Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A new Community Interaction Centre (CIC), funded by Oyu Tolgoi (OT), opened Monday in Khanbogd soum, Omnogobi aimag, the OT website published.
The CIC is designed to help local citizens, groups, NGOs, private entities, cooperatives, as well as OT, to organize public events, forums, conferences and training, creating an environment where people can gather in groups and meet in a pleasant environment. Ivan Vella – Chief Operating Officer, OT said: “It is our vision to support long lasting knowledge and skills, while delivering a safe and sustainable copper business. I have no doubt that the centre, equipped with the latest IT and internet connections and computer training facilities, will help young people in Khanbogd and the surrounding area to learn about the world from the Gobi.
At the same time, small businesses and herder cooperatives can use the venue to help their development,” Head of the Citizens’ Representative Khural of Khanbogd soum Nekhiit highlighted: “Today we have opened a place for us all to get involved. I’m delighted to note that OT has initiated and funded this centre. During the recent years, OT has done some great work in Khanbogd. This is a major development, and demonstrates OT’s commitment to community development. On behalf of the residents of Khanbogd, I would like thank the OT management team and the entire workforce.”
Constructed by a Mongolian company, the centre includes a 100-capacity conference hall and has state of the art security and safety systems. It will be managed by a joint steering committee representing soum citizens, the local administration and OT.
OT recently signed a jointly administered Cooperation Agreement with Omnogovi aimag and Khanbogd, Manlai, Bayan-Ovoo and Dalanzadgad soums. The agreement focuses on broad-
based economic development, social infrastructure, environmental protection and the promotion of cultural heritage.
OT continues to invest in sustainable long-term projects in the South Gobi. In the first quarter of 2015, OT has spent approximately US$280,000 in the areas of health and safety, community infrastructure, pastureland management and herder well rehabilitation programs.