The President of Mongolia has awarded the Order of the “ Nairamdal” ( Friendship), the national honour for foreign nationals to Mr. Bill Munn, Chief Executive of the Cambridge Mongolian Development Appeal ( CAMDA ) for his great effort and dedication in supporting agricultural sector of Mongolia and especially, low income nomadic families whose livelihood depend on herd animals. Since its foundation in 2000, CAMDA has raised more than £500000 to aid herding families with their basic needs after a winter disaster, and equip them with hands-on skills.
Mr. Odonjil Banzragch, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy presented the award in the presence of Prof. David Sneath, Director of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit ( MIASU ) and Chair of CAMDA, staff members of MIASU and Mr. Tserenbat , Lead person of the Mongolian Association in the UK and Board member of CAMDA during the ceremony that held at the University of Cambridge on September 7th, 2017.
The Rugby team of Hertford College of Oxford has visited Mongolia 20 July-1 August 2017 for the second tour and had friendly matches which was co-organized by the Mongolian Rugby Association. During the tour, the Hertfordians played two matches against the ‘Ulaanbaatar Warriors’.
Off the pitch, the Hertfordians also have visited gers of nomads in country side and visited an orphanage and attended a buffet reception hosted by the British Embassy alongside representatives of Mongolian Rugby Association. During the reception, Chairman John Collis of Hertford Rugby Club has publicly expressed the gratitude to His Excellency Mr Bayar, Mongolian Ambassador to UK, for his help in organising and facilitating the tour and the goodwill between UK and Mongolia.
In his speech, the president-elect Kh.Battulga vowed to treasure Mongolia’s independency, freedom and national unity, honor the constitution, fulfill the duty of the President and received the blessing from the national flag of Mongolia. Thus, the President Kh.Battulga officially received the State Seal from the outgoing President Ts.Elbegdorj.
“Assuring the faith of Mongolian people, I have pledged my oath as the President of Mongolia. This is the highest hope and responsibility entrusted to me from the people and voters. Inheriting the noble chain of our ancestor’s tradition, I accept the call to strive for integrity for my people” addressed President Kh.Battulga.
“I express my gratitude for Mongolian people for having faith and trust in me. Also, I wish the other candidates of Presidential election and outgoing incumbent President Ts.Elbegdorj success in their further actions dedicated for the prosperity of Mongolia” said the President Kh.Battulga.
The Honoured artist of Mongolia Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar and Batjargal Batsaikhan, the soloist of the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet have participated in the final of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 organised in Cardiff, Wales during 11-16 June 2017, biannual classical singers competition.
400 entrants from USA, UK, Australia, Russia and South Korea have participated in the competition and only 20 young singers were selected for the final competition. Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar whose repertoire included songs of Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Fauré and Mongolian composer B.Sharav has selected as a co-winner of the Romance Song Prize.
Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar has reaches the Final Five and received audience’s sympathy.
In 2015, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015, the Mongolian soloist of the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet Amartuvshin has won the Audience Prize.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Ts. Munkh-Orgil sent a letter of condolences to the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Mr. Boris Johnson. His Excellency Mr. Munkh-Orgil said that he is deeply saddened by the news of terrorist attack in Manchester which took away the precious lives of innocent people and affected many others. The Government of Mongolia condemns the terrorist attack and expresses deep sorrow and sympathy to the families of the victims and the people of the United Kingdom.
The Mongolia-UK Round Table meeting was held on April 26, 2017 in Ulaanbaatar. The Mongolian delegation was headed by D.Davaasuren, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and the British delegation was led by Sir Simon McDonald, Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The two sides exchanged views on the current situation and the actions to take towards enhancing cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, investment, defense, education, environment, multilateral cooperation as well as regional issues of mutual interest during the Round Table meeting, an important mechanism of consultation between the two countries.
Furthermore, Permanent Under Secretary Sir McDonald gave a lecture on diplomacy titled “Masterclass in Diplomacy” to junior diplomats, scholars and students in the field of International relations.
The Ambassador of Mongolia to the UK, Mr. Bayar Sanjaa presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Kitack Lim.
Emphasizing a significance of the maritime transportation in the economic development of landlocked developing countries like Mongolia, Ambassador Mr. S.Bayar informed of policies and activities carried out by the Government of Mongolia in the water-borne transportation, and introduced ongoing outcomes and challenges in this area, and requested to render a support in providing technical assistance and consultancy assistance for further improvement of national legislations and standards.
Mr. Kitack Lim congratulated the Ambassador on being the Mongolian Permanent Representative to the IMO and committed to take every effort to develop Mongolia – IMO cooperation and to provide technical assistance to Mongolia.
Organized by the Mongolian-British Chamber of Commerce, the Mongolia London Business Forum, the Embassy of Mongolia has been held on 5 April 2017 at Bloomberg Headquarters in London. Over 180 representatives from public, private sectors as well as scholars and researchers have attended the Forum.
Among the presenters were Mr D.Davaasuren, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr Neil Saker, IMF Resident Representative for Mongolia. They have made keynote speeches on the current state of economy and investment environment, government policy and its objectives implemented to improve the investment environment as well as an overview on bilateral co-operation between Mongolia and IMF.
During the Forum, the Chairman of Mongolian-British Chamber of Commerce has chaired panel discussions on “Investing in Mongolia” and “Doing Business in Mongolia” which consisted of representatives from multinational mining and financial corporation i.e. Rio Tinto, London Stock Exchange, EBRD.
From Mongolia, Chairman and founder of Deloitte Onch auditing company, Director of B2B and the CEO of Thomas Air LLC shared their experiences and thoughts on business opportunities and conditions created for the investors.
Mr. D.Davaasuren, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia met with Mr. Dan Walpol, Head of communications department of the “Great” Initiative, under
the Cabinet Secretary of Great Britain, and exchanged views on the “GREAT” initiative activities and best practices. The State Secretry has mentioned that Mongolian government has also established a similar structure under the prime minister’s office.
Mr. D.Walpol said since his trip to Mongolia in November 2016, the Initiative has produced a recommendations for Mongolia and has been communicating with the relevant department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.
Mr. D.Davaasuren, State Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, has met with the Rt. Hon Baroness Anelay, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Prime Minister’s Special representative on Preventing sexual violence in conflict. The Lady Baroness Anelay has praised Mongolia’s success as the beacon of democracy in the unique geopolitical region.
The State Secretary D.Davaasuren has mentioned that the bilateral relation and cooperation have been successfully strengthened not only at the UN framework but also in other platforms including the Community of Democracies while extended gratitude for British vote on Mongolia’s 2015 nomination to be elected as a member of the UN HRC.