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Events

Name organizer Where
“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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Inner Mongolia sees record foreign trade volume in 2018 www.en.ce.cn

The import and export volume of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region reached 103.44 billion yuan (about 15.3 billion U.S. dollars) last year, a year-on-year increase of 9.9 percent, local authorities said Friday.

It is the first time the region's foreign trade volume has surpassed 100 billion yuan, according to the customs authorities of Hohhot, the regional capital.

In breakdown, the region's import volume rose 7.5 percent year on year to 65.57 billion yuan, while its export volume reached 37.87 billion yuan, a year-on-year growth of 14.4 percent.

Jiao Zhijun, a regional customs official, said Mongolia, Russia and Australia were the region's major trade partners last year, accounting for 56.2 percent of the region's foreign trade volume.

Jiao added that Inner Mongolia saw its foreign trade with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative reach 69.93 billion yuan in 2018, up 14.6 percent year on year.

Steel, organic chemicals, and mechanical and electrical products were among the region's major exports, while its major imports include coal, copper and iron ores.

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More flights between South Korea and Mongolia www.news.mn

Another South Korean airline will be allowed to operate flights to Mongolia, ending Korean Air’s three-decade monopoly on the route.

Korean and Mongolian aviation officials agreed after a series of meetings on Wednesday and Thursday to allow multiple carriers to fly between Incheon and Ulaanbaatar.

The existing bilateral agreement signed in 1991 allows only one airline from each country — Korean Air and MIAT Mongolian Airlines — to operate six flights a week on the route.

With the new agreement, flights to Ulaanbaatar will be increased to nine times a week, starting from late March.

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Cross-border bridge connecting Russia & China to open in 2020 www.rt.com

The construction of a long-awaited bridge across the Amur River, aimed at connecting Russia’s Far East city of Blagoveshchensk with the northeastern Chinese city of Heihe, will be completed next year.
The bridge will be ready for traffic this year, according to the head of Amur Region, Vasily Orlov. He told journalists that construction works are on schedule, with a temporary border checkpoint to be launched soon. A permanent checkpoint will start working in summer 2020, Orlov said.

Construction of the cross-border bridge officially started in 2016, following 28 years of negotiations between Russia and China. The new bridge and its corresponding infrastructure will cost more than $300 million and will be 19.9km long. Some 6.5km of the bridge and road junctions will lie in China, and the remaining 13.5km in Russia, according to China’s CNS agency. The length of the main suspension bridge will be roughly 1,300 meters and its width 14.5 meters.

Traffic capacity is expected to exceed three million tons of cargoes and reach 1.48 million people a year by 2020.

The bridge will greatly facilitate trade between the two countries, since the route will be roughly 3,500km shorter. By 2020, cargo turnover is expected to increase 10-fold, from 300,000 to three million metric tons.

After the completion of the road bridge, which will be an impressive engineering masterpiece, a railroad bridge will be erected next to it.

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Gold, silver and platinum now printed directly onto fabrics www.mining.com

A team of researchers from Imperial College London developed a technique to print silver, gold and platinum onto natural fabrics.

Up till now, metals were printed onto fabrics by coating them with plastic. The new approach, however, allows metal inks to cover entire fibres rather than simply coating the surface of the fabric.

In a media brief, the researchers explained that to coat the fibres, they first covered them in microscopic particles of silicon, and then submerged the material into a solution containing metal ions. The process, known as SIAM or Si ink-enabled autocatalytic metallization, allowed the metals to spread throughout the material as the ions were deposited on the silicon particles.

Since the metal coats the entire fabric, it allows it to maintain its ability to absorb water and it's flexibility.

To prove the technique, the team lead by bioengineer Firat Güder tried different things, among them the creation of silver coil antennas on paper, which can be used for data and power transmission in wireless devices such as Oyster cards and contactless payment systems. They also used the method to deposit silver onto paper and then added zinc onto the same paper to form a battery.

In other words, they say the technique could be used to ultimately incorporate batteries, wireless technologies and sensors into things such as paper and cotton textiles.

“The beauty of this approach is that it can also combine different technologies to serve a more complex application, for example low-cost sensors can be printed on paper that can then transmit the data they collect through contactless technology. This could be particularly useful in the developing world where diagnostic tests need to be conducted at the point of care, in remote locations and cheaply," said researcher Max Grell, who published the team's findings in an article published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.

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Law amended to legalize dismissal of Speaker by majority of MPs www.president.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ At its plenary session on January 18th, the Parliament discussed and passed bill on Amendment to the Law on the Procedure of the Plenary Session of the State Great Khural, by vote of majority.

President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga initiated the bill within his power and Chief of Staff to the President Z.Enkhbold submitted the bill to Chairman of the State Great Khural M.Enkhbold on January 4.

With the adoption of the bill, it is legally possible to hold an immediate discussion in Parliament regarding a proposal to dismiss the Speaker of the Parliament that was submitted by majority of the Parliamentarians. The law will enter into force on January 25, 2018.

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Mongolian team successfully completes Dakar Rally www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/ The 41st edition of Dakar Rally finished on January 18 in Lima, Peru after 10 stages, in which Mongolian racers participated successfully.

Mongolians racers IM U.Byambatsogt and U.Byambadelger came in 32nd place in the car category with overall scores, however they could retain their 3rd place in UTV Open class category. The final or 10th stage was conducted for 100 km race, shorter way than previous stages, but had uneven driveway as usual.

The 41st Dakar Rally attracted 541 racers from 61 countries, who rode 334 cars.

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China’s slowdown is miners' single biggest fear this year — report www.mining.com

A worsening of the ongoing economic slowdown in China, consumer of about half the world’s commodities, is the single biggest challenge mining and metals companies face this year, a new survey of senior executives shows.

Beijing-related worries have already dragged industrial metals prices along and increased future demand concerns so far this year. This has led some to question whether the country’s government is doing what’s needed to stop the downward trend.

“This really is the big question for the current year, and the jury is still out,” BMO analyst Colin Hamilton said in a note earlier this month. “We anticipate the measures taken will start to yield results towards the end of the first quarter.”

Based on answers from 51 senior executives, lawyers White & Case say that trade tensions, which have ramped up due to US President Donald Trump’s aggressive trade policies with Beijing, are the second largest challenge for the mining industry in 2019, with 20% of the respondents indicating so.

Markets seem to have absorbed the impact of the current raft of trade barriers — US import duties on steel and aluminium, and defensive safeguards from the EU and elsewhere in the world — and there is cause for optimism. But White & Case’s survey results indicate that the main impact of trade tensions this year will be on speculative pressure on commodity prices, rather than any erosion of underlying demand for the hard commodities.

Companies, they say, will likely place mergers and acquisition on the back burner and focus instead on getting the most out their current assets, while increasing returns to investors. Shareholder returns will be the mining sector’s number one priority, according to 31% of the executives interviewed, closely followed by productivity gains, according to 29% of them, the report shows.

“That’s a similar picture to what our respondents expected last year, when a similar percentage expected shareholder returns to be the main goal for management,” White & Case’s partners Rebecca Campbell and John Tivey write. “However, looking back to our 2017 survey, it was debt reduction that was seen as the keen focus, showing how successful the sector has been in moving from balance sheet recovery to rewarding investors.

Another key issue the industry will have to address this year is the use of balance sheets to fund expansions. Given the wary approach to growth and lack of major deals, major producers have plentiful cash on hand to fund much of the limited growth they are pursuing, the experts say.

A case in point is Anglo American’s new Peruvian copper mine, Quellaveco. Its development will be funded through cash flow, while many of the additional brownfield expansions planned by the majors will be paid for from earnings.

While the survey’s respondents expect to see a combination of financing this year, balance sheet funding is deemed as the most likely route, while raising equity is seen as the least likely, as investors are still reluctant to pay for new capacity.

The one area in which mining executives expect to see real growth is the use of streaming and royalty funding, with two-thirds expecting an increase this year.

Battery Metals rebound
Battery materials, including cobalt, lithium, nickel and copper, have been the most compelling ‘good news’ story in mining for the past four years, but 2018 will likely be remembered as the year when that enthusiasm faced its first real test.
Cobalt, for one, hit almost $100,000 a tonne, but then came under serious pressure in the second half of the year as demand failed to match some of the more optimistic projects and a wave of new supply, induced by higher prices, is looming on the horizon.

It has been a similar story in lithium, where new projects are being developed from Australia to South America, prompting price declines of more than 50% from their peak in late 2017.

White & Case survey’s results, however, show the industry sees most of these metals rebounding this year, particularly lithium and copper, with 43% of respondents selecting the industrial red metal as their top pick.

Faith in coal will be shaken further this year, the survey reveals, with more than 50% of senior executives predicting that the commodity will be the most impacted one by China’s continued polices to reduce air pollution. Rio Tinto has sold all its coal mines, while BHP and Anglo American have said the fuel will struggle to compete for capital against commodities such as copper.

New entrants to the market are also constrained as banks and investors become warier of funding coal projects, even though the commodity remains the second-largest global source of primary energy, behind oil, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Lenders to the industry cut funding to $14.9 billion in 2017 from $22.5 billion in 2015, according to BankTrack, while at least 15 of the biggest banks have policies that prevent investing in coal projects.
Resource nationalism is a near constant theme in mining, and 2019 is not expected to be different. White & Case’s survey shows that while only a small percentage sees the issue as the biggest risk for the sector, 61% of them expects Africa to continue being the riskiest jurisdiction.

Not everything is doom and gloom in the report, released on Thursday. The industry is actually making steady progress towards technological innovation, with blockchain becoming more than just a “buzz word” and being increasingly adopted for supply chain transparency.

There already are some examples of its use in the mining industry, with the world’s No. 1 diamond producer by value De Beers testing its Tracr platform, which allows tracing gemstones throughout the entire value chain — from mine to buyer.

This week, carmaker Ford and IBM announced they had partnered up with South Korean battery maker LG Chem and China's largest cobalt producer Huayou Cobalt to test the first blockchain project to trace supplies of the metal from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The news was followed by MineHub Technologies and IBM’s introduction of a global mining and metals supply chain solution that applies the same technology.

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China, Russia, Mongolia jointly protect Siberian crane www.xinhuanet.com

NANCHANG, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Six organizations from China, Russia and Mongolia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the conservation of the Siberian crane Thursday in east China's Jiangxi Province.

Also known as the Siberian white crane, or the snow crane, the species is rated as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

The six organizations -- the School of Nature Conservation of Beijing Forestry University, a Siberian cranes protection center in the city of Nanchang, two institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a Mongolian bird conservation center and a nature reserve administration in Dornod Province -- signed the MOU of Siberian Crane Research and Conservation in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi.

Guo Yumin, a professor with the Beijing Forestry University, said that all parties decided to join hands to protect the Siberian crane after multiple discussions. The participants will work together to collect and share scientific data such as breeding areas, population size and different habitats.

According to the MOU, the Russian side will focus on the investigation of the breeding areas of Siberian crane, while the Chinese side is mainly responsible for the investigation of the bird's winter area, and the Mongolian side will carry out research on Siberian cranes in the summer area.

Nikolai Ivanovich Germogenov, director of the Institute of Biology of the Problem of Cryolithozone of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said the MOU was a sign of great progress, helping make the cooperation between the three countries more flexible.

The world population of Siberian crane is estimated at about 3,600.

There are three migration routes for Siberian crane - the eastern, western and central route. The eastern populations migrate during winter to China via Russia and Mongolia. But the western and central populations have declined drastically over the past 20 years due to hunting along their migration routes and habitat degradation. Enditem

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6 H1N1 cases reported in Mongolia, one dies www.xinhuanet.com

Ulaanbaatar, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) - Mongolia has recently registered six cases of H1N1 virus infections, and one of the victims has died, local average Reported Thursday, citing the country's State First Central Hospital.

After testing specimens from 25 suspected cases of H1N1 infection so far This Year, State First Central Hospital in the Capital city of Ulan Bator have found That Six People Have Suffered from swine flu, and one of them has died, the NTV television channel reported almost.

Swine flu, Also known as influenza A / H1N1-2009, is a human respiratory disease. People get the disease from other people, INSTEAD OF pigs.

It has an incubation period of one to four days and has high virulence if not diagnosed and Treated in time.

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Book about the Japanese prisoners of war in Mongolia published www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Special Archives of the General Intelligence Agency (GIA) published a book named ‘War Victims’ (The Japanese prisoners of war in Mongolia in 1945-1947).

Co-written by Deputy Director of the Special Archives of GIA B.Erdenebileg and Doctor of Science J.Urangua, the book reveals new interesting facts about the Japanese prisoners of war and their life in Mongolia.

According to the historical sources, Mongolia needed huge working force after the Liberation War of 1945 and as Mongolia requested the Soviet Union, more than 12300 Japanese prisoners of war set foot in Mongolia in six shifts in the fall of that year.

They had worked in industrial complex, lime plant, match manufacturing plant in Sukhbaatar city, collective farms, coal mine in Nalaikh and brick plants. Some 1000 professionals such as drivers, plumbers, fishermen, farmers, railroaders, journalists, accountants, teachers and photographers were among the prisoners of war.

The Japanese 10705 prisoners of war were returned to their home country between October 14 and October 28, 1947, however the war prisoners who committed a crime during their detention were left in Mongolia, and they were returned to their homeland in 1957 through China. A total 13 Japanese soldiers were recorded to be punished according to the Law of Mongolia that time.

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