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February 17, 2017
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Government

Prime Minister receives the Governor of Irkutsk Region

Summary: Prime Minister of Mongolia J. Erdenebat met with the Governor of Russia’s Irkutsk Region, Sergei Levchenko, and his accompanying delegation. The PM noted that in order to further develop the relationship between Mongolia and Russia, cooperation in the border regions is critical. The PM stated, “The government is paying special attention to development in the agricultural sector, and establishing joint ventures to process wood and develop greenhouse farming would be beneficial for both sides.” Governor Levchenko supported the PM’s proposal and noted that 25 business representatives were part of his delegation, and were there for the opening of the Irkutsk Region Investment Development Agency office in Ulaanbaatar. The Governor said he will work to increase the number of Mongolian students studying in the region,  and to establish stronger ties with Mongolian businesses.

Keywords: bilateral relations, PM, Russia   The Century News /page 2/


Legal Standing Committee reports on its engagements

Summary: The Legal Standing Committee reported on the legislation it discussed during Parliament's fall session. The Legal Standing Committee discussed and approved 13 parliamentary resolutions, 8 bills, and 72 amendments. The Head of the Legal Standing Committee, Sh. Radnaased, stated that a working group made up of representatives from the Ministry of Finance and Government Agency for Policy Coordination on State Property are working to investigate Erdenet Mining Corporation, and that the standing committee is paying close attention to the group's  findings.

Keywords: Legal Standing Committee, Erdenet Mining Corporation   The National Post /page 2/


Economy

IFC and Ministry of Construction and Urban Development to cooperate

Summary: The Ministry of Construction and Urban Development and the World Bank’s IFC have signed an MOU on increasing the energy and economic efficiency of construction in Mongolia and developing greener construction by researching and updating building codes and the legal environment for the industry. The Vice Minister of the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development, Sh. Lkhamsuren, and Simon Andrew, the IFC’s Country Manager for Mongolia, South Korea, and China, signed the agreement. Andrew stated, “We will cooperate with key decision makers to develop energy efficient buildings in Mongolia.”

Keywords: IFC, construction   The National Post /page 6/


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International organizations have started sending aid to Mongolia's herders

Summary: Deputy Prime Minister U. Khurelsukh chaired a meeting of representatives from international aid organizations and the government to discuss how to help Mongolia's herders overcome this year's harsh winter conditions. The Government of Mongolia requested aid from several international aid organizations operating in Mongolia, and 13 international organizations will be granting a total of 3.8 million USD (9 billion MNT) in financial assistance grants, equipment, and relief goods. The Deputy Prime Minister spoke about the harsh conditions herders face and the government’s efforts to help herders. U. Khurelshukh thanked the UNFPA, United States Agency for International Development, World Vision, Save the Children, and the other organizations who contributed to the relief effort. UN Resident Coordinator Beate Trankmann expressed her gratitude for the information provided by the government and said she hopes the aid reaches the people who need it most.

Keywords: international aid organizations, United Nations, herders   www.montsame.mn


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