Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 30, 2014 Part II



Soums’ development to be analyzed every two years
Ulaanbaatar, July 30 (MONTSAME) At its meeting on Monday, the cabinet gave obligations to some officials to approve a method for appraising the developmental index of soums and to provide an information necessary for issuing the index.

Mongolia Brief July 30, 2014 Part I



Vice Speaker meets NGO delegation
Ulaanbaatar, July 30 (MONTSAME) A Vice Chairman of the State Great Khural (parliament) M.Enkhbold received Tuesday a delegation led by Mr Kim Dae-won, a general manager of South Korea’s “Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light” NGO.

Dozens of people killed by police as armed group attacks towns in southwest China’s mostly Uyghur Xinjiang

Dozens of people have been killed or injured in a confrontation between police and a group of knife-wielding attackers in China’s western region of Xinjiang, state media say.

VP of Inner Mongolia Women's Federation Makes Inspection Tour in Wuhai

Vice-President of the Inner Mongolia Women's Federation Li Xuemei made an inspection tour to Haibowan District and the Wuhai Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital in Wuhai City, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on July 6th, 2014.

India Has Space Cooperation with 33 Nations

India has been working in cooperation with 33 countries in the area of peaceful use of outer space, the government today said.

Turquoise Hill To Sell 29.95% Stake In SouthGobi Resources

(RTTNews.com) - Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TRQ, TRQ.TO) Wednesday said it has entered into a share purchase agreement with National United Resources Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong-based public company, for the sale of a 29.95 percent stake in SouthGobi Resources Ltd., an integrated coal mining, development and exploration company operating in Mongolia.

National United Resources Holdings Limited agrees to acquire common shares in SouthGobi Resources Limited

HONG KONG, Jul 30, 2014 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- National United Resources Holdings Limited (the "Company", HKEx stock Code?254) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Sale and Purchase Agreement dated July 29 2014 (Vancouver, British Columbia time) ("SPA") pursuant to which it has agreed to acquire, from Turquoise Hill Resources Limited, 29.95% of the common shares in SouthGobi Resources Limited (tsx stock symbol:SGQ and HKEx stock code) ("SouthGobi" and the proposed acquisition the "Acquisition").

Turquoise Hill cuts stake in SouthGobi by more than half

Shares of Turquoise Hill (NYSE:TRQ) (NASDAQ:TRQ) (TSE:TRQ) increased on Wednesday after the company said it is selling a near 30 percent stake in Mongolia-focused coal miner SouthGobi Resources for C$25.6 million, trimming down its total 56 percent interest.

Turquoise Hill Announces Sale of 29.95% Stake in SouthGobi Resources

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - July 30, 2014) - Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ) (TRQ) (TRQ.TO) (Turquoise Hill or the Company) today announced that it has entered into a share purchase agreement with National United Resources Holdings Limited (the Purchaser), a Hong Kong-based public company listed on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK), providing for the sale to the Purchaser of a 29.95% stake in SouthGobi Resources Ltd. (SouthGobi), an integrated coal mining, development and exploration company operating in Mongolia.

Drought lingers in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia

Cornstalks wither due to lingering drought in Beidao Village of Mujiayingzi Township in Chifeng City, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, July 29, 2014.

Riding the Steppes

The most fearless travel writers expect suffering, and usually they get it: inedible food, bloodthirsty mosquitoes, lice, exhaustion, hostile weather, vicious winds, mutinous muscles, burning thirst and cultural collisions.

Nadam Fair in Xinlinhot,Inner Mongolia

Women of the Mongolian ethnic group hold dried milk cakes and hadas, a piece of silk used as a greeting gift, in the opening ceremony of the Nadam Fair in Bayanbaolage township, Xinlinhot city, July 28, 2014.

Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia face brunt of drought

Shaanxi province has been suffering its highest summer temperatures in the past decade.

Mongolia Eases Visa Restrictions

Easing visa restrictions to stimulate travel is one of the UNWTO’s recommendations to promote the growth of the tourism sector and its positive impact on the economy.

Exchange students leave Wisconsin with new friends

KRONENWETTER – Emil and Diane Wasniewski might as well have been hosting a family reunion Tuesday night but the international meal on the table in their garage hinted at their guests’ many nationalities.

Serious drought hits Inner Mongolia and Henan

Lingering drought in northern China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region and central China's Henan province has dried up rivers and reservoirs, causing power and water shut-offs and drinking water shortages.

Tewkesbury soldier Andrew Mobey on fast track to Mongolia

Imagine riding a horse as fast as you can from 7am to 8pm every day, for 10 days.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 29, 2014 Part IV



Hakuho Davaajargal wins 30th career title
July 29 (UB Post) The July Tournament of the Japanese professional sumo ended on July 27, with Mongolian Yokozuna (Grand Champion) Hakuho winning his 30th career title, making him the third most successful sumo wrestler in history, after Chionopuji who won 31 tournaments and Taiho who won 32.

Mongolia Brief July 29, 2014 Part III



MH17: Mongolian students transferred from eastern Ukraine
July 29 (UB Post) Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science will transfer both local and international students studying in Donetsk to other cities, citing “the current situation” as reasons for their transfer.

Mongolia Brief July 29, 2014 Part II



Mining Ministry to cooperate with MIRECO
Ulaanbaatar, July 29 (MONTSAME) Mongolia’s Ministry of Mining will cooperate with the Mine Reclamation Corporation of Korea (MIRECO).

Mongolia Brief July 29, 2014 Part I



More to work at Mongolia’s Permanent Rep to UN
Ulaanbaatar, July 29 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on Monday allowed L.Bold, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to increase a number of the diplomats who work at Mongolia’s Permanent Representative Office to the United Nations (UN).

Mongolia Brief July 28, 2014 Part II



School project completed thanks to US-Mongolia cooperation
BAYANGOL DISTRICT, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (US Embassy) – On July 24, the handover ceremony of the renovation project at the Kindergarten 114  took place. During the Khaan Quest 2014 international peace keeping exercise, a multinational team of engineers and construction specialists worked together to complete renovations at School 42, Kindergarten 114, and to construct a new water distribution point in the Songinokhairkhan district.

Mongolia Brief July 28, 2014 Part I



“Responsibility, monitoring and implementation” online meeting runs
Ulaanbaatar, July 28 (MONTSAME) At this monthly meeting, some specific works done this month were named on Friday.

Managing dwindling energy, water resources a top priority for mining

RENO (MINEWEB) -

Drought hits China food production

Severe drought and scorching heat has damaged over a million hectares of farmland in China’s Henan and Inner Mongolia provinces, with no immediate relief in sight, state news agency, Xinhua reported.

Inner Mongolia Eases Merger and Reorganization Rules for Coal Mining Operations

BEIJING--July 29, 2014--Researched by Industrial Info Resources China (Beijing, China)--Inner Mongolia will no longer require coal mining enterprises to seek government approval of mergers and reorganizations, according to a recent government announcement.

Dispatch from China: China by Rail

Travel Agent is cruising through Northern China and Inner Mongolia this week with G Adventures on their brand new 12-day Hidden China and Inner Mongolia itinerary.

Inner Mongolia to Implement 544 Projects to Cut Air Pollution

BEIJING--July 29, 2014--Researched by Industrial Info Resources China (Beijing, China)--North China's Inner Mongolia will implement 544 projects to reduce air pollutants in 2014, including 253 projects in the coal-fired power sector, according to the region's government.

Mongolia Energy : Selects Mining Service Provider for Coalmine

HONG KONG, July 29, SinoCast -- Mongolia Energy Corporation Limited (MEC; SEHK: 0276) has selected mining service provider to offering coal mining service for Khushuut Coal Mine with a term of three years and 35 days.

Mongolia Soft Drinks Market: New market data published

(live-PR.com) - Soft Drinks Market in Mongolia: Databook to 2017 is the result of extensive market research covering the Soft Drinks market in Mongolia.

His Highness the Amir flies to Mongolia on private visit

KUWAIT, July 28 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah flew to Mongolia on a private visit on Monday.

Drought leaves 300,000 lacking drinking water in Inner Mongolia

Lingering drought in north China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region has left about 300,000 people short of drinking water, local authorities said Sunday.

MH17: Mongolian students transferred from eastern Ukraine

Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science will transfer both local and international students studying in Donetsk to other cities, citing “the current situation” as reasons for their transfer.

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird concludes his visit

Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada John Baird returned home on Friday after a two-day visit to Mongolia.

Xanadu Mines expands copper-gold discovery in Mongolia

Xanadu Mines (ASX:XAM) has released further strong copper gold results from its Altan Tolgoi project in Mongolia, after revealing assays from the first 550 metres of drilling last week.

Mongolia and back in a van with 130,000 miles on the clock

Two men are taking on the ‘mammoth expedition’ of 20,000 miles, five mountain ranges and three deserts in two continents in their transit van to raise money for a hospice.

World Tourism Organization applauds Mongolia granting visa-free travel

Facilitation of tourist travel is closely interlinked with tourism development and can contribute in a decisive manner to tourism’s beneficial effects, including economic growth and job creation.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 25, 2014 Part V



International drivers to cross 4,000 km distance in Rally Mongolia 2014
July 27 (UB Post) The annual Rally Mongolia 2014 is set to start on August 10 and continue for eight days. International racers will cross 4,000 kilometers of land through Govisumber, Uvurkhangai and Arkhangai Provinces to complete the rally. The rally is for both automobiles and motorcycles.

Mongolia Brief July 25, 2014 Part IV



The other side of the coin
July 27 (UB Post) It seems that everyone is now concerned that Mongolia’s economic growth is not going to be as robust as was expected for 2014, and the country’s future prospects look a bit grey.

Mongolia Brief July 25, 2014 Part III



Health agencies warn consumers about false bioactive natural product advertisements
July 27 (UB Post) The Ministry of Health and State Specialized Inspection Agency (SSIA) are warning the public to read and learn about bioactive natural products before purchasing them.

Mongolia Brief July 25, 2014 Part II



Poetry Reciting Festival "Tulga" to Be Held among Mongolians in USA
July 25 (infomongolia.com) The annual poetry reciting festival "Tulga" among Mongolians in USA will be held in Los Angeles for 2 days on coming August 2nd and August 3rd, 2014.

Mark Levin’s interview with Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister

Last week, the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, took a few minutes while on a trip to Mongolia to speak to Mark Levin on his radio show (Listen Here—Go to the 7/24/14 show, 49:10 mark).

Newssummary: Export Price of Rare Earth Down 37.2% in 1H in Inner Mongolia

SHANGHAI, Jul. 28 (SMM) – Average export price of rare earth products was 49,000 yuan per tonne during 1H 2014 in Inner Mongolia due to weak demand overseas, down 37.2% on a yearly basis, xinhuanet.com reported today.

Mining adds 481.2 billion MNT to the State Budget

The mining sector accounts for 18.5 percent of Mongolia’s gross domestic product (GDP), 66 percent of its industry, 83.2 percent of overall exports, 17.5 percent of contributions to the state budget and 81 percent of foreign investment.

Mongolia Business Forecast Report Q1 2014 New C&M country guide focusing on Mongolia

(live-PR.com) - The Mongolia Business Forecast Report helps businesses with market assessment, strategic planning and decision making to promote growth and profitability in Mongolia and is an essential tool for CEOs, Chairmen, Finance Directors/CFOs, Managing Directors, Marketing/Sales Directors with commercial interests in this emerging market.

Drought Hits China's Inner Mongolia

China's northern province of Inner Mongolia is struggling with its worst drought in years.

1st Ld-Writethru: Serious drought hits China

Lingering drought in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and central China's Henan Province have scorched rivers and reservoirs, causing power and water shut-offs and drinking water shortages.

The other side of the coin

It seems that everyone is now concerned that Mongolia’s economic growth is not going to be as robust as was expected for 2014, and the country’s future prospects look a bit grey.

Serious drought hits China

HOHHOT/ZHENGZHOU, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Lingering drought in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and central China's Henan Province have scorched rivers and reservoirs, causing power and water shut-offs and drinking water shortages.

300,000 People Lack Drinking Water in Inner Mongolia

Lingering drought in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has left about 300,000 people short of drinking water, local authorities said on July 27.

Oil & Oil Shale Mongolia 2014 scheduled for September

Oil & Oil Shale Mongolia 2014 international investment conference is back with a newly scheduled program on September 10 and 11, in Ulaanbaatar.

Inner Mongolia Women's Federation Helps Underprivileged Woman Win Lawsuit

Husband of underprivileged woman Tian Runlian from Bayan Nur City, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, presented a banner to Vice President of the Inner Mongolia Women's Federation Bao Xiaochun on June 30th, 2014, in appreciation of the Federation's assistance to Tian during her struggle for proper financial compensation connected to an industrial injury.

Turkey and Mongolia renew military cooperation

From July 19 to 23, the State Secretary of the Mongolian Ministry of Defense, Major General Z.Boldbaatar, visited the Republic of Turkey.

Visa-Free Travel to Mongolia

The Mongolian people easily find common ground with others, regardless of differences in religion, culture and background, and Mongolians appreciate the value of meeting new people and learning new things—a legacy deeply rooted in their nomadic origin, so now since 25th June, visitors from 42 nations no longer require a visa when travelling to Mongolia.

Mongolia included in Canada’s Countries of Focus

On July 24, Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar received Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
John Baird, who is visiting Mongolia at the invitation of Mongolian Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold.

International drivers to cross 4,000 km in Rally Mongolia 2014

The annual Rally Mongolia 2014 is set to start on August 10 and continue for eight days.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Aspire Mining to supply Ovoot coal to Zavkhan power station

Aspire Mining (ASX:AKM) has demonstrated the quality of its Ovoot Coking Coal Project in Mongolia, reaching a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to sell up to 250,000 tonnes of oxidised coal per annum to Zavkhan Power Station.

Inner Mongolia Yitai Coal : Yitai Chemical Inks General Contract with Third Party

INNER MONGOLIA, July 24, SinoCast

International football: Gary White's Guam qualify for the next phase of the East Asian Cup with big win

Guam, led by British coach Gary White, are celebrating after qualifying for the next stage of the East Asian Cup.

Turquoise Hill Disputes Mongolian Tax Claim

Turquoise Hill Resources on June 26 filed a formal notice of dispute with the government of Mongolia regarding an audit report it received from the Mongolian Tax Authority on June 23 claiming that Oyu Tolgoi LLC, the operating company for the Oyu Tolgoi coppergold mine in southern Mongolia, was subject to unpaid taxes, penalties and disallowed entitlements associated with the initial development of the mine.

Inner Mongolia's photovoltaic industry ready for upgrade

In recent years, thanks to vigorous promotion from the government of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, renewable energy has been widely applied in the construction market, laying a foundation for the development of the clean energy industry in the region.

Ford Transit van taking friends to Mongolia

Two men are hoping to drive 20,000 miles across 24 countries in just two months, in the name of charity

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 25, 2014 Part I



President met Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister
July 25 (news.mn) President Ts.Elbegdorj met Canada`s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird on July 25th.

Canadian women head out to Mongolia in Subaru XV

LONDON: An all-female Canadian team has begun an epic trip from Britain to Mongolia in a Subaru XV.

Dozens placed in quarantine after China plague death

Part of a city in north-west China has been sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.

MONGOLIA ENERGY (00276) has risen 5%. The last price is HK$0.231

[Rising Stock] MONGOLIA ENERGY (00276)'s price went up 5% at 01:38p.m .

Inner Mongolia, 21 Protestant leaders arrested

Wuhai (AsiaNews) - Arrests, forced detentions, threats and extortion: these are the "weapons" with which the Chinese government is carrying out religious persecution in the country.

Individual Consultant on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

1.Objectives and target

1.1 Background

Encouraging mining FDI in Mongolia

Changes to Mongolia’s mining legislation will open up vast new tracts of land for exploration and pave the way for new licence issuances.

North China's Inner Mongolia Holds Anti-drug Promotion Activities

Multiple activities have been launched by the women's federation of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to raise local women's awareness of the negative impacts connected to drug abuse and call on them to fight against illicit drugs over recent months on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Intrepid Exeter friends embark on epic fundraising journey to Mongolia

Two intrepid friends have embarked on a 20,000-mile round trip from Exeter to Mongolia to generate funds for charity.

KEPCO to build power plant in Mongolia

KEPCO, Korea's biggest power supplier, won the exclusive right to build and operate a fossil fuel power plant in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the company said Friday.

Australian Wolf stalks Mongolian oil opportunities

Mongolia might not be the first place that springs to mind as a potential investment destination for oil and gas players, but one small Australian company is hoping the recent passing of a new petroleum law will open up opportunities in the landlocked nation between Russia and China.

Sheffield trio set off on Mongolia adventure

Three Sheffield lads have set off on a 10,000 mile adventure from London to Mongolia to raise money for a trio of charities - in their trusty 27-year-old Ford Fiesta, Poppy.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 24, 2014 Part V



Kh.Oyunchimeg: Competition sharpens my skills and leads me to success
July 24 (UB Post) In this year’s Naadam Archery Competition, over 360 archers competed to excel with their precise archery skills. The winner of the women’s archery competition was a talented archer of the World Academy of Chinggis Khaan, Kh.Oyunchimeg of Zuunmod soum of Tuv Province, a native of Dadal soum of Khentii Province.

Mongolia Brief July 24, 2014 Part IV



Treasury announces awards for exceptional international development projects
Ulaanbaatar, July 24 (MONTSAME) Salkhit is recognized alongside projects that deliver clear results in combating food insecurity, creating jobs, promoting infrastructure development, and increasing access to education and health care. About this has been published on the website of the US Embassy in Mongolia.

Mongolia Brief July 24, 2014 Part III



‘Her Presence in Colors-XI’ international art exhibition 2014 opens
July 24 (UB Post) “Her Presence in Colors-XI 2014” international female artist exhibition, organized under the auspices of Mongolian President Ts.Elbegdorj, opened at Mongolian National Art Gallery on Monday.

Mongolia Brief July 24, 2014 Part II



Ger area around Gandan Monastery connects to central lines
July 24 (UB Post) A total of 31 households in Orkhon Street no.6 in Gandan Monastery neighborhood have been successfully connected to state central lines for water and sanitary pipelines, heating and other engineering infrastructure in the past two months.

Mongolia Brief July 24, 2014 Part I



Mongolia-Turkey consultative meeting held
July 24 (news.mn) Mongolian delegates lead by State Secretary for Defense Ministry of Mongolia, colonel general Z.Boldbaatar visited to the Republic of Turkey between July 19-23.

Mongolia included in the Czech Government Development Cooperation Program

A roundtable meeting to discuss the “Future perspectives of Mongolia-Czech cooperation” was held by the Mongolian Embassy in the Czech Republic, Cooperation of External Development Platforma and the Confederation of Industry and Transport of the Czech Republic.

Mongolia issues 2.36 trillion MNT in housing loans

This week the Central Bank of Mongolia released a May 2014 report on the annual eight percent interest housing loan issued by the government through commercial banks.

Anglesey adventurer in Mongolia rally marathon

AN ANGLESEY teenager has begun an extraordinary adventure this week that will see him drive his 25 year-old Citroen 2CV from London to Mongolia, as part of the infamous Mongol Rally.

The pace of Mongolia’s economic growth to slow

The World Bank Group has lowered its previous forecast of Mongolia’s economic growth from double-digits to 9.5 percent, coinciding with an April forecast by the Asian Development Bank which predicted a growth rate of 9.5 percent.

Matao regain upper hand: Guam still can win tournament after beating Mongolia

The Matao, the Guam men's national team, are in prime position to take EAFF East Asian Cup Round 1 championship following their 2-0 shutout of Mongolia Wednesday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

VIDEO: Guy's Goals Lift Guam Over Mongolia

Harmon, Guam - The Matao, Guam men’s national team is in prime position to take EAFF East Asian Cup Round 1 championship, following its 2-0 shutout of Mongolia at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

Mongolia, Canada seek to strengthen ties

ULAN BATOR, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia, Canada are seeking to strengthen ties as Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird arrived in the country for an official visit.

Number of foreign visitors in Mongolia declines

The National Statistical Office (NSO) reports that Mongolia received 154,533 foreign visitors in the first half of this year, which is a decrease of 8.5 percent from last year’s data.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 23, 2014 Part II



Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Visits to Further Cooperation
July 23 (Mongolian Economy) The Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada, John Russell Baird, is paying an official visit to Mongolia for the first time today under the invitation of L. Bold, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Mongolia.

Mongolia Brief July 23, 2014 Part I



President attends Mongolia-Japan business forum
Ulaanbaatar, July 23 (MONTSAME) The President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj Tuesday addressed a Mongolia-Japan business forum in Tokyo in frames of his working visit to this country.

SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX: Mongolia 89/132

Of issues covered by the Basic Human Needs Dimension, Mongolia does best in areas including Nutrition and Basic Medical Care and has the greatest opportunity to improve human wellbeing by focusing more on Water and Sanitation.

China’s base metals import picture fragments

One of the major themes in the base metals markets so far this year has been the wide degree of price divergence as individual metals increasingly respond to specific supply-demand drivers.

Students from Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan gather in W Kazakhstan

UST KAMENOGORSK. KAZINFORM The international youth summer camp ashore Alakol Lake started its work in the West Kazakhstan region that brought together student's delegations from Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan.

Afghanistan, Yemen among U.S.-honoured development projects

(Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday honoured six development projects for helping some of the world's most politically fragile countries or poorest people, including a railway in Afghanistan and basic health and water services in Yemen.

Scientists: Bird's Ancestors Likely Not Dinosaurs

A fossil found in Inner Mongolia may prove that birds did not evolve from dinosaurs, as many scientists have believed, but from a creature that existed long before.

Trio to drive 10,000 miles from Newport to Mongolia

THREE friends are taking the trip of a lifetime as they set off on a 10,000-mile charity drive from Newport to Mongolia.

Aspire Mining to supply Ovoot coal to Zavkhan power station

Aspire Mining (ASX:AKM) has demonstrated the quality of its Ovoot Coking Coal Project in Mongolia, reaching a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to sell up to 250,000 tonnes of oxidised coal per annum to Zavkhan Power Station.

Japan, Mongolia reach a free trade agreement

(MENAFN) According to Mongolia's Prime Minister, his country and Japan have reached a basic deal on a free trade agreement, QNA reported.

Trio to drive 10,000 miles from Newport to Mongolia

THREE friends are taking the trip of a lifetime as they set off on a 10,000-mile charity drive from Newport to Mongolia.

Charities conduct medical work in Sri Lanka, Mongolia

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese charity groups traveled to remote areas of Sri Lanka and Mongolia earlier this month to provide medical services to people there, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which covered part of the costs of the missions.

A Two-Ring Circus

COTTEKILL, N.Y. — Five years ago, on a very long train ride from Ulan Bator in Mongolia to Beijing, Kat O’Sullivan and Mason Brown took out a notebook and made a list of all the things their dream house should have.

Japan, Mongolia reach broad agreement on free trade deal

Setting the stage for gaining cooperation from Mongolia over the abduction issue with North Korea through deepened economic ties, Japan has agreed in principle on a bilateral free trade deal.

Mongolia Seeks China Gas Accord to Boost Foreign Investment

Mongolia is seeking to sign a gas project and supply accord with China next month, in a deal that would help the world’s second-largest economy expand energy supplies and potentially revive foreign investment in Mongolia.

Subaru XV sets off to Mongolia in charity challenge

Subaru’s XV crossover is about to prove just how tough it is, taking on a 21,700 mile on- and off-road journey all the way from London to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia and back again.

Xanadu Mines tastes copper and gold success drilling in Mongolia

Xanadu Mines (ASX:XAM) has received assays from step-out drilling at Altan Tolgoi which did not disappoint with widths and good copper and gold grades intersected.

Taiwan charities conduct medical missions in Sri Lanka, Mongolia

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) Taiwanese charity groups traveled to remote areas of Sri Lanka and Mongolia earlier this month to provide medical services to people there, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which covered part of the costs of the missions.

A Conversation with Mongolia’s Environment Minister Oyun Sanjasuren

As The Asia Foundation recently marked its 20th anniversary in Mongolia, Country Representative Meloney Lindberg sat down with Oyun Sanjasuren, Minister of Environment and Green Development and former Asia Foundation grantee, to discuss the country’s rapid development and efforts to promote responsible mining to protect its natural resources and environment.

From Norfolk to Mongolia in a Renault 5

Sam Scott is currently pushing his Renault 5 to the limit on a trip from England to Mongolia as part of the 2014 Mongol Rally.

Japan reaches EPA with Mongolia

Japan and Mongolia have in principle reached an economic partnership agreement, including the eventual elimination of tariffs on used cars imported from Japan.

Mongolia, Japan pledge to cement economic partnership

ULAN BATOR, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia and Japan signed a joint statement on Tuesday to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation and enhance trade and investment between the two countries.

The Japan-Mongolia FTA Is About Cars, Minerals and Abductees

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announced the signing of a free trade agreement during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday night.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Moody's Downgrades Mongolia Sending Its Currency to Record Low

Moody's has cut Mongolia's foreign currency bond rating, citing the country's strained external liquidity position and saying that foreign exchange reserves would further deplete unless the country takes help from its big neighbour China.

Mongolia Bonds a Buy for ING After Moody’s Cut Spurs Drop

Mongolia’s dollar bonds dropped the most in a week after Moody’s Investors Service cut the nation’s credit rating, a decline that prompted ING Groep NV to recommend buying the securities.

Subaru XV en route - and off it - to Mongolia

The Subaru XV compact crossover is to be subjected to its toughest challenge yet, a 21,700-mile (35,000km) on- and off-road journey from London to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – and back again.

Japan, Mongolia set to affirm FTA

Japan on Tuesday cut its fiscal year growth forecast for the world’s No. 3 economy, blaming weak exports and rising imports, as well as the impact of April’s sales tax hike on consumer spending and business confidence.

Japan, Mongolia to sign free trade deal

TOKYO: Japan and Mongolia will sign a free-trade deal when their leaders hold talks in Tokyo later on Tuesday, reports said, as Japan looks to tap the country's fast-growing economy and huge natural resources.

Digital Hopes in Mongolia

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the front cover of the New York Times last year with the story of a Mongolian boy, titled "The Boy Genius of Ulan Bator" in the September 13th, 2013 issue.

Thanksgiving in Mongolia

My favorite game when I was a child was Mummy and Explorer.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 17, 2014 Part III



A.Bilguun: Instead of getting a loan, a state-owned company should be privatized and apply for an IPO in international markets
July 18 (UB Post) Executive Director of Mongolian Investment Banking Group A.Bilguun talks about the current economic situation. He is an experienced specialist who graduated in finance from Saint Mary’s University, Canada, and worked at the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Mongolia Brief July 17, 2014 Part II



First place winners of Naadam Festival games announced
July 18 (UB Post) The first place winners of the wrestling, archery, horseracing and knucklebone shooting tournaments for the 2014 Naadam games celebrating the 2,223rd anniversary of the Establishment of the Mongolian State, the 808th anniversary of the Great Mongol Empire and the 93rd anniversary of the People’s Revolution were announced.

Mongolia Brief July 17, 2014 Part I



Mid-Term Strategic Partnership Development Program to Establish with Russian Federation Discussed
July 17 (infomongolia.com) At the Cabinet meeting of Government held on July 16, 2014, one of the issues discussed was "Mid-Term Strategic Partnership Development Program" to establish between Mongolia and the Russian Federation.

Japanese nuclear reactors could reignite uranium mining

Contrarian investors buy uranium stocks when the banks and large miners cut their price targets.

Hino heads to Mongolia to prepare for Dakar

Hino Team Sugawara will again compete in the gruelling, eight-day Rally Mongolia as it prepares its racing truck for the 2015 Dakar Rally in South America.

Sino-Russian Competition in Mongolia

In recent years China and Russia have presented a solid façade of “strategic partnership,” with leaders emphasizing complementarity of national interests and common approaches to many international problems as reasons they work hand-in-hand.

Hino heads to Mongolia to prepare for Dakar

Hino Team Sugawara will again compete in the gruelling, eight-day Rally Mongolia as it prepares its racing truck for the 2015 Dakar Rally in South America.

Rio Tinto CEO Walsh on Iron Ore, Mongolia Mine

Rio Tinto Group Chief Executive Officer Sam Walsh talks about its Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia and iron-ore prices.

Atoms For Peace And Iran Nuclear Talk: The Theatrics Continue - From Eisenhower to Obama

"Much of what passes today for diplomacy is not diplomacy at all; it's propaganda.

Snitch nation

We are fast becoming a nation of Pavlik Morozovs.

China Seeks to Strengthen Mongolian Trade Links During August Trilateral Summit

This year Sino-Mongolian relations have been buffeted by a series of challenging interruptions: the Mongolian government’s standoff with Rio Tinto over expanding underground mining operations at Oyu Tolgoi (OT) which will disrupt development of shipments of copper concentrate supplies to China, another Mongolian postponement in the repayment of $130 million worth of coal owed by Mongolia’s state-owned Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi JSC since 2011 to Chalco (China Aluminum International Trading Co., Ltd), and the news that the former chairman of Mongolia’s Petroleum Authority, Djashzeveg Amarsaikhan, who was a suspect in a money laundering conspiracy with Petro China Daqing Tamsag, suddenly died in prison (“Transparent Mining” press conference of April 30, 2014 reported by mad-intelligence.com, May 2, 2014; english.news.mn, May 14, 2014).

Individual Consultant to work on Programme and Social Policy

The Government of Mongolia and UNICEF started implementing their new Country Programme 2012-2016 in January 2012 with the overall goal to support Mongolia in addressing inequity in accordance with the National Development Strategy, the UNDAF and the MDGs.

Individual Consultant on Budgeting for Health Care Facilities

UNICEF Mongolia is seeking a national individual consultant to support the development of a budget planning methodology for the health sector, in close consultation with both the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health.

Youth: Today’s Best Investment

By Naomi Kitahara
UNFPA representative

Mongolia taking up UNESCO’s Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media

More than forty multiple stakeholders from fourteen provinces took part in a consultative meeting to adapt and localize UNESCO’s “Gender Sensitive Indicators for Media” (GSIM) in Ulaanbaatar on June 27.

22 friends of the T.bataar dinosaur to arrive in Mongolia

The Lenin Museum, once property of the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), will soon be converted into the Central Museum of Dinosaurs.

Yasheng Group Joint Venture With Inner Mongolia Meng Yuan Agriculture Company

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 17, 2014) - Yasheng Group (OTCQB: HERB), a high-growth diversified China-based agricultural conglomerate with U.S. headquarters in Redwood City, California, today announced that it has entered into a joint venture agreement with Inner Mongolia Meng Yuan Agriculture Co. Ltd.

Street food in Mongolia

By Michelle Borok and Margaux Maxwell

Former official receives life sentence for bribery

BEIJING, July 17 -- Wang Suyi, a former senior official from north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for accepting bribes, a local court in Beijing announced on Thursday.

Ex-Mongolia party officer gets life imprisonment for taking millions in bribes

A mainland regional official was sentenced to life imprisonment today for bribe-taking, a court said, the first high-ranking bureaucrat to be jailed in the corruption crackdown overseen by President Xi Jinping.

A.Bilguun: Instead of getting a loan, a state-owned company should be privatized and apply for an IPO in international markets

Executive Director of Mongolian Investment Banking Group A.Bilguun talks about the current economic situation.

Moody's Downgrades Mongolia Sending Its Currency to Record Low

Moody's has cut Mongolia's foreign currency bond rating, citing the country's strained external liquidity position and saying that foreign exchange reserves would further deplete unless the country takes help from its big neighbour China.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mongol Rally with eight Aussie teams set to launch from Battersea Park on Saturday

The 11th edition of the annual Mongol Rally launches this weekend from Battersea Park - and this year, there are 53 Australians participating as well as eight Aussie teams.

How weird is your palate? (The Sweet Tooth blog)

What is the weirdest food you've eaten?

Making opportunities in Mongolia

Given the Irish obsession with the weather, you’d wonder why anyone would actively choose to move to the coldest capital on the planet.

Kissaki Films’ Otto Bell to Direct Ashol Pan Documentary ‘Eagle Huntress’

New York-based production company Kissaki Films has secured the life rights to Ashol Pan, a young eagle huntress whose talents have recently made her an internet sensation.

A Rare Look At The Abandoned Military Bases Of The USSR

Photographer Eric Lusito was only 12 when he witnessed the destruction of the Berlin Wall on television in his native Italy.

Newssummary: Single Day Copper Conc. Imports to China Ganqimaodu Port Hit New High

SHANGHAI, Jul. 15 (SMM) – Single day copper concentrate imports to the Port of Ganqimaodu in China’s Inner Mongolia hit new high on July 8, with 5803.32 tonnes shipped to the port from Mongolia’s Oyu Tolgoi copper mine, local media said.

Daring pair staring at epic drive to far Mongolia

A PAIR of daring Lake Macquarie lads will drive a 1991 Subaru Libero across 17 countries starting next week to raise money for charity.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 16, 2014 Part II



China-Mongolia-Russia Economic and Trade Partnership
Forum and Exhibition 2014 to Be Organized in Erlian, Inner
Mongolia
July 16 (infomongolia.com) Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) in collaboration with the People's Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region are organizing “China-Mongolia-Russia Economic and Trade Partnership Forum and Exhibition 2014” in Erlian city of Inner Mongolia on August 20-24, 2014.

Mongolia Brief July 16, 2014 Part I



Non-Resident Ambassador of Mongolia to Greece Accredited
July 16 (infomongolia.com) A non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Greece (Hellenic Republic) Mr. Lkhamsuren DUGERJAV has presented a Letter of Credence to the President of Greece Mr. Karolos Papoulias on July 09, 2014.

Fighting for Oil

Call it a double whammy for the planet or simply irony with a capital “I.”

Slow growth spoiling China’s appetite for coal

China’s slowdown has hit coal miners the hardest with the country, the top consumer of the fossil fuel, importing less than a year ago and dramatically far from the double-digit percentages from a decade ago.

Rating On Golomt Bank Of Mongolia Lowered To ‘B’, No Longer Suspended; Outlook Negative

We have received sufficient information from Mongolia-based Golomt to maintain surveillance, including the 2013 annual report.

Envoy of Mongolian leader arrives in N. Korea

A special envoy of Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj arrived in Pyongyang on Monday, North Korea’s state news agency said.

2014 commodities halftime report

What a difference six months can make.

Govt official hides porn under Buddha shrine he worships everyday

A government official in Inner Mongolia has been caught hiding nearly a hundred pornographic videos in a cabinet containing numerous Buddhist statues and paintings, according to Xinhuanet.com.

Chef Boyardee maker ConAgra buys Chinese potato processor for $93 million

OMAHA, Nebraska — ConAgra Foods Inc., the company behind Chef Boyardee canned pasta, said Monday that it bought a Chinese potato processor for $93 million to help it sell more frozen potato products in Asia.

ConAgra Acquires TaiMei Potato for $93M, Extends Global Footprint

Food products company ConAgra Foods, Inc. (CAG) recently acquired TaiMei Potato Industry Limited, a potato processor in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia.

Firm has designs on international growth

WITH a portfolio of projects stretching from Morpeth to Mongolia, Gradon Architecture is a local firm with a global outlook.

First Solar Calling Off Development Of 2 GW Solar PV Plant In Inner Mongolia

One of the largest solar PV companies in the world, First Solar, has finally officially decided to forgo its previous long-standing plans to develop a utility-scale 2 GW solar PV power plant in Inner Mongolia.

HomeSlyce sponsors team driving 10,000 miles from England to Mongolia

A Baltimore pizza bar is taking a little slice of Charm City to Mongolia.

Destination Mongolia for students in £500 Skoda

THREE ‘tools’ and a ‘spanner’ are gearing up for a cross-continental trip in an old Skoda.

Aspire Mining: to benefit from Russia, China, Mongolia infrastructure deals

- Aspire Mining Ltd (ASX: AKM) owns the Ovoot Coking Coal Project (Ovoot), and is also progressing the Northern Line Rail Line (NRL) in Mongolia.

Why Every Mongolian is a Millionaire

When I unexpectedly received an invitation to the 1991 opening of the Mongolian Stock Exchange, I thought, "Why not?"

10,000 miles from Cork to Mongolia in a 1999 Ford Focus

THREE brave Cork lads will set off this Saturday on a voyage involving 10,000 miles, 26 countries, three mountain ranges, two continents, and one desert — all in a 1999 Ford Focus.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mongolia Brief July 15, 2014



Bank of Mongolia reports
Ulaanbaatar, July 14 (MONTSAME) The Bank of Mongolia (BoM) has reported that money supply (broad money or M2) at the end of June 2014 reached to MNT 102,11.2 billion, declining MNT 29.3 billion or 0.3% the previous month, and increased  MNT 2207.4 billion or 27.6% against the previous year.

ConAgra Foods (CAG) Acquires China's TaiMei Potato in $93M Deal

ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) has acquired TaiMei Potato Industry Limited, a potato processor in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia.

Epic drive to Mongolia starting in Wandsworth

Lucy Dalby, who lives in Tooting Bec and her friend Lauren Joseph, will be setting off on Sunday 20th July from Battersea Park, to drive a third of the way around the globe to Mongolia in an old banger called Mildred, bought for £700 on EBay.

Inner Mongolia Yitai Coal : Yitai Coal gets nod for coal-to oil demonstrative project

[ET Net News Agency, 15 July 2014] Inner Mongolia Yitai Coal (03948) said it was recently granted the approval of carrying out preliminary work for the 1 Mtpa coal-to oil demonstrative project from the National Development and Reform Commission.

Mongolia looks to end mining purgatory

Colossal mineral deposits have led to Mongolia recording record levels of economic growth, but the government must stop passing populist laws if the country is to realise its potential

Mongolia expands its resource exploration options

The Mongolian government plans to more than double the size of the territory open to mining and exploration in Mongolia.

Young Man from Mongolia Thanks Locals for Helping Him Through Life-Saving Surgery

(ABC 6 News) -- A young man from Mongolia is in Rochester to say thanks to the church and family that saved his life twelve years ago.

Trio to drive from Dublin to Mongolia in ‘99 Nissan Micra for charity

Paddy Thunder, Lorcan Smith and Diarmaid Keane, all 25, are undertaking the drive of a lifetime to raise money for the Fr. Peter McVerry Trust.

Mongolia attempting to win back alienated mining investors

Mongolia is attempting to inspire market confidence in its economically crucial mining sector after foreign investors started staying away in droves in response to years of political vacillation.

Mongolia's Naadam festival

Tourists are being lured to Mongolia to witness its World Cup alternative - the Naadam festival

Will Mongolia Be The Next SCO Member?

China's foreign minister has suggested that Mongolia could become the next full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, even though Mongolia has appeared far less eager to join the organization than other aspirants like India, Iran, and Pakistan.

Monday, July 14, 2014

World Cup Blues? Check Out Mongolia's Sports Heroes

July 14 (Bloomberg) –- Germany has won the World Cup, with a narrow one-nil win over Argentina.