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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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Mongolian judges to learn about rule of law and U.S. jurisprudence www.ptonline.net

PRINCETON AND BLUEFIELD — Five judges from Mongolia will participate in the U.S. Congress–sponsored Open World Program on Rule of Law, July 22—29, in Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

The Mongolian judges’ delegation includes Luvsandorj Odonchimeg, judge; first-instance Intersoum Criminal Court of Dundgobi Province; Mishigdorj Batzorig, judge, first-instance Civil Court of Khan-Uul District; Nandintsetseg Zorigoo, judge, first-instance Criminal Court of Zavkhan Province; Tungalag Lkhagvajargal, chief judge, first instance Administrative Court in Zavkhan Province; Ariuntsetseg Lkhagvasuren, civil judge, first instance Inter-Soum Civil Court of Orkhon Province; English Facilitator Khorolsuren Magvan, political specialist, U.S. Embassy, Ulan Batur, Mongolia. Bulgan Khorloo will serve as interpreter during the group’s study tour.

The Mongolian judges will learn about rule of law, U.S. jurisprudence, and the different levels of courts (city, county, state, and federal levels). Specifically, they will learn about the U.S. Federal District Courts from the Program Mentor, the Honorable U.Ss Federal Magistrate Omar Aboulhosn; the role and functions of Bluefield City Court from Bluefield City Judge David Kersey; the role of Mercer County Circuit Court from Circuit Court Judges Derek Swope, William Sadler, and Mark Wills; the role of Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office from Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler and his colleagues; the role of Mercer County Family Court from Family Court Judge Mary Ellen Griffith; the role of Mercer County Magistrates’ Courts from County Magistrate Michael Flanigan; the types of cases heard in the U.S. Federal District Courts from the Honorable Senior U.S. Federal District Judge David Faber; how Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and independent attorneys support victims of physical, neglect, and emotional abuse and sexual abuse, children/human rights, and restoration of violated rights from Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor and Holly Flanigan, attorney at law; the role of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia from West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Allen Loughry III and about the administrative aspects of the court from Gary Johnson, director, Administrative Office of the West Virginia Courts; the role of the ACLU-WV; and the Mongolian judges will learn about how children’s and human rights and the indigent are safeguarded and provided legal support from Shiloh Woodard of Child Protect, Cathy Wallace of ChildLaw Services, Tracy Burks of the Public Defender’s Office, and Devin True of Legal Aid of West Virginia.

West Virginia field staff of Senators Capito and Manchin and Congressman Evan Jenkins will brief the visitors about the role of the federal government in promoting rule of law. A brief visit with West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has been requested.

Cultural activities in Appalachia will include a picnic at Rodger Woodrum’s farm in Rocky Gap, Va., and bowling at Carl Mariotti Jr.’s Mountaineer Bowling Lanes.

The Mongolian judges’ delegation will enjoy home stays with Pete Sternloff, Doris Sue and Norris Kantor, Kitt and Gary McCarthy, and Lou Freeman in Bluefield, and Carol and David Bard and Elizabeth Muldoon and Joe Parker in Athens, West Virginia. Host families, a significant ingredient of US-sponsored exchange programs, afford international professionals a unique perspective of American life and culture. More importantly, home stays foster friendships, a key element in people to people diplomacy.

Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center for the US Congress, OPEN WORLD enables leaders of emerging democracies’ political and civic leaders to work with their American counterparts and to experience American-style democracy at the local level. Open World aims to build mutual understanding between the United States and the Russian Federation and newly independent post-Soviet Republics and to work with their leaders as they implement democratic and economic reforms. The Washington, D.C., office of FHI 360 Development administers the program.

Locally, the Mongolian judges’ visitors program will be implemented by the Center for International Understanding, Inc. 110 Lovell Ave., Princeton. For information about how to participate in similar exchanges as citizen diplomats and ambassadors, call 304-425-4593 or email ciu1988@yahoo.com.

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Japanese House of Representatives’ Speaker T.Oshima to visit Mongolia www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar / MONTSAME /. Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan Tadamori Oshima will pay official visit to Mongolia on 17-19 July at the invitation of Parliamentary Speaker M. Enkhbold.
Speaker T.Oshima will meet with the President of Mongolia, the Speaker and Prime Minister of Mongolia. At these meetings, the sides are expected to discuss close cooperation of the parliaments to develop strategic partnership between Mongolia and Japan at bilateral, multilateral and regional levels.
It is the first visit at the level of Japanese legislative body head to Mongolia and the visit is being organized within the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Japan.
B.Ooluun

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North Korea ban lifts coking coal price www.mining.com

The price of coking coal jumped on Friday with the industry benchmark price tracked by the Steel Index up 2.8% to $167.60 a tonne. Premium hard coking coal prices (FOB Australia) are now at the highest level since mid-May.

According to preliminary Chinese customs data released this week, the country imported 21.6 million tonnes of coal (both thermal and metallurgical) in June. Volumes were down 2.7% from May and on par with June last year. Total import for the first six months of 2017 rose 23.5% compared to the same period last year to 133.3 million tonnes.

Chinese import volumes are up despite a 75% drop in coal shipments from North Korea. Following UN sanctions imposed in February, Beijing halted all cargoes from the totalitarian state and during the first six months the country imported just 2.7 million tonnes from its neighbour. In the past China skirted embargoes against North Korea on humanitarian grounds, saying a ban would hurt ordinary citizens of the impoverished country.

Last year China imported 22.4 million tonnes of anthracitic coal that can be used as an alternative to coking coal in the steelmaking process from North Korea, a nearly 15% rise from 2015. That places the Asian country just behind in Australia as China's number two supplier of met coal.

Coking coal is trading nearly $150 a tonne below its mid-April peak when the price of jumped to highest since the second quarter of 2011 due to disruptions related to cyclone Debbie in the state of Queensland.

But most producers would probably be happy with a price around of $160. In November 2015, the spot price fell to a record low of $73 a tonne.

A survey of economist and investment bank analysts by FocusEconomics show prices are expected to moderate through to the end of the year.

The median forecast is for met coal to average $146 per tonne in Q4 2017 and $133 during the final quarter next year. Coking coal averaged $121 a tonne in 2016 and $90 the year before.

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Coal mine crackdown dims prospects for Mongolia's fortune seekers www.mining.com

Working 50 metres (164 feet) under ground with minimal air supply, Uuganbaatar is one of thousands of Mongolians trying to make a living digging for coal.

Although the mining season does not begin until autumn, when the ground freezes and work is safer, the 31-year-old and his colleagues are seeking to gain a head start by digging a shaft in Nalaikh, one of the nine districts of Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar, in late June.

But their mine could soon be shut by the government, which has launched an unprecedented crackdown on sites that don't meet safety standards.

That would mean even fewer opportunities for Mongolia's individual prospectors, who have already been hit hard by the privatisation of mines previously open to all.

Miners such as Uuganbaatar dig for coal under loose arrangements with local unions and private companies.

"Things seem really tough for private miners now," said Uuganbaatar, who, like many Mongolians, goes by one name.

"All the licences have been bought up by influential big shots. Whenever you start to dig somewhere, someone shows up and chases us away. It's impossible to find a place or mine to dig in."

A weak economy and particularly harsh winters drove herdsman from across Mongolia to Nalaikh's private mines in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The district, with a population of nearly 30,000, was home to Mongolia's first state mining company, which collapsed in the 1990s in the midst of a post-communist economic crisis. The firm's dilapidated buildings dot the landscape.

With the economy slowing again after a commodities boom earlier in the decade, authorities fear more people could be tempted down the mines.

"More mines will probably be shut down," said Byambadorj, a woman who ran two private mine shafts with her husband for 13 years until the government closed them in June.

"In Nalaikh, life revolves around mining, and mining is the main means to support our lives," she says, insisting that her mines were operating according to the safety standards.

The government had tried to get companies to improve safety by issuing licenses. An official said nine companies had been granted licenses, but not all had met the standards.

"People were working in shafts with no air supply," said S. Battulga, an official whose department is responsible for reviewing mining licenses across the country.

"Therefore it was requested that the private mining licences in Nalaikh be cancelled," on health and safety grounds, he added.

Nalaikh authorities would like people to switch from mining to work in brick factories but no one seems keen to switch despite the danger.

In the past 25 years, the government has recorded 234 fatalities in Nalaikh's coal mines, although residents say the real number is hundreds higher. (Reporting by Joseph Campbell; Writing by Tom Daly; Editing by Robert Birsel)

By Joseph Campbell

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Russia-China trade surges 26% in first half of 2017 www.rt.com

Trade between Moscow and Beijing has increased significantly in the first six months of the year, according to the Chinese customs administration.

Through June, trade between Russia and China was worth $39.78 billion. Russian exports increased 29.3 percent to $20.34 billion, while Chinese exports to Russia were up 22.2 percent to $19.44 billion.

In 2016, trade between Moscow and Beijing grew only 2.2 percent to $69.52 billion. The countries have set a goal to boost trade to $200 billion by 2020.

In July, the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the China Development Bank (CDB) agreed to establish a Russian-Chinese investment fund worth 68 billion yuan ($10 billion). It was created to make settlements in ruble and yuan easier.

Both Moscow and Beijing have repeatedly talked about the importance of payments in local currencies for bilateral trade.

The agreement was signed at a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, while he was in Russia on an official visit.

The countries are also jointly building the Power of Siberia gas pipeline, and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on the Yamal Peninsula in the Russian Arctic. Over the past year, Russia has overtaken Saudi Arabia as China's top oil supplier.

China is building a new transport corridor to Europe as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (also known as the New Silk Road), which goes through Kazakhstan and Russia to Europe.

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Philip Morris: Tobacco giant ordered to compensate Australia www.bbc.com

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has been ordered to pay the Australian government millions of dollars after unsuccessfully suing the nation over its world-first plain-packaging laws.
In 2012, Australia legislated that cigarettes must be sold in unappealing packets with graphic health warnings.
Philip Morris had tried to force the laws to be overturned, but a court dismissed its claim in 2015.
The tobacco giant has now been ordered to pay the government's legal costs.
The exact sum was redacted from the international Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) decision, but the Sydney Morning Herald reported it was as high as A$50m (£30m; $38m).
In May, Bloomberg reported that the World Trade Organization (WTO) had decided Australia's laws were a legitimate public health measure - making them more likely to be adopted overseas.
Big tobacco's protest
After plain packaging was introduced, Philip Morris, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco launched a constitutional challenge in Australia's highest court.
When that bid failed, Philip Morris went to the PCA to claim the legislation breached Australia's Bilateral Investment Treaty with Hong Kong.

It sought an end to plain packaging, or billions of dollars in compensation.
The court dismissed the company's case, calling it "an abuse of rights".
Philip Morris then argued the government's claim for legal costs was unreasonable, saying it was well above claims made by Canada ($4.5m) and the US ($3m) in comparable cases.
However, the court ruled the costs were reasonable because they did "not go beyond what is usual in other investment cases". It also acknowledged the "significant stakes involved" regarding public health.

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Qatar wants monetary compensation for Arab embargo www.cnn.com

Qatar plans to help citizens and companies claim compensation for their losses from what the country calls a "blockade" by its neighbors.
The small Gulf nation on Sunday announced the formation of a special committee with which individuals and firms can file claims for damages. The committee will help legally pursue the claims, according to Qatar's justice ministry.
"We are confident that Qatari lawyers can defend Qatar and its symbols through proper legal procedures," the ministry said on Twitter, adding that it will take "appropriate legal measures to go after the abusers of Qatar."

Thousands of individuals and several businesses have taken major hits since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties and shut off all transport links with Qatar. The four countries accuse Qatar of destabilizing the Middle East by funding terrorism in the region, a claim the Qatari government has denied.
The formation of the compensation initiative comes a day before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Kuwait to discuss possible solutions to the standoff in the region.
Qatar has already taken several steps to keep its economy going, with the Qatari finance minister telling CNNMoney that it is strong enough to bounce back. The country is also planning to increase production of natural gas -- one of the cornerstones of its economy -- by 20%.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates Kh.Battulga www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Following the results of Presidential election of Mongolia, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin congratulated Khaltmaa Battulga on his election as President of Mongolia on July 8.

In his message of congratulations, the President of Russia stressed the traditionally friendly and neighbourly relations between Russia and Mongolia and expressed an interest in further expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas in the interests of the two countries’ peoples.
Source: kremlin.ru
B.Tugsbilig

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Meet the new President of Mongolia www.gogo.mn

A nominee of Mongolian People`s Party M.Enkhbold won a total of 497067 (41.16 percent) votes while a nominee of Democratic Party won 611226 (50.61 percent) votes during the second round of Presidential Election 2017. Opposite Democratic Party candidate beat his component by 114159 votes and elected as the new president of Mongolia.

This year, voting age population in Mongolia was counted 1 million 990 thousand 797 hundred nationwide. The voter turnout rate was measured at 60.67 percent (1,207,787) nationwide.

Today, he takes office as the 5th president of Mongolia and his swearing in ceremony was attended by the Parliament Members, Government Members, delegations from Supreme Court and Chief Prosecutor's Office as well as ambassadors to Mongolia.

Kh.Battulga takes oath of office: "I do swear that I will perform faithfully for the independence, unity and justice of Mongolia".

He will serve as the president of Mongolia for four years.

Former president Ts.Elbegdorj is handing over the state stamp to the new president of Mongolia Kh.Battulga

Powers of the President:

Nominate a candidate for the office of Prime Minister, who is then approved or rejected by the State Great Khural (parliament).
Veto the Khural's legislation (can be overridden with a two-thirds majority).
Approve judicial appointments.
Appoint the Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of Mongolia.
Chair the national security council.
Act as commander in chief of the armed forces.
Nominate the Prosecutor General, the official in charge of implementing the laws, who is then approved or rejected by the Khural.

WHO IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF MONGOLIA?

Education:

In 1978, he graduated from the 34th secondary school of Ulaanbaatar,
In 1982, he graduated Fine arts high school as a painter.

Employment:

From 1979 - 1990, he was an athlete for Sambo national team,
From 1982 - 1990, he worked as a painter at Fine arts organization,
From 1990 - 2004. he worked as a general director of "Genco" LLC,
From 1997 - 2004, he worked as CEO of Bayangol hotel JSC,
From 1999 - 2004, he worked as CEO of Mah Impex JSC,
From 2004 - 2008, he elected as MP,
From 2008 - 2012, he appointed as Minister of Road, Transportation, Construction and Urban Development,
From 2008 - 2012, he elected as MP,
From 2012 -2016, he elected as MP,
From 2012 -2014, he worked as Minister of Industry and Agriculture,
From 2016, he is working as an anchorman for "Mongol tulgatnii 100 erhem" and chairman of the Mongolian Democratic Union.

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Rio Tinto faces Trump card after Mongolian poll www.afr.com

by Peter Ker

Rio Tinto may have difficult political climate to navigate in Mongolia, after a prominent resource nationalist was confirmed as the next president of the developing Asian nation.

Battulga Khaltmaa has previously criticised the investment agreement that Rio Tinto struck with the Mongolian government for the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in 2009, and his rise to the presidency was confirmed over the weekend when his rival Miyeegombo Enkhbold conceded defeat.

Khaltmaa is a former judo champion with closer links to Russia than China, and who was investigated by Mongolian authorities in 2016 over suspected money laundering.

He won office in recent days after campaigning for "Mongolia first" and has long criticised the share of Mongolia's mining wealth that flows overseas.

Barely sixteen months ago, Battulga was leading a protest in central Ulaan Baatar about foreign miners' sway in the developing Asian nation.

"Our wealth is shipped outside of the country. Where is that money going?" he was reported to ask the several thousand demonstrators in attendance in late March 2016.

Rio is the most prominent miner in Mongolia and has therefore been the focus of Battulga's nationalist critiques in the past. He has also criticised one of Oyu Tolgoi's major contractors, MCS.

While there has been no sign that Battulga's victory poses a direct threat to Rio's involvement in Oyu Tolgoi, Battulga has vowed to reinstate a law which requires all funds from foreign-controlled projects in Mongolia be funnelled through Mongolian banks.

Such a law was proposed in April, sparking alarm among foreign investors in the nation; the proposal threatened to breach the Oyu Tolgoi investment agreement and caused the International Monetary Fund to delay a bail out of the Mongolian economy.

The proposal was abandoned in May, but Battulga seems determined to reinstate it.

Oyu Tolgoi has been producing copper, gold and silver since 2013, but the bulk of the project's value lies in the underground expansion, which is currently being built but is rumoured to be behind schedule.

The Rio subsidiary that is building the project, Turquoise Hill Resources, expects first production from the underground mine in 2020.

Peak production of about 622,000 tonnes of copper a year is expected to be reached by 2025.

While Rio has traditionally been confident that its investment agreement can legally withstand any political whim in Mongolia, an unhelpful president could still make life in Mongolia uncomfortable for the miner.

Just two months ago, Turquoise Hill and Rio won extra time from the Mongolian government to find a domestic power source for Oyu Tolgoi, under a deal that will allow Rio to continue using power from China in the meantime.

Such deals may prove harder during the Battulga era.

Other ASX listed companies working in Mongolia include Xanadu Mines, which is exploring for copper and gold in the South Gobi Desert, and Aspire Mining, which hopes to develop coking coal mines in the nation.

Rio shares were 11¢ lower at $64.93 in morning trade on Monday. The company will report production results for the June quarter on July 18.

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