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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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Labour market grows as skill shortage increases www.gogo.mn

According to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, demand for construction workers is expected to increase in 2018. In an estimate, approximately 25 percent of new jobs will be in the construction sector, followed by retail stores and processing factors. Ministry of Labour and Social Protection reports that around 76.4 thousand new workplaces, which is 5.5 percent higher than the previous year, will be created this year.

Approximately 76.4 percent of the workplaces is expected to be created in the first half of the year, while the remaining 23.6 percent is expected in the second half. Furthermore, a majority of the 20 highest demanded jobs consisted of no diploma.

Trending jobs for higher education this year are expected to be accountant, construction and gas pipe engineers.

As for the skilled labour market, demand for plasterers, security officers, tailors, pharmacists, janitors, cooks, carpenters, electricians, telecommunication operators and drivers have been increased.

As for no diploma jobs, increased number of workplaces are expected to be created for construction assistants, production, farm and store assistants, janitors, washers and waiters.

16.7 percent of the high in demand workplaces will be for women and 50.8 percent will be for men, while 32.5 percent will be non-gender. The private sector alone is providing almost 90 percent of these workplaces.

Considering the supply and demand of jobs, the number is still low. Job demand in Mongolia has been fluctuating between 70-80 thousand in the last five years. However, the unemployment rate is forecasted to be increased in the next two years. According to an estimate, the unemployment, which is currently at 9.1 percent, is expected to hit 10.1 percent in 2018 and 2019. While the public is having trouble finding a job, the private entities are unable to recruit qualified staff. For instance, private entities faced a challenge of 10.9 thousand employee shortage last year.

The study shows that worker shortage is highest in retail trade, car maintenance services, processing plants, construction and real estate services, hotel, accommodation and public food sectors.

This means that the education institutions is not coordinating with the demand. For instance, students have been pursuing the mining sector in recent years. Back in 2012 and 2013 when the economic growth was high, mining workers were in high demand; however, the profession was not included on the top 20 list this year.

A total of 16.8 thousand workplaces will be created in the construction sector this year, while mining industry will create only 2 thousand works. But the number is expected to increase in 2019 and decline again between 2020 and 2030.

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World’s largest gold project just got even bigger www.mining.com

Shares in Seabridge Gold (TSX:SEA) (NYSE:SA) were soaring in pre-market trade in New York after the Canadian company bulked up again its already massive KSM gold-copper-silver project in northern British Columbia in both size and grade.

Before the opening, Seabridge stock was already exchanging hands at $10.40, up 4.8% on the New York Stock Exchange, after hiking its estimated inferred gold and copper resources at the Iron Cap deposit — one of four that make up the company's KSM project — by more than 300% each.

The success of the 2017 drill program at Iron Cap— one of four deposits that make up the company's KSM project — coupled with its proximity to proposed mine infrastructure, has Seabridge considering the potential of mining it sooner than planned.
Investors curbed their initial enthusiasm once markets opened, with the miner’s shares trading only slightly up in New York (+0.48% to $10.45) and Toronto (+0.38% to Cdn$13.19 ) at 9:45AM ET.

The updated resource assessment shows estimated inferred gold resources have increased 302% to 20 million ounces. Estimated inferred copper resources, in turn, have grown 379% to 8.6 billion pounds.

The independent mineral resource estimate for the Iron Cap deposit incorporates all previous drilling plus 10,383 meters of diamond core drilling completed in 11 holes drilled in 2017, the Toronto-based miner said.

Rethinking KSM
The success of the 2017 drill program at Iron Cap, coupled with the deposit's proximity to proposed mine infrastructure, has Seabridge considering the potential of mining it sooner than anticipated, the company revealed

“All our objectives at Iron Cap were more than accomplished last year. A larger, richer Iron Cap deposit is expected to take a more prominent place in our mine planning, “ the company’s chairman and chief executive said in the statement.

“We believe Iron Cap has the potential to make a strong contribution to improving project economics thanks to its higher grade and its favourable capital and operating costs," Fronk noted.

Currently, KSM mine plan proposes developing Iron Cap after the Mitchell, Kerr and Sulphurets deposits.

Seabridge Gold holds a 100% interest in several North American gold resource projects. But the miner’s key assets are KSM property located near Stewart, B.C, as well as the Courageous Lake gold project — in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The company also owns Iskut, in B.C., which it obtained with the closing of the SnipGold Corp. acquisition, in June, 2016.

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Petro Matad counting down to start of new exploration drill campaign in Mongolia www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk

Petro Matad is advancing towards “one of the highest impact drilling campaigns” by an independent explorer in Mongolia
oil and gas operations

Petro Matad Limited (LON:MATD) expects to kick off its new exploration drilling campaign in Mongolia during the second quarter following the receipt of drill permits.

A recent US$16.8mln equity funding is to pay for four new wells. The first, the Wild Horse exploration well, located in Block IV, is going to be drilled by a contracted Sinopec rig.

Wild Horse is targeting a 290mln barrel oil prospect. The well is expected to be drilled and log in 30-45 days, and it is expected to cost US$4mln.

Petro Matad chief executive Mike Buck described it as “a very exciting time” for the company as it advances towards “one of the highest impact drilling campaigns” by an independent explorer in Mongolia.

“We are now deep into the preparation phase to spud our first well at Wild Horse-1 in Q2 2018.

“We are pleased to see that rig availability for our planned drilling in Block XX looks good. I look forward to updating the market on our progress as our preparations for this highly active year continue".

After Wild Horse, the Sinopec rig will move on to drill the Falcon prospect, in Block V.

As preparations advance, meanwhile, Petro Matad is “making progress” in its efforts to secure a drill rig for two more planned wells which will be drilled in Block XX and are pencilled in for the second half of the year.

At the same time, the company continues to await processed data from recently acquired 2D and 3D seismic exploration. Petro Matad told investors that the data quality seen to date has been “very good” and the final products are anticipated before the end of this quarter.

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Resource-rich Mongolia rejects cap on foreign workers for 2018 www.channelnewsasia.com

ULAANBAATAR: Mongolia will not put a cap on immigration in 2018, authorities said on Tuesday, after lawmakers rejected new policy proposals that set to put tough restrictions on the numbers of foreign workers in the remote north Asian nation.

Some members of Mongolia's parliament sought to limit the number of new resident permits granted to foreign or stateless people to 100 per year in a bid to protect domestic jobs in the resource-rich country.

But the proposal has been rejected, and the existing system of quotas on specific business sectors will continue, an official with the immigration authority said.

"We don't have a national quota for 2018," the official said.

Last Friday, about 67 per cent of parliament voted against further discussions on capping the number of immigrants. The vote was one of last made before parliament adjourned for the Lunar New Year holiday.

The former Soviet satellite state, squeezed between Russia and China and rich in gold and copper, has sought to encourage free trade since its transition to democracy in 1990, but it has been careful to resist any influx in foreign labourers. Immigrants currently make up less than 0.4 per cent of the population.

Last year, Mongolia cut its foreign workforce in half, and sent home about 1,200 North Korean workers. The Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine, run by mining conglomerate Rio Tinto, has also been under scrutiny for its use of Chinese labourers.

With just 3.1 million people in an area almost the size of Alaska, Mongolia is the world's least densely populated country.

Mongolia saw its economy rebound after a small crisis last year following the approval of a US$5.5 billion economic bailout from the International Monetary Fund and partners. The assistance has helped the country pay off its sovereign debt and stabilised the local currency, the tugrik.

The IMF last week said Mongolia was on course to receive another tranche of the bailout package after concluding in a regular fiscal assessment that the country had met key fiscal deficit targets while strong international commodity demand was aiding the country's recovery.

Mongolia's budget for 2018 is projected 4.2 trillion tugrik (US$1.75 billion) in GDP growth, with a budget surplus of 9.6 trillion tugrik, said the parliament’s chairman, Miyeegombyn Enkhbold, in his closing address last Friday.

(US$1 = 2,398 tugrik)

(Reporting by Terrence Edwards; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Source: Reuters

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London Blockchain Startup FarmaTrust Partners With Mongolian Government to Stop Fake Medicine www.coinannouncer.com

London, 12 February 2018 — FarmaTrust, a UK blockchain startup and global tracking system has officially signed a partnership with the Mongolian government to pilot a one-year project aimed at preventing the creation and distribution of counterfeit medications. The project will include both governmental and non-governmental parties in Mongolia, including the Specialized Inspection Agency of Tuv Province of Mongolia and the Mongolian e-Government Center NGO.

The pilot project will kickoff in the Tuv Province, a province outside of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, and include cooperation from Korea, Ghana, and Mongolia. Immediate tasks include conducting feasibility reports and helping government monitoring and inspection of pharmacies, and pharmaceutical supply chains, including warehouses and retailers.

FarmaTrust CEO, Raja Sharif, explains, “This project is a great multinational collaboration to mix blockchain and other emerging technologies to secure and optimize the pharmaceutical supply chain. Mongolia is a great starting point. With a population of just 3 million, tracking and implementation can quickly scale on the national level. Mongolia is also important as a strategic middle point between Russia and China, two countries that have experienced large amounts of counterfeit medicine in the past.”

FarmaTrust is providing the knowledge and experience in blockchain supply chain tracking with the goal of creating an immutable ledger that can track and secure pharmaceutical supply chains using big data and artificial intelligence. FarmaTrust has received widespread support from major media and organizations interested in helping eliminate the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry that results in over 120,000 deaths per year.

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Mongolian journalists reject CMJ’s latest decisions www.expats.news.com

The 17th Congress of the Confederation of Mongolian Journalists (CMJ) took place last Thursday and appointed a new head but several members protested that the meeting wasn’t organized according to their Code of Conduct and that their opinon was disregarded.

During a press conference announced on February 9, President of the Association of Daily Newspapers E.Dolgion stated, “Yesterday (February 8)’s meeting was not a proper congress of CMJ. Why wasn’t it held openly? Every journalist has the right to attend it. Moreover, a new Code of Conduct was approved before we even got the chance to read it through.”

E.Dolgion stated that a proposal to renew any organization’s internal Code of Conduct should be presented five days prior to its discussion session.

“We left before the voting for a new head started. We’re opposing this meeting because its main purpose was to pass a new Code of Conduct, which we haven’t read through, and put journalists under a certain political party’s influence rather than decide the new leader of the Confederation of Mongolian Journalists,” he said.

“Profit was marked as one of the values of the confederation,” criticized former CMJ board member Ts.Oyundari. “After we left, 181 people continued the meeting. We believe that all decisions made at the meeting are invalid as the attendance didn’t meet the requirement.”

Media representatives at the press conference expressed strong disapproval of the latest CMJ decision, which specified to omit Article 1.6 in CMJ’s Code of Conduct. This article states that CMJ’s president, first-deputy president and deputy president must be a nonpolitical party member.

According to the new Code of Conduct, board members will be appointed through a conference, only the president will be non-party, a new member organization will pay a one-time fee of one million MNT, and the members of the board will be fined with a fixed amount for failing to pay their taxes.

Kh.Mandakhbayar, a former member of the Mongolia People’s Party and editor of Zindaa magazine, was elected as the successor of B.Galaarid with 87.5 percent support through a closed poll.

The newly-elected President Kh.Mandakhbayar pledged to broaden the reach of the confederation and strive towards executing his action plan.

His action plan consist of targets to develop professional and independent journalism, enhance and promote correct journalistic ethics, carry out 1,000 – apartment program for journalists, include journalists in risk insurance, strengthen legal environment related to journalism, restructure CMJ, and broaden its foreign relations.

D.Enkhtuya, founder of TV-2 channel, and T.Oyun-Erdene, member of the National Board of the Mongolian National Broadcaster, competed against Kh.Mandakhbayar for CMJ president position. Director of the Mongolian National Public Radio and Television and senior journalist L.Ninjjamts and State Honored Cultural Worker U.Khurelbaatar were also nominated but they decided to withdraw before the polling started.

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Redpath shares milestone in Gobi Desert www.nugget.ca

At 10 metres in diameter and 1,284 metres deep, The Redpath Group along with Hasu Megawatt, through their joint venture company, Dayan Contract Mining, has reached the bottom of the No. 2 shaft at the massive Oyu Tolgoi Mine in the south Gobi Desert.

Dayan blasted the last bench Jan. 13 after a lengthy shaft-sinking program that endured a number of prolonged work shutdowns at the project.

The milestone was “…made all the more impressive by the exceptional safety performance,” stated Turquois Hill Resources project director Michel Charron

Oyu Tolgoi’s 2 shaft is a combined skipping and service shaft which will support the early development and extraction activities at the South Hugo Dummett block cave mine.

Situated in the south Gobi Desert, DCM employed approximately 200 Mongolian nationals to make up 75 per cent of the shaft workforce in order to complete the construction project.

In addition to shaft sinking efforts, nearly 135,000 cubic metres of mass excavation has been completed in order to support the high tonnage installations yet to be completed.

The Dayan team is currently focusing on the installation of the 7.2-metres diameter production friction hoist and 6.75-metre diameter service hoist installation atop the concrete headframe, concurrent with shaft outfitting efforts.

Once complete, this installation will be one of the largest of its kind in the world, capable of hoisting 30,000 tons per day in rock, and transporting people and supplies via the 24.3-square-metre service cage.

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Thai central bank restricts cryptocurrency trading www.nhk.or.jp

The Bank of Thailand has asked financial institutions in the country not to deal with cryptocurrencies.

Bank officials say these currencies are not recognized as legal tender, and there is no law to regulate them.

The central bank said on Monday it had instructed banks and credit card firms not to engage in investment or trading in digital currencies.

The central bank also asked financial institutions not to allow customers to use credit cards to buy virtual currencies, and not to give advice about investment in cryptocurrencies.

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UB administration seeks partner in bike rental project www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The capital city administration is looking for an organization to cooperate on its ‘UBIKE’ or Bike Rental Service project.

The administration is working towards introduction of bike rental service in Ulaanbaatar, following the examples of major cities around the world.

Individuals and entities interested in working on the project will have to submit their plan to the Mayor’s Office until March 1. The plan should cover aspects including the number of bicycles, location, technical solution, quality and technical indicators of the rental bicycles, rental payment value, introduction of monitoring system, maintenance service and operations and finance.
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Neil Saker: Mongolia should increase personal development investments www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Central bank of Mongolia developed the ‘Ulaanbaatar consonance’ project to develop mid and long term policies on ensuring Mongolia’s economic growth. A discussion was organized by the Bank of Mongolia in order to include suggestions from banks and financial organizations in the project.

The project has 8 fundamental principles based on Mongolia’s features and experiences of developed countries and reflects major government actions for sustainable economic growth, said the director of Research and Statistics Department of the Bank of Mongolia, D.Gan-Ochir.

“Mongolia must conduct a proper budget policy. In other words, the Government should invest revenue from mining and other sectors in personal and infrastructure development. It is extremely important to improve human development or the people’s education. Educated people will work in multiple sectors developing multi-pillar economy. In addition, the exchange rate policy must be flexible. This will allow to overcome any exchange rate related difficulties with minimal loss. On the other hand, employment should be increased. Mongolia must have a fair multiple tax system to eliminate income difference. Generally the project presented today includes all of the above mentioned. So we’ll support the project” said the IMF Resident Representative for Mongolia, Neil Saker.

The suggestions and conclusions made by the professional organizations during the discussion will be included in the ‘Ulaanbaatar consonance’ project and submitted to decision makers.

B.Misheel

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