Monday, August 25, 2014

Mongolia Brief August 25, 2014 Part I

Mongolia Attends APEC SOM First Time, as Observer
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 25 (MONTSAME) A Mongolia delegation led by Mr Ts.Batbayar, a head of the Policy, Planning and Research Department of the Foreign Ministry, has participated in the 2014 APEC Third Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM3) which ran August 20-21 in Beijing, China.

This is the first time for Mongolia to take part in the APEC SOM, as the observer, representing a national committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). During the meeting, the Mongolians held working meetings with Mr Mr Li Baodong, the SOM chairman and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, and with delegates of the APEC members.
It was the last plenary gathering of Senior Officials before this year’s Leaders’ Week. Its main objective was to make a comprehensive preparation for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) in November.
During the two-day meeting, Senior Officials from 21 APEC member economies held in-depth discussions, centered around a "Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership" theme and three priority areas such as regional economic integration, innovative development, economic reform and growth, and comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development. The discussions allowed APEC members to build more consensuses and implement cooperation initiatives, making sound preparations for the outcomes of the Leaders’ Meeting.
APEC members reached extensive consensus on the outcomes of the Leaders’ Meeting. Member economies agreed to promote the spirit of mutual trust, inclusiveness, innovation, and win-win, to strengthen Asia-Pacific Partnership, and to work together to plan for a long-term Asia-Pacific development vision. Through this meeting, member economies have carried out in-depth exchange and expanded common ground on the basis of the two previous Senior Officials’ Meetings. There has been extensive agreement that APEC should continue to promote Asia-Pacific regional economic integration, kick off the process for the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), further promote APEC members economic structural reform, promote innovative development, explore new economic growth drive and highlights, actively facilitate the formulation of the APEC Blueprint on Connectivity, and ensure high level design and solid support for stronger regional connectivity.

Secretary-General of UNCTAD Thanks our FM
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, August 25 (MONTSAME) The Mongolian Foreign Minister L.Bold has received a gratitude letter from the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, Mukhisa Kituy.
This is the reply to Mr Bold' congratulatory letter sent on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the conference. The special events dedicated to this anniversary were organized at Geneva headquarters of the UN this June.
The conference will organize the World Investment forum in Geneva this October. 

Health Minister Receives Head of Japan’s Aesthetics Community Organization
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, August 25 (MONTSAME) The health Minister of Mongolia N.Udval and the head of "Aesthetics Community" organization of Japan have shared opinions on future cooperation between Mongolian and Japanese health spheres. 
The Minister and Ms N.Ito discussed matters on a hospital, which will be created at the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences in frames of the Japanese government aid, and focused on the cooperation in the health sector.

Ceremony Runs for Khalkh River Battle Victory
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 25 (MONTSAME) A celebration for the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Khalkh River Battles started last Saturday.
In frames of the anniversary, delegates from the Russian Federation including frontier troops and border officials from Federal Security Service have arrived here to attend the ceremonial events which are taking place across the country. The Russian delegation has been headed by Lieutenant General Vladimir Streltsov, a Deputy Head of the Border Guard Service of the Russian Federal Security Service.
Last weekend, ceremonial measures also took place in the capital city dedicated to the anniversary. For instance, wreaths were laid to the Zaisan Memorial and the Monuments of Marshal G.Zhukov and Hero of Mongolia L.Dandar. It was followed by a photo exhibition and a concert of honor at the Central Cultural Center. Fireworks were performed last Saturday night on the central square as well.
The anniversary events and measures will continue until August 29.

Stock Exchange Weekly
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 25 (MONTSAME) Five stock trades were held at Mongolia's Stock Exchange on August 18-22 of 2014. In overall, three million 975 thousand and 416 shares were sold of 38 joint-stock companies totalling MNT 593 million 547 thousand and 208.00.
"Genco tour bureau” /three million 515 thousand and 540 units/, "Mongolia Development” /221 thousand and 381 units/, "State Department Store” /143 thousand and 751 units/, "Genco tour bureau” /45 thousand and 893 units/ and "Olloo” /15 thousand units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Genco tour bureau” (MNT 316 million 398 thousand and 600), "Mongolia Development” (MNT 132 million 909 thousand and 850), "State Department Store” /MNT 86 million 248 thousand and 600/, "Tavantolgoi” /MNT 10 million 928 thousand and 755/ and "Mon-it buligaar” (MNT six million and 965 thousand).

Int’l Scientific Conference on Khalkh River Battle Runs
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 25 (MONTSAME) An international scientific conference titled “Historical research into Khalkh River Battles: Present” ran last weekend in the “Agreement” hall, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Organized by the Scientific Institute of Defense since 1989 every year, the conference was attended this time by scholars of Mongolia, Russia and Japan who to share views on the battles.
It also attracted scientists from Mongolian universities, institutes, the Institute of Mongol, Buddhism and Tibetan Studies at Russia’s Academy of Sciences, a research division of the Kharbin Institute of Social Sciences of China, and Japan’s National Defense Institute.
The gathered were given reports themed “The historical research into Khalkh River Battle”, “Khalkh River in historical dignity of Mongolians”, “Interests of Japan in People’s Republic of Mongolia (1925-1931)”, “Serious conflicts of Nomon Khan, military rules of Soviet Union and Japan”, “Research issues on the military cooperation between Mongolia and Soviet Union in 1936-1940”, “Experiences of Soviet Union and Mongolia at Khalkh River Battles, their lessons”, “Khalkh River Battle and Economy of Mongolia”, “Opportunities of giving patriotic education to students through subject of Mongolian history” and others. These reports gave important views and information about outcomes of the research.
The participants also shared views on a present situation and tendencies of the research and touched upon issues regarding historical individuals who have not been researched well.

Table Tennis Teenage Players to Partake in Two Events in Japan
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, August 25 (MONTSAME) They intend to compete in "Hopes"--East Asian "A" category tournament in in Osaka and in the Asian Cup of Asian cities in Tokyo of Japan.
In the "HOPES" will take part ten players under 12 such as boys B.Bilguun, G.Bat-Ireedui, E.Orgil, A.Chinguum, G.Jargalsaikhan, and girls B.Bolor-Erdene, U.Baljinnyam, E.Namuunbaigali, G.Selengemurun, E.Michid.
To Tokyo's events on August 27-31 will go six teenagers of 13-15 years with a coach Ch.Amarsanaa. Tokyo’s municipality and Tokyo table Tennis committee is jointly funding the participants’ travel costs, in light of marketing of the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. The athletes from over 20 countries are to compete in the tournament, the main purpose of which is to emphasize future World and Olympic champions from Asia and to improve the communication and understanding between the Asian capital cities through sports.
The Mongolian team is to head to Japan August 26.

“Aduuchin 2014” Competition Successfully Ends
August 25 ( Under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Mongolia, the annual “Aduuchin” (Horse Breeder) competition was successfully organized at Khui Doloo Khudag on Saturday, August 23, where selected 21 horse herders from all 21 Aimags (Provinces) of Mongolia have competed.
The “Aduuchin 2014” contest was held in four categories of grasping the lasso-pole and horsewhip from the ground while riding on horseback, catching the horses with lasso-pole on horseback riding, catching the horses with lassos while going on foot and bareback riding the brumby bucking horses.
In his opening remarks, Premier N.Altankhuyag noted that this category of sporting game will be included officially in the program of National Naadam Festival from next year, which is considered the real nature of Mongolian nomadic culture and the long-lasting traditional habits of Mongolian people.
Following the competitions, most points in all events gained a horse herder from Binder Sum of Khentii Aimag Kh.Bat-Erdene, where the second place went to a resident of Batnorov Sum of Khentii Aimag A.Altanshagai, champion of the Aduuchin 2013. In the third place came a breeder from Tsenkher Sum of Arkhangai Aimag Ch.Baasandorj. First place winner was rewarded with 8 million MNT, the second place with 6 million and the third place with 4 million MNT respectively.
During the competition, fair trade in horse accessories and national clothing were also held, said organizers.
Mongol-Style Rodeo Takes PlaceMontsame, August 25

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