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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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President’s office directs Ministry of Finance www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On August 4, Chief of Staff of the President of Mongolia Z.Enkhbold has delivered an official letter on cooperation on offshore account with the international organizations to the Ministry of Finance.

Official letter stated: “The President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga is working on returning illegal assets from offshore account and reducing credit stress.

In the scope of this initiative, we are planning to cooperate with the international organizations and projects including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development /OECD/, the Global Forum of Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, and Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.

These organizations have already suggested Mongolia to become their member in 2012 and in 2016. In the scope of the President’s initiative against offshore account, to study opportunities for Mongolia to joining the above mentioned organizations and projects. Please provide information about the implementation progress of this work”. 
Source: President.mn
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Innovation helps desert tourism flourish in Inner Mongolia www.chinadaily.com

Residents in desert areas in northern China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region have shaken off poverty and embarked on much better-off lives, after desert tourism driven by innovation was brought in.

The Kubuqi Desert in Ordos, the seventh-largest in China with an area of 18,600 square kilometers, was once the source of frequent sandstorms hitting the country's northern areas.

The desert's harsh environment resulted in poverty for local residents, most of whom only lived on raising livestock.

In the past 30 years, great efforts were made to tackle the desertification and improve residents' living standards.

Then, an innovative business model that incorporates governments, companies and locals was introduced with the aim of greening the region and creating jobs.

With guidance of governments and investment by the companies, farmers and herdsmen started to plant herbs, build solar power stations and develop tourist facilities.

In 2006, local governments and Elion Resources Group-a company engaged in ecological environmental protection-invested in building a new village.

Doodgatsaa village gathered 36 scattered households and provided them with free training, after which villagers started to run their own businesses.

"In the past, we lived in shabby houses built with dry grass and mud," said Tserenbaabuu, a 41-year-old herdsman in the village.

Tserenbaabuu and his family now live in a 110-square-meter house.

He added their total income has increased to 200,000 yuan ($30,300), 10 times as much as in the past when raising livestock was the only source of earnings.

It is the prospering of tourism in the region, he says, that has changed their lives.

A national 4A tourist site-Qixinghu Desert Eco-tourism Spot-emerged, as developers began tapping desert tourism resources. It attracts more than 120,000 tourists annually.

The site helped boost tourism in nearby villages, including Doodgatsaa village which has been equipped with 32 home-style hotels.

In partnership with two herdsmen, Tserenbaabuu bought 20 vehicles for off-road driving in the desert, with the help of banks in Ordos.

"A vehicle can hold three tourists, and traveling across the desert will cost each of them 240 yuan," he said.

He also hired 10 villagers as drivers and pays 4,000 yuan to each monthly from May to October, the peak season for desert tourism.

To support the business, he constructed a family hotel that can hold 20 tourists, accompanied by a restaurant to serve meals.

"When the hotel is full at peak season, I can earn 2,000 yuan each day," he said.

A household like his can earn 120,000 yuan annually on average, up from around 10,000 yuan before 2006.

"It's really a great change for me," Tserenbaabuu said.

China has total desert area of more than 2.6 million square kilometers, according to the sixth Kubuqi International Desert Forum held last week.

The experiences accumulated in the Kubuqi Desert can be a model to share nationwide and worldwide, said attendees at the forum.

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China, Kazakhstan feel port's benefits www.chinadaily.com

The logistics terminal in Jiangsu province's Lianyungang Port, built by China and Kazakhstan, has served as an important platform to improve economic cooperation, according to officials.

The first project between China and the countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, the Lianyungang logistics terminal has imported and exported 7.77 million metric tons of goods since it went into operation in 2014.

Goods imported and exported from January to July this year increased by 49 percent over the same period last year, according to the center.

Wang Qinmin, vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and president of the All China Federation of Industry and Commerce, said China and Kazakhstan have paid great attention to bilateral relations, deepened political trust and expanded cooperation in many areas since they forged diplomatic ties 25 years ago.

Wang made the speech at the fifth China-Central Asia Cooperation Forum, which was held on Wednesday and Thursday in Lianyungang. More than 200 officials from China and Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, attended the forum.

President Xi Jinping first proposed the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013. It comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, with the aim of building a trade and infrastructure network that connects Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes.

The Lianyungang logistics terminal started construction soon after the proposal emerged, with investment in the first phase reaching 606 million yuan ($90.2 million).

"The Kazakhstan partners didn't expect that the construction could be finished in eight months," said Liu Bin, general manager of the logistics terminal. "They thought at least two to three years were needed, considering the mountainous environment.

"The logistics terminal started to make a profit the same year it started operations. It serves companies of the two countries well."

Su Yang, manager of the terminal's production business department, said freight trains running from Khorgos, a city in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region near the border with Kazakhstan, to Almaty now take just six days.

"It used to take 12 days to transport good between the two cities. With the joint effort of the two countries, the transportation time and costs have been greatly reduced," he said. "The freight trains between Lianyungang, Khorgos and Asian and European countries will benefit the economy, especially companies along the route."

Last year, more than 1,200 trains transited through Kazakhstan, with rail freight for the two countries reaching 8.2 million tons.

China and Kazakhstan have agreed to develop more international freight train services, starting from China and going via Kazakhstan to Central Asia, Europe and Gulf countries, making rail freight a major solution to trade between Asia and Europe by 2025.

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Former Mongolian health minister sentenced for corruption www.news.mn

Former Minister of Health and Sports G.Shiilegdamba has been sentenced to 5.1 years in prison for corruption. In addition, O.Davaasuren was sentenced to 1.6 years in prison for giving bribes, G.Ganchimeg, former state secretary of the Health Ministry was fined for MNT 19 million and E.Gantulga, an executive of ‘Metro Network’ LLC for 14 million.

G.Shiilegdamba was arrested on corruption charges in November, 2015. The Independent Agency against Corruption (IAAC) actually managed to catch former Minister and Secretary-General of Mongolian People’s Party G.Shiilegdamba accepting a bribe of nearly 500 million MNT in his office and immediately arrested him on corruption charges.

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Mongolia's Foreign Trade review www.mongolbank.mn

Overview: As of June 2017, cumulative trade turnover increased by 36.4% or USD 1344.4 million from that of the previous year and reached USD 5,036 million compared to the same period of previous year. Exports increased by 42% or USD 912.9 million and imports increased by 28.8% or USD 431.5 million. During the reporting period, trade balance recorded surplus of USD 1,175 million, which was USD 481.4 million higher than that of the previous year.

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SoftBank invests $250 million in U.S. online lender Kabbage www.reuters.com

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kabbage Inc, a U.S. online lender for small businesses, said on Thursday it had raised $250 million in equity funding from SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T), the latest fintech investment by the Japanese technology conglomerate.

That is the largest equity investment in such lenders outside of China so far, according to data provider CB Insights.

The Atlanta-based startup, which operates in North America and Europe, will use the cash to add lending products and other types of financial services, it said in a statement.

Kabbage plans to launch in Asia within the next 18 months, co-founder and Chief Executive Rob Frohwein said in an interview. "We believe that our system can be deployed rapidly on an international basis."

He declined to disclose Kabbage's new financial services.

Kabbage is among a group of young companies that use digital technologies to lower lending costs and offer credit faster than brick-and-mortar institutions.

Founded in 2009, Kabbage sells its technology to large banks to provide credit online, and has provided nearly $3.5 billion in funding to small businesses. Its technology powers automated lending for banks Banco Santander SA (SAN.MC), ING Groep NV (INGA.AS) and Scotiabank (BNS.TO).

SoftBank, led by Chief Executive Masayoshi Son, has become a prolific global investor in technology startups. In 2015 it invested $1 billion in San Francisco-based online student lender Social Finance, known as SoFi.

While online lending is expanding, the sector has faced growing pains, including softer institutional investor demand due to concerns about loan quality.

This has made it harder for such lenders to raise funding, leading analysts and market participants to suggest the sector might be headed for consolidation.

In March Reuters reported that Kabbage was looking to raise a new round of equity funding for potential consolidation, with listed competitor On Deck being one of its acquisition targets.

Kabbage has no "specific plan" to buy On Deck, Frohwein said. "We look at all sorts of opportunities, but it needs to be in spaces that are not similar or overlapping with what we do."

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Mongolia preparing for another harsh winter www.news.mn

The Mongolian National Emergency Committee met earlier today (3rd of August) to discuss measures and strategies for preparing for the coming winter. According to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industries, this year 150 soums (districts) have been hit by drought and, as a result, have not been able to prepare the fodder which the livestock need for the winter. To remedy this situation, Mongolia is planning to buy 400 thousand tonnes of fodder from its northern neighbour, Russia.

The last winter was a very harsh one in Mongolia following an especially dry summer - decimating tens of thousands of head of livestock, this is a weather pattern unique to the country and known locally as a 'dzud'. The Mongolian Meteorology Centre has warned that Mongolia is facing another harsh winter.

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Bank of Mongolia issues pure silver "Mazaalai" coin www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Initiated by the Bank of Mongolia, pure silver “Mazaalai” coin was issued in order to promote Gobi desert bear “Mazaalai”, one of the world’s critically endangered species.

The coin has a millesimal fineness of 999, diameter of 38.61 mm and will be sold at MNT 300 thousand. With an aim to protect and promote the critically endangered “Mazaalai” bear to the world, the Bank of Mongolia is collecting the coin in frames of social responsibility and is offering it to the coin collectors around the world.

Listed on Mongolian Red Book of Endangered Species, the population of Mazaalai included only 15-20 adults in 1960-1970 and 25-30 in 1980. According to the recent research, less than 30 Mazaalai bears are left. The low population of Gobi bears is explained by the deprivation of their main source of food as they mainly eat roots, berries and other plants, as well as rodents sometimes. Although scientists grew substitute plants, Gobi bears refuse to eat human-made food.

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Pound slips from 11-mth high as Bank of England keeps rates on hold www.rt.com

The Bank of England (BOE) threw cold water on the red-hot Sterling on Thursday. After reaching its strongest level since September, the British currency fell to $1.3133 against the US dollar.

The pound’s positive reaction to better-than-expected data on the UK service sector was cooled by the regulator’s decision to keep interest rates unchanged.

Sterling was trading at just €1.106 versus the euro as of 2:50pm GMT, down from the €1.20 mark.

The pullback came after the BOE's Monetary Policy Committee voted 6-2 in favor of keeping interest rates at record lows of 1.25 percent and revised down its growth and inflation forecasts.

"The 6-2 vote was as expected. However, the dovish growth and inflation (forecasts were) a surprise to the markets," Neil Jones, Mizuho's head of hedge fund FX sales, told Reuters.

The BOE has revised down its 2017 growth projections, to 1.7 percent from 1.9 percent in May, saying the UK economy will remain “sluggish.”

Growth is expected to slow to 1.6 percent in 2018, down from a previous forecast 1.9 percent.

Asset purchase programs were left unchanged, and the bank lending scheme was announced to end on schedule in February 2018.

The BOE’s governor Mark Carney has warned Britain is beginning to adjust to a ‘new and uncertain’ relationship with the European Union. The bank cannot prevent the “weaker real incomes” which this new trading relationship is likely to bring, Carney said.

"Ongoing concerns around Brexit combined with questions about wage growth (will) hit the pound hard," said David Lamb, head of dealing at FEXCO Corporate Payments. "The chances of a 2017 rate hike now look dead and buried," he added.

Earlier, a purchasing managers' index (PMI) survey showed the UK’s service sector grew at a faster pace in July than analysts forecast which came as a relief to those worried about Britain’s economic slowdown.

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Ex-yokozuna Asashoryu named as presidential envoy www3.nhk.or.jp

Sumo's former yokozuna Asashoryu has been named as a Mongolian presidential envoy in charge of boosting relations with Japan.

The office of Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga announced the appointment on Thursday. It said former grand champion Asashoryu is tasked with strengthening bilateral ties through sports and cultural exchanges during his one-year term.

During the presidential election campaign earlier this year, Asashoryu uploaded many videos on Facebook in support of Battulga of the Democratic Party.

The videos are believed to have garnered support mainly from young voters and helped Battulga win the presidency.

Asashoryu is currently a businessman in Mongolia, running a bank. He is also an executive member of the Democratic Party's local branch.

Analysts say the appointment may be interpreted as some sort of reward for Asashoryu's political activities.

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