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Events

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

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Cabinet decides to submit a bill on ratifying agreement www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ At its regular meeting on August 22, the Cabinet made a decision to submit to the Parliament a Bill on ratifying an intergovernmental agreement between Mongolia and Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

Mongolia and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China signed the agreement on transfer of sentenced persons (TSP) in 2016 and the agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters in March, 2018 respectively.

Although the Governments of Mongolia and China already established ‘Intergovernmental Agreement on mutual legal assistance in civil and criminal cases’, ‘Intergovernmental Agreement on transfer of sentenced persons’ and ‘Intergovernmental Agreement on transfer of prisoners’, these agreements are not effective in China’s Special Administrative Regions such as Hong Kong and Macau.

In connection with increasing number of Mongolians traveling to these Special Administrative Regions and Mongolians involved in crimes, it necessitates to establish the agreements between Mongolia and those Special Administrative Regions of China.

The agreement includes 23 articles, which regulate legal assistance, expense, a content of the request, corresponding organizations and grounds of refusal to fulfill a request. Establishment of the agreement will ensure legislative organizations of the two sides to actively cooperate in investigation, judicial proceedings and other prosecutiony.

Moreover, the Cabinet also decided to submit to the Parliament a Bill on ratifying an intergovernmental agreement between Mongolia and Kazakhstan on Transfer of Prisoners.

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Huawei: Australia has banned us from selling 5G tech www.chinadaily.com.cn

Chinese tech company Huawei says the Australian government has blocked it from providing 5G technology for the country's wireless networks.
Huawei, one of the world's biggest makers of smartphones and telecommunications equipment, said Thursday that the government had informed it of the decision.

"This is an extremely disappointing result for consumers," the Chinese company said on Twitter. "Huawei is a world leader in 5G."

The announcement follows reports in recent months that Australian national security agencies were concerned about alleged ties between Huawei and the Chinese government.

The Australian government said in a statement Thursday that the involvement of telecom equipment suppliers "who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law" could mean the country's wireless carriers are unable "to adequately protect a 5G network from unauthorized access or interference."

The statement didn't mention China or Huawei by name.

Huawei has repeatedly rejected the security concerns, insisting that it is "a private company, owned by our employees with no other shareholders."

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China ditching US coal imports for domestic supply in trade tariff tit-for-tat www.rt.com

Washington trade tariffs against Beijing appear to be backfiring on the US coal industry, as Chinese importers are finding new domestic alternatives to soften the blow.
“We have completely stopped US metallurgical coal (imports), which is popular among steel mills, in late July. There is too much uncertainty in trade,” a senior manager at a major Chinese coal trading house told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Starting Thursday, the US is enforcing a new round of tariffs on $16 billion of Chinese imports. Beijing is responding with a similar amount, including levies on US metals and coal. Coal is an especially important industry for US President Donald Trump, who wants to revive the industry in the country.

The trading house, Shanghai Runhei, will boost purchase of domestic coal to meet demand from clients, the manager said.

“Traders have anticipated yuan depreciation and shored up imports in advance, including cargoes from the United States,” Wang Fei, coal analyst at Huaan Futures told Reuters.

Imports of US coal are hardly crucial for the Chinese industry, the analyst notes.

“Traders can easily shift their supplies to either domestic coal or Australian and Indonesian coal since US imports only account for a tiny share.”

US coal exports have been booming during Trump’s presidency. The US Energy Information Administration data says exports increased by 61 percent in 2017 as exports to Asia more than doubled. India, the largest importer of steam coal from the US, tripled its imports last year, mainly used for growing electricity capacity in the country.

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Russia in gold buying spree ahead of tougher US sanctions www.rt.com

Russia’s Central Bank has picked up pace when it comes to gold buying, adding 26 tonnes to its reserves in July, more than in any other month this year, ahead of the news sanctions imposed by the US.

According to data from the International Monetary Fund, quoted by Bloomberg, Moscow bought 26.1 tonnes of gold last month, increasing its reserves to 2,170 tonnes. At today’s prices, they are worth roughly $83.6 billion, though a Russian government website pegs the value at about $77 billion.

Earlier this year, Moscow cut its holdings of US bills, notes and bonds by about four-fifths, but bought more gold, leading to speculation that the nation was dumping American assets to shield itself from the looming tougher sanctions.

Russia gold buying spree ahead of tougher US sanctions
The news comes a day after the Trump administration imposed new sanctions against Russia, — this time for helping North Korea evade international sanctions, as Moscow separately was accused of cyberattacks in the United States said to be aimed at undermining the midterm election in November.

The Kremlin continues to deny that it has engaged in any offensive cyber acts at all.

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Ulaanbaatar to increase number of buses www.news.mn

The Ulaanbaatar City Transport Department has decided to increase the number of buses to meet the rise in passenger demand and in anticipation of the beginning of the new academic year.

The number of buses will be increased by 10 percent from 25 August bringing the total to 959 buses and trolleybuses on the city's 88 routes. Currently, ten buses on three routes are operating night shift.

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8 percent pay raise fails to stop teachers' strike www.zgm.mn

Cabinet decided to raise public servants’ salary by 8-30 percent durings its regular session yesterday; however, teachers and health workers remain unsatisfied with the amount and pledge to strike in September. Since last year, teachers and medical workers staged several protest for their pay and received the Government’s pledge for 50 percent raise, warning to go onto the next stage of strike in September if their demand remains unfulfilled until then. Minister of Labour and Social Protection Chinzorig Sodnom told the press, “The decision excludes ballot positions and prosecutors, and will take effect starting from September 1. First of all, salaries of teachers and medical workers, as well as their equivalent positions and those who get paid lower than them, will be increased by eight percent. We have completed a study, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Education, Culture, Science and Sports, to improve the pay levels of civil servants. The study shows that elementary school and kindergarten teachers require the most skills and have the highest pressure.

Therefore, we are raising their pay level by one and nurses’ pay level by one to two. In other words, elementary and kindergarten teachers’ wage will increase by 12.3 percent and nurses’ pay will rise 20-30 percent in September.” The Minister also noted that cultural sector workers get paid 12.5 percent lower than public servants; thus, their pay will increase by 14-30 percent. The Cabinet also discussed the Parliament’s 29th resolution, which prevents any pay raise until 2019, and decided to submit a redraft, along with the 2019 budget amendments. Unpleased with the decision, the head of temporary committee for teachers’ salary raise addressed, “We studied the price changes of consumer goods. The eight percent increase is nowhere near enough. We are fighting to increase teachers’ salaries for a whole year. We will not accept the Government’s attempt to brush-off our demand. The authorities said they presented their proposal to the Trade Union of Education. The union informed us that they did not accept the eight percent increase and left the meeting. Our temporary committee will stand firm on our 50 percent pay raise demand. It is safe to presume teachers will intensify their strike.”

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Container ship to break the ice on Russian Arctic route www.bbc.com

A Danish vessel setting sail from Vladivostok this week is set to become the first container ship to tackle the Arctic sea route north of Russia.

The Venta Maersk, owned by Maersk Line, and carrying 3,600 containers, hopes to reach St Petersburg by late September.

That could be up to 14 days faster than the southern route via the Suez Canal.

Maersk will collect data on the Northern Sea Route to see if the melting of Arctic sea ice has made the passage economically viable.

Maersk said: "The trial passage will enable us to explore the operational feasibility of container shipping through the Northern Sea Route and to collect data."

The Venta Maersk, designed as a new "ice-class" container ship, will carry frozen fish and other refrigerated and general cargo.

The route stretches from the Bering Strait in the east between Russia and Alaska to Norway in the west.

However, Maersk added: "Currently, we do not see the Northern Sea Route as a commercial alternative to our existing network, which is defined by our customers' demand, trading patterns and population centres."

Nuclear icebreakers
Until now the the route has required an escort of expensive nuclear icebreakers to accompany any vessel.

But global warming, which has raised temperatures along the route during the summer to over 30C, is changing its viability.

A report from the Copenhagen Business School in 2016 found that shipping through the Northern Sea Route would become economically feasible in about 2040 if the ice cover continued to diminish at its present rate.

It may happen even earlier. The Christophe de Margerie, a 984ft liquefied natural gas tanker built specifically for the journey, became the first ship to sail the route unaided last year, while the Russian gas company Novatek has used the route for specially built tankers this year.

China is also using the Northern Sea Route as part of its One Belt, One Road initiative to build trade routes across Eurasia.

Its state-owned Cosco shipping company sent a multi-purpose cargo ship, the Lian Hua Song, into a Russian port last autumn for the first time via the route, delivering equipment for the construction of a subway and a fertiliser plant.

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Orkhon aimag to export 4000 tons of meat to Russia, China and Iran www.montsame.mn

Orkhon/MONTSAME/ Four companies of Orkhon aimag will export 4000 tons of meat to the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2018-2019.

Therefrom, Erdmiit LLC will export 1000 tons of horse meat to Russia and Erdenet Makh Market LLC will export 500 tons of beef to Iran. Moreover, Mongema LLC will export 1590 tons of horse meat to Russia and Jargalant Makh Impex LLC will export 1000 tons of horse meat to China.

The above mentioned companies will also provide local meat reserve. Thus, Erdmiit LLC and Erdenet Makh Market LLC have established an agreement to supply 500 tons and 10 thousand tons of beef respectively.


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Flock on - Mongolia meat exporters turn to Iran's halal markets www.reuters.com

DARKHAN, Mongolia (Reuters) - Mongolian butcher Kuntuguan Ajbai chants under his breath as he slits the throat of a sheep with a single stroke of his sharpened knife, making sure the animal’s swift death is halal – acceptable under the laws of Islam.

Kuntuguan’s work at a slaughterhouse in the city of Darkhan, about 100 miles (160 km) from the nation’s capital, comes amid surging demand from Iran for halal meat and as Mongolia pushes to make more money from the huge herds of livestock that roam its vast grasslands.

“This is a special ritual we do while slaughtering,” said Kuntuguan, a 27-year-old Muslim of Kazakh extraction, his rubber boots and white apron splattered with blood.

“We do it in the name of Allah to get permission to kill the animals.”

Mongolia has an estimated 30 million sheep - more than New Zealand - but has until recently only managed to export a thin slice of its overall meat output. It hopes that will change as it taps overseas appetite for halal mutton from places such as Iran, which are forced to import due to limited local production.

Largely because of that kind of new demand, Mongolia’s sheep and goat meat shipments hit 2,601 tonnes in 2017, 11 times more than 2016.

And while that was worth only around $8 million, industry officials say those volumes are likely just the start, with exports in the first-half of 2018 quadrupling year-on-year to 775.6 tonnes.

"The halal meat market is growing worldwide, promising new opportunities for Mongolia," said Ochirbat Begz, executive director of the Mongolia Meat Association. For graphic on Mongolia livestock herds, click tmsnrt.rs/2Leefg6

Under pressure from the International Monetary Fund to diversify away from mining, Mongolia has been trying to turn its huge pastoral economy into a major earner, hoping its free-range organic meat will find a home on plates overseas.

The plant where Kuntuguan works is run by Darkhan Meat Foods, which along with rival meat producers Max Impex MMX.MNE and Max Market is rushing to supply mutton to Iran.

It employs around 200 workers at the site, all involved in halal mutton output, and expects to double its exports of the meat in 2018 from 1,320 tonnes last year.

“Before contracting with an Iranian company, we only exported beef and horse meat to other countries,” said Otgon-Erdene Bavuudorj, the firm’s general manager.

During a visit to the plant by Reuters, around a thousand 18-month old sheep were slaughtered and then deboned, chopped and packed under the supervision of experts from Dana Negah Parsian, an Iranian importing company, as well as the Iranian Veterinary Organisation.

The mutton is then frozen and transported by truck through Russia and Kazakhstan, reaching Iran in about two weeks.

Seyed Erfan Esfahani, business manager with the Iranian importer, said the country still needed to improve technology at its slaughtering plants and to train more staff.

In order for meat to be deemed halal, the butcher who slaughters animals must be Muslim. Mongolia is predominantly Buddhist, but 100,000 mostly-Muslim Kazakhs account for around 3 percent of its population.

The nation has also struggled with foot-and-mouth disease, with an outbreak this March forcing the government to declare martial law in 12 provinces and distribute 500,000 vaccines.

Mongolia has drawn up new animal health legislation to fight such diseases, with the Iranian importers saying they were doing all they could to guarantee meat they buy is safe.

“I check sheep before slaughtering, and have not seen any major problems with animal diseases, said Hamid Reza Kavosh, head of the veterinary office in Iran’s Khuzestan province, while at the Darkhan plant.

Another problem is the seasonal nature of meat production in Mongolia.

“Putting livestock to pasture is good in the sense that they are free to choose the best grazing area and drink clean water from nature,” said Ochirbat at the country’s meat industry body.

“But importing countries demand regular supplies, which is impossible to meet with pasture, so export-oriented farms need to be developed,” he added.

The reintroduction of trade sanctions on Iran by the United States could also cloud the horizon. Washington has warned there will be consequences for countries that do not respect the sanctions.

But Ochirbat played down such worries, saying it was still early days for halal exports to Iran.

“It’s a little business-to-business trade (at this stage) and not a big international cooperation or something, so it should be okay,” he said.

Reporting by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav; Editing by David Stanway and Joseph Radford

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Mongolia to hold international coal conference to attract investment www.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR (Xinhua) – Mongolia will hold the 8th Coal Mongolia International Conference and Exhibition in Ulan Bator to attract investment in the country’s coal industry, organisers said yesterday.

With the motto of ‘Together Towards Technological Advance-ment’, the biggest coal trade and investment conference and exhibition of Mongolia will be held on September 4-5 this year. The annual event aims to attract foreign investment into the Mongolian coal sector, introduce advanced technologies, and strengthen the competitiveness of Mongolia’s coal sector in the Asian market.

A total of 3,000 representatives, including 200 officials and investors from about 10 countries including China, Australia, Canada and Britain are expected to participate in the event, the organisers said.

Coal is Mongolia’s main export. The country exported 33.3 million tonnes of coal in 2017, almost 99 per cent of which was exported to China, according to the Mongolian Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry.

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