Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mongolia Brief September 23, 2014 Part I

Int’l Atomic Energy Conference Begins
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 23 (MONTSAME) Mongolia's delegation led by N.Tegshbayar, a head of Mongolia’s Nuclear Energy Authority (NEA), is taking part in the 58th international Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna of Austria.

The measure started September 22. Our delegates have also met with officials from the US Department of Energy.
Mongolia, who became a member of IAEA in 1973, together with the gathered is to ratify annual programme of activities and the budget. Vanuatu, Guyana, Djibouti, and Comoros declared memberships in the agency in the beginning of the conference, increasing a membership to 166.
A Director-General of IAEA Yukiya Amano noted in his opening speech that these days the countries of the world are discussing their development goals after 2015, and said the nuclear science and technology are of great importance in satisfying the development goals, especially in health, agriculture, water management, industry and power sectors. However, this importance must be acknowledged by a public, he stressed.
According to Mr. Amano, there are 437 atomic reactors operating in 30 countries, seven new are being constructed, mostly in Asia. The nuclear power reactors provide 11 percent of the total need of the world electricity.
He also stated that the provision of safety in nuclear energy sector has become an urgent issue. The Agency has been cooperating with the member-countries on the issue, and has trained over 3,000 specialists for nuclear energy safety by 2013.
On the matter of nuclear energy safety, a summit will be held in 2016 to discuss the achievements, setting up the main guidelines of further activities.
The participants from the member countries namely the USA, the PRC, Russian Federarion, European Union, Austria, Kazakhstan, the Republic of South Africa, Japan, and France have given speeches, commonly agreeing to the necessity to provide safety, and assured their readiness to cooperate. The members have appealed for the united efforts in non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Autumn Session Opens Soon
By N. Khaliun
Ulaanbaatar, September 23 (MONTSAME) The opening of the Autumn session of parliament will be held on this October 3. Its agenda will include 340 bills.
Seven of them will come from the President, 102--from political parties and coalitions, 55--from members of parliament, and 142--from the government.  

“Production of Egg Doubled, Chicken and Fodder Import Declined”
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 23 (MONTSAME) The production of egg increased twice in the last two years, an import of chicken and fodder declined 40% thanks to a policy the cabinet for reforms maintain to support the poultry husbandry.
It was said by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Industry and Agriculture Kh.Zoljargal at the “Hours of great construction” weekly meeting on Monday.
He went on that, in frames of a programme on stabilizing the prices of consumer goods, soft loans of MNT 8.6 billion have been given to four companies of egg and chicken productions, and loans of MNT 160 million have been given to 11 enterprisers from reserves of the Ministry of Industry and Agriculture. Now some 20 companies have possessed 550 thousand laying hens nationwide, and the “Tumen shuvuut” and “NVTs” companies have reached international standards, Zoljargal noted.
The Mongolians consume some 170 million eggs a year, three years ago a majority of eggs used to be imported, nowadays, this import went down by 40%, he said.
“One person consumes 50 eggs a year, which is lower than that of developed countries, so we need to augment the egg production so as to reach 370 million per year. We will not need to import eggs when the ‘NVTs’ and newly founded ‘Bayan shuvuu’ companies will work with a full potential by 2018,” he said.
The Ministry also says that measures will be taken to improve hygiene and to expand a free-of-charge vaccination.

Mongolia to Establish Diplomatic Relations with Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
September 23 ( Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, Mr. Luvsanvandan BOLD who is participating in the 69th session of UN General Assembly, had a meeting with Foreign Ministers of member states of Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) in New York on September 22, 2014.
Addressing the meeting, Minister L.Bold said Mongolia attaches a particular importance to the human development and education issues and in this light it has initiated UN Literacy Decade. Moreover, the Government of Mongolia plans to host a workshop of education sector specialists of ACD member states in 2015. The meeting has decided to issue Riyadh Declaration on Cooperation in the Educational Sector at the 13th ACD Ministerial Meeting to be hosted in Saudi Arabia on November 25, 2014.
Meeting with the Cuban Foreign Minister
On September 22, 2014, Minister L.Bold held a meeting with his Cuban counterpart Mr. Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla to share views on issues concerning bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation.
The Mongolian Foreign Minister said Mongolia has been paying a particular importance to the relations developed with Cuba and, therefore, is interested in forwarding the traditional friendly ties, especially, in the fields of education, sports, health and agriculture. Top and high-level visits play a crucial role in stimulating bilateral relations and defining directions of bilateral collaboration. Here, Minister L.Bold handed over an invitation of the President of Mongolia for President of Cuba, Mr. Raul Castro to visit Mongolia in order to launch bilateral top and high-level talks.
The sides agreed on seeking together ways of enriching the Mongolia-Cuba cooperation with a new content and touched upon issues on maintaining a constructive cooperation within international organizations including UN and provide mutual support.
Meeting with the Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
Minister L.Bold met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Winston Dookeran in New York on September 22, 2014.
The parties talked about the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Trinidad and Tobago and agreed on exploring possibilities for bilateral cooperation on international fora.
Minister L.Bold requested Trinidad and Tobago to support Mongolia’s candidature in UN Human Rights Council in 2015. Mr. Winston Dookeran, in turn, stated on accepting the request and said Trinidad and Tobago will work on getting support from member states of Association of Caribbean States with the headquarters in that country. He also invited his Mongolian counterpart to visit Trinidad and Tobago, reports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.
FM Meets His Counterpart from Trinidad TobagoMontsame, September 23, 2014

OWL Telescope Installed at Tavantolgoi
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 23 (MONTSAME) An OWL (Overwhelmingly Large) telescope is being installed September 23 at the Tavantolgoi Earthquake Station, 55km to the west from Ulaanbaatar. The telescope is to trace satellites and floating cosmic wastes and to estimate collision threats.
The installation ceremony ran Tuesday in a scope of a cooperation between Astrology and Geophysics Research Center of the Academy of Sciences and the Korea Astronomy and Space science Institute (KASI) of Republic of Korea. The telescope has a diameter of 45cm, is a modern technology of Ritchey Chretien Optic System, assembled inside of a pavilion with semispherical deck.
Our side will be able to use the telescope for many kinds of researches such as investigation of small planets in the sun-belt, comets and optic post-explosion lights. The  station aims to cooperate with the S.Korean side in joint observations, information sharing, and development of scientific articles.
The S.Korean delegates will get au fait with the “Palace of Stars” in the Astrology and Geophysics Research Center the same day. 

Culture and Education Fund Grants 37 Scholarships
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 23 (MONTSAME) The Mongolian-Chinese Culture and Education fund gave scholarships to Mongolian children last Saturday at the Ulaanbaatar office of China Bank.
The 37 awardees are the winners of “Dream Star” and “Future Star” programs which were run among secondary schools.
This fund was established in early May of 2014 but managed to invest 420 thous. CNY in 12 projects and programs. For the above scholarships it received from domestic and Chinese entities one million 560 thous. CNY.
Present at the event were vice minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism M.Tumenjargal, Chinese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Mongolia Wang Shaolong, and representatives of Mongolian and Chinese entities, together with the awardees' parents. 

Olympic judo champion wins gold at Asian Games
September 23 ( The 2008 Beijing Olympics champion, judoka N.Tuvshinbayar,  defeated athletes from Tajikistan, South Korea, and Uzbekistan in the men's 100 kg competition, and bested Kazakhstan's Maxim Rakov for the gold medal at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
This is the third gold medal earned by a Mongolian judoka during the 17th Asian Games.
N.Tuvhsinbayar said at a press conference following the competition, "This is the third time that I have competed at the Asian Games. I am glad that the first medal is gold."
On Monday, Mongolian judoka U.Duurenbayar grabbed silver in the men's +100 kg event, while L.Otgonbaatar won bronze in the men's 90 kg event. For female judokas, B.Munkhtuya in the women's -78 kg event, and O.Javzmaa in the +78 kg event were ranked in fifth place with their successes.
Mongolian judokas have won three gold, three silver and four bronze medals, ranking in fifth place in the medal tally at the Incheon Asian Games.
Champion N.Tuvshinbayar Wins GoldMontsame, September 23

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