Deputy FM B.Battsetseg works in France

2017-06-06 14:02:01
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs B.Battsetseg paid a working visit to France. On the sidelines, she attended the Women and Green Growth international business forum and the Women of the Year award ceremony on May 27.

The business forum was organized for the sixth time, with a main objective to increase contribution of women to economic growth and social development of Mongolia and establishing businesswomen’s network all around Europe. The above events attracted more than 200 delegates coming from Mongolia, France, UK, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg, USA, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark and New Zealand.

Founder of a cashmere clothing line named “Sarangerel” Ms. Ts.Sarangerel was awarded the Women of the Year title. The Humanitarian of the Year award went to N.Solongo, founder of the Mongolia-Germany joint Otgonbayar Foundation, and the best community organization’s prize went to “Unity” association of Mongolians in Belgium.

During her stay in Paris, the Deputy Minister met with the UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General Getachew Engida, Director of the World Heritage Centre Mechtild Rossler and UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education Qian Tang. Present were MP D.Gantulga and Mongolia’s Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO M.Batsaikhan.

Ms Battsetseg invited Mr Qian Tang to visit Mongolia at his convenience. Issues of realizing the frameworks reflected in the Cooperation MoU between the Government of Mongolia and UNESCO that is extended every five years, especially, those targeted to building the teaching capacity of general education schools, sophisticating the study system and improving quality of education for minorities and remote areas of Mongolia were discussed at the meeting.

During the meeting with the World Heritage Centre’s director, the Deputy Foreign Minister told Mr Rossler that UNESCO’s recommendation, outlined in the decision about conserving the surrounding environment of the Lake Baikal during the 39th and 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, on completion of the environmental impact assessment for the Orkhon-Gobi and Shuren HPP Projects, which are yet to be commenced, has been slowing down the implementation of the mentioned projects, and requested Mr Rossler to support Mongolia at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee.

On May 29, Deputy Foreign Minister B.Batsetseg had a bilateral meeting with the Secretary General of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for International Development, Mr Christian Masset. The two discussed about the bilateral cooperation in politics, agriculture, education and culture.

Ms Battsetseg expressed Mongolian side’s interest to organize the visit of the French Prime Minister in Mongolia next year, as set out in the joint statement made during the visit of Mongolian President Ts.Elbegdorj to France in 2015, and suggested to organize the consultative meeting of the Foreign Ministries in the near future.

In response, Mr Masset said that Mongolia will be priority in the newly elected president Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy toward Asia. Also, the development of cooperation with Areva group, which is running operations in Mongolia for over 20 years, is essential for attracting more French investment to Mongolia’s mining and industrial sectors, he said.

While mentioning that Mongolia and France have great potential in cooperating in agriculture and cosmology,  Mr Masset expressed France’s willingness to establish cooperation document with the Communication and Information Technology Authority of Mongolia on cosmology.

The dignitaries agreed to hold the consultative meeting between ministries in Ulaanbaatar, and watch over for the visa extensions and quotas for French teachers staying in Mongolia to work for Alliance Francaise centre in Ulaanbaatar.