Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mongolia Brief September 23, 2014 Part II

“Let's Cut the Chain” running to fight the sex trade
September 23 ( A group helping sex trade victims in Mongolia, Lantuun Dohio (Лантуун дохио) an “NGO network against human trafficking” are organizing the “Let's Cut the Chain” run to raise public awareness about human trafficking at National Garden Park, on September 27th.

The “Let's Cut the Chain” campaign is aimed to help sex trade victims and their families find relief from pain and suffering.
People with disabilities are at an increased risk of abuse and are more likely to be victims of assault.
The run will include participants with disabilities. On that day Lantuun Dohio will also provide free legal advice on combating drug abuse and trafficking, the sex trade, abuse and children's rights, and will offer free counseling services and tests.
Anyone who wants to participate in the run, families, colleagues, clubs and companies, are invited to join the campaign.
Mongolian Cover Group, Tusgal Photography Club, Clubs Council at National University of Mongolia, and other NGOs have joined the campaign.
The run will kick off at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. Male and female winners in every category will be awarded medals and cash prizes.

18 year old woman falls from a building under construction
September 23 ( An accident occurred Monday, when an 18 year old woman fell from a building under construction in Ulaanbaatar's Bayanzurkh district.
According to a report from the General Agency for Specialized Inspection, the co-executive operator company, Bai Lkhagva LLC, in charge of operating a crane on the site, had no special license, but the executive operator for the construction of the apartments, Zunshin LLC, signed an illegal contract.
The General Agency for Specialized Inspection gave Bai Lkhagva LLC a set term to fix the violation.  When the accident occurred, two workers were expected to wear protective belts to avoid a fall, but the woman's belt is believed to have been faulty.
This is not the first accident related to construction project safety in Ulaanbaatar. Due to the construction boom all across the city, accidents and deaths have occurred as a result of failures to maintain safety.

Corporate governance: below-average scores for mining companies
September 23 (Mongolian Economy) Mongolian mining companies averaged 28 out of 100 points in terms of company governance, according to a recent survey by the Open Society Forum. 
Oyu Tolgoi was ranked highest with a score of 48 out of 100. The average score was 28 points. The survey notes most of the companies were not able to achieve above-average scores.
Open Society Forum conducted a corporate governance evaluation survey that included nine state-owned mining companies between May to August 2014. According to the survey’s results, the average score of the companies involved did not exceed the average expectations. 
The results are 1.5 to 2.5 times lower than companies operating in other developing countries, including Vietnam, Thailand the Philippines, where the corporate governance scores range between 48 to 77 points. 
The goal of the survey is to help corporate governance standards of state-owned mining companies reach international standard. “Foreign invested companies in Mongolia are listed on the stock exchange. Thus, their actions are transparent. This is one of the first things to do to improve corporate governance,” said D.Bailikhuu, who led the corporate governance evaluation survey. 
Although there have been a number of innovations and improvements relating to the legal frameworks of company governance in recent years, many issues still persist. For example, information on financial balances and reports are often not available or there is no evaluation on board members’ activities, for which they don’t hold any responsibilities. To change this, companies should be run as transparent as possible on both financial and operational matters, said the research team associates. 
Recommendations were published on improving corporate governance for state-owned or state-participated companies. The survey, conducted by the Open Society Forum and the Ministry of Mining, based on the research methods of International Financial Corporation. 
Better governance standards will attract both national and international investment and improve the operating environment of the country’s mining industry. 

Incheon Asian Games - Day 3: Mongolia Wins 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze Medals And Total Medals Reach 12 (3+3+6) as of September 22, 2014
September 23 ( On the DAY 3 of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, Mongolian National Team earned medals in Shooting and Judo events, whereas Merit Athlete O.Gundegmaa won a Bronze medal in the Women’s 25m pistol individual.
Thereby, she took her second Bronze from the 2014 Asian Games. O.Gundegmaa has qualified to compete in the semifinals with overall score of 586 and in the Silver medal contest she lost to Chen Ying (CHN), but in the Bronze medal match, she defeated the host nation shooter Kwak Jung-hye. In this category, the first two places went to Chinese female athletes Zhang Jingjing and Chen Ying, where the IV-VI places to South Korean shooters.
In the second event of Judo, Mongolian judokas have competed in the Men's 90 kg, Women's -78 kg, Men's -100 kg, Women's +78 kg, and Men's +100 kg, and medals were achieved by male judokas, where the other two female wrestlers (B.Munkhtuya - 78kg and O.Javzmaa +78kg) finished their games standing at the fifth places.
In the Men’s 90 kg, Lkhagvasuren OTGONBAYAR won a Bronze medal, the second medal - Gold was achieved by Olympic Gold and Silver medalists Naidan TUVSHINBAYAR in the Men’s -100 kg, and another Silver was grabbed by Ulziibayar DUURENBAYAR in the Men’s +100 kg.
The Judo event in the Asian Games will be finished today on September 23rd with Women’s Team and Men’s Team tournaments.
Consequently, Mongolian National Team stands at the 4th place with a total of 12 medals (3 Gold + 3 Silver + 6 Bronze) as of September 22, 2014. The medal table is led by National Teams of China (27+14+18), South Korea (14+16+16) and Japan (13+13+16).
On September 23, 2014, Mongolian National Team will be competing in the following events:
- Baseball: Men’s Team, China vs. Mongolia at 11:30 am by UB time
- Shooting: Men's 10m air rifle individual & team at 07:00 am - 03:20 pm
- Aquatics - Swimming: Women's 50m backstroke, Men's 50m freestyle (S.Nomun, B.Yesui, B.Dulguun and M.Delgerkhuu) at 08:00 am - 10:30 am
- Judo: Men’s team and Women’s team at 01:00 pm - 04:30 pm, 06:00 - 08:00 pm
- Basketball: Men’s Team, Mongolia vs. Jordan at 05:00 pm
- Fencing: Women's team sabre, Men's team epee (E.Dulguun, B.Batkhuu, E.Nyamaa) at 08:00 am - 03:00 pm
News from Incheon Asian GamesMontsame, September 24

Mongolia’s First Ambassador to Republic of Mozambique, Banzragch Odonjil Accredited
September 23 ( On September 19, 2014, a non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Republic of Mozambique Mr. Banzragch ODONJIL has presented a Letter of Credence to the head of state Mr. Armando Guebuza.
During the credential handing ceremony, newly accredited Ambassador B.Odonjil conveyed a greeting of the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj and pledged to take every effort to boost Mongolia-Mozambique relations and cooperation. In 2015, the two countries are marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and during the meeting, President Armando Guebuza and Ambassador B.Odonjil exchanged views on implementing some measures of collaboration in the scope of the event.
Mongolia and the Republic of Mozambique have established the diplomatic relations on September 27, 1975 and the newly accredited envoy B.Odonjil is the first Ambassador of Mongolia to Mozambique and has been serving as the resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Arab Republic of Egypt since July 2012; concurrent Ambassador of Mongolia to the Republic of South Africa since October 2013 and to the Lebanese Republic since February 2014.

Mongolia’s First Hospital under European Standard and American Management Launches in Ulaanbaatar
September 23 ( The first hospital under European standard and American management, the United Family Intermed Hospital made its grand opening in Ulaanbaatar with participation of Government officials headed by Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag and Health Minister N.Udval on September 22, 2014.
The United Family Intermed Hospital was first opened as the Intermed Hospital in May 2014 with investments of Mongolian leading companies including MCS Group, Energy Resources, and Shunkhlai Group and from now on, the Hospital - has been providing its healthcare services under America’s United Family Healthcare management - namely the United Family Intermed Hospital that aims to be a leading medical services provider not only in Mongolia, but also in the region to ensure international quality and safety standards, and provide a premium healthcare experience for patients.
In her remarks, President of United Family Healthcare, Roberta Lipson said, "United Family Intermed Hospital will bring international standard healthcare services to Mongolia. For some time now, many Mongolians and resident expatriates have been travelling overseas in search of a better healthcare experience and better healthcare outcomes. United Family Intermed Hospital will provide this level of care at home in Ulaanbaatar".
Director of Intermed Hospital, Tumendemberel BOLORMAA commented, "United Family Intermed Hospital marks a turning point for transforming Mongolia's healthcare industry. We're proud to be working with United Family Healthcare to bring quality care to Mongolians in Ulaanbaatar and beyond".
Mongolia Got Hospital under American ManagementMontsame, September 23

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