Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mongolia Brief October 16, 2014 Part III

Several officials freed from Ministers' posts
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, October 16 (MONTSAME) Parliament session on October 16 discussed draft resolution on freeing some officials from posts of cabinet members and voted on each of the Ministers.

In view of the recently approved drafts on amending the laws on Government, on Government structure and on the Government composition, heads of three Standing committees gave reports on their conclusions: to free Ch.Ulaan from the posts of member of cabinet and Minister of Finance, L.Bold--of member of cabinet and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ts.Bayarsaikhan–of member of cabinet and Minister of Construction and Urban Development, A.Gansukh–of member of cabinet and Minister of Roads and Transport, D.Gankhuyag–of member of cabinet and Minister of Mining, N.Batbayar–of member of cabinet and Minister of Economic Development, and M.Sonompil–of member of cabinet and Minister of Energy.
The MPs questioned the Prime Minister on reasons of making such changes and voted a majority for the approval of the draft resolution. 

PM addresses reception for 65th anniversary of Mongolia-China relations
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 16 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag addressed a reception that took place on Thursday in Ulaanbaatar dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Mongolia-China diplomatic relations.
The Premier expressed a satisfaction with strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation and with a development of the ties in all sectors, reaching a volume of the comprehensive strategic partnership. He stressed that the two countries respect their independence, sovereignty and the territorial integrity, and the principles of respecting each other’s equal, mutually beneficial and peaceful existence, as well as their ways of development, in accordance with fundamental documents of the traditional friendly relations and cooperation.
He also said he is glad with regularizing of mutual visits of state leaders, broadening of the cooperation in all spheres and enriching of the cooperation with new contents. “A principle, being maintained by China on exchanging its development experience, gives Mongolia an opportunity to develop not only the bilateral relations, but also the regional cooperation,” he underlined.

UN Debate held on empowering rural women
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, October 16 (MONTSAME) The Government representative to the UN GA O.Enkhtsetseg chaired a debate themed “Empowering Rural Women in frames of Development goals beyond 2015” on October 15, along with permanent representative of Canada to the UN Guillermo E.Rishchynski.
The debate ran jointly with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Women, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the UN Food Programme on the occasion of the International Day for Rural Women.
The action gathered representatives of the UN organizations, member-countries and of civil societies. Opinions and ideas on achievements in improving rural women living conditions and on challenges that await were made by ambassador and permanent representative of Kyrgyzstan to the UN Talaibek Kydyrov, a division head of the UN Food Programme Thomas Yanga, a deputy director of the UN Women Lakshmi Puri, and representative of UNICEF Sarah Campbell. Our representative noted that Mongolia is the initiator of the UN GA Resolution on Improving Living Conditions for Rural Women and informed the gathered on measures for the matter and challenges faced by the country.
The issue of improving living conditions for rural women was discussed twice by the Global Women Conference in Mexico 1975 and in Beijing in 1995, and was reflected to the MDGs and other global documents on development, and the measures were taken. And yet poverty and unemployment are still raging and access to social services is still limited for rural women around the globe.
All participants of this debate emphasized a need to reflect in the development goals beyond 2015 the issue of improving living conditions for these women who greatly contribute in rural development.
The International Day for Rural Women is celebrated every year since 2009.

Standing committee head meets GIZ consultant
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 16 (MONTSAME) Head of the parliamentary Standing committee on justice D.Ganbat Thursday received Ms Frederike Witte, a consultant of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in the State House.
Many things should be learnt from Germany, Ganbat said, noting that his Standing committee is discussing several bills, including a first draft on “Law”. Then he exchanged views with the guest on some issues.
Ms Witte said she has visited Mongolia for the 16th time, serving as an advisor to Mongolia’s Ministry of Justice since 2008. She said Mongolia's parliament is discussing a number of vital draft laws and is especially working on the bill on “Law”. “This is a wide range bill. By it, any bills or amendments shall be submitted to parliament after having overcome specific criteria,” she underlined.
Present at the meeting were L.Zaya, a GIZ project manager on enhancing a sustainable legal environment for economy; B.Baasandorj, head of the Policy Department of the Justice Ministry; E.Tuvshinjargal, a chief advisor to the Standing committee on justice; and other officials.

Stock exchange news for October 15
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, October 16 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Wednesday, a total of 23 thousand and 496 shares of 17 JSCs were traded costing MNT 19 million 881 thousand and 569.00.
"Ulaansan” /14 thousand and 814 units/, “Remikon” /4,100 units/, “Genco tour bureau” /1,875 units/, “Khokh gan” /1,611 units/ and "Mongolia Telecom” /212 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "Ulaansan” (MNT 14 million and 814 thousand), "Darkhan nekhii” (MNT one million 017 thousand and 500), “Talkh chikher” (MNT 840 thousand), "Gutal” (MNT 745 thousand and 500) and "Remikon” (MNT 467 thousand and 400).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 572 billion 020 million 146 thousand and 346. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,682.10, decreasing 21.20 units or 0.14% against the previous day.

Center for youth development to open soon
By N. Khaliun
Ulaanbaatar, October 16 (MONTSAME) This Center will open in Orkhon province on November 1 with a purpose to support youth development, help prevent crimes, teach life skills, give sexual and reproductive health knowledge.
The Center has been established within frames of the Youth development project, implemented by Government of Mongolia together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Government of Luxembourg and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Harvesting in statistics
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, October 16 (MONTSAME) According  to a report from the National Statistics Committee, 1, 344.4 thousand tons of wheat crop, 145.7 thousand tons of potatoes, 81.4 thousand tons of vegetables, 1,022.4 thousand tons of haylage have been harvested by October of this year, and 21.2 thousand tons of forage were prepared this fall.
The numbers show decrease of 67.7% or 139.0 thousand tons in wheat crop, 10.7% or 98.6 thousand tons in haylage; and an increase of 2.2% or 451.0 thousand tons of forage; and decreases of 10.0% or 16.3 thousand tons in potato, and 7.8% or 16.9 thousand tons in vegetables.
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