebrating the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Battles of Khalkhiin Gol. The bilateral relations between our two countries have faced many historic challenges,” said President Elbegdorj.
The President of the Russian Federation expressed gratitude for the warm welcome and emphasized that the victory at Khalkhiin Gol is one of the brightest pages in the history of mutual relations between the two countries.
In relation to the visit, officials of Russia and Mongolia signed 14 agreements pertaining to cooperation in the infrastructure, transportation, aviation, petroleum, military and communications sectors.
President Elbegdorj highlighted that the much talked about visa-free travel agreement has been signed.
Putin’s visit, his third since 2000, underlines Mongolia’s growing significance in the region, according to experts. Mongolia has enjoyed high level visits from China and Japan this year, which brought about major agreements on boosting trade and economic ties.
President Elbegdorj stated that a new page in Mongolia-Russian ties has been turned through Putin’s visit and that he expects “great outcome” in both countries as a result.
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