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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

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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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Invest Mongolia 2017 Frontier's 11th Annual Conference in Ulaanbaatar www.mongolianbusinessdatabase.com

We are pleased inform you that Mongolian Business Database is partnering with Frontier's 2017 Invest Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Conference scheduled to take place September 4-5, 2017. 

This event is one the of Mongolia's keystone events, and attracts close to 1,000 delegates representing Government, key industry players, financial institutions, global investors and media to discuss socio-political and economic developments. Guests with very diversified background from nearly 30 countries attended 2016 Invest Mongolia events in Ulaanbaatar and Tokyo. In 2017, key focuses of the conference will be the following:

· The impact of the IMF program and whether the Government will take investor friendly measures to increase FDI

· The overview of Mongolian Economy including updates on legal, accounting and other regulatory changes

· The progress and its impacts of OT underground and other major projects to the economy

· The strong demand to coal and the beneficiaries of the industry

· The most updated situation of Green financing and their players

· The Mongolian Banking Industry and the Bank Strategies at the time when AQR is in place

· The development of the non-mining sectors including the real estate

· Whether foreign money is coming back to Mongolia? If so, which sectors are promising and why?

· The outlook of the Bond Market and the possible measures to increase the credit rating

· Whether the Amendments of the Constitution are necessary for the accountability, the consistency of the policies and to combat the corruption? 

MBD registrants will enjoy a 15% discount on badges, which gives you access to the networking lunches and dinners and reserved priority seating. The general registration to the conference is free. Please go http://www.frontier-conference.com/…/…/58-registeronlineform to register and be sure to enter the promo code 102 to the Discount Coupon section if you are purchasing a badge to apply your discount.
If you would like to receive more information regarding the event, please contact the organizers http://www.frontier-conference.com/index.php/en/zoo.

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Belt and Road connects Manzhouli to the world www.chinadaily.com.cn

HOHHOT - Oktyabrina does not know much about the Belt and Road Initiative, but she knows enough about money.

Located in the China-Russia tax-free trade zone in Manzhouli, Oktyabrina's company is doing well; very well. In July, high season in Manzhouli, 2,000 people visit her shop every day, most of them buying imported goodies from Russia.

"Candy and flour are our biggest sellers. Sales are up 20 percent from last July. Tax exemptions mean customers spend less and we earn more. It is the very definition of win-win," said Ding Yanping, Oktyabrina's Chinese business partner. Ding owns 50 percent of the company and is in charge of the shop's daily management.

Oktyabrina's shop is just one of over 50 Russian companies registered in the Manzhouli tax-free zone, attracted by good logistics and speedy customs clearance.

Since it was established last June, 170 million yuan ($25.4 million) - 22,000 tons - of Russian imports has passed through the port.

"The tax-free trade zone is a bridge linking China and Russia sharing the prosperity of both countries. That's what the Belt and Road Initiative is all about," said Zhang Jinzhu, manager of the trade zone.

With a population of 300,000, Manzhouli is important on Eurasian land passageways and the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor (CMREC). Nearly 70 percent of trade between China and Russia passes through Manzhouli.

"We are integrating our plans with the Belt and Road. We are key to the northward opening-up of Inner Mongolia," said Xu Ailian, mayor of Manzhouli.

The idea of the CMREC emerged in September 2014 during the first trilateral meeting of the heads of state of the three countries in Tajikistan and, in 2016, CMREC became the first multilateral cooperation plan to become part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The CMREC has two key arteries: one from the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region to Hohhot and on to Mongolia and Russia; the other from China's northeastern provinces through Manzhouli into Russia. The channels have improved connectivity and cooperation in border regions and have led to the overhaul of customs procedures.

In the first seven months of this year, 747 freight trains passed through Manzhouli, carrying goods worth 3.15 billion U.S. dollars, 25 percent more than in the same period last year.

Freight trains link Manzhouli with 28 international destinations, with trains originating as far away as Guangdong in China's deep south.

Manzhouli customs officers work closely with their Russian counterparts.

"We have round-the-clock clearance for goods trains. The faster we clear the cargo, the faster the trains are on their way," said Xu Xuemeng, a logistics monitor with Manzhouli customs. He sees more high-tech products heading to Europe, including computers, home appliances and manufacturing equipment.

As the bridgehead of northward opening-up, Manzhouli is a shining light of economic growth of Inner Mongolia autonomous region, which celebrated its 70th anniversary on Aug 8.

Over seven decades,the region's economy has expanded from 537 million yuan to 1.86 trillion yuan, first among the country's five autonomous regions.

Inner Mongolia's foreign trade has increased from 30 million yuan to 77.3 billion yuan since the beginning of reform and opening up.

"In the future, we will conduct more practical cooperation with Mongolia and Russia to invigorate the grassland Silk Road," said Manzhouli Mayor Xu Ailian.

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Rock carvings from China's ancient empire found in central Mongolia www.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- A joint China-Mongolia scientific taskforce has recently completed a study of ancient rock carvings found in Delgerkhangai soum of Mongolia's central Dundgobi province.
The task was jointly done by China's Inner Mongolia University and the Mongolian Chinggis Khan University, with a main purpose of studying the rock inscriptions and drawings allegedly belonging to China's Eastern Han Empire.
Dating back to about 2000 years ago, the ancient rock art was written with more than 250 Chinese characters, and was a sign of victory over the northern Hunnu Empire.
The Hunnu was a nomadic tribe living in what is now Mongolia in the fourth century BC. It warred with the East Han government from time to time.
The rock carvings also coincide with the events recorded in the reference books of the Eastern Han Empire.
Close to the site, there are 11 ancient graves belonging to the Hunnu Empire, noted J.Chimeddorj, deputy director of Inner Mongolia University.
Earlier, professors with Mongolian Chinggis Khan University found inscriptions alongside rock paintings qualified as a type of letter from the Eastern Han Empire. The discovery led to additional research by linguists from China's Autonomous region of Inner Mongolia.

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Mongolian Derby: Australian Olympian Ed Fernon wins world's toughest horse race www.abc.net.au

A young Australian Olympian has won the longest and toughest horse race in the world.

Twenty-nine-year-old Ed Fernon conquered the gruelling Mongolian Derby, crossing the finish line with South African Barry Armitage in equal first after a nail-biting race to the finish.

The 2017 race saw 12 men and 24 women from nine countries riding 1,000 kilometres across Mongolia on semi-wild horses.

Mostly riding full tilt, they charge through the rugged terrain of the Mongolian Steppes, fording rivers, deserts and wide open plains on a course that is designed to recreate Genghis Khan's ancient postal system.

It puts to the test the competitor's survival skills, horsemanship and sheer endurance.

Competitors change horses every 40 kilometres and camp out under the stars or stay with local herders.

Horses will often injure the participants if badly handled, and riders are also given penalties if they overwork the tough Mongolian ponies.

Although city born, he spent time on a family farm near Wagga Wagga in NSW where he first threw his leg over a horse.

His love of riding inspired him to take up the modern pentathlon, mastering the five disciplines of swimming, fencing, running, shooting and show jumping.

He started the sport as a 20-year-old and four years later represented Australia in the 2012 London Olympics.

Needing a new challenge post-Olympics, Fernon did a charity ride across the snowy mountains.

The ride retraced the 1,100 kilometre journey of Archer, the legendary horse that walked from NSW to Melbourne before winning the inaugural Melbourne Cup in 1861.

"Following the Legend of Archer" raised over $50,000 for The Black Dog Institute, offering support for people suffering from depression and bipolar disorder.

Fernon crossed the finish line of the Mongolian Derby exhausted and exhilarated.

"Regardless of winning, what I came here for was to challenge myself, give it my all, and I've done that. I'll sleep well tonight," he said.

Just to complete the hardest horse race in the world is an achievement few can boast.

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Russia cutting dependence on US dollar – economy minister www.rt.com

The Russian government is taking steps to reduce the value of transactions using the American currency in the country, according to Economic Development Minister Maksim Oreshkin.

“There is a big trend toward the de-dollarization of the Russian economy. The central bank has taken some very important steps against loans in foreign currencies," the minister said on Wednesday.
Data from the Central Bank of Russia shows 60 percent of Russia's external debt in August is in US dollars, the lowest since 2014.
Experts say foreign sanctions and central bank policy are making loans in rubles more attractive than in dollars. Rates on ruble deposits are also more attractive than foreign currencies.
In June, Russia reduced its investment in US Treasuries by $5.8 billion, dropping to 14th place among the largest holders of the US debt with $101.9 billion.
However, while loans in rubles are becoming more popular, it’s too soon to say if the Russian economy is ready to live without dollars.
“You need to look at the share of foreign currency deposits. In retail, there is no big decline, the share of foreign currency deposits remains at 23 percent, it is quite stable over the past year," said Alfa-Bank chief economist Natalia Orlova in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Last week, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said the Russian government would intensify efforts to cut the country’s dependence on US payment systems and the dollar as a settling currency.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly urged the economy and finance ministries to cut dollar dependence in the Russian economy as relations between Moscow and Washington have soured.

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Ulaanbaatar hosts INT’L Trade Union Confederation's regional meeting www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ 15th meeting of the International Trade Union Confederation’s Asia- Pacific Regional General Council of started today at the Blue Sky Hotel Conference Room, Ulaanbaatar to discuss issues of trade unions’ rights and labor relations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mongolia hosts the meeting for the first time and leaders and representatives from the International Labor Organization and Trade Unions of over 30 countries, including Japan, Korea, India, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia are participating in the two-day meeting.

The meeting will discuss and approve 2018 budget of the Asia- Pacific Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-AP), working plan, guidelines and its report. " - Hosting the event in Mongolia has a significance to share experiences and achievements of Mongolia in the field of labor relations and social partnership with the leaders of trade union organizations of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region," said Chairman of the International Relations Division of the Confederation of Trade Unions E. Amarsanaa. Mongolia, Taiwan and Indonesia had competed for hosting the meeting.

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Dalai Lama ‘Dreams’ of NATO Relocating to Moscow www.themoscowtimes.com

In a recent interview with Russian media in India, the Dalai Lama voiced a radical proposal to reduce tensions between NATO and Russia.

“I have mentioned before an idea that may be an empty dream, but if NATO were to shift its headquarters to Moscow it might allay whatever misapprehensions Russians may feel,” the Dalai Lama said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper.

The Dalai Lama’s comments come as NATO is bolstering deployments to the Baltic States and Poland ahead of Russian military exercises in Belarus in September.

Aware that his controversial suggestion might not be well received in Washington, the Dalai Lama said: “I'm afraid now that after such a suggestion, I won’t be allowed to go to America!”

The Buddhist spiritual leader is a contentious figure in Russia. He last visited in 2004, and authorities in Moscow have repeatedly denied him permission to return ever since. China has publicly thanked the Kremlin on each occasion it bars the Dalai Lama.

In an outspoken interview in 2014, the Dalai Lama criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for being self-centered. "His attitude is: I, I, I. This is the root of the problem,” he told a German newspaper.

This time, he told Kommersant he saw positive changes. “I look at Russia and I see protests against corruption and so on. In Stalinist times that was impossible,” he said. “Perhaps not as quickly as we would want, but change is happening.”

“I believe in a big future for Russia,” he added. “Russia could become a real bridge between East and West.”

The Dalai Lama was in New Delhi for the first ever conference of Russian and Buddhist scholars.

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Police detain central figure in mining's largest corruption scandal www.mining.com

Diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz and four others were taken into custody by Israeli police on Tuesday on suspicion of fraud, forgery, obstruction of justice and bribery.

This is the second arrest of Steinmetz as part of a joint Swiss, Israeli and US probe over allegations that BSGR, the billionaire Israeli-French businessman's mining company, bribed government officials in Guinea in order to obtain mining rights over the vast Simandou iron ore deposit.

The UK's Telegraph newspaper reports that Steinmetz could be held until Thursday. Steinmetz who denies any wrongdoing and was not charged with a crime again blamed hedge fund billionaire George Soros for running a defamation campaign:

“I feel terrible that the state of Israel is doing this to me. This is customary in totalitarian states. It's like a dictatorship that decides and marks people,” Mr Steinmetz said.

“There is nothing, the whole investigation is nothing. There are those who have marked us here. It's political. George Soros marked me. We did not do anything.”
BSGR acquired the rights to one half of Simandou (stripped from Anglo-Australian giant Rio Tinto over development delays) in 2008 when Guinea was under military rule.

After spending $170 million advancing the project BSGR signed a $2.5 billion deal with Brazil's Vale in 2010 to jointly develop the project, but the Rio de Janeiro company only paid out $500 million before Guinea stripped BSGR’s rights in 2014.

The UK’s anti-fraud investigating body said last month it is probing Rio's dealings in Guinea involving Simandou. In November last year Melbourne-based Rio fired two executives involved in the project after an internal investigation uncovered a $10.5m payment in 2011 to a French national acting as a go-between with the West African nation’s government.

Rio, the world’s second largest mining company, announced in October it was exiting the project by selling its stake to former partner Chinalco for up to $1.3 billion. Rio has spent more than $3 billion advancing the project (including a $700m payment to the Guinea government to resolve "outstanding issues" in April 2011) having first acquired the property in the late nineties.

Rio last year had its lawsuit for damages against BSGR and Vale dismissed in a New York court. BSGR is still seeking international arbitration over the loss of its Simandou mining rights.

In June, ex-Wall Street banker Mahmoud Thiam who served as Guinea’s mining minister during 2009–2010 was convicted of laundering $8.5 million he was alleged to have taken to help a Chinese company gain mining concessions. Guinea is one of the world's largest producers of bauxite, the primary ore used in the production of aluminum.

With complete control of Simandou, Beijing-based Chinalco may revive the stalled project for the southern block of the 2 billion-tonne deposit of high-grade iron ore, but the cloudy outlook for prices for the steelmaking raw material now trading around $70 a tonne after peaking in 2011 at $190 may deny Guineans a windfall again.

The original $20 billion agreement signed in 2014 with the backing of the World Bank (which has since withdrawn support) called for a new 650km railway to Conakry, Guinea's capital in the north, plus a new deep water port at a conservatively estimated cost of $7 billion, and infrastructure investments that would double the economy of the impoverished country.

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Russia & Japan to develop tourism in disputed Kuril Islands www.rt.com

Moscow and Tokyo are discussing the possibility of organizing cruises around the South Kuril Islands, the Kyodo news agency reports quoting diplomatic sources. This is a part of a plan to develop business links in the disputed territories.

Following the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan in December last year, Moscow and Tokyo agreed to start joint economic activities on the islands. Putin will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Vladivostok in September to continue the discussions. The countries plan to develop fishing, tourism, healthcare and ecology in the region.

Russia is looking for Japanese investment in the Far East, while Japan hopes to recover the territories lost after WWII. However, Russia has repeatedly rebuffed Japanese claims.

The Kuril Islands stretch between the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido and Russia’s Kamchatka.

The entire archipelago is currently administered by Russia, which received them after WWII under the 1945 Potsdam Declaration.

Japan claims sovereignty over the two southernmost large islands of Iturup and Kunashir, as well as the Shikotan and Habomai islets, citing their history as Japan’s northern territories. Russia and Japan did not sign a peace treaty after WWII over the issue.

Moscow claims sovereignty over the islands based on the post-war agreement signed by the Allies in 1945. The pact stipulated the South Kurils became part of the USSR following the war which Japan lost. According to the Kremlin, as the rightful successor of the Soviet Union, Russia's sovereignty over the territories is recognized internationally and not in doubt.

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