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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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Mongolia to revise new law after IMF postpones bailout www.asia.nikkei.com

ULAANBAATAR -- Following last Friday's postponement of a much-needed bailout from the International Monetary Fund, the Mongolian government on Tuesday moved to assure the fund that it was ready to make adjustments to a controversial new regulation.

The IMF board decided to delay voting on the loan due to concerns over new rules in Mongolia's 2017 budget requiring foreign companies operating in the landlocked central Asian country to bank with local institutions.

According to the Mongolian ministry of finance, Rio Tinto, the biggest investor in the country and 56% owner of the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine which is 34% owned by the government, filed a complaint to the IMF. It objected to the recent budget which, as well as introducing tax increases and other changes ostensibly to meet the IMF's bailout conditions, also required foreign investors to use Mongolian commercial bank accounts for sales transactions.

Khayankhyarvaa Damdin, head of the ruling Mongolian People Party's parliamentary caucus, said: "Without the grant from the IMF Mongolia can't move forward ... [The MPP] has decided that we will change the new regulation again. Because the economy is in a dire state, Mongolia first needs to be part of the grant, after that we will discuss whether foreign investment should go through a Mongolian bank."

Mongolia was expecting to receive $440 million from the IMF after its board members met last Friday. Following approval of the loan, Mongolia will also be able to get an additional $5 billion from IMF partners including Japan, South Korea, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank over the next 10 years in order to tackle the country's budget deficit and debt crisis.

At a press conference on Tuesday, the IMF's local representative Neil Saker said: "The IMF will approve Mongolia's loan in the next two to three weeks. The IMF is unable to comment on the Mongolian government's agreement with a certain company." He said the IMF was proceeding with caution because of the effect of the recent regulation on the country's foreign investment environment. "Mongolia must provide a friendly environment for foreign investment which is good for economic growth," he said.

IMF representative Neil Saker told reporters Tuesday that his institution expects to approve its planned loan for Mongolia within three weeks. (Photo by Odbayar Urkhensuren)
Rio Tinto currently uses Mongolian bank accounts only to pay local employees' salaries and local taxes. The miner spent $6.4 billion on open-pit mining at Oyu Tolgoi between 2009 to 2013, contributing to the country's 17% economic growth over that period. But a commodities slump has hit the mining-reliant country.

Rio Tinto told the IMF and Mongolia's finance ministry that it would only use banks with at least AA rating from international agencies such as Moody's and Fitch. No Mongolian bank falls into this category. It highest-rated bank is Japanese-owned Khan Bank, with a rating of Caa1 from Moody's and B- from Fitch.

Rio Tinto representatives at its local office declined to answer questions from the Nikkei Asian Review.

The lawmakers who proposed the amendment believe the new regulation will allow Ulaanbaatar more insight into how much the Oyu Tolgoi mine project earns and spends and can tax it accordingly. According to Damdin, parliament will not remove the new regulation entirely, but some parts will be changed.

Davaasuren Tserenpil, a member of parliament who proposed the FDI change, said that the new regulation did not currently encompass sales related to the Oyu Tolgoi mine. But he stressed the importance of raising the country's foreign currency reserves. "I want foreign investment to come through Mongolian banks, in essence increase the foreign currency reserve, which will stabilize the value of the domestic currency."

In its latest budget, Ulaanbaatar dropped some of its social welfare offering by raising the retirement age and cutting allowances to children and pensioners. It also increased the duty on alcohol, tobacco, automobiles and petrol despite heavy opposition from businesses and other groups.

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Temasek and Jack Ma fund lead $75m round for Chinese genomic company www.asia.nikkei.com

SINGAPORE -- Singaporean state investor Temasek Holdings and private equity firm Yunfeng Capital, backed by Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba's founder Jack Ma, have led a $75 million funding round for WuXi NextCODE, a Chinese genomics data company.

According to an announcement from the genomics company on Tuesday, other investors in the fundraising include Amgen Ventures, the U.S. biotechnology group's venture capital fund, and 3W Partners, a private equity firm focused on greater China and cross-border deals.

With offices in the U.S., Iceland and Shanghai, WuXi NextCODE runs platforms offering big data on genomic sequences collected from patients around the world. Big data platforms are designed to help precision medicine and health care service providers with their research, as well as for individuals looking to understand potential risks to their health.

Temasek's investment signifies Singapore's eagerness to apply smart technology to its precision medicine and health care industry. In January, WuXi NextCODE struck a partnership with the National Heart Centre Singapore and other Singaporean government-linked bodies to use its platform in state-led efforts to boost genomics research and precision medicine applications.

Under the partnership, WuXi NextCODE will create an on-demand cloud-based data warehouse that will contain a large-scale genome sequence, using medical data and wearable technology from cardiovascular patients. Its vast amount of genomic data could boost research on risk factors for heart diseases in Singapore and Southeast Asia, where cardiovascular diseases are becoming more prevalent with the aging population and changing lifestyles.

WuXi NextCODE said in a press release on Tuesday it would use the proceeds of the funding to advance the commercialization of its consumer solutions for the China market and to expand its capabilities in informatics, artificial intelligence and deep learning. "We are building the world's leading genomics data platform," said Ge Li, chairman of WuXi NextCODE in a press release.

Temasek has been making active investments in the medical industry, especially those that involve smart technology. In January, Google-linked health tech company Verily said that Temasek would invest $800 million in a minority stake in the company. Verily is known for developing products such as "smart" contact lenses that can monitor blood glucose level for diabetes patients.

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Democratic Party registers 6 nominees www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ May 2, the first day of nomination of candidates for the upcoming Presidential Election saw Democratic Party’s nominee registration, and 6 politicians registered themselves to run for the party’s candidacy.

The nominees are 27th Prime Minister Altankhuyag Norov, 21th Prime Minister Amarjargal Rinchinnyam, Member of Parliament, former Minister of Industry and Agriculture Battulga Khaltmaa, Member of Parliament, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Bold Luvsanvandan, former Minister of Justice Dorligjav Dambii and former Minister of Industry and Trade, former Chairman of Mongolian Republican Party Jargalsaikhan Bazarsad who recently rejoined the Democratic Party.

Nominee who earns the support of majority at the Democratic Party’s 8th Congress will be named as the party’s Presidential candidate.

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Saudis now fully own America’s biggest oil refinery www.rt.com

Saudi Aramco has become a 100-percent owner of Port Arthur, an oil refinery in Texas. Port Arthur has a capacity of 600,000 barrels per day, making it the biggest in North America.
The kingdom’s national oil company previously owned 50 percent in the refinery before acquiring the full stake from Royal Dutch Shell on Monday. Complicated relations between the companies forced them to separate their assets. On Monday, Shell announced the divorce was complete.

Saudis also acquired 24 distribution terminals, Aramco said in a statement. The Saudi firm also got the exclusive right to sell Shell-branded gasoline and diesel in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, the eastern half of Texas, and the majority of Florida.

The Gulf Coast refinery agreement was signed less than two months after US President Donald Trump met with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House.

In April, several members of Congress wrote a letter to US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, expressing concern that Russia’s largest oil company, Rosneft, could take control of Texas-based oil company Citgo.

The takeover “could pose a grave threat to American energy security, impact the flow and price of gasoline for American consumers, and expose critical US infrastructure to national security threats,” they wrote.

Nearly 50 percent of the Houston-based corporation’s shares, which belong to Venezuela, were offered last year as collateral when Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA obtained a $1.5 billion loan from Russia’s Rosneft.

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Google & Facebook control one-fifth of global ad revenue www.rt.com

Silicon Valley internet giants Google and Facebook have raked in over $100 billion in global advertising spending, a recent report says.
The two companies have grown their share of global ad revenue from about a tenth in 2012 to a fifth in 2016, according to an annual ranking presented by data and analysis agency Zenith.

Last year, Google and Facebook reached $79.4 billion and $26.9 billion in advertising revenues respectively. They were followed by US-based telecoms firm Comcast, which brought in $12.9 billion.

According to the agency, online advertising has overtaken television to become the world’s largest ad medium.

“Digital platforms that are funded by internet advertising dominate our top 30 ranking. As well as [Google parent company] Alphabet and Facebook, there are five more pure-internet media owners in the top 30: Baidu, Microsoft, Yahoo, Verizon and Twitter,” the report says.

The seven online platforms generated $132.8 billion in internet advertising revenue last year – 73 percent of all internet adspend, and 24 percent of global adspend across all media, according to Zenith.

Twitter was the fastest-growing company in the ranking. The messenger service increased its ad revenues by 734 percent between 2012 and 2016.

Chinese media giant Tencent landed in second spot in the growth stakes, having grown by 697 percent over the same period, while Facebook was third with 528 percent growth.

Chinese web services company Baidu along with America’s Sinclair Broadcast Group more than doubled their ad revenues between 2012 and 2016, growing 190 and 171 percent respectively.

Zenith said that most of the media from the ranking are located in the US.

“The US dominates for several reasons: the US has the biggest ad market, US companies have invested the most in extending their reach abroad, and Silicon Valley innovation has powered the growth of internet advertising,” the report says.

“The scale of the biggest platforms highlights the importance of building strong partnerships between agencies and media owners. Brands need to deal with these platforms to communicate with consumers effectively and efficiently, and agencies need to ensure they do so on the best terms available,” said Vittorio Bonori, Zenith’s global brand president.

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Washington takes note of BC premier’s targeting US coal exports www.mining.com

Christy Clark’s vow to ban or tax thermal coal exports moving through B.C. ports may be nothing more than election brinkmanship, but it seems to be having its intended effect in the U.S.

According to Joe Aldina, a New York based energy analyst specializing in coal for S&P Global Platts, Clark’s recent targeting of thermal coal exports moving through B.C. ports has generated a bit of a buzz in the corridors of Washington.

“I know from my contacts that I was just talking to, already they’re lobbying and having conversations behind the scenes in Washington,” Aldina told Business in Vancouver. “It’s certainly got people’s attention.”

Last week, in response to new countervailing duties of 20% or more slapped on Canadian softwood lumber, Clark wrote the prime minister asking for a federal ban on thermal coal exports passing through B.C. ports, and then added that, if exports aren’t banned, a B.C. Liberal government would apply a levy “so onerous that there’s no percentage in shipping thermal coal through British Columbia.”

Thermal coal exports may be the only real trump card B.C. has to play. Or maybe that should read “Trump card” because U.S. President Donald Trump made the revival of America’s faltering thermal coal industry a major election plank.

“I think it’s pretty smart posturing,” Aldina said. “It grabs headlines and is visible, so I don’t think Trump would want headlines – negative headlines – given that he’s made coal a rallying cry of his administration.”

British Columbia is a major metallurgical coal producer. Historically, it has been the province's second largest single export commodity, next to softwood lumber. Metallurgical coal is used to produce steel. Thermal coal, on the other hand, is burned to produce power.

A handful of American thermal coal producers have managed to find markets outside of the U.S. for their coal, thanks to British Columbia.

There are no ports on the U.S. west coast that can handle large volumes of coal. New proposed coal terminals on the U.S. west coast have been rejected, due to thermal coal's "dirty" image – i.e. high in carbon, and therefore a high emitter of carbon dioxide.

Because of its large metallurgical coal industry, B.C. ports have the capacity to ship large volumes of coal and have increasingly been used by American coal producers, who ship their product to B.C. via the BNSF Railway.

About one third of the volume moved through Westshore Terminals in Delta is American thermal coal, generating $100 million in revenue annually, 100 jobs and $12 million.

In response to Clark’s posturing on coal exports, Westshore has written Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him not to make thermal coal exports a bargaining chip.

“We are deeply disappointed to see the Premier of British Columbia’s call to close our borders to our long-term U.S. customers,” the company says in a letter to Trudeau.

“We recognize that Canada is in a dispute with our most important trading partner, but we hope that our leaders will consider the best interest of all Canadians and not punish Canadian companies and workers by putting one industry ahead of another.”

Fraser Surrey Docks, meanwhile, has been trying to move forward a plan to build a new $15 million coal export terminal that would be used exclusively by American thermal coal producers. It has been stalled by a court challenge, but could be killed with a new levy.

“They’re not even off the ground in terms of booking business with customers,” Aldina said. “It would probably mean a decision of not moving forward with an investment.

“It’s already on the margins because there’s already capacity available at Westshore, so it’s already in a tenuous position. This would really be the death knell for the project.”

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Iron ore climbs on Chinese restocking www.mining.com

 

The end of the Labour Day holiday in China saw fresh demand for iron ore and steel, with both commodities rising in tandem today.

Reuters reported that Chinese steel futures rose to their highest in almost a month, supported by restocking demand after the holiday.

The most active rebar contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed 2.2% higher at $454 a tonne. Iron ore, a key ingredient in steelmaking, hit $77.28 a tonne on the Dalian Commodity Exchange, a gain of 4.7%. Four days ago the Northern China import price of 62% Fe content ore traded up 2.1% at $68.00.

"After the holiday there's a bit of restocking demand, that's why you see steel prices come up quite substantially and it's reflected in futures," Reuters quoted Helen Lau, an analyst at Hong-Kong based Argonaut Securities. She said market participants are watching closely Beijing's plans to tighten monetary policy, which would make it harder for Chinese steel mills to get loans.

In April iron ore sunk to five-month lows, but the steelmaking raw material is still trading in positive territory compared to this time last year. The recovery comes on the back of higher steel prices in China, which consumes nearly three-quarters of the world's seaborne ore.

Iron ore's fightback comes despite dire predictions for the price outlook.

In a report released last week BMI Research forecasts prices are entering a multi-year slump, averaging lower each year through to 2021. The forecasters expect the commodity to average $70 a tonne this year (year-to-date the average price is just under $82), $55 in 2018, and decline to $46 by 2021, on rising supplies from Australia and Brazil.

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Australian government to build second Sydney airport www.bbc.com

The Australian government has announced it will build a second international airport in Sydney.
The A$5bn (£2.9bn, $3.8bn) airport will be located at Badgerys Creek, 50km (31 miles) west of the city's centre.
PM Malcolm Turnbull said the government would take on the project after the operator of Sydney's existing airport turned it down, citing financial risks.
It comes more than 70 years after the idea was first conceived, and follows promises from successive governments.
The current Sydney Airport, 8km south of the city, has become increasingly stretched amid increased demand in recent years.
Decades of debate
Mr Turnbull described the airport as a "vitally important project" for both Sydney and the nation.
"The airport will be a major catalyst for jobs and economic growth in western Sydney, injecting more than A$1.9bn into the economy during the construction phase alone," he said on Tuesday.
"It is expected to deliver 9,000 new jobs to western Sydney by the early 2030s, and 60,000 in the long-term."
The Sydney Airport Group declined its first option to build the airport, citing "risks" to investors including demand and growth potential and construction costs.
The debate on the need for a second airport in Australia's largest city dates back to 1946.
"I think the community wants to see the project come to life as opposed to necessarily worrying about who builds or who operates it," New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
Details of the plan will be announced next week when Mr Turnbull's government unveils its annual budget.

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Samsung crane collapse kills six workers www.bbc.com

A crane collapse at a South Korean shipyard run by Samsung has killed six people and injured more than 20 others, says the Yonhap news agency.
Rescuers have been searching for people trapped after Monday's incident at Geoje near Busan.
The victims are understood to be subcontractors working for shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.
The incident has shocked South Korea which has a relatively low rate of industrial accidents.
'Investigation ongoing'
The oil platform was being built for French firm Total, for use in its Martin Linge oil field in the North Sea off Norway.
"The crane fell onto the platform's well bay module, where the people were working," Total spokesman Leif Harald Halvorsen told Yonhap.
"For the time being, all work at the yard has been stopped and the investigation is ongoing."
He added no Total employees were among those killed or hurt.
Samsung Heavy Industries is the world's third biggest shipbuilder, and is also involved in other engineering work.

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15.2 million offspring healthy on national level www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ As of May 1, birth rate of domestic animals stands at 59 percent, reports the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry. Out of 26 million dams counted on the national level, 15.4 million dams have delivered offspring.

15.2 million offspring or 98 percent are healthy, the report says. In specific, 40.7 thousand baby camels, 162.5 thousand foals, 410.4 thousand calves, 8 million lambs and 6.6 million kids are being looked after across the country.

Number of newborns has increased by 2.4 million than the last week.

The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry is running an Emergency Staff which is in constant contact with the provinces to provide advices and information on spring flooding, weather events and animal birth.
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