The Mongol Messenger
MongolBank pursues medium-term strategy to renew its operations
B.Lkhagvasuren, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Mongolia was interviewed on Bills related to banking that have been amended or are under parliamentary discussion.
Government pledges to intensify fight against air pollution
Mongolia’s long winter leaves the capital city in gray smog for at least 3 full months and air pollution is one of the most pressing issues the city of over one million faces today. Public awareness on the seasonal but serious issue has been growing stronger and stronger in recent years, demanding more resolute action from the Government. Last winter, a movement called ‘Booj Uhlee’ or ‘We are suffocating’ was initiated by parents concerned about the serious impact of air pollution on their children’s health, and peaceful demonstrations were held, attracting crowds of about 5,000. ‘Parents Against Smog’ NGO, which was formed last year in the wake of increasing levels of PM2.5, continues to operate.
Top 10 events around the world in 2017
MONTSAME Agency names Top 10 events around the world in 2017. Following his victory in the 2016 Presidential Election, billionaire-turned-politician Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States on January 20 under the slogan ‘America First’. The fight against corruption is going strong in many countries around the world, especially in the Republic of Korea where the President was ousted over bribery and abuse of power allegations. Since the beginning of 2017, rates of digital currency bitcoin increased sharply, and as of December 12, it exceeded USD 18 thousand, which made it popular among businessmen and ordinary people. Sexual misconduct and harassment scandals have been a major global agenda in 2017. The 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) took place in Beijing this October. 2017 has proven to be a ripe year for science and technology. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has conducted frequent nuclear tests and launched ballistic missiles this year. The conflict in Syria, which has made the country a major hot zone in recent years, is gradually stabilizing.
Top 10 events in Mongolia in 2017
MONTSAME Agency names Mongolia's Top 10 highlights of 2017. The Mongolian people elected former Member of Parliament Battulga Khaltmaa as Mongolia's 5th President in Mongolia’s first two-round election. On October 4, Parliament appointed former Deputy Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh as Mongolia’s 30th Prime Minister. The Mongolian Government and the IMF agreed on a three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) program with a total external financing package of USD 5.5 billion. The year 2017 has seen major developments in renewable energy with the inauguration of wind farms and solar power plants. Mongolia became the 51st country to send a satellite into space. Mongolian memory athletes of the National Intellectual Academy grabbed a total of 760 medals from 46 competitions and championships around the world in 2017.
Traditional Mongolian Medicine dates back to 3000 BCE
Under the auspices of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports and the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences co-organized the First International Conference on Traditional Mongolian Medicine in the State House on December 8. In connection to the event, we are presenting an interview with academician Sh.Bold, conducted in 2016 regarding the traditional Mongolian medicine and its significance. “Traditional Mongolian Medicine is a priceless heritage we inherited from our ancestors; and seeing as it’s a highly unique practice, Mongolians need to safeguard, disseminate and pass it down from generation to generation,” said academician Sharaviin Bold (Professor, Ph.D., Sc.D). He has been teaching traditional medicine since he graduated from the National Medical University of Mongolia in 1993. His total publications count about 540, including around 60 books and more than 300 academic articles. Specializing in Traditional Mongolian Medicine and its history, academician Bold put the subject in a new light.
First combined solar power and agriculture project commences
Renewable energy is one of the effective solutions to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, combat global warming, and reduce air pollution by stopping coal consumption. Mongolia is implementing several projects targeted to use renewable energy and several renewable energy plants have been already in operation including the 50 MW ‘Tsetsii’ wind farm in Tsogttsetii Soum of Umnugobi Aimag and a 10 MW solar power plant in Khongor Soum of Darkhan-Uul Aimag. Another solar power plant has been built in a suburb of Ulaanbaatar.
EU Ambassador: We were assured there will be stability and continuity
The first week of November was a European week in Mongolia with the annual visit of a group of Ambassadors and senior diplomats of the European Union to Ulaanbaatar and the entry into force of the Mongolia-EU Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation on November 1 as well as the establishment of a Delegation (and Embassy) of the European Union. On November 1, the EU Ambassador Mr Hans Dietmar Schweisgut led the EU group that included 18 non-resident Ambassadors of the EU Member States to Mongolia from Beijing as well as the seven resident Ambassadors. They addressed recent developments and existing issues in bilateral relations. The visit was timely, as Mongolia had undergone a major political change—the appointment of a new Cabinet.
S.Chuluun: There’s a new generation of Mongolists in Mongolia
“Mongolian studies are one of the oldest independent fields of research developed in the region. It represented the eastern region and Asian studies even when Mongolia was under the rule of Qing dynasty”, said S.Chuluun as he sat with us to discuss Mongolian studies, its development and the International Association for Mongolian Studies (IAMS) and its current activities. On September 10, 1818, the first Mongolian studies department was established at Kazan Federal University, Russia. Next year will mark the 200th historic anniversary of Mongolian studies in Russia and worldwide. “We regard September 10 as a Day of Mongolian Studies,” Chuluun said, adding that the celebration will be grand in Russia. Speaking of Mongolian studies in the northern neighbor of Mongolia, Chuluun said, “Over the years, Russia has played a leading role in Mongolian studies and it still maintains the position today. Having produced the biggest number of Mongolists, Russia keeps texts and references about Mongolia from all times.”
Sound of nomadic Mongolia: folk arts
Music is an universal language, and as far as magical music from Mongolian nomads is concerned, I would like you to see for yourself.
Steppes to the West: an epic journey with Bactrian camel
Mongolian adventurer seeks to retrace ancient Silk Road routes “Everyone has a secret longing hidden deep down which transpires at some point and then fades. I am about to make one of these wishes come true”, said Mongolian adventurer Baigalmaa Norjmaa, speaking to MONTSAME correspondent B.Altankhuyag on a pleasant August evening.
Six thousand scouts gather for “Go Nomad!” Jamboree
The Scout Association of Mongolia hosts the 31st Asia-Pacific Jamboree On August 2, the largest international children's event ever hosted by Mongolia concluded. This was the 31st Asia-Pacific Scout Jamboree which attracted some 7,500 participants, including 2,000 scouts from 40 countries, 6,000 scouts from Mongolia and 1,500 volunteers. According to one of Mongolia’s first scouts Ariunchuluun Gundsambuu , the Scout Association of Mongolia made this gigantic event possible with the goal to re-introduce Mongolia’s nomadic heritage to the world' and in exchange, enlighten children from different corners of the world about a unique way of life and culture.
Climate financing in Mongolia
In May, 2017, Mongolian commercial bank “Xacbank” received 500’000 dollars’ grant from Green Climate Fund. It was the first phase of GCF’s 20 million dollar contribution to reduce carbon emission rates in Mongolia. Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar is one of the world's most polluted cities, mainly because of coal-fired power plants, and coal-fueled stoves and boilers which are used to heat homes in this world's coldest national capital. Even though the pollutants in the air is estimated to be 8 times the world standard, Government of Mongolia is too busy dealing with the financial crisis to take actions against it. GCF’s grant could bring major positive changes as it would kick start the biggest climate program with 60 million USD budget. Only 0.07 percent of the national budget goes to the Ministry of Environment and Green Development. Thus, climate projects are in serious need of financing, and that 500’000 USD might have come in just the right time.
On the Weekend: Khuvsgul Lake
Let me ask you a frank question: Would you be bothered to sit in the car where you are cruising along the strenuous rocky roads of the countryside, the barbaric Mongolian music splitting from the sides, just to see a lake which happens to border Russia? It’s rather a crazy proposition, but it’s alright I lived through it, so you won’t have to experience it.
Ed Jager: Mongolia’s biggest strength is its people, particularly the youth
“Mongolia is a country that has a lot of potential and has the ability to grasp that potential. I am convinced that if I come back to this country in 10-15 years, it will be a more prosperous, less corrupt and more competently governed country. I am confident that it will become a country that Canada wants to work more closely with, whether it is here in Mongolia or at the international bodies”.
On The Weekend: Chinggis Khaan Statue and Turtle Rock
There is a particular fascination when it comes to Mongolia—as there is a perfect blend of old country and new country. It’s probably the unique mountainous aesthetic that drew me to the Mongolian’s version of the Wild, Wild West. I made it my mission take as many photos as I wanted to challenge the pre-conceived notions of Mongolia as it has been called a harsh, inhospitable wasteland. With my writing pad on the one hand and my Sony Alpha 6000 camera in the other, I set out to uncover this mysterious “wasteland.”
The Curious Musings of an Anomaly in Mongolia
Mongolia: A Mysterious Country for A Curious Mind First of all let me get to this out of the way, I am an Asian-Australian. So, my appearance blends with the rest of the population of Mongolia but I am a true blue Aussie as they come. I would say I was perceived to be an anomaly by most Mongolians because I had this heavy Australian accent and laid back attitude and they were confused whether if I am actually one of them all or not.
April-June issue of Mongolia Today magazine
New edition of Mongolia Today quarterly magazine is out now and being delivered to our subscribers. Published by English Publications Department of MONTSAME News Agency, the Mongolia Today edition for April-June 2017 is dedicated to all readers who are interested in Mongolia. Inside you’ll find a mixture of news, features and columns on a wide range of topics, focusing on artistic and creative potential of young people of Mongolia. Articles as follows,
Development Bank of Mongolia is now on the right path
First Deputy Chief Executive Officer discusses DBM issues, policy and aims. During the Government’s inspection of the Development Bank of Mongolia, an MNT 1.3 trillion discrepancy was noticed and the bank was on verge of bankruptcy, losing both governance and financial independence. Accordingly, the Government took immediate actions to adjust the issues and appointed a new executive team. We met with Mr. Ch.Enkhbat, the First Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Development Bank of Mongolia to discuss the issues as well as the bank’s policy, aims and further actions.
Mongolian talent around the world
True artists never back down; they understand that they are the sons and daughters of a nation. Many Mongolian artists are acknowledged around the world and they glorify Mongolia's talented people. New history-makers and infinite arts Among the many folk art forms of Mongolia, is an exclusive type of singing called khoomei which is sometimes referred as overtone or 'throat' singing. One of the many excellent khoomei singers is Khosbayar Dangaa who promotes khoomei in Europe. Having lived and performed in Germany since 1996, he has made a huge contribution to bringing khoomei to the ears of western audiences.
Mongolian talent around the world
True artists never back down; they understand that they are the sons and daughters of a nation. Many Mongolian artists are acknowledged around the world and they glorify Mongolia's talented people. Ballet and Oirat biyelgee It was a historic new era opening for the Mongolian performing art scene when a young Mongolian ballet dancer was chosen to dance the main role at the US Boston Ballet in 2007. Altankhuyag Dugaraa has since been working at the Boston Ballet and often performs by invitation at Italian La Scala, Harvard University, and Boston University.