Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mongolia Brief September 22, 2014 Part I

Mongolia at 35th General Assembly of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 22 (MONTSAME) Parliamentarians Ts.Tsomon and J.Batzandan took part in the 35th General Assembly of the ASEAN's Inter-parliamentary Assembly on September 15-19 in Vientiane, Laos.

Mongolia was invited by Ms Pany Yathotou, a president of the National Assembly of Laos. The Mongolian MPs met with Ms Yathotou to give her a letter from Z.Enkhbold, the Chairman of the State Great Khural (parliament), and thank for inviting to this assembly. They also expressed a willingness of Mongolia to become an observer of the AIPA General Assembly.
In response, Ms Yathotou said she will convey this request to Malaysia, who will receive the AIPA presidency.
After this, our delegation met with Mr Ronald Kiandee, a Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Mr Giorgidi B.Aggabao, a Deputy Speaker of the Philippines House of Representatives, to tell them that Mongolia wants to become the observer of the AIPA General Assembly and to share views on the bilateral inter-parliamentary cooperation.
Other meetings were held with representatives of the ASEAN, Russia and Myanmar.  

Japanese Honored for Contribution to Mongolia-Japan Relations
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 22 (MONTSAME) On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of cultural ties between Mongolia and Japan, several Japanese have been given Mongolia's high awards.
On September 19, the Mongolian Embassy to Japan awarded them by a decree of the President Ts.Elbegdorj. The "Polar Star" order went to minister of health and labor Ya.Shiozaki, a chairman of parliamentary group to promote Mongolia-Japan’s relations M.Hayashi, an advisor and head of general council T.Nikai, the Foreign Minister Sh.Sugiyama, a head of “Shitsuke no Kai” community N.Ito, a former minister of foreign affairs R.Kato, a head of “AMDA” NGO Sh.Suganami, an advisor to the “Public Diplomat’s Community” P.Gyalpo, a head of “Miyagi-Friendship with Mongolia” community T.Kanno, and a to a head of “Blue Sky” friendship community Sh.Uchida.
The "Friendship" medals were bestowed upon Sh.Amemiya, a director of “AsiaTech” Co.Ltd, K.Maruoka, an officer of “Toshiba Solutions” corporation, and T.Kunikumo, an advisor to the scholarship programme of Asahi newspaper.

Z.Bayanselenge MP Meets AFPPD and IPPF High Officials
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 22 (MONTSAME) A member of the State Great Khural (parliament) Z.Bayanselenge received last Friday Mr John Hyde, a deputy director of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD); Ms Nora Murat, a Regional Director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) for East and South East Asia and Oceania Regional Office; and Ms Gessen C.Rocas, IPPF director for public relations and cooperation.
Ms Bayanselenge noted that she is satisfied with a upcoming participation of women MPs in the “Beijing+20” international forum which will run Bangkok of Thailand, and said Mongolia wants to strengthen the ties and cooperation with the above organizations in population development, family planning and national development issues.
She also pointed out that the unofficial group of women MPs and the National Committee of Gender co-organized a consultation themed “Process of summarizing Beijing+20: Sexual and reproductive rights and health”, and noted that this consultation released a report on the Mongolian population development to be presented at the forthcoming international forum.
Ms Murat said she leaned about a "sharp increase in adolescent pregnancy rate in Mongolia, mentioned in the report", and emphasized that it is vital to focus the cooperation on this matter.
AFPPD is ready to give assistance to Mongolia, said Mr Hyde and shared views with the MP on further collaboration and offered several proposals.

"Feasibility Studies Must Be Renovated"
By N. Khaliun
Ulaanbaatar, September 22 (MONTSAME) At the cabinet meeting on Thurday, the Minister of Roads and Transportation A.Gansukh said the feasibility study project on construction of a second (parallel) railway line of Ulaanbaatar Railway (UBZD) "do not fit the current state and development trends of transport and logistics network, they must be profoundly updated".
The feasibility studies were developed in 2006-2007 by the Chinese first Institute for the study and design of Railways. The cabinet decided to urgently start the renovation of the feasibility studies.     
As known, the agreement on outlining a strategic partnership for the modernization and development of Ulaanbaatar Railway (UBZD) was signed between the Ministry of Roads and Transport of Mongolia and the Russian Railways on this September 3 during the working visit of the Russian President Putin to Mongolia. The parties agreed to build electrified parallel branches in Sukhbaatar--Sainshand--Zamiin-Uud direction with a capacity of 100 million tons of cargo. The main goal of the agreement is the strategic development of JSC "UBZD" to ensure growth in the export and transit of goods and to strengthen its role in the Eurasian transport and logistics system. The agreement also reflects the interest of parties to work with China to build up traffic from Russia to China in the opposite direction using UBZD, which includes the development of competitive tariffs and technological conditions for such shipments.

President of Mongolia Attends 69th Session of UN General Assembly
September 22 ( On September 20, 2014, President of Mongolia Tsakhia ELBEGDORJ left the country to attend the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) taking place in New York, United States.
During the session, the Mongolian leader will participate in the Climate Summit, 29th session on Population and Development, high-level plenary meeting on Indigenous Peoples and other international meeting and events. Furthermore, the President of Mongolia plans to hold bilateral meetings with heads of state and international organizations.
On September 19, the General Assembly adopted the work programme and agenda for its 69th session, which contained 172 items, and endorsed the recommendation that UNGA General Debate would be held on September 24-27 and from September 29 to October 01, 2014.
Among the topics to be considered in the current Assembly session were several new ones, including: follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development; no placement of weapons in outer space; cooperation between the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Independent States; and the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. It was also decided that items on observer status for the Developing Eight Countries Organization
for Economic Cooperation and for the Pacific Community would be included in the work programme.

2014 Incheon Asian Games: Mongolia Wins 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze Medals after Day 2
September 22 ( From September 19 to October 04, 2014, the XVII Asian Games - Incheon 2014 a multi-sport event is being celebrated in Incheon, South Korea that features 439 events in 36 sports categories.
The Republic of Korea hosts the Asian Games for its third time after Seoul in 1986 and Busan in 2002 and in the 2014 Asian Games 9,501 athletes from 45 nations are participating, where Opening and Closing ceremonies are being organized in the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.
Mongolia has been participating with its 231 athletes for 23 events and as of September 21st, Mongolian National Team achieved a total of two Gold, two Silver and four Bronze medals.
On the first day of the Games, September 20th, Mongolia won its first medal - Bronze by the Team of Women’s Shooting in the 10m Air Pistol Women's Team competed by Hero of Labor, Merit Athlete O.Gundegmaa, IMS Ts.Munkhzul and IMS T.Bayartsetseg. In this category, Mongolian Women's Team scored 1140 pts out of 14 countries, where nations of China (1146) and Chinese Taipei (1141) took the first two places.
On the same day, Mongolian Judo Team has competed in the four weight classifications - Men’s 60 and 66 kg, Women’s 48 and 52 kg, whereas in the Men’s 60 kg, Ganbat BOLDBAATAR, who become the 2014 World Judo Champion in the recent championship took place in Russia, was defeated to Kazakhstani judoka Metov Yeldos in the Gold medal contest by ippon and placed second winning a Silver medal.
As of Men’s 66 kg, Davaaadorj TUMURKHULEG won over all his opponents winning the first Gold medal for Mongolian team and the second Gold was achieved by Merit Athlete Munkhbat URANTSETSEG in the Women’s 48 kg.
On September 21st judo event, the second Silver medal of Mongolian Team was achieved by Ganbaatar ODBAYAR, Men's 73 kg, who lost in the Gold medal contest to Japanese wrestler Akimoto Hiroyuki by 1 yuko point.
Moreover, Nyamsuren DAGVASUREN won Bronze medal in the Men’s 81 kg as well as Tsend-Ayush NARANJARGAL, Women’s 70 kg and Dorjsuren SUMIYA, Women’s 57 kg have grabbed Bronze medals.
Consequently, Mongolian National Team with 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze medals stands at the 4th place after South Korea (12+10+9), China (12+9+11) and Japan (2+2+4) as of September 21, 2014.
Mongolia Goes 4th at Asian GamesMontsame, September 22

Shooters Win First Medal at Asian Games
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 22 (MONTSAME) At the Incheon-2014 Asian Games in South Korea, our national women team for shooting grabbed a bronze medal in the 10 m air pistol team event last Saturday.
The team who has won the very first medal in the Asian Games consist of O.Gundegmaa, a State Honored Sportswoman; Ts.Monkhzul and T.Bayartsetseg IMSs. They followed China and Chinese Taipei. By the individual results, O.Gundegmaa at 8th place in the event, Ts.Monkhzul--at 9th and T.Bayartsetseg--at 15th.
On Monday, O.Gundegmaa won a bronze medal in the 25 m pistol contest, beating a South Korean shooter. 
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