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Mongolia Brief January 19, 2015

Premier meets youths
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 19 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg Saturday received delegates who had taken a part in a general consultation of the Union of Mongolian Youths (UMY) in Ulaanbaatar.

The young people talked about problems the Mongolian youths face, highlighted measures that will be taken in future, and shared views with the PM on the related matters.
They also said that UMY’s consultation had selected its top branches for 2014, in which Orkhon aimag’s youths’ union, led by B.Monkhbold, became the best, followed by Dornogobi aimag’s union headed by E.Enkhjargal. "These best branches had managed to gather many young people in their areas and had done plenty of works aimed at delivering the youths’ voice to the government and at strengthened their positions.
The UMY president A.Monkhbat said the union’s members who are not split into any political parties or coalitions must do all their best to works for the motherland and their families. "In 2015, they have to be highly responsible, creative and rich," he noted.
“Big responsibilities are awaiting us, so the union will bring its action frame into national and international levels. We will prove our goals by our actions, and will make our voice and position stronger," Monkhbat said.

Health Minister meets union’s delegation
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 19 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Health and Sport G.Shiilegdamba Friday received delegates of the Mongolian Union for Health Development and Reforms.
The visitors reported that the union had organized an open forum themed “Development and reforms of Mongolia’s health-2014” with some 300 experts and officials participation, and gave the Minister a declaration issued by the forum.
In response, the Minister said his Ministry is undertaking works to tackle many problems such as the governance of health sector, financing, human resources, and an improvement of the first medical aid at a policy level. "The Ministry will reflect issues of the declaration in the reforms of health sector," he added. 

MOU Signed to Construct New Central Sports Palace Replacing Current One in Ulaanbaatar
January 19 ( On January 16, 2015, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sports T.Boldbaatar established a Memorandum of Understanding with representatives of "Shanghai Construction" Company to construct a new Central Sports Palace in Ulaanbaatar.
The “Shanghai Construction” is a Chinese company that earlier executed the Buyant Ukhaa Sports Complex in Yarmag area of UB and the new Palace will be constructed on the site, where the current Central Sports Palace locates to be demolished soon, which was built with assistance of the People’s Republic of China back in 1958.
The current Sports Palace features the total area of 8,165 square meters accommodating a single sporting arena with a seating capacity of approximately one thousand viewers and 7 equipped gyms for judo, freestyle wrestling, boxing, power lifting and gymnastic trainings as well as including other spaces for office rooms. Annually it hosts about 140 national, international and regional tournaments. Moreover, it is a venue for sports high school along with Mongolian Judo, Wrestling, Boxing, Gymnastics and Powerlifting Federations as well as Students’ Sports Association, Paralympic Committee and other non-governmental organizations.
The venue is almost 60 years old, thus, the Agency for Specialized Inspection issued a notice twice prohibiting to conduct any activities, but with a lack of space, the national teams have been training there to date.
The new Palace of Sports will be a home of sporting arena with a seating capacity of 2,500 people with an additional 1,000-seat hall including a 50m swimming pool and over 30 gyms for trainings. Moreover, it plans to accommodate a hospital for athletes, laboratory, sports school, office rooms and a hotel, but when to start is not revealed yet. 
Central House of Sports to be renovatedMontsame, January 19

Meeting protocol of mutual understanding signed
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 19 (MONTSAME) A project will be co-implemented by Mongolia’s Ministry of Health and Sport and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to improve post-graduate training for medical doctors working at the first and secondary levels.
A related meeting protocol of mutual understanding was signed Friday by D.Atarmaa, the Vice Minister of Health and Sport, and by Sawada Hiromi, the deputy permanent representative of the JICA to Mongolia. Mongolia actively cooperates with the government of Japan, especially with the JICA in the health sector. The JICA has been implementing projects and programmes on renovating medical equipment and facilities in hospitals, on preparing their operators, and on repair. Moreover, the sides had decided to establish a hospital at the National University of Medical Sciences within a non-refundable aid from Japan’s government.

Shooters to compete in Grand Prix in Kuwait
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 19 (MONTSAME) Shooters of the national selected team will participate in the International Grand Prix tournament named after Emir of Kuwait.
It will run January 24-31 in Kuwait city. The team has O.Gundegmaa, L.Uranzaya, E.Davaakhuu, Z.Batkhuyag, Ch.Narantuya, Z.Namduun, B.Namuunzul, D.Lhagvasuren and D.Lhamsuren who will compete to gain points for achieving rights to take part in the 2016 Olympics.
After the Grand Prix, our shooters will participate in World Cup series and the 2015 Asian Championships.  First two place holders will be qualified to compete in the Olympics.

Exchange rate of USD equals 1,950 MNT
January 19 ( The USD exchange rate at some commercial banks in Mongolia is now equal to 1,950 MNT. However, the USD rates at Naiman Sharga currency exchange market are 1,941 MNT.
Since the new year, the exchange rate has increased steadily and the monetary policy committee of Mongol Bank organized a meeting and decided to raise its policy rate by 1.0 percentage points to 13 percent.
In the case that foreign investment does not increase and the flow of foreign currency to the economy does not recover, the USD exchange rate is expected to reach 2,500 MNT by the end of this year.

President Ts.Elbegdorj to pay an official visit to the Czech Republic
January 19 ( The President of Mongolia, Ts.Elbegdorj, left Ulaanbaatar yesterday to pay an official visit to the Czech Republic on the invitation of Milos Zeman, President of the Czech Republic.
The official visit will start tomorrow and continue until January 20th.
The 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the Czech Republic is going to be celebrated this year. According to one study, more than 5,000 Mongolian citizens are now working and living in the Czech Republic.
After paying his official visit to the Czech Republic, President Ts.Elbegdorj will take part in the 45th World Economic Forum to be held in Davos, Switzerland, from January 21-24. 

Mongolian National Team to Compete in 2015 World Cups
January 19 ( On January 14, 2015, the Draws for 2015 World Cups in Women's Wrestling, Greco Roman and Freestyle were announced in Lausanne city of Switzerland.
Mongolian National Team will be competing in the Women’s and Men’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cups and Women’s Team was drawn in the Group B along with the Teams of Russia, Ukraine and Sweden to take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia on March 07-08, 2015.
Where, Mongolia’s Men’s Team is included in the Group A with the Teams of Russia, Cuba and USA to take place in Los Angeles, USA on April 11-12, 2015.
At this moment, the names of Mongolian National Team are not announced yet. Nevertheless, both Women’s and Men’s Teams have stood in the sixth place during the 2014 World Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where the top eight teams were allowed to participate in the 2015 World Cups.

Independent MPs work in Darkhan-Uul
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 19 (MONTSAME) Independent members of the State Great Khural (parliament) S.Ganbaatar, Ts.Davaasuren and Kh.Bolorchuluun last weekend worked in Darkhan-Uul aimag’s Orkhon soum, to receive views and proposals of the local residents. The MPs held the information meeting with people and voters of the soum.

Post and communication services in figures
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 19 (MONTSAME) Last year, the revenue of post and communication services reached MNT 740.3 billion, increasing 109.2 billion or 17.3% against 2013.
A number of telephone lines stood at 226.4 thousand in 2014, showing a 16.0 thousand or 7.6% increase against 2013. This happened due to increase in a number of the users of the IPTV service providers.
A number of mobile phone users (at a duplicated counting) reached 3.6 million in 2014, while a number of cable television users--360.9 thousand. Compared to the previous year, the mobile phone users went up 18.5 thousand or 0.5%, of cable TV watchers--by 83.0 thousand or 29.8%.

Disasters and accidents
Ulaanbaatar, January 19 (MONTSAME) The previous year, 4,928 disasters and accidents occurred in which 175 people died, 15 thousand 128 heads of livestock and animals were lost.
According to a report on natural disasters and accidents by 2014, construction fires occurred 4,222 times, forest fires--281 times, cases of rabies in domestic animals--131 times, floods and river and lake accidents--89 times, 3.5-magnitude earthquakes--63 times, heavy rains and floods--32 times, severe storms--25 times, incidents related to chemical substance usage and slug firearms accidents--13 times, and thunder--12 times.
Estimated damage caused by the construction fires amounted to MNT 11.4 billion, by the forest  fires-- 10.8 billion, by porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome--1.6 billion, by heavy rains and floods-- 755.4 million, by severe storms--587.5 million. A financial loss of the total damage estimated reached MNT 25.2 billion, and some 842 million was spent for the elimination of the disasters and accidents.
A hundred people died due to drowning in rivers and lakes, 59 people--in construction fires, five--due to thunders, four--in artisanal mining and rock falls, three--in forest  fires, two--in heavy rains, floods and severe storm. 
The number of natural disasters and accidents increased by 461 against previous year.

Finance Minister J.Erdenebat Opens MSE 24th Anniversary Trading Session
January 19 ( Upon the Decree No.22, the Government of Mongolia established the ground of Mongolian Stock Exchange (MSE) on January 18, 1991 with the intention of implementing its Privatization Policy and developing investment and securities market during the transitional period from a centrally planned economy to a market economy in Mongolia.
Celebrating the 24th anniversary of the MSE establishment, Finance Minister J.Erdenebat visited the Stock Exchange to get acquainted with activities and opened the 4,896 trading session hitting the ‘cymbal’ on January 19, 2015.
On this commemorative day, the MSE officially started the secondary market for government securities trading that aims to improve market liquidity and the increased availability of securities and investors to buy government securities daily as well as to resell before the payment date. Nevertheless, it would be open a competitive mode between the benchmark and yield curve on Mongolian stock market to determine the actual figures in economic emerging trends.

Trilateral accord on labour and social agreement signed
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 19 (MONTSAME) A state accord on labour and social agreement was signed last Friday by the government, Mongolia's Trade Unions (MTU) and Mongolia’s Union of Employers (MUE).
A press conference about this was called last Friday by S.Chinzorig, the Minister of Labour; Kh.Amgalanbaatar, the MTU president; Kh.Ganbaatar, the MUE vice-president; and B.Lhagvajav, the president of the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI).
It was said that the parties had discussed 70 proposals and divided them into 53 clauses in six chapters in the accord. They had considered as necessity to maintain principles such as consulting common matters of the social welfare and labour for the population and the labour relations in the 2015-2016 national trilateral accord; not causing a pressure on the state budget in times of economic difficulties; maintaining job places rather than augmenting salaries, allowance and pensions of state servants; and utilizing other financial and economic measures in order to save the population’s revenues.
The MTU demand about a 60% pay rise for state servants was solved by a way of adding MNT 90 billion for the expenses of salaries and social insurance incentives, and MNT 13 billion--for increasing pensions. All this will be reflected in the 2015 budget clarification, said S.Chinzorig, the Minister of Labour.
This year’s trilateral accord was a special action because the parties established a cooperation memorandum which aims to save jobs by maintaining a stability, to prevent a decline in population’s incomes by supporting the employment, and to ensure a participation of the social agreement’s sides in overcoming the current economic difficulties in a short time.  

Coalition's faction backs agreement with Japan
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 19 (MONTSAME) At its regular meeting on Monday, the “Justice” coalition's faction at parliament discussed and then backed two issues--a bill on development policy and planning, and a matter on establishing an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Japan.
Mongolia approved several long- and middle-term policy on the developmental issues in the last 25 years, but their realization has not been successful because changes are made in it every time when the cabinet changes. The above draft on the development policy, being discussed at parliament, stipulates that works reflected in the bill will be realized no matter which political party or coalition win parliamentary election. However, the faction considers as necessity to refine this document, so it has set up a working group led by Ch.Ulaan MP.
The coalition also backed an establishment of the EPA with Japan. The information about it was given by O.Chuluunbat, an advisor to the PM.

Gov't securities secondary market tradings begin
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 19 (MONTSAME) On the occasion of the 24rd anniversary of the Mongolian Stock Exchange (MSE), the Minister of Finance J.Erdenebat hit the gong to start the 4,896th trade of the MSE on January 19. He also got au fait with the SX activities.
The MSE officially commenced on this historic event the secondary market trading of the Government Securities. This is expected to result in the improving of market liquidity of Government bonds, better allocations of the national securities, and in facilitating the environment where the Government securities are bid on daily basis, and re-commercialized before the deadline.
It will be of high importance in establishing reliable quantitative data to vividly demonstrate the country’s economic tendencies, through providing an opportunity to have the benchmarks and yield curves transfer into more realistic procedures.

Mongolia to participate in global tourism exhibition
January 19 ( The international tourism exhibition ITB Berlin 2015 is going to be organized in Berlin, Germany, from March 3-8.
ITB is the biggest annual event in the international tourism sector. More than 10,000 companies from 180 countries participate in this event, advertising their products and services, and almost 100,000 people visiting the event to see the exhibitors. 
About 60,000 tourists and more than 8,000 journalists and media outlets are expected to attend ITB this year.
Mongolia is partnering with ITB Berlin this year, and has participated in the exhibition each year since 2000. In 2015 Mongolia is going to participate in ITB with a featured status, as it's single partner country.
The featured status allows Mongolia to be introduced to the world from this important stage, and offers a chance to participate in international and national business and social events. It is a unique chance to attract a larger number of tourists to Mongolia.
Featured status at ITB Berlin 2015 as the official partner country gives Mongolia a chance to organize and engage in the following activities:
- the official opening ceremony of the exhibition for more than 178,000 attendees
- organizing a meeting, gala concert, and reception introducing Mongolian culture and tradition to more than 3,600 international VIP guests. 
- establish strategic partnerships with international tourism associations and other professional associations  
- participate in industry meetings and cultural events
- disseminate published materials and catalogs about Mongolia
As an exhibitor, on behalf of the Mongolian government, the Ministry of Nature and Environment, more than Mongolian 18 tour operators, and the Ulaanbaatar City Tourism Board will participate in the exhibition.
More than 50 businesses from the domestic tourism sector will participate as attendees.

More than 70 vehicles underwater in Khuvsgul Lake
January 19 ( Since 2011, MP L.Enkh-Amgalan has initiated a project called “Khukh Suvd” to register the lake as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to develop tourism at Khuvsgul Lake with the participation of local residents, to clean up the lake, and to remove submerged vehicles from its waters.
Within the framework of the project, a joint expedition of scientists from Japan, Canada, and the USA has been established. According to their studies, more than 70 vehicles are underwater in Khuvsgul Lake.
Over the last five years, fuel tankers from NIK and Shunkhlai have sunk into Khuvsgul Lake. For the first stage of the lake's clean-up project, it has been decided that the fuel tankers should first be removed.
The process of removing the fuel tankers will be carried out in co-operation with Japanese, Canadian, and American scientists. Each fuel tanker has the capacity to carry 80 tons of fuel, along with trailers carrying 160 tons of fuel.
Removal of the fuel tankers will help protect the lake from pollution.

Mongolian Team for First Time Successfully Participates in Car Category of 2015 Dakar Rally
January 19 ( On January 18, 2015, the 2015 Dakar Rally, the 36th edition was successfully concluded in South America, which was the seventh successive year that the event was held.
The event started in Buenos Aires, Argentina on January 04, and then ran through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, before returning to Buenos Aires on January 17 after 13 stages of competition, for a total distance of 9,000 km.
At this year’s rally, Mongolian racers have participated for the first time in the car category as a team of Hungary-Mongolia namely Uniqa Sandlander with its three Toyota Land Cruiser-200 SUVs, whereas two vehicles left the competition due to damages and the third crew comprised of N.Lkhamaa, U.Byambadelger and B.Surendorj under Toyota No.431 came in the finishing line out of 143 cars that was a big achievement for Mongolia to finish the Dakar.
In the bike category, a total of 168 participants have competed and from Mongolia D.Boldbaatar and Ch.Anar finished the total distance arriving at the 45th and 77th places respectively.
As of 2015 Dakar Rally overall results, Marc Coma (Spain) won a fifth title in the motorcycle category for KTM, while Rafal Sonik (Poland) secured a maiden quads crown aboard his Yamaha. Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar) took his second title for the X-Raid Mini squad in the car category, while Ayrat Mardeev (Russia) continued Kamaz's winning streak - a third successive win in the Dakar Rally - in the truck category, with his maiden success.
In his interview prior the rally, N.Lkhamaa commented, “I had dreamt of doing the Dakar for the last fifteen years and finally I had the opportunity to do it in 2013. Everything was great. I also have very good memories about last year's Dakar: beautiful places, friendly people and mostly, I made nice friends, especially the people from the Sandlander team. I had decided not to participate in 2015, but I got an invitation from the Sandlander team to come and drive a car, which made me very happy. It will be the first time a Mongolian will do the Dakar in a car. The people in Mongolia are very happy about this news and I will try my best in 2015. I also have experience in car races. I often participate in races either on bikes or in cars in Mongolia. You can't race alone in a car, it's a team effort. I would like to help my team and do my best to make it to the finish of the race”.

S.Turburam to Perform His “Paper-Iron-Passion”, Paper Cuts Exhibition in California, USA
January 19 ( A solo exhibition of paper cuts by Sandagdorj TURBURAM is announced to be displayed at the “Lacis” museum in Berkeley city of California, USA from February 06 until August 01, 2015.
S.Turburam will be performing his exhibition themed “Paper-Iron-Passion” featuring main characters of Mongolian folk tales and wonders of the world fantasy using papers, scissors and staples.
Moreover, he will be also displaying the war armors, helmets and swords of Mongolian warriors of medieval ages.

Stock Exchange News for January 19
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 19 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Monday, a total of 14 thousand and 962 units of 16 JSCs were traded costing MNT 64 million 703 thousand and 746.
"Binse” /11,835 units/, “State Department Store” /1,344 units/, “Hermes Center” /600 units/, “Genco tour bureau” /122 units/ and "Gutal” /100 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "Binse” (MNT nine million 349 thousand and 650), "Darkhan Nehii” (MNT one million and 576 thousand), “Gutal” (MNT 960 thousand), “Material impex” (MNT 854 thousand) and "State Department Store” (MNT 739 thousand and 200).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 412 billion 750 million 981 thousand and 835. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 14,603.99, decreasing 4.26 units or 0.03% against the previous day.

President of Mongolia on an official visit to the Czech Republic
January 19 ( By invitation of the President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj is paying an official visit to the Czech Republic from January 18-20.  
Press and media of the Czech Republic noted the arrival of the Mongolian President in Prague by train. The last visit of a state leader to the Czech Republic by train was almost 30 years ago.   
President Elbegdorj traveled from Berlin, Germany, on the Euro City train, and upon his arrival in Prague, he was greeted by representatives from the President’s Administration Office, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and representatives from the Embassy of Mongolia in the Czech Republic.
Today, the President will meet with President Zeman, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, and heads of Czech parliamentary committees.
The visit by the President falls on the same year as the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Tomorrow, President Elbegdorj is planning to visit Karl University in Prague and meet with Czech students who are studying in the field of Mongolian studies.
After his official visit to the Czech Republic, the President will participate in the 45th World Economic Forum to be held in Davos, from January 21-24. During the 45th World Economic Forum, the President is going to attend conferences on mining and metallurgical policy, an anti-corruption partnership event, and the 2015 National Water Program and Economic Leaders meeting.
During the forum, the President will meet with leaders of several countries and exchange views regarding further partnership. 

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