The Mongol Messenger
A 'victory' for Mongolian foreign policy
Last week marked an important milestone for not only US-Mongolian relations, but also for Mongolian foreign policy. The declaration on strategic partnership between Washington and Ulaanbaatar was signed during President Kh. Battulga’s visit to the US on July 31, 2019, making Mongolia the 17th country to sign such an agreement with the US.It has often been argued Mongolia is a small, developing country with an annual GDP of only USD 12 billion, sandwiched between two huge authoritarian regimes with nuclear capabilities; hence, the nation is in no position to attract the interests of the US at a level high enough to warrant a strategic partnership. Nonetheless, Mongolia succeeded in securing its biggest and most crucial step to date in consolidating its Third Neighbor Policy focused on expanding relations with the Western world.
OECD Anti-corruption Network: High level corruption is pervasive in Mongolia
Petty corruption has been gradually declining in Mongolia, but overall, corruption is still widespread and high level corruption is pervasive in Mongolia, a report of the Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia says, warning to take substantial measures to increase public servants’ accountability and ethics.
Life in Xinjiang Uygur
To familiarize with the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, two journalists from MONTSAME news agency were involved in ‘Discover Xinjiang’ international journalists’ program that was organized by China Daily newspaper group.
Strengthening Human Resources of the Civil Service
Mongolia is implementing Civil service law from the beginning of this year. Experiences of the other countries with advanced Civil service is exampling for us. The Cabinet Secretariat of Mongolia and the Ministry of Personnel Management of the Republic of Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding on March 14, 2019. Before the MoU signing ceremony, the Minister of Mongolia, Chief Cabinet Secretary Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene and Minister of Personnel Management of the Republic of Korea Hwang Seo-chong exchanged their views on the human resource management in the civil service.
Vice President of China visits Mongolia
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China, Vice President of China Wang Qisan, paid a visit to Mongolia at the invitation of Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh on July 10-12.
Children adopted into American families come back to Mongolia
In partnership with Holt International Children’s Services humanitarian organization based in the U.S, the Mongolia Immigration Agency has been organizing tours for children, who were adopted into American families, to have them acquainted with their home country since 2017.
UB hosts FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup for the first time
he FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup kicked off at the Sukhbaatar Square on June 3. Recognized as an Olympic sport, it is the first time for the 3x3 Basketball World Cup to be organized in Mongolia. The tournament was being organized under the auspices of Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh in the capital city.
The Mongolian Ponyball Federation to develop children’s baseball
The Mongolian Ponyball Federation has received its membership certificate from the PONY Asia Pacific Zone on May 16.
Sustainable Tourism as a driver of growth
Globally, international tourist arrivals are expected to reach 2.44 billion by 2030, a 75 percent increase over 2018, with Asia and the Pacific projected to account for a third of this number.The fact shows how important role tourism can play in the economic development of countries. Therefore, Asian Development Bank, largest multilateral development bank in Asia and the Pacific is focusing on tourism and one of topics of the 52nd Annual Meeting of ADB's Board of Governors was sustainable tourism as a driver of growth.
ADB to raise private business loans
Mongolian private companies have possibility to borrow loans up to a combined USD1 billion from Asian Development Bank, underlines Finance Minister of Mongolia Ch.Khurelbaatar. The Finance Minister took part in the 52nd annual meeting of ADB Governors held on May 1-6, sharing Mongolia’s views and positions with representatives of ADB, its largest development partner, and other partners.
Yolanda Fernandez Lommen: Current ADB Country Partnership Strategy for Mongolia is the largest allocation of ADB funding since we started operations in the country
We interviewed Country Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Mongolia Yolanda Fernandez Lommen on May 8, following the press tour to Selenge aimag.
Open Editorial: A better alternative to interest rate caps
The Mongolian Parliament is currently discussing the introduction of interest rate caps on lending rates by financial institutions. An interest rate cap is a ceiling on lending rates with the purported aim of lowering the cost of borrowing and protecting borrowers from predatory lending practices. The appeal of such controls on lending rates is understandable. However, international experience suggests that interest rate caps often do more harm than good.
Press tour organized for ADB-funded projects in Selenge aimag
The Government of Mongolia in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is implementing numerous projects in Mongolia that would make a significant contribution to the country’s social and economic development. On May 6-7, within a press tour led by Ms. Yolanda Fernandez Lommen, ADB Country Director for Mongolia, our reporting team got acquainted on-site with the implementation progress and outcomes of the ones being carried out in Selenge aimag.
Mongolia-China relations: Joint creation of values and shared benefits
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and People’s Republic of China and the 25th anniversary of the renewal of the Treaty on Friendly Relations and Cooperation between the two countries, President Kh.Battulga paid a state visit to China at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Heeding the Zeitgeist
Just as the Parliament was about to discuss the amendment bill to the Law on the Legal Status of Judges, the current and former leadership of the Democratic Party held a hasty press conference at late hours of the night, vehemently opposing the legislative process.
Dispute over Erdenet’s 49 percent stock continues
These days, many events have happened around the issue concerning 49 percent shares of Erdenet Mining Corporation (EMC), which is a major contributor to the state budget. It processes 26 million tons of ore per year and produces around 530.0 thousand tons of copper concentrate and around 4.5 thousand tons of molybdenum concentrates annually.
The changing world of Mongolia's boreal forests
Insects that eat leaves and needles are, however, causing increasing damage in Mongolian forests. The Siberian silk moth and the gypsy moth are the most destructive. Their caterpillars eat young leaves, weakening and killing even healthy trees.
The changing world of Mongolia's boreal forests
Every year as the sun warms and the days lengthen, 28-year-old Baganatsooj moves his herds to their summer pastures outside the town of Tunkhel in Mongolia’s far northern Selenge province – a nomadic lifestyle his ancestors have practiced for thousands of years.
Under the eternal blue sky: Lessons from the period of the Pax Mongolica
The ancient wisdom of indigenous tribes and first nations peoples around the world has been devalued for too long. Our think tanks and universities with their research specializations that narrowly focus on particularities have their place, but we need synthesizers too. We also need a revaluing of the concept of big history something the Mongolians know something about.
“Mongolia is on the same level as developed countries for its development of IT and communications sector”
“InvesCore’s achievements will serve as a stepping stone for many more Mongolian companies to enter the foreign market”
B.Turmunkh: I illustrated 60 pieces for the updated version of ‘The Secret History of Mongols’