Deputy Foreign Minister of Mongolia Addresses at Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries
November 4 (infomongolia.com) Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Economic Cooperation of Mongolia, Mr. D.Gankhuyag addressed at the plenary session of the Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries opened in Vienna, Austria on November 03, 2014.
Deputy Minister D.Gankhuyag representing the country briefed about the policy and actions of the Government of Mongolia towards tackling challenges of Mongolia, which is confronted with due to its landlocked location while highlighting an importance of reflecting interests of landlocked developing countries in Post-2015 Development Agenda based on Millennium Development Goals. He also called other landlocked developing countries to join a Mongolia-initiated multilateral agreement on the establishment of Think Tank for LLDCs.
During the meeting, Deputy Minister D.Gankhuyag had bilateral meetings with Minister of Transport and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic Sultanov Kalykbek, UN ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Shamshad Akhtar and Senior Director for the Transport and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Global Practice at the World Bank Pierre Guislain to share views on bilateral cooperation issues.
Vice FM Addresses Conference for LLDCs – Montsame, November 4
Mongolia-Australia Development Forum Runs in Brisbane
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) A "Mongolia-Australia Partners for Development" NGO organized on October 31 a "Mining, sustainable development and partnership"-themed forum in Brisbane of Australia, jointly with the Griffith University of Queensland.
The key lectors at the forum were Chief Operating Officer of Oyu Tolgoi LLC Ivan Vella, a director of Centre Social Responsibility in Mining of Queensland University Prof. Saleem Ali, and the CEO of BA Economics Dr. Brian Fisher. Other lectors were representatives of several economic entities and academic organizations. The forum gathered some hundred representatives of 40 Australian organizations.
They discussed an effectiveness of the mining sector in sustainable development, ways of intensifying a development through partnerships, an exchange of knowledge, and an improvement of governance in minerals sector.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Australia Mr R.Bold addressed the meeting. Present were also Vice-speaker of Australian parliament Dr. Robinson and representatives of the Queensland government.
This NGO was founded this June by Queensland's professors and scholars and their 80 students--a part of 700 Mongolians in this country.
Mongolian Wins New York Marathon
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) Mongolian amputee runner Ms O.Saranchuluun has won the “TCS New York marathon”, which took place November 2.
Together with 70 thousand runners she crossed 42 km distance and managed to cover it in eight hours and 15 minutes.
In this marathon, ranking third in the world, has participated also another Mongolian P.Enkhmanlai who became one of the first twenty in a category of athletes on wheelchairs, He finished the race within two hours and 15 minutes.
The marathon was globally broadcasted live at NBC-5.
Mongolian Fine Art Exhibition Opens in Switzerland
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) Grand opening of the Mongolian Fine Arts exhibition in Neuchatel of Swiss Confederation took place November 1.
The action ran in frames of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Mongolia, which falls this year. The exhibition has been co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to Switzerland, Ulysse Nardin and Banca Popolare di Sondrio (Italy-based Bank). The opening was addressed by Dimitri Consoli, a director of the Bank, and by G.Jargalsaikhan, the Mongolian Ambassador to Switzerland.
The exhibition is presenting the artworks of Mongolians, namely, L.Bumandorj, Ts.Naranmandakh, B.Nomin and T.Regzen. It will be open until January 31 of 2015.
Mongolia-Germany Consultative Meeting at Foreign Ministry Level Runs in Ulaanbaatar
November 4 (infomongolia.com) A consultative meeting between the Foreign Ministries of Mongolia and the Federal Republic of Germany was held in Ulaanbaatar on November 03, 2014.
Mongolian part was chaired by State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Economic Cooperation, Bat-Amgalan BOLDBAATAR and the German side by Regional Director of the Foreign Office for Asia and the Pacific, Ambassador Peter Pruegel.
At the meeting, parties reviewed the current state of bilateral collaboration in the fields of politics, economy, culture, education and science, deliberated further goals and shared views concerning regional and international issues.
During the meeting State Secretary B.Boldbaatar recalled that a wide range of events and activities were successfully organized on the occasion of celebration the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and requested Germany to assist Mongolia as the country to participate in the ITB Berlin 2015 as a Partner Country and in the organization issues of the V Online Freedom Conference Ulaanbaatar in May 2015 and the ASEM Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in July 2016.
The sides welcomed outcomes of the third meeting of the Mongolia-Germany intergovernmental working group for the development of bilateral cooperation in the areas of mineral resources, industry and technologies held late October 2014 and the fourth meeting of the Mongolia-Germany economic commission and talked about largest projects to be carried out by the sides in the fields of mineral resources and infrastructure.
Mongolia and Germany held consultative meeting between Foreign Affairs Ministries – news.mn, November 4
Drivers who do not pay fines will be restricted from driving
November 4 (news.mn) The National Transport Authority has announced officially that it will restrict drivers who fail to take their vehicles to state inspections, or those who do not pay fines for violations of traffic rules, from driving.
The Metropolitan Traffic Police Department has registered over 580,000 vehicle and traffic violations. Traffic police officers fine approximately 600 to 700 drivers a day for traffic violations, and it is reported that up to 170 of the fined drivers have not taken their vehicles to state inspection centers.
The payment of fines is now 60 percent, according to officials.
The National Transport Authority has warned that drivers who do not pay fines for traffic violations and do not get their vehicles inspected will be punished, according to the Administrative Law of Mongolia.
Responsible Mining and Rehabilitation
By S. Batzaya
November 4 (Mongolian Economy) The Mongolian countryside extends in every direction, a beautiful expanse of grassy steppe—flowers dot the ground and trees line the hills. Could this really be the site of a former mine in operation only several years ago? “The field was rehabilitated. Now the grass and plants have grown so fast,” remarks a representative from Mining National Operator LLC, at the site of their recently reclaimed mine in Zaamar soum, Tuv aimag. “Right after exploitation, we start the rehabilitation process.”
Mining National Operator (MNO) has operated a gold mine in Baga Khailaast and Bayangol since 2010. The mining territory is surrounded by mountains, where pine and elm grow in a forest. To the north is grass and various wild plants.
In September 2014, Mining National Operator handed over the former mining territory to the local authority after completing a years-long restoration. First in 2010 they restored 28.1 hectares of an initial field mined in Zaamar. And now again a rehabilitated field mined in 2012 has been returned to the local community of Zaamar. The locals are very content with the MNO’s work.
MNO plans future for rehabilitation before ever breaking ground on a new mine. Fertile soil is removed from the ground, to be later reused in the rehabilitation process. In mountainous areas, fertile soil is about 70-80 cm thick; in other areas the thickness ranges from 20 to 50 cm. MNO performs the rehabilitation process in a very short amount of time. After the technical rehabilitation process, a biological reclamation is performed. MNO grows over 10 different types of plants and flowers. To help the process, MNO often leaves certain patches of land in the mining field untouched. When rehabilitating, the untouched patches help convert the mine back to its former natural state.
Reviving the ecosystem of a mined field requires hard work and plenty of money. In the first year of rehabilitation, MNO protects the field from animals and grazing cattle. They also install a drainage system to protect the plants from floods. After a period of diligent work and observation, the local herders are allowed to graze again. MNO also uses standard mining management practices from Australia and Canada that involve the community. They provide local residents jobs through the establishment of the Zaamar Arvijikh cooperative, and employ forestation students from vocational training centres. Locals and students have cooperated in building roads, landscaping and planting trees. Recent accomplishments show technical rehabilitation of 61.9 hectares and biological rehabilitation of 71.75 hectares for the former Bagakhailaast and Bayngol mines. Restoration was completed in September 2014.
Safety and social responsibility
“Don’t be hasty”, “Hello” and “Caution. Caution. Don’t hurry”. These words are on printed stickers attached to the vehicles and equipment of the workers, calling for a safe working environment. Safety is the MNO’s primary principle.There is a hospital onsite. Facilities also include a laboratory, a vehicle service centre, and employee rest and recreation houses that were developed in Canada. Mining National Operator likewise believes in social responsibility. MNO has completed numerous construction projects in Zaamar soum, and supports local business and enterprise. Last year, MNO invested more than MNT 100 million in the region. “We are presenting what we have accomplished to the local residents, so that they have the right perception of the MNO’s operation. This is the second time we have organised such a presentation. It is very important for us that locals have a good understanding about what we do,” said Sh.Lhamsuren, Executive Director of Mining National Operator.
Mongolia has witnessed rapid development in mining in recent years. There are companies that take treasures out of the ground and leave nothing but unproductive holes, eyesores, and an angry local community. On the contrary, there are leaders like Mining National Operator that work hard to return nature to its original state, while supporting local initiatives. Responsible mining and rehabilitation are positive trends that must see continued implementation and development in Mongolia.
What do residents of Zaamar soum think of Mining National Operator’s work?
Nyamdorj, head of the Zaamar soum Council
“Mining National Operator, which conducts mining in the region of Zaamar soum, has presented what they have done. They successfully organised ‘National rehabilitation training’ in 2013. The company is one of the best in implementing rehabilitation according to the highest standards. It cooperates closely with local residents and administrators. In the scope of this cooperation, MNO invested over MNT 100 million in the soum for the 90th anniversary of its establishment. In addition, a mutual agreement was signed to cooperate in agriculture. In order to build infrastructure, 20 families were included in creating an example district. There are 23 enterprises operating in mining in Zaamar soum. Mining National Operator has been conducting rehabilitation on time and with great responsibility. We, as a council, are satisfied with their work.”
Ch.Bayartsetseg, Deputy Mayor of Zaamar soum
“Mining National Operator has been operating actively in Zaamar since 2011. Besides cooperating with the locals, it is one of the companies that have accomplished a great deal of technical and biological rehabilitation in the region. It was wonderful to see them presenting their work to the residents. MNO should be a role model for other mining companies. We are very satisfied with the way rehabilitation is done after exploitation.”
Mongolian Researcher Kh.Purevdagva to Conduct Joint Expedition to Antarctica with Bulgarian Team
November 4 (infomongolia.com) An officer and researcher of Mongolian National Agency for Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment Monitoring, Mr. Khalzan PUREVDAGVA will be leaving the country on November 13, 2014 to conduct a joint expedition to Antarctica with a team of Bulgarian Antarctica Institute.
In the scope of his travel to Antarctica, Kh.Purevdagva will conduct a research expedition across the Livingston Island, which is located in the South Shetland Islands at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula for the period of two months and during his studies, he will stay at the St. Kliment Ohridski Station, where Bulgarian camp is stationed.
His trip to Antarctica is sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Green Development, and the Minister Mrs. S.Oyun received Kh.Purevdagva in her office and handed over the flag to hoist and the travel expenses of 14 million MNT (Tugrug) on November 03, 2014.
As of 2014, there are 50 states party to the Antarctic Treaty, whereas only 29 of the 50 parties to the agreements have the right to participate in decision-making at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, though the other 21 are still allowed to attend carrying out substantial scientific activity in the Antarctic region.
As of Mongolia, however the country does not have its own station, but authorized to set up on Livingston Island in 2013 during the research made by Professor L.Dugerjav and today, Mongolia has fully provided its preparation to be acceded into the Antarctic Treaty and soon will be ratified by the State Great Khural (Parliament) of Mongolia.
In the frameworks of participating in the international studies and joining the Treaty, Mongolia will be enacted to have its own territory and set up a Station in Antarctica to conduct studies and explorations.
Historical timelines of Mongolian explorers conducted studies in Antarctica:
- J.Tserendeleg, conducted joint studies on the upper layers of the atmosphere research with the Soviet 18th Expedition Team at “Molodyozhnaya” Station in East Antarctica at 67°40′S 45°50′E in 1972-1974.
- D.Chuluunbat, was included in the 28th Expedition Team at “Molodyozhnaya” Station to conduct researches on the upper layers of the atmosphere research in 1982-1984.
- A.Batbold, conducted joint studies on climate research with Bulgarian 16th Expedition Team at St. Kliment Ohridski Station in 2007.
- L.Dugerjav, conducted joint studies on Geology and Permafrost Research with Bulgarian 18th, 19th and 21st Expedition Teams at St. Kliment Ohridski Station in 2009, 2010, and 2012 respectively.
- D.Ganbaatar, conducted joint studies on opportunities to establish a Mongolian Station with Bulgarian 22nd Team at St. Kliment Ohridski Station in 2013.
- Lkhamsuren DUGERJAV, became the first Mongolian to hoist the Flag of Mongolia at the Zero point of Antarctica visiting the Amundsen–Scott Station (USA) in December 2012.
As of 2014, 50 states party to the Antarctic Treaty (21 states are Non-Consultative): Country Date of Entry into Force
1. Argentina: June 23, 1961
2. Australia: June 23, 1961
3. Austria: August 25, 1987 - Non-Consultative
4. Belgium: June 23, 1961
5. Belarus: December 27, 2006 - Non-Consultative
6. Brazil: May 16, 1975
7. Bulgaria: September 11, 1978
8. Canada: May 04, 1988 - Non-Consultative
9. Chile: June 23, 1961
10. China: June 08, 1983
11. Colombia: January 31, 1989
12. Cuba: August 16, 1984 - Non-Consultative
13. Czech Republic: September 01, 1993
14. Denmark: May 20, 1965 - Non-Consultative
15. Ecuador: September 15, 1987
16. Estonia: May 17, 2001 - Non-Consultative
17. Finland: May 15, 1984
18. France: June 23, 1961
19. Germany: February 05, 1979
20. Greece: January 08, 1987 - Non-Consultative
21. Guatemala: July 31, 1991 - Non-Consultative
22. Hungary: January 27, 1984 - Non-Consultative
23. India: August 19, 1983
24. Italy: March 18, 1981
25. Japan: June 23, 1961
26. Korea DPRK: January 21, 1987 - Non-Consultative
27. Korea ROK: November 28, 1976
28. Malaysia: October 31, 2011 - Non-Consultative
29. Monaco: May 30, 2008 - Non-Consultative
30. Netherlands: March 30, 1967
31. New Zealand: June 23, 1961
32. Norway: June 23, 1961
33. Pakistan: March 01, 2012 - Non-Consultative
34. Papua New Guinea: September 16, 1975 - Non-Consultative
35. Peru: April 10, 1981
36. Poland: June 23, 1961
37. Portugal: January 29, 2010 - Non-Consultative
38. Romania: September 15, 1971 - Non-Consultative
39. Russian Federation: June 23, 1961
40. Slovak Republic: January 01, 1993 - Non-Consultative
41. South Africa: June 23, 1961
42. Spain: March 31, 1982
43. Sweden: April 24, 1984
44. Switzerland: November 15, 1990 - Non-Consultative
45. Turkey: January 24, 1996 - Non-Consultative
46. Ukraine: October 28, 1992
47. United Kingdom: June 23, 1961
48. United States: June 23, 1961
49. Uruguay: January 11, 1980
50. Venezuela: May 24, 1999 - Non-Consultative
Mongolian Engineer to Participate in Antarctic Researches – Montsame, November 4
WHO Delivers Portable Ebola Testing Kits to Mongolian
November 4 (infomongolia.com) On November 03, 2014, an official ceremony to hand over the first package of 100 pieces of portable Ebola testing kits was held at the Emergency Management Center of the Ministry of Health of Mongolia.
These rapid testing kits worth of 1,500 EUR were manufactured in Germany with 97-100% of chance to detect the virus and were presented by the WHO Resident Representative Dr. Soe Nyunt-U and Mongolia becomes the first country in the Asia and the Pacific western coastal zone to receive these testing kits.
As of today, the Government of Mongolia spends over 400 million MNT (Tugrug) to prevent the outbreak of the disease following Cabinet Resolution No. 346.
Mongolia at ITB Asia Exhibition
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) Mongolian companies have taken part in a major tourism exhibition-fair ITB Asia, which ran in "Marina Bay Sands" hall in Singapore on October 29-31.
The seventh exhibition was attended by 825 representatives of 73 countries, were also the registered 9,100 tourism representatives of 110 countries. The number of the participants increased by seven percent against the previous year.
During the exhibition, the Mongolian Ambassador to Singapore B.Delgermaa held business meetings with a director of ITB Berlin Mr David Ruetz and a director for Partner Countries of ITB Berlin Ms Rika Jean Francois. According to Mr Ruetz, through inking a memorandum of cooperation with the ITB Berlin and becoming a partner to this organization Mongolia will be included in eight-stage project for sustainable development of tourism industry, introduced to the online network of 44 million 797 thousand users, and will be advertized globally through this daily information network.
Mongolia’s first tourism entities “New Juulchin World Tours” LLC and “Zendmen travels” LLC have participated in the ITB Asia.
Vice Minister about Implementations of Light Industry Projects
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) The Vice Minister of Industry and Agriculture B.Tsogtgerel participated November 3 in the "Hour of Construction" traditional meeting to report on the state of implementations of light industry projects.
The Government of reforms allocated loans of MNT 154 billion from the government “Chinggis” bonds revenue for 159 projects, in frames of its policy to promote five priority industries of cashmere, wool, sewing, dairy and greenhouse farming, he reminded. In a scope of 888” project on promoting import-substituting and export-increasing products, a first financing of the approved total investment of MNT 109 billion for 15 projects has reached the targets, "the government also provided loans of MNT 50 billion for 29 projects out of the 140 billion approved for promoting a leather industry," he said.
The development of industrial mentality instead of bargaining is a brand new trend in Mongolia’s economic history, resulting from the announcement of industrial era by the Government of reforms, he went on. In the last two months, a wet-concentrate processing plant opened in Bulgan aimag, and a copper-and-molybdenum concentrate processing plant opened in Erdenet, moreover, a bone-recycling factory will lead a development way for wide range of factories such as of oil, flour, calcium, soap, shampoo, china, and souvenirs, said Mr Tsogtgerel.
"There are complaints that the financing has slowed down due to transactions between commercial banks, it nit like that because these banks issue transactions after careful assessment and investigation over the entities and projects," he noted. He also added that Khan and Golomt banks issue major loans for 56-65 projects, the Trade and Development Bank issued the largest amount of loans--55 billion Togrog. In times of such unprecedented amount of financing from the government, the establishment of a cooperation mechanism between private entities and commercial banks will provide a good basis for further development, he said.
Health Ministry Receives Reps of Chinese Company
By N. Khaliun
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) A director of the Department of policy implementation and coordination at the Ministry of health Ya.Buyanjargal has received the representatives of the Chinese Ordon LLC.
The latter expressed a willingness to cooperate on a concession basis with the Ministry in a medical waste treatment. The guests also said that their company is engaged in sale and delivery of equipment for decontamination and disposal of such waste.
Last Week’s Bestsellers
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) The list of 10 best-sold books in Internom bookstores between October 27 and November 2 was topped again by the Oxford English-Mongolian and Mongolian-English pocket dictionaries by Monsudar.
They were followed by the Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson’s "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". The two series have been included in the bestsellers’ list since the beginning of their release.
The new on the list was "Putin" by Leonid Mlechin. The book tells the story of Russian president V.Putin until he was elected as such for the third time.
The other bestsellers became “Lean In: Women, Work and Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg, “The Girl Who Played with Fire” by Stieg Larsson, Rarity III (My little pony) by K.Cook, “Sorkhugtani” by B.Sarantuya, and “One Hundred Years of Solitude” By Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
City Congratulates Silver Medalist of Draught World Cup
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) The Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economy of Ulaanbaatar N.Bataa received Tuesday the silver-medalist of 10x10 Draughts World Youth Championship B.Monkhjin and B.Misheel, who ranked 11th, and their families.
The World Championships ran in Tallinn of Estonia this October. At a request from the Mongolian Union of Draughts, the travel and other costs for the participation of these two players were provided by the UB city administration.
During the meeting, the Deputy Mayor congratulated the children for the demonstration of a “great intellectual potential of Mongolian children” and for raising the country’s prestige on a global stage. "We are always ready to promote our athletes who will compete in regional and international tournaments, by all means," said N.Bataa.
The ten-year old girl World silver-medalist B.Munkhjin has a twin who also plays draughts. They are trained by the youngest master of sports of Mongolia G.Kherlenmoron, who is 14 years old. The families of the athletes thanked the city administrators and the Citizen Representative B.Tomorchuluun for their support.
Mongolia to Host ASEM11 Summit
November 4 (news.mn) Mongolia will host the 11th ASEM Summit of Heads of State and Government in Ulaanbaatar in July 2016, announced Mongolian President Tsahiagiin ELBEGDORZJ during the final press conference at the 10th ASEM Summit of Heads of State and Government held from 16-17 October 2014 in Milan.
The 11th ASEM Summit will also be the 20th Anniversary since the Asia-Europe Meeting dialogue process was inaugurated in 1996 in Bangkok.
Mongolian Entrepreneurs' Forum 2014 to be held in UB
November 4 (news.mn) Mongolian Entrepreneurs' Forum 2014 will be organized in Ulaanbaatar, on November 10 and 11th.
The School of Business of National University of Mongolia is organizing the event in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor, Startup Mongolia NGO, and with support from the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, United Association of Mongolian Employers NGO, and JCI Mongolia.
The forum is expected to be a platform for promoting knowledge about entrepreneurship, to take entrepreneurship education (courses and research) to a new level, improve the legal environment for new businesses, build a national strategy to develop entrepreneurship, to link organizations in the field, and to seek ways to solve challenges for Mongolian entrepreneurs.
Public sector corruption hampers private sector
By A. Burnee
November 4 (Mongolian Economy) Nearly half of the companies surveyed (43.3 percent) in the fifth Study of Private Perceptions of Corruption (STOPP) reported that corruption in the public sector is affecting them directly.
The Asia Foundation and the Sant Maral Foundation released the study on Mongolian corruption in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development’s Strengthening Transparency and Governance in Mongolia (STAGE) project.
“The study aims to strengthen democratic governance with more responsible and transparent legal regulations through supporting power balance,” according to Meloney C. Lindberg, country representative of the Asia Foundation. Despite the high level of public corruption, the survey shows significant improvement from previous years.
Asked which organisations create the most obstacles for business, respondents cited the tax office (30.6 percent), the Specialized Inspection Agency (18.2 percent), and customs (11.8 percent). Averaged over all five previous STOPP surveys, negative assessments prevail over positive assessments, by roughly 70 percent to 20 percent of those polled.
64.5 percent of individual citizens who participated in study feel the public sector is fundamentally corrupt.
Mongolian businesses report that the main obstacles to business in Mongolia are high taxes (52.1 percent), access to credit (26.2 percent), and strong competition from other companies (21.5 percent).
Although the overall assessment remains negative, the number of businesses reporting ‘a lot’ of corruption dropped by 5.4 percent. The number of companies that ‘never’ encountered corruption also increased.
Gender differences in attitudes toward corruption are tied to the size and sector of businesses. Big manufacturing, construction, and mining businesses employ more men, while smaller service and trade businesses employ more women. When the data are separated by gender, the variations are found to be connected to differences among these sectors.
Mongolian Team of 50 Athletes to Compete in 2014 Asian
Beach Games in 8 Sports Events
November 4 (infomongolia.com) On November 14-21, 2014, the Fourth Asian Beach Games will be taking place in Phuket Island, Thailand bringing sportsmen of 42 countries to compete in 26 sports categories (169 events), and Mongolian Team has claimed to participate in 8 sports events.
On November 03, 2014, the President of Mongolian National Olympic Committee Mr. D.Zagdsuren and Vice President Mr. J.Khatanbaatar received Mongolian representatives of 50 athletes to participate in the 2014 Asian Beach Games.
In the 2014 Games, Mongolia for first time will be competing in Muay Thai, Beach Modern Pentathlon and Petanque, and as of other events to participate are Beach Wrestling, Beach Basketball, Ju-Jitsu, Kurash and Sambo.
As of today, Mongolian Team had won two medals from the Asian Beach Games, where T.Enkh-Amgalan won a Gold medal in the +85 kg category of Beach Wrestling from the 2008 Asian Games held in Bali, Indonesia, and the second medal of Bronze was achieved by the Men’s Basketball Team from the 2012 Asian Beach Games took place in Haiyang city of the People's Republic of China.
Mollywood Box Office: Top Movies of October 2014
November 4 (infomongolia.com) Upon the initiation of Mongolian Authority for Fair Competition and Consumer Protection, a gross income of Mongolian movies screened at cinemas was announced for October 2014.
Accordingly, 11 movies were screened nationwide in October and the top earned movie was selected as “Tusgai Ajillagaa” (Special Operation) making a total of 94.7 million MNT in only 10 days.
The “Tusgai Ajillagaa” is a 2014 Mongolian comedy film by “Go Adventure” Studio, Directed by D.Galbayar, produced by U.Munkh-Erdene and was first released on October 22, 2014.
Turning Coal into ‘Gold’
By Paul Sullivan, Georgetown University
November 4 (UB Post) One of the most important concepts for a country rich in natural resources to understand is value added. Another is employment generation. Mongolia could dig out its coal and send it to the Chinese and others and create a lot of wealth in the process. It could also create some jobs in the coal extraction and transport industries. However, it could create a lot more wealth and jobs if it focused on the processing of that coal, and also changing that coal into other products.
Coal is not just a dirty, hard, and polluting fossil fuel. It is a fuel source for electricity production for many places, including Mongolia where about 99% of its electricity is made with coal. The type of coal that is used is called steam coal most often, this is mostly bituminous coal or even some of the softer, less clean coals like lignite. These types of coal are crushed into a powdery state in the electricity station and then burned to create heat. That heat is used to create steam. The steam turns a turbine. The turbine creates electricity. So coal can be used to make directed electrons, or electricity. Coal is a fuel that is used often in cement production. It is also used in the making of steel and other metals. Coal can be turned into something called coke, which is a lot better to use in steel mills than just plain coal. Coke is more energy rich than plain coal, even the most carbon rich and energy rich coal, such as anthracite or even graphite. Coal tar and other coal residual products can also be used in the production of petrochemicals.
Coal can also be used in petrochemicals production due to the gases that are produced in underground coal gasification. This way the coal does not need to be dug out, and the soil and water on the surface damaged in the process. Gases are produced when the coal is heated with water vapor and either oxygen or air pumped in very deep in the ground where the coal seams are found. The coal need not be burned underground to make this happen. It is heated in a controlled way with specific “oxidants” used to make the chemical processes produce the specific gases from the coal. These gases include hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane (natural gas), hydrogen sulfide, and others according to the chemical makeup and impurities in the coal seam. These gases as a total are often called syngas, or synthetic gas. They are synthesized from coal, oxygen or air, and water vapor. One feeder pipeline going into the coal seam sends the oxidants down. The other outflow pipe brings up the syngas. The syngas itself can be burned for fuel, but mostly for electricity production. This method of using coal for electricity is a lot cleaner than simply burning crushed coal in the generating plant.
Sometimes the coal is delivered directly to the electricity generation plant. Then it is gasified in a part of the plant, then specific gases from that process are fed into the electricity generation system. This is what is called an integrated coal combined cycle gasification plant. They are extremely expensive so for now not a good idea for Mongolia. Some cost in the range of $2.5-5 billion dollars. That is a hefty price. It is a lot cheaper to gasify the coal underground and send the syngas to the generating plant. It would be best to have the coal and gasifier system near to the electricity plant, but sometimes that is not possible so pipeline systems need to be set up.
One project Mongolia may consider is a combination of many coal gasification facilities and a significant pipeline system bringing the syngas to synfuels factories. Synfuels are a result of some fairly complex chemical, pressure and heat processes that can produce diesel fuel, petrol, and other products from the original syngas. Is this not amazing. Coal can produce fuel for a car or truck?
Methanol, another possible fuel for transportation and other economic activities can also be produced from coal. Natural gas, CH4, can be taken directly out of coal seams as coal bed methane, but can also be extracted from coal from gasification and also via the production of synfuels. So Mongolia could have another transport fuel from coal, CNG of compressed natural gas. LNG, or liquified natural gas, can also be a product of various coal processes.
With the right training, education, investment and equipment, Mongolians could also turn coal into, and this is really amazing, a huge list of products most would never even consider to be from coal: soaps, aspirin, dyes, plastics, fibers like nylon and rayon, carbon fiber for car manufacturing and the like, benzene, coke, ammonia, fertilizers, urea, formaldehyde, nitric acid, activated carbon for air and water cleaning, polyvinyl chloride (for plumbing pipes, etc.), ingredients for cosmetics, resins and even ingredients to toothpastes and shampoos (especially anti-lice shampoos and anti-dandruff shampoos). This is just a partial list of the things that coal could make.
Why just export the raw coal? In the medium to long runs Mongolia could develop a series of industries based on its huge coal reserves that would help capture the value added of those industries. Otherwise, other countries who have these industries capture the value. It is like selling raw diamonds instead of polished jewelry. The biggest return to diamonds is at the last stages of cutting, polishing and setting. Coal in the rough can be used to make a lot of things that could be pure “gold” in income for Mongolia and Mongolians.
If the development of these coal-based industries have the right offsets from investors then many scholarships, training institutes, and more could be developed in Mongolia. Mongolia could also in a few decades be an invention hub for coal-based industries. Mongolian universities could find themselves at the forefront of clean coal and coal derivatives inventions.
Imagine all of this. Now think of a palm-sized piece of coal and what could be done with it — and for the Mongolian people. A lot of money will be pouring into Mongolia because of its raw materials. Much of that money could be used to develop skills and education of the Mongolian people, and in the development of industries that could grasp the value added of coal-based industries for Mongolia and Mongolians.
Ministry of Health meets JICA reps
By N. Khaliun
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) A director of the Department of policy implementation and coordination at the Ministry of health of Mongolia Ya.Buyanjargal met with the representatives of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on November 3.
They spoke about a post-training monitoring of Mongolian medical doctors and obstetricians who had been trained a "safe motherhood" in Japan, and said the JICA is delighted with effective implementation of its mission in the region.
The visitors also focused on lessons for our doctors and obstetricians from regional diagnostic-and-treatment enter and national center of Mother and Infant health on implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the fetal electrocardiogram (ECG).
Draft law on collateral for loan submitted
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) A member of parliament Ms G.Uyanga submitted on November 4 a draft law on collateral for loans to the Speaker Z.Enkhbold.
Many years passed since the pawn shops had taken over the roles to provide cash for people in need of immediate loans. "There are laws and norms that regulate relations between other financial subjects and customers such as laws on banks, saving and credit cooperatives and on other financial organizations, but an integral part of the financial sector--the pawn shops, responsible for loans, still have been operating without any specific regulations," she explained.
On the motives to develop this draft law, Ms Uyanga named a necessity to regulate the financial sphere that currently lacks such regulations and to eliminate the consequences on society because of that lack.
Stock Exchange news for November 4
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Tuesday, a total of 54,562 shares of 14 JSCs were traded costing MNT four billion 349 million 265 thousand and 967.00.
"Remicon” /5,962 units/, “Binse” /2,000 units/, “APU” /787 units/, “Nako Fuel” /300 units/ and "Merex” /197 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "APU” (MNT two million 912 thousand and 940), "Binse” (MNT one million and 172 thousand), “Remicon” (MNT 601 thousand and 10), “Mongol Nekhmel” (MNT 201 thousand and 600) and "Nako Fuel” (MNT 85 thousand 500).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 547 billion 569 million 491 thousand and 421. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,399.51, decreasing 74.38 units or 0.48% against the previous day.
About "Education: Money, Quality and Responsibility" meeting
By N. Khaliun
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) Titled as such national civil society forum is running in capital city on November 4-5.
Its participants are discussing a quality of education. Reports are being given about investments in education and dormitory. Present are some 300 officials of educational sector, human rights sphere and youth organizations.
Regional seminar approaches
By N. Khaliun
Ulaanbaatar, November 4 (MONTSAME) A fourth regional seminar on the Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus Project will run in Ulaanbaatar on November 5-7.
Over 100 representatives of ten Asian cities and delegates of the Capital city's administration and Government of Mongolia and from German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) will attend this seminar. The participants are supposed to discuss such issues as Integrated resource management, an implementation of the Urban Nexus Project, an ensuring of a participation of citizens in this project, and to exchange experience.
The Urban Nexus Project, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by the GIZ, is aimed to promote nexus-oriented changes in urban management.