Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Presi¬dent of Mongolia Kh.Battulga pledged to support and sponsor mind athletes when he received Monday students and teach¬ers who successfully competed in interna¬tional scientific Olympiads.
“I supported mind athletes in some period, resulting some success. I truly congratulate those students and teachers on their brilliant success at international Olympiads. It proves that Mongolians are fully competitive in tournaments of intelli¬gence,” he said.
The President suggested that Olym¬piads and mind sport contests should be organized in several stages throughout districts, aimags, cities and country, and it should be promoted by national broad¬casters.
“Committees on national Olympiads for mathematics, chemistry and physics operate at the Ministry of Education, Cul¬ture and Science. Now we have to set up a unified NGO for national Olympiads be¬cause NGO works more actively and cre¬atively with less bureaucracy,” he added.
In response, a physicist N.Tegshbayar thanked the President for encouraging youths with high intelligence. Mongolian students collected silver and bronze medals in this year’s inter¬national scientific Olympiads. Took place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Mongolian stu¬dents grabbed one silver and two bronze medals in the 58th International Mathe¬matics Olympiads, while a pupil from Ork¬hon aimag Suvdanchimeg won a bronze medal in the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad held in Thailand.
All students of the national team claimed medals at the 50th International Physics Olympiad which was participated by 396 students from 86 countries. As the team result, Mongolia took 28th place in this Olympiad. This year, students and teachers com¬peted in the Olympiads with own expens¬es.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ J.Erdenebat, Prime Minister of Mongo¬lia, Tuesday received visiting Mr Nguyen Xuan Cuong, the Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, who is taking part in the 16th meeting of the Mongolia-Vietnam intergovernmental commission in Ulaanbaatar.
Vietnam is one of the important part¬ners of Mongolia in Southeast Asia. Boosting the traditional and friendly rela¬tions with Vietnam is one of the goals of Mongolian foreign policy, the Prime Min¬ister emphasized, and expressed the will¬ingness to intensify the mutually-benefi¬cial ties and cooperation with the country.
“Now we have to take certain mea¬sures for increasing the bilateral eco¬nomic cooperation and the trade turnover. The intergovernmental meeting continu¬ing here has a vital role in it,” the Premier said. He also hopes that the parties will focus attention to realizing agreements on supplying each other meat, meat products and sea products.
Saying that Vietnam exports agricul¬tural products to some 150 countries, Mr Nguyen Xuan Cuong noted the sides have discussed issues of boosting the ties and cooperation in the field. He also said he will implement works agreed at the intergovernmental commission meeting.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On August 5, Prime Minister J.Erdenebat received representatives of the Mongolia-Korea Economic Forum and Korea-Mongolia Cooperation Forum.
The meeting was attended by Mem¬ber of Parliament, Member of the Board of the Mongolia-Korea Economic Forum N.Enkhbold, Deputy Chairman of the Board G.Batkhuu, Head of Korea-Mongo¬lia Cooperation Forum, Member of the Na¬tional Assembly of the Republic of Korea Kim Tae Nyong, Mongolian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea B.Ganbold and Korean Ambassador to Mongolia U Sung.
Sides discussed bilateral economic cooperation, protection of the rights of Mongolians living in the Republic of Ko¬rea and the forum’s assistance to projects implemented in Mongolia by the Republic of Korea.
Prime Minister J.Erdenebat appreci¬ated the forum’s bridging role in advanc¬ing bilateral relationship in all sectors, and wished success to the forum’s joint meet¬ing which opened in Ulaanbaatar on Au¬gust 5.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Prime Minister of Mongolia J.Erdenebat received the delegates led by Member of National Assembly of South Korea Lee Hae-Chan on August 8.
Mr. Lee Hae-Chan said “Coming back after 9 years, Mongolia and bilateral rela¬tionship seem to have highly developed” and expressed his interest in cooperating on agricultural sector.
PM J.Erdenebat responded “Agricul¬ture is one of Mongolia’s leading sectors. The Government of Mongolia is ready to cooperate and provide full support on this matter”. After congratulating the Democratic Party’s victory in the legisla¬tive election, PM J.Erdenebat addressed the necessity of intensifying some of the agreements negotiated between the two countries. Specifically, establish¬ing Economic Partnership Agreement, which is currently in joint working group research-level, would further develop bi¬lateral ties of the two countries, marked PM J.Erdenebat. And expressed “South Korea decided to provide USD 500 million soft loan to Mongolia. Our side will soon be presenting the proposed projects and programs for the soft loan. Therefore, I believe the loan agreement will be negoti-ated soon”.
Presently, over 40 thousand Mongo¬lian citizens reside in South Korea. “Once the economy is stabilized, our citizens will be returning to their home country. Re¬gardless of the current economic state of our country, I trust the current party in power and National Assembly of South Korea will support Mongolian citizens liv¬ing in the ROK and ease the conditions of travel visa” addressed PM J.Erdenebat at the end of meeting.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The 16th meeting of the Mongolia-Vietnam inter¬governmental commission commenced Tuesday in Ulaanbaatar.
The meeting focused on issues of intensifying the bilateral cooperation in trade, economy, agriculture, health and education and developing the mutually-beneficial collaboration in other spheres.
At the beginning of the meeting, P.Sergelen, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry and head of the inter¬governmental commission for Mongolian side, informed about a current socio-economic situation in Mongolia, and then introduced implementation of decisions made by the previous meeting and further measures. The economic growth of Mon¬golia was 2.4% in 2015, and declined to 1.3% in 2016, he said.
“After setting of the new cabinet, the government of Mongolia has started to take measures for overcoming urgent problems in the country’s socio-econo¬my,” Mr Sergelen said. He added that the government has approved a program on reviving the national economy in accor¬dance with the Governmental Action Pro¬gram and the National Sustainable Devel¬opment Visions.
Regarding the Mongolia-Vietnam co¬operation, the Minister said the bilateral trade turnover reached USD 43 million in 2016, of which USD 2.9 million was export to Vietnam, while USD 40.1 million--was import from Vietnam.
The sides also touched upon issues on possibilities of exporting deep-frozen goat meat, leather, cashmere, wool products and meat processed by heating technol¬ogy as well as importing frozen sea foods, clothes and consumer goods.
Mr Sergelen underlined an importance of both sides’ Ministries to realize these works.
During a visit of the Mongolian Minister of Foreign Affairs to Vietnam, the countries signed a document on supplying meat and meat product to Vietnam. This meeting has created a legal environment to sup¬ply each other foods in accordance with an agreement on food hygiene. Thus, the sides talked about a possibility of supply¬ing 200 tons of goat meat to Vietnam and deep-frozen sea products from Vietnam.
Mr Sergelen expressed his satisfaction with co-organizing the bilateral intergov¬ernmental commission meeting together with Mr Nguyen Xuan Cuong, the Viet¬namese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and hopes that this meeting will contribute to intensifying the bilateral friendly relations and cooperation.
The intergovernmental commission meeting is continuing with sub-meetings.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ D.Davaasuren, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with his ac-companying delegation is taking part in the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Retreat Session which is taking place on August 7-8 in Manila, the Philippines.
At the session, Mr Davaasuren ex¬pressed a position of Mongolia concern¬ing regional and international security, and then affirmed his country’s willingness to partake in the East Asia Summit (EAS) and to become a partner of the ASEAN Talks.
While attending the session, the State Secretary held bilateral talks with Mr Ri Yong-ho, the Foreign Minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK); and Federica Mogherini, Ms High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commis¬sion in the Juncker Commission.
In addition, Mr Davaasuren exchanged views on the bilateral relations and coop¬eration with the Foreign Ministers of Rus¬sia, China, South Korea, Japan and the Philippines.
This year’s ARF Retreat Session mainly focused on tensions in the Korean Peninsula, nuclear tests of North Korea, disputes over South China Sea, terrorism and cyber security issues.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ With an aim to increase gold purchases, “Mongol Alt” /Mongolian Gold/ campaign will be ini¬tiated next month. Accordingly, the open¬ing ceremony of the campaign took place on August 07.
On this day, the Bank of Mongolia granted “Certificate of Authenticity” to in¬dividuals and entities, who are contribut¬ing to increase “State Fund for Treasures” and foreign-exchange reserves of Mongo¬lia by selling gold to BoM.
Within the frames of three-month cam¬paign, training on selling gold to the Cen¬tral Bank, in accordance with the law, will be held among the public by cooperating with government and non-government or-ganizations, as well as activating adver¬tisement and introducing related laws and regulations.
Furthermore, the Bank of Mongolia is aiming to promote actions on increasing foreign-exchange reserves, provide relat¬ed information and gold price to public and private entities to prevent gold smuggling.
“Mongol Gold” campaign will be imple¬mented in cooperation with central and regional branches of BoM, commercial banks and other entities.
Source: Bank of Mongolia


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ “The de¬creasing number of scholars pursuing Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Mon¬golian studies has become a challenge”, said E.Erdene, Chairman of the Board of Elbegdorj Institute (EBI). He was speaking at the launch of the 2017 ‘EBI’ Scholarship Program for Inter¬national Young Mongolists on August 7, Monday at the National Museum. “Train¬ing of the next generation of Mongolists will be a solution to advancing Mongolian studies worldwide”, he said.
Nine Mongolists from countries such as the Russian Federation, the Republic of India and the Republic of Korea were selected for the scholarship on the basis of their Mongolian language proficiency levels.
The scholarship covers the period from 07–18 August 2017. Scholarship recipi¬ents visit to the Center for Mongolian stud¬ies, and cultural and academic facilities in Ulaanbaatar, attend lectures delivered by renowned scholars and visit to the coun¬tryside to get acquainted with the customs and lifestyles of the Mongols.
National Council of Mongolian Stud¬ies, ‘Mongolian foundation’ NGO and ‘EBI’ Institute are co-organizing the pro¬gram which aims to encourage and sup¬port undergraduate students in a field of Mongolian Studies at the international universities, provide opportunities to learn the Mongolian language intensively and to become acquainted with the culture and lifestyles of the Mongols.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The new¬ly appointed UNICEF Representative in Mongolia Mr Alex Heikens presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Af¬fairs, Mr Munkh-Orgil Tsend on August 4.
In welcoming the new Representative, Mr Munkh-Orgil Tsend said that child well-being has always been a priority for Mon¬golian Government, including the current one. He expressed hope that Mr Heikens will oversee an effective implementation of the Country Programme of Cooperation 2017-2021 signed between the Govern¬ment of Mongolia and UNICEF and bring sustainable results for children.
In response, Mr Heikens thanked the Minister for their role of key Government partner of UNICEF and their leadership in the planning of New Country Programme of Cooperation.
“In this current programme cycle, UNICEF will continue supporting the Gov¬ernment to build on good practices and service models, which have illustrated significant results for children in previous focus areas in Khuvsgul province and Na¬laikh district by scaling up in other provinc¬es and districts as well as mainstreaming into national policies and programmes” said Mr Heikens.
He also added “I believe in a closer cooperation with your Ministry under your leadership to successfully implement the new Country Programme which is de¬signed and dedicated for the improved well-being of Mongolian children, and con¬tribute jointly to the implementation of the SDG to which the Government of Mongo¬lia is committed”.
Mr Munkh-Orgil wished success to Mr Heikens in his new role as UNICEF Rep¬resentative and expressed that the Gov¬ernment of Mongolia stands ready to sup¬port UNICEF.
Mr Alex Heikens joined UNICEF in 2013 as a senior adviser at UNICEF Headquarters, New York. He led the de¬velopment and implementation of UNI¬CEF’s policy on climate change, energy and environmental sustainability. Prior to UNICEF, Alex served as a Regional Policy Adviser for the United Nations Develop¬ment Programme in Asia-Pacific, provid¬ing high quality support to UNDP Country Offices and Governments on addressing climate change (2010 – 2013).
From 2007 to 2010, he was with UNDP Indonesia where he led the development of the UNDP climate change portfolio and assisted the Government of Indonesia with formulating key-policy documents and programmes such as UNREDD.
Before joining the UN, Alex did his PhD research on the impacts of contami¬nated water resources on human health and agricultural production in Indonesia. Besides his PhD in environmental sci¬ences, Alex holds a MSc in Biology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Mr Heikens is a Dutch citizen.
source: UNICEF Mongolia


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ All-China Journalist Association’s five delegates led by the Secretary-General Pan Gang is paying an official visit to Mongolia.
The meeting between Confederation of Mongolian Journalists (CMJ) and ACJA took place at Puma Imperial Hotel on Au¬gust 7.
During the meeting, the journalists of two countries exchanged views on further cooperation.
S.Altantsetseg, Secretary-General of CMF, said “Concept of Mongolian Foreign Policy states to keep friendly relations with the two neighbors. Addressing this article in the foreign relation section of our union’s regulation, we’re actively cooperating with ACJA and Russian Union of Journalists. Last year, the first media forum was held between Mongolia and Russia. And our cooperation with ACJA is further intensi¬fying. Becoming the bridge between the public and Government, Journalists are obliged to be the voice of their country in the world and promote their cultural heri¬tage. Therefore, CMJ aims to cooperate with our two neighbors and other coun¬tries as well. Our union is an active mem¬ber to the International Federation of Jour¬nalists. In the upcoming year, our union’s five journalists will be visiting China at the invitation of ACJA. As seen from the eyes of a journalist, we are opening opportuni¬ties of mutually sharing the realization of development, history, culture and tradition of our respective countries”.
“Our two countries are cooperating in the media sector. We will succeed in fur¬ther broadening cooperation and working closely” said Pan Gang, the Secretary- General of ACJA.
Within the frames of visit, Chinese journalists will be visiting news editorials to experience the level of media in Mon¬golia.
From Mongolia’s side, President of Confederation of Mongolian Journal¬ists B.Galaarid, CEO of Mongolian Na¬tional Broadcaster B.Bayarsaikhan, Advisor of CMJ B.Narantuya, Manager B.Munkhbayar and Editor-in-Chief of Voice of Mongolia Z.Densmaa have at¬tended the meeting.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Mon¬golian Student Sports Federation (MSSF) Tuesday announced that Mongolian uni¬versity athletes will take part in the 29th Summer Universiade that will be held on August 19-30 in Chinese Taipei.
This year’s Universiade will take place with participation of 12 thousand athletes of 160 countries. The Mongolian national team includes 76 athletes and officials, and they will compete in nine sport events.
A farewell ceremony for the Mongolian athletes will take place on Friday.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports G.Chuluunbaatar met with Someya Kinuyo, Mayor of Shimada, Shizuoka Pre¬fecture, Japan last week.
The Ministry signed a memorandum of cooperation with the city last March, regarding Mongolia’s preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics which will be hosted by the Japanese capital city.
Sides addressed the memorandum during the meeting, and exchanged views on preparations for the Olympics. Mongo¬lia’s boxing team will train for the Olympics in Shimada city.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The 1st International Children’s Art Festival began with a calligraphy contest on August 7, Monday.
More than 180 works were displayed at the calligraphy exhibition/contest held at the Junior Center for Creative Arts in the margins of the 1st International Chil¬dren’s Art Festival which will take place in Ulaanbaatar on August 23.
D.Enkhtur, Deputy Mayor of Ulaan¬baatar in charge of Poverty Reduction and Employment, B.Khaliun, Deputy Head of Family, Youth and Child Development Agency, U.Gan-Ulzii, Head of Family and Child Development Division of the capital city, D.Uranbileg, Director of the Junior Center for Creative Arts and O.Tegshee, Head of Cultural Exchange Association of Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region of China were present at the Monday event to present the awards of the contest.
More than 100 calligraphy works were submitted from the Inner Mongolian Au¬tonomous Region of China for this exhibi¬tion which aimed to elevate the value of traditional Mongolian script and promote friendship between the children from Mon¬golian ethnic groups.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Today, August 8 is observed as Father’s Day in Mongolia.
Mongolian Men’s Association, formed in 2003, initiated the day in 2005 with an intention to raise awareness on the social role and family responsibilities of fathers. As such, Mongolia marks its 12th Father’s Day today.
Family and Child Development Divi¬sion of the capital city in cooperation with the Mongolian Men’s Association is cel¬ebrating the 2017 Father’s Day under the slogan ‘Support to Fathers’ Participation’.
In scope of Father’s Day, several ac¬tivities including contest among fathers, seminar on father-child relationship and workshops are being held in the country.
Mongolia became the 14th country to mark Father’s Day which is now observed in about 20 countries around the world.


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Ulaan¬baatar will host an international relay mar¬athon this Sunday, August 13. The ‘Beautiful Ulaanbaatar’ interna¬tional marathon is co-organized by the Physical Culture and Sports Agency, implementing agency of the government, Physical Culture and Sports Committee of the capital city and ‘Grand China Sports’ company.
The competition will be divided into four categories – ‘Tourist’, ‘Family’, ‘Friends’ and ‘Ulaanbaatar close to my heart’. In particular, the ‘Tourist’ category invites a team of 2-3 tourists, the ‘Family’ a team of 3 family members of age range 3-11, the ‘Friends’ a team of 2-3 runners aged above 18 and the last category a team of 2-3 elders aged 50-65.
The registration is open until August 10 at the Central Sports Palace.

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