AMBASSADOR ENKHSUKH BATTUMUR PRESENTS HIS CREDENTIALS TO THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION

Ambassador of Mongolia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Enkhsukh Battumur presented his Credentials of Permanent Representative to the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Mr. Kitack Lim on 16th May 2022.

During the meeting, Ambassador Enkhsukh Battumur informed Secretary-General Kitack Lim that Mongolia has joined more than 30 International Maritime conventions and the Government of Mongolia has approved a specific plan for the Implementation of the Maritime Sector Agreements and Conventions to which Mongolia is a Partner. He also highlighted that the revised draft Maritime Law of Mongolia is under review at the Parliament of Mongolia.

During the meeting, Ambassador Enkhsukh Battumur and Secretary-General Kitack Lim exchanged views on technical cooperation in reforming Mongolia’s maritime legislation and building human resource capacity in this field and expressed their willingness to increase Mongolia’s participation in the IMO’s activities.

Secretary-General Kitack Lim congratulated Ambassador Enkhsukh Battumur on his appointment as Permanent Representative and informed possible areas for technical assistance to Mongolia.

KNOWING MONGOLIAN HISTORY, TRADITION, AND CULTURE THROUGH LITERARY WORKS

To mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Mongolia, the Mongolian Embassy in the UK is planning to organise a series of cultural events to promote Mongolian history, culture, and tradition.

We will start the events with Mr. John Man’s talk on the rich history of the Great Mongolian Khans and leadership styles. John, a British writer, journalist, and Mongolist will discuss his books “Genghis Khan: Life, Death, and Resurrection”, “Kublai Khan”, and “The Leadership Secrets of Genghis Khan”, “Mongol Empire”.

The event will take place between 11:30 to 12:30 on 19th  May 2022 at St Mary Magdalene Academy.

 

            Address: St Mary Magdalene Academy, 6th Form, CPC site, Amwell Street, London, EC1R 1UN

 

MONGOLIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2022 WAS SUCCESSFULLY ORGANISED IN THE UK

Mongolian Film Festival 2022 was successfully organised in three cities of the United Kingdom: London, Cambridge and Norwich between 12th-20th March. The team comprised of Producer Enkhbat Natsagdorj, Cultural Envoy of Mongolia Unurmaa Janchiv, Actress Bayartsetseg Altangerel and was supported by the Embassy of Mongolia in the UK, Ministry of Culture of Mongolia and Media partner Azaa Studio.

The three day event in each city screened 15 feature and short films, showcasing some of the best of Mongolian cinema, providing multiple perspectives on contemporary and historical Mongolian society. The festival featured many stimulating discussions about the films presented.

The Mongolian Film Festival was hosted by Rudolf Steiner Theatre in London, the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit at University of Cambridge and Thomas Payne Theatre at University of East Anglia.

Following the Film Festival, His Excellency Enkhsukh Battumur, Ambassador of Mongolia to the UK, hosted a Panel discussion and Closing reception on 22nd March at the Embassy of Mongolia in London.

The Panel discussion was moderated by Unurmaa Janchiv, Cultural Envoy of Mongolia in the UK and Actress Bayartsetseg Altangerel, who welcomed the guests and the Mongolian MPs, who were on an official visit to the UK. The key guests were the officials from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Embassy of Mongolia, the British and international film industry professionals, including casting directors, filmmakers, authors, film festival curators, marketing professionals and creatives.

MP Undram Chinbat, Chair of Mongolia, UK Group in the Parliament of Mongolia, congratulated the organisers for their efforts to implement the policy on Law on Cinematography and expressed that the Government of Mongolia would support any collaboration between the Mongolian and foreign filmmakers, who use Mongolia as location for their shooting.

The following presentations were delivered at the Panel discussion followed by Q&A.

Mongolian Producer N.Enkhbat, who initiated the Mongolian Film Festival in the UK, gave a brief introduction to the history and the present situation of the film industry in his talk on Mongolian Cinema in the Past and Present. He described the successes achieved by Mongolian filmmakers at international film festivals, such as the Cannes, Busan, Locarno, Berlinale, and others, and suggested the feasible ways that the Government and the film industry could support independent filmmakers in Mongolia.

UK Producer Ian Allardyce, whose film ‘Од ба Гэгээ’ was screened at the Mongolian Film Festival in the UK, spoke on Co-production in Mongolia, based on his experience of working on local films and co-production. He suggested interesting ideas for developing script writing, fundraising, and accessing the international production events such as Focus, which would help Mongolia’s creatives to explore the international market and co-production.

MP Amartuvshin Gannibal, Member of the Standing Committee on Education, Culture, Science and Sport, who worked in the Working Group on the Law on Cinematography, further explained the incentives for international and domestic productions reflected in the Film Law, including 30 percent cash rebate for qualifying films and TV productions taking place in Mongolia, an additional 10 percent cultural incentive for showcasing and highlighting Mongolian cultural heritage and a 5 percent foreign crew and talent incentive. In combination, the rebate comes to the total of 45 percent, if qualified.

Following the Panel discussion, His Excellency Enkhsukh Battumur, the Ambassador of Mongolia, welcomed the organisers and the MPs and creative industry guests at the reception.

The Panel discussion has officially marked the end of the Mongolian Film Festival in the UK and the organisers expressed their gratitude to Ambassador Enkhsukh Battumur, Minister of Culture Nomin Chinbat and the officials of the Mongolian Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture of Mongolia, MPs on Standing Committee on Education, Culture, Science and Sport G.Damdinnyam, Ch.Undram and G.Amartuvshin, Media partner Azaa Studio and the Mongolian filmmakers for their support in and contribution to organising the film festival successfully. The organisers also thanked the British and international guests present at the Panel discussion and noted that they are looking to run the Mongolian Film Festival annually in the UK.

 

Organisers of the Mongolian Film Festival:

Filmmaker/Curator Enkhbat Natsagdorj

Unurmaa Janchiv Cultural Envoy of Mongolia

Actress Bayartsetseg Altangerel

 

Special thanks to the Supporters:

Embassy of Mongolia to the United Kingdom

Ministry of Culture of Mongolia

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia

ALTAN KHALIS

CREATIVE CURATING

Azaa Studio

University of Cambridge

University of East Anglia

Mongolian Film Institute

 

AMBASSADOR ENKHSUKH BATTUMUR PRESENTED HIS LETTERS OF CREDENCE TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II

His Excellency Mr Enkhsukh Battumur, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, has presented his Letters of Credence to Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday, 15th March 2022.

While conveying the warm greetings of His Excellency Mr Khurelsukh Ukhnaa, President of Mongolia, Ambassador Enkhsukh Battumur extended his congratulations on the occasion of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Ambassador Enkhsukh Battumur highlighted that the next year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and expressed his commitment to further strengthen traditionally friendly relations between Mongolia and the United Kingdom.

Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II emphasized the importance of next year’s anniversary while highlighting potentials for further strengthening the bilateral cooperation.

STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER OF MONGOLIA L.OYUN-ERDENE

Dear fellow Mongolians,

Dear investors and businesses,

Dear tourists, who planned to come to Mongolia but waited for 2 years due to the pandemic,

The Government of Mongolia has decided to shift from “Orange level” of high-level emergency preparedness to “Yellow level” where Mongolia will be fully open to international travel. This decision has been taken based on vaccine coverage rate of the population and the latest risk assessment results. As of today, 92 percent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated, 52 percent of the eligible population has received a 3rd booster shot and a further 90 thousand individuals have received the 4th dose of vaccine.

All COVID restrictions are being lifted as of today in Mongolia. We will continue to administer vaccines and recommend handwashing, wearing masks and physical distancing for your protection.

Investors and tourists are welcome to Mongolia with no additional requirements if fully vaccinated. If you have not yet been vaccinated, you are welcome to Mongolia and eligible to be vaccinated in Mongolia upon arrival.

Dear investors and tourists,

In my capacity as Prime Minister of Mongolia, I assure you that the Government of Mongolia, the private sector, and tourism companies will work diligently to ensure your safety and provide prompt services to ensure hassle-free travel to Mongolia, on either business or pleasure.

I would like to note that this decision does not include border posts to avoid supply chain disruptions. We will keep ensure border posts with our two neighbors at high-level of emergency preparedness.

AMBASSADOR B.ENKHSUKH MET WITH THE DIRECTOR OF “MONGOL IDENTITY” SCIO P.UUGANBAYAR

 

Ambassador B.Enkhsukh held a meeting with the Director of “Mongol Identity” SCIO P.Uuganbayar on 07 February 2022. During the meeting, Ambassador B.Enkhsukh exchanged views on the activities of the “Mongol Identity” SCIO and discussed opportunities to support and cooperate with the organization.

Mongol Identity is a nonprofit, non-political Charitable Incorporated Organization registered in Scotland that promotes the values of the Mongolian people, Mongolian culture, art and history. As part of the Mongol Identity’s dictionary definition campaign, the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary has decided to remove the outdated terms of the words ‘mongol’, ‘mongoloid’, and ‘mongolism’.

Ambassador B.Enkhsukh expressed his gratitude for the active, consistent and effective work against misinterpretation and misuse of the word “Mongol” and conveyed the Embassy’s willingness to support.

AMBASSADOR ENKHSUKH BATTUMUR PRESENTS WORKING COPIES OF HIS CREDENTIALS

His Excellency Enkhsukh Battumur, Ambassador-designate of Mongolia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, has presented working copies of his credentials to Ms Victoria Busby, Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps and Director of Protocol of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 2 December 2021.

During the meeting, Ambassador Enkhsukh Battumur expressed he is honoured to represent Mongolia in the UK, and shared his agenda on further developing bilateral relations during his tenure.

MONGOLIA APPOINTS OYUN-ERDENE LUVSANNAMSRAI, A HARVARD GRADUATE, AS ITS 32ND PRIME MINISTER

On 27 January 2021, the parliament of Mongolia appointed Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai as the 32nd Prime Minister of Mongolia, following the resignation of Ukhnaa Khurelsukh from office a week earlier, due to the public protest against the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak in Mongolia.

Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai graduated from Harvard Kennedy School with a
MPA in 2015. Upon graduation from HKS in 2015, Mr Luvsannamsrai returned  to his home country and was elected as Member of Parliament in 2016 and 2020. Before
being appointed as Prime Minister of Mongolia, he served as Cabinet Secretary at the Government of Mongolia for two consecutive terms.

At the age of 41, he is considered one of youngest sitting prime ministers in the world.
He spearheaded the creation of Mongolia’s long-term development agenda – Alsiin Haraa 2050 (“Vision 2050”) involving more than 1,500 researchers and policymakers to form a national sustainable development model. The agenda was approved by the Parliament in 2020.

‘VISION-2050’ LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT POLICY OF MONGOLIA

Minister of Mongolia, Head of the Cabinet Secretariat Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai is one of the leading young politicians of Mongolia. Elected as a Member of the State Great Khural (Mongolian parliament) since 2016, and appointed as Minister of Mongolia, Head of the Cabinet Secretariat since early 2019, he was the one to lead the working group to develop the ‘Vision-2050’ long term development policy of Mongolia. We held an interview with him to discuss ‘Vision-2050’ policy document, which laid out the country’s development plans for the next 30 years.

Born in 1980, L.Oyun-Erdene majored in journalism, political science, and law. He also has a Master’s degree in Public Administration, of which studies he completed at the Harvard University of the United States in 2015.

Below is his interview with Nikkei Asian Review Journal.

https://ps.nikkei.co.jp/montsame2012/

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