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Mongolia Brief November 26, 2014

Negotiation talks to form the new government in progress
November 26 ( The DP caucus in parliament has created a task force of 6 members in charge of negotiating with political parties and coalitions in parliament on the formation of the new government, and appointed MP M.Batchimeg as head of the task force.

The task force is having its first meeting with political parties and coalition in parliament today, November 26th.
New PM Ch.Saikhanbileg called for cooperation with political parties and coalitions with seats in parliament. The parties and coalitions responded differently to the call from the PM. The Mongolian People's Party scheduled a conference to discuss the issue on Friday, November 28th , while the Justice Coalition in parliament decided to review the issue in its caucus meeting.
Though the parties have yet to reach a decision on whether or not to work with the new government, MPs in parliament have already started their campaigns to bid for cabinet minister. The new government is expected to have 13 ministries, and only 15 people will hold positions in the government; the PM, Deputy PM and 13 cabinet ministers.

November 26th is Proclamation Day of People’s Republic of Mongolia
November 26 ( Today, November 26th is the 90th anniversary of Proclamation of the People’s Republic of Mongolia (1924-1992) as commemorated as the Independence Day of Mongolia.
Commemorating the Day, Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) Z.Enkhbold, members of the Government and other officials have laid wreaths to the monument of D.Sukhbaatar.
On this day, the First Constitution of Mongolia was approved and had been celebrated the November 26th annually as a public holiday until 2012, but since then the Day was removed from the list of Public Holidays and instead the Day of Birth of Great Chinggis Khaan, which was renamed as the National Pride Day has been celebrating nationwide as a public holiday since 2012, which occurs on the first day of the first winter month by a lunar calendar that falls on different day by Gregorian style and in 2014, the day was celebrated last Sunday on November 23, 2014.
Mongolia celebrates Independence, November 26

MP M.Batchimeg Chairs Working Group to Have Negotiations with Other Political Parties on Establishing Coalition Government
November 26 ( The Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) Z.Enkhbold obliged the newly elected Prime Minister of Mongolia Ch.Saikhanbileg to form his Cabinet within two weeks from the day of accreditation.
Accordingly, the Democratic Party Group at the Parliament sent letters of request to establish a Coalition Government with other political forces having seats in the Parliament. So, in order to stimulate the process having negotiations with other political parties, the DP Group set up a working group chaired by MP M.Batchimeg on November 25, 2014.
From today, the working group is starting to have negotiations with other parties, but the only opposition party (Mongolian People’s Party) having 26 seats out of total 76 memberships of the Parliament, responded to give its final answer whether to join the Coalition Government or not following the MPP Baga Khural (Lower Chamber) meeting scheduled on November 28, 2014.

Russian ОOO “SPTK” Wills to Partner with Mongolian Entrepreneurs
November 26 ( Russian “Siberian Production and Trading Company” LLC (ООО “SPTK”) will be organizing a round table meeting to present the company introductions in Ulaanbaatar at the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) on December 02, 2014.
The OOO “SPTK” founded in 1996 is engaged in development, execution and monitoring of the investment projects for the development of industry and the economy of Barnaul city and Altai region using professionalism and natural recourses.
Since 1996 the projects for creation and development of the following companies with the different forms of ownership have been realized:
1996-1999 - ООО “Altai-Sdobri”, confectionery
1998-2003 - ООО “Fish Factory “Luna-Fish“, production of fish semiconserves and sea foods salads
2000-2001 - ООО “SPTK-Konditer”, production of cracker, short dough cookies
2001-2003 - ООО “European Transport Systems“, spiral conveyor manufacturing
2002-2003 - ОАО “Barnaulskiy Avtoremontnyi Zavod”, motor maintenance
2003-2007 - ООО “Altaiskiy Trikotazh”, knitwear manufacturing
2004–2013 - ООО “Altai-Zanddorn“, high-level processing of Seabuckthorn and other fruit and berry crops
2007-2012 - ООО “La Casa-Tex”, terry goods manufacturing
2009-2011 - “Bladbacher”, brewing and restaurant
At the meeting Director General of “Altai-Zanddorn” LLC Tatyana Baklanova and “SPTK-Konditer” authorities will be attending to promote their industry and seeking partners in Mongolia.

Chairman of Buryat Parliament M.Gershevich Awarded with Polar Star Order of Mongolia
November 26 ( On November 26, 2014, Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) Z.Enkhbold received the delegation from the People's Khural of the Republic of Buryatia headed by Chairman Matvei Gershevich.
At the beginning of meeting, Speaker Z.Enkhbold expressed his satisfaction about the two countries’ developing strategic partnership and mentioned, “During the visit of the President Vladimir Putin to Mongolia, the intergovernmental agreement of reciprocal visa free travel was inked that has been entered into force from November 14, 2014 and gives obvious impetus to broaden bilateral cooperation. Moreover, the total trade turnover at border and regional subjects between the two countries estimates for 60-70%, thus by lifting the visa regime is creating more opportunities to develop the regional collaboration”.
In respond, the Chairman M.Gershevich expressed his gratitude for receiving the delegation and extended his official invitation to the Speaker Z.Enkhbold to visit Buryatia and parties exchanged views on two countries’ economical, educational and health sectors issues.
Following the meeting, the Speaker Z.Enkhbold handed over the Altan Gadas (Polar Star) Order to his counterpart Matvei Matveevich Gershevich for his contribution to the development of Mongolia-Russia and Mongolia-Buryatia friendly relations and partnerships.

Speaker Z.Enkhbold Grants Polar Star Order
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, November 26 (MONTSAME) Pursuant to a decree of the President, the Polar Star Order has been awarded to Mr M.M.Gershevich, Chairman of the People’s Khural of Russian Buryatia Republic for his significant contributions to strengthening the friendly ties and cooperation between Mongolia and Russian Buryatia Republic.
The Speaker of parliament Z.Enkhbold Wednesday received a delegation headed by Mr Gershevich, and granted the Order to him.
Mr Matvei Matveevich Gershevich has been serving as the chairman of the People’s Khural of Buryatia Republic since December of 2007.

Wreaths Laid to Statue of D.Sukhbaatar
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, November 26 (MONTSAME) On the day of the 90thanniversary of adoption of the First Constitution of Mongolia, a ceremony took place Wednesday to lay wreaths to the Statue of D.Sukhbaatar and to pay tribute to the Monument of Chingis Khaan.
Present at the ceremony were Z.Enkhbold, the Speaker of parliament; members of parliament; the Ministers; authorities of the capital city; and civil delegates.

Speaker Receives Reps from Russian Buryatia
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 26 (MONTSAME) Chairman of the State Great Khural Z.Enkhbold Wednesday received a delegation led by Mr M.M.Gershevich, the chairman of the People’s Khural of the Republic of Buryatia of the Russian Federation.
Mr Enkhbold expressed appreciation for meeting with his counterpart from Buryatia once again. He recalled the arrival of Mr Gershevich to Mongolia on the inauguration day held in July of 2013, and the arrival of women members of the Buryatian parliament at the invitation of Mongolian women parliamentarians on September. The Speaker also expressed his satisfaction with the prosperity of the bilateral relations and cooperation, and emphasized the outcomes of the visits of Russian President V.Putin on September 3 and of Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation V.Matviyenko on June 22-23 to Mongolia. He said that the enforcement of the visa-free regime between Mongolia and Russia which started on November 14 began serving its role in boosting the relations of the two peoples.  “This regime facilitates the further development of cross-border cooperation of Mongolia and Buryatia, because the borderline trades make up 60-70 percent of the total bilateral trade turnover” he added.
For instance, Mongolian cashmere manufacturers are satisfied with the increased visits of Buryatians since the enforcement of such regime. The Speaker expressed his confidence in further efforts from Buryatia and Mongolia towards making progress in the bilateral collaboration.
In response, Mr Gershevich thanked the Speaker for his hospitality and invited him to visit the Republic of Buryatia. The heads of the two legislative bodies exchanged opinions on the matters of economy, education and health sectors of Mongolia and Buryatia.
Present at the meeting were, a head of the Mongolia-Buryatia Parliamentary group D.Arvin and N.Enkhbold MPs along with other officials.

Chinese Corruption Combating Officials Visit Here
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 26 (MONTSAME/ A Chinese delegation led by Deputy Director of the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention of the PRC Ning Yan Ling got au fait with the activities of division of Investigation, Prevention and Enlightenment, and of Monitoring and Evaluation of the Corruption Combating Agency (CCA) on November 25.
The delegates are visiting here at the invitation of director and the head commissioner of the CCA N.Ganbold.
Vice chairman of the State Great Khural M.Enkhbold and the Vice Minister of Justice Ts.Uugangerel met the Chinese delegates to discuss about exchange of information on corruption prevention, technical assistance and cadres’ trainings in a scope of the UN Convention against Corruption as reflected in the Memorandum of Cooperation in Corruption Prevention between the main corruption combating bodies of Mongolia and China.
Present at the meeting were, the head commissioner N.Ganbold and the director of the CCA Secretariat, commissioner B.Donijchimbuu.

GCO Head Meets Delegation of “Scope Global”
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, November 26 (MONTSAME) Head of the General Customs Office (GCO) O.Ganbat Wednesday met Mr Paul Jenkins, a director of the “Scope Global” international organization in charge of East Asian affairs, which is financed by the government of Australia.
At the meeting, the sides exchanged views on a chance to involve customs inspectors in training on various directions and to have Australian volunteers work at the GCO.
The GCO has conveyed proposals to the “Scope Global” international organization to hold training. If this organization accepts the proposals, training will launch from March of the next year for the GCO officers on teamwork management, change management, conflict management and English language.

Premier of China congratulates the new PM
November 26 ( Following the new PM of Mongolia taking office, the Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Li Keqiang, sent a congratulatory letter to PM Ch.Saikhanbileg.
Premier Li said in his letter, “On behalf of the Government of the Republic of China, and on my personal behalf, I would like to express to you my most sincere congratulations for appointment as PM of Mongolia. Mongolia and China are good neighbors and have established comprehensive strategic partnership.
"As the Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, I am ready to work closely with you on strengthening relations between Mongolia and China in all fields, and collaborate for the prosperity of people of both countries. I believe the people of Mongolia will find new success and achievements in the reconstruction of the country under the rule of a new government."

“Mongolians” E-Book Opening Held
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 26 (MONTSAME) An opening of the “Mongolians” E-Book created under the auspices of chairman of the State Great Khural Z.Enkhbold, authored and delivered to the listeners by Dr D.Olziibaatar, an administrator at the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences was held on Wednesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Economic Cooperation.
The Speaker said “Main differences of the countries in these times of globalization are their histories. There is no country that has as rich history as of Mongolia’s”. Dr Olziibaatar has been working for disseminating the history for the public during the recent years, he added and said that it is fortunate that the book opening is happening on the historic anniversary of adopting the first Constitution of Mongolia.
Present at the event were, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Economic Cooperation D.Gankhuyag along with other related officials.

Copper Export to China Increases
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 26 (MONTSAME) Overall copper imports of the People’s Republic of China has decreased in 2014, however, Mongolia’s copper exports to China has increased by 130 percent. The increase mainly reflected the commencement of Oyu Tolgoi trades.
China imported total of 956 thousand tonnes of copper concentrate last October, 12 percent of which was supplied by Mongolia.  Since the intensification of Oyu Tolgoi trades in the second half of 2014, the supply of copper concentrate to China from Mongolia has been exceeding 100 thousand tonnes every month. Thus, Mongolia became the third biggest supplier of copper concentrate for China, having exported over million tonnes of copper concentrate within this year.
According to the National Statistics Office, this year’s revenue from the copper exports amounted to USD 1.9 billion by the end of October.  

Russian PM sends a congratulatory letter to Mongolia's new PM
November 26 ( The PM of Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, sent a congratulatory letter to the new PM of Mongolia, Ch.Saikhanbileg, and wished him success in his responsible post.
Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev emphasized, "I believe that strengthening further trade, economy, investment and humanity, and implementing larger joint projects will suit both countries interests,” according to a report from the Government's Press and Public Communication Office.

Ebola readiness training to be conducted in Buyant-Ukhaa
November 26 ( A task force led by Health Minister N.Udval has been assembled, following a decision made at a meeting on Wednesday, to organize training on how to prevent an Ebola outbreak in Mongolia at Buyant-Ukhaa border point on December 3rd.
The meeting was attended by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ministry of Health, the General Staff of the Mongolian Armed Forces, General Police Department, Specialized Inspection General Authority, the General Authority for Border Protection, the Customs General Authority of Mongolia, National Research Center for Infectious Diseases, the National Center of Zoonotic Diseases, Defense and Law Enforcement Staff Hospital, the Citizenship and Migration General Authority, Buyant-Ukhaa Customs, the Border Protection Agency, and Border Specialized Inspection Department to discuss implementation of Ebola readiness planning.

The newly elected Prime Minister’s economic policy
By Bayartogtokh
November 26 (Mongolian Economy) In an official address to Parliament, newly elected Mongolian Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg resolved to take prompt action in mending the recent damage done to Mongolia’s economy.
Defining his government’s general policy as supportive, quick and solution oriented, he looks to focus on creating a more open and welcoming business environment. Such draft bills as the Law on Special Permits and Licenses and the Law on Economic Transparency are to be immediately reviewed in parliament for approval, to remove the current barriers to mining sector expansion.
Regarding the recent failures of parliament, which has done little but watch the economy spiral into a near crisis, the prime minister announced: “We are the cause of the economic crises.” He repeatedly stated parliament must take intense and powerful action to move forward.
The new government aims to restore faith in the economy with policies supporting the private sector and expanding businesses. This includes the creation of a new loan management structure, to be based on a balanced combination of investment and soft loans. Meanwhile Parliament Resolution 34, regarding the restructuring of ministries, ministerial titles and responsibilities, is to receive full implementation.
Additional measures include reforms to the private ownership of state properties, beginning with privatisation in the social sector and the introduction of corporate governance features. 
The establishment of an investment fund was announced, as the government looks to support commercial banks in raising foreign investment. The government seeks to actively increase investment flow to Mongolia, and will begin willingly collaborating with the private sector in this direction. 
The Prime Minister’s development policy covers tourism, information technology, and agriculture—especially the meat and cashmere industries—in addition to the revival of the mining sector. He noted: “Let us create an economy with sufficient capital reserve, correct management, and risk management from now on.” 
The newly established government will eventually start the realisation of a USD 1 billion soft loan from China, which may lessen the ever-increasing USD exchange rate, currently at MNT 1883.
Ch.Saikhanbileg strictly noticed that the multi-billion dollar Oyu Tolgoi mine’s stalled expansion, a problem keeping out many who want to invest in Mongolia, is an issue that must receive the highest attention of parliament. Economic difficulties will remain until the new Prime Minister’s words become reality.

Monthly Regular On-Line Meeting with Governors of Aimags Hosted by Premier Ch.Saikhanbileg
November 26 ( The monthly regular on-line meeting with Governors of Aimags has been continued by recently elected Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg on November 26, 2014.
During the meeting it was discussed:
- Mongolia at the preliminary results harvested 491 thousand tons of crops, which shows the highest record in recent years.
- Construction works of power plants in Khuvsgul, Uvs and Khovd Aimags have been accomplished last month and now all these plants operating and distributing heat to local consumers.
- Overhead power lines and its sub-stations to connect Shinejinst, Bayan-Undur and Bayantsagaan Sums of Bayankhongor Aimag with regional power have been accomplished and soon will be connected.
- The 2012-2016 Government Action Plan includes to connect all centers of Aimags to the Capital City with paved road.
According to plan, Umnugovi, Sukhbaatar and Khuvsgul Aimags have been linked with paved road to Ulaanbaatar in 2014. The road construction works of Dornod Aimag to UB is delayed due to irresponsibility and officials pledged to accomplish next year.

MPs Appoint Human Rights Messengers
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, November 26 (MONTSAME) Chairman of the Standing Committee on Social Policy, Education, Culture and Sciences D.Battsogt MP and L.Erdenechimeg MP were appointed on November 26 Messengers of Gender Equality and Human Rights.
This was in high recognition of their contribution to ensuring gender equality in Mongolia. The certificates were handed at the event themed “Messenger of Gender Equality and Human Rights” organized by the National Gender Committee of Mongolia and the UN Population Fund on Wednesday.
Papers were presented under the themes: “Family violence: Alcohol abuse, its cause, condition and consequences” by D.Battsogt MP, and “Equality arises from everlasting battle” by L.Erdenchimeg MP.

Int’l conference on freeing NEA from nuclear threat
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, November 26 (MONTSAME) An international conference entitled “Freeing Northeast Asia from nuclear threat” was held Wednesday in Ulaanbaatar under auspices of the Mongolia’s Ministry of External Relations and Economic Cooperation.
It was co-organized by the regulatory center for Northeast Asian region of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and the “Tsenkher suld” NGO--the Ulaanbaatar-based regulatory center of the organization with participation of representatives of the GPPAC’s centers in Ulaanbaatar, Tokyo, Beijing, Kyoto, Pyongyang, Seoul, Vladivostok, Hong Kong and Taipei cities; scholars, experts and peace activists. It also brought together some members of parliament and the government; state and social figures, foreign diplomats and delegates of international organizations.
The conference’s main purpose is to exchange views and discuss issues of challenges to the nuclear security field, a present situation and prospects of countries’ ties and cooperation in nuclear security, needs and chances to establish a nuclear weapon-free area in Northeast Asia, a role of Mongolia in this matter, and on enhancing the international cooperation in ensuring the security of nuclear energy.
The issue of prevention of nuclear weapons is the key priority of the GPPAC’s function, and it considers an importance of learning experience of the Mongolia’s nuclear weapon-free status for Northeast region. In addition, considering the Mongolia’s experience will give an opportunity to obtain other methods for preventing armed conflicts.

Mongolia to cooperate with ICAO in air navigation
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, November 26 (MONTSAME) The Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia (CAA) will cooperate with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in introducing the performance-based navigation (PBN) in Mongolia and in regulation of air navigation.
A memorandum on the technical assistance cooperation was signed Wednesday by authority of the ICAO; and T.Lhagvasuren, an acting head of the CAA, who is participating in the 51st Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation continuing in Hong Kong, China.
In accordance with the document, the CAA and ICAO will collaborate in receiving professional advice, training navigation experts, holding training for flight administrators, flight rule makers and air navigation services. They also will cooperate in approving PBN flight rules.     

Stock Exchange news for November 26
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, November 26 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Wednesday, a total of 93 thousand and 910 units of 18 JSCs were traded costing MNT 604 million 250 thousand and 760.00.
"Mon-it buligaar” /88 thousand units/, “Hai Bi Oil” /2,000 units/, “State Department Store” /1,352 units/, “Genco tour bureau” /753 units/ and "Merex” /700 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "Mot-it buligaar” (MNT 598 million and 400 thousand), "Material impex” (MNT two million and 108 thousand), “Hai Bi Oil” (MNT one million and 100 thousand), “State Department Store” (MNT 758 thousand and 472) and "Gobi” (MNT 384 thousand and 800).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 468 billion 455 million 726 thousand and 284. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 14,936.52, increasing 25.26 units or 0.17% against the previous day.

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