Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mongolia Brief October 10, 2014 Part I

Former President of Mongolia, N.Enkhbayar Arrives in His Home Country
October 10 ( The Head of Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) Nambar ENKHBAYAR, who is under treatment in South Korea has arrived in Ulaanbaatar last night on October 09, 2014.

At the Chinggis Khaan International Airport, former President N.Enkhbayar was welcomed by his fellowmen including Deputy Prime Minister D.Terbishdagva, MPRP Secretary General G.Shiilegdamba, Minister of Health MP N.Udval, MP O.Baasankhuu, MP N.Battsereg, MP Yo.Otgonbayar, Finance Minister MP Ch.Ulaan and his son E.Batshugar as well as he was crowd by many reporters and suporters.
Before leaving the airport, N.Enkhbayar gave a brief interview to journalists regarding the latest rumors that he had asked for Korean citizenship.
It was reported that you asked for political asylum in South Korea. Is it true?
I will never do such decadent decision. This is disinformation and even never thought about it. I missed my home country.
Is your treatment finished now?
Not yet, I asked a short break, because my old-age parents asked me to come back. Honestly, they do not feel well and after visiting them I intend to go back for the treatment.
Your sudden visit caught attention of many that coincides with Government restructure issue being discussed nowadays. Is it somehow connected with this issue?
Probably my Party members would ask my opinion.
Former president arrived, October 10

State policy on medicines approved
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, October 10 (MONTSAME) Afternoon session of the State Great Khural on Thursday ran a final discussion on approval of the draft resolution on state policy on medicines. 
The parliamentary draft resolution was presented by D.Sarangerel MP. The session ran a voting on the issue because the MPs did not have any questions on the matter, after which a majority approved this draft resolution.
The next issue is a draft law on health insurance.

Health Minister receives reps of healthcare organizations of UK
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, October 10 (MONTSAME) The Minister of health N.Udval received October 8 the representatives of healthcare organizations of the United Kingdom.
Present at the meeting were also a director of department for policy-planning of the Ministry Ts.Tsolmongerel, a director of department for management of policy implementation Ya.Buyanjargal, and a vice-director of the National Center for Mental Health O.Ganchuluun.
The guests included a professor Jane Salvage, a director of “Nursing care and population” Camden&Islington NHS Foundation Trust Claire Johnstonis Ph.D., a director of nursing and research division of the foundation Fiona Nolanis, a director of the foundation David Plummer Ph.D., and others. 
The sides discussed how to improve Mongolia’s mental health services and also decided to hold two-day training at the National Center for Mental Health. They agreed that a community-based mental health and social care must be separated from an ordinary hospital system, and resources must be determined required for developing the social care (including trainings for staff, sharing practices, technical and financial aids and etc.), and that a cooperation should be promoted between the National Center for Mental Health and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.
The second nationwide programme themed “Mental Health” was approved for the 2010-2019 realization in accordance with the government resolution of 2009. The new version of the law on Mental Health has been adopted by parliament on January 3 of 2013. The new version gives a priority to improving of the community-based mental health and social care.

Department head attends general debate at UN GA session
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 10 (MONTSAME) While taking part in the general debate of the 2nd Committee of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, a director of the International Organizations of Mongolia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs G.Ganbold has delivered speech to highlight a position of his country.
Mr Ganbold underlined an importance of the UN Second Committee’s role in formulating the developmental programme beyond 2015, and said Mongolia aspires to reflect unique needs of the landlocked countries in this programme. He also said Mongolian representatives attach a great importance to the issues of global climate change which are to be discussed by the Second Committee, and talked about a parliament-approved green development policy that aims to be transferred to the economic system of sustainable development model and less emission of greenhouse gas.
Mr Ganbold emphasized that an international meeting themed “WTO agreements on easing trade and their impacts on landlocked developing nations”, which ran June in Ulaanbaatar, contributed to monitoring a realization of the Almaty Programme of Action. Moreover, he urged the landlocked developing countries to join the multilateral agreement on establishing the International Think-Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries.
He hoped that the UN second conference for the landlocked developing countries expected in November in Vienna will consider many important matters such as problems of these countries and will release an action master programme to be implemented next decade.

Ambassador addresses 69th UN GA Third Committee Plenary Session
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, October 10 (MONTSAME) A representative of Mongolia to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, ambassador Ms O.Enkhtsetseg addressed the Third Committee Plenary Session on Social Development.
According to the Secretary-general who said that the social development is still an urgent issue in the countries in times of approaching to determining the development goals beyond 2015, the plenary session gave a priority to the social development from many different angles such as improving potentials of the peoples, solving problems faced by youth, elders, disabled and families, our representative presented Mongolia’s measures and policies on increasing the citizens' participation in decision- and policy-making processes, on improving employment, refining a quality and access for education. For instance, she emphasized the activities of the Civil Hall aimed at developing a direct democracy, a "11-11" Center for citizens’ services, a launch of the state-services automatic machines, and then shared practices of citizens' involvement in expenditure of localities' budgets. Modern advancements in information technology such as tele-communication, Internet network, and social broadcasting digital systems bring quality achievements in public services, she stressed.
She also provided information on activities of “Employed Mongolian” programme, particularly on creating new jobs, professional trainings and other works aimed at improving employment among some groups of society as over 40-year olds and the disabled.
She noted that there is a need to cooperate with the member-countries in overcoming some challenges emerging in improving potentials of population through promoting education and human development, and in improving employment rate in terms of number and quality.

New UNICEF Mongolia Resident Representative, Roberto Benes Presents His Credentials
October 10 ( On October 09, 2014, a newly appointed UNICEF Mongolia Resident Representative Roberto Benes, who succeeds Mohamed Malick Fall, has presented a Letter of Credence to the Foreign Minister of Mongolia Luvsanvandan BOLD at the Ministry office in Ulaanbaatar.
Following the credential handing ceremony, parties exchanged views on current bilateral cooperation and Minister L.Bold noted Mongolia is striving to participate actively in the UNICEF activities and expressed his readiness to welcome high-level delegates from the Foundation. In addition, Minister mentioned that Mongolia is chairing the Freedom Online Coalition next year and in the scope of this, he proposed to host seminars and trainings on children safety in collaboration with the UNICEF. 

Parliament ratifies ICCPED
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 10 (MONTSAME) At its afternoon plenary meeting on Thursday, the parliamentary session discussed and then ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICCPED).
The ICCPED is an international human rights instrument of the United Nations intended to prevent forced disappearance defined in international law, crimes against humanity. The text was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 December of 2006 and opened for signature on February 6 of 2007. It entered into force on December 23 of 2010.
The same day, parliament considered and also ratified a credit agreement for a project on enhancing the medical treatment-and-diagnosis center of western region, established June 12 of 2014 between the governments of Mongolia and Belgium.

Forum of int’l investors for western region to run
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 10 (MONTSAME) A forum of international investors for western region of Mongolia will take place on October 22-24 in Khovd province under auspices of the Prime Minister, reported on Friday D.Tseveenpurev, the governor of this aimag.
Main objectives of the forum are to propagandize investment projects and programmes to be realized in frames of the Development Strategy and General Plan until 2025, and investment environment in the western region; to increase a participation of investors, great constructors, policy-makers, decision-makers and civil society in an ensuring of a development of the mining, infrastructure, industry, agriculture, construction and urban development spheres. 
It is expected that the forum will bring together delegates of national companies, investments banks and foundations, businessmen from China, Russia, Japan, South Korea and Germany.
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