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Events

Name organizer Where
Frontier's "Invest Mongolia Tokyo 2018" Frontier Securities Tokyo Japan
"Open to Export" ICC WTO International business award ICC WTO London

NEWS

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Mongolian companies look to trade on the TSE www.gogo.mn

Several mining companies operating in Mongolia attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto, Canada, and expressed their interest in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

During the conference, Mongolian Metals Corporation, Steppe Gold and other companies with Mongolian interests presented their projects to foreign investors. In 2017, it was announced that Steppe Gold planned to issue an IPO, and the company has started to intensify its exploration in Mongolia.

The company recently bought the Altan Tsagaan Ovoo special mining license from Centerra Gold for 9.8 million USD, and has initiated drilling of 4,000 meters at the mine site.

Steppe Gold also purchased a license for the Uudam Khundii exploration project in Bayankhongor Province with an 80/20 percent joint venture with the local government. According to company, initial exploration work has been completed, resulting in the identification of four new gold reserves. Mongolian Metals Corporation has purchased 13 exploration licenses within the last 12 years, and has been actively conducting exploration on 75,000 hectares in Bayankhongor Province over the past nine years.

The company reports that it identified promising reserves of gold, copper, and silver in 2017. Bloomberg TV Mongolia reported that during the conference, Minister of Mining and Heavy Industry D. Sumiyabazar informed investors that Mongolia will lower taxes on the sale of mining licenses.

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Fitch: MAK's extension does not affect expected ratings www.gogo.mn

Fitch Rating announced that Mongolyn Alt (MAK) LLC has received an extension on the expiry of its consent and waivers for its loans from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Deutsche Investitions (DEG) to March 31, 2018 from February 28, 2018, as a proposed bond issuance has been delayed. The extension will not affect the expected Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of “CCC+” on MAK and the expected rating of “CCC+”on its proposed US dollar notes that Fitch Ratings assigned on 31 January 2018. Fitch reported that it will continue to monitor closely the company's refinancing and restructuring efforts.

MAK's expected ratings reflects the Mongolia-based coal miner's adequate liquidity and debt maturity profiles, assuming it completes the proposed bond deal and debt restructuring. The company plans to repay some of its existing loan facilities that are in default with proceeds from the proposed bond. The remaining loans will be restructured based on terms outlined in the signed consents and waivers from each respective lender.

MAK intends to repay the loans from EBRD and DEG with the proceeds from the proposed bond issuance. The consent and waivers from the company's other lenders expire on May 31, June 30, (Development Bank of Mongolia) and August 31 (BHF-BANK Aktiengesellschaft). In addition, the EKF loan consents and waivers require MAK to complete its proposed bond issuance by March 31, 2018.

MAK's expected IDR incorporates Fitch's expectation that the company will be able to generate positive free cash flows over the medium term, barring a significant deterioration in coal prices. This is based on the assumption that MAK will be able to reduce production costs and capex during moderate coal price weakness.

These expectations are counterbalanced by MAK's history of aggressive debt-funded investments, and limited access to external funding, which may heighten the company's liquidity risk if there is a sharp, sustained coal price or demand downturn and unfavourable capital market conditions.

The final ratings are contingent upon successful issuance of the proposed bond and completion of the restructuring in line with the terms already received, and upon receipt of final documents conforming to information already received.

Oyunbayar.N

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Mongolian built aircraft to fly in April www.news.mn

The engineers at MIAT Mongolian Airlines are gearing up to take the first TVS-2MS aircraft up for its maiden flight in April. The aircraft is an upgraded and re-engined version of the famous Antonov An-2 passenger biplane which was designed by the Antonov design bureau in 1946 and served as the work horse of regional aviation not just in the USSR but in many other countries - Mongolia included. The new version of the classic plane has been designed by Russia’s Siberian Aviation Scientific Research Institute (SibNIA) in Novosibirsk, whilst the actual modernisation is being carried in Mongolia, at the MIAT base in Ulaanbaatar. Currently there are two aircraft fully ready for the installation of Honeywell TPE331 turboprop engines.

MIAT technical director Ayush Tuvd told Russian Aviation Insider at the MRO Russia and CIS 2018 convention that the airline has plans to upgrade five more An-2s this year, while the total plan includes 24 aircraft. He also commented that the entire fleet is required for the airline, so it is not considering any external orders for modernisation just yet.

The Mongolian aviation authorities have already validated the Russian airworthiness certificate for the TVS-2MS. The aircraft re-engined in Mongolia will have a letter M added to their designation, TVS-2MS-M, which stands for “modernised”. The main difference from the basic TVS-2MS is Garmin 800 avionics suite instead of Garmin 500, and a proposed installation of a Honeywell-made APU in the future. Mr Tuvd explained that the APU is required because the aircraft will be operated far from the maintenance base, and the APU will help solve the issue with charging batteries.

There are currently 23 MIAT Mongolian Airlines engineers involved in the project, but the operators intends to send 17 more to be trained in Novosibirsk.

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Mongolia to make tax reform to attract investment www.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia has formulated a draft law on tax reform in a bid to attract more investment and optimize the business environment, Prime Minister Ukhnaa Hurelsukh said on Monday.

"We aim to encourage the fair businessmen and good taxpayers by reducing their taxes," Hurelsukh said at an event introducing the tax law reform.

Efforts will be made to fight tax fraud and tax evasion, he said.

Under the tax reform, 90 percent of the tax paid by small and medium-sized businesses with income of less than 1.5 billion MNT (630,000 U.S. dollars) per year will get a refund.

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Tax amendments being discussed by Cabinet www.gogo.mn

Cabinet is discussing amendments that would make tax reporting easier for entities. The amendments stipulate that entities with an annual income of less than 50 million MNT would be required to prepare only one report per year and pay a tax of one percent of their annual income.

The amendments would also reduce the number of reports required from SMEs. Companies with an annual income of over three billion MNT would be required to issue tax reports four times a year, and those with less than three billion MNT in annual income would be required to file reports twice per year. The amendments would be implemented in January 2019 if approved.

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Russian companies show interest in energy cooperation with Mongolia www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Energy Minister of Mongolia, Ts.Davaasuren met the Minister of Energy of Russian Federation, A.V.Novakov on February 27 and discussed bilateral cooperation in energy sector.

During the meeting the parties agreed to conclude Intergovernmental agreement to cooperate in energy sector in the near future. Energy Minister of Russia, A.V.Novakov also emphasized that many Russian companies show interest in cooperating in energy sector with Mongolia.

At the same time, the first meeting of the working group on Energy cooperation of Mongolia and Russia was held and further actions were defined.

Russia's Deputy Minister of Energy A.B.Yanovsky, the head of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Energy, deputy heads and other officials of the Russian Ministry of Energy, Minister of Energy of Mongolia Ts.Davaasuren and representatives of the National Dispatching Center LLC and National Power Transmission Grid State owned JSC attended the meeting.

B.Misheel

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Britain postpones decision on new coal mine www.mining.com

The British government has delayed a decision on whether to allow a new open pit coal mine in Northumberland, in the country’s north east, without elaborating on the reasons that motivated such decision.

The county’s council granted permission in 2016 to developer The Banks Group to build its Highthorn surface mine, slated to extract 3 million tonnes of coal near Druridge Bay.

But the minister for local government, Sajid Javid, called for a public enquiry last year following environmentalists claims that the proposed mine would destroy Druridge Bay, an area of natural beauty. They also argued that extracting more coal contradicted international pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate pact.

Supporters say the company has vowed not to conduct any mining activity within 500 metres of the beach, adding the operation would create about 100 permanent jobs and generate almost 50 million pounds ($69 million) in related contracts and other benefits to the community.

The company expressed its disappointment over the news. “We now have no indication as to when the Secretary of State is going to decide whether we are to be allowed to proceed,” Community Relations Manager Jeannie Kielty said in a statement quoted by ELN. “All the while, we are continuing to receive enquiries from energy generation and industrial customers about when the site is going to be opening,” she said.

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Additional funding agreement concluded www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/ An agreement on provision of the additional funding was established between the Development Bank of Mongolia (DBM) and International Investment Bank (IIB) within a scope of the 21st Meeting of Mongolia-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, held on February 28 in Russia.

The document was signed by First Deputy CEO of the DBM, Ch. Enkhbat, and the head of the IIB delegation, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Vladimir Liventsev.

According to the agreement, the IIB lends EUR 30 million for a period of up to seven years to implement socially and economically significant projects in Mongolia.

Following the meeting, members of the intergovernmental commission expressed their satisfaction with the results of the IIB’s project activities in Mongolia and parties welcomed the signing of a loan agreement between two development banks.

The IIB consistently increases lending and investment activities in Mongolia. Since 2012, the total volume of the Bank's investment in the Mongolian economy has amounted to over USD 650 million.

M.Unurzul

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Darkhan city to improve its waste management in cooperation with ADB www.montsame.mn

Darkhan /MONTSAME/ Governor of Darkhan-Uul province S.Nasanbat received representatives of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Mongolia Resident Mission and authorities of project МОН3244/3245 to develop wastewater management in Darkhan city and technical advisors on March 1.

Held with attendance of Member of Parliament B.Javkhlan, the sides informed about ongoing projects and exchanged views.

47.5 tons of waste are produced in Darkhan soum in a year, of which 80 per cent in ger district areas and 56 per cent of all waste is recyclable.

In relation, administrations of Darkhan-Uul province requested the ADB to show support in direction of making products and, extracting energy and heat by recycling dry waste. They also asked support from the ADB to coordinate the two projects on establishment of dry waste recycling plant and eco-toilet project in order to improve their roles to reduce soil and water pollution and pollution of Kharaa river.

Additionally, MP B.Javkhlan gave information on building an eco-school in Darkhan-Uul province with the ADB funding. 
E.Altanzul

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IAAC reports that government corruption is widespread www.montsame.mn

Chief of the Cabinet Secretariat G. Zandanshatar held a meeting at Independent Authority Against Corruption (IAAC) to obtain information about the implementation of the national anti-corruption program and priority issues that need to be addressed in the future.

The meeting convened state secretaries and other officials representing the cabinet's 13 ministries. During the meeting, the head of the IAAC, Kh. Enkhjargal, presented the agency's framework for implementing the program and recommendations concerning anti-corruption legislation.

In 2017, the IAAC conducted reviews and regulatory enforcement of all levels of government organizations to identify the status of the implementation of anti-corruption measures to develop a report. The report identified the violations of several laws, including the Law on Conflicts of Interest and the Procurement Law. Major violations included the illegal appointment of officials, abuse of official positions, the illegal establishment of fees, and the ineffective spending of state funds.

An overall assessment concluded that the level of corruption at all levels of government is high.

The report was discussed by the National Audit and Civil Service Council and recommendations on how to end these illegal activities were submitted to each of the cabinet's ministers.

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