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Mongolia Brief January 5, 2015

Mongolian drivers take part in the 2015 Dakar Rally
January 5 ( The 2015 Dakar Rally kicked off in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday, as 665 competitors took on the 37th edition of the world famous event.

The Dakar Rally will be staged in Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia, between January 5-17th.
This year Mongolia is represented for the first time in the off-road endurance race. A Mongolia-Hungary team of 9 co-pilots will ride in three cars.
In the auto race, Mongolian co-pilots IM N.Lkhamaa, IM O.Byambadelger, Sports Master B.Surendorj, D. Jargalsaikhan and IM U.Byambatsogt will compete.
Mongolian Ch.Anar, and IM D.Boldbaatar will brave the rally by motorbike.
Mongolians Racing in Dakar RallyMontsame, January 5

Int’l Ice Skating Tournament to Run in Orkhon
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 5 (MONTSAME) An international ice-skating tournament--"Mongolian Open 2015"--will be held February 17-23 in Orkhon, attracting distinguished athletes from some ten countries.
The cabinet decided to organize a total of 14 international tournaments in Mongolia in 2015 with an aim to advertize Mongolia to the world. It is considered to be of high importance for the national team to get rights to take part the winter Olympics and to have joint trainings with high-class athletes.
In accordance with the technical rules of the International Skating Union, the participants will be classified in age groups A (Open age), B (Medium age) and C (Juniors), and will compete in women 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 3000m, in men 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m, and 5000 meters’ categories.
Prior to these events, the state championship of ice skating will run at the Central stadium on January 16-18.

Mongolia to Attend World Snow Day
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 5 (MONTSAME) Mongolia will take part in the World Snow Day (WSD) festival that will run January 18 throughout the world.
This Day will be organized together with 38 countries such as China and Armenia. Mongolia intends to arrange a two-day event including ski training for children and a ski race.
The WSD is the second phase of the "Bring Children to the Snow" campaign. World Snow Day looks beyond the FIS membership to the wider snow sports community. It seeks to motivate children aged 4-14 by encouraging all stakeholders to celebrate all related to snow things around the world simultaneously. World Snow Day is not a one-off event but is planned to be staged annually for years to come.

345 civil service jobs cut at state, city, and province level
January 5 ( Nearly 350 deputies and advisors are jobless now, in the first days of the new year.
The budget law for 2015 specifies that there should be an elimination of redundant positions for deputies and adjunct advisors in state agencies, local government, and city administration.
Following the budget law, all six deputy mayors of Ulaanbaatar were dismissed in December. The budget law allows the Mayor of Ulaanbaatar to have two deputy mayors, but all were dismissed.
The change to the budget law enables a reduction in current expenses of 2,960.4 million MNT by eliminating positions for deputies and advisors in state budget funded agencies and city and local government.
Every province, soum, and district government is now permitted to have a deputy, and Ulaanbaatar city administration is allowed two deputies but no advisor.
State agencies and all levels of state funded administrative and civil service departments will start the new year with only one deputy or vice chairman, but no advisors.

Female MPs oppose ending the monthly allowance for children
January 5 ( PM Ch.Saikhanbileg announced in December that the government would review the monthly allowance program for children, as there is a need to change social welfare policies in order to endure economic distress.
The government announced that it would end the monthly distribution of 20,000 MNT to children between the ages of 0-18 if their parents' monthly income is more than 1,000,000 MNT, making an amendment to the law.
But female MPs in parliament oppose the decision. The female parliamentarians also objected to discrimination in ending the annual subsidies for women with four or more living children.
Women with four or more living children are eligible for the the Order of Maternal Glory, Second Class, and receive a medal and an annual subsidy.  Those with more than six children receive the Order of Maternal Glory, First Class, and an annual cash subsidy.
The MPs delivered a petition on the issue, which is seen discriminate against mothers and children, to PM Ch.Saikhanbileg.

Drama Theatre 2015 January Program
January 5 ( The State Academic Drama Theatre released the January Program commencing with "An Innocent Convict" drama play by A.Ochirbat, produced by E.Yondonsharav and concluding with "Temuujin" children play by B.Tsognemekh, produced by N.Naranbaatar.
Drama Theatre 2015 January Program
"An Innocent Convict" drama play
By A.Ochirbat, produced by E.Yondonsharav
Monday, January 05, 07:00 pm
Friday, January 23, 07:00 pm
Saturday, January 24, 07:00 pm
Sunday, January 25, 07:00 pm
Nora” classic drama play
By Henrik Johan Ibsen, produced by E.Yondonsharav
Wednesday, January 07, 03:00 pm
State with no Stamp” play
By B.Lkhagvasuren, produced by Ch.Naidandorj
Sunday, January 18, 06:00 pm
Friday, January 30, 07:00 pm
Temuujin” children play
By B.Tsognemekh, produced by N.Naranbaatar
Friday, January 31, 11:00 am
"The Son of the Sky" historical play
By B.Tsognemekh, produced by N.Naranbaatar
Saturday, January 17, 06:00 pm
Friday, January 31, 06:00 pm

SATOB 2015 January Program
January 5 ( Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (SATOB) released the 2015 January Program starting with "Rigoletto" opera by Giuseppe Verdi produced by Yo.Tserendolgor.
The January’s debut is the "Emperor Waltz" (Champagne) ballet by Johann Strauss and opera singers from South Korea are to stage a joint gala concert.
SATOB 2015 January Program
Rigoletto” opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Saturday, January 03, 05:00 pm
Lama’s Tears” opera by Kh.Bilegjargal
Sunday, January 04, 05:00 pm
Don Quixote” Ballet by L.Minkus
Friday, January 10, 05:00 pm
Don Quixote” Ballet by L.Minkus
Sunday, January 11, 05:00 pm
Mongolia-South Korea joint gala concert
Thursday, January 15, 07:00 pm
"La Traviata" opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Saturday, January 17, 05:00 pm
The Girl with Enamel Eyes” or "Coppelia” ballet by Leo Delibes
Sunday, January 18, 05:00 pm
"Emperor Waltz" (Champagne) ballet by Johann Strauss
Saturday, January 24, 05:00 pm
"Emperor Waltz" (Champagne) ballet by Johann Strauss
Sunday, January 25, 05:00 pm
La Boheme” opera by Giacomo Puccini
Saturday, January 31, 05:00 pm

President of Mongolia Issues Decree to Establish National Council to Organize 11th ASEM Summit in Ulaanbaatar
January 5 ( At the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) held in Italy in October 2014, the Heads of State and Government unanimously agreed to convene the 11th ASEM Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2016.
On December 30, 2014, President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj issued a Decree to establish a National Council to deal with specific duties on organizing and making directions of the 11th ASEM Summit in Ulaanbaatar.
The Decree states, “To establish a National Council to organize the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and make certain directions. To assign the duty of appointing working groups and officials, implementing action plans and making monthly reports of the National Council to the Chairman of the National Council”.
According to the Presidential Decree, Prime Minister of Mongolia will chair the National Council, where the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chief of Staff of the President’s Office will serve as the Vice-Chairmen.
Also, the Council members are:
- Minister of Finance,
- Minister of Roads and Transportation,
- Minister of Mongolia,
- Head of the Cabinet Secretariat,
- Governor of Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar,
- National Security and Foreign Policy Advisor to the President,
- Public Relations Policy Advisor to the President,
- Senior Advisor to the Speaker of the Parliament,
- Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister,
- Public Relations Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister,
- Head of a Working Group of the National Security Council;
Moreover, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will work as the Secretary of the National Council respectively.

2014 Mollywood Box Office Top Ten Movies
January 5 ( Upon the initiation of Mongolian Authority for Fair Competition and Consumer Protection, the top gross income of Mongolian movies screened at cinemas in 2014 was announced, where "Urgeeleg" (Trapped Abroad) an action film by J.Sengedorj led the 2014 Mollywood Box Office Top Ten Movies earning over 400 million MNT in 2014.
The “Urgeeleg” movie that won Grand Prix of the Mongolian Academy Awards 2014 features social problems and about Chinese nationals living and working in Mongolia, moreover, the film was screened in both territories.
In 2014, a total of 39 new movies were released and about 4 billion MNT (Tugrug) were circulated on market.

R.Bat-Erdene Becomes MSU Rector
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 5 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Education, Culture and Science L.Gantomor has issued an order to appoint R.Bat-Erdene as the rector of the Mongolian State University (MSU).
Mr Bat-Erdene replaced A.Galtbayar who resigned from the post due to health matters. Before the appointment, Bat-Erdene worked as the State Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences and as a head of the Higher Education Department of the Ministry.
The Ministry’s authorities consider that the new rector is able to reform the higher education, together with the Minister.

Supreme Prize of DP Awarded
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 5 (MONTSAME) The Chairman of the State Great Khural Z.Enkhbold Monday gave the order of Chingis--the supreme prize of the Democratic Party (DP)--to G.Zorigt, the governor of Orkhon aimag and chair of the DP branch in the province.
This prize recognizes Zorigt's contributions to distributing of and saving values of democracy in Mongolia. Mr Zorigt has been serving as the head of the DP branch in Orkhon since 2007.  

R.Burmaa resigns as parliamentarian
January 5 ( MP and Minister of Food and Agriculture R.Burmaa has resigned from her position as parliamentarian.
She made the request just before the new year, but the DP did not comment on the issue.
She explained her resignation, stating,  “I made the decision as I expressed my support for the 'double deel' bill submitted by President Ts.Elbegdorj, and decided so as I am a member of the government.”
R.Burmaa was nominated from a party list during the 2012 election and elected MP.
In the case that the State Great Khural and DP accept her request, the next nominee on the party list will take her seat in parliament.
B.Medree, CEO of Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia is next in line to take the seat.
A DP caucus meeting was scheduled at 1:00 p.m. today, but delayed due to poor attendance. The meeting delay may be explained by the resignation of R.Burmaa.

Mongolian National Broadcaster Elects Its New Director
General as Tsagaan Oyundari
January 5 ( On January 05, 2015, the National Council of Mongolian National Broadcaster (MNB, officially Mongolian National Public Radio and Television), the only state-funded television channel of Mongolia, held its leadership meeting and unanimously agreed to appoint the new MNB Director General as Ms. Tsagaan OYUNDARI.
Newly appointed Ts.Oyundari had been working as the Director of Mongolian National Public Television from March 2009 to May 2012, and becomes the MNB Director General succeeding Mr. Myanganbuu NARANBAATAR, who has served in this post for the consecutive 9 years to date.
Prior to this post, MNB Director General Ts.Oyundari has been serving as the Secretary General of Democratic Party and due to rules; she gave up her post of DP Secretary General.
New chairwoman appointed to, January 5

Factions Run Meetings
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 5 (MONTSAME) A faction of the Democratic Party (DP) started its regular meeting on Monday in the “A” hall of the State House.
The Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg gave a report to the faction, mentioning about the law on “glass account” which came into force from January 1. State organizations of all levels have been obliged now to make transparent their reports on all products and services purchased with state budget money.
Meanwhile, the Mongolian People’s Party’s (MPP) faction launched its meeting the same day to discuss clarifications of the 2015 budget, then it took a break.
The two meetings will continue. 

Engineering Students and Researchers to Study in Japan
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 5 (MONTSAME) Those, who will study in Japan in a scope of the “Engineering and Technology Higher Education” project, received on January 5 certificates from the Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences L.Gantomor.
They are six engineering students and seven teachers and researchers of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST).
The project intends to train a thousand Mongolian engineers on the easy-term loans provided by this Ministry and the Government of Japan, with aims to prepare highly skilled professionals engineering and technology, to improve a competitiveness of our engineering education, to strengthen the human resources, and to renew the educational environment and quality.
The teachers and researchers are leaving Mongolia to attend trainings for master and doctor’s degrees and non-degree programs, while the engineering students will directly enter Kosen schools of Japanese government training centres. The Kosen school established at the MUST runs its trainings with 46 students so far.
The receivers of the scholarship for master, doctor’s degree and non-degree programs have been selected in accordance with the criteria designated by the Japanese Universities and JICA and priority fields of study at the Mongolian State University and at the MUST and Japanese and English language skills.

Sukhbaatar Aimag Commissions Hockey Pitch
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 5 (MONTSAME) An ice-hockey pitch has been commissioned in Baruun-Urt city, the center of Sukhbaatar aimag, in frames of the implementation of “Olympic Complex” project.
Hockey field is being constructed by “Tom Noyod” LLC, at initiative of the vice head of Mongolian Hockey Union B.Javkhlan and a head of the Hockey Association of Sukhbaatar aimag D.Khosbayar. The construction of the Olympic Complex is supported by many companies such as “Baga Olgii”, “BBService”, “Chulant” LLCs, “Golomt” bank branch, Sukhbaatar’s Emergency Department, and “Sukhbaatar Forestation” public-service company. 

Tavantolgoi Negotiations Begin
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 5 (MONTSAME) Negotiations between the working group of Tavan Tolgoi bid and a bid winning consortium China Shenhua Energy company-Sumitomo Corporation-Energy Resource LLC began on January 5 as agreed.
The sides are to conclude the negotiations and to present their outcomes to the cabinet and parliament before the Lunar New Year, which falls on February 19 this year. The working group will file a detailed agreement together with the investors, determine the works to be conducted in a scope on the investment, define the involvement of the Mongolian side and responsibilities of the investors, estimate the commercial prices of products, and settle taxes and royalties. 

Online birth registration service to be offered
January 5 ( The General Authority for State Registration is to offer online services that allow users register the birth of a child and order a birth certificate as part of the launch of their online registration system.
If parents of a newborn are unable to go to the registration office, an online application for a birth certificate with the General Authority for State Registration can be checked and registered by an officer and a birth certificate will be delivered Mongol Post.
The online birth registration service is expected to have many benefits.
In the case that a Mongolian national living abroad is unable to go to a Mongolian diplomatic or consular representative office, he or she can log on to the official web page of the General Authority for State Registration to register the birth of a child and order a birth certificate.
All citizens have the right to have their birth registered whether or not they were born on Mongolian soil.

Top Entrepreneurs of 2014
January 5 ( On December 27, 2014, Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) successfully organized the "Entrepreneur 2014", the 18th Top Entrepreneur Award Ceremony to bestow leading entities and businessmen, who have made an enormous contribution to the social and economic developments of the country.
As customary, the Top 10 Corporate Awards were named, where the Grand Prix went to NVTs LLC, besides the Top Entrepreneur Awards were granted in 28 categories and the Greenpreneur nomination was co-organized with the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism of Mongolia.
1. Grand Prix - NVTs LLC
2. Erdenet Factory LLC
3. Bishrelt Holding LLC
4. Max Group LLC
6. Nomin Construction Development LLC
7. VitaFit Group
9. Energy Resources LLC
10. MobiCom Corporation
Golden Cup” Award by the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry
- Nomin Holding
1. Top Investor
- “Erin International” LLC, Executive Director Ya.Erkhembayar
2. Top Supplier of Local SMEs
- Mongolian Credit Guarantee Fund NGO, Executive Director Sh.Altankhuyag
3. Top National Manufacturer
- “Uguuj - Sweet & Biscuit” LLC, General Director S.Tumengerel
4. Top Manufacturer to Replace Import Product
- “Mongol Alt Tos” LLC, General Director G.Ganbold
5. Top Exporter
- “Khanbogd Cashmere” LLC, General Director Ch.Gantsetseg
6. Top Importer
- “Naran Foods” LLC, Executive Director L.Munkhsaikhan
7. Top Innovation, Advanced Technology and Know-How Introducer
- “Bayangol Hospital” LLC, Executive Director S.Buyant
8. Top Good Governance Implementer
- Golomt Bank, Executive Director G.Ganbold
9. Social Responsibility Implementer
- Khan Bank, Executive Director Norihito Kato
- “Khatan Suljee” LLC, General Director B.Badamkhand
10. Top Small Business Entrepreneur
- “Khainag Tolgoi” Cooperative, Director G.Gereltsetseg
11. Top Entrepreneur in Logistics
- “Terra Express” LLC, General Director Sh.Altanbagana
12. Top Entrepreneur in Energy
- “Altai Trest” LLC, Executive Director S.Bayanchuluun
13. Top Entrepreneur in Tourism
- “Bayangol” Hotel, Executive Director Kh.Tsendbayar
14. Top Entrepreneur in Audit
- “BDO” Audit, General Director G.Bayanmunkh
15. Top Entrepreneur in Securities
- “BDSec” LLC, Executive Director D.Dayanbilguun
16. Top Entrepreneur in Banking
- Khas Bank (Xac Bank), Executive Director D.Bat-Ochir
17. Top Entrepreneur in Education
- “Grand Max” LLC, Director Ts.Bolormaa
18. Top Entrepreneur in Insurance
- “Tenger Daatgal” LLC, General Director A.Batzorig
19. Top Entrepreneur in Mass Media
- Mass Agency Group, Board Director Ch.Davaabayar
20. Top Entrepreneur in Properties
- “Master Property” LLC, General Director Ts.Dashtseren
21. Top Entrepreneur in Construction
- “Central Asian Cement” LLC, General Director B.Tsendsuren
22. Top Entrepreneur in Food
- “Suu” JSC, Executive Director B.Gantulga
23. Top Entrepreneur in Health
- “CIT” LLC, General Director B.Gerelmaa
- “Mongol Em-Impex Concern” LLC, Executive Director B.Bolormaa
24. Top Entrepreneur in Auto
- “Tenuun Ogoo” LLC, General Director A.Gankhuyag
25. Top Entrepreneur in Mining
- “Mining National Miner” LLC, Director Sh.Lkhamsuren
26. Top Entrepreneur in Non-Banking Financial Institution (NFBI)
- “Chono Finance” NFBI, Director General L.Nyamsuren
27. Top Entrepreneur in Leasing
- “Khas Leasing” LLC, Director G.Tsevegjav
28. Top Entrepreneur in Manufacture Factor
- “Darkhan” Metallurgical Plant, Executive Director D.Batjavkhlan
1. Best Environment Friendly Green Technology Introducer
- Mongolian National Waste & Recycling Association, President D.Byambasaikhan
2. Best Water Save Technology Introducer
- Prestige Group, General Director J.Dalai
3. Best Productivity Management Introducer
- “Khatan Suikh ImpEx” LLC, Executive Director A.Boldbaatar
4. Best Investor in Environment
- “Monpolymet” LLC, General Director B.Enkhtuya

"Justice" coalition to back budget clarification
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 5 (MONTSAME) A regular meeting of the "Justice" coalition's faction on Monday discussed a clarification of the 2015 budget.
The faction’s head N.Battsereg said they fully support the clarification. "Concrete research and survey are required for the budget, for example, it is time to consider judges' too high salaries and to arrange the allowance for state servants, which equals money of 36 months," he noted.
The faction discussed issues of focusing the children’s allowance on a targeted group as well as requirements of classifying urban, local families and their livelihood. The amendments to some taxes by the government were considered as well.
The faction also reported that it nominated O.Baasankhuu for a post of head of the Standing committee on petitions.

Accumulated in BoM gold doubled
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 5 (MONTSAME) The Bank of Mongolia (BoM) acquired 13 tons of gold in 2014, indicates an increase of twice against 2013.
The BoM accumulated 25 tons of gold from citizens and enterprises in 2005, and it sharply declined to six tons in 2006. Since that year, the accumulation gradually decreased, until 2013. Thanks to reducing the 10 percent royalty to 2.5%, the gold size in the BoM rose again.
The BoM augmented the exchange reserves by exporting some 11 tons of gold in 2014. Moreover, the revenue fulfillment of budget increased because of declining the tax imposed upon gold.
By the master budget of 2015 it is assumed that the country will export 31.3 tons of gold, but it is expected to decrease to 29.5 tons by a clarification of the 2015 budget, the Ministry of Finance reported.

Stock Exchange news for January 5
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 5 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Monday, a total of 595 thousand and 423 units of 14 JSCs were traded costing MNT 68 million 500 thousand and 512.
"Merex” /586 thousand and 700 units/, “Khokh gan” /4,700 units/, “APU” /1,600 units/, “State Department Store” /1,196 units/ and "Makh impex” /680 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "Merex” (MNT 56 million 656 thousand and 892), "APU” (MNT six million 001 thousand and 600), “Makh impex” (MNT two million 515 thousand and 775), “Talkh chikher” (MNT one million 239 thousand and 500) and "State Department Store” (MNT 685 thousand and 892).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 429 billion 324 million 439 thousand and 995. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 14,766.05, decreasing 88.19 units or 0.59% against the previous day.

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