January 25, 2017
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State Structure Standing Committee supports the President’s bill on civil rights

Summary: During a meeting of the State Structure Standing Committee, the committee's members supported the President’s bill on the political rights of citizens. The bill aims to involve the public in the lawmaking process and to help the public effectively utilize its civil rights. The bill includes provisions that outline mechanisms to help citizens submit comments to legislators, to propose topics to be discussed by Parliament and Citizens Representative Councils, and to conduct proper polls. The main goal of the bill is to create the opportunity for citizens to influence the legislative process nationwide and in local government. The authors of the bill believe that by closing the gap between legislators and citizens, the public is more likely to approve of the choices made by legislators, and trust in the government will increase.

Keywords: civil rights, Parliament, President   The National Post /page 1/

Key dates for the presidential election supported by the State Structure Standing Committee

Summary: The State Structure Standing Committee discussed critical dates for the 2017 presidential election and approved the dates put forward. Chairman of the General Election Commission Ch. Sodnomtseren stated, “The presidential race should start on February 17, and voting is set to take place on June 26.”

Keywords: presidential election, Parliament   Today /page A1/


1,558 mineral licenses are still valid across Mongolia

Summary: The number of valid mineral licenses issued in Mongolia reached 1,558, with the licenses covering 0.9% of the country's land. The Mineral Resources Authority of Mongolia (MRAM) reported that there are 2,022 exploration licenses, covering 7.7% of Mongolia's land. Discussions are being held on increasing the percentage of land approved for exploration to 20%. In 2008, explorations conducted covered 31.3% of the land, a number that is forecasted to decrease each year. In 2016, the government made a product sharing agreement with China's Smart Oil Investment on the Ergel -12 area in Dorngobi Province, and over the next six years, 35 million USD is expected to be used for investment. The majority of the minerals licenses issued by MRAM are for gold (32.8%), while 18.7% are for coal and 10.6% are for feldspar.

Keywords: MRAM, mining, licenses   The Official Gazette /page 11/

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Mongolia falls 15 places in the Corruption Perception Index

Summary: The Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International published their 2016 Corruption Perception Index and Mongolia fell 15 places in the ranking. Transparency International’s office in Mongolia held a press conference to discuss the results of the index. Mongolia ranked 87 out of 176 nations, with 38 points, falling by 15 ranks compared to last year. Mongolia had the same score as Panama and Zambia. Mongolia’s economy experienced 17% growth, but in the first nine months of 2016, economic growth stood at 1.6%. The index attributed corruption as one of the main factors causing the current economic slump.

Keywords: corruption, economy, Transparency International

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