Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Dur¬ing the Parliament’s plenary session on May 5, Prime Minister of Mongolia J.Erdenebat discussed the current is¬sues of construction, urban and road transportation development
. According to PM J.Erdenebat, issues regarding the redraft of the policy on con¬struction and construction material indus¬try, development of construction material production and its exports are currently being considered.
Also, a funding of the establishment of a whole sale supply network of construc¬tion materials in Zamiin-uud free trade zone, “Nalaikh” construction material in¬dustry and general plans of Baganuur Industrial Park have been settled and is now preparing the blueprints. With previ¬ous programs and investments, cement producing companies have started sup¬plying 100 percent of the domestic needs since the first quarter of 2017 and is ready to export.
On the urban development plans, PM J.Erdenebat remarked “Buyant Ukhaa 2, an apartment complex for 972 households started its operation in April 2017. And the preparation works for Buyant ukhaa2-2, Buyant Ukhaa 3, Eco Yarmag” and 7th district projects are in progress.
These projects are capable of provid¬ing accommodation for 8717 households. As of March 2017, a total of 1028 people have applied for mortgage loans, increas¬ing the number of loaners to 90.4 thou¬sand and 77.8 percent of them are mort¬gage borrowers.
Moreover, the Rental Apartment pro¬gram will cover the period from 2015 to 2021 to create 16 thousand rental apart¬ments in the capital and 4 thousand in aimags. The program plans to build new apartments for 12160 households and maintain sanitary standards for the apart¬ments of 7840 households. Rental prices are planned to be set at 25 percent of the average household income.
As for road transportation develop¬ment plans, a total of 1412.77 km long paved roads in 21 routes, 639.6 km long reinforced concrete roads in 3 locations, floating bridge and road maintenance works are planned for construction with a total budget of MNT 539.06 billion, which consists of MNT 5.29 billion from the state budget, MNT 23.84 billion from the Devel¬opment Bank and MNT 509.93 billion from foreign loans and aid.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Ms Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh arrived in Ulaanbaatar on May 7, to¬day, to pay an official visit to Mongo¬lia at the invitation of Prime Minister J.Erdenebat.
Ms Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh was wel¬comed at the Chinggis Khaan Internation¬al Airport by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ts.Munkh-Orgil and Ambassador Extraor¬dinary and Plenipotentiary of Vietnam, Mr Fang Dang Duong, along with other offi¬cials.
The visit is to officially commence today with Ms Dang being greeted by Prime Minister J.Erdenebat at the Central Square at 10.00 am. The two will pay re¬spect on the statue of Chinggis Khaan.
Ms Dang is to sign the Book of Hon¬ored Guests of the State House. Afterwards, the Prime Minister of Mongolia and the Vice President of Vietnam are to hold official talks.
The latter will pay courtesy calls on President Ts.Elbegdorj and Parliament Speaker M.Enkhbold. On May 9, the Viet¬namese Vice President will visit Gandan¬tegchenlin monastery and the official visit will end.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Today, May 8, Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, who is paying an official visit to Mongolia, paid a courtesy call on Par¬liament Speaker M.Enkhbold, talking about bilateral relations and coopera¬tion between Mongolia and Vietnam.
Speaker M.Enkhbold expressed his confidence that the visit would give im¬portant influence to strengthen traditional friendly relations and sustain the frequen¬cy of political talks.
He highlighted the significance of inter-parliamentary cooperation to the re¬lationship of the countries, expressing his content with widened relations between friendship groups in the parliaments, standing committees and Parliamentary offices of the two countries.
Further, Mr. M.Enkhbold said that the Mongolian Parliament is ready to receive a visit by Vietnamese National Assembly delegates headed by a chair of the Stand¬ing Committee of Security and Defense. He also noted that the countries should use all possibilities to widen trade and economic relations.
Conveying the greeting from Chairman of National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan to Speaker M.Enkhbold, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh said “- I am happy that the traditional relations of the two countries have been developing at all levels, particularly between legisla¬tive bodies and parliament offices. A visit by Deputy Chairman of National Assembly to Mongolia in 2015 made a substantial contribution to activate the relationship”.
Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh also said she agrees with the position to use all pos¬sibilities completely in widening the coop¬eration and she expressed her hope that over 20 businesspeople accompanying her on the visit would run successful talks with Mongolian counterparts on trade, economic and investment cooperation.
She emphasized the importance of supporting each other on regional and in¬ternational cooperation mechanisms and her hope to jointly make contribution to the world peace. She also underlined Viet-namese readiness to develop cooperation in mineral resources and oil sectors and to mutually supply products. Afterwards, Speaker M.Enkhbold ex¬pressed his confidence that Vice Presi¬dent Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh’s talks and agreements with the Prime Minister of Mongolia on trade and economic coopera¬tion would be realized and the represen¬tatives of government and businessmen would reach agreements on widening the cooperation, which is not currently suffi¬cient enough, despite the fact that the two countries have been maintaining good re¬lations for a long time.
He said “ – The Parliament of Mongolia is ready to support competent and prac¬tical initiatives and mutually beneficial, agreements and contracts”.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Prime Minister J.Erdenebat held official talks with Vice President of the Socialist Re¬public of Vietnam, Ms Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh who is paying a visit to Mongolia on May 8, Monday.
At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister J.Erdenebat welcomed the Vice President into the country, and said, “Mongolia and Vietnam share a 60-year-long friendly relationship. I am confident that your visit will boost the existing lev¬els of cooperation, mutual understand¬ing and traditional relations between the two countries”. For her part, Ms Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh expressed her delight at wit¬nessing Mongolia’s growth in person. “I have no doubt that Mongolia can move forward, elevating its reputation on the in¬ternational platform”, she said, expressing gratitude towards the Mongolian people for their warm reception. Sides discussed bilateral ties in political, economic and so¬cial spheres. The meeting proceeded with the signing of a MoU between the Mongo¬lian Ministry of Labor and Social Protec¬tion and the Vietnamese Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs. The memo¬randum will cover cooperation in mutual acknowledgement of legal documents in effect and intensifying student exchange.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On May 8, today, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ts.Munkh-Orgil held a press briefing about the ongoing official visit of the Vice President of Vietnam Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh.
The latter is accompanied by more than 20 businesspeople. Two countries’ business representatives will explore co¬operation opportunities at the business fo¬rum to commence tomorrow, May 9, noted the FM. Three main issues were touched on during the official talks between Vietnam’s Vice President and Prime Minister of Mon¬golia, he said. “The first issue was the pro¬motion of bilateral cooperation in defense and between the institutions of special function.
Vietnam has a population of 95 mil¬lion, ranks at the 14th place in the world by the size of its population. Vietnam has remained a key partner of Mongolia in the Southeast Asia since establishing diplomatic ties in 1954. The role of Viet¬nam in the region has been increasing as its economy has been growing rapidly in the recent years. For this year, Vietnam is chairing the Asia-Pacific Economic Co¬operation (APEC). Mongolia has been requesting Vietnam to support Mongolia’s efforts to strengthen ties with APEC”, said the Foreign Minister. “The second issue was promoting the commercial and economic cooperation. Trade turnover between Mongolia and Vietnam reaches only about USD 45 mil¬lion.
The Agreement on Veterinarian and Quarantine Cooperation, signed in April, opened a possibility for Mongolia to ex¬port meat and meat products to Vietnam. As a tropical country, the Vietnam’s side is interested in importing goat meat, which is more suitable in warm climates, from Mongolia. In 2017, Mongolia will pilot-ex¬port 20 tons of goat meat to Vietnam. If this goes successful, the number can be increased up to over 200 tons. Our side is also studying feasibilities to import frozen sea products”.
“The third issue was promoting tour¬ism.
As of today, a little over 60 Mongolian students are studying in Vietnam, and 30 Vietnamese students are studying in Mon¬golia. The sides agreed that it is time to increase the size of government grants for exchange students”, concluded FM Ts.Munkh-Orgil.
After the official talks, a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the two countries’ ministries in charge of labor and social welfare was signed.
The MoU sets out cooperation agen¬das for labor and social welfare sector and the matter of grants and services for ex¬change students.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Council on Mongolian National Brands has been established in accordance with a direction of the Prime Minister.
The council is chaired by the Prime Minis-ter, Mr J.Erdenebat. Head of the Cabinet Secretariat J.Munkhbat acts as the deputy chairman and some cabinet members, as vacant members of this council.
The national brand council convened for its first meeting and approved its rules and action plan for 2017 on May 5.
Its duties will be regulating policies to¬ward promoting the value of Mongolians and presenting national products to the world, submitting proposals on state poli¬cies for national brands, evaluating and issuing recommendations on policy imple¬mentation.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Opening ceremony for the “Whole Liver –Mon¬golia” National Program took place last Friday, May 5, at the central square of Ulaanbaatar. The program for improv¬ing liver health was approved by the cabinet on April 12.
In his remarks, Prime Minister J.Erdenebat said “Although the country’s economy faces challenges, the govern¬ment is commencing a program that would enforce comprehensive measures for de¬tecting and treating Hep-C infections, one of the key causes of liver cancer and cir¬rhosis. The government program will aim for improving knowledge about Hepatitis infections, changing public’s behavior and earlier detection of infections and cancer, as well as for eliminating the factors that lead to hepatitis infections in the future”.
A goal has been set by the government to have cured 150 patients infected with Hep-C and dramatically reduced death rate caused by liver cirrhosis and cancer by 2020.
Citizens of 40-65 years of age will be tested for Hepatic viruses free-of-charge in 2017, and people of 15-39 years of age and 65 or older citizens are going to en¬joy the same discount on hepatitis tests in 2018. Moreover, in the margin of Whole Liver –Mongolia Program, pharmaceutical supplies for hepatitis and liver treatment will be discounted by health insurance and live transplant operations will be covered by government.
According to statistics, 2,160 out of the 5,991 total recorded cancer cases in 2016 were liver cancer. On average of the past 10 years, 2,600 people died of liver can¬cer, which means liver cancer has been claiming seven lives each day, in Mongo¬lia. The study, conducted jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO), shows that there might be about 400 thousand people with hepatic viruses.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ With an aim to promote advanced technologies of construction sector and encourage material producers, an international trade fair “Barilga Expo 2017” took place at Misheel Expo between May 5 and 7.
More than 7 hundred entities are cur¬rently engaged in the domestic industry of construction materials, which is valued at around MNT 1 trillion. And around 80 leading companies such as “Top window”, MT and MMS have participated and pre¬sented more than thousand products such as tar paper and insulation materi¬als at the expo. One of the highlights was the insulation materials of Shunyada LLC where they’re giving 50 years of guaran¬tee on their products. Also, “Gurvan Maral Group” is supplying polystyrene sheet, lightweight concrete blocs, pink and green mastic, floor patching compound, tile ad¬hesive, washed sand and cement mortar by using high quality raw materials of Chi¬na. One of the advantages of the company is that they prepare polystyrene sheets in the purchaser’s desired sizes and deliver them directly to the construction site.
Partnering with over 150 companies, Gurvan Maral Group supply their products through construction material retails such as “Nomin Standard”, “Hermes Center, “BIG” shopping center and “100 ail” con-struction market. Last year, the company signed a memorandum of understanding with a German company “Wacker Chemie AG” to establish laboratory to advance construction materials in Mongolia. In or¬der to train the workforce required for the laboratory, some employers were sent to Wacker Chemie AG as an intern.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Long-term observers of Office for Demo¬cratic Institutions and Human Rights, (ODIHR), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will come to Mongolia by the end of this month for the upcoming presidential election scheduled for June 26.
They will observe election campaign, electoral process, way of solving com¬plaints and petitions and activities of me¬dia organizations during the election.
Prior to it, OSCE/ODIHR Needs As¬sessment Mission worked in Mongolia on February 21-24. In accordance with its mandate, the OSCE/ODIHR is deploying a Limited Election Observation Mission and plans to start the Mission’s operation on May 22, selecting 24 long-term observ¬ers. ODIHR is a leading agency in Europe in the field of election observation. It co-ordinates and organizes the deployment of several observation missions with thou¬sands of observers every year to assess the compliance of elections in OSCE par¬ticipating States in line with OSCE com¬mitments, other international standards for democratic elections and national leg¬islation.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On May 6, Saturday, Democratic Party held its 8th Congress to formalize its presiden¬tial candidate nomination, and approve 389 members of its National Policy Committee.
On May 2, the party registered 6 pre¬sumptive nominees - 27th Prime Minister Altankhuyag Norov, 21th Prime Minister Amarjargal Rinchinnyam, former Minister of Industry and Agriculture Battulga Khalt¬maa, Member of Parliament, former Minis¬ter of Foreign Affairs Bold Luvsanvandan, former Minister of Justice Dorligjav Dambii and former Minister of Industry and Trade, former Chairman of Mongolian Republi¬can Party Jargalsaikhan Bazarsad who recently rejoined the Democratic Party. The next day, a nationwide poll was con¬ducted in which Kh.Battulga won majority of votes.
The Congress was participated by 1206 members of the party, representing 21 provinces and 9 districts, from whom Kh.Battulga earned 96.6 percent support, thus being officially named the party’s presidential candidate. The 8th Congress of the Democratic Party also covered the action plan of the presidential candidate.


Khentii /MONTSAME/ Licenses for lands, which have not been used for their targeted purpose or abandoned, are being cancelled in Khentii aimag.
Governor of Kherlen soum, Khentii aimag center, Ts.Iderbat is taking mea¬sures to put land into circulation and raise local budget revenue by selling the lands at auctions. The soum has licensed crop land of 34.6 thousand ha and 1000 ha of land at the Dulaanii Engher site was sold at auctions, raising the local budget by MNT79 million.
Moreover, crop land licenses of 2000 ha, which were owned by ‘Smart’ and ‘Sti¬mo’ companies and registered in Ulaan¬baata, have been cancelled and the lands will be sold at auction too. The companies obtained the lands by winning a tender, but they had not used it.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ May 5, Friday saw a ceremony in front of the National Library in connection to Na¬tional Language and Script Day which was co-observed on May 7, by the Min¬istry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports, National Council on Language Policy under the President, Committee on Culture and Arts, National Universi¬ty of Mongolia, Library of Ulaanbaatar, Children’s Library, Junior Center of Creative Arts and Institute of Language and Literature of Mongolian Academy of Sciences.
The day was marked in scope of the 105th Presidential decree issued in 2003 which aimed to intensify efforts directed at preservation of traditional script and na¬tive language and raise awareness.
The National Language and Script Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May, every year.
This year, several events including ex¬hibitions featuring the works and portraits of linguists and authors, calligraphy and rare books, academic conference, traditional Mongolian script Olympiad and tar¬get-group workshop were held last week.
“Mongolia has set a goal to convert to a dual-script system of traditional Mongo¬lian script and Cyrillic script by 2025”, re-marked J.Batsuuri, Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports during the opening ceremony. “Every person should understand the importance of conserva¬tion of traditional script which is a national cultural heritage”. Moreover, a ceremony to present the traditional Mongolian script version of ‘Kanjur and Tanjur’ Buddhist scriptures was held on May 5. Graduates of 1983 and 1985 of the school of Bagan¬uur district gifted the scriptures to the Na¬tional Library.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mongo¬lian athletes gained three gold and one silver medals from the “Shanghai inter¬national jiujitsu open 2017” champion¬ship held in China last weekend.
The two gold medals went to T.Munkh who competed in the adult’s white belt divi¬sion of 76 kg, N.Sergelenbayar in the Mas¬ters-2 division of 82 kg and B.Enkhtuvshin in the Master-3 division. The silver medal was won by A.Gantulkhuur in the 70-kg blue belt category in the “Shanghai inter¬national jiujitsu open 2017”.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On May 6, Mongolian judo athletes won two gold medals at the 10th East Asian Judo Championship held in Gujing, China.
B.Erhembayar, International Master of Sports won a gold medal in the men’s 66kg and Ts.Khulan, International Master of Sports won another gold medal in the women’s 57 kg. Moreover, our four ath¬letes secured silver medals and another four judokas won bronze medals respec¬tively.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mon¬golian State Honored Athlete E.Sodnompiljee, who is a winner of the bronze medal of the Rio Olympics 2016 claimed a gold medal from the Eger 2017 World Para Powerlifting World Cup. The competition took place in Eger city of Hungary from May 4 to 7.
Starting this year, he moved up a weight class to 97 kg category and won the World Cup by lifting 221 kg in his new weight class in Hungary. Iraqi athlete Thaer Al-Ali won a silver medal by lifting 210 kg and Nuriddin Davlatov from Uz¬bekistan secured a a bronze medal with 180kg.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of Mongolia-Japan Center for Human Resources Develop¬ment, ‘Japanese Culture Day’ festival will take place at the Mongolia-Japan Center in Ulaanbaatar on May 20, Sat¬urday.
During the event, ‘How well do you know Japan? quiz, Japanese song com¬petition and Japanese tea ceremony will be organized. Also, calligraphy arts of Ja¬pan and furoshiki - traditional Japanese wrapping cloth will be presented.
Moreover, Kendama game, Japanese anime, manga and Cosplay events in which participants are able to wear cos¬tumes, such as Yukata, and fashion ac¬cessories representing specific characters and have their photos taken will be orga¬nized with an aim to introduce Japanese culture to the Mongolian public.
A photo exhibition as well as an exhi¬bition of the best essays about Japanese culture will be held during the festival.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Oyu Tol¬goi has announced the appointment of Armando Torres as Chief Executive Of¬ficer of Oyu Tolgoi LLC.
Armando Torres has been a member of the Oyu Tolgoi Board and as Rio Tinto Managing Director – Oyu Tolgoi since 2016. Mr Torres will continue as a member of the Oyu Tolgoi Board.
Mr Torres assumes the role from Ste¬phen Jones, who held the role of acting Chief Executive Officer. Mr Jones moves into the role of Chief Operating Officer for the business.
Mr Torres has been a senior leader with the Rio Tinto Group for the past six years, joining as Chief Operations Officer of the Bauxite & Alumina business unit in Rio Tinto Aluminium, overseeing opera¬tions in Australia and Canada before mov¬ing into the role of head of operations and Transformation Lead for Rio Tinto’s alu¬mina businesses.
Batsukh Galsan, Chairman of Oyu Tol¬goi’s Board of Directors, said: “The Board of Directors is pleased to appoint Arman¬do Torres as the company’s CEO.
Armando has a proven track record of delivering successful business trans¬formation while strengthening local capa¬bility, communities and diversity and the Board is confident that he will provide the Company with the leadership and drive to continue Oyu Tolgoi’s journey and strong performance. The Board would like to thank Stephen for his significant and con¬tinuing contribution and strong leadership, which provides a robust foundation for the next phase of Oyu Tolgoi’s journey.”, re¬ports


Following events are expected on May 8, Monday.
Parliamentary party groups to convene
10AM: “Days of Taxpayer” event to open at the General Department of Taxa¬tion.
11AM: On the occasion of the 92th anniversary of the founding of children’s movement in Mongolia, a ceremony for author D.Natsagdorj, the founder of Chil¬dren’s Organization to take place at his monument.
2PM: Press conference on the first ever “Ulaanbaatar Spring 2017”, an in¬ternational choral festival, to take place at Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture.
3PM: An event for thousand children of Red Cross Society to take place at the central square.

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