Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mongolia Brief September 25, 2014



President Takes Floor at General Debate
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) The leader of Mongolia Mr Ts.Elbegdorj expressed his country’s position over some issues at the General debate of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday in the UN Headquarters, New York City.

Mr Elbegdorj talked about Mongolia’s position on actions of terrorist groups, an outbreak of Ebola virus and a conflict in Ukraine. 
Referring to the global climate change, he said the GA session bears a responsibility in formulating the post-2015 developmental goals based on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
He also said 25 years passed since Mongolia transferred to the democracy, so the country now has the potential to share its experience with others, for example, with Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar.
The President pointed out that enhancing a security and stability in Northeast Asia is one of the priors of the national security of Mongolia, and then spoke about the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue’s initiative.
He also touched upon reforms of the UN Security Council, saying the UN Security Council should be reformed in a harmony with new circumstances of present politics and economy and of the biggest geopolitical changes. It is urgent to accelerate the UN’s reforms by augmenting a number of permanent and non-permanent members of the Security Council, he said.

Book Released about Khubilai Khaan-Founder of Yuan Empire
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) At the Mongolia's State Museum in the State House, a grand presentation of "Khubilai khaan" book by O.Batsukh ran on the occasion of Khubilai Khaan’s 799th birthday on September 23.
This book with over 800 pictures and 755 pages narrates the 155-year history of the Yuan Empire. "Khubilai Khaan is one of the few kings whose birthdays dates have been registered precisely, that is September 23 of 1215, that is why I am really glad to present the book about him on this day," said the author.
"Many scholars and historians emphasize Chingis Khaan's role in the history of the Mongol Empire, but not less greater deeds had been done by his grandson Khubilai, so this historic figure cannot be put aside from modern historical studies. The book, which took me four years, narrates the king’s great achievements--from the pre-Yuan empire to contemporary period," he said. 
Next year, which will mark Khubilai Khaan's 800th birthday, the author intends to issue a book about   Bat Khaan, the Ruler of Golden Ord Empire. 

Oyu Tolgoi's Board of Directors to meet in October
September 25 (news.mn) Oyu Tolgoi's Board of Directors will hold a meeting to discuss the new feasibility study of the underground expansion of the Oyu Tolgoi project on October 2nd.
Mining Minister D.Gankhuyag commented, "After the feasibility study of the underground expansion of Oyu Tolgoi is discussed by Oyu Tolgoi's Board of Directors, the Mongolian Minerals Resource Council will also review it. Efforts will be made to have the feasibility study discussed."
In addition, the Tax Dispute Settlement Council of the General Department of National Taxation issued a decision to cut the disputed 130 million USD in taxes that Oyu Tolgoi was directed to pay to Mongolia to 30 million USD.
Mining Minister D.Gankhuyag commented on the 100 million USD tax cut for Oyu Tolgoi LLC:  "Mongolia owns 34 percent of Oyu Tolgoi, but it is inappropriate to intervene in the company's internal issues. Both the Mining Ministry and the Government of Mongolia avoid intervening in state-owned and private companies' internal issues. Numerous issues were raised related to taxes. Therefore, the Tax Dispute Settlement Council drew a conclusion consulting with independent parties from both sides of the argument."

27 new AIDS case reported this year
September 25 (news.mn) A new case of AIDS has been reported in Mongolia. In the first three quarters of 2014, 27 new cases of AIDS have been reported. A study at National Research Center for Infectious Diseases shows that there is an increasing number of HIV carriers in the country.
In Mongolia, a total of 177 cases of AIDS has reported, affecting 144 men and 33 women.
 “In 2013, 23 cases of AIDS were registered. But in the first three quarters of 2014, 27 cases have been newly reported. Since the start of 2014, two patients infected with HIV died,” says Ch.Urtnasan, press officer at the National Research Center for Infectious Diseases.

Turkish Defense Minister arrives in Mongolia
September 25 (news.mn) The Minister of National Defense of Turkey, İsmet Yılmaz, is making an official visit to Mongolia upon the invitation of the Defense Minister of Mongolia and Chair of the Mongolia-Turkey Intergovernmental Commission on Economy and Trade, D.Bat-Erdene, on September 25 and 26th.
İsmet Yılmaz's visit to Mongolia comes at the same time as the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the Republic of Turkey.
The two parties will be expected to discuss a wide range of issues including defense, bilateral relations, and cooperation.
Two significant agreements in military cooperation will be signed by the Defense Ministers of the two countries. The Turkish Minister of National Defense plans to tour the remains of ancient Turkic monuments in Kharkhorin and Nalaikh during his visit to Mongolia.

Mongolian Natural History Museum requires 24 billion MNT for restoration
September 25 (news.mn) Mongolian Natural History Museum has been closed for quite some time. The half century old museum building is expected to be replaced with a new building, but the original museum has not been torn down. Museum Director N.Zorigtbaatar commented on the matter.
N.Zorigtbaatar: The project design scheme for the museum's new building is ready. The new museum building is expected to be a seven-story building,  three times bigger than the old building. The Mongolian Natural History Museum's new building project requires 24 billion MNT. It is impossible to fund such an amount of money at once. But we hope the government will fund it through next year's budget. First and foremost, we need to have the funds to tear down the old museum resolved.
- How has the museum stored its collection?
- The collection is stored, safe and sound. Besides storing and protecting the showpieces the museum is also conducting measures to add more and conducting restoration.
- The museum is currently not open to the public but making renovation, but how?
- The Mongolian Natural History Museum has 8,000 pieces in its collection, but only 10 percent of it is on display for the public. There are still rich resources waiting to be discovered and shared in our country. Soon, the new museum will be open, and all of the collection will be displayed.  But more pieces need to be enriched and restored. Our museum experts search for museum pieces, working everywhere in the countryside, hunting, collecting, seeking out rare animals, herbs and minerals, and buying items from antique dealers throughout the year.
- Are there many unparalleled pieces in the Natural History Museum?
- Countless. It is more crucial to protect ancient, unique, inimitable artifacts. In recent years, species are disappearing quickly around the world. So many fish species are disappearing due to the drying up of river and lakes. We have over 3,000 pieces sent by citizens and foreigners to the museum. Unfortunately, the old museum did not have enough space and resources to display all those items.

Mongolia Pledges to Provide Venue for Bilateral Talks between Japan and North Korea
September 25 (infomongolia.com) According to The Japan Times (TJT), the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and the President of Mongolia Tsakhia ELBEGDORJ, who both attending in the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, have agreed on Tuesday, September 23, to continue working together in the hopes of resolving the abductees issue with North Korea.
In a meeting at the U.N. headquarters in New York, President Ts.Elbegdorj expressed his country’s intention to continue cooperation by providing a venue for bilateral talks between Japan and North Korea, where Mongolia has fairly good relations with Pyongyang, adds the TJT.
Premier Shinzo Abe replied that he appreciates Mongolia’s understanding and cooperation.
Furthermore, the two leaders agreed to ensure that Japan and Mongolia bring a bilateral economic partnership into effect. The basic agreement was reached in July.
Moreover, Mongolia’s President also briefed Sh.Abe on the results of a recent three-way summit in Tajikistan with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
On the same day, the President of Mongolia met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich.
During the meeting President Ts.Elbegdorj celebrated the successful work of newly established Embassy of Belarus in Ulaanbaatar and how the Embassy is affecting in the development of cooperation between two countries.
Prime Minister of Belarus noted the potential cooperation of Belarus and Mongolia in transit transportation and agricultural sector, especially in poultry farming and producing fertilizers. In addition, Prime Minister M.Myasnikovich expressed a possibility to start an export loan program of mining equipment. At the end of the meeting, President TS.Elbegdorj spoke about increasing the number of exchange students of two countries.
During the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Elbegdorj held talks with the Prince of Monaco Albert II, and with the President of Iran Hassan Rouhani to speak about cooperation and other issues.

Ulaanbaatar-Singapore Direct Flight Commences on Every Wednesdays and Saturdays
September 25 (infomongolia.com) On September 24, 2014, MIAT Mongolian Airlines commenced its first direct flight between Mongolia and Singapore on regular basis to support growing demand for business and leisure travel, which will operate a twice-weekly service on every Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The MIAT Mongolian Airlines conducts Ulaanbaatar-Singapore flight from Chinggis Khaan International Airport to Changi Airport via Beijing to refill with its Boeing 737-800 aircraft that accommodates 174 seats and according to schedule to depart at 6:15 am with flight OM231 from UB on Wednesdays and Saturdays and the flight OM232 will depart Changi Airport at 6:20 pm on Wednesdays and at 6:45 pm on Saturdays, and the roundtrip ticket on economy class is starting from 1,088,000 MNT, which is a promotional offer until October 25, 2014.
At the inaugural flight from UB to Singapore, President and CEO of MIAT Mongolian Airlines.
Jargalsaikhan, Minister of Roads and Transportation A.Gansukh and other officials were on board, and they were welcomed in Singapore by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Singapore Mrs. B.Delgermaa and Executive Vice President of Changi Airport Mr. Yam Kum Weng on September 24, 2014.

“Wonders Of Mongolian Art” Performs Its Season Closing Tonight
September 25 (infomongolia.com) Mongolian National Song and Dance Academic Ensemble has been staging the “Wonders of Mongolian Art” performance since June as customary for foreign tourists visiting Mongolia and now announces the season closing.
According to estimations, the concert was performed to over 15 thousand tourists from about 60 countries and the “Wonders of Mongolian Art” features orchestra with over 60 musicians, 50 dancers and 30 different singers of Mongolian folk art including long and short-song singers as well as Khuumii-throat singing, Magtaalpraising and Yeruul-blessing are also comprised.
Organizers say the season closing will be staged at the State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Ulaanbaatar at 06:00 pm on September 25, 2014.

Mongolia Promotes Its Candidature for Non-Permanent Seat of UN Security Council at Elections to Be Held in 2022
September 25 (infomongolia.com) On September 24, 2014, the General Debate of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly has been commenced to continue until September 30th, and in the Afternoon Session, 19 heads of state and government including the President of Mongolia have delivered statements.
The President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj delivered the following statement themed “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”.
DELIVERING ON AND IMPLEMENTING A TRANSFORMATIVE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
New York,
September 24, 2014
Mr. President,
Mr. Secretary-General,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the outset may I join others in extending our heartfelt congratulations to you, Minister S. Kutesa, on your unanimous election as President of the current session of the General Assembly.
You can count on my delegation's full support in the discharge of your onerous responsibilities in steering our work in the months ahead.
Mr. President,
The world is faced with multiple crises - violent conflicts in various parts of the world, terrorist activities by extremist groups, unprecedented epidemics and natural calamities.
At this time of turmoil we, as a family of nations, must rally around the World Organization, as a centre of multilateralism, upholding its Charter and universal principles of international law.
We need peace and development.
We need to do our utmost to implement the right of peoples to peace as emphasized by the Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace adopted 30 years ago at the initiative of Mongolia.
We have consistently supported joint efforts of the international community against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
Mongolia is a party to the majority of international counter-terrorism instruments.
Unthinkable atrocities, committed by the terrorist group named the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), pose alarming threats to the regional peace and security.
The international community ought to take resolute action and resolve this issue comprehensively in compliance with the UN Charter.
Mongolia commends the Secretary-General's leadership in rallying international support and establishing the UNMEER (UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response) to ensure a rapid, effective and coherent response to the Ebola crisis.
We support the resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly to this effect.
The situation in Ukraine should be resolved only through political dialogue refraining from the use of force.
Current ceasefire needs to be made more sustainable taking into account all efforts towards finding a solution, including the "Putin Plan" outlined in Ulaanbaatar earlier this month, as well as the Minsk Protocol and its Follow-up Memorandum.
Mr. President,
Democracy
25 years ago Mongolia chose its development path - to embrace rule of law, democratic governance, market economy and open society.
Among the countries known as the third wave of democratization, the transition to democracy was in many respects unique in Mongolia.
We made a simultaneous transition to democracy and market economy. We made that transition peacefully.
The 1990 democratic parliamentary elections were not only first of its kind in the region, but it was fully free and fair.
To ensure an inclusive growth and citizen’s participation a national policy on decentralization through direct democracy has been introduced.
As a result, citizens have been enabled to directly participate in identifying development priorities and allocation and monitoring of the local budget.
To identify a long-term development pathway and regain confidence of investors a number of multi-stakeholders' events were introduced - the Mongolia Economic Forum, Business Summit and Discover Mongolia.
In addition, new laws, particularly on investment, on investment’s fund and petroleum, budget transparency and others were adopted.
At the international level, Mongolia served as Chair of the V International Conference of New and Restored Democracies and the Community of Democracies.
We currently chair the Freedom Online Coalition. It is for the first time that an Asian country leads the Coalition. We support the Human Rights Council’s decision that Internet freedom is a basic human right.
Mongolia as a staunch advocate of democracy and freedom will use the opportunity of chairing the Coalition to promote both nationally and internationally the Internet that is free and secure for all.
To support emerging democracies Mongolia has set up an International Cooperation Fund.
We have nothing to preach, but we have experience and lessons learned. Hence, we shared with Kyrgyzstan our experience in parliamentary democracy and legal reform, organized training for Afghan diplomats and Myanmar journalists.
Mr. President,
Climate Change
Mongolia highly commends Secretary-General’s leadership to galvanize and catalyze the global action on climate change.
Climate change is not a challenge for the future; it is a matter of urgent priority today.
Yesterday’s Summit offered world leaders a unique opportunity to voice their commitments to cut the emission gap, pledge for the 2 degrees scenario in the lead up to COP 21 in Paris next year.
But this pledge will remain a mere ambition if not backed up by bold action and strong political will.
We are running out of time. But we cannot run out of our Planet Earth.
The time to act is now.
Moreover, the Green Climate Fund needs to be made fully operational. If resources are actually transferred as incentive to countries which reduce their GHG emission, it will have a multiplier effect.
No one country is immune to climate change.
Even my own country - Mongolia, which has centuries-old tradition to live in harmony with nature - is experiencing its disproportionate effect.
Conscious of this reality Mongolia has recently adopted a Green Development Policy.
We expressed our support to the Statement on Carbon Pricing, and to the New York Declaration on Forest to combat deforestation.
Mr. President,
SDGs
This session of the General Assembly has an important task to articulate the post-2015 development agenda based on the legacy of the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals).
In this regard, we look forward to a synthesis report by the Secretary-General prior to the intergovernmental negotiations on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) during this General Assembly Session.
We also welcome the Outcome of the Open Working Group on SDGs and commend its hard work over the last 18 months.
Rio+20 underscored the special challenges facing the most vulnerable countries, including landlocked developing countries.
Yet, we are of the view that the Outcome Document of the Open Working Group could have better reflected the special needs of LLDCs (Landlocked developing countries).
We look forward to the upcoming intergovernmental negotiations to redress that situation.
In the run-up to the ten-year review of the Almaty Program of Action we hosted a high level international workshop on “WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation: Implications for LLDCs” last June.
We also joined the “Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Port” to engage ourselves in regional connectivity.
Mr. President,
Mongolia, China, Russia Summit
Facilitation of transit transportation, infrastructure development and reduction of trade barriers were among the issues discussed during the recent visits to Mongolia by President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin.
We agreed to expand our cooperation in those areas.
Those agreements were once again reiterated at the first ever trilateral summit between Mongolia, China and Russia on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Dushanbe earlier this month.
The expansion of our cooperation with two neighbors augurs well for regional trade and investment and paves the way for enhanced economic collaboration with our 3rd neighbors.
Mongolia is redoubling its efforts to join APEC, become a dialogue partner of ASEAN and to constructively engage in the East Asia Summit.
Last July, we also signed an economic partnership agreement with Japan.
Mr. President,
Northeast Asia
Strengthening peace and stability in Northeast Asia is one of our national security priorities.
We firmly believe that dialogue and open discussions enhance confidence among nations.
Following up on the “Ulaanbaatar Dialogue” initiative, we have successfully hosted a series of fruitful platforms – Women parliamentarians meeting, International research conference and City mayors meeting of Northeast Asian countries.
The stability on the Korean Peninsula is crucial for maintaining regional peace and security.
We stand for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks.
As a country with a declared nuclear-weapon-free status, Mongolia firmly believes that the Korean Peninsula must be nuclear weapons- free.
Mr. President,
SC Reform
In a time of major geopolitical change, the UN system must reflect new economic and political realities.
We need to accelerate the reform process, including the long-overdue expansion of Security Council membership in both permanent and non-permanent categories.
The issue of the Council’s working method is also important for all small States, which make up a majority in the United Nations.
Out of 193 members of the United Nations, 70 states have never been elected as members of the Security Council, including my own country - Mongolia.
As a responsible member of the international community, Mongolia has put forward its candidature for a non-permanent seat of the Security Council at the elections to be held in 2022 and is seeking the valuable support of its fellow members.
Mr. President,
In conclusion, may I express my confidence that this session of the General Assembly will be able to deliver a common development strategy beyond 2015.
A strategy that will inspire and guide us to collectively work towards a safer, more equitable and prosperous future in the years to come.
Thank you for your kind attention.
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Hungary to Reopen Its Embassy in Ulaanbaatar in Frameworks of Celebrating 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties between Hungary and Mongolia
September 25 (infomongolia.com) On September 23-24, 2014, the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj held several bilateral meetings with heads of state and government, who are attending the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA.
At the meeting with President of the Republic of Hungary, Janos Ader held on September 24th, President Ts.Elbegdorj emphasized that Mongolia and Hungary will celebrate 65th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations in 2015 and underlined the traditional and historical ties between the two countries have been lasting to date. The parties discussed opportunities to educate students and undertake joint research for the students from the two countries. Hungary is considered as a center for Mongolian studies in Europe. Also, President Ts.Elbegdorj expressed his gratitude that Hungary is set to reopen its Embassy in Ulaanbaatar.
President of Hungary J.Ader mentioned that President Ts.Elbegdorj co-chaired the Water Management discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos and delivered an interesting speech about the tradition of Mongolian nomadic culture. Mr. Janos Ader expressed Hungary’s readiness to share its experience in biotechnology sector and interest to cooperate with Mongolia in developing and modernizing the Biokombinat factory.
Following attendance at the 10th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM10) to take place in Milan, Italy on October 16-17, 2014, President Ts.Elbegdorj will pay a working visit to Hungary and Austria on October 17-18, and share detailed conversation on issues of bilateral relations.
Moreover, President Ts.Elbegdorj plans to attend at the Austria-Mongolia Business Forum in Vienna and Hungary-Mongolia Business Forum in Budapest on these days.

FM Meets His Counterparts
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) While participating in the General debate of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Mongolia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold met Wednesday his counterparts from Norway, Germany, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Luxembourg and Turkey, and representatives of the European Union (EU).
At each of these meeting the two sides exchanged views on the regional and international relations matters, including a collaboration within the Community of Democracies (CoD) and the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC), which is currently chaired by Mongolia, and a forthcoming 5thMinisterial Meeting of the FOC, which is expected in May of 2015 in Ulaanbaatar.
Then Mr Bold also met with the Foreign Minister and the Minister of civil migration affairs of Papua New Guinea. The parties discussed ways of establishing diplomatic relations, sharing experiences in proper exploitation of mineral resources, supporting Mongolia at the 2015 election of the UN Human Rights Council, and advertising Mongolia within the Pacific Islands Forum. 

High Level Meeting Hosted by Mongolia and Estonia
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) A high level meeting of the Freedom Online Coalition (FOM) ran Tuesday in New York City.
It was co-hosted by Mr Urmas Paet, the Foreign Minister of Estonia--previous chair of the FOM, and by Mr Bold, the Foreign Minister of Mongolia, currently heading the coalition.
This gathering propagandized the FOM and introduced its actions to the UN members. The Ministers ran discussions on implementation of documents released by the 4th Conference of the FOM in Tallinn and on preparation for the next conference to run in May in Ulaanbaatar.
Several reports were also delivered during this high meeting by Mr Carl Bildt, the FM of Sweden; Mr Frank William La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression; and by authorities of the Human Rights Watch and the Facebook. 

President Meets Colleagues from Hungary and Estonia
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) The leader of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj held bilateral meetings with Presidents Hungary and Estonia on September 24 on fields of the General Assembly of the UN in New-York in the USA.
At the meeting with Hungarian leader Janos Ader, our President noted about the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations which falls on 2015, and ancient ties between our countries. Then the dignitaries discussed a student exchange between the two countries, noted that Hungary acts as a center of Mongol studies in Europe. Our President appreciated a re-opening of the Hungarian Embassy in Ulaanbaatar.
The Hungarian leader recalled seeing our President's addressing the Water-Management conference of the World Economic Forum, and said he had learned many things to learn from Mongolian nomadic livelihood on economical use of water. He expressed a willingness to share with Mongolia practices regarding bio-technology and to cooperate in innovation of “BioKombinat” state-owned company of Mongolia. Other important matters will be discussed during our President’s visit to Hungary this October 17-18, when he will be returning from Milan ASEM (Asia-European Summit) 2014.
After this, Mr Elbegdorj met with the Estonian President Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves. "Estonia is one of the leaders in the world by its development of E-governance, we would like to introduce it to our country, and we can also cooperate in information technology," he said. Then he asked his counterpart about Estonia’s use of oil-shale.
According to Mr T.Ilves, his country has some one hundred years of experience in processing oil-shale, which provides now 95 percent of electricity and 50 percent of fuel needs of the country.
After this he asked Mongolia, who is chairing the Online Freedom Coalition after Estonia, to attract more Asian countries to this coalition.
The sides also discussed a submitting of a joint initiative on Online Freedom to the UN.
The President of Estonia Ilves will in person participate in the upcoming conference of Online Freedom Coalition in Ulaanbaatar in 2015.

State Wants to Have Shares of “Gatsuurt” Deposit
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on Thursday discussed how to fix state shares in the "Gatsuurt" mineral deposit and decided to submit a related draft resolution to parliament.
The cabinet proposes establishing an "Erdenes Gatsuurt" joint company that will own 20 percent of shares of this deposit. The "Erdenes MGL" LLC will issue USD 20 thousand of these shares and will be responsible for solving financial and the project's matters for the shareholders. The cabinet is to give support to raising of money for the deposit exploiting.
A "Centerra Gold Mongolia" LLC is the owner of the special license of this gold deposit located in Selenge aimag’s Mandal soum. In 2005, the deposit’s reserve was registered in the list of mineral resources, and its feasibility study was issued in 2008.
The deposit has 75.9 thousand kilograms of gold and 27.6 million tons of ore.  

Mongolians Study Turkish Experience in Development
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) Working group for Mongolia’s Long-term Development Policy got acquainted with the Turkish development policy, its planning, results and practices during their visit to the Republic of Turkey on September 22-26.
The delegation included N.Battsetseg, D.Zorigt MPs, and L.Dashdorj, the President’s advisor on citizen’s participation and economic policy, along with other officials from the Ministry of Economic Development.
The Turkish minister of development Cevdet Yilmaz and a vice-director of Standing Committee on Budget and Planning of the Grand National Assembly Sureyya Sadi Bilgic received the delegation to discuss with them the development policy and planning of Turkey and to express their readiness to cooperate with Mongolia and to assist it in this field.
During a banquet, hosted by the vice-chairman of the Grand National Assembly Sadik Yakut on September 23, the latter requested a support from our side on realization of some cooperation projects that had been negotiated earlier.
The delegates also had meetings with the Turkish officials from the Ministries of Development and Finance, and exchanged opinions on coordinating development and budget policies, formulating the local and branch policies basing on researches. The Mongolians also got au fait with the development-planning and citizen’s participation of the localities, while visiting Kayseri town.
This visit was funded by the UN Development Program.

Cabinet Meeting in Brief
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) At its regular meeting on Thursday, the cabinet discussed in detail a draft budget for 2015.
- In accordance with the cabinet decision, Mr Ts.Uugangerel was appointed the Vice Minister of Justice. A deputy head of the Customs Office, he has graduated from the Academy of Domestic Affairs of Russia, majoring in law.  

FM at Community of Democracies Council Meeting
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold participated in the high level meeting of the Council of the Community of Democracies (CoD) September 24 during the 69th session of UN GA.
Our FM took the floor to highlight activities of Mongolia in frames of its membership to the CD, particularly a second issuance of the UN resolution on “Education of Democracy” initiated by Mongolia, also hosting of international seminars and the Asia-Pacific regional cooperation initiative.
He also promised to support a “Democracy and Development” resolution, initiated by El Salvador, the current chair of the CD, on fields of the UN GA, and said Mongolia will actively participate in the VIII Ministerial Meeting of the CoD which will run San Salvador of El Salvador in July next year. 

Social Welfare Minister Addresses UN Special Session
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) Mongolia’s Minister of Population Development and Social Welfare Mr S.Erdene took part in the 29th special session of the UN General Assembly on Population and Development beyond 2014 on Monday in New York City.
This gathering considered issues of evaluating an implementation course of a programme released by the international conference on population and development, of gaining political support for measures needed in ensuring the programme’s goals and purposes, also summarized a realization of the action programme beyond 2014 and touched upon problems and difficulties in the development.
Mr Erdene's speech was dedicated to these matters and to highlighting of Mongolian's position, policy and ongoing actions. 
He also participated in a high meeting of the UN GA on indigenous residents which ran September 22-23. 

Premier attends discussion on problems of seniors
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag has participated in a national discussion themed “Problems facing seniors” which kicked off Thursday in Ulaanbaatar.
Co-organized by the Ministry of Population Development and Social Welfare and the Liberal Union of Mongolian Seniors, the discussion brought together authorities of seniors’ organizations of the capital city and all provinces.
The Premier spoke about works done in the last two years to stabilize consumer goods, abolishing a bureaucracy in state services, a great construction, and said that proposals and initiatives from the elders on social welfare will be reflected in legal documents and in draft laws.
The attendees focused attention on two key topics--the legal matters on social welfare for elders and the interest of a pension credit. Regarding the latter, the people said that data must be improved for the loan receivers, application forms must be more understandable and simpler, and all commercial banks must give the pension credit. As it was promised, these matters will be delivered to relevant bodies. 

Government held 49 sessions in 2014
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) In the first nine months of 2014, the Government for reforms ran 38 regular and 11 irregular meetings, which took 114 hours.
A chairman of Cabinet Secretariat of the Government Ch.Saikhanbileg said it while presenting to the cabinet information about the government's works of the above period. He went on that the government made official 310 government resolutions and 117 decrees of the Premier, submitted 104 issues to parliament, decided to consult seven matters with Standing committees and to present 15 to the National Security Council.
The Ministers were instructed to assess and intensify the development of issues to be discussed and resolved at the government sessions. 

D.Gankhuyag meets Vice Minister of CPC
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs D.Gankhuyag Thursday received visiting Mr Chen Fengxian, the Vice Minister of International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee (IDCPCCC).
The sides exchanged views on the Mongolia-China relations and cooperation, ties and exchanges between the political parties and on mutual trust between people.
Mr Chen was interested in the Mongolian Foreign Ministry’s viewpoint on results of the state visit of the PRC President Xi Jinping to Mongolia, measures being taken for implementing works agreed within this visit, as well as an importance and outcomes of a trilateral meeting of Mongolia, China and Russia.
Underlining that the Mongolia-China political parties ties and exchanges play a vital role in increasing the mutual trust and understanding between peoples, the Mongolia side thanked China for supporting the trilateral meeting held in Dushanbe among the Presidents of Mongolia, China and Russia.
In a scope of the visit to continue until September 27, Mr Chen will hold meeting with authorities of political parties. 

Premier receives Defense Minister of Turkey
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag Thursday received visiting Mr İsmet Yılmaz, Turkey’s Minister of National Defense.
The Premier expressed a satisfaction with the Mongolia-Turkey relations and cooperation in economy, humanity, culture, education, sciences and defense spheres, and hoped that the bilateral ties will deepen.
In turn, Mr Yilmaz said Turkey is satisfied with the Mongolian peacekeepers operations with UN mandate, and noted that he had talks with his Mongolian counterpart on widening the defense cooperation, running joint exercises and exchanging military attache. 

Government to provide labour safety in mining sector
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) The Government ratified draft law on joining the Safety and Health in Mines Convention (No. 176), a general document that regulates the universal requirements of labor safety and health in mines, on September 25.
The mining sector alone covered 13 percent of the country's GDP, 67.3 percent of total industrial production, and 81 percent of total export in 2013. As the contribution of the mining to the economics and vacancies creation increases, a necessity to establish a responsible labour safety in the sector arises.
The above convention was enacted at the 82th meeting of International Labour Organization, and was ratified in 1998. It regulates the duties and responsibilities of member states, employers and employees, and obligates its members to inform about accidents related with mines, investigate the causes and to report.
A survey from the State Agency for Specialized Inspection shows that most of the victims of occupational accidents were the ones engaged in mining activities. One third of the accident victims have died and 49 lost abilities to work among 510 accident victims of the last six years. The government considers that by improving the labour safety in the sector in compliance with the global standards, the employees engaged in mining activities and all people can be secured with their rights to live in safe environment.

Cabinet Appoints Deputy Minister for Justice of Mongolia
September 25 (infomongolia.com) The regular Cabinet meeting of the Government was held on September 25th and during the meeting, Minister of the Cabinet Office of the Government of Mongolia Ch.Saikhanbileg stated that the Cabinet held its regular meeting 38 times and 11 irregular meetings in the first 9 months of 2014.
During this period, 310 Government Resolutions were issued, 117 Prime Minister’s Ordinances were authorized, 104 issues were submitted to the State Great Khural (Parliament), 7 issues were agreed to consult at the Standing Committees of Parliament and 15 issues to introduce at the National Security Council of Mongolia.
Moreover, one of the issues resolved today was an appointment of the official to the post of the Deputy Justice Minister of Mongolia. Accordingly, Mr. Tsogoo UUGANGEREL is appointed as the Deputy Minister of Justice, who used to serve as the Deputy Director-General of the Customs General Administration to date.
Newly promoted Deputy Minister Ts.Uugangerel succeeds Erdenebileg ERDENEJAMIYAN, who used to serve in this post since September 2012.

Stock exchange news for September 25
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 25 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Thursday, a total of 14 thousand and 701 shares of 20 JSCs were traded costing MNT six million 325 thousand and 106.00.
"Hermes center” /8,504 units/, “Genco tour bureau” /4,679 units/, “APU” /582/, “Aduunchuluun” /429 units/ and "Mongolia Telecom” /200 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "APU” (MNT two million 152 thousand and 508), "Hermes center” (MNT one million 445 thousand and 680), “Aduunchuluun” (MNT 771 thousand and 580), "Material impex” (MNT 528 thousand and 320) and "Talkh chikher” (MNT380 thousand).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 600 billion 747 million 752 thousand and 696. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,902.72, increasing 45.48 units or 0.29% against the previous day. 

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