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Mongolia Brief November 3, 2014



Cabinet Supports Outcome of Intergovernmental Committee Meeting
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on November 1 approved the results of the 18th regular meeting of the Mongolian-Russian intergovernmental committee on cooperation on trade, economy, science and technology, which was held this October 13-15.

The cabinet told the Deputy PM and a head of the Mongolian part of the committee D.Terbishdagva  to approve a plan of measures to be taken on the outcome of the committee's 18th meeting and to control its realization, and considered that it had contributed to forwarding of the actions agreed during the working visit of Russian President V.Putin to Mongolia, "because it discussed a realization of decisions of the 17th meeting and focused on a broad range of issues such as Mongolia-Russia cooperation in trade, economy, infrastructure, finance, mining, energy and humanitarian sectors". For instance, the sides had agreed to cooperate in developing an action plan for the joint measures toward deepening the trade and economic cooperation in 2015-2020, to issue soft-term loans of RUB 50-100 billion to our Government, to provide favorable legal condition for conducting a trade in national currencies, the cabinet noted.
The committee's 18th meeting had also decided how to improve a production efficiency of Erdenet Mining Corporation and “MongolRosTsvetmet” LLC, to establish a working group for developing the recommendations of operations of Mongolian "Asgat" silver deposit in order to commercialize its riches, to hold a joint meeting of professional researchers in 2015 to have then exchange view on impact on environment of a construction and commission of the "Shuren" hydro power station, to activate a  renewal of the intergovernmental agreement of 1949 on establishing joint venture of Ulaanbaatar Railways, to conclude within 2014 a draft agreement between the two Governments on transit transportation by railroads, to deliver the Mongolian products to the third countries through Russia’s far-eastern ports, to invest in the Rajin port of North Korea and organize a trial transportation of coal through this ports.

Ulaanbaatar's Leather-Complex Location Decided
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting decided on November 1 to amend its resolution of July 6 of 2013 on some measures for leather industry. Accordingly, the leather industy complex is to be built in the gorge of “Shar Khots” in Khan-Uul district of Ulaanbaatar.
It fully meets the Government resolution No. 249, by which a goal has been set to erect leather-industry complexes outside Ulaanbaatar and Darkhan cities and a parliamentary resolution of 2012 on relocating the leather-processing factories from the two cities.
The cabinet told the Minister of Industry and Agriculture Sh.Tuvdendorj and the Mayor of Ulaanbaatar E.Bat-Uul to start the construction of infrastructural facilities and waste-water treatment plant for the new complexes through cooperation with the Ministry of Road, Transportation, Construction and Urban Development within this November.

Concept of "Law on Museum" Approved
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on November 1 approved a draft concept of the "Law on museum".
The concept has been developed due to a necessity to determine all legal charges over the irresponsible actions toward museums' exhibits and to regulate esthetic norms in museums. If approved, the first new law of its kind will determine museums glossaries and activities principles, regulate all criteria, define rights and responsibilities of types of museums and organizations with similar activities, and will legalize a creation of a museum treasury, its registration, revision, researches, conservation, security, utilization, advertisement, and the ethics of museum staff.

Cabinet Meeting in Brief
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) The regular meeting of the cabinet on November 1 made the following decisions.
The meeting agreed to present to parliament for consideration the issue of establishing diplomatic relations with Uganda, The Republic of Rwanda, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Haiti, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of Chad, and the Republic of Mauritius.
- The cabinet discussed a draft concept of the law on Genetic fund of livestock and decided to support it having reflected in it the members’ opinions.
- A draft new wording of the Law on specially-protected areas was discussed and approved and was settled to be presented to parliament after reflecting suggestions of the members.

Poachers caught for selling body parts of endangered species
November 3 (news.mn) The combat team on environmental crimes at the Criminal Police Department's Organized Crime Division discovered a clue leading to the arrest of suspected poachers who sold the body parts of endangered species living in Central Asia.
The combat team arrested 10 men, all citizens of Mongolia, who were in possession of 162 saiga antelope horns in the Bayangol District, on October 24th.
Saiga antelope, included in the Mongolian Red Book, are close to extinction worldwide and critically endangered in Asia. The 162 horns mean that at least 81 saiga antelopes were illegally slaughtered. The saiga antelope population vanished in Mongolia in the 1950s. Now, only small herds exist in Kazakhstan, according to a study by the World Wildlife Fund.
The suspects were caught while attempting to sell the horns to Chinese traders. According to a source from the District Prosecutor's Office, the horns were smuggled in to Mongolia from Russia.  The combat team on environmental crimes suspects that a large network of poachers is operating internationally, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and China.
The suspects are now being held in Detention Center 461, on the charges of violating Mongolian laws on hunting and trafficking the body parts of wild animals.
According to “Ecological and Economic Assessment of Wild Animals” approved by the Government of Mongolia in 2011, a male saiga antelope is valued at 2 million MNT and a female is valued at 2.2 million MNT.
The suspects face estimated damages against the environment of at least 162 million MNT.
If they are found guilty, the suspects will be fined three-times the loss to the environment, or 151 to 250 times the minimum monthly wage, or face three to five years in prison.

Cameras installed along sections of the Tuul River
November 3 (news.mn) The Tuul River Basin Authority has installed cameras along parts of the Tuul River flowing through the capital of Mongolia. 
The authority believes that the cameras will help to control water pollution and deter people and companies from engaging in mining gravel from the river basin illegally, dumping trash, wastewater, and other destructive activities.
The Tuul River Basin Authority also plans to launch the River Basin Water Resources Study. The study is expected to give a clear view on Tuul River basin resources.
The river has been increasingly impacted and polluted in recent years. And the limited capacity of the city's freshwater treatment plants also contributes to the river's pollution as it pumps wastewater directly into the river.
The contamination of the river continues until it is well out of the city, in Lun sum of Tuv Province.

SGK approves two railway lines
November 3 (business-mongolia.com) The State Great Khural’s resolution on “measurements of implementation of the railway transportation policy” is approved by 84% votes.
According to the resolution draft, new railway line gauge will be 1435 mm between China and mineral enrichment factories, based on the mutual agreement with the Chinese side. Also, if Mongolia and China reaches agreement on the railway transport cooperation, Tavan Tolgoi – Gashuun Sukhait – Sainshand – Zamyn Uud, Khuut – Bichigt new railway line gauge can be 1435 mm, Arts suuri – Erdenet (1), Tavan Tolgoi – Sainshand – Baruun Urt – Khuut – Choibalsan (2), Khuut – Numrug (3) new railway line gauge will be 1520 mm.
The Government proposed three directions in the railway, but Sainshand – Zamyn Uud direction was removed and the above mentioned two directions were approved.

UB-Baruun Urt road completed
November 3 (business-mongolia.com) Last Saturday, the opening ceremony of 177.9 kilometers road connecting Undurkhaan (Khenty aimag), Munkhkhaan and Baruun Urt (Sukhbaatar aimag) was held. The opening ceremony was attended by Speaker Z.Enkhbold, MP Terbishdavga, The Deputy Prime Minister, other MPs and officials.
The paved road now connects Ulaanbaatar with Baruun Urt, Sukhbaatar aimag, which decreases travel time by half. Speaker Z.Enkhbold said “The Reform Government set goal to build 5400 milometers paved road connecting all aimag centers to Ulaanbaatar. In the last two years it succeeded to build 2500 kilometers and great construction work is undergoing. In the last 85 years of road sector of Mongolia managed to connect 6 aimag centers only, but this Government connects 6 aimag centers within 2 years. Soon there will be opening of 263 kilometers paved road connecting Ulaanbaatar to Khuvsgul aimag.”
Governor J.Batsuuri also commented that the road will connect Asia Europe through the Bichigt border port.

New Shoes Factory to Supply 30% of Domestic Demand Opens Its Doors
November 3 (infomongolia.com) On November 01, 2014, a grand opening ceremony of "Best Shoes" factory in Ulaanbaatar was held with a participation of Government authorities headed by Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag.
The factory was first starting its activities with four employees in 2001 and following the announcement of Government tender in 2012 that aimed to increase export and replace import products, the “Best Shoes” LLC was granted to receive two billion MNT (Tugrug) from Chinggis Bond winning the tender.
In his opening remarks, Director of the factory B.Tuvdennyam said, “Today we are launching our factory with a capacity to produce 500-800 pair shoes a day with over 70 employees. Our factory is fully renewed with latest equipment from Italy and Germany and by operating this conveyer based plant in a new facility with 1,134 sq.m, now we can supply 30% of domestic demand”.

Ulaanbaatar to Host Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: Urban Nexus
November 3 (infomongolia.com) The Fourth Regional Workshop in the context of the project "Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus" will be organized in Ulaanbaatar on November 05-07, 2014.
At this Fourth Seminar, over 100 participants from Asia comprising of senior level policy makers from the national and city governments of the partner cities, representatives from regional networks of cities, international and regional experts, and the private sector enterprises will gather for the three-day regional workshop in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The Urban Nexus project is implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In the scope of the Nexus project, it is aimed to provide an opportunity for city governments to enter into a dialogue with national governments and other relevant stakeholders and discuss the elements of an enabling framework for urban nexus initiatives to thrive.
The objectives of the Fourth Regional Workshop in Ulaanbaatar are:
1. Review progress in the planning and implementation of Nexus project initiatives in participating cities and share the challenges, experiences and benefits.
2. Review current policies and programs in support of Nexus approaches in participating countries, in order to identify the elements of a policy framework to enable urban Nexus initiatives to thrive in the countries.
3. Discuss the governance dimension of the urban nexus, and in particular the role of the Nexus Task Forces in partner cities and other tools in support of the institutionalization of urban nexus into urban planning processes.
4. Explore the opportunities to strengthen public participation into the consultation and planning processes for the effective implementation of the nexus initiatives in the cities.
5. Identify measures to integrate the urban nexus initiative into the emerging global agendas and the need for urban nexus initiatives to be highlighted in the international dialogues.
The opening remarks will be presented by Mayor of Ulaanbaatar E.Bat-Uul and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Mongolia Gerhard Thiedemann as well as representatives of the BMZ and ESCAP.

Mongolian Judo Team Wins 3 Medals from 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam
November 3 (infomongolia.com) On October 31-November 02, 2014, the World Judo Tour for the first time organized the fifth annual Judo Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, before Abu Dhabi hosted the Judo Grand Prix in November 2013.
At this 2014 Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam, judokas from 65 countries with 246 male and 155 female athletes have participated, where Mongolian Judo Team has attended with 5 male and 5 female judokas winning a total of three medals.
On the first day, Merit Athlete M.Urantsetseg grabbed a Gold medal in the Women’s 48 kg winning over Hungarian athlete Eva Csernoviczki.
In the Men’s division, D.Amartuvshin won a Silver medal in the 60 kg, and in the same weight category, G.Kherlen achieved the third medal of Bronze.
The Grand Slam edition is a tremendous opportunity for athletes to earn more points towards qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and winning the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, M.Urantsetseg gained 500 pts leading the renewed world rank with total score of 3150 points.
Final Results for Women’s 48 kg, 2014 Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam
1. Munkhbat URANTSETSEG (MGL)
2. CSERNOVICZKI, Eva (HUN)
3. KIM, Sol Mi (PRK)
3. LIMA, Taciana (GBS)
5. DUMITRU, Violeta (ROU)
5. LOKMANHEKIM, Dilara (TUR)
7. FIGUEROA, Julia (ESP)
7. JIANG, Yahong (CHN)
Final Results for Men’s 60 kg, 2014 Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam
1. SAFAROV, Orkhan (AZE)
2. Dashdavaa AMARTUVSHIN (MGL)
3. Ganbold KHERLEN (MGL)
3. MUSHKIYEV, Ilgar (AZE)
5. GARRIGOS, Francisco (ESP)
5. MCKENZIE, Ashley (GBR)
7. IMASHEV, Aibek (KAZ)
7. PAISCHER, Ludwig (AUT)
In the 2014 Judo Grand Slam series, World Judo Champion M.Urantsetseg won the Baku Grand Slam last May and grabbed a Silver medal from Paris Grand Slam in February 2014.
The International Judo Federation released the new World Ranking List for senior judokas on November 02, 2014 where Mongolian two athletes top two lightest weight categories (Men’s 60 and Women’s 48 kg) and below is a list of Mongolian judokas stand up to 51st place in each categories.
- Men’s 60 kg, Ganbat BOLDBAATAR (2676 pts) stands at the 1st place.
- Men’s 66 kg, Davaadorj TUMURKHULEG (1750 pts) at the 4th place.
- Men’s 73 kg, Mongolian two athletes stand at the 6th and 7th places, Khashbaatar TSAGAANBAATAR (1360 pts) and Sainjargal NYAM-OCHIR (1292 pts).
- Men’s 81 kg, Otgonbaatar UUGANBAATAR (610 pts) at the 23rd place.
- Men’s 90 kg, Khutag TSOGTGEREL (306 pts) stands at the 51st place.
- Men’s -100 kg, Naidan TUVSHINBAYAR (1154 pts) at the 10th place.
- Men’s +100 kg, Ulziibayar DUURENBAYAR (586 pts) at the 25th place, and Battulga TEMUULEN (506) at the 29th place respectively.
- Women’s 48 kg, Munkhbat URANTSETSEG (3150 pts) stands at the 1st place and Galbadrakh OTGONTSETSEG (1210 pts) at the 9th place respectively.
- Women’s 52 kg, Adiyasambuu TSOLMON (1004 pts) at the 11th place and Munkhbaatar BUNDMAA (766 pts) at the 18th place respectively.
- Women’s 57 kg, Dorjsuren SUMIYA (1456 pts) at the 9th place.
- Women’s 63 kg, Baldorj MUNGUNCHIMEG (702 pts) at the 17th place and Tsend-Ayush TSERENNADMID (485 pts) at the 28th place respectively.
- Women’s 70 kg, Tsend-Ayush NARANJARGAL (900 pts) at the 14th place.
- Women’s -78 kg, Battulga MUNKHTUYA (487 pts) at the 25th place.
- Women’s +78 kg, Odkhuu JAVZMAA (477 pts) at the 26th place.

Speaker Works in Sukhbaatar Aimag
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) The Chairman of State Great Khural Z.Enkhbold worked in Sukhbaatar aimag on November 1 to get acquainted with the aimag’s constructions such as “Five treasures”– livestock district, “Education” district, and to attend openings of a 200-students’ school dormitory and nursing home for elders and disabled.
"Five Treasures" sub-district for 50 families has been built by the local financing of MNT 390 million, with water and power facilities, in seven kilometers from the province's center. Road connections, trade and service centers, and healthcare facilities have been decided comprehensively.
The Governor of Sukhbaatar aimag said that although the farming and herding of livestock are a crucial part of the people’s livelihoods, it might possibly increase a number of animal-transmitted illnesses and affect the urban enhancements. "Relocating the cattle is a necessary step in such times of rapid urbanization," he said. The Speaker visited a farm of J.Batbaatar who is taking now care of 30 dairy cattle of 30 and lately added some Steppe-Red Simmental breed of cows to his farm.
After this, the Speaker attended the grand opening of “Education” district that was reflected in the Governor’s action plan of 2012-2016 on restructuring the center of the aimag and creating a modern city. The district has 960-student school, a kindergarten for 200 children, a school dormitory for 200, also a center for teachers’ development, central library, museum of ethnology, and apartments for 250. The Speaker highly spoke of new developments in Sukhbaatar. "It is a great opportunity for the locals to buy an apartment at 40 million Togrogs and to have access to mortgage loans for herders,” he said and thanked the locality administration and executor companies for all this constructions.
Another leg of the Speaker’s visit was a new nursing home for elders and people with disabilities. This aimag has commissioned a new nursing home and resort with 600 sq.meters of field, with comprehensive facilities such as dormirotory and service centers, and with a possibility to add gers (national dwellings) during summer time. The resort is to receive 45 customers in summer and 26–in winter.
The Speaker was accompanied by the Deputy PM D.Terbishdagva, M.Zorigt MP, an advisor to the Speaker S.Lambaa, and the Governor of Sukhbaatar aimag J.Batsuuri.

UN Adopts Protocol Entitled “Mongolia's International
Security and Nuclear-Weapon-Free Status”
November 3 (infomongolia.com) Drafts proposals presented by Mongolia entitled "Mongolia's International Security and Nuclear-Weapon-Free Status" was supported by the Members of the Committee and adopted without a vote at the General Debate of the First Committee of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York on October 31, 2014.
Mongolia has always been a firm advocate of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation and is making efforts to contribute in international peace and security by promoting its nuclear-weapons-free status. Mongolia’s status enjoys broad international recognition, as attested in a wide range of international instruments, such as the Final Document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, the Outcome Documents of the Conferences of the State Parties and Signatories to Treaties that Establish Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zones and Mongolia, biennial resolutions of the UNGA on Mongolia's international security and nuclear-weapon-free status, as well as the Final Documents of NAM Summit and Ministerial Meetings.
In this regard, Mongolia signed a Declaration parallel with the Five Permanent Members (P5) Joint Declaration on Mongolia's Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Status on September 17, 2012. By their joint declaration the P5 have recognized the Mongolia's unique status and declared that they would respect that status and would not contribute to any act that would violate it.
Moreover, Mongolia’s initiative was co-implemented with states of Australia, Austria, China, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Russia, UK, USA, and Uzbekistan. 
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Mongolian Rep to UN Addresses Activities of International Law Commission
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) The Permanent representative of Mongolia to the UN Mr O.Och addressed on October 31 the 23rd meeting of the Sixth Committee of the UN GA to express Mongolia’s position during a discussion of the reports of International Law Commission.
Mr Och appreciated the activities of the Commission in recent years and an adoption of 21 additional clauses on “Human Rights during Emergency”, which were included in the report. He thanked the Special Rapporteur on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters Mr Eduardo Valencia-Ospina for his valuable contribution to a development of some clauses uses and highlighted their importance in providing better legal conditions for protection of human rights in times of emergencies.
He also cautioned that there are relatively different definitions of “emergency” in the clauses and expressed Mongolia’s position which prefers not to include the resulting from armed conflicts situations into the clauses that aim to regulate the measures that should be taken during emergencies.
Regarding the inclusion of “Crimes against Humanity” in the action plan of the Commission, Mr Och said that developing different definitions for these crimes than the definitions already reflected in the Charter of Rome might cause obstacles in identifying such crimes and charging responsibilities over the criminals.
At the end of his speech, our representative expressed his high recognition of the Commission’s contribution to organizing annual international law trainings in Geneva that aim to improve knowledge about international law and to train the educated personnel.

Mongolia’s Position on UN Peacekeeping Sounded
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) The deputy permanent representative of Mongolia to the UN G.Battungalag addressed on October 31 the Fourth Committee meeting about the position of the Government of Mongolia on the UN Peacekeeping operations.
She noted an importance of participation and joint efforts from all members in contemporary peace-keeping, when the peacekeepers face more complex obstacles. She assured the gathered that Mongolia wants to contribute to the international community’s efforts to ensure international peace and security.
The Mongolian forces participate in six UN-mandatory operations, particularly in high-risk operations such as the peacekeeping actions in Congo, Darfur, and South Sudan, sending troops of 1,000, she mentioned. Mongolia always appreciates their deeds, she emphasized.
Ms Battungalag also said hat a protection for the peacekeepers should be prioritized these days, when the conditions of operations tend to become more critical, and expressed Mongolia’s support for the initiative of the Secretary-General of the UN on developing recommendations for comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the peacekeeping operations. Here she appealed to the UN for immediate developing of the recommendations and methodologies on the situations such as domestic political conflicts and Ebola outbreak that can result in intensifying the risky conditions for peacekeeping operations.
Technical assistance and financial aid for peacekeepers is important, she added and noted that the talks on improving the amount of benefits for peacekeepers should be forwarded.

Health Minister denies report of Ebola case in Mongolia
November 3 (news.mn) Health Minister of Mongolia N.Udval made a statement to the media denying a report about an Ebola case in Bayankhongor Province that spread through social networks over the weekend and mislead the public.
The Health Minister appeals to citizens to look for verified news and information about Ebola on the official web site of the Ministry of Health of Mongolia.
The World Health Organization delivered a diagnostic device for the detection of Ebola virus infection to the National Research Center for Infectious Diseases Mongolia.
A total of 100 diagnostic devices for the detection of Ebola arrived in Ulaanbaatar, and Mongolia is the first country in Asia to receive the devices from the WHO.
WHO Representative in Mongolia, Dr. Soe Nyunt-U said, “The National Research Center for Infectious Diseases Mongolia has a laboratory to detect Ebola virus using molecular biology research. Although, these devices delivered by WHO will detect Ebola virus before laboratory research.”
The diagnostic devices based on PRC technology for the detection of Ebola has been considered a key tool to detecting the Ebola virus that has spread quickly in many countries in West Africa.

Drama Theatre 2014 November Program
November 3 (infomongolia.com) The State Academic Drama Theatre has released the 2014 November Program and in the frameworks of the "Playlet" project which has being continued since April 2014, the Theatre announces the November Program as the historical plays.
The November Program official opening ceremony will be held with a historical play "The Son of the Sky" written by B.Tsognemekh and produced by N.Naranbaatar and on the opening day on November 07th at 10:00 am, flower laying ceremony will be held to the monument of D.Natsagdorj, famed Mongolian poet, writer, playwright and founder of the Mongolian Writer's Union followed by a meeting with senior artists of Mongolian drama theatre.
Moreover, a cultural event including equestrian performance will be also held in front square of the Theatre on Friday, November 07, 2014.
Drama Theatre 2014 November Program
November 01 at 11:00 am, "Biography of Norov" children play by D.Sodnomdorj
November 01 & 02 at 05:00 pm, "Tamgagui Tur" (State with no Stamp) play by B.Lkhagvasuren, produced by Ch.Naidandorj
November 05 at 03:00 pm, "Oedipus the King" Athenian tragedy by Sophocles, produced by Ch.Tuvshin
November 07 at 06:00 pm, November 21 & 23 at 06:00 pm, November 22, 29 & 30 at 05:00 pm, "The Son of the Sky" historical play by B.Tsognemekh, produced by N.Naranbaatar
November 08 & 09 at 05:00 pm, “The Queen Anu” historical play by B.Shuudertsetseg, produced by B.Baatar
November 09, 15, 23 & 29 at 05:00 pm, “Temuujin” children play by S.Jargalsaikhan, produced by B.Baatar
November 14 at 07:00 pm, November 15 & 16 at 05:00 pm, “Saran Khukhuu” historical play by D.Ravjaa, produced by B.Munkhdorj
November 28 at 07:00 pm, “Orolmaa Ekh” historical play by Sh.Gurbazar, produced by Ch.Naidandorj
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Mongolian Youth Federation to celebrate a day for 16-year-old citizens
November 3 (news.mn) The Mongolian Youth Federation (MYF) has declared November 16th as the 16-year-old Citizens Day, launching a nationwide campaign among 16-year-old citizens of Mongolia.
When every Mongolian citizen turns 16 years old, they are issued a valid certification of the citizenship and officially become citizens of Mongolia.
Turning 16 is an important stage of life for a Mongolian citizen, marking a chance to become more involved in society with civil responsibility and roles.
On 16-year-old Citizens Day, the MYF will sponsor the “My Dream –My Goal” lecture and education courses, “Sports and Youth” sporting events, and a “Healthy, Active Lifestyle” walking tour for 16 year olds.
“Economic Relations” information and courses will also be held, promoting financial responsibility and the importance of savings for youth, and a citizenship ceremony will be organized.
The campaign was launched on November 1st, under an official event in Bagakhangai District.

Asian youth coming to Ulaanbaatar 
November 3 (Mongolian Economy) Mongolia is to be the next host of the Asian Youth Forum, an annual conference of young regional leaders that are scheduled to address the theme 'Youth and solidarity; Youth participation in supplying equality' in 2015. The Mongolian Prime Minister is hosting the event, to be held in Ulaanbaatar from May 18-21.
The organizer, Asian Youth Council (AYC) is a non-governmental, youth-serving, regional organization in consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Commission, formed on the 14th of August 1972, to promote solidarity and friendly relations among young people in Asia, as well as to strengthen national youth organizations in the region.
AYC executive Committee members convene at least once a year. Indonesia hosted the Executive Committee Meeting in the year 2006 followed by China in 2007, Korea in 2008 and Malaysia in the year 2009. Current Executive Committee Members are serving for the term of 2011 to 2014
Among the Asian Youth Council’s representative body is executive committee president Hon. Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamad Khir bin Toyo from Malaysia and Deputy President Ts. Zorigtbaatar from Mongolia.

One more province receives road to Ulaanbaatar
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) The Deputy Prime Minister D.Terbishdagva attended Saturday the opening of traffic on the 177.9-km road that connects now Sukhbaatar aimag with Ulaanbaatar.
The hard surface road has been run in frames of the Government's goal to connect all aimags' centers to the capital city by such auto bans by 2016, in total 5,400 km. At the opening ceremony of the Undurkhaan (Khentii aimag)-Munkhkhaan (Sukhbaatar aimag)-Baruun-Urt (central soum of Sukhbaatar aimag) road, the Minister noted that the Government of reforms connected six aimag centers to Ulaanbaatar within the last two years, while the auto road sphere of Mongolia had connected the same number of aimags with Ulaanbaatar in 85 years, until 2012. The new auto ban takes six hours instead of 24 as it was before to get from the UB city to this province through Undurkhaan.       
After this The Deputy PM got au fait with specialized inspection and emergency departments of Sukhbaatar, which are the matters of his concern, while accompanying the Speaker in the visit to the locality.

MP works in Indonesia
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) A head of Mongolia-Indonesia parliamentary group O.Baasankhuu MP worked in Indonesia on October 31. He met a member of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia and chairwoman of Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Committee Dr. Nurhayati Ali Assegaf to exchange with her opinions on the relations and cooperation between the two countries.
Mr Baasankhuu emphasized an importance of cooperation between the legislatures in expanding Mongolia-Indonesia relations, and expressed interest to share practices on law on mining industry, as the two countries have minerals-based economies. He also proposed studying possibilities of easing visas for Mongolian tourists on the customs of Indonesia.
Ms Assegaf appreciated that the Mongolian representative became her first foreign guest since her appointment to the head of the Committee. She said the relations between the two countries have been developing successfully, and highlighted an importance of forwarding them into every possible sector. She also supported the proposal about the visa conditions and promised to act on the matter.
Present at the meeting were the Mongolian Ambassador to Indonesia Sh.Battsetseg and a deputy chairman of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia.

Mongolia at landlocked countries conference
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Economic Cooperation D.Gankhuyag is participating in the Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) being held in Vienna November 3-5.
The conference is held once in a decade to discuss the unique problems and needs of these developing countries, as one of every six member-countries of the UN is a landlocked state.
The Mongolian delegates will present the Government policies, priorities, and actions taken for overcoming the obstacles resulting from the lack of access to international waters, and for ensuring the sustainable green development. They will also appeal other countries to join a Mongolia-initiated multi party agreement on establishing an International Think-Tank for LLDCs, and will sound the Government's positions on adopting the LLDCs action plan for 2014-2024 and on reflecting the interests of these countries to the Development Goals Beyond 2015.
The delegates will also attend other round-table meetings. They are to prepare for the organization of special event jointly with the UN Conference on Trade and Development to introduce the results of the researches, discussed during the summit held in Ulaanbaatar this June. They are also working to present an exhibition of Mongolian photographers' creations.
The head of the delegation intends to meet representatives of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the World Bank and of other LLDCs to exchange opinions on cooperation.

Foreign Ministries of Mongolia and Germany hold meeting
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) A consultative meeting between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Economic Cooperation of Mongolia and the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Germany was held Monday in Ulaanbaatar.
The meeting was chaired by the heads of the delegations–the State Secretary B.Boldbaatar and the Director-General for Asian Affairs P.Prugel.
The sides discussed a status of cooperation in politics, economy, education, culture and sciences, and talked on further plans. They also touched upon urgent regional and international problems.
B.Boldbaatar recalled the many pleasant events organized in both countries to mark the 40th anniversary of establishment of the diplomatic relations. He also requested a support for Mongolia’s participation as a partner in ITB Berlin tourism exhibition in March of 2015 and in organizations of Conference of Online Freedom Coalition in May next year and of the ASEM Summit to run in Ulaanbaatar in 2016.
The sides approved of the results of the third meeting of intergovernmental committee on Minerals and Technology Cooperation and of the fourth meeting of Mongolia-Germany Economic Committee, and then exchanged opinions on states of the upcoming joint projects on infrastructure and mining.

Discussion on Budget Transparency Law Held
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) A discussion on the preparation of the implementation of the Budget Transparency law or “A Glass Account Law”, initiated by the President of Mongolia was held at the Citizen’s Chamber on October 31.
At the discussion-meeting organized by the Office of the President of Mongolia, Deputy Ministers, State Secretaries of the Ministries, President's Advisors, President’s Office, Parliament Office, Cabinet Office of the Government, related agencies, authorities of the capital city and districts, NGO’s, citizens and representatives from media agencies were present.
Opening the discussion, Citizen Participation and Economic Policy Advisor to the President L.Dashdorj noted: “At the initiative of the President of Mongolia, the Budget Transparency law as one of the fundamental legal mechanisms of the Smart Government policy was approved by the Parliament. This law enables citizens’ control and monitoring state and local budget, ensuring a transparent system of reporting on financial transactions of public organizations. Budget Transparency Law will enter into force on January 1, 2015, and certain rules needed to implement the law”.
Chief of Staff of the Office of the President P.Tsagaan noted: “In the scope of the Smart Government policy, Budget Transparency law was initiated and submitted to the Parliament by President Elbegdorj. This law was rejected once, but we must appreciate that the Parliament eventually approved it.
Democracy is based on two core principles: accountability and transparency of the public servant. Taking this opportunity, I would like to inform that at the President’s initiative draft law on accountability is also being implemented. As President said “It is important what politicians and authorities say. But the spending of the taxpayers money, budget and loan is more important for the people”. Many people believe that the Budget Transparency law would make a huge positive impact on Mongolian society and state budget investment efficiency. Spending of the tax payers money, financial aid, foreign investment and loan will be transparent. Budget Transparency law will promote citizens’ participation and control, preventing some authorities misuse of their position. The law will help decrease financial crimes and corruption. Therefore, this is an important law which meets the interests of the individuals, the authorities and the country.
President gives great importance to the implementation of the law. I believe that this law will bring many positive results to the development of our country. Ministry of Finance would play key role in preparing the implementation of the law. Today many people gathered here, who are committed to serve as a role model and lead by example in implementing the law.
Transparency Law will take effect on January 1, 2015 and from this date public organizations will have to report on their website their financial transactions over 5 million tugrik. The first two authorities who signed the transaction will be obliged to report the document to public. In case of not fulfilling their duty, this could be an evidence of immediate dismissal from office. Also, the law includes an article which aims to reduce pressure on state budget. An official’s decision made on behalf of the Ministries or public organizations must be registered in the state administration organizations.
After the discussion, State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Kh.Gantsog made a short introduction about the Budget Transparency law and answered questions from the journalists, reports the Public Relations and Communications Division of the Office of the President.

Draft Law on Childcare Service Submitted
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) The Human Development and Social Policy Advisor to the President R.Bold submitted October 31 the draft Law on Childcare service to the Speaker of the Great Khural Z.Enkhbold.
In 2013, a total of 247104 children aged between 2-5 years were registered in Mongolia. Study shows that nearly 30 percent of them are unable to attend kindergarten. Due to the current social and economic circumstances, many children aged between 2-5 years failed to enroll in pre-school education.
In order to address this issue facing Mongolian society, jointly with the government and the private sector, President of Mongolia initiated a Law on Childcare service.
After submitting the draft law, President’s Advisor R.Bold noted: “Nearly 30 percent of the Mongolian children cannot go to the kindergarten. In other words, three in ten children have literally been locked up at home, in a risky place. During the absence of the care takers, cases of child injury and death are occurring at a certain extent. According to the situation, President of Mongolia initiated and submitted to the Parliament the draft Law on Childcare service”.
According to the draft law, new Childcare service centers will be established and its teachers must be healthy, aged between 18-60 years and must have completed secondary education. In Childcare service centers, the number of children in a class cannot exceed 20. The law enables a total of 52900 children to attend the Childcare service centers, reports the Public Relations and Communications Division of the Office of the President.

Stock Exchange news for November 3
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 3 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Monday, a total of 2,408 shares of 16 JSCs were traded costing MNT 7 million 158 thousand and 553.00.
 "Hermes Center” /520 units/, “APU” /517 units/, “Jenco Tour Buerau” /500 units/, “Remicon” /150 units/ and "Tavan Tolgoi” /149 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "APU” (MNT one million 939 thousand and 550), "Material Impex” (MNT one million 95 thousand and 600), “Gobi” (MNT 785 thousand and 400), “Tavan Tolgoi” (MNT 715 thousand and 400) and "Atar Orgoo” (MNT 612 thousand).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 550 billion 110 million 82 thousand and 999. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,473.89, decreasing 73.76 units or 0.47% against the previous day.

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