Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mongolia Brief September 8, 2014 Part II

“History of Europe” opens

September 8 (news.mn) Mongolia and the EU mark the 25th anniversary of their cooperation this year.
On the occasion of the anniversary, the European Commission's Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, is paying an official visit to Mongolia from September 7-9th. As part of the 25th anniversary of cooperation between Mongolia and the EU, the art exhibition “History of Europe” by Czech artist Reneta Fucikova opens at Red Ger Art Gallery, in collaboration with the EU Representative Office in Mongolia.
“History of Europe” captures the history of old Europe.

No invitation required for Mongolians to travel visa-free to Russia

September 8 (news.mn) Mongolia and Russia signed an agreement on terms for the reciprocal visa-free travel of citizens during Russian President V.Putin's 5-hour visit to Mongolia on September 3rd.
A representative of the Department of Law and Treaty of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, A.Tumur, said that the agreement is not yet effective. The agreement will be effective when related regulations required to make it work are complied with.
The government must first approve the agreement and will cooperate with Russia on implementing the new policy. Russia will also notify the Government of Mongolia of the finalization of its own regulations required to support the agreement. Within 30 days of the reciprocal notices of internal regulations being complete, the agreement will be effective. A.Tumur said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working to have the agreement and regulations passed by the Government soon.
When the agreement becomes effective, passport holders of both countries will be allowed to travel visa-free for up to 30 days in a single visit.
Passport holders of both countries should not stay longer than 90 days over a period of six months or 180 days since from the date of their first entry under the visa-free travel terms. Those looking to stay longer than 30 days for temporary residence, work or business should apply for a visa.  When the agreement is effective, all kinds of passport holders, including ordinary passport holders, will be able to travel to Russia without a visa.
According to the agreement, no invitation will be required to travel visa-free.

EU and Mongolia Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Cooperation

September 8 (infomongolia.com) On September 07-09, 2014, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou is paying an official visit to Mongolia and during her visit will have meetings with Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold, Minister of Education and Science L.Gantumur and Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Ts.Oyungerel respectively.
The objective of these meetings is to take stock of relations between the EU and Mongolia, particularly in the areas under the Commissioner's responsibility, and to extend the scope of cooperation between the two regions, consolidated following the signature of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), to cover people-to-people exchanges.
"2014 is a special year for the bilateral relations of EU with Mongolia as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our cooperation, which started back in 1989. Over the past year we have witnessed a growing interest from both sides to raise the level of our cooperation, including people-to-people exchanges", said Commissioner A.Vassiliou.
During her talks with Mongolian leaders, the Commissioner is expected to underline the main objective of the PCA – to strengthen, promote and expand EU-Mongolia relations. Particular focus will be placed on the opportunities offered to Mongolian students and researchers through Erasmus+, the EU's new programme for education, training, youth and sport, and from the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, under the Horizon 2020 programme.
On September 09, Commissioner A.Vassiliou will officially open the “History of Europe” exhibition in Ulaanbaatar. The exhibition, featuring illustrations by the Czech artist Renata Fucikova, depicts the history of Europe from thousands years ago to the present day.
Organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Mongolia in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, the exhibition will take place at the Red Ger Art Gallery (Ulaan Ger Gallery, Seoul Street 25, Khan Bank Building 1st Floor) and runs from September 09 to 27. It consists of 20 panels of illustrations and accompanying text which take the audience on a journey through thousands of years of European history in a fun and informative way.
Ahead of the opening, Commissioner A.Vassiliou said, "The way we approach art should mirror how we examine history – by asking probing questions and encouraging the exploration of subjects from a multitude of angles in order to learn as much as possible about our collective past, to avoid repeating mistakes and work towards a brighter future".

Mongolia and Germany to Promote Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources

September 8 (infomongolia.com) Intergovernmental meeting on development policy partnership between Mongolia and the Federal Republic of Germany was successfully held at the Ministry of Economic Development in Ulaanbaatar on September 05, 2014.
The meeting was significant in the scope of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and at this time parties focused on three priorities sectors of partnership - to promote the sustainable management of mineral resources, to increase energy efficiency and to preserve the biological diversities. Moreover, the Federal Government resolved to allocate 36.2 million EUR financing these and other 11 projects and programs, which will be implemented in 2014-2015.
In 1990-2013, Government of Germany provided with a total of 310 million EUR soft loan and aids.

Biggest Hydroelectric Power Station in Western Regions of Mongolia to Be Erected in Khovd River Basin

September 8 (infomongolia.com) Recently, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Republic of Turkey B.Batkhishig received in his office the General Manager of ZTM Engineering and Consulting Co. Inc., Muslum Gunduz, where sides talked about the implementation of hydroelectric power station to be erected in Khovd River basin in Bayan-Ulgii Aimag.
During the meeting, Muslum Gunduz introduced some measures to carry out on investment and financing conditions on this station and acknowledged that the feasibility studies for hydroelectric power station will be accomplished within this year and in order to accelerate the progress, Ambassador B.Batkhishig pledged to integrate the affiliated Ministries and organs of the two countries.
According to preliminary discussions, the hydroelectric power station will be erected on water gap of Khovd River in Nogoonnuur Sum, which is located some 40 km from Ulgii, the center of Bayan-Ulgii Aimag and it requires about 160 million USD for construction work and will have a capacity to produce 56 MW of electricity that enough to supply with power the western regions of Mongolia.

Uniforms for Asian Games Given to Athletes

By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 8 (MONTSAME) A ceremony took place to give athletes the uniforms for the Asian Games– Incheon 2014 on Monday at Mongolia's National Olympic Committee.
This is the tenth Asian Games for Mongolians to partake, this time Mongolia is sending 250 athletes who will compete in 23 categories. During the ceremony, a champion in men’s 60kg of Judo World Championship-2014 G.Boldbaatar was awarded “Altan-Ochir” medal. A freestyle wrestling silver-medalist (women’s 46kg) of Nanjing Youth Olympics B.Dulguun received “Olimpiin Aldar” medal, and her trainer D.Munkhbayar--the “Altan Ochir” medal. 

Mongolia, Russia, and China's leaders meet

September 8 (news.mn) The three leaders of Mongolia, Russia and China are expected to have a meeting during the 13th annual heads of state summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on September 11-12th.
President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj proposed holding the three party meeting in Ulaanbaatar during the IV CICA Summit in Shanghai last May.
China's Xinhua News Agency reported a statement from a spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministers that the meeting will be "scheduled soon”.
The Ulaanbaatar dialogue between Mongolia, Russia and China is expected to be held, and the three parties are expected to discuss details of the meeting in Dushanbe, an official source told News.mn.
The meeting of the three neighbors is believed to be a new path in historic relations between Mongolia, China and Russia.

2014 Freestyle World Wrestling Championships kick off

September 8 (news.mn) The 2014 Freestyle World Wrestling Championships are underway  in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Over 800 wrestlers from 100 countries will put forth their skills and power for medals. The best of the best wrestlers from countries leading the global and Olympic arena in freestyle wrestling, including Russia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, the U.S., Mongolia, Turkey, England, Japan, France, Greece, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Canada, Poland, North Korea, the Czech Republic, South Korea and Slovakia, arrived at the 2014 Freestyle World Wrestling Championships.
Today, winners will be named in the men's freestyle wrestling 57, 70, 86, and 125 kg events.
Mongolian freestyle wrestler State Merit Athlete G.Mandakhnaran grabbed a bronze in the men's 65 kg event at the 2013 Budapest World Freestyle Wrestling Championship and the Mongolian national men's team claimed a place in the World Cup, seizing 8th place with 19 scores.
Today, four Mongolian freestyle wrestlers will have compete in their first rounds. This is the second time at the Freestyle World Wrestling Championships for E.Bekhbayar, B.Ankhbayar, and O.Uitumen, and the fifth time for J.Chuluunbat.
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