MONTSAME National News Agency names top 10 events happened in the country throughout the year of 2018Video
1. Expansion of North-East Asian Super Grid proposed
This year, the President of Mongolia Kh.Battulga attended four international forums and put some proposals.
In particular, President Kh.Battulga proposed to set up a joint working group to establish North-East Asian Super Grid when attending the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Belgium.
2. Prime Minister visits four countries
This year, Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh paid official visits to four countries and signed important agreements to develop socio-economy.
Specifically, on his visit to the Republic of Korea PM signed general loan agreement on USD500 million soft loan to be issued within the International Monetary Fund. During his visit to China, the PM agreed to receive soft loan worth USD300 million for renovating the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
During his official visit to the USA, Mr. Khurelsukh signed the Second Mongolia MCC Compact of USD350 million, and on his visit to Japan, he agreed to receive the second financing within the framework of Extended Fund Facility of the International Monetary Fund, which will be spent on constructional works.
3. Construction of the first oil refinery launches
With funding of USD 1 billion from the Government of India, construction of oil refinery began in Altanshiree soum of Dornogobi aimag. Construction works of the overpass near the Traffic Police Department in Khan-Uul district started this year with hope of resolving some pressing issues of Mongolians. Furthermore, construction of New Yarmag Bridge completed and the bridge was commissioned on November 2.
4. B.Gangaamaa conquers Mount K2 summit
On July 21, State Honored Athlete of Mongolia, mountaineer Gangaamaa Badamgarav successfully conquered the summit of K2 Mountain (8166 meters), the second highest peak in the world. B.Gangaamaa became the very first Mongolian obtained the triumph.
5. Representatives of 50 countries exchanged disaster risk reduction experience
A total of 50 countries and over 3000 representatives of international and non-governmental organizations participated in the second Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, co-organized by the Government of Mongolia and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The stakeholders discussed achievements and challenges of their disaster prevention activities, adopting the ‘Asia Regional plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2018-2020’, ‘Ulaanbaatar Declaration’ and ‘Statement of Voluntary Commitment of Stakeholders’.
6.Mongolian artists acknowledged by the world
One of the perfect examples that Mongolian talents are being acknowledged throughout the world is Mongolian baritones G.Ariunbaatar and E.Amartuvshin, followed by Ch.Badral and E.Ankhbayar.
7. Visits of Sergei Shoigu, Wang Yi and Ri Yong-ho to Mongolia
In 2018, Mongolia received many guests including the Prime Minister of Turkey, the Defense Minister of Germany as well as the Minister of Home Affairs of India. Of these, visits of Defense Minister of the Russia S.Shoigu, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Wang Yi and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Ri Yong-ho were of wider scope and great importance.
8.Ancient well discovered in Ordu-Baliq citadel
The ancient well at the capital of Ordu-Baliq of the ancient Uyghur Empire in the 8th-9th century, which was discovered in the frameworks of the Orkhon project, that the Institute of History and Archeology at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, the Archeology and Anthropology Department of the National University of Mongolia and the Institute of Archeology of Germany has been jointly implementing since 2007, is considered as one of the rarest archeological discoveries of this year.
9. Credit rating upgraded and banking sector assets reached MNT 30 trillion
Standard & Poor’s upgraded Mongolia’s long-term credit rating from “B-” to “B” on November 9, 2018. The transfer and convertibility assessment was changed from “B” to “B+” and the short-term credit rating remains unchanged at “B”. It was influenced by development of the country’s financial market. Specifically, total assets of the banking sector surpassed MNT 30 trillion for the first time.
10.Mongolian surgeon’s skills recognized globally
General Director of the National Cancer Center, Medical Doctor, surgeon J.Chinburen became an honorary member of the French Academy of Surgery, globally recognized for his skills as a Mongolian surgeon in January. He became the third person in Asia to receive the Honorary title.