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.

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Ambassador S.Bayar has attended the All Parliamentary Party Britain-Mongolia group reception

The Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Mongolia to UK, H.E. Mr.S.Bayar has attended the annual All Parliamentary Party Britain-Mongolia group reception which has taken place at the Westminster on 21 February 2018. In his remarks, during the reception, the Ambassador S.Bayar has stated that “the 2018 is commemorating the 55th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries. The cooperation in the political, economic, defence and education sectors have been strengthened over the years and the ties between the legislative institute of the two countries have been complimenting the relation with its valuable contributions.”

A delegation of the British Group for Inter-Parliamentary Union, consisted of members of both houses of the Westminster, has paid an official visit to Mongolia in November 2017, which had an importance in not only improving the bilateral parliamentary relations but also maintaining the frequency of the high level exchange visits between the two countries.

Hertford Rugby Team of Oxford visited Mongolia

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIFTH PRESIDENT INAUGURATED, VOWS TO STRIVE FOR INTEGRITY OF MONGOLIAN PEOPLE

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 wins the Romance Song Prize of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 competition and riches the Final Five

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Mongolia-UK Round table meeting is held in Ulaanbaatar

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 Sixth Mongolia Business Forum was held in London

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.

Two countries continue working in the UN

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.        

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