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Mongolia Brief January 8, 2015

FM Receives ambassador of UK
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Purevsuren met the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the UK to Mongolia Mr Christopher Stuart on Wednesday.

The dignitaries discussed the bilateral relations and cooperation, after which Mr Stuart gave the Minister a congratulatory note from the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Phillip Hammond on being appointed the FM. The Minister gave the Ambassador the information on the objectives of the new cabinet and renewed structure of his Ministry, and expressed his opinion on the opportunities of deepening and strengthening the ties between the two countries.
In response, the Ambassador spoke about the British investments in Mongolia and current state of the business cooperation of businesses.

About Works of Ecological and green developmental sphere
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) The administration of Ulaanbaatar city has approved a plan of works for the 2015 in the ecological and green developmental sphere within a 2013-2016 action plan and the 2015 social-economic goals.
In frames of the “Made in Ulaanbaatar-2015” project/programme, some 14 kinds of works are expected to introduce an information cluster and intensify its activities, to run meetings with professional organizations, consultations in concrete areas, and a meeting of producers of tourism souvenirs.
An international fair will be mounted in Shiliin Gol province of China’s Inner Mongolia, a "Forum-2015" for the Mongolia-Russia-China economic and trade cooperation and the "Canton Five" exhibitions will be mounted, and a "Made in Ulaanbaatar-2015" exhibition will be shown as well.Asupport will be given to small- and middle-sized industries, a construction will start of a center for small and middle enterprises (SME), some 1,220 people and entities will be trained, and 2,800 SMEs will receive consulting services, moreover, the city intends to collaborate with 3,500 producers.
The National Park, the city-owned institution, will erect an eco hall and a children library in 2015, a Square of Police will be furnished, and children playground will be created named after Seoul city.

Cabinet to present draft Law on promoting economic transparency
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) The cabinet at its meeting on January 7 discussed a draft law on promoting the economic transparency and resolved to present it to parliament. The Ministers consider that this regulation will be the mechanism by which all hidden properties will be disclosed.
It means that the entities will be given one chance to fix intentionally distorted/hidden information given in financial and taxation reports and income statements.
As known, the state declared amnesty in 2007-2008 by freeing entities from some taxes and social insurance payment. This time, it offers one-time exemption from administrative fines in cases of false reporting of income statements, registrations, financial accounting reports, specifically in cases of failure to pay social insurances, register as legal entity of immovable property, reflect the properties in income declaration, of the commitments to reflect reduced value of properties in statements. The effective date for the voluntarily disclose will be six months after the adoption of the law, no fines will be imposed.
In regard to this, a draft law on tax amnesty will be presented next week to parliament.
If adopted, the new amnesty will greatly help collect adequate quantitative data to determine the country’s economy.

Industrial park for construction materials to be developed in district
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) As resolved by the Citizens’ Representative Khural of Ulaanbaatar city, an industrial-technological park for construction materials will be erected in the city's Nalaikh district, and related activities have already launched.
The park will introduce the latest progressive scientific achievements and to boost an import substitution industrialization (ISI) in the construction materials sphere. It is projected that the construction material industry will increase 1.78 times, and the industrial power of Nalaikh district will rise 32 times in five years to come, creating some 1,500 jobs.
As planned, factories will open starting from 2016, and goals have been set up to ensure a preparation for the construction.

Beavers to "Conquer" Our rivers
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) Ulaanbaatar city’s administration intends this year to start an acclimatization of beavers in some rivers and to let them create healthy families.
In 2011, 16 heads of beaver were acclimatized at the Zaan river. It has been also planned to acclimatize the animal at the Tuul and Terelj rivers, so the city will monitor every year a research into mammals that populate banks of these rivers.

President Ts.Elbegdorj Meets Representatives of Mongolian Business Entrepreneurs and Manufacturers
January 8 ( On January 07, 2015, President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj held a meeting with representatives of Mongolian business entrepreneurs and manufacturers at the Soyombo Hall of Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel in Ulaanbaatar.
In the scope of one of the goals of the President’s Policy and Action Plans, which states, “To replace the import products and support domestic production, service and exports of value-added processed goods”, a draft law on Supporting the Domestic Production and Manufacturers was initiated. At the meeting, President Ts.Elbegdorj discussed and exchanged views on the draft law with the representatives of the domestic manufacturers.
At the meeting, Minister of Industry D.Erdenebat, Minister of Food and Agriculture R.Burmaa, Minister of Construction and Urban Development D.Tsogtbaatar, and officials from the Ministry of Finance, Customs General Administration, General Department of Taxation, National Statistical Office and other authorities of the relevant organizations were present.
Also, delegates from the private sectors and industries such as wool, cashmere, leather, textile products, logging, printing, packaging, cement, concrete, steel, iron, construction materials, livestock farming, agriculture, milk, and associations of dairy products, as well as Erdenet Mining Corporation, Darkhan Metallurgical Plant, “Suu” LLC, “Darkhan Nekhii”, “Mon-Milk” LLC, “Mongol Chevron” LLC, “Gobi” Corporation, “Goyo” LLC, “Gatsuurt” LLC, “Gazar Shim” LLC, MCS Group, Teso Corporation and other domestic manufacturers attended the meeting.
After, attendees exchanged and expressed their views, and President Ts.Elbegdorj and Minister of Industry D.Erdenebat delivered closing remarks. They expressed their positions on implementing the proposals and suggestions of the participants.

The Authority for Fair Competition and Consumer Protection appoints new head
January 8 ( The government appointed a new head of the Authority for Fair Competition and Consumer Protection during Wednesday's regular cabinet meeting.
Former head of the Authority for Fair Competition and Consumer Protection O.Magnai resigned from the position. With the authority to appoint a new head, PM Ch.Saikhanbileg proposed and approved the nomination of T.Ayursaikhan, from the Committee for Reform movement in the MPP, as new head of the Authority for Fair Competition and Consumer Protection.
Wednesday's cabinet meeting also resulted in the appointment of T.Badrakh as Chief of the National Emergency Management Agency.

The UNDP on development in Mongolia
By B. Enkhtsetseg
January 8 (Mongolian Economy) Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has lived and worked in Ulaanbaatar since 2010. During her time here, she has witnessed Mongolia battle a financial crisis and achieve a 17 percent growth rate. Though the economy is slowing down once again, she believes that the government and people must be committed to inclusive and sustainable policies, to bring consistent growth back to Mongolia.
Sezin, a Turkish national, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Middle East Technical University, as well as a Master’s Degree in City Planning. She’s been with the UN for almost 20 years, in countries such as Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, and Turkey. Prior to working at the UN, she held positions in Turkey and the US as a city planner.
Regarding the UNDP’s contributions to Mongolia’s development, what are your focus programme areas at the local level and at a policy level? 
The UNDP has been in Mongolia for quite some time and its programme has evolved over the years. Currently, we are implementing a programme that runs from the year 2012 until the year 2016. In that programme we have three main areas. One of them is governance and human rights. The second one is human development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The third one is environment and disaster reduction. In these three areas, we have been working with partners, mainly the government, but also civil society in the past few years.
Currently, I believe we have about 11 programmes in these areas to address different emerging needs. But we constantly have an eye for what emerging challenges there are in the country—what are new areas of interest? For example, through both discussions with the United Nations Country Team and other agencies as well as our other national counterparts, we’ve identified that urbanisation is something that we should be looking into. Urbanisation was not a topic during our discussions of formulating a plan, but it has emerged and we have recently started discussing it. We have something called the development dialogues. Every year, we try to hold four or five of these. We choose topical issues and we try to bring in key people from all walks of life. Recently we had a dialogue on urbanisation, and we had the Minister of Construction, the mayor of the city, the regional developer of the UNDP, and a representative of the private sector.
Have you received much participation from citizens in the dialogues? How do you get them involved?
We try to reach out to all people, whether it’s citizens or civil society organisations, depending on who is the most accessible and the most knowledgeable about the topic. For example, we’ve worked with NGOs. Depending on the topic, we always bring people including academia to be a part of these dialogues. We have the three main areas that we talked about, but we don’t limit ourselves to those. We are always watching for emerging topics and to see if there is anything we can bring to the table as a discussion forum to forward thinking.
What is happening in the UNDP globally?
The UNDP, as with any other global body, is evolving and changing. There are so many changes globally. The UNDP launched its new strategic plan and that plan will guide operations of all UNDP offices around the world, and this puts at the core of its work a few key concepts. The first one is to completely eliminate and abolish poverty at all levels. Along with that comes how to address exclusion and inequalities—how to bring about social justice. That is the common thread across all programmes. The second element is sustainable development which at its foundation is environmental stability. It is to make sure that climate change is stopped and to make sure that people are less affected, especially the poor who are more affected. The third one is how to build resilience—economies, communities, people, cities. This is another very important thread. These programmes can only be achieved if we have governance structures that give a voice to people, that abide by the rule of law, and that follow basic human rights. These are the four key areas that the new strategic plan is focusing on. We are working on a national human development report on youth and we are very excited about that. Hopefully it will be released before the end of the year. We have been having lots of discussions on social media to hear voices around key subtopics such as youth employment.
“If we do not choose a sustainable and green path now, tomorrow it will be too late. No country is rich enough to pollute now and clean later.”
How does the Human Development Index factor into Mongolia’s development?
The index says that you cannot measure progress by GDP alone. Life expectancy is a basic indicator. A second one is education—do people have access to education? Is the education good-quality? Human development tries to examine whether people have opportunities and whether they can access and use those opportunities. We have identified youth as an important vulnerable group that needs further attention. The global reports have a separate assessment called the gender inequality index. When half of the population is not able to get the access that it deserves, then you begin to question the development of that country.
What have been the UNDP’s successes and failures?
I think we have quite a few successes. The UNDP helped establish a micro-credit project that transformed itself into Xac Bank. The seeds of this bank are from a UNDP project that’s growing and has projects overseas. That’s a good example. Just recently, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the National Emergency Management Agency. That agency was established with the help of the UNDP. After 2004, when it was clear that the country needed different management agencies, the UNDP launched a program with the government.
Another success is called the legal aid centers and the concept started through an NGO. It provides free legal aid for poor people. We established it and helped push it up and give it the capacity it needs, and now the government has taken over. It is fully financed and implemented throughout the country. These are just three of many programmes that we have implemented here that I am truly proud of. Of course, there are some programmes that fall short because we simply did not have the money so that they can mature to sustainable levels. Some of the work we have done with SMEs needed more support. We brought communities together, especially women, who needed skills. We needed to go one more step to support them strongly to create sustainable businesses. We have identified these weaknesses and are looking at developing markets to solve these weaknesses. In almost all of our programs, we have independent evaluations and build them into new programming progress.
What is the global and regional progress in achieving the Millenium Development Goals? How does Mongolia compare?
There is mixed progress. Globally, wealth has increased. When you look at countries like Nigeria, they are becoming powerhouses in their own right. In that sense, wealth has increased globally—but how has that translated into reducing poverty, exclusion, and vulnerability? That’s where we have differences. One of the things we must realise is that the MDGs are finishing next year. Some countries have achieved the most important goals such as reducing poverty, HIV, etc. There has been progress. But just because you have cut poverty, you still have millions living under poverty. Can you stop it? Is there a place to stop? That is the main discussion in the post-2015 discussions. The MDGs are ending next year, so this is something we are talking about. In 2015, if Mongolia reaches 18% poverty, then what can be done? The second question is social justice. It’s all about having opportunities. A third thing is the environment. If we do not choose a sustainable and green path now, tomorrow it will be too late.
No country is rich enough to pollute now and clean later. There are a new set of goals called the Sustainable Development Goals that are being negotiated around the world. Currently there are 17. In Mongolia, I would like to give credit for a few key things. Mongolia has recognised the importance of the

Minister of Food and Agriculture Meets Ambassador of China to Mongolia
January 8 ( On January 07, 2015, Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mrs. R.Burmaa received in her office the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Wang Xiaolong.
During the meeting Minister mentioned about the issues agreed between the Presidents of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj and China Xi Jinping on tax-free exporting of Mongolian agricultural products regardless of the volume and in the scope of implementation, she asked the Ambassador to support the ongoing works of the Ministry.
In the frameworks, the two countries held in Beijing, the sixth working group meeting between the Ministries of Agriculture. Also, sides signed on a Protocol to create a quiet zone of foot-and-mouth and contagious animal diseases in eastern regions of Mongolia during the Food Exports and Imports Meeting held between the Agricultural Deputy Ministers. In addition, parties agreed to develop and implement a program to provide the meat for export, and agreed to cooperate with efforts to combat trans-boundary animal diseases.
Moreover, Minister R.Burmaa recalled that the Ambassador of Mongolia in Beijing Ts.Sukhbaatar held a meeting with the China’s Vice Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, Mr. Wu Qinghai and during the meeting, Ambassador requested to organize a negotiation on exporting cattle, sheep, goat and horse meat byproducts, also to export Buuz, dumplings, flour and other agricultural products, as well as fodder and hay for domestic animals.
In order to deal these tasks, Ambassador requested to establish an Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and therefore, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Mongolia is undertaking these measures, concluded the Minister R.Burmaa.

Minister of Defense Meets Ambassador of India to Mongolia
January 8 ( On January 07, 2015, Minister of Defense Ts.Tsolmon received in his office the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to Mongolia, Mr. Somnath Ghosh upon his request.
During the meeting, parties exchanged views on further perspectives of bilateral defense cooperation and Minister expressed his interest to broaden cooperation in the sector and besides the attempts to bring the current level of collaboration into newer level, Minister Ts.Tsolmon proposed to enrich partnership in the defense industry, hosting joint military sports events, cultural exchanges as well as to organize science and research activities.
Ambassador Somnath Ghosh noted the partnership in the defense sector takes an important position in the field of relationship and requested to continue the Mongolia-India “Nomadic Elephant” military exercise that has been co-organized annually since 2004. Also, to broaden cooperation in information security field and in order to expand bilateral defense collaboration, Ambassador expressed his interest to appoint military attaches with residencies at each Embassy of the two countries.
Mongolia and the Republic of India have established the diplomatic relations on December 24, 1955 and the relationship in the defense sector was set up in 1973.

Democratic Party Appoints Its Acting Secretary General
January 8 ( On January 07, 2015, the Executive Council of Democratic Party (DP) held its regular meeting and the main topic discussed was an appointment of an Acting Secretary General of the DP.
The newly promoted DP Acting Secretary General, Mr. Lombo ERKHEMBAYAR, an Advisor to the President on Living Environment and Green Development Policy, is succeeding Ms. Ts.Oyundari, who was recently appointed to chair the Mongolian National Broadcaster.
The DP Acting Secretary General L.Erkhembayar will soon be accredited at the National Consultative Committee of the DP.

Government of Mongolia to Grant One-Time Tax Amnesty, Which Will Be Effective for 6 Months
January 8 ( The first regular Cabinet meeting in 2015 by the new Coalition Government was held on January 07, where the first issue resolved was to submit a draft bill on Economic Transparency and Tax Amnesty.
The bill is aimed to grant with the tax amnesty and create better legal environment on revealing the ‘hidden’ capital; in particular it is targeted to allocate a one-time opportunity to correct and re-submit forged financial and tax reports without penalties.
Mongolia had performed such initiatives in 2007-2008 and granted with a one-time amnesty on tax and social premiums. So this time, amnesties will be showed to registrations on real estate and legal entities as well as to the accounting and asset declarations in addition to the tax and social premiums. In other words, entities and individuals who did not pay taxes and social insurances as well as who did not register their real estates and declarations of income or submitted at reduced amount or inaccurately reported all those will be pardoned one-time without penalties.
As soon as the new bill will be ratified by the Parliament of Mongolia, the one-time tax amnesty will be effective for the period of six months. Therefore, the Cabinet members agreed to submit the draft bill to the Parliament discussion next week.
Such initiatives are widely used in other countries globally and are considered to be one of the feasible measures aimed at supporting economic transparency and decrease of “hidden” capital.

Drug registration and listing system to be revised
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Health and Sports G.Shiilegdamba presented his proposal on revising the Drug Registration and Listing System, at the cabinet meeting Wednesday. The proposal offers changes that will ease the registration process.
Mr Shiilegdamba wants to register drugs and medicinal products in three types of procedures--direct, accelerated and simple. The direct one will list the proposed medicines in the system within 30 days. Registering will consider a fact that the drug was approved by authorized institution with strict regulations and is included in the World Health Organization (WHO)’s medical directives, taking into account the information provided about the drug by the official website of the WHO. Direct registering will exclude vaccines.
The accelerated registering will complete in 60 days, for the drugs that were approved by authorized institution of any member state of the International Drug Control Cooperation and included in the WHO medical directives, thus taking into account the information provided by the official website.
Registration for other drugs and medicines will be declared or denied within six months after being proposed.
The Minister concluded that the problems faced by healthcare organizations w ill be reduced through alleviating the registration processes, thus delivering the drugs due time to patients in need.

Law on border ports to be Amended
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) Due to the cabinet's decision made at previous meeting, the Law on Border Ports needs to be amended, considered the Ministers on January 7.
The General Authority of Customs will be reorganized to be a Secretariat for Customs and Border Port Affairs, a government regulatory agency.
In accordance with the Law on Border Port adopted in 2013, the General Administration of Border Ports and its subsidiaries--a total of 26 port administrations--were established. However, the Ministers resolved to dismiss all of them in pursuit of a direction, given by parliament in order to eliminate duplication of responsibilities and to reduce a consumption of state budget. In this regard, the cabinet approved this Wednesday a concept of amendments to the Law on Border Ports.
The General Authority of Customs will give up its name and a status of implementing agency. The institution is considered to serve greatly in improving the customs and borders' cooperation of Mongolia with its main trade partners.

State Emergency commission Meets
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) The State Emergency Commission (SEC) held Wednesday its first this year meeting.
The SEC chairman and the Deputy Premier U.Khurelsukh gave cards to new members of the SEC which includes ten Ministers, one Vice Minister, two State Secretaries, and heads of agencies in charge of ensuring the national security.
In conjunction with changes in the SEC composition, its secretary-general Colonel M.Enkh-Amar presented the rule of the Commission and its works done. He said the SEC met 59 times, its working groups 21 times in 2009-2014 to issue 17 official orders, 17 orders of the SEC head and nine resolutions. Related to the national emergency matters were discussed at 75 cabinet meetings. Some 62.5 billion Togrog was allotted from the governmental reserve fund to save people and animals’ lives and properties from damages, to eliminate aftermath of natural disasters, and to run reconstruction works.
A report on weather forecast of this year’s winter and spring was given by D.Tsogt-Ochir, a head of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. By him, the weather will be warmer by0.5-1 C in most of the territories in January and in March, much snow is expected in a western half of the country in February.
There was no snow in western and Gobi regions at the beginning of this month, and the temperature reached a plus at daytime in several territories, leading to conditions of drought. He warned that fires might occur and that rivers and lakes have not frozen completely.
U.Khurelsukh gave some obligations to SEC members and told them to increase responsibilities, to submit to the cabinet necessary capital issues, to focus on ensuring preparedness for preventing Ebola virus infection, and to give relevant reports.

Mongolia to report Implementation of Convention against Torture
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) The cabinet at its meeting January 7 obligated the Justice and Foreign Affairs Ministers to present Mongolia’s Second Report on Implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, to the UN Human Rights Council.
The report has been prepared jointly by the Ministry of Justice, the Office of Prosecutor-General, the General Authority for Implementing Court Decisions, the State Supreme Court, the General Police Department, the National Human Rights Commission, and the Corruption Combating Agency.
The Government ratified in 2002 this Convention that creates a mechanism to ensure human rights during the criminal procedures, directs countries to adopt related regulations and to conduct monitoring and researches on international levels. Our First Report on the Convention’s implementation was presented in 2010. The Second Report has observed all recommendations given in 2010 by the UN Committee against Torture, and has presented implementation status of all 16 chapters of the Convention.

Cabinet about ratifying the Antarctic treaty
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) The cabinet at its meeting January 7 decided to present a draft on ratifying the Antarctic Treaty. Ratification of this international document is of high importance in terms of improving our future competence for receiving own shares from the wealth of humanity.
The issue was approved by the meeting of the Ministers on February 7 last year and developed under the consultation with the Parliamentary Standing committee on securityand foreign policy.
Since a first participation of Mongolian scholars in the Antarctic researches that took place in 1972-1974, our scholars have been always included in other countries’ teams.
Through ratifying the document, Mongolia will send its own team and locate its own science station in Antarctica. The Antarctic Treaty has 50 countries so far.

Program for reindeer herders discussed
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Population Development and Social Welfare S.Erdene gave status report to the cabinet on January 7 on implementations of program for Restoring Reindeer Farming and Improving Lives of Reindeer Herders.
Among the 32 frameworks conducted in a scope of the program, an intensifying of the realization of Tuvan language program was obligated to the Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences. This program, aimed to ensure the rights of the ethnic minority to study on their mother tongue, is being revised.
He also presented implementation of the Presidential decree No.42 and of Government resolution No.168.

Nat’l championship for free-style wrestling approaches
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) The freestyle wrestling events will start this Friday in the Central House of Sports.
Organized by Mongolia’s Freestyle Wrestling Federation, the championship will take place in the men 57, 61, 65, 70, 74, 86, 97, 125 kg; and women 48, 53, 55, 58, 60, 63, 69 and 75 kg weight categories, in accordance with the Olympic rule.
Winners will be qualified to compete in World championships, Grand Prix and other big tournaments in order to collect points for achieving rights of taking part in the Summer Olympics.

Mongolians to take part in Winter Universiade of 2015
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) Mongolian ski racers will take part in the 2015 Winter Universiade that will be held for the first time in two countries--Slovakia and Spain from January 24 to February 14.
Spain’s Grenada city will host alpine skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, short track speed skating and snowboarding. Four events--biathlon, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined and ski jumping--will run in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie cities of Slovakia.
Mongolia will be represented in the cross-country skiing by four selected from the Institute of Physical Culture, State University of Education, University of Defense and University of Science and Culture. They are led by B.Battulga, a skiing coach of the Mongolian UniversitySports Federation.
University athletes of Mongolia participated in the Winter Universiade for the first time in 1991 in Sapporo of Japan.

News Agency launches traditional Mongolian script website
January 8 ( News Agency launched a traditional Mongolian script version of its news website on its 10th anniversary in December.
The website,, is now fully functional on several internet browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
It is also possible to access from Android or iOS phones and tablets.
The traditional Mongolian script site,, welcomes everyone who values the heritage of traditional Mongolian script, and has a desire to promote and distribute information in Mongolian script.

UB hopes to host Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Team trials
January 8 ( The Mongolian Freestyle Wrestling Federation aims to put together a winning team to compete in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
The president of Federation of Freestyle Wrestling of Mongolia, the 68th Great Champion of professional sumo Asashyoryu D.Dagvadorj proposed organizing the Youth Freestyle World Championships in Ulaanbaatar. But the Federation's board of directors has sent a request to United World Wrestling (UWW) to host the 2016 Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Team Trials in Ulaanbaatar.
The board of directors of the Mongolian Freestyle Wrestling Federation and its coaches expect to hear a positive reply from UWW.

Following Visit to Czech Republic, President of Mongolia to Attend in World Economic Forum’s 2015 Meeting
January 8 ( Upon invitation of the President of the Czech Republic, Mr. Milos Zeman, the President of Mongolia Mr. Tsakhia ELBEGDORJ will be conducting a state visit to the country on January 18-19, 2015.
The visit is aimed to broaden bilateral cooperation and partnership and during the visit, President Ts.Elbegdorj will be meeting with Mongolians residing in the country on January 19, 2015.
Moreover, following the state visit to the Czech Republic, Mongolian delegates led by the President Ts.Elbegdorj will be attending in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting themed “The New Global Context” to take place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland on January 21-24, 2015.
The Annual Meeting 2015, which is organized for the consecutive 45th year, will be gathering about 250 top political leaders to discuss with the heads of international organizations and with business leaders how global governance can be improved through public-private cooperation. These discussions will be prepared in close collaboration with the respective international organizations, aimed at providing substantial, yet informal, input into major global processes.

Cabinet Meeting in Brief
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) In regards of renewed structure and composition of the Government, the cabinet of Ministers resolved to withdraw several draft laws and amendments that have been presented to parliament. The cabinet also freed heads of the General Emergency Department and the Authority for Fair Competition and Customers’ Rights, T.Dulamdorj and O.Magnai.
The withdrawn drafts are laws on Investigation Office, on Legal Status of Law Enforcement Officer, on Crimes, on Offence, against Family Violence, on State Amnesty and on Fire Arms, and draft amendments to laws on Police Offices and on Takhar (Marshall’s) Service.
- Former director of Reform Committee of MPP T.Ayursaikhan was appointed the head of the Authority for Fair Competition and Customers’ Rights, the Colonel T.Badral was promoted to be a head of the General Emergency Department.

Stock Exchange News for January 8
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, January 8 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Thursday, a total of 78 thousand and 696 units of 18 JSCs were traded costing MNT 13 million 936 thousand and 968.
"Hermes center” /46 thousand units/, “Khokh gan” /25 thousand and 396 units/, “Genco tour bureau” /5,236 units/, “Merex” /1,500 units/ and "Tavantolgoi” /308 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "Hermes center” (MNT seven million 360 thousand and 200), "Khokh gan” (MNT two million 514 thousand and 204), “Tavantolgoi” (MNT one million 283 thousand and 600), “UBBUK” (MNT one million and 260 thousand) and "Genco tour bureau” (MNT 471 thousand and 004).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 411 billion 815 million 895 thousand and 646. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 14,633.70, increasing 8.74 units or 0.06% against the previous day.

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