Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mongolia is preparing for a national census on historical and cultural heritages this year.
G. Zandanshatar, Head of Cabinet Secretariat, made the above announcement in his report to the Parliament on April 13, 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 of Mongolia. The inquiry had been put forward by MP J.Batzandan to the Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports.
Pursuant to the Law on the Protection of Cultural Heritage, passed on May 15, 2014, the national census on historical and cultural heritages will be held with an aim to enrich the existing heritage database and update the statistical figures.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports is drafting a Law on Museum, which is expected to be submitted to the Parliament within 2018.
As of January, 2018, there were 12 government-run and 24 provincial administration-run and 8 privately-owned museums active in the country. There were 16 museum halls run by government-owned and private organizations and universities. In 2017, MNT 288 million has been allocated from the State Budget on museum renovation and MNT 140 million on purchase of equipment, according to the report. The Cabinet’s 2016-2020 action plan comprises an objective to reconstruct four museum buildings and renovate the treasuries of more than 10 museums.
Following the report, MPs raised additional questions including an inquiry by MP O.Sodbileg on the building of the Museum of Natural History. Currently, the Government is considering constructing the museum building with a non-refundable aid from the Republic of Korea, and there is a need to cooperate with the capital city authority on the land permission.
At the conclusion of the discussion, MP J.Batzandan explained the reason behind raising the issue of cultural heritage saying, “Lack of promotion of Mongolian culture among the young people will lead to risks of being influenced by other cultures. Mongolia must be the center of Mongolian culture, and the Government must give this a vital importance, correcting the faulty policy that has been enforced until today,” and called for urgent proposal of the Bill on Museum.
Full coverage of the report will be published on the 16th issue of the Mongol Messenger.