Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mongolia Brief December 24, 2014 Part I

Cabinet Supported IMF Amendments Ratification
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 24 (MONTSAME) The cabinet of Ministers decided on Monday to present to parliament a draft resolution on ratifying the amendments to the General Agreement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The amendments have been made in regard of the recent change to the Board of the IMF.

In order to improve the voicing of the developing countries in the organization, the IMF is implementing a package of innovations on governance quotas. As a result, Mongolia will be able to improve its involvement in the decision-making processes. Mongolia joined the IMF in 1991.

Standing Committee Head D.Battsogt Re-Elected
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 24 (MONTSAME) Incumbent head of the parliamentary Standing committee on social policy, education, culture and sciences Mr D.Battsogt was re-elected at its meeting on Wednesday.
His candidature was supported by a majority of the committee. The same day, the meeting backed a draft amendment to the law on tobacco control, which describes a creation of spots for smoking, and decided to discuss it at a plenary meeting of the parliamentary session.
Currently, the Standing committee is considering a draft new wording of the law on health insurance and other bills. 

Minister Oyunkhorol Meets Czech Ambassador
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 24 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Environment, Green Development and Tourism D.Oyunkhorol received the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Mongolia Ms Ivana Grollova on December 23 to discuss with her a cooperation in 2015.
Agreement on Cooperation between the Ministries of Environment of the two countries was signed in 2001, in a scope of which several environment projects had been implemented successfully with the aid of Czech Government, for example, a project on assessing the mercury contamination of the bank of Selenge river in result of the minerals’ extraction was realized in 2006-2009 covering the territories around the Tuul, Kharaa and Eroo rivers as well. Certain areas near the shores and their soils have been neutralized of chemical toxins. Another project was realized aimed to study and dispense of the environmental pollution around the “Khargia” treatment facility of Ulaanbaatar.
In frames of the Czech Development Cooperation Assistance, 12 takhi (Mongolian wild horses) were localized back to Mongolia from the Prague zoo in 2010-2013. The population of the takhi reached some 400 heads in 2013, of which 32 percent are the herds descended from the localized takhi thanks to the Takhi Conservation Project. These days, Government of the Czech Republic is realizing projects here on transporting and planting the trees able to grow in Mongolia, and on providing trainings on how to nurture the trees.
The Czech Republic has been expressing an interest in providing professional assistance to Mongolia in assessing and eliminating soil contamination, and improving the environmental remediation.

B.Garamgaibaatar to Chair Democrats' Faction
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 24 (MONTSAME) On Tuesday, the Democratic Party’s faction discussed and then adopted an appointment of B.Garamgaibaatar the head of the DP faction after he had been considered by the DP’s Executive Council.
Before the appointment, Mr Garamgaibaatar was the head of the parliamentary Standing committee on economy. He is also a member of the Mongolian National Progressive Party (MNPP).
Garamgaibaatar Batkhuu graduated from Khentii aimag’s school in 1973, the Ulaanbaatar Railway College in 1977 and the Institute of Politechnics in 1990. He started his career in 1977 as an assistant scientific worker at the Chemistry Institute at the Academy of Sciences. After having worked as a chairman of the National Association of Auto Roads in 2010-2012, he was elected the MP in 2012 from the DP. 

Armenia to Expand Relations with Mongolia
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 24 (MONTSAME) The Governments of Mongolia and Armenia will sign an agreement on exempting persons with diplomatic and official passports from the requirements of and entry visa, reports the "ArmenPress".
The issue of approving the draft of this agreement was included in the agenda of the Armenian government on December 25 at its meeting. According to the justification, provided by Armenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the signing of the agreement has been based on the need of fostering relations between our countries. The two have ran several meetings and discussions in the course of the past 20 years of relations with a purpose of expanding a cooperation. The last major development became the appointment of the Armenian Ambassador to Mongolia in December of 2013 (seat in Beijing), reported the ArmenPress on Tuesday.

MONTSAME Staffers Receive State Awards
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 24 (MONTSAME) On occasions of the 103rd anniversary of the Restoration of Mongolian National Freedom and Independence, 375th anniversary of Ulaanbaatar city and 25th anniversary of the Democratic Revolution, the President of Mongolia bestowed state prizes upon several people.
The MONTSAME national news agency had their bests awarded--Mr Ts.Surenjav, the Editor-in-Chief, by the title of the state Honored Cultural Figure and Mr P.Uuganbayar and Ms Ts.Davaadulam by the Honored medal of Labor. 
People from other organizations have been honored: The title of State Honored Athlete went to G.Boldbaatar, a judo champion; S.Tserenchimed, a FILA Wrestling world champion; B.Mongontuul, a FIDE Women’s Grand Master; and E.Nyam-Ochir, a freestyle wrestler of the national selected team. A coach of the national judo women team Sh.Tsevelmaa and a coach of the “Aldar” sports club Ts.Khosbayar became State Honored Coaches.
The title of State Honored Artist was given to Ch.Bayarmaa, a singer of the Military Ensemble of Songs and Dance, the title of State Honored Artistic Figure--to Ts.Monkhbold, a conductor of the Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet; B.Odsuren, a khoomii teacher at the State University of Culture and Arts and Sh.Choijil, a painter. Titles of State Honored industrial worker, environmental worker, teacher, transporter, lawyer, economist, cultural figure and medical doctor went to others as well.
In addition, the Orders of Sukhbaatar, of the Red Flag Order of Labour Merit, of the Military Merit and the Polar Star Order were given to others.

Speaker Meets Turkish Business Delegation
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 24 (MONTSAME) The Speaker of parliament Z.Enkhbold Wednesday received a visiting Turkish business delegation, headed by Mr Hassan Jengis, a president of the Eurasia Local Management Society.
The Speaker thanked the delegation for visiting Mongolia. In response, Mr Jengis expressed him a gratitude for receiving them and said his country considers as necessity to develop and strengthen the bilateral long-year ties and cooperation in many spheres.
Some contracts and protocols are expected to be established in near future, Mr Jengis noted and hoped that the Mongolian parliament will support it. Then the sides exchanged views on expanding the cooperation.
Present at the meeting was E.Monkh-Ochir, the General Consul of Mongolia in Istanbul. 

Birth Anniversary of Mongolian General Celebrated
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 24 /MONTSAME/ The 90th birth anniversary of Colonel-General S.Luvsangombo was celebrated on December 20 in Moscow of Russia, our Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported Wednesday.
During the celebration, the Colonel-General received a certificate of honor signed by D.Tsogtbaatar, the Minister of Construction and Urban Development, and a gift with greetings from the Ambassador of Mongolia to the Russian Federation.
Born 1924 in Dornogobi aimag’s Khatanbulag soum, Mr Luvsangombo Sonom served as a member of the Central Committees of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (now Mongolian People’s Party), a deputy member of the Politbureau of the Party’s Central Committee; a member of the Defense Council, a member of the People’s Great Khural, a deputy head of the State Construction Commission, a deputy chairman of Ministers’ Council, a chairman of the State Conference, and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city.
Mr Luvsangombo lives in Moscow with his spouse Lyusya, two daughters and four grandchildren.

Mongolia and China Host First Strategic Talks at Deputy Foreign Ministers-Level
December 24 ( The First Strategic Talks at the Deputy Foreign Ministers-level between the Governments of Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China is taking place in Ulaanbaatar on December 24-25, 2014.
Mongolian side is headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mrs. Navaan-Yunden OYUNDARI and the China’s Foreign Affairs by Assistant Minister Mr. Liu Jianchao.
Prior this official visit of Chinese delegates, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Mongolia, Mr. Wang Xiaolong was received by Deputy Foreign Minister N.Oyundari on December 22, 2014.
During the meeting, Ambassador Wang Xiaolong congratulated the recently appointed Deputy Minister and parties exchanged views on bilateral partnership issues in foreign affairs. 
Mongolia-China Strategic Dialogue LaunchesMontsame, December 24

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