The Mongol Messenger
Spanish youth literature translated into Mongolian
The Monsudar Publishing House has released “Singing Boys”, a book by Elena Alonso Frayle, translated from Spanish into Mongolian. The book has been awarded the Ala Delta Prize for youth literature in Spain. Mrs Elena Alonso Frayle is the wife of the Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to Mongolia Stefan Duppel. MM interviewed Mrs Elena Alonso Frayle on her book, her other activities in Mongolia and her future plans.
AMCDRR highlights prevention and multi-stakeholder approach
The Government of Mongolia opened the three-day Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) on July 3. The AMCDRR 2018, organized under the overarching theme ‘Preventing Disaster Risk: Protecting Sustainable Development’, forms the regional platform to share good practices, lessons and experiences in disaster risk management among governments, intergovernmental organizations, regional and international organizations, UN organizations and stakeholder groups.
Crunching Big Data to Save Lives
This is an open editorial by Haoliang Xu, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme.
Home team triumphs in ‘Mongolia Open-2018’ wrestling tournament
The Mongolian team led the ‘Mongolia Open-2018’ tournament with 10 gold,14 silver and 14 bronze medals. The Russian team took second place with 7 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze. The Kazakh team followed Russia with 3 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze.
Global livestock experts gather in Mongolia to discuss sustainability
Mongolia is hosting the 8th Meeting of the multi-stakeholder partnership of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) on June 11-15.
Decision on OT power procurement needs to be made this year
We recently interviewed Minister of Energy Ts.Davaasuren about issues related to Oyu Tolgoi (OT) and Tavan Tolgoi Power Project (TTPP).
Mongolia needs stable institutional system and higher standards of accountability
On May 22, we had an interview with the World Bank’s Country Manager for Mongolia James Anderson on Mongolia’s economic and governance issues.
Continuity of foreign policy is of great value to Mongolia Minister of Foreign Affairs
Our reporter interviewed Tsogtbaatar Damdin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia on Mongolian foreign policy, its objectives and directions.
Reforming higher education to increase Mongolia’s competitiveness
There are more than 130 thousand students acquiring higher education in over 97 institutes in Mongolia. However, there is a number of existing problems in the higher education subsector, leading to low competitiveness and employment rates among university graduates. To increase the number of Mongolia’s globally competitive higher education graduates responsive to labor market demands, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Sports (MECSS) is realizing the Higher Education Reform Project (HERP) in 2012-2019, with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The total fund of the project is USD 20 million, 10 percent of which is contributed by the Government of Mongolia. The project outcome will be an improved, well-managed, equitable higher education system.
Mongolian Ethnographic Ger Museum houses a 10,000 piece collection
A father and son who collect ethnographic items and antiquities already have a 10,000 piece collection and run a private museum in a traditional Mongolian Ger.
Mongolia can export more than 10 types of goods to the US without tax
On May 2, we had interview with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to USA Yo.Otgonbayar.
From Canada to Mongolia: self-funded project assists young doctors
When Dr. Hugh M.Parsons first came to Mongolia in 2014, he was simply seeking adventure. It was a birthday trip taken with his wife and a couple friends in the Naadam season. “I have traveled quite a bit over the years. When I came to Mongolia, I liked the smell of the air and the land. I had come to a land of the horse like it was meant to be. I felt a close bond with Mongolia,” he recalled his first visit to the Land of the Blue Sky, which then laid the foundation of a life-long relationship with Mongolia. Dr. Hugh M.Parsons is a Canadian vitreo-retinal specialist, currently positioned as Associate Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology of the British University of Columbia, Chief of Surgery at the Surrey Memorial Hospital and Program Coordinator at the Laurel Foundation. Throughout his career, he has performed about 15 thousand eye surgeries.
Negotiations on road and transportation issues continue with China
We interviewed J.Bat-Erdene, Minister of Road and Transport Development on policy, agreements and documents established with China for roads, transportation, railways and border checkpoint development during the official visit of Mongolia’s Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh to China.
David Sproule: Mongolia is a gem that is yet to be fully explored
“Coming to Mongolia felt like going home,” said David Sproule, Ambassador of Canada to Mongolia, as he recalled his arrival in Mongolia in September, 2017. He sat with the Mongol Messenger on a spring morning to discuss Mongolia-Canada relations, which turn 45 this year. “I was raised in a province in Canada, which has a very similar climate as Mongolia. We have long winters, very warm summers and a dry climate. If I may say, my province and Mongolia also have very similar geographic characteristics – wide grazing land on which we mostly have farms, taiga, woodlands and mountains, as well as demographic similarity in the form of a small population,” he added.
Report on implementation of Law on Protection of Cultural Heritage
According to G.Zandanshatar, Head of Cabinet Secretariat, Mongolia is preparing for a national census on historical and cultural heritages this year. He was delivering a report by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports to Parliament on April 12 in response to an inquiry on the state of the implementation of the Law on the Protection of Cultural Heritage and actions taken to protect cultural and historical heritages. The inquiry had been put forward to the Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports by MP J.Batzandan. Pursuant to the Law on the Protection of Cultural Heritage, adopted in 2014, a national census on historical and cultural heritages will be held with an aim to enrich the existing heritage database and update the statistical figures. The last census was conducted in 2015-2016.
Mongolbank expects continuity in growth of gold purchase
On the sidelines of the 2018 Mongolia Gold forum & exhibition, held on March 15-16, P.Erdenetuya, Director of Treasury Department of the Bank of Mongolia sat with us to discuss what measures the bank is planning to take in 2018 to increase its gold purchase. Mongolian gold miners sold 20.05 tons of gold to the central bank in 2017, contributing about USD 700 million to the foreign-exchange reserves of Mongolia.
Ministry of Environment works on official tour routes
On March 12 N.Tserenbat, Minister of Environment and Tourism held a press conference following his official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany where he attended the 52nd ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel trade show, in Berlin on March 7-11. From Mongolia, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Ulaanbaatar City Tourism Department, Mongolian Tourism Association and companies such as MIAT Airlines, Great Genghis, Expedition, Juulchin World Tours and others, participated in ITB Berlin, promoting Mongolia tourism. Moreover, the Minister attended the 8th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting, held during the 2018 ITB Berlin. The 8th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting focused on the long-term vision for tourism along the historic Silk Road routes and how to establish the Silk Road as the most important transnational route of the 21st century. With the theme '2025 Silk Road Tourism Agenda', the ministers and heads of national tourism administrations shared their main ideas and strategies which brings 34 countries together.
Changes in tax Bill introduced
Companies that create new jobs will be supported with tax policy The government of Mongolia launched actions for amendments to the tax laws, aiming at backing the investment and business environment, creating new jobs and protecting the interests of businessmen and taxpayers. In this regard, Bills have been formulated for the general law on taxation, on the income tax of enterprisers as well as the income tax of individuals.
Archaeologists locate enormous grave at Xiongnu burial site
Mongolian and Korean archaeologists have been conducting archaeological excavation and research at a site called Chikhertiin Zoo located in Bayantsagaan Soum in Tuv Aimag since 2016. After a mining exploration license was granted to a Chinese company in the area, archaeologists of the Institute of History and Archaeology conducted a rescue field survey in 2013 to discover a burial site dating back to Xiongnu Empire (III-I century BCE), the first known state established by the ancestors of Mongolians. “The burial almost covered the entire area designated for the exploration license. It caught our attention because of its size, number of tombs and location, which is between the Gobi and steppe, so we started excavation on the site in 2016,” said Eregzen.
Mongolia-China humanitarian exchange council holds first meeting
On January 25, Mongolia and China exchanged views on bilateral cooperation in the humanitarian sector during the First Meeting of the Mongolia-China Joint Council on Humanitarian Exchange held in Beijing, China. The two countries agreed to establish a Joint Council during the visit of Mongolia’s Prime Minister in 2017 with an aim to elevate Mongolia-China cooperation and friendly relations to a new level in education, culture, science, the youth exchange, health, sports, media, television and cinema, tourism, labor and social protection. As Head of the Mongolian part in the Joint Council, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs D.Davaasuren co-chaired the meeting with Kong Xuanyou, Assistant Foreign Minister of China. During the First Meeting, bilateral delegations discussed the Council’s activities and plans for 2018, the implementation of which will be addressed at the next meeting to be held in Ulaanbaatar.