1 CONSTRUCTION OF TAVANTOLGOI-GASHUUNSUKHAIT ROAD TO BE INTENSIFIED WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      2 OVER 30 MEASURES PLANNED FOR REDUCTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      3 MONGOLIA SAYS IT EARNS OVER 169 MLN USD FROM COAL EXPORTS TO CHINA IN JAN WWW.HELLENICSHIPPINGNEWS.COM  PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      4 RUSSIA’S GAZPROM TO START CHINA GAS PIPELINE BY DECEMBER 1 WWW.RT.COM PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      5 MONGOLIA'S FOREIGN TRADE UP 41.6 PCT IN JAN. WWW.XINHUANET.COM PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      6 EIGHT COMPANIES ANNOUNCE TO DISBURSE DIVIDENDS SO FAR WWW.ZGM.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      7 MONGOLIA'S PROSTITUTION ZONES, WHERE WOMEN TRADE SEX FOR FUEL IN SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES WWW.TELEGRAPH.CO.UK PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      8 MONGOLIA TO SUSPEND KFC OUTLETS FOR INQUIRY AFTER FOOD POISONING REPORTS WWW.CNBC.COM PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      9 MIAT TO FLY BETWEEN ULAANBAATAR AND GUANGZHOU WWW.NEWS.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      10 NEW BOOK ABOUT MONGOL EMPIRE’S IMPACT ON ISLAM WWW.NEWS.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      УУХҮЯ: II САРЫН БАЙДЛААР НИЙТ НУТАГ ДЭВСГЭРИЙН 5.6 ХУВЬД АШИГТ МАЛТМАЛЫН ЛИЦЕНЗ ОЛГОСОН WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/20     300 ОРТОЙ ТӨРӨХ ЭМНЭЛГИЙН БАРИЛГЫН АЖИЛ 80%-Д ХҮРЧ ГУРАВДУГААР САРЫН 1-НЭЭС ДУЛААНД ХОЛБОГДОХООР БОЛЖЭЭ WWW.IKON.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/20     II/19-НИЙ ДОТОР 24 ХК НОГДОЛ АШИГ ОЛГОХТОЙ ХОЛБООТОЙ ШИЙДВЭРЭЭ ГАРГАЖ , СЗХ-НД ХҮРГҮҮЛСЭН БАЙНА WWWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/20     ӨНГӨРСӨН САРД 23.9 МЯНГАН ЖУУЛЧИН ХҮЛЭЭН АВЧЭЭ WWW.EAGLE.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/20     ЭРЧИМ ХҮЧНИЙ ИМПОРТ БУУРЧЭЭ WWW.EAGLE.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/20     ТАТВАР ТӨЛДӨГ 191 МЯНГАН ААН-Н 95.9 ХУВЬ НЬ БИЧИЛ БИЗНЕС ЭРХЭЛДЭГ WWW.EAGLE.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/20     НИЙТ НУТГИЙН 70 ОРЧИМ ХУВЬ НЬ ЦАСТАЙ БАЙНА WWW.MONTSAME.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/20     ХАНБОГД-ОЮУТОЛГОЙГ ХОЛБОСОН ЗАМЫН НЭЭЛТ БОЛЛОО WWW.GOGO.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/20     ЗГҮЦ-ЫН АНХДАГЧ ЗАХ ЗЭЭЛИЙН АРИЛЖАА МХБ-ИЙН ҮЙЛ АЖИЛЛАГААНЫ ОРЛОГО БУУРЧЭЭ WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/19     “TEMASEK HOLDINGS” КОМПАНИ “TRQ” ДЭХ ЭЗЭМШЛИЙН ХУВИА 28 ХУВИАР БУУРУУЛАВ WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/19    

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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MIAT leases two Boeing 737 Max aircraft www.news.mn

In 2017, the leading national carrier MIAT Mongolian Airlines decided to expand its fleet by leasing two 737 Max aircraft from the global leasing company Avolon. The first of the planes is due to arrive on 21 January, 2019.

Previously, MIAT bought an 767-300 ER aircraft from Boeing with a USD 20 million loan from the Netherland’s ING Bank. The Mongolian carrier refunded the loan to ING Bank in December, 2018.

The 737 Max family offers flexibility, efficiency and lower per-seat cost in the single-aisle market and is the fastest-selling aircraft in Boeing history, accumulating more than 3,600 orders.

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Renewable energy in Mongolia on the rise www.news.mn

The percent of renewable energy in Mongolia reached a record high in 2018 rising to 16 percent of total electricity production

A solar power plant with a capacity of 15 megawatts (MW) opened in late June in Zamiin-Uud soum in Mongolia’s southeastern Dornogovi Province, while two other solar power plants with the capacity of producing 30 MW and 20 MW of electricity each have been put into operation recently.

Also, a wind farm with a total capacity of 55 MW was commissioned in late September close to Sainshand, the administrative centre of the province.

The four energy plants have contributed to the country’s renewable energy capacity by 120 MW this year. According to the ministry, the country has a potential wind capacity of 1,100 gigawatts,.

Mongolia is a country with huge renewable energy potential, enjoying more than 250 days of sunshine a year. The government has set a goal to raise the share of renewable energy to 20 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030.

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Mongolia’s meat export reaches 20-year high www.news.mn

Mongolia exported 54,900 tons of meat and meat products in 2018 – a 20-year high.

According to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, the goal set in the Mongolian government’s action plan (2016-2020) has been fulfilled.

Animal husbandry is one of the main sectors of Mongolian economy, as nearly 40 percent of its nomad population depend on livestock.

Mongolia aimed to raise meat exports tenfold in the coming years in a bid to diversify its heavily mining-dependent economy. Mongolia has around 60 meat processing plants. From this, around 20 have meat export licenses.

Mongolia mostly, exports meat to two neighbors (Russia, China) and also working to find new markets in Japan and the Middle East, with Iran a particular target as producers hope to benefit from higher halal meat prices.

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Mongolia registers 1,100 domestic violence cases ahead of New Year www.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- A total of 8,158 crime cases were recorded across Mongolia during the New Year's celebrations on Dec. 17 to Jan. 1, of which 1,110 were related to domestic violence, the country's National Police Agency said Wednesday.

The total crimes reported in the past two weeks decreased by more than 10 percent from the same period of the previous year, but cases of domestic violence increased by 30 percent, according to the police agency.

A total of 10,100 law enforcement officers were deployed to maintain public order across the country during the New Year's celebrations.

In recent years, domestic violence has been increasing in Mongolia, which experts have attributed to rising alcohol consumption and financial problems.

A recent study by the National Statistical Office showed that one in three Mongolian women has experienced certain kinds of violence in her lifetime.

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Happy New Year, big tech! France starts taxing Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon www.rt.com

Tech giants will now pay more tax in France, after the country decided not to wait for the rest of the EU to introduce the measure. The so-called GAFA tax targeting major digital firms comes into force on January 1.
The French government hopes to raise €500 million ($572 million) with levies specifically aimed at multinational tech firms, including Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said, announcing the move in December. He stressed that “the tax will be introduced whatever happens.”

Paris has been pushing for what it sees as fairer taxation of the big-tech firms in the European Union. Progress on the issue has stalled in Brussels, as the 28-member bloc is divided on imposing the levies on Silicon Valley giants. Any changes must receive unanimous approval by member states.

Critics say that the big-tech firms are making money from European countries’ economies, but use their complex structure to route some of their profits to low-tax member states.

The opposing block is led by Ireland, which has become a sort of Mecca for US tech companies, and hosts many of their headquarters. Estonia and Sweden are also among those who do not favor France’s bid, fearing that the taxes could trigger US retaliation.

The EU has been discussing plans for a three-percent tax on the revenues of large internet companies that make money from user data or digital advertising. However, the last round of talks on the matter in November resulted in no significant progress, apparently pushing France to move forward with it alone.

Separately, France and Germany reached a consensus on a three-percent levy on digital ads after Paris agreed to water down its initial proposals on a broader tax on data. The two EU powerhouses plan to introduce a new joint measure in 2021, unless the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) members have agreed on a global approach by then.

France might have its own domestic reasons – like the consequences of the massive Yellow Vest protest – to impose the GAFA tax, named after Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. The recent nationwide demonstrations will cost the French economy a hefty sum and have already resulted in lowering the country’s economic growth forecast for 2018 and 2019, while its budget deficit for next year rose to 3.2 percent, breaching EU rules.

At the same time, French President Emmanuel Macron is a known critic of the big techs. In April, he warned that Google and Facebook are becoming too big to be governed. In May, Macron demanded a gathering of global tech bosses to commit to the common good.

“There is no free lunch,” the French president said. “It is not possible just to have free-riding on one side, when you make a good business.”

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Hyundai flags tough 2019 as U.S., China demand stays slow www.reuters.com

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group flagged another year of tepid car sales growth on the back of a slow 2018, saying trade protectionism added uncertainty and major markets such as the United States and China remained sluggish.

In his first New Year address to employees, group heir apparent Euisun Chung said Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) and Kia Motors Corp (000270.KS) would together launch 13 new or face-lifted models in 2019.

He also promised to complete a restructuring of South Korea’s second-biggest conglomerate, which is expected to pave the way for him to formally succeed his octogenarian father as head of the group.

The complicated succession plans come as Hyundai contends with a bunch of problems that have cost it market share in China and the United States and stalled its rise up the ranks of global automakers.

It missed a boom in sports utility vehicles, faces potential U.S. tariffs and a U.S. investigation over how it handled in vehicle recall, and lost ground in technological advances such as self-driving cars.

“Business uncertainties are heightening as the global economy continues to falter. Walls of protectionism are being constructed around the world,” Chung, 48, told hundreds of employees at the group’s headquarters in Seoul.

“Internally, we face challenging tasks such as stabilizing business in major markets like the U.S. and China, while simultaneously enhancing our responsiveness to drive future growth.”

Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) and Kia Motors Corp (000270.KS) - together the world’s fifth-biggest automaker - set what they called a “conservative target” of 7.6 million vehicle sales in 2019.

This compares with analysts’ estimate of 7.3 million to 7.4 million vehicle sales last year, the auto conglomerate said, or a 2.7 percent to 4 percent increase. It had sold 7.25 million vehicles in 2017.

Morgan Stanley expects global auto production to fall 1 percent in 2019, the first drop in nine years.

Hyundai and Kia will announce 2018 sales results later on Wednesday, likely the fourth consecutive year of missed annual sales targets, analysts said.

“Hyundai will be launching new models, but competitors will be also doing so, making it difficult for Hyundai to increase shares in the sluggish markets in China, U.S. and Europe,” said Sean Kim, an analyst at Dongbu Securities.

Hyundai Motor shares fell 3.8 percent and Kia Motors slumped 3.1 percent, while the wider market .KS11 was down 1.5 percent in afternoon trade.

Tokyo court extends detention of Nissan's Ghosn
The group said it would launch a premium Genesis SUV and the Sonata sedan this year, among other new models.

Hyundai would launch a pilot service of its autonomous taxi in South Korea by 2021 and expand partnerships with leading players in that area, Chung said.

Chung also pledged to “actively communicate with” shareholders, an apparent reference to U.S. hedge fund Elliott which effectively scuttled a previous restructuring plan last year.

Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and Ju-min Park; Editing by Sayantani Ghosh and Stephen Coates

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BoM purchases 22 tons of gold www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ As of December 31, 2018 the Bank of Mongolia (BoM) purchased a total of 22 tons of gold. Compared with the same period of the previous year, the amount of purchased gold increased by 9.5 percent.

The ‘National Gold to the Fund of Treasures’ campaign, which successfully ran nationwide between June 4 and October 30, 2018, made a positive contribution to the gold purchase.

It is also considered that the newly established precious metal assay laboratories in Darkhan-Uul and Bayankhongor aimags are giving results.

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Global markets in worst year since 2008 www.bbc.com

Investors will be glad to see the back of 2018 after many global stock markets suffered their worst year in a decade.

The FTSE 100's traditional early New Year's Eve close saw it end the year down 12% at 6,728.13 points.

Big European and Asian markets faced similar losses in 2018, while the main US indexes saw their worst performance since the 2008 financial crisis.

The Dow Jones ended the year down 5.6%, the wider S&P 500 fell 6.2% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 3.9%.

US-China trade woes and slower global growth are among issues blamed for the poor showing.

Analysts have also cited US political uncertainty and interest rate rises as contributing factors.

As the year ended, the US was still in the grip of a government shutdown caused by President Donald Trump's determination to secure funding for a wall on the Mexican border to tackle illegal immigration.

Mr Trump has also regularly rattled investors during the year by escalating his tit-for-tat trade tariff battle with China. Earlier this month, both sides agreed to suspend new tariffs to allow for talks.

The president has also been at odds with the central bank, the Federal Reserve, over whether interest rates should be increased.

At the same time, Europe has been rocked by political setbacks including Italy's budget row with Brussels, the waning authority of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the "gilets jaunes" protesters in France and, of course, Brexit.

Although sizeable in historic terms, the US stock market falls were smaller in scale than those seen elsewhere, arguably in part because of the economic stimulus provided by the Trump administration's $1.5tn Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017.

In Asia on Monday, Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed almost 14% down on the year, while the Nikkei fell almost 15% in 2018 and China's Shanghai Composite (SSE) saw a whopping 25% annual decline.

In some territories, including the US, shares saw a modest upturn in thin New Year's Eve trading, boosted by optimism over the latest twist in US-Chinese trade relations.

Investors drew some comfort from the latest comments by Mr Trump, who tweeted that he had had a "long and very good call" with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that a possible trade deal was making good progress.

In the context of the year's overall market performance, however, it was too little, too late.

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Mongolia named as one of the top 10 countries to visit www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Forbes has named Mongolia as one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2019.

In 2017, the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) named the tourism sector as the world’s third largest export category with USD 1.3 trillion. That year, Mongolia received 542 thousand foreign visitors, of which 469.3 thousand were tourists. As the number of tourists in 2017 increased by 16.1 percent compared to 2016, Mongolia is considered as one of the leading countries by tourism revenue, according to UNWTO.

Aside from being listed in the top 10 countries to visit in 2019 by Forbes, Mongolia has also been listed as one of the most unique honeymoon destinations by Insider.

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New year greeting of President Battulga www.president.mn

On the New Year’s Eve, President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga extended greetings to the citizens of Mongolia in a televised message.

The President said:

“Dear citizens of Mongolia residing in every part of our country.

Dear ethnic Mongolians who are dispersed around the world.

The year is drawing to a close. We, Mongolians, are going to part with the 18th year of the 3rd millennium and welcome 2019—a year in which we will securely forge our future.

In the passing year of 2018, we overcame tough political-economic challenges, and consolidated our mutual trust and unity. The history of Mongolia has turned one year older.

2019 shall be a “Year of Drastic Reform.” As a result of “drastic reform,” with the participation and support of the public, a strong government, rule of law, and justice will prevail in Mongolia, and every citizen will become the owner of their wealth.

We inherited the intellect, grit, fleetness, and strength of our magnificent ancestors. The intellectual capacity of Mongolians is leading the world in mind sports.

In these times, as we are tending the fire of the thousands of years old the Mongolian state, we are making history that the future will judge.

In this golden moment, I wish a happy new year to you, the citizens of Mongolia and the ethnic Mongolians who are living around the globe.

To the soldiers and border troops who stand guarding the border, doctors and nurses, police officers, and emergency workers who are loyal to their oaths and carrying out their duties even at this moment of the welcoming of the new year,

To the peacekeepers who are serving in peacekeeping missions across continents,

And to the diplomats and staff members of diplomatic missions in Mongolia, to the representatives and staff of the international organizations, and to all our people

I wish happiness to every family and success, health, and wellbeing to everyone in the new year.

May the two thousand years of the statehood of Mongolia shall continue to thrive, protecting the spirit and fate of Mongolians!”

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