Parliament Speaker receives UK Ambassador

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Parliament Speaker M.Enkhbold received Catherine Arnold, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to Mongolia on February 1.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Parliament Speaker, M.Enkhbold remarked that “Mongolia and the United Kingdom have a long history of cooperation as the latter is the first western country to establish diplomatic relations with Mongolia”.

Emphasizing that the high-level reciprocal visits becomes more regular, the relations between the legislative bodies of the two countries have started developing more consistently, the Parliament Speaker said “Cooperation between the parliaments is crucial in creating more favorable legal environment to resolve the pressing issues of the economy, trade and investment”.

After confirming the invitation for John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons to visit Mongolia, the Parliament Speaker has a willingness to expand the mutually beneficial relations with the UK by reassuring the cooperation of the two countries in education, military, mining, energy and information sectors.

He then noted his intention to increase the number of Mongolian students to study in the UK under the scholarship program of the UK government. “Mongolia gives importance to attracting UK investors, importing eco-friendly technologies and learning from the substantial experiences of the UK”

In response to the Parliament Speaker, Ambassador Catherine Arnold expressed her gratitude towards the Speaker for the meeting and a wish to expand bilateral relations.

Catherine Arnold continued “It is possible to broaden the scope of the educational programs, in particular, by improving the English language knowledge of public servants through consecutive trainings. We are capable of enhancing potentials of universities through co-projects and technical supports. Recently, the National University of Mongolia has started cooperating with two UK universities, which laid the groundwork of an effective relations in this area. Also, we’re working with the Asian Development Bank on renewable energy project to improve energy supplies in the western region of Mongolia. As for the railroad industry, “Pandrol” company of UK has started manufacturing railway fixtures and ties.

“As UK investors are interested in Mongolia, more information and promotion about Mongolia should be available. We’re planning to organize investment-related meeting or forum by sometime this spring in Mongolia. And just a few days ago, the mining representatives from Britain attended the Oyu Tolgoi Supplier Forum and signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry of Mongolia” remarked the Ambassador.

Mongolian contestant to Miss World requested to audition for Mulan’s role

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Walt Disney Pictures has eyes on our contestant to the Miss World 2016. They have reportedly requested A.Bayartsetseg to audition for the main role of Mulan, a motion picture to be filmed next year.

About this, she posted on her Facebook page – Miss World Mongolia on Sunday. She wrote: “What a beautiful day! I just got an email from my agency to submit my portfolio for Mulan, Disney live-action film which will be filmed in 2017 in China. As you may have noticed, the opposite characters Huns are the ancestors of Mongolians. Who knows what life will bring me? Your Bela”.

A.Bayartsetseg has already made her debute in Hollywood, by starring in Netflix’s Marco Polo TV series in a supporting role.

Also, in a thegreatpageantcommunity.com article titled “A Breath of Fresh Air” highlighted that she is the strongest beauty sent by Mongolia to the Miss World so far.

A.Bayartsetseg is experienced in participating in pageantries, as she took part in Miss International 2014 and Miss Earth 2015.

She has been selected as one of ten girls, who will be dancing in the first row at the finale introduction, and has made it to the semi-final of the talent show.

International Agreement Law revised

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On Thursday’s plenary session of the parliament held the final reading of the draft new version of the Law on International Agreements. The law was first adopted in 1993, and amended in 1998 and 2012.

A law on the Rules of Establishing, Observing and Terminating International Agreements was adopted in 1985 in accordance with the Ordinance No. 95 of the then Presidium of the People’s Great Khural of the People’s Republic of Mongolia.

Mongolia joined the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties in 1988.

In frameworks of the previous laws and regulations, Mongolia have become party to 290 multilateral agrements, and signed over 1,500 bilateral agreements. As the foreign interactions of the country expand, the necessity to establish international agreements and treaties grows. Within the past decade, Mongolia joined 64 international multi-partite agreements.

O.Baasankhuu MP inquired about whether or not the previously signed international agreements of Mongolia would change with the adoption of the law revision. To his question, head of the parliamentary Standing committee on State structure N.Enkhbold answered “The previously bound agreements and treaties will not be affected by this revision. Hundreds of agreements are being implemented at the moment between Mongolia and other countries and international organizations. The new version of law will govern the relations regarding the establishment of any international agreement from the moment on when it takes force”.

The new version of the law was backed with 73 percent votes.

FM: “Chinese side has increased customs fee, not duties”

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On December 2, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ts.Munkh-Orgil answered questions of reporters on timely issues.

Reportedly, the Chinese side has increased the taxes on coal and copper. Can you please elaborate this information?

The amount of customs fee has been increased. The new sort of fee will help modernize  equipment at the Gants Mod border checkpoint. In other words, imposed are CNY 8.0 per ton of good entering China from Mongolia, and CNY 10.0 per truck or vehicle and a duty equal to 2.0 percent of the value of copper concentrate being exported through the Gants Mod checkpoint. The new regulations are taking force from today. We have been requesting from the Chinese side an official explanation on the decision and outcomes of the new fee regulations and asking if the previous amount of fees can be restored again after the modernization at the border checkpoint.

Bilateral meetings and dialogues with China have been postponed. How is this issue being settled?

The negotiations with the People’s Republic of China have been temporarily postponed. The Government of Mongolia expressed its position in a very clear manner. The Mongolian side will maintain the adherence to its principal position. This tension must not affect relations between our two states. Mongolia reaffirmed its sincere respect for the territorial integrity and independence of the People’s Republic of China, and proposed to resume the bilateral negotiations shortly. Mongolia has been continuing its dialogues and negotiations with its other development partners: IMF, World Bank, Japan, USA and South Korea. The visit of Speaker M.Enkhbold to the Russian Federation will commence on December 16, as arranged. The Government of Mongolia is hosting a consultative meeting with the donors tomorrow. After this, the Minister of Finance, Mr B.Choijilsuren is to visit Japan. In the meantime, myself will be having meetings with our European partners, and so forth, the dialogues are underway.

Has there been any response from the side of PRC?

The matter of resuming the bilateral meetings is not entirely dependent on Mongolia. It is the matter to be discussed with the presence of both sides. We have not yet received any certain response.

Newly accredited heads of diplomatic missions present credentials

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Today, the Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to Mongolia Karunasena Kodituwakku, the Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to Mongolia Alizoda Nazirmad, the Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Mongolia Marcos Caramuru de Paiva, the Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to Mongolia Ahcene Boukhelfa, and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Mongolia Turki M A Almadi have presented their Letters of Credence to the President of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.

Afterwards, President Elbegdorj held bilateral meetings with the newly appointed Ambassadors.

At the meeting with Ambassador of Sri Lanka Mr. Karunasena Kodituwakku, President Elbegdorj discussed issues related to the development of bilateral relations and promised that the President’s Office together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will work to support the Ambassadors mission in Mongolia.

Then, Ambassador of Tajikistan Mr. Alizoda Nazirmad conveyed Tajik President’s greetings to the President of Mongolia and noted that he take efforst for strengthening traditional old relations with Mongolia. In return, President Elbegdorj conveyed his sincere greetings to the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.

Ambassador of Brazil Mr. Marcos Caramuru de Paiva noted that he is visiting Mongolia for the first time and appreciated the President for warm welcome. Both parties highlighted that the two countries enjoy successful relations in agricultural, mining and sports sectors.

Ambassador of Algeria Mr. Ahcene Boukhelfa highlighted that he will work hard to enhance mutual relationship and cooperation between Mongolia and Algeria.

Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Mr. Turki M A Almadi said that Mongolia and Saudi Arabia maintain good relations and expressed satisfaction over his appointment as Ambassador to Mongolia and promised to work with great efforts to bring the bilateral relations into a new level.

Concluding the meeting, President Elbegdorj wished the Ambassadors successes in their mission and good health, reports president.mn.

More than thous. volunteers to work during ASEM Summit

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The forthcoming 11th ASEM Summit in the UB city and related to it meetings and cultural events require over 1,200 volunteers.

It was reported at 20th meeting of the preparation commission for the Summit on Wednesday. The meeting also reported about works such as exterior of the “ASEM” complex, “Mongol” town at the “ASEM Villa”, a renovation of air conditioning of the State House.

It has been decided to set up a permanent center for the volunteers at the House of Children to resister and select volunteers and to train them in several groups, the commission said.

B.Khuder

“ITM Mongolia” int’l tourism exhibition approaches

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The exhibition will run at “Misheel Expo” center this March 25-27, organized by Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism and the Mongolian Tourism Association for the 17th time.

At the last year’s exhibition, more than 150 participants presented their products and services to over 8,000 guests and delegates.

The organizers have been selecting one aimag as an official partner to the exhibition since 2013, thanks to which Ovorkhangai, Omnogovi and Arkhangai provinces were privileged to advertise their tour products and services.

This year’s official partner will be Dornogovi aimag, boasting its beautiful wildlife reserve and  landscape.

B.Amarsaikhan

Leonardo Di Caprio to be sculpted as Mongol warrior

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Academy award winning actor Leonardo Di Caprio’s face will be immortalized among the 10,000 cavalry of Chingis Khaan, the sculptures of mounted heroes to be located adjacent to the largest-in-the-world equestrian statue of Great Chingis Khaan at Tsonjin Boldog Complex.

The decision was announced by the managers and sculptors of the Tumen Khishigten (10,000 cavalry of Chingis Khaan) project on March 14. This was in respect of the famous Hollywood actor’s pending visit to Mongolia on 10-day tour around Lake Khuvsgul.

Surrounding the 40-meter tall Chingis Khaan equestrian statue will be ten thousand sculptures of mounted heroes with faces of kings of the Golden Lineage, from Chingis to Ligden.

One of those mounted heroes will have Leonardo’s face. The sculpting work has already begun, they said.

B.Amarsaikhan

110 DELEGATES CONFIRMED ATTENDANCE AT ASEP9

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The working group–in charge of the Ninth Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership meeting’s (ASEP9) organization in Ulaanbaatar this April 21-23–met Wednesday to discuss a preparation progress.

More than 110 delegates from 30 countries and the European Parliament have confirmed their attendance at the ASEP9, said B.Boldbaatar, secretary-general of the State Great Khural Secretariat.

The group had sent official invitations to the Chairpersons of 51 parliaments and two international organizations.

B.Amarsaikhan

35th anniversary of first space flight by Mongolian is marked

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Cosmonauts, a citizen of Mongolia J.Gurragchaa and a citizen of the former Soviet Union V.A.Janibekov took off to the space on “Soyuz-39” spaceship from Baikonur cosmodrome of the former USSR at 2.58 pm on March 22 of 1981. They spent seven days, 20 hours and 42 minutes in the space and successfully landed on earth after making 124 full circles around the planet.

This was the first-ever space flight in the history of Mongolian people. Gurragchaa Jugderdemid is the first Mongolian to fly to the space and the second Asian cosmonaut.

He had been trained in Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Center in the former Soviet Union, as a pilot of Soyuz spaceship along with his countryman M.Ganzorig.

Mongolian Cosmonaut’s Day is celebrated every March 22.

B.Amarsaikhan

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