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Mongolia hopes for closer cooperation with Russia www.therussophile.org

ULAN BATOR, August 17. /TASS/. Mongolia’s President Khaltmaagiin Battulga hopes for enhancing cooperation with Russia along many tracks.

“I hope that our relations will be developing very intensively, including those in the defense sphere, because 95% of our military hardware is of Russian manufacture,” Battulga told TASS in an interview. “Defense is one of the most important spheres of cooperation.”

Secondly, there is agriculture, he went on to say.

“In the Soviet era we used a large amount of Soviet-made farm machinery. Now the fleet of Russia-made farm equipment has reduced. We should strengthen cooperation in farming. This is possible, because our countries’ climates are similar. For many years we have discussed the export of Mongolian meat to the Irkutsk Region but progress in tackling the issue is not very fast,” Battulga said.

“Infrastructures and transport in general are another field of our interaction,” he added.

“We’ve got a rich history, and a large portion of it shows us helping each other. The last example is the Battles of Khalkhyn Gol that must not be forgotten. I believe it is important for us to remember it,” he said.

“Improvement of relations and cooperation between Mongolia and the regions of the Russian Federation that have common borders plays a great role in extending cooperation between our countries. Relations and cooperation on the regional level should be taken to new heights,” Battulga noted.

Khaltmaagiin Battulga plans to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum to be held in Vladivostok on September 6-7. “That will be my first official visit abroad,” he told TASS.

“During the visit, meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and heads of state of Northeast Asia are planned. Mongolia’s Foreign Ministry is working on its program and agenda,” he added.

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Alibaba reports soaring revenue www.chinadaily.com.cn

The norm of shopping online for everything from daily essentials to big ticket items in China has boosted quarterly sales to all-time high for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

The world's largest e-commerce operator by transaction volume on Thursday reported its revenue jumped by 56 percent to 50.2 billion yuan ($7.4 billion) in the quarter ended June 30 for the fiscal year 2018.

That has beaten an annual revenue guidance frame of 45 percent to 49 percent given by its senior executives in June.

Net income nearly doubled to 14 billion yuan from the same period last year.

"Our technology is driving significant growth across our business and strengthening our position beyond core commerce," said Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba, told an investors' call on Thursday night.

The results represent "a sharp acceleration" for just this quarter, said Piyush Mubayi, an analyst at Goldman Sachs who maintained a buy rating for Alibaba.

Annual active consumers across all Alibaba platforms, including Taobao, the mom-and-pop online marketplace, to business-to-customer site Tmall, surged moderately to 466 million, or around one-third of the Chinese population. Mobile users reached 529 million, up by 22 million over March 2017.

Revenue from core commerce increased 58 percent year-over-year to 43 billion yuan, driven by increased traffic on its business-to-customer marketplace Tmall, as it continued to fend off rivals like JD.com Inc.

Tmall's 49 percent growth in physical goods gross merchandise volume is due to increased traffic led by new users and the effects of personalization and social commerce, said Chief Financial Officer Maggie Wu.

The adoption of artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing has started to pay dividends for Alibaba with the advent of uncannily precise product searches, and relevant and holistic product recommendations based on shopping habits.

"Digital media and entertainment and core commerce will continue to create more synergies," she told investors.

The contribution from its international retail revenue is also notable, expanding 136 percent to 2.6 billion yuan thanks to its increased stake in Southeast Asian e-commerce vendor Lazada Group.

Other highlights include a significant 96 percent in cloud computing, with sales reaching 2.4 billion yuan and paying customers hitting 1 million.

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Cabinet discussed illegal mining of gold www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The reports of investigation on individuals and legal entities with violation of polluting rivers and damaging the environment has been presented to the Cabinet during the meeting on August 17.

Accordingly, the Cabinet instructed D.Oyunkhorol, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Ts.Dashdorj, Minister of Mining and Heavy Industry, and Governor of Ulaanbaatar city to follow “Procedure on Activities to Mine Natural Resources by Micro Mining” and take actions on locating damaged areas.

The Governors of Tsenkher soum of Arkhangai aimag, Buregkhangai soum of Bulgan aimag, Shariin-gol of Darkhan-Uul aimag, Zaamar of Tuv aimag, Yeruu and Khuder soums of Selenge aimag were instructed to forcedly evict individuals and legal entities illegally mining gold in the area.

Concerning the violations of “Rich Munkh” LLC, which has illegally mined gold in Yeruu soum of Selenge aimag and heavily damaged the environment, the related Governors were ordered to resolve in accordance to the law and compensate for the damage caused to the environment.

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Mongolian ambassador visits Anadolu Agency www.aa.com

Mongolia's ambassador to Turkey, Bold Ravdan, visited Anadolu Agency’s headquarters in Ankara on Thursday.

The ambassador was welcomed by the agency’s Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Director General Metin Mutanoglu and Foreign Languages Editor-in-Chief Mehmet Ozturk.

Mutanoglu briefed the ambassador on the agency’s international operations and its News Academy, which was established in 2011.

The academy holds frequent seminars and provides a number of training schemes, including a War Journalism Certificate Program.

During a presentation Mutanoglu also gave an example of the agency's photojournalism, citing its photo coverage of the violent clashes between hundreds of white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend.

Anadolu Agency's photograph of the unrest were widely used by the international media.

The pair also discussed boosting and strengthening cooperation between Anadolu Agency and Mongolia’s national news agency.

Ravdan offered to invite Beijing-based Anadolu Agency reporters to operate in Mongolia and provide the local agency with English-language news.

"The accumulation of knowledge between the Mongolian and Turkish peoples is great. Mongols are proud of Turkey’s history," Ravdan said.

"For us, Turkey is an Asian country. People living in Turkey have poor knowledge of Mongolia; we want to establish closer ties," he added.

Ravdan emphasized that Turkey and Mongolia share the same roots and geography and said strengthened cooperation could improve the lack of information about today’s modern Mongolia.

The ambassador added that political relations between the two countries were good but that there was a lack of economic ties.

Mutanoglu said there would be more coverage from Mongolia, which would influence the investment of Turkish businessmen in the country.

As 2019 will mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Mongolia, Mutanoglu said preparations would be made to celebrate the anniversary.

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BOM issues 1-week bills www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Bank of Mongolia traded 604 billion MNT worth 1-week maturity central bank bill (“CBB”), with weighted average yield of 12.0 percent per annum. 

1 - week CBBs
1-week CBB plays an important role in managing the reserves of banks and is the core monetary policy instrument of the Bank of Mongolia. The interest rate on CBB will be the policy rate of the BOM and will serve as a guide interest rate on the interbank market. It was first introduced in July 2007, with fixed rate and unlimited bidding, and traded on a regular basis every Wednesday at the interbank market. This had attracted the banks’ interests providing the possibility for the banks to place their excess reserve in short term asset. Since the introduction of this instrument, there has been a substantial change in the way banks manage their reserves. For the favorable adjustment of CBB rate and loan principle along with the well balance of togrog and foreign exchange, 1 - week CBB auction has been held in the form of competitive interest rate since May 2010. In doing so, the upper and lower limits of the bank bids are to set +/- 2 per cent of the policy rate.

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Producer Price Index goes up www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ In July 2017, the industrial producer price index (IPPI) increased by 3.9% compared with the previous month, by 35.4% compared with the end of previous year and by 73.1% against previous year.

In July of this year, the IPPI increased by 3.9% compared with the previous month change was mainly due to increase of 5.1% in mining and quarrying sub-sector prices (price of mining of coal and lignite, extraction of peat increased by 6.7%, and other mining and quarrying increased by 5.1%).

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Russia’s Rosatom to build nuclear power plant in China www.rt.com

China has invited Russia to take part in a nuclear power plant (NPP) project in the province of Jiangsu, according to Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom.

The project will be overseen by Rosatom’s subsidiary for South Asia Projects ASE.

Russia will take part in the construction of at least two out of six reactors, according to Andrey Lebedev, the vice-president of the company.

The new power station will be 20 kilometers from the Tianwan nuclear power plant. Built in 2006 by Russia's nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly owned by Gazprom, it is the biggest joint NPP project between countries.

Two of its units with a capacity of 1,000 MW each were opened in 2007, while the construction of the third and the fourth units is still underway. The countries are reportedly negotiating the possibility of adding seventh and eighth units.

Last year, Beijing and Moscow said they intended further strategic partnerships in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

“The fact China offered Russia to build new nuclear power plants shows that plans for extending cooperation in the sector are moving to practical implementation,” said Aleksandr Uvarov, the chief editor of the AtomInfo web portal, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

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SIF revenue rises www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ In the first seven months of this year, the General Authority for Health and Social Insurance of Mongolia reported that the revenue of Social Insurance Fund (SIF) amounted to MNT 1.2 trillion, reflecting an increase by 24.1%.

The SIF expenditure reached MNT 1.1 trillion, showing an increase by 12.2% against the previous year.
Partially due to increased revenue of pension insurance fund by MNT 151.2 billion and health insurance fund--by MNT 45.4 billion. The SIF revenue increased in the first seven months of 2017 by MNT 231.6 billion compared to the same period of the previous year.

The SIF expenditure increased by MNT 118.1 billion in the first seven months of this year against 2016. The main reason goes to increase in pension insurance fund expenditure by MNT 85.7 billion and health insurance fund by MNT 19.0 billion.

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Mongolia Engagement Plan www.worldbank.org

OBJECTIVES:

As an important step in developing the World Bank Group’s (WBG) Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) and Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Mongolia, public engagements with diverse stakeholder groups will be organized aiming at gathering their views, recommendations and priorities to feed into the strategy of support.

The main objective of the engagements for the SCD in Mongolia is to identify key development opportunities, challenges and prioritize critical interventions to accelerate progress in ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity in a sustainable way. 

For the CPF, the main objective is to identify and prioritize critical areas where the World Bank Group support would have the biggest impact in promoting sustainable poverty reduction and shared prosperity.

KEY STAKEHOLDERS:

Engagements will be conducted with a wide range of stakeholders, including:

Government: Ministries in the capital and government officials in four regions
Parliament
Development Partners: UN agencies, donors, multilateral and bilateral development partners
Civil Society Organizations: Non-profit organizations and associations, labor groups, think tanks, academia and research groups in Ulaanbaatar and four regions
Private Sector: Representatives from the business sector, foreign and domestic invested businesses, small and medium enterprises, chambers of commerce, business councils.
LOCATION AND PARTICIPANTS:

The engagements will take place in Ulaanbaatar city as well as selected provinces from the Western, Khangai, Central, and Easter regions of Mongolia. 

Khovd: Participants from the Western region
Orkhon: Participants from Khangai region
Omnogovi and Darkhan-Uul: Participants from the Central region
Khentii: Participants from the Eastern region
ENGAGEMENT PROCESS:

The engagements process will include both face-to-face meetings as well as online/web-based platform to enable participation by a wide range of stakeholders. The structure of face-to-face meetings will allow plenary presentations and discussions and, if needed, small group discussions, and reporting with a neutral facilitator. For online engagement, an online survey , will be available to people interested to participate who may not be invited.

On top of this, citizens will be able to share their vision for Mongolia’s future by filling in the postcards and sharing them on backdrops set up in Dunjungarav, a public service center, and in National University of Mongolia.

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China's customs clearance prolonged for Mongolian coal www.sxcoal.com

The customs clearance for Mongolian coking coal imported into China has been prolonged since the Naadam Festival in Mongolia in mid-July.

It now takes at least one month to finish customs clearance at Ganqimaodu border crossing, a much longer period compared with previous two weeks, market sources told sxcoal.com.

Impacted by this, the number of coal trucks from Mongolia to China declined sharply to 600 each day in mid-August from 1,400 in early July, and daily coal imports also plummeted to 40,000 tonnes or so from 100,000 tonnes.

Besides, trucks loaded with Mongolian coal needed to wait 2-3 days before allowed to unload at border crossings, according to a Chinese trader.

The trader said Mongolian material that declared clearance at Ceke border crossing in mid-July has not been allowed into China, resulting in a supply shortfall in the market.

How long the situation will last remains unclear. There are market talks that Ganqimaodu border crossing plans to control coal imports at around 15 million tonnes in 2017, but the current figures have exceeded 12 million tonnes, calling for tough control on imports of Mongolian coal.

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