Parliament Speaker meets Canadian Ambassador to MongoliaPolitics
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On February 7, Speaker of the Mongolian Parliament G.Zandanshatar held a meeting with Ambassador of Canada to Mongolia Catherine Ivkoff.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Parliament Speaker congratulated Ms. Catherine Ivkoff for being appointed as an Ambassador to Mongolia and noted about the successful development of friendly relations between Mongolia and Canada and that Canada is a third neighbor and major trade partner of Mongolia.
The both sides agreed that Mongolia and Canada share same values of democracy, human rights and freedom and expressed their willingness to develop bilateral cooperation in various fields, not being limited to mining.
After affirming her readiness to work on boosting bilateral partnership in every possible area, particularly on continuing the projects under implementation in Mongolia by development assistance from Canada, Ambassador Catherine Ivkoff congratulated on the recent adoption of the amendments to the Constitution of Mongolia.
The Speaker provided a brief introduction on the amendments, saying “Aimed at ensuring balance and control between the branches of the government and paving the way for long standing stability of state policy, the constitutional amendments had been under parliamentary discussion for more than six months to get approval. New regulations were included to make structural reforms, grant natural resources to the public and establish a wealth fund”
For her part, the Canadian Ambassador delivered some information on an ongoing project “Towards a Professional and Citizen-centered Civil Service in Mongolia”, which is being carried out by the United Nations Development Programme by funding from the Canadian government.
Speaker G.Zandanshata said that the project is contributing greatly towards improved professional capacities for civil servants and strengthening the legal and policy framework for a professional civil service of Mongolia, and Mongolia has placed a great value on the role of the Canadian Government in this regard.
The sides also discussed at the meeting other issues of mutual concern.