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Mongolia Brief December 11, 2014



Ulaanbaatar Development Strategy to Be Adopted
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) Department for Economic Development of the capital city held a steering committee meeting on Wednesday to discuss an issuing of the Ulaanbaatar’s economic development strategies.

These strategies were introduced by the department head E.Temuulin, while the "UB and public-private partnership"--by a permanent representative of the Asian Development Bank to Mongolia Robert Schoellhammer. Then the steering committee decided to have a related organization develop the strategies and conduct the implementation process.
Present were the committee members--the Mayor E.Bat-Uul, the Deputy mayor responsible for finance and economy N.Bataa, a Deputy responsible for social development Ts.Enkhtsengel, and a deputy responsible for urban development and investments S.Orchirbat, along with representatives of public and private entities. 

Cabinet to turn government office building into children's hospital
December 11 (news.mn) Thursday's regular cabinet meeting decided to open a 150 bed hospital to provide children with medical assistance and treatment, as a subject of the Ministry of Health and Sports, by remodeling an office building of the government, on December 11th.
The cabinet ordered Health and Sports Minister G.Shiilegdamba to oversee the selection of a state owned office building for the hospital, and to provide preparations for the hospital's operations and professional management. Finance Minister J.Erdenebat will be responsible for securing the required funding for the hospital.
Specialists of the Health and Sports Ministry think the hospital can be opened at the 10th government office building, once home to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
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Khamba Lama D.Choijamts elected as chair to the Sixth Buddhist Summit
December 11 (news.mn) The Sixth World Buddhist Supreme Conference is now underway under the theme "How to contribute to world peace and serenity for humanity through Buddhism", at the Head Temple of the Nenbutshusu sect of Buddhism in Kobe, Japan, from December 8-13th.
Spiritual ambassadors from various countries, including Head of the Mongolian Buddhist Centre of Gandantegchinlen Monastery Senior  Khamba Lama D.Choijamts, are among those present for the occasion. The Head of Gandantegchinlen has been elected as chair to the Sixth World Buddhist Summit.
This is the first time the chair of the summit has been elected from Mongolia.

Ulaanbaatar Railway JSC's General Committee holds a meeting
December 11 (news.mn) Mongolian-Russian joint stock company Ulaanbaatar Railway's General Committee is holding its regular meeting today, on December 11th.
Russian delegates have already arrived in Ulaanbaatar to attend at the meeting.  Russian representatives of Ulaanbaatar Railway JSC will meet government officials and prior to starting the meeting.
There are no reports about what issues will be raised at the General Committee meeting, but there is speculation that the General Committee may discuss appointing a new head of Ulaanbaatar Railway JSC. Currently, G.Sereenendorj is Acting Head of the JSC.

Former Transport Minister appointed Advisor to Speaker
December 11 (news.mn) Lawyer A.Gansukh, who was formerly the Minister for Roads and Transportation in N.Altankhuyag's government, has been appointed as Advisor to Speaker of Mongolian Parliament Z.Enkhbold, replacing advisor N.Luvsanjav.
The integration of the Ministry of Roads and Transportation with the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development has raised criticism, but now the former minister will continue to have an influential role in government as advisor to the Speaker. 

World Bank Ready to Expand Its Support for Mongolia, Says Regional Vice President Axel Van Trotsenburg
December 11 (infomongolia.com) On the first day in his office on December 10, 2014, the Finance Minister J.Erdenebat received a delegation from the World Bank led by Regional Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, Mr. Axel van Trotsenburg.
During the meeting, parties emphasized some measures are needed to immediately take into action on implementation of Mongolia's long-term development goals and on the issues facing the economy as well as the importance of close work between the World Bank and the Ministry of Finance.
In particular, the sides stressed that it is necessary to focus on the World Bank's concessional loans to implement priority projects in economic, social and infrastructure sectors.
In his notification, Regional Vice President Axel van Trotsenburg said the World Bank is ready to collaborate on developing content in the draft laws on budget and debt management as well as on projects and programs to be implemented by concessional loans. Moreover, he expressed his willingness to provide support and assistance in connection with the Ministry of Finance is responsible for loan issues and further to work closely with the staff of the Ministry.
Furthermore, the two sides agreed to stimulate cooperation and concluded the meeting by exchanging views on measures how to solve problems quickly and overcome its development challenges.
On the same day, the Regional Vice President Axel van Trotsenburg called on the Speaker of the Parliament Z.Enkhbold, where parties discussed about on current situation of Mongolia’s state budget and projects and programs to be implemented by the World Bank in the country.

Global Militarization Index 2014: Mongolia
December 11 (infomongolia.com) Bonn International Center for Conversion, an independent, non-profit organization, has released the 2014 Global Militarisation Index (GMI) that depicts the relative weight and importance of the military apparatus of one state in relation to its society as a whole.
The update of the GMI 2014 is based on data from the year 2013 and comprises 151 states, where Israel, Singapore, Armenia, Syria, Russia, Cyprus, South Korea, Jordan, Greece and Azerbaijan are amongst the top ten countries with the highest levels of militarization. The high levels of militarization in these countries are mostly the result of comprehensive arms purchases.
Many states focus on the expansion and modernization of their air force as well as the purchase of strategic weapons, such as missiles that allow aiming at more distant targets in the region.
The high level of militarization in the region is also reflected in the ratio of military expenditures to the gross domestic product (GDP) of some countries.
In this regard, Mongolia, with total population of 2.9 million people (2013) with the total GDP (PPP) of 26.8 billion USD, where 9,293 USD per capita (2013), is ranked at the 15th in the 2013 Global Militarization Index.

New Leadership of Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Elected
December 11 (infomongolia.com) It was previously reported that the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) elected its President concurrent Board Director as Mr. Baatarjav LKHAGVAJAV succeeding Member of Parliament S.Demberel during the 19th Assembly Meeting held on December 08, 2014.
So on the following day, the Assembly members voted the MNCCI leaderships electing Mrs. Magvan OYUNCHIMEG as Director of the MNCCI, Mr. Myanganbuu SARANDAVAA as the Vice Director of the MNCCI and Mr. Enebish OYUNTEGSH as the Secretary General of the MNCCI respectively.
According to new regulation issued during the 19th Assembly Meeting, the MNCCI President is entrusted to communicate with state government organs and to protect and represent the interests of businesses.
Also, to guide the activity of the Chamber under affiliated law and regulations, where the Director and Vice Director are responsible to carry out and manage day-to-day activities.
Moreover, the renewed MNCCI Board of Directors consists of 75 selected members, whereas 21 are from provincial branches, 50 are business representatives and 4 representatives of the MNCCI are President, Director, Vice Director and Secretary General.

American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia Renews Board Members
December 11 (infomongolia.com) On December 10, 2014, the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia (AmCham Mongolia) called a press conference regarding the new composition in their Board of Directors.
It was announced that the founder of AmCham Mongolia and CEO of Woodmont International, Mr. Jackson Cox is re-elected as the Board Director and Chairman.
Moreover, incumbent Vice Chairman Ganzorig MAGNAI, Executive Director of Magnai Trade LLC, is also re-elected.
But the AmCham Mongolia made changes in the Board Members as below:
- D.Onchinsuren, Director of “Deloitte Onch Audit” LLC
- James Liotta, partner of “Mahoney Liotta” LLC
- David Reiner, Executive Director of Mongolian Star Melchers
- Steve Potter, Managing Director of Wagner Asia Equipment LLC
- Michael Jonas, Executive Vice President of Genie Oil Shale Mongolia LLC
- Tseveensuren BAYARBAT, Office Director of Crown Worldwide Group Mongolia
- G.Mandakh, Director of “Ayanchin Outfitters” LLC
During the press conference, Board Director Jackson Cox noted, “We have opened the AmCham Mongolia in 2011. The Chamber is an independent membership-driven organization that seeks to build, strengthen, and protect business between the United States and Mongolia and to actively promote Mongolia as a destination for American investment. In this regard, we want our members to focus on strengthening the new Mongolian Government’s economy and create more jobs as well as facilitate foreign investment and to facilitate the establishment of new registration on enterprises and to make it clear to businesses on tax policies”.
AmCham Mongolia is accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as its official affiliate in Mongolia. Based in Washington, DC, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the largest business federation in the world with over 3 million member companies.
AmChams have been established in over 100 countries in the world.
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Speaker Meets UNFPA Management Director
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) The Speaker of parliament Z.Enkhbold Thursday received a delegation headed by Mr Subhash K.Gupta, the director for management services at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The Speaker wished Mr Subhash a nice stay here and said Mongolia is always thankful to him for paying great attention to the reproductive issues.
In response, Mr Subhash underlined that Mongolia has taken a special role in the UNFPA and has been one of the leading countries in participating in any projects and programmes. He said the UNFPA thanks the Mongolian government and parliament for working out and implementing important policies focused on population, and expressed a gratitude to our parliament for discussing bills on family violence and to the government for conducting a "Giving birth safely" named survey.
UNFPA support and assistance will continue focused on policies, and this will let cooperate with parliament and government longer, he noted.
The Speaker thanked the UNFPA’s side for cooperating with the parliamentary Standing committee on social policy, education, culture and science in correlating the data and information about population’s dynamic migration, reproductive health and gender with the policies and programmes. He said a law on family violence will be adopted soon, and force and techniques will be augmented at the police organizations to combat this kind of violence. 

Mining Minister Reports on License Bids
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on December 10 heard the Mining Minister R.Jigjid's report on implementation of the regulation on selecting owners for 106 exploration and exploitation licenses that have been cancelled in accordance with the court decisions and on process of the related to it bids.
The regulation has been adopted this year by the government resolution No.216. Three-level court reached a conclusion in 2013 that owning of the 106 special licenses was illegal being conducted without any selection procedures required. Therefore, the cabinet adopted in July this year the above regulation to compensate the damage inflicted to the companies-owners of these licenses. The document regulates a preparation for the bids in order to provide equality for the competing companies, activities of the selecting commission, criteria for selection, and assessment of the proposals for the selection. Threshold prices have been designated based on the estimated expenses provided by the former operating companies with guaranteed financial information.
“Data from the Land Register System shows that operations of 18 sites had been already cancelled, before the court decisions, nine sites are in special-use territories, one site is in a strategic deposit, and 46 sites are not listed in any special areas," said the Minister. The bid processes are running normally at the moment, he added.

Permanent Rep Attends Event to Read UDHR
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) The Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations Mr O.Och took part in a public reading of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) held on December 9, the eve of the Human Rights Day.
Mr Och read the #8 article of the UDHR in Mongolian, which says: "Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law".
The UDHR has been translated into some 300 languages and regional dialects. The event of reading the UDHR ran in the Schomburg Center, New York City.
It is not accidental to choose the event’s venue in Schomburg Center because this center is the headquarters of the Cultural Research Center of Black People, and the UN GA launched this year the International Decade for People of African Descent.
At the event which hosted by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Mr Ivan Simonovic, the UDHR’s preamble was read by Mr Jan Eliasson,  A UN Deputy Secretary-General and his daughter. Other some 30 articles were read by representatives and Ambassadors of over 30 countries, international organizations and students.
The UDHR is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled.
The Declaration consists of thirty articles which have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions, and other laws. It has been translated into some 300 languages and regional dialects.
Since 1950, the Day of Human Rights is celebrated on the day of the UDHR’s adoption.

Cabinet Considers Tax Exemptions on Mongolia-Austria Projects
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) The Cabinet at its meeting on December 10 decided to present a draft law to parliament on allowing tax exemption for materials required for certain projects to be funded by Austrian government loans.
An agreement has been established by the Governments of Mongolia and Austria on November 18 of 2011 to co-implement several programs and projects. In a scope of this agreement, an easy-term loan of EUR 40 million will be provided by the Austrian government for joint implementation of large programs on infrastructure, education, health and social care. The agreement’s financial plan outlines the activities such as renovations of medical equipment of the National Center for Oncology, the National Health Center for Mothers and Children and of the Hospital for Government Special Services, and introducing a excavation-free technologies to renovate the drinking and waste water pipes of Ulaanbaatar, as well as improving the fire-fighting technical capacity of the Emergency services.
The cabinet also decided to assign to the Mongolian Ambassador to Austria G.Batjargal the right to sign the extension of Export Credit Agreement for the projects to be implemented.
The cabinet meeting concludes that modernizing the medical and diagnostic instruments of the large state hospitals will assist chemo-treatments, microsurgery and organ transplants, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, and hemodialysis treatments in Mongolia to satisfy the international standards.

Foreign Minister Meets Japanese Delegation
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Purevsuren Thursday received a delegation led by Mr J.Ihara, head of the Asia-Pacific Department of the Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Japanese delegation is visiting here to participate in a regular consultative meeting between the bodies of foreign, defense and security affairs.
Beginning the meeting, Mr Ihara congratulated Mr Purevsuren on being appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and expressed his satisfaction with widening of the bilateral relations and cooperation in all spheres and activating of high-level mutual visits. He said Japan wants to boost the mutual visit, keeping the dynamics of the cooperation.
The Foreign Minister Mr Purevsuren expressed his satisfaction with reaching a principal agreement to establish an Economic Partnership Agreement, and said Mongolia is ensuring preparations for signing the Agreement in near future.

Consultative meeting between Mongolia and Japan held
December 11 (news.mn) Director of the Department of Asia-Pacific Countries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Ch.Bayarmunkh and Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asia and Oceania Affairs Junichi Ihara held the consulative “Politico-Military Meeting” in UIaanbaatar, on December 10th.
At the meeting, the parties spoke about bilateral relations and cooperation between Mongolia and Japan and a number of Asia-Pacific regional issues, and exchanged views.
The consultative meeting has been held since 2013 to strengthen Mongolian-Japanese strategic partnership.
Officials of the Mongolian National Security Council, and Defense Ministry of Mongolia and Japan were also present at the meeting.
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Measure on Cyber Security Runs
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) The "Cyber training-2014" measures took place Thursday with a participation of 75 experts from 62 state organizations, at the National IT Park.
It has been organized by the Cyber Security Agency together with the Regulatory Council for Combating Terrorism, the National Data Center and the National IT Park in frames of directions to prevent cyber hazards and protect people from cyber dangers.
The participants delivered reports "Vulnerability of wireless Internet", "Network security", "Fishing", "Plug X hazardous code", "Safety of E-mails" and "Introduction of general data of state information". These reports have been based on results of the latest surveys into information security and cyber attacks among state and private organizations, and other documents.
This kind of measure is expected to run regularly. 

Disabled People Awarded
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) On occasion of the International Human Rights Day, the administration of Ulaanbaatar on Wednesday gave awards to two people with disabilities.
The title of Foremost Worker of the city went to B.Orgodol, a media officer at the National Center of Rehabilitation. and the credentials--to B.Chuluundorj, a head of the National Union for People on  Wheelchairs for big contributions to protecting interests of the disabled and making the state services quicker for them.

Kincora Copper Identifies New Targets at Bronze Fox
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) Mongolia-based copper explorer Kincora 2014 field work has identified a number of new targets at its Bronze Fox prospect but nothing economic as yet, it said on Thursday.
Sam Spring, Kincora’s chief executive, added: “As with previous field seasons, this year’s activities returned extensive copper at various targets without yet defining mineralization that could be considered economic. 
“One of the last holes of the year returned favourable gold mineralization in a new zone at Sophie North.
“A number of targets remain open and prospective for both copper and gold throughout the Bronze Fox license with further systematic surface exploration expected in 2015, a plan for which has been defined and supported by existing cash reserves, and drilling.
"Spring added that the company will not explore any further on the Golden Grouse gold licences until the dispute with the Mongolian government over tenure is resolved, reports the Proactive Investors.
"Kincora Copper Limited is a mining exploration and development company focused on copper/gold mineralization projects in Mongolia. Its key asset is the Bronze Fox copper/gold deposit located in South East Mongolia and within the world-class Oyu Tolgoi copper belt. Bronze Fox was explored by numerous expeditions in the past, several high anomaly areas have been identified with the potential for further development."

President’s participation in APEC summit discussed
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) On December 10, the cabinet discussed results of the attendance of President Ts.Elbegdorj in the APEC Summit which ran this November 8-11 in Beijing, and obligated the Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Purevsuren to submit these results to the Security Council of Mongolia.
A discussion "Strengthening Partnerships on Infrastructure" ran during the summit at initiative of the Chair–the People’s Republic of China. The forum was chaired by the Chinese President Xi Jinping and addressed by heads of eight participating states and by heads of two international organizations, who expressed own positions on building a fundamental economic structure for development, thus on conducting a mutually beneficial cooperation. The Chinese side informed that it decided to allocate USD 40 billion for settling the investment and financial issues in frames of the “Silk Road” initiative by the PRC.
Mr Elbegdorj emphasized Mongolia’s efforts towards accessing the APEC, noting that Mongolia will serve as an important structural junction being located at the boundaries of Asia and Europe. He presented the activities running in Mongolia on infrastructural spheres and proposed cooperation on transit transports within the scope of “Steppe Road” initiative.
During the summit, the President met his counterpart Xi Jinping to exchange opinions on the bilateral relations, and was paid courtesy call by the chairman of the NPC Standing committee Zhang Dejiang. Mr Xi and Mr Elbegdorj unanimously appreciated the fruitful outcomes of the first trilateral meeting of the heads of three states: Mongolia, Russia and China.

Minister of Finance presents drafts
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) At the cabinet meeting on December 10, the Minister of Finance J.Erdenebat presented the introductions of the draft amendments to the State Budget 2014, to Budget of the Human Development Fund 2014, to the Budget of the Social Insurance of 2014, as well as all follow-up regulations and parliament resolutions to the above.

Wagner Asia in Mongolia wins 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) Under-Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli presented on December 9 the Secretary of State's 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) to EcoPlanet Bamboo Group in Nicaragua, Wagner Asia Equipment, LLC in Mongolia, and The Coca-Cola Company in the Philippines.
The annual award recognizes U.S.-owned businesses that play vital roles around the world as good corporate citizens in supporting sustainable development, respect for human and labor rights, environmental protection, open markets, transparency, and other democratic values.
Wagner Asia Equipment, LLC in Mongolia, a heavy equipment dealership, was honored for its commitment to public-private partnerships with Mongolia’s local and national governments to protect the environment, including through planting more than 900 trees; conducting workshops for students on environment and ecology; implementing a project to build a community garden; and rehabilitating a toxic waste site. Wagner employs persons with disabilities and provides employees with medical care and generous financing for housing.
The winners were chosen from among nine finalists. The other six finalists were Chevron Corporation in Burma, ContourGlobal in Togo, General Electric International, Inc. in Tunisia, GlassPoint Solar in Oman, and The Linden Centre in China, reported the US Embassy Thursday. 

Stock Exchange news for December 11
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 11 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Thursday, a total of 1,702 units of 16 JSCs were traded costing MNT 11 million 317 thousand and 507.00.
"Moninjbar” /703 units/, “Remikon” /250 units/, “Tavantolgoi” /175 units/, “Gobi” /167 units/ and "Hermes center” /100 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "Bayangol hotel” (MNT three million and 480 thousand), "UB-BUK” (MNT three million 256 thousand and 960), “Tav” (MNT two million and 196 thousand), “Gobi” (MNT one million 239 thousand and 250) and "Tavantolgoi” (MNT 786 thousand and 590).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 464 billion 911 million 738 thousand and 458. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,049.14, increasing 292.13 units or 1.98% against the previous day.

Million MNT Drop' TV show issues correction and apology
December 11 (news.mn) Education Television's "50 Million MNT Drop" TV show incorrectly included Japanese professional sumo Grand Champion Hakuho M.Davaajargal's name on a list of Mongolian sumo wrestlers who changed their nationality during Wednesday night's show.
Producers of the show have since made a correction and apologized to sumo Grand Champion Hakuho and his family, his thousands of fans, supporters, and all Mongolian viewers for the mistake and failure to correct it before broadcast.
Hakuho is married to a Japanese woman but has expressed that he has no intention of changing his nationality.  In sumo history, several foreign sumo wrestlers who attained high rankings in the sport obtained Japanese nationality, changing their own nationality to inherit their own stable, according to the Japan Sumo Association’s current system.

Young Diplomats Club established
December 11 (news.mn) The Young Diplomats Club, created by the staff of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, is now active.
The club aims to mentor young, talented candidates for diplomatic service, to share the knowledge of former diplomats, encourage social activities for young staff, and improve links with diplomatic bodies in Ulaanbaatar for continued development.
The club discussed its rules and approved organizational structure during its members forum on October 31st.
The club will function with a regulatory council of 11 members, president, vice president, and 84 members.
The club was officially founded on November 28th. In the past, members of the club have carried out a number of events, including the “Health and Soul” walking tour, “Around the World” discussion,  and “Good Morning” news hour.

Infographic for Meat Prices in Ulaanbaatar as of December 10, 2014
December 11 (infomongolia.com) The National Statistical Office of Mongolia released the average retail prices for meat (beef, mutton, horse, goat) being sold at food markets and trade centers in Ulaanbaatar as of December 10, 2014.
According to info graphic, the most decreased retail price per kg is for goat meat (chevon) compare to October 01, 2014 statistics, where Mongolians’ most preferable meat of beef and mutton are stable compare to last two months.

Mongolia’s Got Talent to Launch in September 2015
December 11 (infomongolia.com) On December 10, 2014, the British Syco Entertainment and the FremantleMedia - one of the world's largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of outstanding entertainment brands - announced that the company had signed a deal with Mongol TV to broadcast the country's first local version of the Mongolia’s Got Talent format in 2015.
In addition to creating a local version of the format, Mongol TV will acquire season eight of Britain’s Got Talent. With the new version, the total number of local treatments for Got Talent across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas is 67 and the total number of countries in the world to air a version of the format is 193.
The news comes after Got Talent creator Simon Cowell’s recent MIPCOM 2014 Keynote session in which he joked about Mongolia being one of the last regions in the world where Got Talent didn’t have a presence.
Cowell said, "Mongolia is one of the last countries in the world to have Got Talent on air, so I'm absolutely delighted Mongol TV will be making the show next year. So thank you and congratulations Mongolia!".
CEO of FremantleMedia Cecile Frot-Coutaz added, "Got Talent has become a world record-breaking format, because it combines extraordinary acts with great storytelling, capable of transcending geographic boundaries, language and culture".
CEO of Mongol TV Chinbat NOMIN said, "When I heard Simon Cowell at MIPCOM saying that Got Talent had to be in Mongolia, I immediately decided to rise up to the challenge. Mongolians are great entertainers and this format is a great fit for Mongol TV. I now challenge Simon to join us in Ulaanbaatar in September when we launch the series!".
Got Talent - watched by an estimated 500 million people worldwide - also saw new series in six markets this year: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Iceland, Mexico and Myanmar.
Back in 2012, Mongolian "Education" (Bolovsrol) TV had made a three year contract with "FremantleMedia" to air the “X Factor US” show.

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