Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mongolia Brief December 30, 2014 Part I

Turkish Ambassador Meets Minister Oyunkhorol
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 29 (MONTSAME) Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Mongolia Mr Murat Karagoz has met the newly appointed Ministers of Defense, of Food and Agriculture, of Environment Green Development and Tourism and of Foreign Affairs.

The Minister of Environment D.Oyunkhorol and the Ambassador discussed cooperation in reducing Ulaanbaatar’s air and soil pollution, waste disposal and in tourism development. The Ambassador promised to focus on supporting Mongolian environmental professionals to have specialized trainings in Turkey. He also handed an official invitation to the Minister, inviting her to the Botanical Expo to be held in Turkey in 2016.
Cooperation of the two countries in environmental sphere began in 1998, and Memorandums of Understanding were signed in 2006 and 2009. At the support of Turkey, three projects are being implemented--the “Smoke-free stove” project in Ulaanbaatar, a project on building Water Power Station in Bayan-Olgii aimag, and a project on building a water treatment plant in the city's Khan-Uul district with an estimated cost of USD 20 million.
The 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Turkey was marked this year.

Government Officials Pay Tribute to Monument of State Stamp Welcoming Independence Day of Mongolia
December 30 (infomongolia.com) On December 29, 2014, welcoming the 103rd Anniversary of Restoring the National Freedom and Independence of Mongolia, President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj, Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) Z.Enkhbold, Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg paid tribute by laying wreaths to the Monument of State Stamp locates in the park north to the Government House.
At the floral tribute ceremony, some Members of Parliament and Government as well as other representatives were present, where the honor guards were formed and the national anthem was sounded by Military Orchestra. 
Wreaths Laid at Statue of State SealMontsame, December 29

Speaker Opens "The Steppe Fire" Book Presentation
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 29 (MONTSAME) Chairman of State Great Khural Z.Enkhbold December 29 opened a presentation of the "The Steppe Fire" audio book written by Yo.Otgonbayar MP at the Bogdkhaan’s Palace Museum.
The Speaker delivered an Independence Day greetings and congratulated the author for creating such a significant historic series. "The first volume of 'The Steppe Fire' tells a story about how our ancestors fought for the independence in 1900-1915," he said.
The author Mr Otgonbayar said he has tried to highlight 1900-1915 and in 1915-1924 years' events that sometimes are omitted, and to introduce to the young generations the meaning and value of the independence. "I took after an idea of creating my audio books from 'Mongolians' CD book authored by a historian D.Olziibaatar. I really appreciate the opportunity to hold my book opening on this historic milestone being celebrated thanks to the unyielding efforts made by the state people of those times," said the MP.
Present at the event were D.Arvin and G.Uyanga MPs along with honored guests including scholars and historians. 

First PM's portrait officially hung at the Government House
December 30 (news.mn) A portrait of the first PM of Mongolia, Togs-Ochiryn Namnansuren, was hung at the Government House on the 103rd anniversary of the Restoration of National Liberty and Independence Day under a ceremony held on December 29th.
Opening the ceremony, Speaker Z.Enkhbold delivered a speech.
Speaker Z.Enkhbold noted, “Our dignitaries restored an independent Mongolia, valuing traditional statehood early in the 20th century. The appointment of Togs-Ochiryn Namnansuren as PM of Mongolia in August 1912 was the beginning of a historic period when Mongolians ruled their state on their own. The first PM of Mongolia, Togs-Ochiryn Namnansuren, conducted a state visit to the Russian Empire between 1913-1914 and intended to launch a progressive state organization and structure in Mongolia. He was the PM who proposed establishing the State Baga Khural and State Deed Khural. In 1914, in accordance a decree by Bogd Khan's, the State Deed Khural was established and Sain Noyon Khan Togs-Ochiryn Namnansuren was appointed as Chairman of the State Deed Khural.  The founding of the State Baga and Deed Khural was the beginning of parliament in Mongolia.
"This day we add the first PM Namnansuren's portrait to wall of the Government House, under a ceremony honoring his historic role in establishing parliament and democratic efforts towards statehood in Mongolia.”
The newly added portrait of PM Togs-Ochiryn Namnansuren is a rare, historic photo taken during his meeting with the Russian Emperor, which was reproduced from the Central State Film, Photo and Audio Archives of St. Petersburg. This is the first time that the historic photo of PM Namnansuren has been displayed to the public.

Nat’l Council to Be Set up to Organize ASEM Summit
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 30 (MONTSAME) The President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj Tuesday issued a decree on setting up a national council that will be in charge of hosting the 11th ASEM Summit in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar.
This council will bear all the responsibility for preparing and running this measure and for providing it with proper directions. The decree also approves the council’s composition. A chair of the council--Chj.Saikhanbileg PM--is obliged to establish working groups and services, to adopt a working plan, and to introduce to the cabinet its implementation every month, his deputies will be the Foreign Minister L.Purevsuren and the head of the Presidential Office P.Tsagaan. The national council will also have members such as the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Road and Transportation; the head of the Cabinet Secretariat for Government; the Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city; an advisor to the President on security and foreign policy; an advisor to the President on public relations policy; a chief advisor to the Speaker; an advisor to the PM; an advisor to the PM on public relations policy; a working service chair of the National Security Council (NSC).
The State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been appointed the national council’s secretary.

Deputy PM Receives Turkish Ambassador
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 30 (MONTSAME) The Deputy Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh received the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Mongolia Murat Karagoz on December 30. Mr Khurelsukh noted that a manifestation of the significance given by our Government to the relations with Turkey is that Mongolia defined Turkey as its "Third neighbor", as reflected in the Concept of Foreign Policy revised in 2011.
He expressed a satisfaction with the "successful frameworks implemented in scope of the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Turkey that was marked in the passing year". "Mongolia is interested in developing ties with Turkey in all spheres, in particular in security, defense, law enforcing, and the collaboration in education is underway with much progress".
An indication of such a progress is that some 900 Mongolian students study in Turkish universities on intergovernmental exchanges, private costs and NGO assistance, said the Deputy PM.
The Ambassador Karagoz said the bilateral relations are showing progress in all sectors and expressed a willingness to share Turkey’s practices in emergency, standardization and measurement studies.

Deputy Premier Meets Sezin Sinanoglu
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, December 30 (MONTSAME) The Deputy Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh Tuesday received Ms Sezin Sinanoglu, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mongolia.
Expressing a satisfaction with an intensive development of the ties and cooperation between Mongolia and the UN, Mr Khurelsukh said an assistance and support from the UNDP have been significantly contributing to Mongolia’s development, helping Mongolia gain social-economic development goals. The UNDP also has contributed to the realization of many goals such as boosting a good governance, reducing poverty rate, saving an environment, backing sustainable development, and creating a developmental plan, he added.
In response, Ms Sinanoglu thanked the Deputy PM for the audience and underlined an importance of the Mongolian government’s role in working out a new document called the UN developmental assistance framework and ensuring its preparation.

PM Hands New Year Presents to Children
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 30 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister and the head of the National Council for Children Ch.Saikhanbileg attended December 29 the Children’s New Year Festival which is annually organized by the Children’s Palace.
"As a Prime Minister, I received many invitations for New Year events but this celebration is the very one I have taken part in, because in my childhood I used to participate in the Children’s New Year festivals of 'Nairamdal' camp and Children’s Palace. So I am here to see smiles on your happy faces," he said.
New year gifts were given to the most talented and successful kids by Mr Saikhanbileg, a director of the National Council for Children I.Narantuya, and a Director of the Children’s Palace P.Ankhtuya. 

PM’s Remarks on National Freedom Revolution Day

By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 30 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister of Mongolia Ch.Saikhanbileg addressed the nation December 29 on occasion of the 103rd anniversary of the restoration of independence and the Revolution of National Freedom.
"My fellow Mongolians, today is a celebration for every Mongolian citizen and family, when 103 years ago an important historic milestone was declared," began the PM.
"On this day, our ancestors who fought for freedom and independence for many years during the foreign domination, made the Revolution of the Year of White Pig, crowned Bogd Javzandamba Khutugtu, established Mongolian Government and declared the restoration of the independent state policies and political actions to other countries.
"The 1911 Revolution of National Freedom was the first of the three main revolutions of Mongolia made in the 20th century. This day is being marked for the fourth year, with its unique significance and meaning.
"We must cherish the efforts of our ancestors and the priceless independence they brought to us. Although our country faces many problems and many tasks to complete, I have no hesitation in the future prosperity of Mongolia. We have created the temporary obstacles and we must ourselves resolve and overcome them. We will firmly stand on the development path if we, being united, strive fora one goal.
"It is very symbolic and is of deep meaning that this great date falls on the junction of the two years," he said and appealed the people to make all efforts to make the year of 2015 the period of achieving  new goals. 

Mayor Celebrates New Year with 1000 Orphans

By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 30 (MONTSAME) At the initiative of the Mayor of Ulaanbaatar, a New Year’s Party ran for children at Nairamdal children’s camp on December 27. It was dedicated to the thousand children from 32 orphanages that operate in Ulaanbaatar.
The Mayor E.Bat-Uul said in his opening remarks that he appreciates the opportunity to have these kids participate in such an event and promised to organize it every year.
The children were divided into groups and had a tour around eight stations, including various tournaments such as teller, paintball, minefield, Santa’s house and remote-controlled balls, each of which received a group for fifteen minutes.
Mr Bat-Uul handed presents after which 100 children from the Children’s Palace, Music and Choreography College and eight aimags gave a performance. 
Present were also Chief of Staff of the Mayor’s Office Yo.Gerelchuluun and Hero of Labour and Olympic Champion E.Badar-Uugan. 

"Trapped Abroad" Leads List of Highest-Grossing Films

By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, December 29 (MONTSAME) Authority for Fair Competition and Customer’s Rights has issued a list of highest-grossing films of 2014. Among such 39 screened, a "Trapped Abroad" has topped the list, having made income of MNT 433 million.
This film is about an officer of the Authority for Foreign Nationals who goes to China in order to solve a dispute with a criminal group that transfers illegal Chinese work force to Mongolia, then falls into a deeper problem by having killed a member of the group and gets chased by them.
The film has drawn attentions of the audience, having shown a pressing issue of the Chinese illegal immigrants in Mongolia. The "Trapped Abroad" is directed by J.Sengedorj and is starred by B.Amarsaikhan.  
It was followed by "The Heartbreaker"–with income of MNT 424 million, "Shock of Happiness"-- MNT 371 million, "Double Strike"-- MNT 325 million, "Special Operation"-- MNT 294 million, "My brother is a chieftain"--MNT 324 million, and "You are the finest"--MNT 116 million.
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