Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mongolia Brief October 16, 2014 Part I

Mongolian General in Command of UNMISS Operations
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, October 16 (MONTSAME) Department for Peacekeeping operations of the UN made a decision on September 26 to appoint Brigadier General and head of the department of policy planning in the Ministry of Defense of Mongolia Mr D.Bayarsaikhan as the Regional commander for Northern International troops. He is to leave Mongolia October 19 to receive his office at the location.

In high recognition of this historic event for Mongolia's defense and Armed forces, the Defense Ministry paid tribute on Wednesday to D.Bayarsaikhan and  handed him a gift.
In accordance with the resolution, enacted this year by the UN Security Council, a number of military personnel for the UNMISS (the UN Mission in South Sudan) operations, underway since 2011, has been increased from 6,500 to 12,500.  The PRC, Ghana, Bhutan and Ethiopia has sent moto vehicle sections with 850 military personnel for each to South Sudan, pursuing the resolution. The UNMISS operations troops have been structured into several regional commands, where the Mongolian military men are serving as well. The UN has increased the number of international personnel serving duties in the spot, an invitation for which has been sent here. Following it, our generals were examined and interviewed accordingly and they have passed all requirements. It is apparent that our military personnel can operate in leading positions of such operations.
About his mission in South Sudan, Brigadier-General D.Bayarsaikhan said that “regional commander for northern troops commands four battalions from Mongolia, India, Ethiopia and Ghana".
Our General is one of eight Generals to be in command of the UNMISS.
He said the location he is responsible for is the main oil-field of Sudan. This  location is vulnerable in terms of current condition as some ten thousand has been killed during a civil-war-like conflict and hunger and contagious diseases have taken over.
According to unofficial source, the Government of Sudan will be take decisive measures against the opposition, and “I will be commanding 4,200 troops,  including four moto vehicle battalions from Mongolia, India, Ghana and Rhuanda, and a section from Ethiopia”, said the General.

President Meets Leader of UNODC
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 16 (MONTSAME) With the official visit to Austria, the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj Wednesday held a meeting with Mr Yuri Fedotov, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna.
The latter appreciated an active participation of Mongolia in many important initiatives on main purposes of the UNODC such as highlighting hazards of drugs, backing international activities for combating the industry of drugs, preventing drugs-related crimes. 
In response, the leader of Mongolia expressed a willingness to support the UNODC’s anti-drugs measures. Several Mongolians have been pronounced capital punishment in China due to drug-related crimes, "so I want to emphasize an importance of the drugs hazards propaganda".
After this meeting, Mr Elbegdorj legged the UNODC headquarters-based drugs laboratory. He said Mongolia is focusing on setting up such laboratories at border checkpoints in order to inspect and detect all types of drugs. He agreed with the UNODC to start cooperation between the Presidential Office and the UNODC in near future in these matters. They also concurred to implement specific projects on eliminating trans-boundary livestock diseases in the line of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) such as reducing outbreaks of foot-and-mouth and others and producing related vaccines. If it is done, Mongolia will export meat and meat products not only to its neighbours, but also to other countries.

XVIII Intergovernmental Committee Meeting between Mongolia and Russia Successfully Ends in Ulaanbaatar
October 16 ( The XVIII Intergovernmental Committee meeting on Trade, Economy, Science and Technical Cooperation between the Governments of the Russian Federation and Mongolia was successfully finished in Ulaanbaatar on October 15, 2014.
The main purposes of this annual meeting were to foster bilateral relations, in particular, as a result of negotiations reached during the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Mongolia held last month and to provide further impetus to the development of mutually beneficial cooperation in trade and economy of the two countries.
During the meeting, parties exchanged opinions on opportunities to solve problems in Mongolian-Russian trade and economic cooperation, and measures to carry out. Moreover, the topics focused were on operational efficiency in joint ventures of Erdenet Mining Corporation, MongolRosTsvetMet LLC and Ulaanbaatar Railway (UBTZ), besides to broaden partnership in intensifying bilateral trade, infrastructure, mining, construction and humanitarian spheres.
However, the strategic partnership between our two countries has been developing sustainably in all sectors in recent years, but the trade volume shows decline this year, for instance, the trade turnover decreased by 15.8 % and reached 1.6 billion USD in 2013. Therefore, by re-opening Russian Trade Representative Office in Ulaanbaatar would significantly impact to the development of bilateral trade and economic relations, stressed the Russian side.
The XVIII Intergovernmental Committee was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia and Head of the Mongolian part of the Mongolia-Russia Intergovernmental Committee Dendev TERBISHDAGVA representing the Government of Mongolia and the other side by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, the Head of Russian part of the Russia-Mongolia Intergovernmental Committee Sergey Yefimovich Donskoy.
Following the intergovernmental meeting, the heads of Committee have established a Protocol on issues negotiated during the meeting and tasks to implement.
Moreover, “Chinggis Land Development Group” LLC and Russian “DalStroyMekhanizatsiya” JSC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly implement “Altanbulag – Ulaanbaatar – Zamyn-Uud Highway” Project.
At the XVII Intergovernmental Committee meeting held in Moscow in November 2013, 47 issues were discussed, whereas 13 have been implemented completely, 30 undergoing and 4 have not discussed yet so far, parties noted.

Working Group for Assessment of OT Agreement Meets
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, October 16 (MONTSAME) The head of the working group for assessing the observance of duties by Oyu Tolgoi LLC before the Government of Mongolia, S.Ganbaatar MP called a meeting on October 15.
Present at the meeting were also the members of a working group for investigating the over-consumption of investments by Oyu Tolgoi LLC. The group was established in accordance with the joint resolution (March 25 of 2013) by the Deputy Minister, the Minister of Mining and the Minister of Finance.
The working group for assessment includes officials from Ministries of Mining and Finance, from General Customs Office, General Department of Taxation, Commission for Settlement of Disputes, Department for Specialized Inspection, National Audit Office and “Erdenes Oyu Tolgoi” state-owned company.
During the meeting, S.Ganbaatar MP requested the members to present of R&E results on Oyu Tolgoi LLC and a status report on acts by audit and tax officers regarding the company, and reports on shareholders' loans. Answers were given by B.Battsetseg, a department head of the Ministry of Finance, A.Enkhbold, the vice-chairman of the General Department of Taxation, B.Badral, a head of department for tax administration and cooperation of the Department, and other tax officers.

Draft Amendment on Changes in Cabinet Composition Adopted
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 16 (MONTSAME) A plenary meeting of the parliamentary session on Wednesday passed the draft amendment to the law on changing a current composition of the cabinet by its first discussion.
A conclusion on the draft from the Standing committee on state structure was presented by M.Batchimeg MP. Since there were no controversial suggestions, a majority of the MPs (89.4%) adopted this draft to the law on changing the cabinet composition and related to it bills. Then the MPs decided to transfer drafts of other 12 laws and resolutions, which reflect duties of cabinet members and terms of the related Ministries, to the Standing committee on state structure in order to have it prepare them for a final discussion. 

President of Nagoya University awarded Golden Star
October 16 ( Minister of Education and Science of Mongolia L.Gantumur presented President of Nagoya University of Japan Michinari Hamaguchi with the State’s Highest Award, the Golden Star.
Nagoya University of Japan is in collaboration with a number of Mongolian universities including National University of Mongolia, the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Mongolian State University of Education and Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences.
Nagoya University of Japan has carried out a number of joint research projects and programs in the Mongolian higher education sector during the past two decades contributing great efforts to Mongolia`s education and science sector.
Nagoya University of Japan is now leading Japan’s universities for Noble Prize winners as two professors from the university won 2014 Noble prize in physics.
Nagoya University of Japan is to open a representative office in Mongolia.

President of Mongolian Football Federation, B.Ganbold Banned for Five Years from Taking Part in Any Kind of Football-Related Activity
October 16 ( On October 15, 2014, the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has decided to ban the President of the Mongolian Football Federation, Buyannemekh GANBOLD, from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of five years, according to FIFA official statement.
Mr. B.Ganbold solicited and accepted payments (from Mr. Mohamed bin Hammam) in the context of the elections for the FIFA Executive Committee at the AFC Congress in 2009 as well as the FIFA Presidential Election in 2011.
He was found guilty for violations of the following Articles of the FIFA Code of Ethics:
Article 13 (General Rules of Conduct),
Article 18 (Duty of Disclosure, Cooperation and Reporting),
Article 19 (Conflicts of Interest),
Article 20 (Offering and Accepting Gifts and Other Benefits),
Article 21 (Bribery and Corruption),
Article 42 (General Obligation to Collaborate);
The ban is effective as from October 15, 2014, the date on which the present decision was notified.
Bin Hammam’s challenge against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA Presidency ended weeks before the vote after allegations surfaced of payments to officials in the Caribbean. He was later banned for life by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.
Moreover, the IV Regular Session of Mongolian Football Federation (MFF) is scheduled to take place on November 11, 2014, where President and Board members will be elected and the banned President B.Ganbold had been promoted his name for MFF Presidency.

US College Fair 2014 in Ulaanbaatar Announced
October 16 ( Organized by Educational Advising and Resource Center (EARC) NGO, the US College Fair 2014 will be taking place at the Education USA Mongolia in the City Central Library named after D.Natsagdorj, Ulaanbaatar on October 17-18, 2014.
During the two-day event, promotions for educational opportunities, scholarship information, guidance and assistance for those wishing to study in the United States will be provided as well as lectures and quiz games will be also organized.
Moreover, the USA college and university admission officers, EARC consultant and regional directors of Education USA China will be delivering comprehensive information on American educational system such as general understandings on 2-year school program, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional training (business, medicine, law) and language courses, besides, admission steps, general requirements and an essay writing methods will be presented during the event.
In addition, the US Embassy staff will introduce a student exchange program, scholarships for Mongolian teachers and students visa related issues.

Capital City Elects Its New Chairman of Ulaanbaatar City Police Department
October 16 ( On October 16, 2014, an official ceremony of accrediting new Chairman of Ulaanbaatar City Police Department as Police Colonel Choijantsan BOLDBAATAR was held at the Citizens Hall of UB Administration, where Mayor E.Bat-Uul, Deputy Chief of National Police D.Erdenebaatar, Director of Capital City Administration Yo.Gerelchuluun and other officials were present.
According to the latter amendments on the Law of Police Service, the Capital City Police Department was renamed as the Ulaanbaatar City Police Department and in conjunction; it was decided to appoint new Chairman of UB Police by joint communique of Mayor and Chief of National Police.
After which, the UB Mayor and National Police Chief have issued a joint ordinance to organize selection process of new Chairman for Ulaanbaatar City Police Department and in the scope of procedure, the Capital City for the first time elected its Police Chairman open to public. In this election, six nominees had sent its candidacies, whereas each developed an action plan to implement in 2015 and in the final stage, two candidates were left, where Police Colonel Ch.Boldbaatar collecting a total of 81.8 points becomes new Chairman of UB Police.
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