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Events

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“Doing business with Mongolia”, “UK Investors show” бизнес хөтөлбөр March 27-April 02. 2019 ЛОНДОН ХОТ, ИХ БРИТАНИ Mongolian Business Database London UK
SYMPOSIUM ON GLOBAL MARKETS Nationalism and Protectionism: The United States in the International Arena June 17-18, 2019 The Center for American and International Law Plano, Texas, USA The Center for American and International Law (CAILAW) Plano Texas June 17-18 2019
"Open to Export" ICC WTO International business award ICC WTO London

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India lauds Mongolia's '3rd neighbour' policy; committed to strengthen cultural bond: Rajnath Singh www.indiatimes.com

ULAANBAATAR: India appreciates the 'Third Neighbour' policy of land-locked Mongolia, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said here, asserting New Delhi's commitment to further strengthen its cultural bond with Ulaanbaatar.
He was here on a three-day official visit to further strengthen bilateral relations and security cooperation as part of sustained high-level exchanges between Mongolia and India.
The 'Third Neighbour' policy of Mongolia, a land-locked nation between Russia and China, refers to its building ties with countries other than these two.
The minister said that India appreciates Mongolia's 'Third Neighbour' policy.
"We hope this will be crucial in further strengthening bilateral cooperation in strategic areas as well as trade and commerce," Singh said in a tweet.

Singh visited the Gandantsegchinlen Monastery here and met with the Supreme Leader of the Centre of All Mongolian Buddhists and Abbot of the Monastery, Lama Gabju Choijamts Demberel.

"India is committed to further strengthen its cultural bond with Mongolia," Singh said in another tweet.
India and Mongolia, joined by the common thread of Buddhism, are spiritual neighbours, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement in New Delhi.
Singh said he had a fruitful meeting with President of Mongolia Battulga Khaltmaa at the State Palace in Ulaanbaatar.
Yesterday, the minister called on Prime Minister of Mongolia Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh and discussed with him a wide range of bilateral issues including border management, disaster management and cyber security.
On Friday, Mongolia broke ground for the construction of the landlocked country's first oil refinery with the help of a $1 billion loan from India which Singh described as an important milestone in the bilateral ties.

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Mongolia steps up renewable energy www.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR (XINHUA) – Four renewable energy power plants, with a total of 120 megawatts (MW), will be put into operation in Mongolia’s south-east province of Dornogovi, within this year. Mongolia’s first large solar power plant, with a capacity of 10 MW, was installed in the country’s northern province of Darkhan-Uul in Jan, 2017. The country’s second wind farm, the 50-MW Tsetsii Wind Farm, also opened in Oct, that year. The government aims to make renewable energy use account for 20 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030

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Too smart, too successful: Mongolia’s superwomen struggle to find husbands www.theguardian.com

At the UB comedy club at the back of a bar in central Ulaanbaatar, the audience is overwhelmingly female. Groups of smartly dressed women, just out of the office, sip from bottles of beer while watching a young Mongolian man on stage.

“Our women are beautiful,” he says, nodding at a few men seated at the front. “They’re great to be friends with, but they are crazy.” A few men chuckle but the room is mostly silent.

“Everywhere, every lounge, pub or club is like this,” says Mandkhai, a 31-year-old journalist at the show with two friends, “there’s a surplus of women.”

Over the past few decades, Mongolian families have been investing in their daughters by sending them to school and university in the capital. Some parents believe daughters will take better care of them in their old age. Others think women need to learn other skills as herding livestock is work reserved for men – the boys are kept at home to tend the animals. This trend has given rise to what is known as Mongolia’s “reverse gender gap”. Now women are more educated than men. They are less likely to be unemployed. They also live longer – by a decade on average.

But by outpacing men, Mongolian women in the city, many of whom stayed on after university to work, struggle to find partners the way their parents did. The marriage rate in Ulaanbaatar has fallen to 8.9 per 1,000 people in 2016, from 22.9 in 2007, according to the country’s statistics office.

Women in the city complain that there is a shortage of eligible men. In a way they are right. Home to half of the country’s three million people, the city has about 60,000 more women then men. At universities and in the workplace there are often far more women than men. These men are more likely to be taken: almost 40% of men in urban areas over the age of 15 are married, compared with only 32% of women.

Mongolian women face the dual cultural pressures of establishing a career and getting married before the age of 29, preferably earlier. For women who are older, the calculation changes. Zola [not her real name], 39, a former economist, has been looking for a long-term partner for several years now, since returning from doing a master’s degree abroad. She has tried dating events and having friends set her up. She once visited a shaman. Recently, she decided to adjust her initially high standards.

“Now I’m thinking he should just care and accept me. I’m not looking for money, or for very good education. He doesn’t have to be successful … as long as he is kind, listens and takes care of me. That’s all.”

It’s not just the numbers. Many say the issue is a mismash of attitudes and expectations. “Young girls are taught they should succeed, then you succeed and there’s no equal partner for you. The social pressure is for you to get married but finding an equal partner is very hard,” says Alimaa Altangerel, a columnist who writes about social issues. Manduhai Tsogtbal, 32, an entrepreneur who runs an online translation services company, has been starting businesses since she was a student. While getting an MBA degree in the US, she bought the Thai restaurant where she had worked as a waitress and turned it into a more profitable sushi bar. She can tell men don’t appreciate it when she challenges their business ideas. “I can sense it,” she says. “A lot of my girl friends and guy friends suggest I shut up, be dumb and ask more questions.”

Young girls are taught they should succeed, then you succeed and there’s no equal partner for you.
Alimaa Altangerel, writer
A survey released in March by the World Bank found Mongolian men in their 20s often described women as more ambitious than men, a trait they found unattractive. Some wondered why women invested so much in their education, given that it increased their risk of not being able to find a husband.

Bulganchimeg Gantulga, 19, a university student studying political science, says men her age always catcall women who wear short skirts. She says these men, even her classmates, are often behind when it comes to . She is considering never marrying at all.

“When men don’t respect women, it’s obvious what kind of husband they will be,” Bulganchimeg says.

Mongolia’s reverse gender gap, and the difficulties women and men have relating to one another, illustrate how little attention is paid to the poor state of the country’s men, according to Boldbaatar Tumur, head of the Men’s Association in Govisümber province.

Thousands of men lost their jobs in the privatisation of state-owned companies in the 1990s, as Mongolia transitioned from a communist system, and they still have not recovered. NGOs and the government focus more on women than on men, who face rising rates of alcoholism, as well as unemployment, he says. “Women have started to look down on Mongolian men because they have fallen far behind. No woman wants to live with an under-educated, impolite man. On the other side, men feel women are looking for men who are wealthier and more educated,” Tumur says.

At Caffe Bene, a trendy Korean coffee chain in central Ulaanbaatar, almost all the tables are occupied by young women on their own. One sits with her shopping bags on a chair, typing on her phone. Another reads a comic, while the woman across from her peers at a laptop. Single women in Mongolia face a certain stigma, which makes dating even harder. The Lunar New Year holiday, a time for family reunions, is especially hard: women inevitably face questions about their marital status. “You feel like you’re being blamed for being single,” says Solongo Bold, a single mother of two who works at a mining company.

They also face a relatively conservative dating culture. Rather than meet in bars or clubs, single Mongolians often find each other on Facebook or Instagram, chatting over private message, away from the public eye. “For flirting Instagram is effective, but for talking Facebook is better,” says Tsogtbal. Clubs and bars in Ulaanbaatar have begun holding speed-dating events, but people are sometimes embarrassed to attend, says Bat-Ulzii Altantsetseg, head of an events group called UB Nights. Now, instead of singles nights, they hold partner parties where men and women are assigned random pairs of numbers. He says usually 60% of attendees are women.

For Anna Battulga, 25, a recent graduate working in human resources, dating seems different from how it was for her parents, who met in the 1980s in Ulaanbaatar when Mongolia was still under a communist system.

Her mother was a shop assistant and her father a police officer who, after meeting Battulga’s mother, came to inspect the shop every week, scaring the owner. Eventually they started going to the cinema where her father would translate the films, available only in Russian, into Mongolian for her mother. After a few months he nervously asked if his parents could come to her house to ask for her hand in marriage, a Mongolian tradition.

Battulga is more likely to meet someone on Facebook, Instagram or Tinder which she has just started using. She flicks through several pages of profiles, skipping anyone who has posted a landscape photo, as well as any foreigners.

The number of people on the app is much higher now than it was a few years ago, she says. When asked about a popular Mongolian phrase that translates roughly as “your soulmate will be waiting for you on your path,” she pauses. “I think that’s unrealistic.”

Additional reporting by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav

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MBD will host Indian giant Rusan Pharma's visit in Mongolia www.mongolianbusinessdatabase.com

Indian Rusan Pharma www.rusanpharma.com trade delegation headed by Mr.Navin Singh, the regional director is going to visit to Mongolia from this week and MBD is hosting the business program.

Rusan Pharma Ltd. is a fully integrated global pharmaceutical company focusing and excelling in ‘De-Addiction and Pain Management’ solutions.

We offer a complete range of products for de-addiction and pain management in countries across the globe including Europe, UK, Russia, CIS, South Africa, Mauritius, Nepal and Myanmar. We are associated with a number of leading organizations such as NACO, UNODC, UNOPS, Global Fund and several Ministries globally.

The delegates will meet the Mongolian top 10 on the pharmacy production, import, distribution and the top officials on the sector

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German carmakers join American farmers on front line of U.S.-China trade war www.reuters.com

WASHINGTON/FRANKFURT/BEIJING (Reuters) - An increasingly shrill exchange of words between the United States and China that is threatening to trigger a global trade war has claimed another victim - Germany’s auto sector.

Luxury carmakers Daimler and BMW joined American farmers and Chinese solar panel and steel makers among the first casualties in what looks set to become a bitter trade war on a global scale of a kind not seen since the 1930s.

While most economists believe a tariff war between the world’s two largest economies will not derail global growth even if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through with duties on $450 billion of imports from China, individual industries such as agriculture, autos and technology look set to be hit hard.

Daimler on Wednesday cut its 2018 profit forecast while BMW, whose Spartanburg, South Carolina plant is the largest single exporter of vehicles in the United States, said it was looking at “strategic options” because of the threatened trade war.

The first test of whether a tariff war will indeed start comes on July 6, the date on which Trump has threatened to enact the first portion of duties on a planned $50 billion of imports from China.

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Indian Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh arrives www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of India Rajnath Singh arrived in Mongolia today to pay an official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister of Mongolia U.Khurelsukh.

He was welcomed by officials led by Minister of Foreign Affairs D.Tsogtbaatar, Ambassador of Mongolia to India G.Ganbold and Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister B.Enkh-Amgalan at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport.

Minister of Home Affairs of India Rajnath Singh will pay a working visit to Mongolia on June 21-24 and he will call on President of Mongolia Kh.Battulga, Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh and will meet Deputy Prime Minister U.Enkhtuvshin and Minister of Justice and Home Affairs Ts.Nyamdorj.

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Xi meets executives of famous multinational companies www.xinhuanet.com.cn

BEIJING, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday met with executives of a number of famous multinational companies, who are in Beijing to attend a special session of the round-table summit of the Global CEO Council.

Focusing on the summit's theme of opening up, cooperation and mutual benefit, Xi and the executives exchanged views on topics ranging from the Belt and Road Initiative, innovation and smart manufacturing, to green development and global governance.

Xi said the companies had participated in, witnessed, contributed to and benefited from the reform and opening-up drive of China over the past four decades, during which the country sustained rapid economic growth and helped more than 700 million of its people shake off poverty, according to UN standards.

Looking forward to the future, China had more confidence in reform and opening up, and more belief that opening up can be a key move for China's development, he said.

Since 2017, the global economy had seen steady and positive development. However, Xi said world economic growth was still weak, as trade protectionism, isolationism and populism continued to rise, and the challenges to world peace and development were getting more severe.

"In the new situation, opening up should never stop and quality of the opening up should be pursued," Xi said.

"People should carry out cooperation to help each other and face challenges together, while pursuing a win-win situation.

"The international community is a global village and should not engage in zero-sum games. The future of the world should be decided by all countries, with international rules written by all, global affairs jointly governed by all, and development progress shared by all. China is willing to work with other countries to build a community with a shared future for humanity," said the Chinese president.

He pointed out that the Belt and Road Initiative, which has greatly tapped potentials and benefited the people since it was launched five years ago, is not exclusive, but open and inclusive.

"It is not a solo performance of China but a chorus of countries along the route," he said. "We encourage multinational companies to cooperate with Chinese companies to achieve mutual benefits and realize more substantial results."

He emphasized that as innovation and development had become more popular, and innovation-driven development strategies advanced, the pace of China's technological innovation had become more steady.

"We always regard meeting the people's aspirations for a better life as the starting point and final objective of technological innovation," he said.

On green development, Xi said the modernization China is building is the one of harmonious coexistence between human and nature.

He stressed that China would impose the strictest rules and laws to protect the eco-environment in order to leave a sustainable environment to future generations.

Xi said that economic globalization had made important contributions to world economic development, and had become an irreversible trend.

"China will follow the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration in engaging in global governance, continue to play a responsible role as a major country, actively participate in the reform and construction of global governance systems, and inject impetus into the reform and optimization of global governance," he said.

Xi called on the international community to "take the road of reform, opening up, innovation and development, and not to go backward to isolation, inflexibility, protectionism and unilateralism."

He stressed that foreign capital had played an active and important role in China's economic development and the process of deepening reform.

"Over the past 40 years, China's economic development has been achieved thanks to opening up. In the future, China's high-quality economic development must be pursued with even greater opening up," he said.

"China's door to the outside world will open even wider, rather than being closed," he said. "China will continue to greatly ease market access, create a more favorable environment for investors, strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights and expand imports to create a more relaxed and orderly environment for domestic and foreign entrepreneurs to invest and start businesses in China."

The entrepreneurs attending the meeting spoke highly of China's reform and opening-up achievements, and said they appreciated China's contribution to world economic growth.

They stressed that multinational corporations were pleased to be part of the reform process of China over the past 40 years, as they had benefited from the long-term growth of China while making their own contribution to China's development.

They said the rest of the world should increase their understanding of the Chinese culture and the governing of the Communist Party of China.

They said they appreciated China's firm support for globalization and its opposition to trade protectionism, as economic globalization was an irreversible trend.

The executives agreed that multinational corporations enjoy a constantly expanding space for development in China.

They said China had demonstrated its leading role in building a community with a shared future for humanity with contributions such as pushing to reach the Paris agreement on climate change.

They said transnational companies were willing to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative and expand exchange and cooperation with China in many areas to achieve greater development and grow with the Chinese economy.

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Peace plays: How foreign companies have lost a bundle in North Korea www.reuters.com

SEOUL (Reuters) - Months before the first summit between leaders of two Koreas in 2000, South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Inc (005930.KS) invested $730,000 in Pyongyang’s top computer lab. North Korean programmers there would develop online chess games and food recipes for Samsung to sell outside the North.

Samsung quit the business as inter-Korea relations later deteriorated and the lab - Korea Computer Centre - was blacklisted last year for its alleged contribution to the North’s weapons program.

As companies from South Korea to Russia and China again look to cash in on easing tensions with Pyongyang, Samsung’s now defunct businesses in Pyongyang and hundreds of similar failed joint ventures underline North Korea’s status as one of the world’s highest-risk investment destinations.

Yet days before the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, a conference in Seoul to explore investment opportunities in North Korea drew about 600 attendees.

Samsung C&T Corp 028060.KS, the construction arm of South Korea’s largest conglomerate, set up a task force in May to review potential projects such as building railroads, a company official told Reuters on the sidelines of the conference.

“We are not clear yet on how to move in there, and want to know now how much risks we can take,” the official said, asking not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to media.

Russian gas giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM) and state-run Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) (036460.KS) have held talks over the past two months to discuss a possible construction of gas pipelines passing through North Korea, a KOGAS spokesman said.

Other South Korean companies including retail giant Lotte and telecom company KT Corp (030200.KS) have also launched teams in recent weeks to study the resumption of stalled North Korea projects, officials said.

With vast mineral resources, poor transport networks, infrastructure and power facilities ripe for major upgrades and a population of nearly 26 million, North Korea is a potentially compelling investment opportunity once economic sanctions against it are lifted.

But risks range from political uncertainty to poor infrastructure, as well as the complexity of international sanctions that will continue to limit business even if they are gradually lifted, say several South Korean officials who have done business with North Korea.

In the case of Samsung, it could not expand its business in North Korea, partly due to U.S. sanctions that limit production of “dual use” items that can be used for weapons programmes, said Dong Yong-sueng, who advised the conglomerate on its North Korean business strategy.

“Samsung could not make even microwave ovens there. Why? The technology used in microwaves is the basis of missile guidance systems,” Dong said.

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Bylaws of the Assistance Fund for Mongolian citizens living abroad revised www.gogo.mn

On June 20, Cabinet approved revisions to the bylaws of the Assistance Fund for Mongolian citizens living abroad and the appointment of the fund’s board members. The revisions will provide a regulatory framework for the management of translation costs associated with mutual legal assistance treaties held with other countries.

According to official data, more than 150,000 Mongolian citizens live abroad, and the number of criminal activities involving Mongolians, as victims and perpetrators, has been increasing. From 2009 to 2017, the Assistance Fund provided 1.3 billion MNT in financial support to Mongolian citizens living abroad, provided by through diplomatic missions in foreign countries.

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Cabinet reviews issues regarding social, tax and agriculture affairs www.theubpost.cmn

During its weekly meeting, Cabinet updated the rules of the fund to support Mongolians living abroad. The fund operates to help over 150,000 Mongolian citizens living abroad and addresses some challenges facing them.

In response to requests from Mongolians living abroad, the fund has provided a financial support of 1.3 billion MNT from 2009 to 2017 through Mongolian diplomatic mission offices operating in foreign countries.

Almost half of the financial support was spent to bring back the bodies of Mongolians who deceased abroad, and the remaining was used to support citizens who were sentenced and lost their properties because of crimes.

The fund’s revenue was generated through the state budget, and aids and contributions of foreign countries, international organizations, domestic organizations and enterprises, and individuals.

Cabinet ministers agreed to implement some trial projects to reduce poverty, which were outlined in the government action plan 2016-2020.

The projects aim to address the shortage jobs across the country and provide people with sustainable employment by promoting permanent jobs.

Cabinet approved the minimum and maximum incomes of government officials who have authorities to spend the 2019 state budget.

Cabinet agreed to put forward amendments to the Law on Entity Income Tax to Parliament soon.

The government believes that the amendments will reduce expenses with respect to tax payments, enhance the legal and regulatory environment for entities, tax collection operations, and create a fair and transparent tax environment.

During the meeting, Cabinet members renewed a regulation regarding land evaluation to bring it closer to the market rate as the government believes that the regulation doesn’t meet the needs of the society because it has not been updated since 1996.

Cabinet also agreed that the National Veterinary and Sanitation Laboratory, National Laboratory for Drug Testing and Confirmation, and the state-owned Biocombinat factory will operate under the newly established National Veterinary Authority. The National Livestock Breeding and Genetics Resources Center and Science, Technology and Innovation Center on Agricultural Manufacturing will operate under the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry.

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