Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mongolia Brief September 3, 2014 Part IV

"Burkhan Khaldun" Mountain will be considered for inclusion in World Heritage Site
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 3 (MONTSAME) Officials from UNESCO Tangible Cultural Heritage Center in the letter to our Minister of Education and sciences have said this mountain will be considered for the inclusion in the World Heritage site next year.

These officials got au fait with this place during the last week of this August. The mountain is a national place of worship and historical point constantly highlighted in the "Secret History of Mongols". The officials were also provided with information about natural formation, idolization and cultural heritages in the area.
For the time being, the UNESCO World Heritage Site list has Mongolian sites such as Bank of the Uvs Lake, Cultural Singularity of Orkhon Valley, and Petroglyph complex of Altai Mountains.

Defense Minister meets with Russian First Deputy Minister of Defense
September 3 ( Defense Minister of Mongolia D.Bat-Erdene met with First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation and General of the Army A.Bakhin in Ulaanbaatar  today.
State Secretary of the Defense Ministry Major-General Z.Boldbaatar will also have a meeting with Russian defense officials on protocol for technical military assistance to Mongolia free of charge and an agreement on the establishment of a trans-border wildlife reserve, "The Source of the Amur River", as part of a package of documents that are scheduled to be signed during Russian President V.Putin's one-day visit to Mongolia.

13 Mongolian sumo wrestlers to fight in the top division
September 3 ( The Japanese professional sumo wrestling banzuke, a document listing the rankings of professional sumo wrestlers, has been published. The fifth basho in 2014 will featue three yokozuna and three ozeki .
In September, a total of 26 Mongolian sumo wrestlers will fight in the professional sumo wrestling tournament, and 13 of them will fight in the top division (makucchi) of professional sumo. This is the highest record achieved by Mongolian sumo wrestlers and the first time that 13 Mongolian sumo wrestlers have fought in the makuuchi of all six divisions of the tournament.
Sumo Grand Champion Hakuho leads the Mongolian sumo wrestlers in the division with Harumafuji and Kakiryu chasing after him. Terunofuji who was put on the east standings and will lead career maegashira wrestlers. Ichinojo moved on to the makuuchi division for the first time to stand in 10th place in the maegashira.  In addition, Kyokutenho, Tokitenku, Kagamio, Kyokushiho, Azumaryu, Takainova, Aravashi and Tamavashi will fight in makuuchi.
In the juro division, Shotenru, Asasekeryu, Sensho and Sagigake will fight.
The basho will kick off on September 14th.

Russian leader now visiting Mongolia
September 3 ( Russian President Vladimir Putin landed at Chinggis Khaan International Airport at 2:25 p.m. today.
V.Putin is accompanied by a delegation including Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, Vice-Premier Yuri Trutnv, Minister of Energy Aleksandr Novak, Minister for the Development of the Far East Aleksandr Galushka, Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology Sergey Donskoy, Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov,  Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities Mikhail Menj, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, President of Russian Railways V. I. Yakunin,  and representing Russian businesses, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev, Rosneft Chairman Igor Sechin, and  CEO of United Company RUSAL Oleg Deripaska.
President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj welcomed his Russian counterpart, President V.Putin with the honorary guard at Chinggis Khaan Square.
Leaders of two countries paid their respects to the Great Khaan's Monument. The presidents will start official bilateral talks after a one-on-one meeting.
Over 20 bilateral agreements on trade and infrastructure will be signed by the two leaders.
This is the third state visit by Putin to Mongolia. In 2000, Putin paid a state visit to Mongolia during his term as Prime Minister, and 9 years later, also as Prime Minister.
Local and Russian media reports that the parties will solve visa-free travel issues, agreements on the development and modernization of Ulaanbaatar Railway JSC, and a swap agreement.
The Russian leader is also scheduled to lay wreath at the monument to Marshak Georgy Jukov and have dinner with Khalkh Gol Battle veterans on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the victory by Mongolian and Soviet soldiers in the Battles of Khalkh Gol.

Leaders of Mongolia and Russia make joint statement
September 3 ( The President of Mongolia and president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, made a joint statement after a ceremony for the signing bilateral agreements.
President Ts.Elbegdorj noted, “in the scope of the visit, one-on-one and extended bilateral talks with Russian President V.Putin solved significant issues. In particular, Mongolia and Russia reached a wide understanding, exchanging views on the three neighbors' relations. This visit had a busy schedule but its subjects were of great importance."
A total of 15 agreements, protocols and MoUs were signed between the ministries of the two governments and entities of the two countries. As a result, the agreement on visa-free travel policy was resolved.  Work to increase transport on Ulaanbaatar Railway JSC, to modernize and make it dual will be complete by 2020.
Mongolia and Russia agreed to reach trade volume of 10 billion USD by 2020, and to expand collaboration between culture and media organizations.
Russian President V.Putin said that Russia is willing to increase auto technology industries and Russia is able to import meat from Mongolia in the case that imported meat meets veterinary and hygienic standards in Russia.
Putin also said that Russia will collaborate on the key activities of the UN and Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

V.Putins visit program
September 3 ( Russian President V.Putin is making a working visit to Mongolia upon invitation by President Ts.Elbegdorj today on September 4th.
V.Putin`s one day visit program in Mongolia.
/Local time in Ulaanbaatar /
13.00 pm Russian President V.Putin will land in Ulaanbaatar
13.30 pm A ceremony to welcome Russian President V.Putin at Chinggis Khaan`s square.
13.43 pm Leaders of two countries will be taken pictures.
13.45 pm President Ts.Elbegdorj and Russian President V.Putin will have individual meeting.
14.20 pm Two counterparts will have official talks.
15.20 pm A ceremony signing bilateral agreements between Mongolia and Russia.
15.35 pm Joint press conference by two leaders of the two countries.
16.00 pm Russian President V.Putin will have dinner with veterans of Khalkh gol battle.
17.15 am President Ts.Elbegdorj and Russian President V.Putin will lay wreath to Marshal G.K.Jukov`s monument in Ulaanbaatar.
18.00 pm Russian President V.Putin will leave from Chinggis Khaan Airport.

Cabinet Amends Government Resolution to Stabilize Mongolrostsvetmet’s Activity
September 3 ( The irregular Cabinet meeting of the Government was held on September 02, 2014, where the first issue resolved was to amend a Government Resolution in order to stabilize MongolRosTsvetMet LLC’s activity.
According to the Law of Mongolia and Government Resolution No.194 on prohibition to explore and use minerals bordering zones of river headwaters, water reservoir and forestry, activities on two areas run by “MongolRosTsvetMet” LLC have been halted earlier, which were determined as an inset of the prohibited zones.
The Intergovernmental Agreement to run its activity on this territory by “MongolRosTsvetMet” LLC was ratified by the State Great Khural (Parliament) of Mongolia on January 16, 2009 and by the State Duma of the Russian Federation on December 23, 2009, but likely to be conflicting some international treaties.
Therefore, at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday, it was decided to amend a clause titled “To Set Boundaries” in the above Government Resolution No.194 issued on June 05, 2012 by changing coordination in the prohibited zones.
The “MongolRosTsvetMet”, Mongolian-Russian joint venture owns two exploration licenses No. ХV-003595 namely “Tuin Golyn Ekh” and No. XV-004211, “Tuin Gol” in Erdenetsogt Sum of Bayankhongor Aimag, where these licenses are permitted to explore minerals in 24,670,6 ha, but 12,060,6 ha of the total territory coincide the part of the protected areas.
In order to resolve issue, Russian side forwarded a request last year addressing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.
Accordingly, a working group comprised of representatives from Mongolia’s Ministry of Mining, Ministry of Nature, Environment and Green Development, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs have worked on the site and made a conclusion to amend the law.
By resolving this issue, the “MongolRosTsvetMet” LLC’s operation would be stabilized and cooperation on Mongolia-Russia partnership will be also boosted, deems the Government of Mongolia.

Mongolia Intends to Co-Implement “Steppe Road” Program with China and Russia
September 3 ( At the irregular Cabinet meeting held on September 02, 2014, Minister of Economic Development N.Batbayar introduced current process of the "Steppe Road" Program that reflects Government Policy and in this regard, a working group to implement the Program is formed chaired by the Minister of Economic Development.
In the scope of the “Steppe Road” Program, it plans to construct infrastructures for 997 km of highway road and 1,100 km distribution network per energy, gas and oil connecting Russia and China through Mongolian territory. If the Program implements, it will expect increased investment, construction development throughout the country as well as progresses in energy and mining sectors will be reached a new level. Consequently, Mongolia’s GDP will be increased significantly compare to current data.
In the frameworks of Mongolia’s Socio-Economic Policy to Develop in 2014, the guidelines 4.4 cites “To determine infrastructure policy and implement agendas on constructing railway, auto road, energy line, oil and gas pipelines connecting the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China”.
As a result of conducted studies and intergovernmental dialogue, the Joint Declaration on the Development of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China was issued during the recent state visit of the President of China Xi Jinping to Mongolia. In this Joint Declaration, the “Steppe Road” Program to implement was included and the next important dialogue is expected to organize with the Russian Federation.
Mongolia is located between the world’s biggest supplier and consumer, and it is a big opportunity to become a bridge of trade turnover between these two leading states by the means of using its geographical advantage that would helpful to Mongolia’s economic growth.
In May 2014, Russia and China have established an intergovernmental agreement and according to this long-term agreement, Russia will deliver to China 38 billion cubic meters of gas annually over a period of 30 years starting from 2018.

Austria-Mongolia and Hungary-Mongolia Business Forums to Take Place in Vienna and Budapest Cities in October 2014
September 3 ( The Implementing Agency of the Government, Invest Mongolia in association with Mongolia’s Embassy in Austria, Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of Mongolia in Hungary are organizing Austria-Mongolia Business Forum and Hungary-Mongolia Business Forum in Vienna and Budapest cities on October 14-18, 2014.
The Business Forums are aimed to increase trade and investment in Austria and Hungary as well as to boost economic and business partnership and by participating in these events, Mongolia enables to establish business contacts and broaden relations with Austrian and Hungarian entrepreneurs. At the Forums, large representatives of political and business sectors are to attend, say organizers.

National Security Councils of Turkey and Mongolia Agree to Strengthen Partnerships between Defense and Police Sectors
September 3 ( Upon the invitation of the Secretary of the National Security Council of Mongolia Ts.Enkhtuvshin, the Secretary-General of the National Security Council of the Republic of Turkey, Governor Muammer Turker is conducting an official visit to Mongolia on September 02-04, 2014.
In the frames of the visit, Governor Muammer Turker held a bilateral talk with his counterpart Ts.Enkhtuvshin, where parties discussed issues concerning the two National Security Councils as well as affiliated organs adhering the security policies and agreed to bolster partnerships between defense and police sectors of the two countries.
On September 03, Secretary-General M.Turker was received by the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj and held a meeting with the Foreign Minister L.Bold.
The National Security Councils of Mongolia and Turkey have established a Memorandum of Understanding in 2011 and it is noticeable that in the scope of cooperation some actions are being implemented to strengthen partnership in the security sector.
The National Security Council of Turkey was established following the ratification of the Constitution of 1982. The NSC, under the chairmanship of the President, is composed of the Prime Minister, the Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces, Four Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers for Justice, National Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs, Commanders for the Land, Naval and Air Forces, and the General Commander of the Gendarmerie.
The incumbent Secretary-General Muammer Turker was appointed by the Prime Minister’s proposal upon approval by the President of Turkey on April 27, 2012.

President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj Welcomes Russian President V.V.Putin at Chinggis Square, Ulaanbaatar
September 3 ( President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj welcomed the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin at Chinggis Square, who is paying a one-day working visit to Mongolia on September 03, 2014.
At the official welcoming ceremony, the state flags of the two countries were hoisted, where the guards of honor were formed and the anthems of Mongolia and the Russian Federation were sounded.
After greeting public and officials, the Heads of State of Mongolia and Russia paid tribute to the Monument of Chinggis Khaan and President V.V.Putin left a note on the Guest Book in the Government House.
The working visit program of the Russian President started with one-to-one meeting with his counterpart and bilateral talks at broad ranges by the two Government representatives were held.
This is the third official visit of the Russian President to Mongolia. Vladimir Putin paid his first official visit to Mongolia in 2000, when he was serving as the President of Russia and nine years later V.V.Putin conducted an official visit to Mongolia at the Russia’s Prime Minister-level.
During this visit, Russia and Mongolia plan to sign on 15 documents, where a deal on the strategic partnership and modernization of the Ulaanbaatar Railway JSC is expected to be concluded between the Russian Railways JSC and the Ministry of Roads and Transportation of Mongolia.
Today, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Mongolia headed by Minister S.V.Lavrov and Minister L.Bold signed an agreement on reciprocal visa-free travel, which would be effective from January 01, 2015.
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