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Ulaanbaatar, March 22, 2023 /MONTSAME/. First Deputy Governor of the Capital City in charge of Economic and Infrastructure Issues J. Sandagsuren visited the leather processing plant “Buligaar LLC” on March 17. Mr. Sandagsuren exchanged views with people working in the leather industry on issues in this sector.
The meeting was attended by members of the Mongolian Association of Leather Industry (MALI) and representatives from Emeelt Light Industry Park, the Departments of Food and Agriculture, and the Department of Environment of the capital city, and the Water Supply and Sewerage Authority.
First Deputy Governor of the Capital City in charge of Economic and Infrastructure Issues J. Sandagsuren:
“Today, we met with representatives of the Mongolian Association of Leather Industry (MALI) and discussed the pressing issues of enterprises and manufacturers operating in this sector, such as sewage facility and water supply. Developing leather factories in a cluster could be a solution for solving the problems, increasing productivity, and creating new jobs. Therefore, we are focusing on relocating leather factories to Emeelt Light Industry Park and rehabilitating the area where they are currently operating. First of all, the support of the Government and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Light Industry is needed to advance the project Emeelt Light Industry Park. Moreover, intersectoral collaboration is significant.”
The leather, wool, and cashmere processing factories, operating in the 20th khoroo of Khan-Uul district, an industrial area of the capital city, are polluting the Tuul River basin and citizens complain about it, urging to relocate the factories. Also, the officials who participated in the meeting pointed out that the soil and water pollution in the area has exceeded the standard level, requiring urgent actions.
Executive Director of the Mongolian Association of Leather Industry T. Bayarsaikhan:
"The MALI has over 30 member enterprises that process leather and about 100 enterprises which produce finished products, such as gloves, leather clothes, bags, and small accessories. There are also more than 700 raw materials suppliers, registered with our association. According to our estimates, over four thousand people work in this sector. This number can reach 20 thousand in the future. The most pressing issue of the sector is relocating the factories in the 20th khoroo of the Khan-Uul district. In other words, by having one wastewater treatment plant among the factories, costs will decrease, and productivity will improve. Most importantly, it will allow to prevent from soil and water pollution. We are ready to move once the Emeelt Light Industry Park project starts to be implemented."
Director of the Emeelt Light
Industry Park B. Myagmar
"To decentralize the city of Ulaanbaatar and develop the economy, we need to develop industry, increase jobs, and improve competitiveness. Governor's Office of the Capital City Ulaanbaatar has fully ensured the preparation for the construction of the Emeelt Light Industry Park. To develop the industrial zone, the park territory has been confirmed, and the feasibility study of the park has been conducted. In addition, as part of the preparatory work for the construction of the park, funding source for the construction of the park's safety protection zone and business incubator center has been reflected in the 2023 budget. Now we need support from the Government of Mongolia and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Light Industry to accelerate the progress of the project, and solve the problems, the factories facing.
Over the course of the meeting, mentioning the fact that Mongolia is a country that relies on traditional animal husbandry, representatives of leather factories highlighted the possibilities for developing production based on livestock raw materials and becoming a country that produces value-added products.