The Mongol Messenger
Days of Mongolian-Russian Friendship and Cooperation to run for 58th time
The “Days of Mongolian-Russian Friendship and Cooperation-2018” is to take place in Mongolia for the 58th time. October 2, The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Mongolia together with the Union of Mongolian Friendship Societies (UMFS) held a press conference on the occasion of the event, providing detailed information on upcoming events to strengthen friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.
D.Altankhuyag: Mongolia needs professional ballet school
It is not long time since Mongolia started staging a ballet ‘Nutcracker’ as other countries do customarily during the New Year. Auditions ran on September 16 to select young dancers who have an aspiration of being a part of the ballet. The Mongol Messenger interviewed D.Altankhuyag, State Honored Artist and Head of the Mongolian Ballet Development Foundation, who is working to stage this ballet in modern American version to Mongolian audiences for the fifth year.
Relocated beavers from Germany and Russia restore river habitat
A reporting team of the MONTSAME national news agency visited the Beaver Introduction Project Unit in Gachuurt Village in Bayanzurkh district, Ulaanbaatar, where beavers are introduced to restore the headwaters of the Tuul River, the main drinking water source of the capital city.
A.Enkhjin: BoM aims to increase its gold purchase by 10 percent
Head of the Reserve Management and Financial Markets Department of the Bank of Mongolia A.Enkhjin was interviewed on the purchase of gold and issues in this regard.
Heavy rain causes flash flooding, more rainfall expected
Early July and recent heavy rainfalls of unprecedented intensity caused flash floods in several parts of the country, affecting hundreds of households. Bayan-Ulgii, Selenge and Tuv aimag are badly affected by flash floods caused by recent heavy, quick rainfalls, according to the National Emergency Agency of Management on July 18.
Spanish youth literature translated into Mongolian
The Monsudar Publishing House has released “Singing Boys”, a book by Elena Alonso Frayle, translated from Spanish into Mongolian. The book has been awarded the Ala Delta Prize for youth literature in Spain. Mrs Elena Alonso Frayle is the wife of the Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to Mongolia Stefan Duppel. MM interviewed Mrs Elena Alonso Frayle on her book, her other activities in Mongolia and her future plans.
AMCDRR highlights prevention and multi-stakeholder approach
The Government of Mongolia opened the three-day Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) on July 3. The AMCDRR 2018, organized under the overarching theme ‘Preventing Disaster Risk: Protecting Sustainable Development’, forms the regional platform to share good practices, lessons and experiences in disaster risk management among governments, intergovernmental organizations, regional and international organizations, UN organizations and stakeholder groups.
Crunching Big Data to Save Lives
This is an open editorial by Haoliang Xu, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme.
Home team triumphs in ‘Mongolia Open-2018’ wrestling tournament
The Mongolian team led the ‘Mongolia Open-2018’ tournament with 10 gold,14 silver and 14 bronze medals. The Russian team took second place with 7 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze. The Kazakh team followed Russia with 3 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze.
Global livestock experts gather in Mongolia to discuss sustainability
Mongolia is hosting the 8th Meeting of the multi-stakeholder partnership of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) on June 11-15.
Decision on OT power procurement needs to be made this year
We recently interviewed Minister of Energy Ts.Davaasuren about issues related to Oyu Tolgoi (OT) and Tavan Tolgoi Power Project (TTPP).
Mongolia needs stable institutional system and higher standards of accountability
On May 22, we had an interview with the World Bank’s Country Manager for Mongolia James Anderson on Mongolia’s economic and governance issues.
Continuity of foreign policy is of great value to Mongolia Minister of Foreign Affairs
Our reporter interviewed Tsogtbaatar Damdin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia on Mongolian foreign policy, its objectives and directions.
Reforming higher education to increase Mongolia’s competitiveness
There are more than 130 thousand students acquiring higher education in over 97 institutes in Mongolia. However, there is a number of existing problems in the higher education subsector, leading to low competitiveness and employment rates among university graduates. To increase the number of Mongolia’s globally competitive higher education graduates responsive to labor market demands, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Sports (MECSS) is realizing the Higher Education Reform Project (HERP) in 2012-2019, with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The total fund of the project is USD 20 million, 10 percent of which is contributed by the Government of Mongolia. The project outcome will be an improved, well-managed, equitable higher education system.
Mongolian Ethnographic Ger Museum houses a 10,000 piece collection
A father and son who collect ethnographic items and antiquities already have a 10,000 piece collection and run a private museum in a traditional Mongolian Ger.
Mongolia can export more than 10 types of goods to the US without tax
On May 2, we had interview with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to USA Yo.Otgonbayar.
From Canada to Mongolia: self-funded project assists young doctors
When Dr. Hugh M.Parsons first came to Mongolia in 2014, he was simply seeking adventure. It was a birthday trip taken with his wife and a couple friends in the Naadam season. “I have traveled quite a bit over the years. When I came to Mongolia, I liked the smell of the air and the land. I had come to a land of the horse like it was meant to be. I felt a close bond with Mongolia,” he recalled his first visit to the Land of the Blue Sky, which then laid the foundation of a life-long relationship with Mongolia. Dr. Hugh M.Parsons is a Canadian vitreo-retinal specialist, currently positioned as Associate Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology of the British University of Columbia, Chief of Surgery at the Surrey Memorial Hospital and Program Coordinator at the Laurel Foundation. Throughout his career, he has performed about 15 thousand eye surgeries.
Negotiations on road and transportation issues continue with China
We interviewed J.Bat-Erdene, Minister of Road and Transport Development on policy, agreements and documents established with China for roads, transportation, railways and border checkpoint development during the official visit of Mongolia’s Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh to China.
David Sproule: Mongolia is a gem that is yet to be fully explored
“Coming to Mongolia felt like going home,” said David Sproule, Ambassador of Canada to Mongolia, as he recalled his arrival in Mongolia in September, 2017. He sat with the Mongol Messenger on a spring morning to discuss Mongolia-Canada relations, which turn 45 this year. “I was raised in a province in Canada, which has a very similar climate as Mongolia. We have long winters, very warm summers and a dry climate. If I may say, my province and Mongolia also have very similar geographic characteristics – wide grazing land on which we mostly have farms, taiga, woodlands and mountains, as well as demographic similarity in the form of a small population,” he added.
Report on implementation of Law on Protection of Cultural Heritage
According to G.Zandanshatar, Head of Cabinet Secretariat, Mongolia is preparing for a national census on historical and cultural heritages this year. He was delivering a report by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports to Parliament on April 12 in response to an inquiry on the state of the implementation of the Law on the Protection of Cultural Heritage and actions taken to protect cultural and historical heritages. The inquiry had been put forward to the Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports by MP J.Batzandan. Pursuant to the Law on the Protection of Cultural Heritage, adopted in 2014, a national census on historical and cultural heritages will be held with an aim to enrich the existing heritage database and update the statistical figures. The last census was conducted in 2015-2016.