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Events

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

NEWS

Mongolia to introduce Canada’s experience in forest sector www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Parliamentary and Government delegation led by Minister of Environment and Tourism N.Tserenbat and representatives of UN-REDD+ national program attended forest policy makers meeting took place in British Columbia province of Canada.

For Canadian part, the meeting was represented by Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Tomas White, Head of Climate and Integrated Planning Department as well as scholars from the University of British Columbia.

During the meeting, the Mongolian delegation got familiarized with the activities of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, 2015-2020 climate strategy of the Rural Development Ministry and exchanged views on cooperation. On the basis of it, the delegates agreed to formulate policies and actions on forest degradation and deforestation, to define issues to improve UN-REDD+ national program as well as to report about solutions to the Government.

The Canadian speicialists emphasized that the country is focusing on empowering human resource in forest and natural science, manage forests as ecosystems, making joint decisions and producing value added products based on people’s needs.

The parties also discussed possibilities on involving specialists in advanced level training in forest and natural resource management in Canada within the framework of the cooperation.


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Flood in Mongolia claims 65 lives www.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from floods in Mongolia has risen to 65 after the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) registered two deaths on Sunday.

"Two deaths were reported near Airag soum (soum is an administrative subdivision) in eastern Dornogovi province on Sunday," raising the death toll through the year caused by the flood to 65, NEMA said Monday in a statement, urging residents to take precautions against the flood.

According to the National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring, rainfall exceeded 80 mm per hour in Airag soum on early Sunday, causing flooding.

At least 11 houses were destroyed by the flood in the soum, displacing around 33 people.

Heavy downpours have been hitting Mongolia since the beginning of July, triggering massive floods in some areas.

Meteorologists said the heavy rainfall will continue in large parts of the country over the next few days.

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Alibaba eyes revamp in food sector www.chinadaily.com.cn

After taking the lion's share of China's e-commerce sector, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is looking to revamp the food sector by addressing the imbalance between supply and demand.

Hema Fresh, its iconic fresh food chain that employs technologies to dispatch goods and manage inventory, plans to open stores across all first and second-tier cities in China and aims to reach at least 300 million consumers.

The goal was announced at last week's vendor conference in Shanghai, where Hema forged partnerships with over 500 merchants including agriculture produce bases, and pledged not to charge any fees as prerequisites for brands to access Hema.

Chief Executive Officer Hou Yi said the company was making more efforts in product development with merchants and targeting sales of tailor-made goods to account for half of Hema's overall sales in three years.

New Zealand-based diary giant Fonterra Co-op Group Ltd was among the early adopters of such a model. For instance, the pair are shortening the shelf life of milk sold in stores down to less than 24 hours from the usual seven to 10 days. The milk is produced and collected each day at Fonterra's dairy hub in Hebei province, one of the two the company operates in China.

Such a tie-up is part of Hema's "Daily Fresh" program, which sees a host of fresh produce and meat removed from store shelves at the end of the day and replaced with fresh products the following morning.

The model is likely to be extended to a wider variety of goods, with Hema signing direct procurement contracts with agricultural produce bases in Yunnan, Hubei and Shandong provinces.

"Under the project, consumers can buy the most comprehensive and fresh local produce at the lowest possible prices," said Wang Minzheng, head of the department of agriculture of Yunnan province.

"Eliminating middlemen can effectively trim costs and boost retail efficiency," said Gu Guojian, head of Shanghai Chain-Store & Franchise Institute. "The model is especially meaningful as China moves to increase imports and enhance circulation efficiency."

"They can totally leverage big data instead of third-party market research firms to get more precise customer insights and estimates of market size, therefore deciding what and how much (of the goods) to keep stock of," said Shi Jialong, head of China internet equity research at Nomura Securities Co Ltd.

The move aims to meet the evolving preferences of Chinese consumers who shun preservatives in their quest for a healthier lifestyle. According to Hou, Hema's typical consumers are middle-to-upper income earners who are willing to experience new things and shop on a daily basis rather than weekly.

Unlike conventional supermarkets that introduce a wide range of products for shoppers to compare, Hema has adopted the buyer model, where professional procurers are responsible for sourcing and hand-picking the right goods to sell.

"This model is 'win-win' as it revolutionizes the producer end by using customer data to predict their preferences and can tailor manufacturing to meet their needs," said Lao Guoling, a professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

New Manufacturing is one of the five "New"s that Alibaba founder Jack Ma proposed two years ago to reshape commercial technologies.

Ele.me, Alibaba's newly acquired food delivery arm, has integrated its membership system with Alibaba's e-commerce sites to tap into at least 500 million active users who could order food as they shop via their mobile devices.

Koubei, its offline local services platform, has also branched out by offering breakfast pre-ordering services via smart phones in a number of café and bakery chains in Shanghai.

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Itools JSC presents its 2018 semi-annual report www.mse.mn

'I Tools’ JSC, a Tier 2 listed company, presented its semi-annual financial and operational report to the public on August 13th, 2018 at MSE. 

In the first half of 2018, sales of ‘I Tools’ JSC increased by 39.4 percent reaching MNT439.3 million and its net profit tripled reaching MNT62.4 million. 

During the reporting period, the company involved in the project introducing KHUR system, a information system of state organizations, to private organizations and offered blockchain technology services to some Japanese companies. 

According to the company officials, it will complete its modular data center construction using its proceeds raised from public, provide an integrated services of blockchain data center as well as offer services met standards of ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 to public and private entities.

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Aspire mining: Mongolia extends railway study deadline www.miningbusiness.net

ULAANBAATAR, Aug 13 The Mongolian govt has given Australian-based Aspire Mining another 18 months to meet the environmental, land use and funding conditions for the Erdenet to Ovoot railway project, the key logistical aspect of its planned coking coal mine in the country’s north.
Its rail concession deadline has been extended to Feb 2020, but Aspire aims to complete its studies in the June 2019 qtr.
Aspire has accepted Mongolia’s request to lift design capacity on the 574km railway to 30Mtpa, catering for higher expectations of transit freight demand. It says the increase in construction costs will be marginal, within its 10% contingency range.

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The city ranked as the most liveable in the world www.bbc.com

Austrian capital, Vienna, has beaten Australia's Melbourne to be named the world's most liveable city.

It's the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence Unit annual global survey.

The worldwide league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare.

In the survey, Manchester saw the biggest improvement of any European city, rising by 16 places to rank 35th.

Manchester's rise puts it ahead of London in the rankings by 13 places, the widest gap between the two cities since the survey began two decades ago.

The Economist said Manchester's jump in the rankings was due to an improved security score.

'Resilience'
The survey was criticised last year for demoting Manchester after the Manchester Arena attack which killed 22 victims.

This year, survey editor Roxana Slavcheva said Manchester had "shown resilience in the city's recovery from a recent, high-profile terrorist attack, which previously shook up stability".

Ms Slavcheva said security had also improved in "several western European cities" and Vienna's top place in the rankings reflected "a relative return to stability across much of Europe".

According to the survey, nearly half of the cities have seen their liveability ranking improve over the past year.

Melbourne, which was ranked second in this year's global rankings, had previously come top for seven years running.

Two other Australian cities also made this year's top ten: Sydney and Adelaide.

At the other end of the scale, war-torn Damascus in Syria was ranked the least liveable city, closely followed by Dhaka in Bangladesh and Lagos in Nigeria.

The Economist said that crime, civil unrest, terrorism or war played a "strong role" in the ten-lowest scoring cities.

The ten most liveable cities in 2018

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Melbourne, Australia

3. Osaka, Japan

4. Calgary, Canada

5. Sydney, Australia

6. Vancouver, Canada

7. Tokyo, Japan

8. Toronto, Canada

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Adelaide, Australia

The ten least liveable cities 2018
1. Damascus, Syria

2. Dhaka, Bangladesh

3. Lagos, Nigeria

4. Karachi, Pakistan

5. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

6. Harare, Zimbabwe

7. Tripoli, Libya

8. Douala, Cameroon

9. Algiers, Algeria

10. Dakar, Senegal

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Gov’t expresses condolence and dismisses top officials of Road Ministry www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/ Last Thursday, a crime was occurred at the Ministry of Road and Transportation Development. According to the preliminary examination, 38-year old G, head of Department for Monitoring, Valuation and Internal auditing of the Ministry, was murdered by 48-year old M, head of the State Administration and Management department. The investigation is underway.

In relation to this incident and a train accident, the Government called an urgent meeting on Sunday, August 12, deciding to dismiss the top officials of the Ministry of Road and Transportation Development.

Following the urgent Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister U. Khurelsukh held a press conference where he expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased on behalf of the Government of Mongolia. U.Khurelsukh said, “I apologize for the incident which involved high-ranking officials of the Ministry, drinking, brawling and taking one’s valuable life. It clearly shows a necessity to tighten discipline and responsibility. I comprehend again that we must keep improving discipline and responsibility at all levels of the government organizations.”

“Therefore, the Cabinet decided to dismiss top officials of the Ministry, the Minister of Roads and Transportation Development, Deputy Minister, State Secretary, and related department heads. As Parliament approves the appointment of a minister, Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia U.Enkhtuvshin will act as the Minister temporarily until the Parliament resolves the matter. These three officials admitted their responsibility for the incident and handed in their resignation,” said the Prime Minister.

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Copper vulnerable to supply shock as giant mine faces strike www.bloomberg.com

Copper bears could get caught wrong-footed as a strike looms at the world’s biggest mine.

In the U.S., hedge funds’ bearish bets outnumber bullish wagers by the most since 2016, latest government data show. The top brokers on the Shanghai Futures Exchange boosted their net-short position by more than half. Sentiment has turned increasingly negative even as BHP Billiton Ltd. and workers at its Escondida mine in Chile approach the end of a government-led mediation, after wage talks failed. A strike could start as early as Tuesday.

Copper has slumped almost 17 percent this year on Comex as an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China threatens global growth, fueling demand concerns for the metal that goes into building power grids, homes, cars and electronic gadgets. Societe Generale SA analyst Robin Bhar said the market is “fixated” on concerns about the global economy, ignoring the bullish factors that could send prices higher, including potential strikes in Chile.

“The market maybe isn’t priced correctly,” Andrew Cosgrove, a Bloomberg Intelligence senior analyst, said by telephone, citing the risk of supply disruption. “Last year, the market was net-long going into what was the beginning of a strike.”

Copper, often seen as a barometer of economic growth, posted the eighth weekly loss in the past nine. Futures for September delivery slipped 0.8 percent to settle at $2.7425 a pound Friday on the Comex in New York.

Money managers’ net-short position, or the difference between bets on price declines and wagers on price gains, reached 29,986 futures and options as of Aug. 7, according to Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released Friday. Bearish wagers are near the highest on records going back to 2006, data showed.

Things could turn quickly, should mediation fail and work stops at Escondida, squeezing bearish money managers and brokers in China and the U.S.

Labor tensions in Chile aren’t restricted to the BHP-owned behemoth. Pan Pacific Copper Co.’s Caserones mine is following a similar path, with workers voting to strike if mediation fails. The giant Chuquicamata open pit has been hit by protests as workers fret about a transition to underground operations that require a smaller workforce.

There’s less cushion to protect users of the metal against supply shocks, with stockpiles tracked by the London Metal Exchange down more than a third since the end of March, while those in warehouses monitored by Comex are at the lowest in 10 months. Inventories tallied by the Shanghai Futures Exchange are at the lowest since January.

Investors who have focused on the U.S.- China trade war have one other thing to consider: Beijing’s decision to slap a 25 percent tariff on American scrap would make refined copper more attractive than the recycled material, boosting the Asian nation’s imports of new metal, according to SMM Information & Technology Co. The U.S. supplied about 535,000 metric tons of copper scrap to China last year, about 15 percent of the nation’s overseas purchases.

That could further bolster demand at a time when the Chilean mining industry is seeing a record number of collective bargaining negotiations, that have the potential to disrupt operations. Last year, when BHP and the union failed to reach an agreement, a 44-day strike at the world’s largest copper mine and a slower ramp-up at Escondida’s third mill cut output by 300,000 tons, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analysts estimate.

Mediation at Escondida ends Monday, and without an extension or an agreement, the strike could start Tuesday. The two parties’ positions seem far apart after more than two months of discussions, with 84 percent of workers rejecting the company’s last offer. The union is already geared up for a work stoppage, having stashed away about $864,000 to cover costs during a possible monthlong strike. Talks were continuing over the weekend, the union said.

“Positive fundamentals take a backseat,” Societe Generale’s Bhar said in a note Thursday. “Macro woes, which could be indicating sluggish demand and a potential economic slowdown are overshadowing short-term bullish factors, ” including the potential strikes in Chile and declining inventories, he said.

(By Susanne Barton and Laura Millan Lombrana).

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Train with 328 passengers on board crashed in Dornogobi aimag www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/ A train with 328 passengers on board derailed near Airag station, Airag soum of Dornogobi aimag at about 4.50am on Sunday, August 12. Sudden pouring rain measured at 82 mm is considered to have caused the crash by destroying the embankment of the rail track. Eighty-eight injured people were taken to hospital; two of them are under serious health condition. Emergency services have been taking urgent measures.

In connection with the crash, the Cabinet called its urgent meeting on August 12. Following the meeting, Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh made a report to the public.

He said, “Due to flood-hit embankment of rail track, a locomotive, two freight wagons and three passenger wagons derailed. The train had 328 passengers in total. Twenty minutes earlier than the crash, international train from Zamyn Uud to Ulaanbaatar ran through the rail as normally. However, it started pouring within 20 minutes, which waterlogged the ground and caused the breakage of the rail track. The train that came to the point at that moment suffered derailment. Relevant organizations are taking required measures, taking 88 injured people to hospital, of whom two are under serious condition. Repair activities are underway. Technical services of Ulaanbaatar Railway JSC and Russia arrived to the crash site and are now working to reopen flood-damaged rail track. We sincerely regret this tragedy happened."

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9 injured as train derails in SE Mongolia www.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- At least four coaches of a train with 328 passengers aboard derailed in southeastern Mongolia Sunday morning, injuring nine passengers including three children, authorities said.

According to the latest report of the local Emergency Management Agency, the train was traveling from the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator to Sainshand, the capital city of the southeastern province of Dornogovi.

The accident took place at around 4:50 a.m. local time (2050 GMT, Saturday) near Airag soum, about 120 km northwest of Sainshand. It was raining heavily there when the accident occurred.

The injured, one of them in critical condition, were taken to a local healthcare center.

The accident is currently under investigation, and railway traffic in the area was indefinitely halted.

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