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Mongolia Brief September 30, 2014

Our President Invited to Turkmenistan
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) The Foreign Minister L.Bold met with his counterparts from Portugal and Turkmenistan on September 29 in New York.

These two meetings focused on ways of expanding bilateral relations and showing a support to each other in frames of international organizations.
The Turkmenistan FM Mr R.Meredov said his country's leader Mr Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov is inviting our President Elbegdorj to Turkmenistan "in order to elevate our traditionally friendly relations to the contemporary times and to expand business cooperation". Then the sides focused on a preparation for this visit and on ways of realization of joint projects and programs in economics, energy and transportation sectors, which were discussed during the SCO summit in Dushanbe this September 11-12.
Mr Bold also reaffirmed that R.Meredov has been invited to Mongolia. 

President Ts.Elbegdorj Returns Home
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) The leader of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj Monday arrived home after having taken part in the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA.
At the GA session, Mr Elbegdorj addressed the UN Climate Change Summit, co-chaired a discussion on climate science, took the floor during the General Debate of the 69th session to express Mongolia’s position over issues of global agenda, also participated as the keynote speaker at the High Level Discussion on Banning Capital Punishment, and held bilateral meetings with heads of states and governments of many countries. 

Diplomatic Relations Established with Saint Lucia
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) Mongolia established the diplomatic ties with Saint Lucia on September 27 in New York.
It has been done in frames of the objective to establish such relations with every member of the United Nations. The two countries have agreed to uphold as the guidance their mutual willingness to develop and strengthen the friendly relations and cooperation, and to adhere to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, to Charter of the UN, and to principles, norms and regulations of international law.
The joint statement on establishment of the diplomatic relations has been inked by the Minister of foreign affairs of Mongolia L.Bold and by the Minister of foreign affairs, international trade and civil aviation of Saint Lucia Alva R.Baptiste. The diplomatic ties open opportunities to support each other and cooperate on bilateral and international fields.
Other meetings have run in this frame, for example, with Ministers of foreign affairs of Botswana, Marshall Islands, the Bahamas, Cameroon and Nigeria. At each of the meeting the sides discussed several matters such as a bilateral cooperation, establishment of diplomatic relationship, and a support for Mongolia in its seeking a membership in the UN Human Rights Council election in 2015.

FM L.Bold Meets Colleagues
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) Mongolia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Bold has met with his counterparts from some 20 countries while participating in the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, USA. 
The FM of Chile Mr Heraldo Muñoz officially stated that his country will back Mongolia in becoming a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). The two Ministers also emphasized a mutual confidence that Mongolia and Chile have a big opportunity to develop the cooperation as they have many similarities, including a wealth of mineral resources.
Mr Bold congratulated Mr Gonzalo Gutierrez Reinel on being appointed the Foreign Minister of Peru and expressed a hope that the Mongolia-Peru relations will boost in near future. Before the appointment, Mr Reinel worked as the Concurrent Non-Resident Ambassador of Peru to Mongolia. 

L.Bold Holds Working Meetings with Ministers
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) While taking part in the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Mongolia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr L.Bold held Monday working meetings with Ministers of some countries.
He met with Mr John Kerry, the US Secretary of State; Mr S.Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation; Mr K.Shanmugam, the Foreign Minister of Singapore; Mr Erlan Abdyldayev, the FM of Kyrgyzstan; and with Mr Thanasak Patimaprakorn, the FM of Thailand, to discuss concrete issues.
Our FM also met with Sergio Arvizu Trevino, CEO of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF), and exchanged views with him on a chance to cooperate with the UNJSPF in investment direction.
Established in 1946 at initiative of the UN Secretariat, the UNJSPF carries out the pension insurance services to some 160 thousand staffers of 24 international organizations. It currently has the capital of USD 56 billion. 

Ulaanbaatar Now Connected with Paved Road to Center of Southern Gobi Region of Mongolia, Umnugovi Aimag
September 30 ( The Government strives and has been implementing a national program in construction sector to connect centers of all Aimags (Provinces) of Mongolia with paved roads to its capital city- Ulaanbaatar.
As part of recent Action Plan accomplishment, a heavy duty paved road project between Nariin Sukhait and Shivee Khuren was accomplished on September 27th, and two days later, Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag, who is working in southern region of the country, has participated in the opening ceremony of 296 km paved road between Mandalgovi and Dalanzadgad, the centers ofDundgovi and Umnugovi Aimags on September 29, 2014. Thus, it enables to drive from Ulaanbaatar to Dalanzadgad, center of Umnugovi Aimag, the furthest destination of southern Mongolia.
In his opening remarks Premier N.Altankhuyag noted, “The Gobi region of Mongolia is considered a tourist destination with a rich mineral resources and mining deposits, and the flow of transports to this region is expected to grow rapidly in the near future. Moreover, this road will significantly impact to the expansion of infrastructure network linking to the strategic deposits of Tavan Tolgoi and Oyu Tolgoi. In the frameworks of connecting the centers of Aimags to Ulaanbaatar, this newly operational 296 km road was constructed with finance of Chinggis Bond and was accomplished shortly as a result of giving bids to five entities to finish this road”.
The 296 km paved road from Mandalgovi, Dundgovi Aimag to Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi Aimag was executed by Xinjiang Engineering Construction, ESTO, Madimos, Xinjiang Jengun Jitua and Yalguusan companies, where Durvun Tenkhleg and SRP Engineer Consulting Mongolia have worked on the site to monitor the project.

Youngest Mongolian Players, D.Munkhzul Becomes Champion and Ye.Tugstumur Wins Silver Medal at 2014 World Youth Chess Championships
September 30 ( The 2014 World Youth Chess Championships for girls and boys under the ages of 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 years old has successfully finished in Durban city of the Republic of South Africa took place on September 20-29, 2014.
At this annual Chess Championship, which was first introduced U-8 category in 2006, about a thousand children from 90 countries have competed in above categories, where Mongolian youths have participated with its 7 chess players including 5 boys (U8, U10, two in U12, U14 and U18) and 2 girls in U8 category.
Notably, Mongolian two youngest players in U8 category have shown outstanding results becoming a Champion in the U8 Girls by Davaakhuu MUNKHZUL, who grabbed a Gold medal after 11 rounds with total scores of 8.5 pts. In this category, a total of 51 players have competed, where D.Munkhzul gained 8 wins, 1 tie and 2 losses, where a player from Viet Nam, Luu Ha Bich Ngoc with same 8.5 pts took a Silver and Ezizova Bagul (Turmenistan) with 8.0 pts grabbed a Bronze medal respectively.
In the U8 Boys category, a total of 64 players have challenged and Candidate Master (CM) Yesuntumur TUGSTUMUR (Mongolia), who is a Champion of the 2012 Asian Youth Chess Championship and the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship, won a Silver medal after 11 rounds (8 wins and 3 ties) with total scores of 9.5 pts. In this U8 Boys category, Gold medal went to Makoveev Ilya (Russia) with same 9.5 pts and Bronze was achieved by Mendonca Leon Luke (India) with 8.0 pts respectively.
Moreover, another two players, N.Davaa-Ochir (U18B) and N.Uranchimeg (U16G), nationals of Mongolia, but citizens of Canada have also competed in the 2014 World Youth Chess Championship.
Final standings of Mongolian chess players at the 2014 World Youth Chess Championship, Durban, South Africa
1. U8: Ye.Tugstumur - 9.5 pts, Silver medal
2. U10: G.Amartuvshin - 7.0 pts, 19th place
3. U12: E.Baasansuren - 7.0 pts, 22nd place
4. U12: Ts.Ashid - 5.5 pts, 58th place
5. U14: Ts.Bat-Erdene - 5.0 pts, 61st place
- U18: N.Davaa-Ochir (Canada) - 4.5 pts, 51st place
6. U8: D.Munkhzul - 8.5 pts, Gold medal
7. U8: B.Amin-Erdene - 6.0 pts, 18th place
- U16: N.Uranchimeg (Canada) - 5.5 pts, 43rd place
In the 2013 World Youth Chess Championships took place in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, Mongolia participated with 39 players, where CM Ye.Tugstumur with 5.5 pts stood at the 8th place in the Open U 8, and Bat-Erdene MUNGUNZUL won a Silver medal in the Girls U8 category with 9.0 pts.

Premier Gets Au Fait with SMEs in Omnogobi
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) In frames of his working tour to Omnogobi province, the Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag Monday got au fait with some small- and middle-sized enterprises.
Leaders of a “Tushmel” LLC spoke about their products."We have already received orders, the sales are going well," said the company who produces gers (national dwelling) and furniture.
After this, the Premier legged a “Khasud Bat” LLC that produces leather goods and work uniforms and boots, also leather facilities for mining labor safety, winter and summer clothes, gloves, children’s costumes and shoes. Since 2010, the “Khasud Bat” has been cooperating with the Oyu Tolgoi LLC as product supplier. 

Incheon Organizational Committee Apologizes
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) A press conference ran on September 27 for the Mongolian journalists, who are working at the Incheon 2014 Asian Games, to inform about a reply to a note sent by Mongolia's Embassy to S.Korea to Incheon games organizational committee.
A head of our national team B.Bat-Erdene MP and a secretary-general of Mongolia's National Olympic Committee J.Otgontsagaan reminded all that this note had been sent due to several deliberate rude offenses towards the Mongolians such as an unprecedented incident with the meal for Mongolian women judokas, a wrong placement of Mongolian state flag, and referring to Mongolian basketball team as a team from a Chinese locality.
The reply to the note came in several days saying that the organizational committee for the 17th Asian Games "expresses a sincere apology for the above malfunctions in providing athletes with convenience, and promises to put all efforts through the rest of the tournament in order to protect friendly relations between the two countries, as well as between the Asian nations," Mr Bat-Erdene commented.

Russian People Awarded Mongolian State Prizes
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) On occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Khalkh River Battles Victory, Mongolia’s Embassy in Russia organized last week a reception to grant some Russians our state prizes.
By the decree of the President, the Red Flag Order of Labour Merit was bestowed upon V.A.Babushkin, first deputy president of the “Mongolian friends” Russian society; the Red Flag Order of Military Merit--upon war veterans N.D.Kravets, and G.T.Pankratiev.
The “Friendship” medal went to seven people, including Ts.A.Damdinova, a daughter of People’s Literature Master Damdinsuren Tsend; L.S.Arkhangelskaya, a daughter of cosmonaut S.Gritsevets, twice-Hero of the Soviet Union; and A.N.Burganov, People’s Painter of the Russian Federation.
The Jubilee Medal of the Khalkh River Battles Victory went to 26 people; the Medal for Military Cooperation of Mongolia’s Defense Ministry--five people; a 2nd Class Medal of Frontier Troop’s Glory--to one person.
Present at the ceremony were representatives of Russia’s State Duma, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense and the Election Commission; also war veterans, their children; cultural and arts figures.

Prague Zoo Director Receives Friendship Medal
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) Mongolia's Ambassador to the Czech Republic D.Zuberellkham handed the “Friendship” medal on September 28 to the director of Prague city zoo M.Bobek, at the decree of our President.
This is recognition of Mr Bobek’s contribution to a relocating of wild horses back to Mongolia. 
The 83th anniversary of the establishment of Prague city zoo occurred last Sunday, at which present were Mr Zumberellkham, officials from Prague's Governor’s office, state servants and others.
The Ambassador thanked the zoo for its many years of commitment and investment in relocating wild horses program, and also Czech military and civil organizations for transporting the horses to Mongolia.  The program has been recognized on international level as the most efficient and successful project among many development aids for Mongolia provided by the government of Czech Republic.
In a scope on the program of relocating and protecting wild horses, fifteen wild horses (Mongolian takhi) have been returned to the steppes of Khom and Takhi.

Shangri La Ulaanbaatar Hotel building is under fire
September 30 ( Today, about 13.10 in local time, as officials confirm, Shagnri La Ulaanbaatar Hotel building caught into fire and it was put down by the firefighters around 14.40. Fire was broke from the 7th floor and earlier finding was the electrical wire was the cause of fire.
Fortunately, no fatality record is reported because of the lunch time, most of contractors left the premise.
It is third biggest fire incident in private property with major damage. According to the official report, around $500 million invested into the project and expected to be in operation by 2015.
Shangri La Ulaanbaatar Center briefs:
First section: 24 floor hotel with 275 beds
Second section: 24 floor office tower
“Valley Wing” 34 floor luxury hotel and serviced apartments
5-floor shopping mall with commercial and service area with:
Cinema with 8 halls
Electron gaming center
Recreation and leisure spaces
Modern fitness center
World known chain restaurants
Fire at MCS Group's Shangri La, September 30

Four ministers are expected to leave the cabinet
September 30 ( The list of scheduled issues to be discussed at the autumn session of Parliament, beginning on October 1st, includes laws significant to the nation's economy and development.  The issue of restructuring the government is not included in the official scheduled list of agenda items, but has apparently already been raised.
Since Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag's announcement of the decision to restructure the cabinet, there has been a wide range of political speculation.
The restructuring of the cabinet in the second term of the elected government will be conducted in the scope of the President's "From Big State to Smart State" initiative.
The new cabinet is expected to be restructured with 11 ministries, and Minister for Economic Development N.Batbayar, Minister for Roads and Transportation A.Gansukh, Minister for Mining D.Gankhuyag, and Minister for Health N.Udval are expected to leave the cabinet.

South Korea claims controversial boxing win at Asian Games
September 30 ( Mongolian athlete N.Tugstsogt fought South Korean athlete Ham Sangmyeong in the men's 56 kg boxing event on Tuesday at the Incheon 2014 Asian Games.
The first round of the fight was intense but N.Tugstsogt overpowered his South Korean opponent. Despite the apparent victory, the judges gave the win to host country athlete Ham Sangmyeong.
The Mongolian boxer did not leave the ring for a few minutes, contesting the judges' decision. Boxing fans from Mongolia, India, China and Iran saw the fight and also disagreed with the decision. The South Korean athlete also claimed a controversial victory over a North Korean athlete in an earlier event.
Head of the Mongolian National Team B.Bat-Erdene officially submitted a petition about the judges' unfair decision to the organizing committee of the Incheon 2014 Asian Games.

Mongol Rally-2014 Cross Country State Championships held
September 30 ( Mongol Rally -2014 Cross Country State Championships, held  on the 20th anniversary of motor racing, took place across 1,500-1,600 km in four provinces (Tuv-Dundgovi-Umnugovi-Uvurkhangai-Tuv) between September 17-21st.
Mongol Rally -2014 Cross Country State Championships results:
1st place A.Anar (191)
2nd place B.Khongor (172)
3rd place M.Munkhkhuslen (156)
4th place A.Altjin (150)
1st place P.Turbat (224)
2nd place Kh.Battushig (184)
3rd place P.Erdenepurev (179)
4th place A.Tuguldur  (160)
5th place Ts.Turbold (133)
1st place B.Tengis (136)
2nd place E.Erdene-Uul (135)
3rd place B.Bayartsengel (100)
1st place P.Murun (218)  
2nd place B.Batmunkh (207)  
3rd place Kh.Munkhbolor (193)
4th place T.Nyamdavaa (186)
1st place  E.Khaliunbold  (250)
2nd place  Kh.Temuujin  (212)
3rd place Ch.Orgil (150)
4th place T.Bayarmagnai (118)
1st place N.Ganbold (192)
2nd place B.Byambaragchaa (131)
3rd place T.Buyan (128)
4th place R.Delgerbat (102)

Toyota Motors Showroom in Ulaanbaatar Launched
September 30 ( On September 29, 2014, the launching ceremony of Toyota Motors Showroom in Ulaanbaatar was held, where the official distribution is authorized to Munkhkhada LLC granted by Japanese Itochu Corporation in 2013.
The Toyota Ulaanbaatar will sell 7 types of vehicles including SUVs - Land Cruiser 200 and 70 Series, HiLux (known as the 4Runner in Australia and North America), Prado, and RAV4; Toyota Camry sedan and Toyota HiAce van.
At the grand opening ceremony, the 69th Yokozuna Hakuho, M.Davaajargal, who took his 31st Emperor’s Cup in Japan Grand Sumo Tournament a day ago, has participated along with his father J.Munkhbat as well as Director of Munkhkhada LLC Mrs. Munkhbat BATTSEREN and other officials were also present.
Currently, the construction of Toyota Ulaanbaatar Showroom building next to ASA Circus is not completed yet and officials say would be accomplished very soon.

South Gobi receives the road to the capital
N. Khaliun
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister N.Altanhuyag Monday took part in the opening ceremony for the paved road of 296 km in Mandalgovi-Dalanzadgad direction. The same road is already operating from the capital to Mandalgovi.
He said that in the Gobi region--the largest area of tourism development, mining industries and mineral resources--will go more vehicles. "This road will play an important role in the creating of the network infrastructure and in developing strategic mining deposits as Tavan Tolgoi and Oyu Tolgoi". 
The 296 kilometers of the hard surface road have been funded with revenue of the "Chinggis" bonds and been run by six companies, including "Xin Jan Engineering Construction", "ESTO", "Madimos , "Yalguusan". 

Standing committee head meets director of “Ulaanbaatar” university
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) Head of the parliamentary Standing committee on social policy, education, culture and science D.Battsogt Monday received Mr U Dog Gyu, a director of the “Ulaanbaatar” university, and L.Urjinlhundev, a manager of the university’s external relations service.
Mr U thanked the Standing committee head for the audience and spoke about the university. Invested by South Korea, the university was founded in 1995, having prepared some 4,000 professionals since then.  These days the university is educating 3,000 students, it also has a secondary school and a kindergarten, said U.
In response, Mr Battsogt briefed on a draft resolution of parliament on state policy in education and on works done by his committee. He also said the university leaders can convey proposals to the draft document.

Ulaanbaatar street-view to be set on Google Maps
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) A deputy Mayor in charge of finance and economics N.Bataa obligated the office of the Mayor to realize a “Street View” project.
The project is about setting Ulaanbaatar’s streets' pictures on Google Maps Street View, in a scope of "Smart Ulaanbaatar Program". The project will be run jointly with E-Tech Services, an implementer of Google Inc. in Mongolia. Customs’ temporary payment of MNT 12 million for passing photographic gadgets to be used in the project in and out of Mongolian territory is to be paid from the city budget, on a condition of Government recovery as it will be a work of the city administration on behalf of the Government. 

Minerals Policy Council starts operating
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) Established by the government Council for Minerals Policy decided on Tuesday to have 33 members on its first meeting.
This freelance body will implement state policies on minerals, support/make recommendations for the realization in accordance with the new amendments to the law on minerals, get involved in a process of developing the sector’s short-, medium- and long-term programs on policy implementation, regulations enforcement, improvement of the legal environment, and will cooperate with others in developing the public relations plans and provide the public with reliable information. 

BoM president submits draft resolution to parliament
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) The president of the Bank of Mongolia (BoM) Tuesday submitted to the Speaker of parliament a draft resolution on the state fiscal policy for 2015.
A stability of the macro economy is ensured when there are positive environment for the payment balance, a stable level of the inflation rate, balanced and sustainable conditions for the economic growth. The economic domestic and external situations are based on the economic absorption capability, the proper policy for accumulation and investment, the policy on keeping a stable payment balance, and the combination of budgetary and fiscal policy. Thus it necessary to focus on ensuring of the external balance, on keeping the inflation rate lower, on sustainable level, and on strengthening of the financial stability, the BoM head said.

Mongolian products advertised in Khabarovsk
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) The General Consulate of Mongolia in Russia’s Ulan-Ude city has participated in an international exhibition of the top sectors’ products of Far East and Siberia economy.
The General Consulate attended the exhibition, mounted on September 25-28 in Khabarovsk city, together with the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), representing eight small- and middle-sized companies engaged in light industry.
During official meetings, the Mongolian delegates passed to the Russian side a willingness of Mongolia’s several Ministries to intensify the collaboration in leather, wool, cashmere, meat and meat products spheres. 

Stock exchange news for September 30
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) At the Stock Exchange trades on Tuesday, a total of 3,738 shares of 13 JSCs were traded costing MNT five million 939 thousand and 332.00.
"Remikon” /1,010 units/, “APU” /887 units/, “Teever-achlal” /632/, “State Department Store” /449 units/ and "Hermes center” /421 units/ were the most actively traded in terms of trading volume, in terms of trading value were "APU” (MNT three million 275 thousand and 543), "Narkhan nekhii” (MNT 795 thousand and 500), “Tav” (MNT 482 thousand and 800), "Teever-achlal” (MNT 455 thousand and 040) and "State Department Store” (MNT255 thousand and 481).
The total market capitalization was set at MNT one trillion 585 billion 243 million 789 thousand and 997. The Index of Top-20 JSCs was 15,797.75, decreasing 1.49 units or 0.01% against the previous day.

Hall for education history opens
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) A “Historic Hall” opened Tuesday in the Government building No.3, to display the 90-year history of Ministry of Education and Sciences.
The action is coinciding with the celebration of this anniversary.
The hall presents the history of Mongolia’s education and the ministry through interesting exhibits such as the first Government protocol on establishing the Ministry of Enlightenment, along with other important documents and photos, a model of first school building, gadgets used by generations of teachers and students.  

Direct flight Singapore opens
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 30 (MONTSAME) In accordance with an intergovernmental agreement between Mongolia and Singapore on the air relations, the national flag carrier--Mongolian Airlines company (MIAT) launched the direct flight to Singapore via Beijing on September 24 of 2014.
Statistics shows that 8,000 passengers travel between Mongolia and Singapore. The new flight is expected to increase inter-citizens travels and open a gate for Australia and Southeast Asian countries.
Present at the opening ceremony were Mr Yam Kum Weng, a vice president of the Changi international airport; Mr Yap Ong Heng, a director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore; Ms B.Delgermaa, the Ambassador of Mongolia to Singapore; A.Gansukh, Mongolia’s Minister of Road and Transportation; and Mr G.Jargalsaikhan, the MIAT executive director.
The flight OM231 from Ulaanbaatar to Singapore is scheduled to depart 6.15am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, whereas the flight OM232 will depart Changi Airport at 6.20pm on Wednesdays and 6.45pm on Saturdays.

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