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FESCO delivered the first batch of equipment to the Haval car plant under construction and launched new China-Russia train via Mongolia www.fesco.ru
Under the contract executed with Haval Motor Manufacturing Rus LLC (a subsidiary of Great Wall Motors, a Chinese car manufacturer) FESCO Transportation Group (“FESCO”, the “Company”) delivered the first batch of equipment to the Tula region for the Haval car plant which is currently under construction. The cargo was transported by a special container mono train through an inland corridor via Mongolia.
Transit time was 11 days, size of the batch – 78 forty foot containers. Transportation on route Tianjin (China) – Erlian (China) – Zamyn-Üüd (Mongolia) – Naushki (Russia) – Novomoskovsk (Russia) is extra service to the effective routes via ports of Vladivostok and St. Petersburg, the new scheme is based on the technologies used for delivering in regular FESCO block trains – Mongolian Shuttle and Silk Way Shuttle. For inland transportation FESCO uses own containers and platforms as well as platforms of its partner – the Eurosib Group, in cooperation with which the Mongolian Shuttle service is organized.
About 30% of containers for the Haval car plant under construction are planned to be transported through the inland corridor via Mongolia and 70% – via port of Vladivostok. Oversized equipment is delivered via port of St. Petersburg.
Growth of contracts with major customers as well as a broader inland corridor via Mongolia for delivery of goods from China to Russia and Europe are the priority directions for development of the FESCO business. After the Haval plant launching the Company plans to use the route Tianjin-Mongolia-Naushki-Novomoskovsk for transporting car component parts and also goods of retail customers.
MOFA: China respects Mongolia’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity www.news.cgnt.com
Chinese Minister Wang Yi said Monday that China appreciates Mongolia’s reiteration that it will firmly adhere to the One China Policy, and its respect for China’s core interest and major concerns on issues related to Tibet, Xinjiang and Taiwan.
Wang made the remarks during talks with visiting Mongolian Foreign Minister Damdin Tsogtbaatar.
"The Mongolian side's declaration is very important. It has increased the two sides' mutual trust," Wang said, emphasizing that trust was a key factor to ensuring healthy and stable China-Mongolia relations.
Wang said China and Mongolia are friendly neighbors. He added “the new Mongolian government has sent a clear message to the Chinese side on maintaining mutual trust and properly handling sensitive issues, and the country has expressed a strong desire to deepen cooperation with China."
Tsogtbaatar said Mongolia "firmly adheres to the One China Policy and maintains Tibet and Taiwan are inalienable parts of the Chinese territory. Mongolia is willing to promote the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries to a new high on the basis of respecting each other's independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and core interests."
Tsogtbaatar said the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China had "outlined a blueprint for China's future development and set the goal to promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, as well as making an important contribution to world development that would bring opportunities to neighboring countries."
Wang said China welcomes Mongolia's attitude and believed bilateral ties would continue in the right direction.
He said China would respect Mongolia's independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity and will respect the Mongolian people's choice of development based on their country’s conditions.
In a joint press conference, the two leaders called for continuing high-level meetings and more exchanges in culture, education, technology, tourism, economic cooperation and trade. They said they would convene the first meeting of a joint committee on China-Mongolia people-to-people exchanges as soon as possible.
The leaders also agreed to coordinate in the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as in Mongolia's Prairie Road development initiative. The two countries said they will coordinate in the establishment of a cross-border economic cooperation zone and will begin feasibility research for a China-Mongolia free trade agreement. Both leaders have agreed to push forward with the construction of the China-Mongolia-Russia economic corridor.
Wang added that China will continue to support the Mongolian side to overcome economic difficulties with free assistance and loans programs.
On December 04, 2017, 290,002 shares of 26 firms listed as Tier I, II, and III were traded. 14 firms’ shares increased in price, 9 decreased and 3 remained unchanged. Mongoliin khugjil undesnii negdel JSC /HAM/ was the top performer, increasing 15.00 percent, whereas Telecom Mongolia JSC /MCH/ was the worst performer, decreasing 453 percent.
On the secondary market for government bonds, 462 bonds with a value of MNT48.3 million were traded.
On the secondary market for government bonds block trading, 1,049 bonds with a value of MNT106.3 million were traded.
On the secondary market for corporate bonds, 9 bonds with a value of MNT0.9 million were traded.
The MSE ALL Index increased by 0.68 percent to stand at 1,257.20 points. The MSE market cap stands at MNT2,643,993,750,031
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh delivered a report on the foreign policy of Mongolia during the Parliament’s plenary meeting on December 1, Friday.
“I would like to note that the foreign policy and relations of Mongolia have been and are successful and the reputation of Mongolia is elevated on the international scene,” the Prime Minister began, before updating the Parliament with the latest developments in Mongolia’s relations with the international community.
“The issuance of an official instruction on improving responsibility and upholding discipline and high ethical values in public service during the first meeting of the new Cabinet addressed foreign relations as well. It is imperative to hold a united position when it comes to foreign relations, approach foreign policy from a single window and integrate under a common management. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for ensuring the unity of stances internally before presenting an issue abroad on behalf of Mongolia, and corresponding government bodies must assist the Ministry in doing so. Only then, Mongolia can successfully and efficiently carry-out its foreign policy objectives,” said the Prime Minister, noting that his Cabinet will work towards implementing the main foreign policy objectives set by Mongolia.
Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh illustrated the importance Mongolia attaches to its relations with the two direct neighbors Russia and China, discussing how the relations are broadening and flourishing in every sector. Then the Prime Minister continued with remarks on Mongolia’s partnership with its third neighbors, the US, Japan, the EU, India, the Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia and consistent will to broaden cooperation.
Since 1990, Mongolia has established investment promotion agreements with 43 countries and 38 agreements are effective today. Since most of the agreements were established before 2010, a working group has been established to formulate a new sample agreement compliant with the SDGs.
Mongolia plans to establish a Permanent Council on Study of Technology, Innovation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will assist businesses and national manufacturers in finding and networking with international partners and entering foreign markets through Mongolia’s foreign diplomatic missions in about 40 countries.
“We are confident that our friends and partners will support Mongolia’s prosperity and growth. Only, it is time for Mongolia to enforce a responsible, disciplined and united policy internally and realize a friendly and appropriate foreign policy,” he concluded his report.
Bitcoin has been kicking the stuffing out of most mining stocks lately, as the cryptocurrency continues to climb to new heights.
Over the last three months bitcoin has doubled in value every month, but with the gains have come some truly scary volatility. In the last week of November bitcoin dropped $2,000, plunging from north of $11,000 to $9,428 in just one session. But as of Sunday, bitcoin was on the move again, last trading at $11,274.
So it seems only natural that with many investors piling into cryptocurrency and blockchain technology companies, some precious metals companies might be tempted to make a pivot.
That's exactly what happened with a small Israeli gold company that decided six weeks ago to refocus on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. According to its website Natural Resource Holdings (TLV:NLH) has acquired five deposits in North America hosting a combined 1,590,000 ounces of gold, 34.5 million ounces of silver, and 430,000 tonnes of zinc/lead. Then the focus changed to bitcoin.
In the last month and a half the shares of NLH have leapt 1300% in Israeli New Shekels. According to Bitcoin.com the company's first step is to acquire a Canadian bitcoin mining farm, and is in negotiations with BACKBONE Hosting Solutions to buy 75% of its shares in exchange for 75% of its own stock. Bitcoin.com says the announcement has made NLH the 10th most actively traded stock on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Could other gold companies follow suit and lead to an eclipse of gold by bitcoin, with a rush of investors fleeing the gold space? According to renowned precious metals investor Frank Holmes, the answer is likely no.
That's because gold has other uses besides currency, it doesn't need massive amounts of power to be traded, and it is far more liquid. Or in his words:
For one, cryptos are strictly forms of currency, whereas gold has many other time-tested applications, from jewelry to dentistry to electronics.
Unlike cryptos, gold doesn’t require electricity to trade. This makes it especially useful in situations such as hurricane-ravished Puerto Rico, where 95 percent of people are reportedly still without power. Right now the island’s economy is cash-only. If you have gold jewelry or coins, they can be converted into cash—all without electricity or WiFi.
Finally, gold remains one of the most liquid assets, traded daily in well-established exchanges all around the globe. Every day, some £13.8 billion, or $18 billion, worth of physical gold are traded in London alone, according to the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA). The cryptocurrency market, although expanding rapidly, is not quite there yet.
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved US$120 million in financing to support Mongolia’s efforts to restore debt sustainability, strengthen the social protection system, and enhance the competitiveness of the economy on Friday. The Mongolia Economic Management Support Operation First Development Policy Financing (DPF) comes at a critical juncture and aligns with the country’s moves towards strong policy adjustment.
A sharp drop in commodity prices and foreign investment, compounded by expansionary policies, created severe economic challenges for Mongolia. The budget deficit grew rapidly and borrowing on the international markets both contributed to a four-fold increase in government debt, while expansionary policies contributed to a sharp currency depreciation and a significant loss of international reserves since 2013.
“This program endorses many of the measures that the government has taken to put Mongolia’s economy on a healthier path. Policy reforms in priority areas will help fiscal adjustment, strengthen the social protection system, and improve the competitiveness of the economy. Together with the long-term and affordable financing from the program, the reforms will help stabilize government debt, while strengthening the social safety net,” said James Anderson, World Bank Country Manager for Mongolia.
Although Mongolia’s legal system includes controls over fiscal deficits, these controls were largely circumvented in the past several years through off-budget expenditures. By consolidating off-budget and quasi-fiscal expenditures, spending priorities will be debated during budget negotiations. Reducing capital expenditure – the largest source of spending increase in 2016 – is also a priority target. Measures to boost revenues include a more progressive personal income tax system that will reduce taxes for lower income groups, as well as increases in excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco, supporting both health and revenue objectives. Other reforms to expand the tax base will follow in the coming years.
The program also endorses the government’s efforts to rebalance the social welfare system in favor of the poor, notably by strengthening the Food Stamp Program and laying the foundation for a poverty-targeted benefit. Mongolia experienced a sharp increase in poverty between 2014 and 2016, a reminder of the need for a robust system of protecting the poorest during economic downturns. The program includes reforms aimed at making the pension system sustainable.
Strengthening the investment climate will help Mongolia to unlock its long-term potential and reduce its reliance on commodity exports. Important reforms in this area include strengthening investor protection, streamlining permit requirements, strengthening animal health management to promote livestock production and exports, and improving the trade environment.
Exploring Cooperation Opportunities for Joint Management between Forest User Group and Private Sector as part of National Strategy Development www.reddplus.mn
Sustainable Forest Management and controlled harvesting offers a considerable opportunity to provide economic opportunities from forests. It supports enterprise and livelihood development, and ensures that forests are resilient to fire and pests. This is achieved through ensuring there is not competition for resources, such as water and light. Forest User Groups are a key factor in management of over 3 million hectares of forest estate, supporting livelihoods of 120 groups, and maintaining forests which provides vital ecosystem services, such as non-timber forest products, water and permafrost protection.
The workshop offers opportunity for private sector companies and community members to present problems and constraints and to decide on opportunities for cooperation and solutions for improved management in Mongolia. Civil society input is an important part of the stakeholder consultation process, and Mongolia is leading the way, in ensuring local stakeholders inputs are included in the strategy.
The workshop was organized under the REDD+ Mongolia’s civil society platform called the Forest and Sustainable Development Council. This was established to provide input to the development of policies and measures, and ensure local stakeholder and communities viewpoints are considered. The Council has provided considerable input towards development of the national REDD+ strategy and currently has over 18 representatives of organizations. A REDD+ strategy will be developed which aims to reduce forests degradation, enhance forests resources and provide economic opportunities for Forest User Groups and Enterprises as part of Mongolia’s sustainable development goals.
AN APPEAL launched by a WA mining executive imprisoned in Mongolia has failed.
Mo Munshi, a dual UK and Australian citizen, has been in detention in Ulaanbaatar since June.
The November appeal upheld the original sentence of 11 years in prison and penalty damages of 31 billion Mongolian Tugriks (around $16.7 million Australian dollars), but the court added a further penalty involving the suspension of mining licences.
Mr Munshi’s case now goes to the Mongolian Supreme Court and, according to his son Arif, may be heard “sometime in January 2018”.
“Dad could be moved at any point to a regional closed prison. Visitation rights are one short visit in 90 days and one long visit once in 120 days”.
He said the restrictions apply to lawyers and family alike. “Consular staff may be able to visit more often but they are unclear as to what they intend to do if dad gets moved” he said.
Radio 6PR was contacted by a man from Tasmania by the name of Ben who claims to be connected to the Mongolian ex-pat community.
Ben said that he had been in touch with a foreign national who had spent time in a cell with Mr Munshi and that “Mo’s back is in very bad shape and he is struggling to walk”.
Mr Munshi’s Perth lawyers who travelled to Mongolia in September described the conditions in detention as “bleak”, and echoed the family’s concerns about his deteriorating health.
They say he has been imprisoned in Mongolia for a civil matter and have called on the Federal Government for assistance.
Arif said the lack of assistance was disappointing. “It’s extremely distressing for us,” he said.
North Koreans have toiled and slept at construction sites in Mongolia, they have operated cashmere sewing machines, and their acupuncture skills are highly prized in one of the few democracies employing them.
But the nearly 1,200 North Koreans living in the country wedged between Russia and China must now pack their bags as Mongolia enforces tough United Nations sanctions severely curbing trade with Pyongyang.
The UN estimated in September that 100,000 North Koreans work abroad and send some $500 million in wages back to the authoritarian regime each year.
But the UN Security Council ordered nations to stop providing guest worker permits to North Koreans after Pyongyang detonated its most powerful nuclear bomb.
The US is now pushing for more sanctions after the regime tested another intercontinental ballistic missile in late November.
North Koreans have to leave Mongolia by the end of the year as their one-year work authorisations will not be renewed, the labour ministry said.
“Private entities will not be able to offer new contracts due to the UN resolution. Mongolia has been following every part of the resolution,” Shijeekhuugiin Odonbaatar, a Mongolian foreign ministry official, said.
The number of North Koreans working in Mongolia has dropped every year since peaking at 2,123 in 2013.
There were 1,190 North Koreans employed in the vast country of three million people as of November – often under murky work and living conditions.
Most of the North Koreans who work abroad are in China and Russia, but they have also been found elsewhere in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Across the world, they work 12-hour to 16-hour days, with only one or two days off per month. The North Korean government takes between 70 and 90 per cent of their monthly wages, which range from US$300 to US$1,000, according to the US State Department.
But their days abroad are numbered.
Some 150 North Koreans have left Angola. In Qatar, the contracts of some 650 construction workers will expire next year. Poland, where as many as 500 have laboured, will not renew work permits.
The head of a Russian parliamentary delegation visiting North Korea this week said “everything” must be done to allow those who have already received work permits to finish their jobs in Russia, where an expert estimates around 30,000 live.
In Mongolia, construction companies have hired North Koreans for their reputation for working long hours without complaint.
They live in toolsheds of construction sites or in the basements of flat projects. They never take time off or even leave the construction sites as they are not allowed to wander in the city on their own.
In September, a 27-year-old North Korean worker died after falling from a flat in a residential complex under construction in Ulan Bator.
A South Korean Christian activist who has sought to help North Koreans said he wished that Mongolians would do more for those who work in poor conditions.
Rio Tinto’s delivery of superior shareholder returns underpinned by $5 billion productivity drive www.riotinto.com
Rio Tinto today reinforced its focus on delivering superior cash returns for shareholders over the short, medium and long term as it unveiled key features of its drive to generate $5 billion of additional free cash flow over the next five years.
In a presentation to investors at a seminar in Sydney, Rio Tinto demonstrated how it leads the sector in delivering cash returns to shareholders, returning 40 per cent of cash generated to shareholders in the first half of 2017 – representing about half of all the returns by the top miners.
Rio Tinto also reiterated an unwavering focus on safety and cash generation and provided for the first time a detailed review of how it will drive further productivity across its portfolio, from mine through to market.
Reaffirming its successful value-over-volume strategy built on world-class assets, a strong balance sheet, disciplined capital allocation and operational excellence, Rio Tinto said its portfolio of high-quality products had a strategic competitive advantage in commodities that are playing a key role in global urbanisation. Providing customers with the quality products that are in high demand in key markets secures a premium and positions Rio Tinto to continue to outperform its peers.
Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques said “All the evidence shows that our value-over-volume strategy is working: delivering superior cash returns for our shareholders, including $8.2 billion announced in 2017. We returned to shareholders 40 cents in every dollar of cash generated by the business in the first half.
“Looking ahead, the $5 billion productivity programme will help drive value over the next five years. With our top-tier assets producing quality low-cost products in high demand, a strong growth pipeline and the best balance sheet in the industry, we have a strong platform for future growth. Our Group target of $1.5 billion of annual additional free cash flow from 2021 will ensure we can continue to lead the pack in delivering superior cash returns to our shareholders.”
Rio Tinto also provided an update on how it plans to keep growing its business, including significant brownfield, high-return growth, replacement and productivity improvement opportunities. Options under consideration include the Koodaideri project in the Pilbara, brownfield Aluminium options in Canada, the Resolution copper project in the US and the Jadar lithium project in Serbia. These projects will build on recent investments in high-quality growth projects – Silvergrass (iron ore in Western Australia), Amrun (bauxite in Queensland) and Oyu Tolgoi (copper and gold in Mongolia) – that will deliver internal rates of return of more than 20 per cent.
Industry fundamentals remain sound, supported by a healthy global economic outlook. While Rio Tinto remains optimistic about China in the medium to long term, there could be a slowdown over the next six months, with a weakening in construction, infrastructure and automotive demand growth during that period.