Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On May 7-10, Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is go¬ing to pay an official visit to Mongolia at the invitation of J.Erdenebat, Prime Minister of Mongolia.
In the scope of the visit, the Vice Presi¬dent of Vietnam will pay a courtesy call on Ts.Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia and M.Enkhbold Speaker of the Parliament and hold official talks with J.Erdenebat, Prime Minister of Mongolia.
During the visit, the dignitaries are going to exchange views on strengthening friendly relations between Mongolia and Vietnam, intensifying bilateral cooperation in areas of trade, economy, sciences, technology and other spheres.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Today, May 04,Head of Cabinet Secretariat, Minister J.Munkhbat met with the World Bank rep¬resentatives, headed by Jason Allford, the Executive Director of the World Bank Group representing Mongolia and some other countries. Minister J.Munkhbat noted that protecting investors’ rights in legal frame is one of the priorities of the Government and a council in charge of protecting investors’ rights was estab-lished by an order of Prime Minister. He expressed his thanks to the World Bank for granting financial support within the IMF program to Mongolia.
Mr Jason Allford said “- We know that economic conditions were tough when you took power. We are also happy that the economy tends to revive. It would be a good example to other countries that the Govern¬ment of Mongolia has established a certain structure for the protection of investors’ rights at a policy level. Mongolia needs to increase foreign investment to overcome its economic difficulties. However, restriction of the investors’ transaction, making it to pass only through Mongolian banks has much negative impact on the economy”. Asking whether parliament is reconsidering its de¬cision concerning the matter he said that if parliament makes its decision certain, IMF and WB are ready to conclude their decision within a short period.
“- The majority group in parliament has made its political decision to reconsider and change the parliamentary resolution, which regulates income from some big projects to pass through Mongolian banks. Within this week, the parliament will finalize it. After that, we believe the IMF will confirm its of¬ficial decision on implementing its program in Mongolia” said Minister J.Munkhbat. He also emphasized Mongolia’s active collabo¬ration with IMF and WB and high expecta¬tions, including positive effects to economy as a result of the cooperation this time too.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The National Development Agency and Mongolian Na¬tional Chamber of Commerce and Industry established a memorandum of cooperation on May 4 directed at developing public and private partnership in the formulation of so¬cial and economic development policy, up¬grading the economic competitiveness and increasing investment.
The two sides will further collaborate to reflect proposals and opinions of business people and entrepreneur’s opinion in policy making of public and private partnership and in short and mid term policy documents for economic development. In the frames of the memorandum, they also will take actions to conduct joint studies on invetsment policy and legal environment and improve their exchange of information and harmonization.
The memorandum was signed by B.Bayarsaikhan, Director of the National Development Agency and M.Oyunchimeg, Chairwoman of the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Bearers of diplomatic and official passports of Mongo¬lia and Croatia are enjoying 30-day visa-waiver starting May 1. Governments of the two countries signed the agreement on visa-waiver in July 2016. In accordance, holders of the diplomatic and official passports that are valid in Mon¬golia and Croatia can travel to and pass through each other’s countries without com¬pulsion of acquiring visas.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Follow¬ing their registration of 6 presumptive nominees for the upcoming Presidential Election on May 2, Democratic Party held an all-member poll nationwide on May 3, Wednesday, the preliminary result of which was disclosed last night that Bat¬tulga Khaltmaa was elected as the party’s presidential candidate.
The presumptive nominees from the Democratic Party were 27th Prime Minis¬ter Altankhuyag Norov, 21th Prime Minister Amarjargal Rinchinnyam, former Minister of Industry and Agriculture Battulga Khaltmaa, Member of Parliament, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Bold Luvsanvandan, former Minister 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.
The poll was conducted from 10 AM to 8 PM, engaging the party’s all supporters in 21 provinces, 330 soums and 9 districts and 152 khoroos of the capital city majority of whom voted for Battulga Khaltmaa to rep¬resent the party.
In specific, Kh.Battulga led the poll with 2740.94 marks, R.Amarjargal ranked sec¬ond with 2374.85 marks, D.Dorligjav third with 1058.64 marks, N.Altankhuyag fourth with 1044.20 marks, L.Bold fifth with 917.30 marks and B.Jargalsaikhan sixth with 213.66 marks.
Mongolia has an upcoming Presidential Election next month, and May 2-6 are the designated dates for political parties to nom¬inate their candidates. There are three politi¬cal parties eligible to nominate a candidate for the election – ruling Mongolian People’s Party, Democratic Party and Mongolian Peo¬ple’s Revolutionary Party.
Mongolian People’s Party has nomi¬nated its Chairman Enkhbold Miyeegombo whereas Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party is expected to hold its convention on May 5, Friday to name their candidate. On the other hand, the Democratic Party’s 8th Congress will be held on May 6 to formally name the party’s presidential candidate.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ According to the Report on Environmental State For 2015-2016, 76.8 percent of the Mongolian territory has been struck by desertifica¬tion as a consequence of fast-spreading dryness in the recent years. The report was presented by Minister of Environ¬ment and Tourism, Ms D.Oyunkhorol at a cabinet meeting.
The main cause of desertification was the 2.5 times increase in the population of livestock since 1990 and failure to maintain the traditional methods of pasture rotation and going on search for better grazing lands, says the report.
Another concern is the increased fre¬quency of atmospheric hazards. In specific, average of 30 atmospheric incidents were observed each year from 1990 and 2000, whereas the number had doubled between 2001 and 2016. For instance, the number of days with dust storms went up to 47 in 2015 from 37 in 2014.
Although Mongolia’s total carbon dioxide emission is lower than the global average, 6.08 metric tons of CO2 emission per capita indicates a number that is quite higher than the global average.
Climate change, pastoral degradation and improper mining activities have speed¬ed up the drying process of surface waters – springs, rivers, ponds and lakes. Accord¬ing to results of 2016 centralized census of surface water, a total of 774 springs, 263 small and large rivers and 346 lakes have dried out.
Moreover, 88 percent of the soil samples from Ulaanbaatar used in the soil test con¬ducted in 2014 were tested positive with various bacteria, mould and fungus, as well as ammonia contamination in densely popu¬lated areas. Waste water coming from the central sewerage and industrial waste have con¬tributed to Tuul River pollution. Report reads that contents of nitrate azote and rock phos¬phate at the river’s influx have tendency to increase since 1985.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Construc¬tion of the National Burn Center of the Na¬tional Trauma and Orthopedic Research Centre of Mongolia will resume thanks to the nonrefundable aid USD 8 million by the Government of Kuwait, reports the Minis¬try of Health. The construction of the treat¬ment center building has been stagnant for 8 years due to financial issues.
In 2009, the State Specialized Inspec¬tion Authority concluded that the building, which was built in 1957, was not safe for use. Health Minister A.Tsoftsetseg said ‘It is decided that the assistance of USD 8 mil¬lion from the Kuwait Fund will be spent for building the Burn Center, which is a very ef¬ficient way. We have made an agreement that a total of USD 6.8 million will be spent for the construction works and USD 1.2 mil¬lion is planned for medical equipment. Which means a total of MNT 3.8 billion is saved from the amount initially agreed in the con¬tract’.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ An ADB History Book, Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific: 50 Years of the Asian Development Bank, was released today at ADB’s 50th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors in Yokohama. It details ADB’s activities from its origin in 1966, decade by decade to the pres¬ent day. It also illustrates the genesis of ADB regarding different proposals from across Asia and the Pacific, preparatory meetings in Bangkok, Manila and other cities, and collaboration of people with¬in and outside the region to discuss the Charter, membership, and location of the Headquarters.
The book is authored by Peter McCaw¬ley, an academic from the Australian Nation¬al University, a former Executive Director of ADB and former Dean of the ADB Institute. He was supported by the intensive work of a team of ADB staff, and benefited from comments and inputs of numerous people, including former ADB personnel.
The book aims to review how ADB over 50 years has responded to Asia’s challeng¬es given its unique regional perspective. It provides an objective and comprehensive account of ADB’s 50 years through three historical narratives—Asia’s economic de¬velopment, the evolution of the international development agenda, and the story of ADB itself. ADB President Takehiko Nakao said that “the unique character of this book is to discuss Asia’s economic history, from the perspective of development and based on the rich experience of ADB’s interaction with countries.” In his Foreword, Mr. Nakao writes that ADB is a child of the genuine aspiration by people across the region, and that the es¬tablishment of ADB represents a spirit of re¬gional cooperation. Looking back at ADB’s achievements in supporting its developing member countries, he summarized them into three broad functions: (i) combining fi-nance (loans and grants) with knowledge in infrastructure and social sector projects; (ii) promoting good policies through dialogue, capacity building, and policy-based lending; and (iii) catalyzing regional cooperation and friendship.
The book is the first detailed corporate history of ADB in 30 years—the last was published in 1987 to commemorate the 20th anniversary. A special seminar to discuss ADB’s 50-year history and its implications for the future role of ADB in Asia and the Pacific will be held today from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center Room 503.
ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environ¬mentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, ADB is cel¬ebrating 50 years of development partner¬ship in the region. It is owned by 67 mem¬bers—48 from the region. In 2016, ADB assistance totaled $31.7 billion, including $14 billion in cofinancing.
Source: The Asian Development Bank


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Deputy Foreign Minister B.Battsetseg delivered an opening remarks at the “LEAD Sum¬mit” a.k.a Leaders Advancing Democ¬racy, which was commenced on May 03. The event is being held by the collabo¬ration of the U.S. Embassy, International Republican Institute Mongolia, United States Agency for International Develop¬ment and World Learning organization between May 2 and 5.
As a part of the “LEAD Mongolia”, a U.S. supported program to be implemented in 2016-2018, the summit was attended by 15 young participants from Kyrgyzstan, Bhutan and Myanmar, as well as 30 young Mon¬golians, who visited the United States, and representatives of Government institutions, NGOs, educational and scientific organisa¬tions as participants of the “LEAD Mongolia” program.
Deputy Foreign Minister B.Battsetseg expressed her satisfaction towards the im¬plementation of “LEAD Mongolia” program which was announced during former US Secretary John Kerry’s visit to Mongolia and signified Ambassador of the U.S Jennifer Zimdahl Galt’s contribution towards an ef¬fective implementation of the program. Also, B.Battsetseg remarked Mongolia’s friend¬ly relations with Kyrgyzstan, Bhutan and Myanmar and highlighted the importance of the conference in providing opportunity to young participants in exchanging practices, information and views.
“LEAD Mongolia” program is focusing on main themes of environment and urban¬ization, unemployment, poverty alleviation, transparency and anti-corruption. “LEAD Summit” is a part of the series of events organized within the framework of the cel¬ebration of the 30th anniversary of the es¬tablishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the United States.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A night of classic arts event by ballet dancer of the State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet A.Ulzii-Orshikh will take place on May 15 at the theatre. A.Ulzii-Orshikh is a talented so¬loist who has been successfully performing for well-known classical, modern and tradi¬tional ballet plays, including Giselle, Sleep¬ing Beauty, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sparta¬cus and Uran Khas for the past 15 years.
On the evening of May 15, he will pres¬ent a combination performance of classical, modern and neoclassical ballets as well as Carmen Suite ballet (Georges Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin).
Carmen Suite is a one-act ballet created in 1967 by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso to music by Russian composer Ro¬dion Shchedrin .


Bulgan /MONTSAME/ A raft started to serve people on the Selenge River in Teel bag of Khutag-Undur soum, Bulgan aimag. In request of some herders, who reside in Atsad of Teel bag, on the opposite side of the river, the soum authorities made a deci¬sion to operate the raft with scheduled time from 07 a.m to 10 p.m, appointing two men in charge of operation.
The raft allows Teel bag citizens to travel to the soum center directly as well as trav¬elers to Bayan-Agt soum or Khanui spring resort to take a shortcut to main road to Khu¬vsgul aimag.


10.00: General Agency for Specialized and Inspection conducts a meeting with manufacturers of building materials at the heating supply company of Ulaanbaatar
11.00: Ulaanbaatar Departments of Road Development and Public Transport organize an Open Door event at the Central Square
13.00: Ceremony of presenting Eco school’s certificate “Bronze Gerege” (Ge¬rege-Paiza is a tablet used to be carried by Mongolian officials and envoys to signify certain privileges and authority)” takes place at the Mongolian Fine Arts Gallery
14.00: Academic conference on theory and practice themed “National Script-Guar¬antee of Independence” takes place at the National Library of Mongolia
18.00: Discussion on “Pressing issues of current state of primary and secondary edu¬cation in Bayan-Ulgii aimag” holds at the Li¬brary of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology
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11.00: S.Odontuya, Head of the Demo¬cratic Women’s Association conducts a press conference on the protection of rights of children and women
11.30: Mongolian National Olympic Com¬mittee conducts a press conference about its new organizational structure and activities
12.00: The Mongolian Chess Federa¬tion conducts a press conference on chess tournament to be organized on the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of Ts.Toivgoo, Academician and State Prize Winner.
12.30: Parents of students of the 29th special secondary school conduct a press conference

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