PRESIDENT PAYS WORK¬ING VISIT TO ERDENET CITY 2 Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ President Ts.Elbegdorj arrived in Erdenet city on May 1, Monday to pay a working visit to Orkhon aimag, and held a meeting with lo¬cals to discussed the results of his activi¬ties during his tenure from 2009 to 2017.
During the meeting, L.Purevsuren, Foreign Policy Advisor, R.Bold, Human Development and Social Policy Advisor, Ch.Unurbayar, Human Rights and Le¬gal Policy Advisor, L.Dashdorj, Citizen Participation and Economic Policy Advi¬sor, O.Chuluunbileg, Living Environment and Green Development Policy Advisor, A.Battur, Security and Defense Policy Ad¬visor and A.Ganbaatar, Public Relations Policy Advisor delivered presentations on the President’s doings in each sphere.
The President’s schedule in Orkhon aimag included a meeting with local press delegates.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During its meeting held on May 2, yesterday, the Cabinet discussed and backed a draft memorandum of understanding between the Governments of Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on co¬ordinating the initiatives ‘Steppe Road’ and ‘The Belt and Road’.
‘The Belt and Road’ initiative has be¬come interior and foreign policy strategy of PRC since Chinese leader Xi Jinping had proposed it and China calls for world countries to join the initiative. The initiative focuses on connectivity and cooperation in policy coordination, infrastructure con¬struction, trade and finance and people to people relations among 65 countries, covering 11 East Asian countries, 18 West Asian, 8 South Asian, 5 Central Asian, 7 Commonwealth of Independent States’ , 16 Middle east and east European coun¬tries.
The Government gave a right to Min¬ister of Foreign Affairs Ts.Munkh-Orgil to sign the memorandum of understanding.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The cabi¬net held its meeting yesterday, on May 02 and made a decision to establish ‘Khovd thermal power station’ company in charge of production, transfer and distribution of electricity and heating.
Energy demand has been growing in Khovd aimag, western region center, fol¬lowing the industrial development, popu¬lation growth and increase of companies, entities and apartments. Therefore reno-vation was made to heating supply sys¬tem of the aimag center and the company will manage the system.
A power plant with capacity of 36 Gcal/h, heating pipelines and heating dis¬tribution centers were newly built in Jarga¬lan soum of Khovd aimag with investment of MNT15.8 billion from 2012-2014 State Budget. As well as sub-heating pipeline network was built , started distributing en¬ergy n 2014.
The previous ‘Prior operations-admin¬istration of Khovd aimag thermal power plant and heating distribution network’ state owned industrial entity has supplied heating to 21 budget organizations, 60 en¬tities and over 1150 households.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ At its yes terday’s meeting, the cabinet approved a draft of revised Government resolution on projects to be implemented with a soft loan of USD500 million, granted from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to the Government of Mongolia.
The soft loan will be spent for 10 proj¬ects in agriculture, road construction, health and education. Saved money from a project “Improvement of agriculture product supply in aimags and poverty re¬duction” will be used in a project to build 67 km paved road of route Tosontsengel and Uliastai. The Government has agreed about it with the Chinese Government and therefore, revised the Government resolu¬tion N309 in 2015 and approved it.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ In connec¬tion to the upcoming Presidential Election and the ongoing nomination of candi¬dates, Mongolian People’s Party has held its 8th convention at its headquarters, In-dependence Palace today, May 3.
The party’s administrative board ad¬dressed the same agenda during its meeting on May 2, as a result of which two nominees - Chairman of the party and Parliament Speaker Enkhbold Miye¬gombo and Deputy Parliament Speaker Nyamdorj Tsend were proposed at the convention.
Following a secret poll that was partici¬pated by 259 members of the party, Chair¬man M.Enkhbold won 222 votes, earning approval from 85.7 percent of the partici¬pants and thus being officially named the ruling party’s presidential candidate.
Deputy Parliament Speaker Ts.Nyamdorj expressed his support for presidential candidate M.Enkhbold who made a speech, conveying his readiness to make diligent efforts to win the election.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ May 2, the first day of nomination of candidates for the upcoming Presidential Election saw Democratic Party’s nominee registration, and 6 politicians registered themselves to run for the party’s candidacy.
The nominees are 27th Prime Minister Altankhuyag Norov, 21th Prime Minister Amarjargal Rinchinnyam, Member of Par¬liament, former Minister of Industry and Agriculture Battulga Khaltmaa, Member of Parliament, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Bold Luvsanvandan, former Min¬ister of Justice Dorligjav Dambii and for¬mer Minister of Industry and Trade, former Chairman of Mongolian Republican Party Jargalsaikhan Bazarsad who recently re¬joined the Democratic Party.
Nominee who earns the support of majority at the Democratic Party’s 8th Congress will be named as the party’s Presidential candidate.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Septem¬ber 15 of this year marks the 45th anni¬versary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Australia on September 15. Commemorating the anniversary, the Ministry of Foreign Af¬fairs of Mongolia and Embassy of Aus¬tralia in Ulaanbaatar are holding a series of events. Accordingly, “Women’s Lead¬ership and Gender Equality” roundtable discussion was held at the Ministry of For¬eign Affairs on May 2.
The discussion was opened by B.Battsetseg, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and John Langtry, Ambassador of Australia to Mongolia.
Attended by the government officials, Ambassador for Women and Girls of Australia Dr. Sharman Stone and MP Ts.Tsogzolmaa, Minister of Finance Kh.Bulgantuya, Deputy Minister of La¬bor and Social Welfare S.Mungunchimeg have conducted presentations at the dis¬cussion.
The special guest of the event, Dr. Sherman Stone is conducting a work¬ing visit to Mongolia between May 2 and 4. During her 20 years of experience in the Parliament of Australia, Dr. Sherman Stone provided significant contribution in bilateral relations of the countries.
Based on Australia’s practice, the speakers held discussions on supporting women’s leadership in private and pub¬lic sectors, Mongolia’s policy on gender equality, development policy and projec¬tion of gender equality and Parliament’s role in supporting women’s leadership.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ B.Battsetseg, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs received Kenji Harada, member of the House of Representatives and State Minister of Internal Affairs and Communi¬cations of Japan on May 2, 2017.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs B.Battsetseg highlighted the extent of high level Strategic Partnership between Mon¬golia and Japan, increase in visit frequen¬cies and deepened political trust, further noting the importance of taking Strategic Partnership to the next level.
State Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan Mr. Kenji Ha¬rada emphasized the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and expressed his pleasure in visiting Mongolia. After informing Japan’s bid to hold World Expo 2025 in Osaka, Mr. Kenji Harada requested Mongolia’s sup¬port in the matter.
World Expo 1970 was held in Osaka, Japan for the first time. Under the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”, Japan submitted for bid to hold World Expo in 2025.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During the meeting of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics held on May 2, Ts.Nyam-Osor, Head of the Agency for Policy Coordination on State Property held a discussion on current issues.
According to Ts.Nyam-Osor, a total of 94 percent of 160 state-owned compa¬nies is operating on a deficit budget. The overall revenues of these companies were MNT 105 billion, while the expenditures skyrocketed to MNT 111 billion in 2016. With over MNT 6 billion of deficit, these companies are in debt of MNT 48 billion.
He informed that a draft Parliamen¬tary resolution on privatization in 2017- 2020 has been submitted to the Govern¬ment. The draft claimed to be included full divestiture of 8 companies, reduction of Government’s stakes in 5 companies and restructuring of 3 companies. Since the Government’s decision hasn’t been made yet, further information is yet to be disclosed.
During the meeting, MP D.Damba- Ochir said “Government should cease to intervene in private entities. Due to the es¬tablishment of the Mongolian Agricultural Commodity Exchange, the price of leather declined. As such, some counterproduc¬tive state-owned companies, including the “State Housing Corporation of Mongolia” and “Telecom Mongolia” JSC need to be privatized”.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On May 2, Prime Minister J.Erdenebat met with the delegates of Chinese Academy of Scienc¬es led by its President Bai Chunli who are on a visit to Mongolia at the invitation of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences.
At the beginning of the meeting, the PM J.Erdenebat expressed his view that this visit plays an important role for the development of bilateral ties between the science academies of Mongolia and China and of two countries. He added “Develop¬ing friendly relations and cooperation with the People’s Republic of China is one of the priorities of Mongolian foreign policy. I am quite satisfied with deepening of the comprehensive strategic partnership of Mongolia and China in all spheres”.
The both sides have agreed to imple¬ment ‘Young Scientists Exchange Pro¬gram’ which enables Mongolian young scientists to qualify in scientific institutions and universities of China for one year starting this June. Moreover, the two orga¬nizations have been working to sign MOU to establish Science Park and Innovation Infrastructure in Mongolia.
“We have been discussing the issues of joint research on desertification and permafrost and production of liquid fuel and coal gasification, the biggest global challenges and issues” informed the Pres¬ident of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
At the end of the meeting, the PM J.Erdenebat noted that a participation of Presidents of academies of Mongolia and China who are in charge of studies on the production of value-added final prod¬ucts from coal, which is one of the most vital economic ‘ingredients’ as well as of research on the boost of scientific produc¬tion.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On May 2, Ts.Munkh-Orgil, Minister for Foreign Af¬fairs of Mongolia paid an official visit to the European Union. Within the frame¬work of the visit, the Foreign Minister met with Federica Mogherini, High Represen¬tative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission and paid a courtesy call on Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Also, For¬eign Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil met with representatives of the European Union, including IvetaGrigule, member of the European Parliament and head of the Eu¬ropean Parliament delegation for coop¬eration with Central Asia and Mongolia, Ms. Maria Acenius, deputy trade commis¬sioner of the European Union and Didier J.L. Reynders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium and Mongolian nationals re¬siding in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
During the meetings with the heads of the EU, the sides exchanged views on bilateral ties between Mongolia and EU and a wide range of international and re¬gional issues, such as ensuring fulfillment of the Framework Agreement on Partner¬ship and Cooperation between the Eu¬ropean Union and Mongolia, amplifying and strengthening of trade and economic cooperation and investment and studying possibilities to facilitate reciprocal travel conditions for both citizens. The EU side vowed to give assistance to Mongolia for overcoming economic difficulties and re¬ducing budget deficit within the framework of the Framework agreement and to sup¬port Mongolia’s improvement of business environment and economic diversification. They also informed that EU representative office will be opened Ulaanbaatar city in the near future.During his meeting with Mongolian nationals residing in the Ben¬elux countries, FM Ts.Munkh-Orgil deliv¬ered information about current economic and social situation of Mongolia, Govern¬ment policy and upcoming Presidential election for them, before answering ques¬tions from them.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Erdenet Mining Corporation, one of the largest copper mine has worked with a profit of MNT86.7 billion, paying tax of MNT135.5 billion in the first quarter of this year. Yes¬terday, May 02, the Parliamentary Eco¬nomic Standing Committee heard of the current situation and other issues related to the company. Some factors, including copper price in the world market and ex¬change rates have influenced to work in such profit, said the Company Director Kh.Badamsuren.
‘Mongolian Copper’ corporation filed a complaint with Chingeltei district ad¬ministrative and civil court in connection with transferring 49 percent share of the company to state ownership. The court has suspended the decisions on chang¬ing the state registration certificate of the Erdenet Mining Corporation and releasing of members from the Board of Directors of the company.
“- We are waiting for a decision of the appellate court” said Chairman of the Agency for Policy Coordination on State Property Ts.Nyam-Osor. Following the court decisions, the current BoD has no power to hold meetings and make deci¬sions.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On May 2, D.Regdel, Academician and President of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS) and Bai Chinli, professor and President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) signed a memorandum of cooperation at the Tuushin Hotel in Ulaanbaatar.
In the frames of the memorandum, the two sides will collaborate in studies of biotechnology, coal chemistry and tech¬nology, environment and desertification, materials science, nuclear physics, paleo-biology and pollution in residential areas.
D.Regdel said that “It is special that the establishment of the memorandum is being coincided with the current period of scientific and technological achievement and of challenging period of the Mongo¬lian economy. Mongolian researchers will enjoy opportunities to cooperate with leading Chinese scientists using scien¬tific and technological accomplishment of China on solving problems of energy and ecology and conduct research on the terri¬tory of Mongolia. We have achieved great success in the last 18 years since the es¬tablishment of the first memorandum of cooperation between Mongolia and China was established”.
President of MAS said he believes that the first outcome of the memorandum will occur within 2019, the 70th anniver¬sary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. “Over the last decade, the two countries’ scientists have obtained an enormous amount of experience, based on which they will be working more ac¬tively in the future” he said.
He continued to mention that the “The President of the CAS had told us the Chi¬nese side is ready to finance large coop¬eration projects in Mongolia. High level officials of Mongolia also pledged to give financial and organizational support. An action plan of the ruling political power, the Mongolian People’s Party lays out to increase expenditure for measures in areas of science and technology Mongo¬lia by five times until 2020”. “All of those planned works and actions will be effec¬tive measures to develop cooperation” added D.Regdel. The Mongolian Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been cooperating within the frame¬work of the scientific cooperation agree¬ment of 1991 and protocols and memo¬randums of cooperation established in 1991 and 1999.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Mon¬golian Press Institute unveiled the results of its annual media industry study through the 18th ‘Mongolian Media – 2017’ report featuring critical statistics on the media industry and future directions on May 2, Tuesday.
The report indicates that number of active media outlets has continually de¬creased in the last 5 years. In particular, from 2012 to the first quarter of 2017, number of traditional media organizations lessened by 100. Furthermore, newspa¬per circulation decreased by 40 percent as compared to 2012 with number of magazines being reduced by 60 percent. However, it was found that radio chan¬nels extended their weekly broadcast by 7 hours and television channels by 8 hours.
Compensating for the continued de¬cline of traditional mass media, online me¬dia outlets are on the rise. For the last 2 years, number of news websites is stable, and around 100 news websites are func¬tioning actively as of the first quarter of 2017. Some 4700 people are working in the media industry, and half of them are journalists and editors, 56 percent of the total media staff are working in televisions.
“Provincial newspaper circulation con¬stitutes 5.9 percent of newspaper circula¬tion on the national level, and that is the highest number we’ve seen in the last 10 years”, emphasized M.Munkhmandakh, Director of the Press Institute.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A unique exhibition named ‘Rock Tomb Custom’ opened today, May 3 at the National Mu¬seum, unveiling over 90 archaeological findings unearthed from two different rock tombs discovered in Khovd aimag.
These two rock tombs were found in Urd Ulaan Uneet Mountain located in My¬angad soum and Uzuur Gyalan in Munkh¬khairkhan soum.
The Urd Ulaan Uneet mountain tomb was excavated in May 1-10, 2015 by a 3-member research team of the Na¬tional Museum of Mongolia, comprising of J.Bayarsaikhan, E.Dashtseren and T.Tuvshinjargal who unearthed over 20 valuable archaeological finds such as body remains of a man, 100 cm long ani¬mal skin deel, 96.5 cm long badger fur coat, horse skin trousers, pair of boots, bow and 70.5-73 cm long 6 arrows, wood¬en saddle, knife and 19.1 cm tall wooden vase. Researchers speculate that the tomb dates back to the 4-6th century, era of Nirun state.
The second rock tomb referred as Uzuur Gyalan tomb is a main attraction of the 2-month exhibition because of the popular ‘Adidas boots’ unearthed from it. Discovered in 2010 by locals, and exca¬vated by archaeologists of local Khovd University led by Ch.Munkhbayar in April 1-3, the rock tomb indeed became a me¬dia sensation for the rare archaeological finds it had maintained since the 10th cen¬tury.
Archaeologists discovered 71 objects from the precious tomb including body re¬mains of a woman in her 30s and a horse, 4 deels, 3 trousers, 5 caps, 3 pairs of boots and socks, set of horse tack, 7 cloths and other objects like a broken piece of a mir¬ror, knife, comb, piece of silk and stone. Following the excavation, the finds were brought to Ulaanbaatar for restoration by the specialists of Mongolian Center of Cul¬tural Heritage. The restoration work con¬tinued for over a year from May, 2016 to April, 2017, thus readying the rare pieces for public display.
As the exhibition opened, Ch.Munkhbayar, Chief of the research team expressed, “As an archaeologist, I feel rather proud to have been a part of the study on the Uzuur Gyalan site to unearth such priceless objects”.
However, fate of the over 90 archaeo¬logical finds coming from Khovd aimag remains uncertain for now as no decision has been taken on the placement of the objects. The Ministry in charge and the authorities of Khovd aimag are expected to reach an agreement on whether if the finds will be brought back to Khovd aimag or find home in the capital city.


10.30: S.Batbold, Mayor of Ulaan¬baatar works at the Mongolian National Blood transfusion and research center
11.00: Land Management Department of Ulaanbaatar holds an open day at the Central Square
11.30: Exhibition named “Rocktune rituals” opens at the National Museum of Mongolia
11.40: General Department of Taxation conducts a press conference on the best taxpayer award of 2016 and A Day of Tax Payers
11.40: Mongolian Academy of Scienc¬es (MAS) holds an “Institute of Language and Literature- Open Day” event at the In¬stitutes’ Office of the MAS
12.00: On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, S.Batbold, Mayor of Ulaanbaatar meets with journalists at the Governor’s Office of Ulaanbaatar
13.00: Authorities of the Ministry of Health and General Agency for Special¬ized and Inspection meets with represen¬tatives of the pharsmaceutical factories and suppliers
At the State House
11.00: Open discussion about a draft law on adjudicating criminal cases
At the “Zuuniimedee” press center
11.00: E.Bat-Uul, former Mayor of Ulaanbaatar conducts a press conference on the upcoming Presidential election
11.30: The World Green Organization and Global Wind Energy Council hold a press conference on the 8th forum of the National renewable energy
12.00: The Honest Citizens’ Control NGO of Mongolia conducts a press con¬ference on current state
12.30: Press conference about the es¬tablishment of a Foundation named after prominent journalist S.Jambaldorj on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day
13.00: Mongolian People’s Revolution¬ary Party conducts a press conference about current situation At the “Mongol news” press center
11.00: Authorities of the First State Hospital hold a press conference on the Global Hand Hydiene Day
11.30: Magicnet Company introduced the first search engine of medicines and pharmacies of Mongolia
12.30: Importers of eco cars holds a press conference on increase of excise tax on vehicles

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