Minister B.Enkh-Amgalan receives Japanese AmbassadorSociety
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On January 22, Minister of Road and Transport Development B.Enkh-Amgalan received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Mongolia Kobayashi Hiroyuki.
At the start of the meeting, the Minister congratulated the Ambassador for assuming office, and noted this year marking the 48th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Japan, underlining the active development of partnership in all socio-economic sectors.
He then highlighted that the trade turnover between the two countries had a significant boost after the establishment of the Economic Partnership Agreement as it doubled the amount of 2016 by the end of 2018, and expressed that he considers it as a result of the investment, and profitable partnership in the sectors of energy, food, industry as well as others.
Various joint projects and programmes have been successfully implemented in the sector of road and transport, one of which being construction project of the new international airport of Ulaanbaatar city implemented with the support of the Government of Japan, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with financing of long-term soft loan. The decision to implement the management of the new airport with the involvement of Japanese private entities creates an opportunity to improve international airport management, increase the number of services, and introduce good airport service practices of Japan.
Large amount of vehicles that need repairs or previously involved in accidents are imported from Japan, which are commonly sold after going through repairs in Mongolia. Thus, a request was put forth to not allow the entry of vehicles in need of repair, and establish a database for information on vehicles being imported directly from the corresponding exporting country for travel safety. Furthermore, as out-of-service vehicles and its waste, particularly the battery, accumulator, and tires of hybrid electric vehicles are one of the sources for air and soil pollution, Minister B.Enkh-Amgalan expressed his request to partner with Japan in eliminating and recycling the waste.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Mongolia Kobayashi Hiroyuki expressed his satisfaction with the current use of the Narny Road and the Narny Bridge as well as the new international airport of Ulaanbaatar city that will soon be put into operation.
He then expressed that he will put special attention on construction of a recycling factory for the battery and accumulator of hybrid and electric vehicles, and in exchanging information on vehicles online in aims of not importing vehicles that were stolen or had accident.
At the end of the meeting, they discussed partnership in construction of a new bridge in Ulaanbaatar with the financing of Japanese non-refundable aid due to the high necessity of reducing road traffic and air pollution. The sides also came to the decision to continue to involve specialists in railway, sea and air transport, and auto road in learning from the practice of Japan, and gaining experience.