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Events

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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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Bill Gates tops Forbes' rich list but Trump's wealth slips www.bbc.com

 
Microsoft founder Bill Gates again tops Forbes' list of the world's richest people, in a year when the number of billionaires rose 13% to 2,043.
According to the magazine's annual rich list, Mr Gates' fortune rose to $86bn, from $75bn, followed by investor Warren Buffett, up $14.8bn to $75.6bn.
It was bad news for US President Donald Trump, who slipped 220 spots to 544 and must now rub along on just $3.5bn.
Forbes said the $1bn fall in his wealth was due to the slow US property market.
There were 183 tech billionaires on the Forbes list, with a combined $1tn in wealth. The list is dominated by US billionaires.
Others in the top 10 included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who moved up to number three with the biggest gain of any person on the planet, a $27.6bn rise in his fortune of $72.8bn.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was number five and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison was number seven.
The global population of billionaires, now put at a record 2,043, marks the biggest annual increase in the 31 years since the magazine began compiling the list.
The number of US billionaires on the list was 565, which Forbes attributed to the recent stock market surge since Mr Trump's November 2016 election.
China was second with 319 billionaires, and Germany was third with 114.
Forbes' top ten:
Bill Gates (Microsoft co-founder): $86bn
Warren Buffett (US investor): $75.6bn
Jeff Bezos (Amazon founder): $72.8bn
Amancio Ortega (Inditex founder): $71.3bn
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder): $56bn
Carlos Slim (Mexican magnate): $54.5bn
Larry Ellison (Oracle co-founder): $52.2bn
Charles Koch (US businessman): $48.3bn
David Koch (US businessman): $48.3bn
Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg founder): $47.5bn
The number of women on the list rose to 227 from 202, giving them a collective net worth of $852.8bn. For the second year running France's Liliane Bettencourt, the L'Oreal cosmetics heiress, was the world's wealthiest woman with a $39.5bn net worth.
Most of the richest women inherited their fortune, Forbes said. But the list also contained 15 new "self-made" women, mostly from Asian countries, including Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao of budget airline VietJet air.
Trump's tumble
Forbes attributed the US president's slide down the list to the sluggish Manhattan property market, which is responsible for a disproportionate amount of his wealth.
President Trump on the phone in the Oval Office of the White House - 28 January 2017Image copyrightAP
"Forty percent of Donald Trump's fortune is tied up in Trump Tower and eight buildings within one mile of it," Forbes said. "Lately, the neighbourhood has been struggling - relatively speaking."
The magazine also said that his wealth was hit by $66m in political spending on his successful presidential campaign, as well as $25m to settle litigation he allegedly ripped off students at Trump University.
Mr Trump would also have missed the big Wall Street rally following his election, assuming he sold off all of his shares during last year's campaign, the magazine said.
But not all of the trends were negative for Mr Trump.
The magazine estimated the worth of the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida rose $25m due to post-election exposure.
Forbes list facts:
Bill Gates has topped the Forbes list for 18 of the past 23 years
There were 195 newcomers on the list, dominated by billionaires from mainland China
The youngest billionaire for the second year running is Alexandra Andresen, 20, after her father transferred some $1.2bn
The youngest self-made billionaire is John Collison, 26, worth $1.1bn after founding the Stripe online payment site
The sole US self-made woman newcomer on the list is Thai Lee, who moved to the US as a child and runs tech reseller SHI
Of women billionaires, iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart had the best year, with her net worth jumping $6.2bn to $15bn
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CeBIT high-tech fair opens in Germany www3.nhk.or.jp

 
The world's biggest high-tech trade show opened in Hanover, Germany on Monday.
 
Some 3,000 businesses and organizations from 70 countries are participating in this year's CeBIT fair. They're showcasing all kinds of technologies on information and communications.
 
Japan is this year's event's partner country and sent 118 companies, the largest number of Japanese participants to date.
 
One Japanese venture firm showed a robotic suit that uses brain signals to help users move. Company officials say the device is already being used in German hospitals to help rehabilitate people with paralysis caused by brain damage.
 
NHK showcased its 8K Super Hi-Vision technology, displaying videos of a Japanese festival and sumo matches shot in the ultra-high-definition format. Visitors say they're amazed by the sharp, realistic images.
 
Organizers are expecting about 200,000 visitors during the event, which ends on Friday.
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Charge electric cars smartly to take pressure off national grid – minister www.theguardian.com

 
Electric cars are putting increasing pressure on the UK’s power grids, making it vital they are recharged at the right time of day, a minister has said.
 
John Hayes, transport minister, said it was important that such battery-powered cars were topped up in smart ways to avoid unduly stressing the energy system.
 
He said he hoped the accelerating uptake of electric cars, which registration figures show are growing faster than conventional new cars, could catalyse a wider debate on how best to manage the UK’s energy demand.
 
“We know the demand for electric vehicles places the national grid under pressure. It’s critically important – we are working on this. It’s particularly important that we charge smart, so we flex demand and take advantage of spare capacity,” Hayes told an audience in London.
 
The minister joked that a competition to design a better-looking electric car charger could see the winning entry nicknamed the “Hayes hook-up”.
 
SSE, one of the UK’s big six energy companies which also runs local power grids in Scotland, said its electric car programmes found most owners charged their batteries immediately after returning home from work. That coincides with when energy demand is already at its highest point in the day, which has led the company to trial time-shifting the charging to miss the peak.
 
The utility said such “demand-side response”, where a car may not start charging until a few hours after a driver has plugged it in, when demand is lower, could alleviate much of the cost of power network upgrades required to cope with electric vehicles. However, most of the UK’s existing 10,000-plus charging points do not have such technology.
 
Stewart Reid, ‎head of asset management and innovation at SSE, said realistically some network upgrades, which would ultimately be passed on to energy bills, would be required if electric cars took off in a big way.
 
“If this goes ballistic, if it’s like iPads went, then we’re going to have a very big investment programme: you’re going to have to invest in the network. But at least we’re going in with our eyes open,” he said.
 
A spokesman for the Energy Networks Association, whose members run local power grids, agreed that investment in the network would be needed. But he said: “Electricity network operators are developing a number of innovative solutions to enable people to charge their vehicles while minimising the impact on the power network.”
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Heineken may lose its red star logo over Hungary’s fight with ‘symbols of tyranny’ www.rt.com

 
Brewer Heineken’s trademark red star may become a victim of the Hungarian government’s attempts to ban the use of “totalitarian symbols” related to years of Nazi occupation and the communist era.
 
On Monday, the country’s parliament began discussing a bill which, from next year, would make it a criminal offense to use symbols such as the swastika, the arrow cross, the hammer and sickle and the red star for commercial use.
 
Businesses using the symbols could be fined up to $7 million with employees receiving a jail term.
 
The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it has a "moral obligation" to ban the commercial use of “symbols of tyranny.”
 
Experts say if the bill is passed, beer giant Heineken may be forced to change its logo, which features a five-pointed red star. The company has had a star logo on its beer for most of the years since it was first brewed in the second half of the 19th century, changing the color to red in the 1930s.
 
The star is thought to represent a brewers’ symbol for the various stages of the brewing process. The red star was also a major symbol of Soviet communism and used to appear on the crest of communist-era Hungary.
 
Red stars are also featured in the logos of US department store chain Macy’s and Italy’s San Pellegrino mineral water.
 
According to Reuters, Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said that based on the law, Heineken beer with its current logo could be banned.
 
Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen was quoted as saying that the red star in Heineken's logo was "obvious political content."
 
Lately, some post-Soviet states and members of the former Eastern Bloc have started a process of decommunization, which in some cases involve a ban on communist symbols.
 
Unlike Nazi symbols, communist symbols are not banned in the Czech Republic or in Romania. The Constitutional Tribunal in Poland ruled the symbols could be used.
 
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic in December announced a possible ban on all totalitarian symbols, including the red star.
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27th Annual NAMBC AGM & Investors Forum, April 27-28 Washington DC www.mongolianbusinessdatabase.com

Mongolian Business Database MBD (www.mongolianbusinessdatabase.com) is starting to register the business participants to the 27th NAMBC Annual General Meeting & Investors Forum which will be held in April 27-28, 2017, at the Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City, adjacent to Reagan National Airport in Washington DC. The second day, April 28, will feature door-knock meetings with US government officials and on Capitol Hill. The program will commemorate the 30th anniversary of US-Mongolia diplomatic relations by presenting program segments on future investment opportunities in Mongolia, prospects for US-Mongolia and US-Asia engagement under the Trump Administration, and other matters. Speakers will include Mongolian and US officials and business leaders.

Please visit to following link for information in details and contact at contact@mongolianbusinessdatabase.com e mail, 77109911, 98994787 for the registration and inquiry.

http://www.mongolianbusinessdatabase.com/base/eventsdetails…

Registration will close in March 29, 2017 (Wednesday).

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PM: “Government of Mongolia to be debt-free to Chalco within this month” www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Prime Minister of Mongolia J.Erdenebat met with the leaders of the administrative organizations under the government to give some directions. He also reflected on actions taken by his cabinet for the last seven months since formation.

J.Erdenebat was appointed as the Prime Minister eight months ago. In a month in the Premier’s office, J.Erdenebat formed his cabinet, hailed as “professional”.

“To look back on the works done by our cabinet, I would call it a “cleaning” cabinet”, said the Premier and provided examples to back his argument.

At first, he said, our cabinet has sophisticated the budgetary system and commenced the action for applying discipline in public expenditures. “We were greeted by an economy that had one of the world’s most critical government budget balance in terms of deficit. The budget deficit was a consequence of careless spending of taxpayers’ money”, he added.

Secondly, the new cabinet has successfully captured opportunities and put an end to the impeachment, which was about whether the Mongolian government would announce a default or not due to the outstanding debt from the government bonds. This government has settled the issue of USD 580 million debt, and shed a light on investors’ confidence.

He went on to say “This is not any kind of political advertisement. The fact that foreign investors offered USD 3.3 billion bid for the recently-issued government bond of USD 124 million can back up the accomplishments of this government”.

Last but not least, Mongolia will be free of debt owing to Chalco Company of China within this month. Thanks to this, the East Tsankhi pit of the coal giant Tavantolgoi mine is finally getting into Mongolian people’s full ownership after seven years. In other words, profit from coal mining in East Tsankhi will go directly to the Mongolian government budget.

“We decided not to just watch what happens with the coal price in the world. This government launched an open auction for Tavantolgoi’s coal and sold at the highest ever price – 72.5 USD per ton” he said.

Although, some of the above mentioned works have been already initiated under the previous governance, our cabinet pushed forward the stagnated processes, added the Prime Minister. “Mongolia’s economy has so much more work. The difficult part is not over yet. Mongolia has just stepped up to the threshold of many decisive steps”.

 
 
 
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Government allocates MNT 9 billion to geological survey www.gogo.mn

This year the Government of Mongolia allocated MNT 9.3 billion to geological survey. In regards, 38 project to be implemented including city geo-ecological survey. 
In recent years, air and soil pollution of the city has increased dramatically. Thus the survey aims to measure pollution and concentration of heavy metals in the capital. City geo-ecological survey was conducted in 1997 and 2009. Also the survey is able to determine the cause of increased earthquake activity. The survey will be conducted for three years. 
Meanwhile exploration licenses are granted based on the geological survey results.

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Investment forum seeks possibilities to raise gold production www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ "Mongolia Gold 2017" investment forum was held on March 17 at the Chinggis Hotel, gathering some 300 domestic and international delegates from government, private sector and investors.

“Mongolian Mining Exchange” company organized the event with aims to improve legal environment, stabilize it, solve financing, introduce gold projects and advanced technologies, expand business ties and cooperation, share international experiences and bring exploration works into a new level.

Gold production of Mongolia makes up 2.6 per cent of GDP or 9.1 per cent of export revenues. Gold export is planned to be increased consistently by 2-3 tons each year and is expected to reach USD 1.2 billion in 2020 and USD 1.6 billion in 2025, increasing export revenues from gold by 26,7 per cent and 68.4 per cent respectively, compared with gold exports in 2015.

As of last November, a total of 17.6 tons of gold in value of USD680 million was sold to the Bank of Mongolia. The number of companies, which are running business in the gold industry, and gold production has been increasing year by year. Now, gold miners occupy 45 per cent of mining companies.

The Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry is working to make a list of gold mining license holders, which needs additional financing. To boost gold industry, the Government approved “Gold-2” program, the main goal of which is to give financial support to gold miners in order to increase their operational capacity and to mine 25 tons of gold by 2020, increasing gold reserves by 100-150 tones. Funding, needed for the program, will be covered jointly by the Government and the Bank of Mongolia, according to Minister of Mining and Heavy Industry Ts.Dashdorj. “Gold” and “Gold 2000” programs were implemented in 1992-2000.

There are 1642 registered gold licenses, out of which 542 for mining and 1100 for exploration, covering 46.3 per cent of all mining licenses, informed Deputy Chair of Mineral Resources and Petroleum Authority M.Enkhjargal.

“-“Gold-2” program targets to ensure sustainable development of gold production in short and middle terms, increase geological research and exploration works, raise gold production consistently through utilizing placer and other metal deposits containing gold and to introduce best technology, equipment and management in gold mining, processing and rehabilitation, which are eco-friendly, has low negative effect to human health and supportive to sustainable development” noted the Deputy Chair.

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New airport expected to commence operations next year www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The new airport in Khushig Valley, Tuv aimag is expected to begin full operations by May 2018, officials report.

In the frameworks of New Ulaanbaatar International Airport (NUBIA) project, more than 30 facilities will be put into operation.

Earlier this year, the completed constructions were handed over to the Ministry of Road and Transport by the main contractor, Mitsubishi-Chiyodain Joint Venture of Japan in compliance with the concerning contract. And technical and State Commission inspections were launched to detect some violations. Corrections of some violations are being delayed due to weather conditions, the officials noted.

Preliminary estimate by the Ministry of Road and Transport Development indicates that the Khushig Valley airport is to begin fully operating in 2018.

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India's Adani to finalize Australia coal investment plan by June www.asia.nikkei.com

 
MUMBAI (Reuters) -- India's Adani Enterprises said it would finalize an investment decision by June for its Carmichael coal project in the northern Australian state of Queensland, which has been delayed due to protests from environmental groups.
 
For more than five years, Adani has battled opposition from green groups who fear the project will produce so much coal for export to India that it will require a mega-port expansion into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
 
While Adani, a business group with interests in power and ports, has said the project would not threaten the reef and has secured most major state and federal government approvals, it still faces several court challenges.
 
Raising funds has also been tough given the sensitivities of lending to a controversial project.
 
However, the group's chairman, Gautam Adani, expressed optimism the project would proceed and said the board would take a final decision on investments in May or June, including structure and planned funding.
 
He was speaking during an interaction with a group of reporters in Mumbai and was accompanied by Queensland premier Anastasia Palaszczuk who was in the country to visit Adani's port and solar facilities
 
"Definitely," Adani said, when asked if he was confident the project would go ahead. "Our internal planning is 2020 ...(for) first coal to come out," Adani added, noting construction could begin within three months of the board's decision.
 
Palaszczuk said the Carmichael project had the full support of her government and that she did not see any obstacles in Adani securing final approval from Australia.
 
FUNDING
 
Analysts have raised doubts about whether Adani can fund what would be Australia's biggest coal mine given the opposition from green groups and a slump in coal prices. Some banks, including Deutsche Bank and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, have said they will not provide funding.
The company has shrunk the project and is now targeting an annual output of 25 million tonnes in the first phase, which could save costs, Adani said. Production will eventually be expanded to the planned 40 million tonnes, he added.
 
Of the $4 billion required for the first phase, Adani will have to raise about $2.5 billion in debt, he said. The company says it has already invested $3.3 billion in the project.
 
Adani is hoping to get $800 million to $900 million from Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility and is counting on funding from export credit agencies in China or South Korea. It plans go to commercial banks for any shortfall.
 
"Banks have been misled by some of the environmental groups and that was a main issue," Adani said.
 
The project still faces strong opposition, with a group of high-profile Australians recently saying they will "fight tooth and nail" against Adani's plans.
 
However, Palaszczuk said the Adani project was crucial for jobs in Queensland.
 
"I've got such a situation in regional Queensland where people are hurting, families are hurting, because they don't have employment with the downturn in the resources sector," she said. "So, I need this project for Queensland."
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