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Events

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“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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Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong jailed for corruption www.bbc.com

A court in South Korea has sentenced Samsung's billionaire heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison for corruption.
Mr Lee was convicted of bribery in a scandal that also saw the impeachment of South Korea's former president.
The case has gripped the public amid growing anger against South Korea's biggest companies, known as chaebols.
Mr Lee, who denied all charges, had faced a jail sentence of up to 12 years.
Also known as Jay Y Lee, the de facto head of the world's largest smartphone maker had been detained since February on a string of corruption charges.
These included bribery, embezzlement and hiding assets overseas.
What did he do?
The 49-year-old is accused of giving donations worth 41bn won ($36m; £29m) to non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a friend of South Korea's former President Park Geun-hye, in return for political favours.
Prosecutors said the donations were made to Ms Park's confidante to win government support for a big restructuring of Samsung that would strengthen Mr Lee's control over Samsung Electronics.
But Mr Lee's defence team said that the payments were signed off without his knowledge.

Mr Lee has previously admitted that the firm also gave a horse and money to help the equestrian career of Choi's daughter, Chung Yoo-ra, but denied seeking favours.
South Korea's presidential scandal explained
Is real reform possible at South Korea's chaebols?
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His lawyer said on Friday they would appeal against the court's decision.
"We are confident the ruling will be overturned," lawyer Song Wu-cheol told reporters after the ruling, according to Reuters.
Who else is involved?
The case contributed to President Park's eventual impeachment and she now faces trial for corruption herself, something she denies.
Her friend Choi has already been jailed for three years after being found guilty of using her position of influence to solicit favours for her daughter.
On Friday, two other Samsung executives, Choi Gee-sung and Chang Choong-ki, were also convicted in the same trial as Mr Lee and sentenced to four years in prison.
Will Mr Lee serve his jail sentence?
Analysis - by the BBC's Yogita Limaye in Seoul
This isn't the first time a top executive of a big conglomerate has been convicted for corruption in South Korea.
But in the past, they've either been given suspended sentences or have been pardoned by the president.
The new president, Moon Jae-in, has already said there will be no more presidential pardons.

So if Mr Lee's sentence is upheld by higher courts and he ends up serving his complete sentence in jail or a significant part of it, that will be a departure from what we've seen in South Korea in the past.
And the new government says that will be a strong message to chaebols that they need to clean up the way they do business.
What does it mean for Samsung?
The conviction represents a huge blow to South Korea's biggest and most well-known business empire. Since the verdict, Samsung shares fell by 1%.
It also raises questions about the future leadership of the family-run conglomerate. Mr Lee has been standing in as chairman since his father, Lee Kun-hee, suffered a heart attack in 2014.
Mr Lee has two sisters, who are in management roles in different parts of the Samsung group, but it is unclear whether they could be brought in to higher positions.
Since Mr Lee's arrest six months ago, the group's business operations have continued largely unaffected.
Samsung Electronics posted a record profit of 11tn won for the latest quarter and the firm has released its new flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone, closing the book on the disastrous recall of the exploding Galaxy Note 7.
The Samsung Group, made up of 60 interlinked companies, is crucial to the South Korean economy, with sales equivalent to about a fifth of the national GDP.
The chaebol includes a shipbuilding division, a construction company, and pharmaceuticals and advertising arms. Other chaebols include LG, Lotte and Hyundai.

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Spotify signs crucial Warner Music deal www.bbc.com

Spotify has signed a new licensing deal with Warner Music Group, paving the way for the music streaming service to go public.

Warner was the last of the three big record labels to agree to renewed terms to make its catalogue available to Spotify's 140 million users.
However, Spotify has been forced to agree to some limitations to get the labels to sign.
Artists and labels have in the past complained about minuscule revenue from steaming sites when compared to downloads or physical sales.
But with the deals with Sony, Universal and now Warner in place, Spotify is expected to float on the New York Stock Exchange as early as this year.
"Our partnership with Warner Music Group will help grow the new music economy where millions of artists can instantly connect with fans, and millions of fans can instantly connect with artists,” Spotify’s chief content officer Stefan Blom told the BBC.
'Inventive ways'
Posting on Instagram, Warner Music chief digital officer Ole Obermann said: "It's taken us a while to get here, but it’s been worth it, as we've arrived at a balanced set of future-focused deal terms.
"Together with Spotify, we've found inventive ways to reinforce the value of music, create additional benefits for artists, and excite their fans all over the world. Even with the current pace of growth, there’s still so much potential for music subscription to reach new audiences and territories.”
The “inventive ways” were not outlined, but if Warner Music’s deal is similar to those agreed with Sony Music and Universal, it is likely to include a clause allowing the labels to hold back certain songs from Spotify’s non-paying users for a limited period of time. Such a move would increase the royalties for artists who are unhappy at the lower earnings generated by streaming services.
Speaking about the Universal deal agreed in April, Spotify founder and chief executive Daniel Ek explained that "artists can choose to release new albums on premium only for two weeks, offering subscribers an earlier chance to explore the complete creative work, while the singles are available across Spotify for all our listeners to enjoy”.
According to the latest public figures, Spotify has 60 million paying customers - just under half of its entire user total. Its nearest competitor, Apple Music, has 27 million subscribers.
Spotify has long been expected to float on the New York Stock Exchange, but was holding off until the major deals were struck to offer clarity to investors over future expenses.
Reports suggest Spotify will not have an initial public offering (IPO) when it does go public.
Almost all companies IPO when going public to raise money and offer shares to more investors, but Spotify is expected to simply list on the NYSE without a sale. That tactic which would mean an increase in share value for its existing, private investors.

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Solar smartphone charger created by Mongol engineer deployed on Seoul city www.news.gogo.mn

A solar-powered smartphone charger deployed on the street of Seoul city which called "Smart Tree" has created by N.Battulga, a Mongolian engineer. He spent eight years on implementing the idea of the charger and getting a copyright. 

N.Battulga`s partner Shin Yeun Ka, a representative of Korea Green Tech Co., Ltd, introduced his invention to the Mayor of Seoul. Later, on Aug 23, 2017, the charger was agreed to be installed in front of Seoul City Hall Plaza. 
Moreover, N.Battulga`s innovative technology which required a lot of hard work was highly appreciated by Tesla, Inc, an American automaker. Delegations of the Tesla met with N.Battulga in Laos in March 2017 to discuss cooperation possibility. 
The super capacitor solar smartphone charger is weather resistant and features solar panels. The charger not only charges the phone but it also lightens. Thus, "Smart Tree" can be used as a technology to reduce air pollution of the Ulaanbaatar city by lighting the streets and road signs, stopping the use of electricity.

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Budget deficit reaches 347 thousand USD www.gogo.mn

As of July 2017, public revenue to Government amounted 1 billion 581 million USD (3 trillion and 899 billion MNT) while total expenditure and net lending amounted 1 billion 842 million USD (4 trillion and 488 billion MNT). 
Thus, the Government has a budget deficit of 348 million USD (848 billion MNT). 
The local budget has 59 million USD (143.5 billion MNT) and social insurance fund`s budget has 47 million (115 billion MNT) surplus respectively. 
Compared to the same period of previous year, public revenue to Government risen by 28 percent or 353 million USD (859 billion MNT) while total expenditure reduced by 10 percent or 216 million USD (525.4 billion). As a result, revenue growth is 38 percent higher than expenditure growth.

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Japan eyes investment pacts with African nations www3.nhk.or.jp

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Tokyo hopes to proceed with agreements with African nations with the aim of encouraging Japanese firms to invest in the continent.

Kono spoke at the opening ceremony of a ministerial meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD, in Mozambique on Thursday.

He pointed out the need to increase private-sector investments in Africa to help it achieve autonomous growth.

Kono said Japan plans to sign investment agreements with 13 countries, including Ethiopia and Ghana.

Apparently in reference to China's increasing maritime activities, Kono said maintaining a free and open maritime order under international law is the foundation of world peace and stability. He stressed that Japan intends to enhance the connection between Asia and Africa while ensuring free trade.

Kono told reporters that Africa needs quality infrastructure to achieve quality growth, and Tokyo needs to make the type of efforts that no other country can.

He said Japan hopes to help African countries, not only by building physical infrastructure, but by creating system in each country that unify people regardless of religion or tribe. Kono expressed hope that through such efforts, Japan will share a free and open maritime strategy throughout Asia and Africa, the fastest-growing continents in the world.

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SUU JSC presents its 2017 semi-annual operational and financial report to public www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ "Suu" JSC, a Tier 1 listed company, presented its semi-annual financial and operational report to the public at MSE on August 24.

On June 29th, 2017, "Suu" JSC raised MNT 6 billion successfully on the Mongolian Stock Exchange through its Mongolia's largest-to-date corporate Bond named "Suu Bond".

As of the end of the reporting period, the company has achieved the following results:

A new product named Biofit yogurt has been introduced;

Production level has increased by 19.4% reaching 13,500 tonnes compared to the same period of the previous year;

The number of customer complaints has been reduced by 53.9% as a result of increase in distribution vehicles and improvement of the service delivery; and Sales revenue has grown by 10.2% reaching MNT 24.0 billion and net profit has increased by 43% to MNT2.3 billion.

"Suu" JSC informed that the Company will aim at introducing more technologic advancements to its manufacturing process and carrying out innovative and eco-friendly operations and will provide quarterly updates on operational and financial performances to public. 
Source: MSE

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SoftBank invests additional $3 billion in shared-office startup WeWork www.reuters.com

(Reuters) - WeWork Cos said on Thursday it received an additional $3 billion investment from Japan’s SoftBank Group (9984.T) and its Vision Fund, helping the shared-office startup ramp up its expansion globally.

SoftBank’s investment will be through new shares and the acquisition of existing shares of the startup’s parent company, WeWork said in a statement

New York-based WeWork said SoftBank’s Director and Vice Chairman Ronald Fisher and External Director Mark Schwartz will join the company’s board.

SoftBank has already made a $1.4 billion investment in the company to fund the group’s expansion in China, Japan, South Korea and elsewhere in southeast Asia.

Vision Fund, which has raised over $93 billion to invest in technology sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics, is backed by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank and Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund.

WeWork leases office space and rents it out to individuals and small companies, namely startups.

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OZ Minerals to build $700 mln copper mine in Australia www.mining.com

OZ Minerals Ltd said on Thursday it would begin construction of its Carrapateena copper mine in Australia, the country's largest undeveloped copper project, which it estimated would cost A$916 million ($724 million).

Copper is seen as one of the strongest growth commodities given its broad use in everything from plumbing and construction to appliances and electronics.

The world's biggest mining companies, led by BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, are actively looking to increase their exposure to copper.

OZ Minerals said Carrapateena, located about 160 kms (100 miles) from the Indian Ocean in South Australia state, would start producing in the fourth quarter of 2019, and yield an average of 65,000 tonnes of copper and 67,000 ounces of gold a year over 20 years.

"Carrapateena will be a robust, cash generating asset with expansion potential that sets OZ Minerals up for further growth," OZ Minerals Chairman Rebecca McGrath said in a statement.

"This decision is a significant enabling step in realising our strategy to become a low cost, multi-asset copper miner delivering value for all stakeholders," she said. ($1 = 1.2655 Australian dollars)

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Mongolia sells record amount of coal to China in first half of 2017 www.news.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- The export of mineral resources is a significant source of export revenues for Mongolia, with copper concentrate, coal, iron ore, gold and oil having a lion's share.

Since 2017, the demand for Mongolian coal has increased dramatically. China is the largest consumer of coal in the world and Mongolia's close neighbor. In the first six months of 2017, Mongolia managed to sell China a record amount of coal.
According to economists, Mongolia exported approximately 25 million tons of "black gold" to China each month.
According to the authorities of Gants mod border checkpoint, in the first six months of this year, Mongolia exported 10.09 million tons of coal to China through the Gashuunsukhait-Gants mod border checkpoints. This result exceeds the volume of coal exports for the same period of last year by 14 percent.
The transportation of coal through the Gants mod border checkpoint for the first six months of last year was more than 10 million tons, while this level was reached in the first 4 months of this year. "This was facilitated by the increase in supply, related to the increase in demand for coal in China. On the other hand, the technical modernization of the border checkpoint played a role in reducing delays for a technical reason," said the representatives of the Gants mod border checkpoint.
In the future, coal exporters expect that the supply of coal will be stable. As for the main exporter of Mongolia, Tavan Tolgoi plans to increase the volume of its transportation to 11.5 million tons of coal this year.

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Germany repatriates $28bn in Cold War gold from France & US www.rt.com

The German central bank (Bundesbank) has brought back 674 tons of gold reserves kept in Paris and New York since the Cold War.

Some 53,780 gold bars, each weighing 12.5kg and worth €440,000, have been shipped to Germany over the last four years, said the bank. The last 100 tons were moved from Paris earlier this year, which means the Bundesbank now holds no reserves in France.

"This closes out the entire gold storage plan – around three years ahead of the time we were aiming for," said Carl-Ludwig Thiele, a member of the Bundesbank’s Executive Board.

The bank has already repatriated 940 tons of gold from London to save on storage fees.

In 2013 Germany said it planned to transfer at least half of the country’s gold to Frankfurt by 2020. The move was in response to public concerns about having so much of the nation’s wealth kept abroad.

Over 50 percent of Germany's gold reserves are now in Frankfurt. The remainder is stored in London and New York, where it can be quickly exchanged for British pounds or US dollars in an economic emergency.
Germany is the world’s second biggest holder of gold with 3,374 tons. The US Federal Reserve holds the most bullion, its gold reserves amount to 8,134 tons, according to the World Gold Council. The UK holds 310 tons, and the European Central Bank 505 tons.

The Bundesbank has been criticized at home for keeping a major part of Germany’s gold reserves abroad. Critics demand the complete return of the gold to the country. They regard the gold as insurance in case of a crisis, and the immediate physical availability would be the decisive criterion.

Trying to move gold from New York in 2014, the Bundesbank met obstacles from US authorities when German officials wanted to inspect the gold kept in US vaults.

Some even doubted the German gold was still physically there. The Bundesbank dismissed all the doubts, saying it received annual updates from foreign central banks where the gold was being stored. It said that the "integrity, reputation and security of these foreign depositories are beyond reproach."

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