“GREEN APPLE” INTERNATIONAL AWARD

As per the request by the Mr. N.Tserenbat, Minister of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, the Ambassador Mr. N.Tulga has, on behalf, received the international “Green Apple” award dedicated to the best practices for the environmental protections at the ceremony taken place on 12 November 2018 at the Westminster palace.  

 

This award was given to the “Green passport” initiative, a pioneering effort by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, which was introduced in view of the government’s environmental and ecological policy with the aim of positively changing attitude of young generation towards environment and nature.

 

AMBASSADOR N.TULGA HAS PRESENTED HIS LETTER OF CREDENCE

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador N.Tulga has presented his Letter of Credence to Her Majesty Elizabeth II, The Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms, at the Buckingham palace on 14 November 2018.

Ambassador N.Tulga has expressed his commitments to further strengthen and develop the bilateral friendly ties between Mongolia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Upon receiving the Letter of Credence, The Queen has congratulated the Ambassador for his second appointment and while wished him a success in his endeavours, she has expressed her satisfaction toward the enhancements of the bilateral relations.

 

 

Mongolia-Britain parliamentary group Chairman S.Batbold and delegation of the State Great Hural (Parliament) of Mongolia has paid a working visit to London

Mongolia-Britain parliamentary group Chairman S.Batbold and delegation of the State Great Hural (Parliament) of Mongolia has paid a working visit to London in 20 October to 02 November 2018 by the invitation of their British parliament’s counterpart. This was the Mongolian parliamentarian’s reciprocation to visit of the delegation of British Group of International Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) of the Westminster in November 2017.

During the visit, the SGH delegation has had a courtesy call on the Second Deputy Chairman The Rt Hon. Dame Rosie Winterton MP and had meetings with The Rt Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Mr. Julian Knight MP, the UK Trade envoy to Mongolia as well as a visit to the London Stock Exchange.

Mr. John Grogan MP, Chairman of the UK Mongolia All-party Parliamentary Group (APPG) at the British parliament and other members of the group have hosted their Mongolian visitors in a business meeting in where the parties have exchanged their thoughts and ideas on the further prospects of the parliamentary bilateral relations.

The Mongolian delegation has, moreover, attended the House of Common’s FCO question time in where the State Minister has responded to the question “How do you assess the UK-Mongolia bilateral relations”.

The visit has contributed not only to the further strengthening of the Mongolia-UK bilateral relations, but also to the maintaining of the frequency of the high-level exchange visits.

FOREIGN MINISTER D.TSOGTBAATAR MET WITH GRAHAM STUART, PARLIAMENTARY UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE (MINISTER FOR INVESTMENT), UK DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE

On 11 October 2018, H.E. Mr. D.Tsogtbaatar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, met with Mr. Graham Stuart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Investment), UK Department of International Trade. They have exchanged their views on the current state of trade and economic cooperation and expressed their ideas on how to further expand bilateral relations and exchanged views on current international and regional development.

Minister D.Tsogtbaatar underlined that Mongolia is keen to further expand and develop friendly ties with the UK in all sectors including trade, economic, investment and emphasized the importance of cooperation to bring in British investment, know-how, and high technology to Mongolia. The Minister also has requested to retain by the British side the current European Union’s GSP+ trading preference and facilitations for Mongolian export products after the Brexit.

Also, the minister proposed to organise a business forum in London next year to further promote partnership between businesses of the two countries.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Investment) Graham Stuart MP expressed his support for Minister D.Tsogtbaatar’s proposals and he reaffirmed that UK Export Finance has announced to provide 200 million GBP funding for Mongolian companies in Mongolian national currency.

FOREIGN MINISTER D.TSOGTBAATAR MET WITH JULIAN KNIGHT MP, UK TRADE ENVOY TO MONGOLIA

H.E. Mr. Damdin Tsogtbaatar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia is visiting the United Kingdom on 10-12 October to participate in the “Illegal Wildlife Trade” international conference organized by the British government. During his visit in the UK, the Minister D.Tsogtbaatar met with Mr. Julian Knight MP, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Mongolia.

At the meeting, both sides have expressed opinions on the current state of trade and economic cooperation and exchanged their ideas on how to further improve bilateral relations of Mongolia-UK on future actions in both international and regional affairs.

Minister D.Tsogtbaatar underlined that Mongolia has intentions to expand and develop friendly ties with the UK in all sectors including trade and economic, investment and he has expressed an interest to retain the current European Union’s Generalised System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) trade arrangement and facilitation for Mongolian exporting products to the UK market after Brexit.

Cultural Envoy Unurmaa Janchiv organizes Mongolian cultural event in London

Mrs. Unurmaa Janchiv, Cultural Envoy of Mongolia, is organizing a cultural event – Sustainable Fashion – for introducing Mongolian artworks and products on 17–23 September 2018 in London. This event is a partner event of the London Design Biennale–2018 which is being held during the dates of 04–23 September in London and showing amazing artworks and Mongolian cashmere and yak wool products as well as fine jewellery and silk prints by Mongolian artisans.

 

H.E. Ambassador Tulga Narkhuu visited to the opening of the cultural event. As well as designer Oyuna, curator of the London Design Biennale–2018 talked about her exciting project on Mongolian cashmere during the opening of the event.

Mongolian designers have successfully participated in the “London Design Biennale”

Designers and curators from many countries have actively participated in the “London Design Biennale–2018” exhibition between 4 to 23 September 2018 in London, UK for presenting their creations while exchanging their experiences with others and ultimately learning the latest international development trends. Among them a cashmere garment producing brand “OYUNA” and the “Sustainable Fibre Alliance” are jointly attending to this event from Mongolia.

 

The “Cashmere Cloud”, one of the main attractions of the exhibition was regarded as a unique presentation that has drawn greater interests from both spectators and international media groups. The display of over 40 kg washed and dehaired cashmere, brought in by the “Sustainable Fibre Alliance”, at the exhibition has given audiences with a notion of how soft and fine the cashmere is before turning into garments with a thorough industrial processes including the spinning and threading. This event has opened a new gate way to Mongolian cashmere industries to be recognised by the international audiences.

CAMBRIDGE MONGOLIA FORUM TO BE HELD IN DECEMBER 2018

On the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the United Kingdom, Cambridge University’s Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit (MIASU) is organising the ‘Cambridge Mongolia Forum’ in partnership with the Embassy of Mongolia in London. The Forum will take place on the 5th December 2018 in Cambridge University.

This biennial Forum has been jointly organised by the Embassy of Mongolia and MIASU, Cambridge University, to address some of the most pressing issues facing Mongolia in the fields of culture, economy, diplomacy, and politics. There will be three academic panels bringing together UK-based scholars and senior representatives of the Mongolian government to address the following themes: Mongolia’s leadership and governance; Mongolia’s geopolitics, geoeconomics and diplomacy; and UK-Mongolia collaboration in the field of Mongolian studies.

INVEST MONGOLIA 2018 CONFERENCE HELD IN LONDON

The Invest Mongolia London 2018 Conference held on 8th of June 2018 at the EBRD, which is successfully organized by the National Development Agency, Frontier Securities and the Embassy of Mongolia. The conference gathered over 80 participants including investors and Mongolian delegates.

Among the 8 presentations, the speech delivered by the The Chairman of National Development Agency Mr. Bayarsaikhan Banzragch explained the government policy and recent economic progress in Mongolia. He noted that “In 2017, the economy grew by 5.1%, recovering strongly from only 1.2% growth in 2016, total transportation of freight became 53.9 million tons, export has increased, and trade balance has reached by 26% comparing with the previous year, budget deficit decreased by two times compared to 2016, the Foreign Exchange Reserves in Mongolia increased to 1 billion USD from 3 billion USD in 2016. In this result, domestic currency rate became stable and is increasing sustainably”.

Moreover, the Director of Integrated Investment Policy department of the National Development Agency Mr. L.Munbat stated that “In 2017, personal savings at the banks has increased by 2.5 trillion tugriks comparing with the previous year. One of the economic pillars is FDI. In 2016, we have registered 2.3 billion USD as FDI. It shows that FDI has increased by 54% compared with previous year. It means investors’ confidence and trust is recovering more and more”.

“Since 1990 till today, we have registered 162 British companies with 249.7 million USD investment, which is ranked as 11st of 112 invested countries in Mongolia by number of companies and FDI. FDI from UK, by economic sectors, 75.9% for trade and catering services, 23.9% for tourism, 11.2% for processing animal originated raw materials, 1.8% for food industry, 2.8% for transportation and 4.25% for other sectors.”

“As a part of reform process, the Government of Mongolia established “Investment Protection Council” in 2016 by the decree of the Prime Minister of Mongolia. The functions of the council include protection of legitimate rights of investors, swift address of petitions and grievances related to government authorities and measures to reduce imminent risks pertaining investors”.

A part of the Conference, the panel discussions touched upon issues, such as, the economic outlook-What does consensus forecast say; UK and Mongolia; The risks and the opportunities for UK investors to invest/trade in Mongolia; The opportunities for Mongolian companies to dual list or issue DR at London Stock Exchange; and the Growth strategies for non-mining sector.

The Conference participants underlined the importance of sustaining investment and emphasised the importance of using the investment effectively while protecting the investors’ interests within the legal frameworks.

Vice Chairman L.Enkh-Amgalan of the Parliament has conducted a parliamentary bilateral meeting

A Mongolian parliamentary delegation, headed by the L.Enkh-Amgalan, Vice Chairman of the State Great Hural (Parliament), has attended the general sessions of 138th IPU Assembly in Geneva and during in which has conducted bilateral parliamentary meetings.

At the meeting with Baroness Gloria Hooper, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, and the British parliamentary delegation, the Vice-Chairman L.Enkh-Amgalan has noted the importance of furthering the trade and economic relations between the two countries. He has noted, moreover, the reciprocal visits are not only contributing to the strengthening the bilateral parliamentary ties but also providing opportunities to foster friendship and exchange experiences between the parliament members of the two legislative institutes.

Baroness G.Hooper, shared the belief that the visit of the British parliamentary delegation, headed by the Lord Howard of Lympne, to Mongolia in November 2017 has given an important impetus on enhancement of the parliamentary relations. She has also stated that the British parliament will support and cooperate initiatives expressed by the Mongolian parliament.

Extracted from the SGH website

 

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