Saturday, February 7, 2015

Mongolia Brief February 4, 2015 Part II



Governor of BoM to be asked to voluntarily resign
By B. Ireedui
(gogo.mn) (Feb, 04) Today, Reform Committee of MPP is to meet with N.Zoljargal, Governor of Bank of Mongolia (BoM) at 3pm. 

During the meeting, Governor of BoM is to receive notice of voluntarily resignation. 
Reform Committee of MPP reported that further, they will meet with members of Parliament who has working irresponsibility in relation to social and economic situation.

Minister Zorigt Receives ADB Manager
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, February 4 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Energy D.Zorigt received Tuesday a delegation led by Mr Ayumi Konishi, a Director-General of South Asian Department of the Asia Development Bank (ADB).
Mongolia and the ADB have been cooperating in many energy projects on legal environment, power distribution services, renewable energy and capacity building, the ADB allocated easy-term loans and non-refundable aids for 18 projects since the commencement of the cooperation in 1993, mentioned the Minister. A master plan of the energy sector of Mongolia and the feasibility study for the Fifth Thermal Station were developed under the consulting with the ADB, the latter is also promoting the technological works conducted at the Third and Fourth Thermal Stations, as well at other thermal power companies of Ulaanbaatar, he went on and stressed that his Ministry is interested in taking long and short term credits with eased conditions for financing some mega and medium-size projects of the energy sector.
He is confident that the ADB will support Mongolia this year in the organization of the CAREC Summit. he said.
In response, Mr Konishi mentioned that accompanying him a delegation "consists of two--the experts who develop country programs, and who represent Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC)", and promised to support Mongolia by all means in the projects and in organization of CAREC Summit.

Festival of French Books Takes Place
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, February 4 (MONTSAME) The Mongolia-France Friendship Society and the Mongolian National Library have co-organized a book festival dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Mongolia-France diplomatic relations.
It was reported by Mongolia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday. In frames of the above action, the fair mounted some 250 French language books about Mongolia collected by Mr Kh.Bekhbat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia and head of the Mongolia-France Friendship Society; by T.Tomorkhuleg and D.Lhamsuren, senior diplomats and translators; and others. The fair also shown books by Alexandre Dumas and Jules Verne, dictionaries in French, historical science and linguistics works.
At the event, the Vice Minister of Education, Culture and Science B.Tulga said the book festival will definitely contribute to the external relations of our National Library.

Cabinet Meeting in Brief
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, February 4 (MONTSAME) The Cabinet approved on February 2 the draft laws on Permissions and List of Permissions and related to them drafts.
Then it was resolved to submit them to parliament after the Ministers' recommendations are reflected in the documents. The Governmental draft resolution on adopting the State Policy on Promoting Industries is to be submitted as well, the cabinet decided.
At this meeting, the list by the Procurement Department of procurements scheduled for the state-run projects and programs was adopted.

Mayor Meets SDA Delegation
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, February 4 (MONTSAME) Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city E.Bat-Uul received Wednesday a delegation headed by Ms Denise Luthi, a chairwoman of the East Asia Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The sides exchanged views on the urbanization, decentralization, support for local governance, and assistance from the SDC. Ms Luthi noted that the SDC has been collaborating with Mongolia for a decade in three main directions as the food safety, within the agricultural sector, an enforcement of the vocational training centers, within the education sphere, and a cooperation with the capital city in frames of governance. "Since a half of Mongolia’s population lives in Ulaanbaatar, I am pleased to share my views on tackling problems related to the UB city's urbanization and on realizing relevant to this projects and programmes,” Ms Luthi said.
In response, the Mayor pointed out that Mongolia is making some reforms in order to form a system that allows people to make decisions with their participation as stated by the Constitution of Mongolia. "Switzerland has plenty of experience in it, so Mongolia wants to collaborate with the SDC in running these reforms".
"Mongolia is implementing a housing programme under a public poll, but we have some problems such as conflicts of interests. We organized a poll among residents of Baganuur and Nalaikh districts whether Nalaikh district should become a city, and presented them a project about developing the city and its rules. All these have been focusing on transmitting into the decision-making system with a civil participation, and Mongolia aspires to cooperate with the SDC in it," the Mayor said.
Ms Luthi said the SDC is ready to cooperate with Mongolia in developing the public participation-based governance and the democracy.

Minister of Food and Agriculture Meets US Ambassador
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, February 4 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Food and Agriculture R.Burmaa received the Ambassador of the USA to Mongolia Ms Piper Campbell on February 4.
The Minister conveyed her gratitude to the U.S. government for including Mongolia in the Second Millennium Challenge Account program "in high recognition of Mongolia's efforts for promoting good governance and sustainable economic development". She thanked the U.S. side for providing the rural development and economy through the Millennium Challenge account and Program for Food security and Development.
Ms Burmaa also noted that "our farmers started to participate in the Agricultural Exhibitions which held every year in the USA".
Then the sides agreed to widen a program on Capacity Building for Fight against the Diseases of Mongolian Livestock and to sell XacBank's stocks purchased from the revenue of the US assistance program for Food Security and Development.
The Minister said Mongolia has a lot to learn from the U.S. practice, technologies and Know-how in agriculture and promised to give more significance to the two countries' cooperation in this sphere.

Appraisal of Anti-Corruption Actions Discussed
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, February 4 (MONTSAME) A meeting ran Wednesday at the State House to present results of an appraisal of actions done in 2014 against corruption among organizations that report their works to parliament and other organizations.
The Corruption Combating Agency (CCA) gave the appraisal of some 124 organizations including Ministries, agencies, state-run organizations and the bodies which give reports to parliament.
At the meeting, a head of the CCA’s section on corruption prevention and education B.Bat-Otgon made a presentation about methods of giving anti-corruption appraisal over state organizations. He underlined an importance of this appraisal in ensuring the implementation of anti-corruption laws, encouraging the justice of state servants, supporting the encouragement and initiatives of combating corruption, determining and propagandizing the best experiences of state organizations.
A report of the CCA’s appraisal was delivered by A.Zorigtbaatar, an expert from the “Best solution” NGO. In addition, a head of the Monitoring Section at the Parliamentary Office L.Enkhtuya delivered a report on a brief conclusion of the 2013-2014 actions against corruption in the bodies at parliament. The participants exchanged views on the appraisal of activities against corruption and various actions combating corruption.

Stock Exchange News for February 4
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, February 4 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Wednesday, a total of 33 thousand and 165 units of 18 JSCs were traded costing MNT 11 million 852 thousand and 945.00.
"Remikon” /20 thousand and 100 units/, “Hermes center” /7,058 units/, “Merex” /2,700 units/, “Genco tour bureau” /1,071 units/ and "Khokh gan” /1,009 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "Darkhan nekhii” (MNT four million 229 thousand and 400), "Remikon” (MNT one million and 809 thousand), “Ereentsav” (MNT one million and 660 thousand), “Hermes center” (MNT one million 017 thousand and 236) and "Gutal” (MNT 773 thousand and 500).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 377 billion 489 million 498 thousand and 626. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 14,223.05, decreasing 208.39 units or 1.44% against the previous day.

Nat'l Oncology Center Holds World Cancer Day Event
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, February 4 (MONTSAME) The National Center for Oncology ran Tuesday an awareness-raising event called "Cancer is not invincible" on the occasion of the World Cancer Day, observed every February 4.
A ceremony also ran for the opening of the Fifth National Anti-Cancer Campaign organized by the center, Khan Bank and Mongolian National Public Radio and Television.
Statistics show that three out of four cancer patients in Mongolia get diagnosed at the critical level of their diseases, which makes various kinds of cancers become a second most common cause of death. Mongolia has 4,200 people diagnosed with cancer, three thous. die of cancer every year. The biggest portion of the cancer cases--38 percent--is reported to be of liver cancer, others--of stomach, cervix, lung, esophagus, breast and colon cancers. The oncologists have noted that a greater number of liver cancers in Mongolia are caused by alcoholism.
The National Center for Oncology is working to implement the Third National Program on Preventing Cancer in 2015-2020. The Strategies of earlier diagnosis of breast and cervix cancer were commenced nationwide in 2012, the strategies on earlier diagnosis of liver cancer are being implemented from this year onwards.
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