MONTSAME Daily News

PRIME MINISTER INVITES INVESTORS AS POSITIVE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SEEN FOR MONGOLIAN ECONOMY

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The sec¬ond annual summit of the Business Council of Mongolia is being held on June 19-20. Under the theme “Regional Connectivity in Asia”, the main topics of infrastructure, power, mining, en¬vironmental awareness and other po¬tential projects are being discussed.
PM J.Erdenebat opened the summit with a speech and said “Foreign trade turnover of Mongolia steadily increased to USD 8.3 billion in 2016, while reached USD 4 billion in the first quarter of this year. Around 80 percent of the total exports consists of min¬ing products. The Government is aiming to create multi-pillared economy by diversify¬ing export products and manufacturing final products from the agricultural raw materials”. After discussing the Economic Corri¬dor program agreement, which was signed between Mongolia, China and Russia, PM J.Erdenebat noted “We perceive that an op¬portunity for increasing transit shipments and trades exists in Mongolia. Therefore, Mongo¬lia is interested in cooperating with Russia, China and other countries in the region to increase rail freight transports, create power grid and develop pipeline transport. Also, the positive outlook of the Mongolian mid-term macro economy can be observed from the reports of international banks, financial insti¬tutions and experts. Therefore, we encour¬age foreign investors to invest in Mongolia”.
Within the framework of the summit, several world-leading companies, such as The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and SoftBank Group, are attending to pres¬ent cooperation opportunities. Accordingly, Shigeki Miwa, General Manager of Soft¬Bank’s CEO Office, delivered a presenta¬tion on Asian Super Grid and highlighted the possibilities of joining the project.
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21 AIMAGS AND 285 SOUMS BEING CONNECTED TO INTERNET

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Today on 19 June, a launch event of ‘E-soum’ project, which is being implemented by the Government, was held at Shan¬gri La Hotel. The Government has for¬mulated policies and is implement¬ing several programs and projects targeted at the development of infor-mation and communications sector.
Electronization of soums is be¬ing implemented in three stages within the programs and projects. On the first stage, wireless and landline internet service became accessible in 118 remote soums and on the second stage, wireless internet network was established in 136 soums, providing soum residents with inexpensive internet service. During the third stage, the project launched today is connecting some 80 soums and settle¬ments with wireless internet. Therefore, now 21 aimags and 285 soums are having a wireless broadband internet connection.
PM J.Erdenbat delivered speech at the opening ceremony. “- Every Mongolian citi¬zen has a right to receive services and infor¬mation of state organizations transparently, promptly and independently on location and time, gaining access to the most reliable and universal communication service. We are working with an aim to make state service equally accessible and inclusive, reaching for citizens of remote soum, settlements and the countryside, changing the current situa¬tion that citizens move to bigger settlements to receive state services. We are launching a project to newly connect 73 soums with wireless and landline internet in 2017 within ‘E-soum” project. The project will give ben¬efits to over 800 thousand people in remote soums and settlements and it is essential to improve their involvement of state policy de¬velopment, access of state services as well as to make state organizations operate trans-parently and without bureaucracy ” PM said.
Executive Director of “Mongolia Tele¬com” company M.Altan-Ochir said “ – In¬ternet connection becomes available in all over the soum center territory. State organizations of soums including Citi¬zens representative meeting, governor’s office, hospital, police, kindergarten and schools are connected to internet. More¬over people can use any device to be con¬nected to internet. A total of MNT2.5 billion was spent for it. Our company also made some funding for it. We are in charge of the internet operation and services further”.
“Mongolia Telecom” company is now working on introducing ‘E-soum’ appli¬cation for administrative organization of soums to establish interior network be¬tween organizations, distribute informa¬tion promptly and to make state service accessible to citizens through internet.
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MONGOLIA TO COOPERATE WITH ASIAN PACIFIC ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF LIVER

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On June 19, the Ministry of Health, Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liv¬er and Mongolian Association for the Study of Liver Diseases established a memorandum of mutual understand¬ing to cooperate within the framework of activities to carry out the ‘Whole Liver-Mongolia” national program.
During the memorandum establishing event, Minister of Health A.Tsogtsetseg said ‘The Ministry of Health is taking various mea¬sures to reduce spread of hepatitis virus and death rate from cirrhosis of liver and liver cancer caused by hepatitis viruses. We are glad to have opportunities to get advice on the implementation of the program, involve Mongolian doctors and specialists in domes¬tic and foreign training and co-organize re¬search works in the scope of the cooperation”.
The memorandum will enable the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of Liver to give advice on the process of the implementation of ‘Whole Liver-Mongolia’ national program, organize training for Mongolian doctors and specialists in the directions of treating, diagnosing liver dis¬ease caused by hepatitis viruses, in foreign countries and render financial assistance. Moreover, the Mongolian Association for the Study of Liver Diseases will support activities to invite international scientists and experts to work in Mongolia and co-operate on formulating training programs.
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EU-STANDARD MEAT FACTORY TO BE BUILT IN UVS AIMAG

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ During his visit to Uvs aimag, Minister of Food, Ag¬riculture and Light Industry P.Sergelen attended the groundbreaking cere¬mony of “Khumen Negdel” LLC’s fac¬tory, which will manufacture meat and meat products under European Union standards with Austrian “BERTSCH LASKA” LLC’s equipment, on June 11.
The groundbreaking ceremony was at¬tended by MP N.Tserenbat, local officials led by Governor of Uvs aimag D.Batsaikhan and representatives of local residents and herders.
The construction of the factory is expect¬ed to continue for 11 months in total. Once the operation starts, around 40-50 big and 120- 150 small livestock animals will be processed through a single shift, producing thousand tons of livestock meat and 6 hundred tons of raw and pre-cooked meat products annually.
The current issue for the company is to establish a pre-contract with herd¬ers to register cattle with livestock brand¬ing, bar code systems and conduct preventive maintenance in order to pro¬vide healthy food to the consumers.
Secondly, the company is aiming to man¬ufacture and export frozen meats, variety of sausages, meat products, meat preserves and offal products with HACCP and ISO stan¬dards. Furthermore, the factory is expected to create 70-80 jobs once the operation begins.
Source: Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry
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YOGA DAY PERFORMANCES ENLIVEN CENTRAL SQUARE

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The 3rd International Day of Yoga celebra¬tion in Ulaanbaatar gathered doz¬ens of yoga practitioners to the cen¬tral square for a yoga lesson and performance on June 18, Sunday.
In his opening speech, Ambassador of India to Mongolia Suresh Babu said, “Regular practice of yoga helps one devel¬op a healthy body and mind. Yoga brings about a positive change in our daily lives”.
He also thanked Members of Parliament B.Undarmaa and B.Oyunchimeg, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ts.Munkh-Orgil, Mayor of Ulaanbaatar S.Batbold and other officials for coming to the yoga day celebration. The event was organized by Em¬bassy of India and supported by Gov¬ernment of Mongolia, Art of Living, Bra¬ham Kumar is Yoga, Federation of Yoga and other yoga centers in Mongolia.
The UN proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga following In¬dian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ini¬tiative to have a designated Yoga Day. The day has been marked since 2015 around the world and in Mongolia also.
The first International Yoga Day cel¬ebration in Mongolia took place on the central square, attracting more than 1000 participants, whereas the 2016 celebra¬tion at the Indian Embassy was attend¬ed by more than 300 yoga practitioners.
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GOBI JSC STOCK PRICE SURGES BACK AFTER BODS’ ANNOUNCEMENT

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Following the fire, which broke out at the cashmere factory of “Gobi” JSC on June 14, the Board of Directors made an announce¬ment to its shareholders on June 16.
“During the fire, the executive man¬agement of the company worked effec¬tively to reduce the damages by moving factory resources and products to safe places. However, the factory building has been flooded due to the fire extinguishing process. Thus, currently it is not possible to evaluate the damages occurred to the factory equipment. The National Emergen¬cy Management Agency and the National Police Agency will determine the cause of the fire and the damage will be evalu¬ated in the inspection process. We will in¬form you as the official report is released.
We are providing necessary guidance to the management team and con¬trolling the situation in order to resume the factory operation in short time” Board of Directors Gobi JSC June 16, 2017”.
Due to the fire, the company’s stock price dropped down from MNT 13.770 thousand to MNT 11.710 thousand in a single trading day. Following the state¬ment, the company’s share surged back to MNT 13750 within 3 hours af¬ter the stock market opened on June 19.
Source: Mongolian Stock Exchange
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VETERINARY HOSPITALS IN UVURKHANGAIAIMAG RECEIVE EQUIPMENT FROM USAID

Uvurkhangai /MONTSAME/ Vet¬erinary hospitals in 10 soums of Uvurkhangaiaimag received equipment needed for their operations through the non-refundable aid from the U.S. Agency for International Development in Mongolia (USAID Mongolia) last week.
The USAID Mongolia assis¬tance for Uvurkhangaiaimag totaled MNT 50 million, including laboratory equipment, metal fences and others.
Within the framework of a tender an¬nounced by Mercy Corps Mongolia aimed at protecting and supporting the liveli¬hood of residents and herders facing harsh winter disaster, a number projects in 10 aimags have been carried-out and non-refundable aids of equipment worth around 500 million MNT were provided.
Among those 10 projects, a proj¬ect submitted by Zos Khangai veteri¬nary clinic was selected to receive the aforementioned much-needed assis¬tance useful for making livestock animals healthy and preventing from diseases.
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WESTERN SHORE REGION OF KHUVSGUL LAKE CONNECTED TO ELECTRICITY NET¬WORK

Khuvsgul /MONTSAME/ A region on the western shore of the Khuvs¬gul Lake, one of the top tourist attrac¬tions of Mongolia has been connect¬ed to the central electricity network.
Construction work of 16 KW electricity line and sub-station were completed within 40 days.
Electricity connection from Khatgal vil¬lage to Toilogt allows 73 tourist camps and 110 ger camps surrounding the lake and local households access to electricity supply and following benefits including comfortable toi¬let and hot shower, internet access and new jobs. New electricity lines continue up to 40 km, reaching the most remote tourist camp.
Construction work costs MNT1.6 billion and three companies, name¬ly, Infrastructure, Selena and Plus and Minus have executed the work.
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FIRST HARVEST OF STRAWBERRY EXPECTED IN SOUTH GOBI

Umnugobi /MONTSAME/ The first harvest of strawberry, grown in South Gobi with two cultivars of strawberries of South Korea, is expected before the National Naadam Festival on July 11.
Within the Mongolia-South Korea joint proj ect “Green wall”, professors and students of the Mongolian University of Life Sciences (MULS) in collaboration with local communi¬ty of Umnugobi aimag carried out strawberry plantation on a 1500 square meter field.
Based on trilateral cooperation of Um¬nugobi aimag, Gyongsang province of South Korea and the MULS, the aimag has set a goal to locally plant more than 50 per cent of the vegetable and fruits’ needs of the aimag.
In the first stage, 300-sq.meter five green¬houses were built on the ‘Green Wall’ project field, northwest of Dalanzadgad soum and two sorts of strawberries, which are consid¬ered as most adaptive and fastest growing on the Gobi soil were planted. “- We are taking all possible measures to avoid the soil mois¬ture evaporated in hot weather condition. We are happy to see our first berries” said professor of the University T.Nasanjargal.
Moreover, watermelon, hon¬eydew melon, tomatoes and on¬ion were planted on an open field.
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MOUNTAINEER G.USUKHBAYAR TO CLIMB K2

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The second Mongolian mountaineer to at¬tempt conquering K2, the 2nd high¬est mountain in the world departed for Pakistan last Friday, June 16.
State Honored Athlete G.Usukhbayar becomes the second Mongolian to at¬tempt conquering the legendary mountain which is elevated at 8611 meters above sea level, and has the second-highest fa-tality rate among the eight-thousanders.
The first Mongolian Seven Summiteer, State Honored Athlete B.Gangaamaa climbed the mountain in 2013, but stopped the climb due to natural obstacles.
G.Usukhbayar became the first Mongo¬lian to conquer Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, by summitting in 2005.
Earlier this year, he conquered Mount Aconcagua (6962m), the highest peak of South America.
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G.ARIUNBAATAR WINS SONG PRIZE TROPHY OF BBC CARDIFF SINGER OF THE WORLD

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Ariun¬baatar Ganbaatar, winner of the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition and laureate of the Chinggis Khaan Or¬der of Mongolia, won the Song Prize Trophy together with Scotland’s Ca¬triona Morrison on June 17 at the BCC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.
Having joint winners of the Song Prize is an unusual event for the BBC stage.
Mezzo Soprano Catriona Mor¬rison was crowned as the Winner of the overall competition the next day. Ariunbaatar, 29, closed the Song Prize finals by singing the famous The Steppes of Mongolia by Sharav, a renowned Mongolian composer.
On June 14, Ariunbaatar was cho¬sen as the second singer to perform at the finals. He had also been selected as one of the five finalists of the com¬petition, joining John Chest (USA), Ca¬triona Morison (Scotland), Iurii Samoilov (Ukraine) and Louise Alder (England).
G.Ariunbaatar was congratulated be¬fore the finals by the Mongolian President, Mr Ts.Elbegdorj via Twitter. The digni¬tary shared link to the video, in which Ari¬unbaatar sings the Steppes of Mongolia.
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TOKYO KOMAKI BALLET PERFORMS THE FIREBIRD IN UB

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Tokyo Ko¬maki Ballet staged a concert in Ulaan¬baatar in frames of celebration of the 45th diplomatic anniversary of Mon¬golia and Japan. The Japanese danc¬ers were invited by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Ts.Munkh-Orgil.
Tokyo Komaki together with Mongolian Cultural Envoy and State Honored Artist D.Altankhuyag performed the Firebird by Igor Stravinsky and Chopeniana by Frederick Chopin for the first time in the State Academ¬ic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Mongolia.
The concert is one of the many events planned and being held in the margin of the historic anniversary in both countries.
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MONGOLIAN WRESTLERS WIN 6 MEDALS IN ASIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mon¬golian wrestlers, who competed in the Asian Junior Freestyle Wrestling Championships, claimed two gold medals, one silver and three bronze.
N. Nasanbuyan in the men’s 50 kg and B.Tsetsegbayar in the women’s 72 category won gold medals, becoming 12th and 13th Asian junior champions from Mongolia. M.Lhagvagerel became silver medalist in the men’s 120 kg, while bronze medalists were B.Ariunbold (55 kg), M.Tsogtgerel (84 kg) and B.Chimgee (women’s 48 kg).
168 male and female wrestlers from 18 countries including Iran, China, South Korea, Japan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and India competed in 8 weight categories in the championship, held on 15-18 June in Taichung, Taiwan.
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SENIOR POWERLIFTER WINS GOLD AT WORLD CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ D.Altankhuyag, challenged in se¬nior’s 83 kg, won a gold medal in his category, after pressed 152.5 kg.
He has secured the bronze med¬al in overall score at the World Classic Powerlifting Championships 2017 be¬ing held in Minsk, Belarus. The cham¬pionships are to end on June 25.
Mongolia is being represent¬ed by seven athletes from the Mon¬golian Powerlifting Federation.
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WEATHER FORECAST UNTIL JUNE 24

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Thun¬derstorms are expected in most parts of central and eastern aimags on June 20 and 21, in eastern half of the terri¬tory on June 22 and in eastern region on June 23. Winds will get stronger be¬fore the rains, reaching 16-18 m/sec.
The nighttime temperature in the de¬pression of Darkhad and Khangai, Khu¬vsgul and Khentii Mountains will be +1+6, and the daytime, +16+21. In the depres¬sion of Great Lakes and southern part of the Gobi, the nighttime temperature will be +14+19, and the daytime, +26+31.
In other regions, the night¬time temperature will be +7+12, and the daytime, +21+26 Celsius.
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MONGOLIAN JUDO ATHLETES TRAIN FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mon¬golian judo athletes participated in the international joint trainings in Republic of Korea and Japan.
“World Senior Championship & Teams 2017”, an international Judo championship is expected to take place in Budapest, Hun¬gary between August 28 and September 3.
Therefore, the participating countries have initiated joint trainings beforehand.
The prize pool of the tournament is USD 700 thousand with the first place to win USD 20 thousand and USD 5 thousand for the coach as well.
Mongolian judo athletes will be starting their training after participating in the “Ho¬hhot Grand Prix 2017”, which is expected to take place between June 30 and July 2.
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JUNE 19 EVENTS

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Following events are expected on June 19, Monday.
11AM: Press briefing on the in¬ternational tournament “Ulaanbaatar Cup” at the Central Sports Palace.
11AM: Results of the monitor¬ing of Presidential election to be pre¬sented at the Open Society Forum.
11AM: Opening ceremony of “E-Soum” project to take place at Shangri-La Hotel.
11AM: Representatives of non-gov¬ernmental organizations to hold press briefing under the topic “Patriotic choice” at the National Information Center.
12PM: Ministry of Labor and Social Protec¬tion to hold “Open Day” at the Central Square.
12PM: Press briefing on “Queen Harp’s melody never fades” charity concert to take place at National Academic Drama Theatre.
3PM: National Anthem to be transmitted from the first Mongolian satellite “Mazaa¬lai” at the National University of Mongolia.
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