Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mongolia Brief October 13, 2014 Part I

Concept of sport law approved
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 12 (MONTSAME) At its regular meeting on Saturday, the cabinet approved a concept of the law on physical education and sport, considering as necessity to alter its some clauses so as to keep a current success of our athletes and develop public sports.

Adopted in 2003, the law on physical culture and sport was amended in 2007 for the benefits the disabled and the national teams. Later, in 2009 and 2012, other amendments were made to reflect new clauses--on accreditation, prize fund for national and international tournaments, and in connection with a change of the cabinet. Thanks to all these, Mongolia gave births to Olympic champions, and the society's perception changed about physical culture and sports.
By the above concept, the law should reflect clauses on letting NGOs manage specific functions, on developing public sports by improving a quality and adequacy of sports organizations and their kinds, and on updating the social welfare and salaries for sports sector.
The cabinet agreed that the current law should be named as “The law on sport” in accordance with a principle of public sports maintained by the International Charter of physical education and sport and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). 

Cabinet meeting in brief
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 12 (MONTSAME) The cabinet meeting on Saturday discussed issues of setting up financial services in charge of the soums’ budgets without changing a number of current staffers, and of creating a financial monitoring service within a structure of the Finance Ministry and administrations of the capital city and provinces. Then the cabinet decided to issue a related resolution.
- The cabinet approved directives the Mongolian delegates must adhere to at the 18th meeting of the Mongolia-Russia intergovernmental commission for the trade, economy, science and technical cooperation, which is expected October 13-15 in Ulaanbaatar. The Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Mongolian side of the commission D.Terbishdagva was told to approve a composition of our delegates.
-  obligations were given to the Ministry of Mining and the Oil Authority to take measures for upgrading the state reserves of fuels, formed under the 2012 budget, without reducing the reserves' types, sizes and quality.
-  the cabinet approved a Mongolia-Turkey intergovernmental agreement on the financial cooperation in the military sector and a protocol on implementing the financial assistance.
- In accordance with the cabinet decision, the technical regulations for leather production and sales were amended.

We mark national tree-planting day
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, October 13 (MONTSAME) According to the President's decree, issued on April 14 of 2010 on marking the national Tree Planting Day on the second Saturday of May and of October each year, Mongolia on Saturday ran this action for the ninth time to pant over 7 million trees. 
The leader of the country Ts.Elbegdorj contributed himself this Day on October 11, planting trees in a garden of the Forestry Development Center in the city's Sukhbaatar district and getting acquainted with a “UBT" company.
He said:"Taking care and watering trees is more important than planting trees. Planting and caring for trees is like raising a child. They need everyday care. I would like to wish 'May trees of Mongolia grow many' like a wish 'May children of Mongolia grow many'. A human consumes a significant amount of air and water for a lifetime. A single tree can produce enough oxygen to support several people. We should understand our nature. Trees were created by the nature itself. Planting trees is our commitment and great contribution to the world nature. I’m truly glad that the law-makers and policy-makers joined this initiative, working with us."
During last May's Day, Mr Elbegdorj noted that he had set himself the goal to plant three million trees,  for now he planted 20 thousand and prepared 500 thousand saplings, reports Public Relations and Communications Division of the Office of the President. 

President of Mongolia to Attend 10th ASEM Summit and Conduct Visits to Austria and Hungary
October 13 ( Today on October 13th, Mongolian delegates headed by the President Ts.Elbegdorj left the country to attend the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit to be held in Milan, the Italian Republic on October 16-17, 2014.
Also, President will pay an official visit to the Republic of Austria on October 14-15 and a working visit to Hungary on October 17-18, 2014.
Th e ASEM dialogue addresses political, cultural and economic issues, with the objective of strengthening the relationship between our two regions, in a spirit of mutual respect and equal partnership. This year’s Meeting will bring together the Heads of state and government of 49 member countries from Asia and Europe, gathering officials including the President of the European Council, President of the European Commission and Secretary General of the ASEAN.
During the official visit to the Republic of Austria, President Ts.Elbegdorj will hold meetings with the Federal President of Austria Mr. Heinz Fischer, the President of the National Council of Austria Mrs. Doris Bures, to visit the United Nations Office in Vienna and will deliver an opening remark at the Mongolia-Austria Business Forum.
During the visit to Hungary, President Ts.Elbegdorj will hold meetings with the President of Hungary Mr. Janos Ader, Prime Minister of Hungary Mr. Viktor Orban and other officials. Also, the President of Mongolia will visit the Center for Mongolian Studies at the Faculty for Central Asian Studies of the Eotvos Lorand University, and deliver opening speech at the Mongolia-Hungary Business Forum and give a lecture themed “Democracy in Mongolia: Lesson” at the Central European University.
The President’s upcoming visit would give great impetus to the developments of Mongolia-Austria and Mongolia-Hungary relations, in particular, enhancing economic, trade and investment cooperation and intensifying mutual partnership within the international organizations.

Health sector organizes open-door day
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, October 13 (MONTSAME) An Open-Door Day of Health ran October 11-12 at Chingis square with a participation of the Minister, UB city department of health, medical organization of the first, second and third stages, and professional healthcare centers.
They advertised their activities and gave free-of-charge medical advice to all gathered. The Minister of health N.Udval said the medical professionals should prevent people from illnesses by having them acquired a healthy life-style, and develop Mongolian into healthy people. She stressed that "our well-being is in our hands, it is less efficient to receive medical care after illnesses take over, and remember that most of the illnesses can be prevented".
During the event, the representatives of healthcare organizations provided services for people such as measuring blood sugar and blood pressure, making general physical check and giving advice on how and when take medicines and to be protected from diseases.

“Cooperation is possible in setting up here center for regional security"
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 13 (MONTSAME) It was said by M.Batchimeg MP on Monday at her meeting with a delegation led by Alexey Lyzhenkov, a director of the Department of trans-boundary threats of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Mr Lyzhenkov, visiting Mongolia these days at invitation of Mongolia’s University of Law Enforcement, said he is satisfied with being here. 
Earlier this year, Batchimeg MP had met with Mr Lyzhenkov and Mr Lamberto Zannier, the OSCE Secretary-General, during a meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Vienna, Austria, to share views on expanding the Mongolia-OSCE cooperation in concrete directions and on a proposal on establishing a regional cooperation center in Mongolia.
Here Lyzhenkov appreciated actions of the university and stressed that it is possible to found a regional research center at the university and to make it a bridge to connect the OSCE with European and Asian partner-countries.
Expressing a satisfaction with meeting Mr Lyzhenkov again, Ms Batchimeg said she is happy with making first steps to realization of matters discussed at the previous meeting.
Mr Lyzhenkov invited Ms Batchimeg to give a report on security and reforms of law enforcement area at the OSCE Headquarters in Vienna. After this, the sides concurred to issue a plan for implementing the above matters.

Stock exchange weekly
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 12 (MONTSAME) Five stock trades were held at Mongolia's Stock Exchange on October 6-10 of 2014. In overall, 43 thousand and 879 shares were sold of 30 joint-stock companies totalling MNT 61 million 095 thousand and 048.00.
"Genco tour bureau” /27 thousand and 865 units/, "E-trans logistics” /5,200 units/, "APU” /3,794 units/, "Gobi” /1,464 units/ and "Baganuur” /1,334 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value--"Talkh chikher” (MNT 16 million 414 thousand and 500), "APU” (MNT 14 million 147 thousand and 500), "Gobi” /MNT 11 million 858 thousand and 580/, "Baganuur” /MNT four million and 669 thousand/ and "Tavantolgoi” (MNT two million 573 thousand and 950).

E.Davaakhuu wins bronze medal in World University Shooting Championship
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 12 (MONTSAME) An international master of sports E.Davaakhuu has won a medal in the World University Shooting Championship which is continuing in Al Ain, the United Arab Emirates.
He competed in the men 10 m air pistol event on Saturday and grabbed the bronze medal, standing behind his rivals from South Korea and the Czech Republic. He entered the final at the sixth place, and captured the medal by collecting 176.1 points.
By the team results, the Polish team won a gold medal, the Mongolian team--a bronze medal. The silver medal went to the Romanian team. 

Our athletes to compete in nine events of Asian Para Games
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 12 (MONTSAME) A ceremony took place Sunday on the square in front of the Central House of Sports to see off Mongolian athletes who will compete in the Asian Para Games which will run October 18-24 in Incheon, South Korea.
Our national team has 61 athletes, 15 coaches, four officials, two medical doctors, two judges and four media officials. The athletes will compete in nine sport events--judo, archery, shooting, athletics, sitting volleyball, power lifting, table tennis, swimming and lawn bowls.
The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has given to the team some 140 million Togrog, the money were granted by Deputy PM D.Terbishdagva during the ceremony.
Vice president of Mongolia's Para Sports Federation D.Surenkhorloo has been selected the team’s leader, a student of the National University of Medical Science Ts.Battulga (athletics)--as the flag bearer.
The Mongolian athletes will fly to S.Korea on October 14, their first contests will start October 19.

Government will meet concerning restructure
October 13 ( At the Speaker`s board meeting, a list of issues that need to be discussed this week at plenary session meeting of parliament on October 10th has been announced.
According to the list, Parliament has scheduled to discuss the restructure of the government prior to the government budget plan of 2015.
Therefore, Parliament will call a plenary session meeting on Tuesday to decide whether to make amendments to the law on government structure and other draft laws.

Hot air balloon project arrives in Mongolia to lift up inclusive education
October 13 ( “Flying High for Kids”, hot air balloon project journeying around the world, has arrived in Mongolia.
New Zealander Andrew Parker decided to use his passion of flying hot air balloons to travel around the world to inspire children and promote UNICEF’s missions.  
Andrew has an ambitious plan to go to over 100 different countries to raise a million USD for UNICEF’s programs and projects toward children`s education.
UNICEF in Mongolia has held an event on Sunday at Chinggis Khaan`s Square calling for “Let`s learn and develop together” to promote equal participation and access to education for children with special needs.
Studies show that less than 50 percent of the estimated 32,000 children with special needs go to school in Mongolia.

Head of the Metropolitan Police Department has been appointed
October 13 ( A poll was conducted to elect the head of the Metropolitan Police Department last week. With 80 percent votes, Ch.Boldbaatar has been appointed to the position. Six candidates were nominated; Ch.Boldbaatar and D.Tserendorj were the top two finalists.
Ch.Boldbaatar has been elected as head of Metropolitan Police Department with the majority votes in the poll. Newly appointed Ch.Boldbaatar graduated from the Police Academy of Mongolia and as a legislator from the Academy of Management from the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Russia as well as public and local administrative manager and qualified Master of Law.
Ch.Boldbaatar began his career as a detective in Bayangol District Police Department, then became an agent in the Criminal Police Department and promoted to Deputy Chairman of Dundgovi Province Police Department. He’s also held positions as Head of Division in Criminal Police Department, Head of Squad in Songino-Khairkhan Police Department until he later took the positions of Deputy head of Metropolitan Police Department in 2012 and Head of Public Discipline. Since February 2014 he has been the acting Head of Metropolitan Police Department.

10th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit to Take Place in Milan This Week
October 13 ( On October 16-17, 2014, the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit will be held in Milan, Italy, hosted by the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and co-chaired by the President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, and the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso.
The Summit will be the key inter-regional Asia-Europe meeting in 2014, and, for the EU, an opportunity to convey a strong message of commitment to Asia, including Mongolia.
This year marks the 25th anniversary year of EU-Mongolia relations, which have grown and deepened over the years, making Mongolia not only an economic partner, but a valued political interlocutor. The EU will continue to work closely with Mongolia, also in the ASEM framework, with a view to enhancing peace and prosperity in the wider region.
The theme of this year's 10th ASEM Summit, "Responsible Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Security", reflects the enlarging scope of the EU-Asia relationship. A key cross-cutting element of this year's Summit agenda is a comprehensive Europe-Asia connectivity (through air, sea or land but also flow of goods, services, investments, and people) - a powerful mobilizing concept for further enhancement of Europe-Asia cooperation.
Regional and international security issues will also be discussed (including inter alia maritime security, piracy, nuclear security, social security, food security, but also non-traditional security challenges), with a focus on both the regional situation in Europe and Asia as well as in the broader neighbourhood (Middle East, Africa).
Established in 1996, ASEM currently consists of 51 members and is a key forum for dialogue and cooperation based on equal partnership, mutual respect and benefit between Europe and Asia. It provides a platform to foster political dialogue (including security issues), reinforce economic and trade cooperation and promote partnership in various areas (including the environment, culture, education and social issues). ASEM represents half of the world’s GDP, more than 60% of the world’s population and around 60% of global trade. The growing number of participants confirms the attractiveness of the ASEM process.
Beyond government-level meetings, ASEM also brings together members of parliament (Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership, ASEM, Rome held on October 06-07), the business sector (Asia-Europe Business Forum, AEBF, Milan, October 15-16), civil society (Asia-Europe People's Forum, Milan, October10-12), academia and media, encouraging people-to-people contacts.
Mongolia joined the ASEM in 2006 and become a member state in 2008 during the 7th ASEM Summit held in Beijing, China that brought in another 5 new members including Bulgaria, India, Pakistan, Romania, and the ASEAN Secretariat, increasing total ASEM membership to 45 partners.
In September 2011, the 10th ASEM Conference of the Directors-General of Immigration focused on the on the Role of Immigration Agencies was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The meeting was aimed to promote exchange of information and experience between partners and to foster effective collaboration, besides on combating against human trafficking and Diaspora as specific issues for Mongolia and on labour migration.
In May 2012, the 4th ASEM Environment Ministers' Meeting focused on the theme, "Sustainable Water and Forest Management" was also took place in Ulaanbaatar.
At this 10th ASEM Summit, Mongolian delegates led by President Ts.Elbegdorj will be attending, where heads of state and government of 49 member countries from Asia and Europe will participate.

Mongolian Judokas Grab 5 Medals from Judo Grand Prix Astana 2014
October 13 ( On October 10-12, 2014, the Judo Grand Prix Astana took place at Cycle track “Saryarka” in Kazakhstan, where 277 judokas from 37 countries have claimed to compete.
Representing Mongolia, the National Team was comprised of 10 male and 4 female wrestlers to compete in 9 weight divisions and following the final results, the Team Mongolia achieved 5 medals from Astana Grand Prix.
The Gold medal was grabbed by G.Otgontsetseg in the Women’s 48 kg, Silver by D.Amartuvshin in the Men’s 60 kg and three Bronze medals by G.Kherlen Men’s 60 k g , Kh.Tsagaanbaatar Men’s 73 kg and S.Nyam-Ochir in the Men’s 73 kg respectively.
Following the Astana, Mongolian judokas left for Tashkent Grand Prix to continue the IJF World Judo Tour to take place in Uzbekistan on October 16-18, 2014.
Final Results for Women’s 48 kg
1. Galbadrakh OTGONTSETSEG (MGL)
2. BRIGIDA, Nathalia (BRA)
3. MOSCATT, Valentina (ITA)
3. SAHIN, Ebru (TUR)
5. HAN, Galimuga (CHN)
5. CHIBANA, Gabriela (BRA)
7. ROSSENEU, Amelie (ISR)
7. RISHONY, Shira (ISR)
Final Results for Men’s 60 kg
1. SMETOV, Yeldos (KAZ)
2. Dashdavaa AMARTUVSHIN (MGL)
3. Ganbold KHERLEN (MGL)
3. TELMANOV, Askhat (KAZ)
5. ISHIKAWA, Hironori (JPN)
5. KULIKOV, Dmitriy (RUS)
7. INOYATOV, Bakhrom (UZB)
7. IBRAYEV, Rustam (KAZ)
Final Results for Men’s 73 kg
1. DUPRAT, Pierre (FRA)
2. MUKI, Sagi (ISR)
3. Khashbaatar TSAGAANBAATAR (MGL)
3. Sainjargal NYAM-OCHIR (MGL)
5. SHOKA, Vadzim (BLR)
7. VOELK, Christopher (GER)
After the 2014 Judo Grand Prix Astana, the International Judo Federation has updated the World Ranking List, where the lightest two weight categories in both Men and Women were led by two Mongolian judokas, namely Ganbat BOLDBAATAR (Men’s 60kg) with total score of 2676 pts and Munkhbat URANTSETSEG (Women’s 48kg) with 2830 pts.
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