Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mongolia Brief August 29, 2014 Part II

Dairy Factory to Open in Selenge
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, August 29 (MONTSAME) Selenge aimag is to open its own dairy factory to produce final products.

This is a result of the aimag governor's working visit to Chinese Kharbin during which the two sides had signed a cooperation agreement. The governor also had proposed setting up seabuckthorn processing factory and assembling here technical tools made in China.
Selenge aimag produces over 40 thousand tonnes of milk a year, only 4-5 thousand tonnes go to the domestic market. In view of this, Kharbin administration had accepted the suggestion to build a primary processing dairy products factory.

International Scholars to Gather Here
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, August 29 (MONTSAME) The UB city is to host two international events soon.
The first one--a “Mongolia-European historic meeting in 13th century”--will start on September 2 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Germany. It will gather scholars from Germany, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. 
The second one--"Eurasian nomadic life, history and culture, environment issues" will run September 5-6 at initiative of History Institute of Academy of Sciences of Mongolia and is supposed to attract Center for North East Asian studies of Tohoku University of Japan, Institute of Humanities and Northern Minorities Studies of Bracnh of Siberia of Russian Sciences Academy, University of Education of Chinese Inner Mongolia. Many scholars will give presentations about Mongolian history, culture, society, economy and environmental issues such as climate, animal and plantation of 13-20th centuries.

Omnogobi Receives Ambulance Cars
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, August 29 (MONTSAME) These three fully equipped cars have been purchased from Germany.
The "BAC" company director has arrived to the locality himself. This purchase, reflected in the aimag governor's “General guidelines of social- economic development for 2014”, has been made under the locality's investment.
These cars will greatly improve the first aid medical service in the aimag, the governor and the company director say.

Invest Mongolia 2014 coming soon
August 29 ( The annual Invest Mongolia conference by Frontier Conference will be held on September 2 and 3, in UIaanbaatar.
One of the largest events in the investing field in Mongolia, Invest Mongolia 2014 will be a platform for representing government officials, economists, researchers and entrepreneurs to share views on government policies and their implications, the challenges and opportunities of investing Mongolia, current development at Oyu Tolgoi, Tavan Tolgoi and other major mining projects, and updates on Mongolia's legal, accounting and other regulatory changes.
Invest Mongolia 2014 will be held at Blue Sky Hotel for two days.

Mongolia to Appoint Government Permanent Representation at IMF and World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors
August 29 ( At the Cabinet meeting held on August 28, it was resolved to appoint government permanent representation at international banks and financial institutions.
Within the aim to increase number and capacity of Mongolian experts at international banks and financial institutions, it was resolved to implement a program by sending a group of specialists for experience study purposes to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
Moreover, it was agreed to appoint Advisors to represent the Government of Mongolia at the IMF and the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. This decision was issued because of no government permanent representations at the IMF, World Bank or other international banks or financial institutions to date, where Mongolia already became a member-economy.
In the scope of appointing government representation at above organizations, Cabinet members deem Mongolia would be enabled to reflect its position, strengthen partnership and fully implement its rights and priorities at governing level of these international banks and financial institutions with regular participation in their activities.

Cabinet Meeting Resolutions in Brief: August 28, 2014
August 29 ( The regular Cabinet meeting of the Government of Mongolia was held on August 28th through which the following issues have been resolved.
- Minister of Finance Ch.Ulaan introduced the current situation and summary of procurement process in the first half of 2014 carried out by budget general governors.
In this regard, budget governors are obliged to take some measures intensifying some procurement process following the Government Ordinance No.12 issued on March 28, 2014.
- Following the General Department of Taxation and General Agency for Specialized Inspection investigations, three special licenses to manufacture alcohol were suspended that were owned by “Khuvshikh” and “Ganbogd” companies locate in Bayankhongor Sum of Bayankhongor Aimag, and “Bi Tse Trade” LLC in Khan-Uul district of Ulaanbaatar.
- Police Colonel S.Baatarjav, who was serving as the Acting Chief of National Police, was appointed as the Chief of National Police succeeding B.Bilegt.
- It was agreed to form "Agricultural Reinsurance" Joint Stock Company. This company will manage agricultural reinsurance activities and the company's shareholder rights and duties will be administered by the Minister of Finance.

Defense Minister of Mongolia Attends in Inauguration Ceremony of Turkish President Recep Erdogan
August 29 ( Minister for Defense of Mongolia, MP D.Bat-Erdene, Head of Mongolia-Turkey Intergovernmental Committee chairing Mongolian side, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Republic of Turkey B.Batkhishig have attended in the inauguration ceremony of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The oath taking ceremony was held in the Parliament Hall on August 28, 2014, where over 90 state, government and parliament leaders have attended.
Following the ceremony, Defense Minister D.Bat-Erdene congratulated the newly elected 12th President of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and held a brief meetings with President of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation S.Naryshkin, Speaker of the Kyrgyz Parliament A.Jeenbekov, Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey Cemil Cicek, Prime Minister of Belarus M.Myasnikovich, Prime Minister of Tajikistan K.Rasulzoda, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey A.Davutoglu, Foreign Minister of South Korea Yun Byung-se, Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan A.Kamilov, Foreign Minister of Iran M.Zarif, Foreign Minister of South Sudan B.Benjamin and Executive Director of CICA Jianwei Gong.
Minister D.Bat-Erdene also met with the Minister of National Defense of Turkey Ismet Yilmaz, where sides discussed on upcoming official visit of latter part to Mongolia in September 2014.
On the same day, Defense Minister D.Bat-Erdene held a meeting with the Third Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Bulent Arinc, Head of Mongolia-Turkey Intergovernmental Committee chairing Turkish side. During the bilateral talks, parties exchanged views on implementation of the Protocol issued following the VII Mongolia-Turkey Intergovernmental Committee meeting held in Ankara in March 2013.
In the scope of this Protocol implementation, the Government of Turkey had resolved to allocate a soft loan of 300 million USD and Minister D.Bat-Erdene proposed to start projects mutually agreed earlier within this fund, besides, he requested to cooperate in animal skin & hide processing industry as well as attracting Turkish investment & technology and to collaborate in renewable energy and tourism spheres.
In response, Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc noted that in order to strengthen bilateral cooperation in economic and trade sectors, affiliated organs should organize a Meeting between Ministries of Economic Development of the two states.

Mongolia and Russia to Boost Cooperation in Agricultural Sector
August 29 ( The First Mongolia-Russia Intergovernmental Meeting of Cooperation in Agricultural Sector was held in Ulaanbaatar on August 28, 2014.
This Meeting is considered with its significant importance prior the working visit of President of the Russian Federation V.V.Putin to Mongolia, which is expected on September 03, 2014.
At the First Intergovernmental Meeting of Cooperation in Agricultural Sector, parties agreed to collaborate in the following spheres.
1. Cooperation in the field of veterinary
In this regard, sides exchanged views on measures being carried out on prevention of animal infectious diseases. Last year, Russian side provided the grant aid of vaccine to stop foot-and-mouth disease occurred in Mongolia that had great contribution to sanify Mongolia’s livestock and within the scope of collaboration to fight against cross-border infectious diseases of livestock, Mongolian side proposed to continue the Phase 2 of the program, where the other part pledged to consider the request shortly.
2. Cooperation in nursery crop industry
Within this scope of cooperation, sides agreed to implement of program of producing and acclimatizing new varieties of wheat seeds that suit to Mongolian harsh climatic conditions with early maturity and disease & drought-resistant. In order to implement this program, parties negotiated to develop a program by a joint team of scientists within this year and agreed to start in 2015.
3. Other issues
Sides agreed to develop joint project to immediately export or import some sorts of seed, food or other necessary items in case of crop failure or food shortages between the neighboring provinces and Aimags due to difficulties caused by weather and other circumstances.
Moreover, Mongolian side stated to attend in the 3rd Meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and participate in the “Agro-Innotech” Exhibition-Fair to take place in Moscow on October 08-10, 2014.
The Second Mongolia-Russia Intergovernmental Meeting of Cooperation in Agricultural Sector is planned to be held in Moscow in the second half of 2015.
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