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Events

Name organizer Where
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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Toshiba to sell majority stake in chip business www3.nhk.or.jp

 
Struggling Japanese electronics giant Toshiba is likely to sell a majority stake in a new semiconductor firm.
 
Toshiba plans to spin off its mainstay chip unit to help cover the huge losses from its nuclear power business in the United States.
 
Sources familiar with the matter say Toshiba will hold a board meeting on Friday to agree on selling a majority stake.
 
The executives will also set the date of an extraordinary shareholders' meeting to seek their approval for spinning off its semiconductor unit.
 
In January, Toshiba decided to sell less than 20 percent of the stake in the new company. Executives later began considering the sale of a majority stake, but some in the company reportedly were opposed to the idea.
 
Toshiba will launch negotiations with bidders, with a goal of picking one by June.
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"The 6th Mongolia London Business Forum" UK (Registration will close next week) www.mongolianbusinessdatabase.com

Mongolian Business Database (MBD) is registering the Mongolian business participants to Mongolian-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry's "The 6th Mongolia London Business Forum" in April 05.2017 and business program which includes the opening of London Stock Exchange by Mr.Ts. Munkh Orgil, Foreign Minister of Mongolia, Sixth Mongolia London Business Forum at Bloomberg , the annual UK Parliamentary Tea with the All Party Mongolian Parliamentary Group and "Mongolia Opportunities" forum in April 06 at EBRD Headquarters in London.

Please visit to following link for information in details and contact at contact@mongolianbusinessdatabase.com e mail, 77109911, 99066062 for the registration and inquiry.
The registration will close next week in March 03 Friday. 2017

http://www.mongolianbusinessdatabase.com/base/eventsdetails?id=19

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Toyota's new technology a blow for platinum, palladium price www.mining.com

Toyota sold more than 10 million vehicles last year placing it in a virtual tie with Volkswagen as the world's number one automaker.

Stricter pollution regulations around the world and intense competition mean that top priority for traditional car companies is to cut costs and reduce emissions.

A new technology unveiled by Toyota on Wednesday is win for the Japanese company on both counts. Toyota announced the availability of a new, smaller catalyst that uses 20% less precious metal in approximately 20% less volume, while maintaining the same exhaust gas purification performance.

Toyota's "world's first integrally-molded Flow Adjustable Design Cell (FLAD)" is not the first time researchers have found innovative ways to reduce pricey platinum group metals in exhaust systems. But those technologies seldom make it all the way to the assembly line.

Roughly 75% of palladium demand is from the autocatalyst sector while application of platinum is more evenly spread
What sets Toyota's FLAD apart is that the company says it's ready to start mass producing the catalyst. The first vehicle to sport the the new catalytic converter, Toyota's luxury flagship Lexus LC 500h, will get it later this year. Volume models further down the ranks will gradually follow says the company.

Roughly 75% of palladium demand is from the autocatalyst sector while application of platinum is more evenly spread with jewellery and other industrial uses making up more than half the total. 85% of rhodium is used in the auto sector, but it's a tiny market – about 30 tonnes produced in good years.

Clearly it will take a long time for FLAD to work its way through to PGM markets. If at all; events in South African and Russia which together is responsible for 80% of the world's PGM output generally have the biggest impact (not to mention the vexing issue of the real amount of above ground stocks).

Nevertheless, a 20% cut is substantial, and the automakers have a long history of copying each others' technology.

On Wednesday, the palladium price was trading down with Nymex contracts exchanging hands for $767 an ounce, down 1.5% on the day. Last week palladium hit a 21-month high just shy of $800 and the precious metal is trading 14.5% for the better so far in 2017.

There’s a simple reason – today's fuel cell cars need a full ounce of platinum versus a 2 – 4 grams PGM loading for your average gasoline or diesel vehicle
Platinum has gained nearly 12% year-to-date, exchanging hands for $1,002 an ounce on Wednesday after hitting its highest level since August earlier this month.

Rhodium has traded as high as $10,000 an ounce a decade ago, but could be picked up mid-2016 for less than $600 an ounce. It has recovered since then, quoted at $825 recently.

Toyota taketh away, but giveth too
Toyota launched its first mass-produced fuel cell car – the Mirai or "future" in Japanese – for the European market in Volkswagen's back yard in October 2015.

Toyota has the backing of Tokyo for its push into hydrogen. In Japan the government will give you $25,000 – nearly half the total cost – if you buy a fuel cell vehicle. The country also has a program to install hydrogen fuel cells into 10% or 5.3m Japanese households to replace grid electricity by 2030.

The hydrogen society is probably further into the future than its promoters want you to believe but it’s impact on platinum could be enormous.

There’s a simple reason – today's fuel cell cars need a full ounce of platinum versus a 2 – 4 grams PGM loading for your average gasoline or diesel vehicle.

Given fuel cell cars' still hefty price tag, Toyota is spending billions on research to reduce that requirement. But even if they manage to cut it in half we are looking at 12-15 grams per vehicle.

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Oil prices will surge to $70 per barrel by year-end - Citi www.rt.com

 
US investment bank Citi has posted a bullish prediction about oil prices. As supply and demand levels continue to rebalance, crude is likely to reach $70 per barrel by the end of 2017, the bank said in a note.
 
However, the increase will come gradually, and a surge is to be expected a few months later, said Citi.
 
"Oil prices are not likely to stray far from their current $53-58 per barrel range in the near term as record investor net length and bearish inventory data will likely cap prices until more tangible evidence of a tighter market emerges," Citi’s analysts wrote.
 
On Wednesday, crude prices were slightly down after the rally on Tuesday with Brent trading at $56.50 per barrel and WTI trading at $54.26.
 
Citi expects to see a positive result from an OPEC production cut, which reported 93 percent compliance in January. The bank added that heavy refinery maintenance in Asia planned for the spring is also a decisive factor for oil prices.
 
Another US bank - Goldman Sachs - expects oil inventories to keep falling globally. While stocks are likely to rise in the US, production cuts and strong growth in demand will be more significant, the bank said.
 
"We do not view the recent US builds as derailing our forecast for a gradual draw in inventories, with in fact the rest of the world already showing signs of tightness. Given our unchanged 1.5 million barrels per day growth forecast for 2017, this higher base demand level should fully offset higher US output,” Goldman said in a note.
 
"While the production cuts have so far reached a historically high level of compliance at 90 percent [93 percent, according to OPEC], the rebound in US drilling activity has exceeded even our above consensus expectations," the bank added.
 
However, the bank warned the data indicates a further improvement in shale productivity and investment in the industry rather than a significant price rise.
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Mongolia-Russia trade increased by 58.8 percent www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ In January 2017, Mongolia traded with 99 countries and total trade turnover reached USD 705.7 million, of which USD 428.5 million were made up by exports and USD 277.2 million by imports.

The total foreign trade turnover increased by USD 177.4 million (33.6%). Out of that, exports increased by USD 99.4 (30.2%) and imports increased by USD 78.0 million (39.2%) compared to the same period of previous year.

In the first month of 2017, foreign trade surplus reached USD 151.4 million dollars which increased by USD 21.4 million dollars from USD 130.0 million dollars in the same period of 2016.

Mongolia-China trade accounted for 68 percent of the total trade turnover, which increased by 36.1 percent compared to the last year. Meanwhile, 11.9 percent of the total trade turnover was made up by Mongolian and Russian trade, showing 58.8 percent increase.

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JICA to finance construction of secondary school building www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A project to construct secondary school building will be carried-out by non-refundable assistance from the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).

On February 21, protocols in the scope of the project were signed by head of the second group of the project Chee Esaki, research team leader of the project Tomohiro Fukuo, specialist of education planning of JICA Tomohiro Osava and Director of the Department of Finance and Economy of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science T.Batmagnai.

After signing the protocols, the sides reciprocally agreed on their rights and responsibilities within the construction project. Depending on the financing, about 3-4 secondary school buildings will be commissioned in the academic year of 2020-2021

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Russian Oil Giant Rosneft Expands in Middle East www.themoscowtimes.com

Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft has begun to expand its operations in the Middle East with deals in Libya and Iraq, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday.

Rosneft, which is run by Putin ally Igor Sechin, struck a deal to purchase an undisclosed amount of crude oil from the Libyan National Oil Corp on Monday. The deal will also allow the Russian company to invest in exploration and production in the volatile North African country.

The chairman of National Oil Corp welcomed the deal, saying it would help to stabilize the warring country’s economy.

“We need the assistance and investment of major international oil companies to reach our production goals and stabilize our economy,” NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said in a statement.

Rosneft announced on the same day it had struck a deal with authorities of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq to purchase oil until 2019. The deal with Kurdish authorities will also allow the Russian company to invest in exploration and production.

Chris Weafer, a Marco Advisory analyst, told Bloomberg that the deals combined “potentially good economics for Rosneft and good politics for the Kremlin.”

“Expect more deals from Rosneft in the Middle East and North Africa and across the developing world,” he said.

The Kurdish Minister of Natural Resources, Ashti Hawrami, said the agreement had ushered in a new era of cooperation between Russian and the Kurdish government.

“This deal represents a new beginning in our relationship with Rosneft and opens up the possibility of a broader relationship in all fields of energy cooperation,” Hawrami said.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one Kurdish official with knowledge of the deal told the Iraq Oil Report that the agreement was a reflection of growing confidence in northern Iraq’s oil market.

"It is the first time the KRG has supplied crude directly to a major global oil refiner and reflects the growing confidence of the international oil market in KRG crude," a Kurdish official said.

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Australia destination of choice for world's millionaires www.rt.com

A new study from research firm New World Wealth shows for the second year Australia is the most attractive country for millionaires, beating out traditional destinations such as the US and the UK.

There were approximately 13.6 million millionaires in the world at the end of 2016, and their wealth stood at $69 trillion.

According to the report, global wealth migration is accelerating. Last year, around 82,000 millionaires migrated worldwide, which is up from 64,000 in 2015.

An estimated 11,000 millionaires made their way to Australia, making it the number one country for millionaire migrants. The US ranked second with 10,000 wealthy arriving, followed by Canada with 8,000.

The choice of Australia by the wealthy is mainly due to its location. It makes it an excellent base for doing business in emerging Asian countries such as Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Australia has one of the leading healthcare systems in the world which also makes it an attractive destination.

In 2015, the country announced a "fast-track visa" program for wealthy immigrants looking to invest in Australia, while Sydney City Council implemented strategy for tech sector growth.

When it comes to deciding whether to move and where to live, millionaires are looking mainly for a good education for their children and personal safety, said Andrew Amoils of New World Wealth.

"They want the best schools for their children and to feel safe. Climate, health care and cleanliness all follow those top two," he said.

The study showed that over the past ten years, total wealth in Australia has risen by 85 percent compared to 30 percent growth in the US and 28 percent growth in the UK.

“As a result, the average Australian is now significantly wealthier than the average US or UK citizen, which was not the case ten years ago.”

The most millionaires were moving from France, the research found. Around 12,000 millionaires left the country last year. China ranked second in millionaire flight, with 9,000 leaving, followed by Brazil with 8,000.

Millionaires are leaving France because of high taxes on the wealthy as well as rising religious tension, Amoils said. He added that in China, the fleeing rich were being replaced by an ever larger number of new millionaires.

Global wealth is expected to rise by 35 percent over the next decade, the report projected, adding the top performing wealth generating markets will be Vietnam, China, India, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister to visit China next month www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On Wednesday, February 22, Foreign Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil briefed on his visit to the People's Republic of China which took place on February 20-21.

“My visit was designated to prepare for Mongolian Prime Minister J.Erdenebat’s visit to the People’s Republic of China in the first quarter of 2017, and the visit will take place next month. Moreover, Prime Minister J.Erdenebat will participate in the One Belt, One Road international summit by the invitation of President Xi Zinping”, he said.

“I held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi, Vice President Li Yuanchao and other officials. Sides have noted with satisfaction that there’s no political and social conflict between the two countries”, reiterated Foreign Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil.

According to the Minister, 7 Chinese ports are now accessible to Mongolia in frames of the ‘Agreement on Mongolia’s access to sea and ship transport through China’ which has been adopted by the Chinese Government. “There are about 10 intergovernmental agreements to be signed which will be settled during the Prime Minister’s upcoming visit. Also, a working group led by Deputy Prime Minister will visit the country”, he added.

The Foreign Minister said that both the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China have expressed their support to Mongolia’s through IMF, Asian Development Bank and World Bank. When asked about the total amount of monetary support from the southern neighbor, he answered, “The Chinese side has agreed to provide a USD 1 billion soft loan and CNY 1 billion nonrefundable aid”.

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Feasibility of Eg and Shuren hydro power plants to be studied wwwe.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On February 22, Wednesday, Foreign Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil held a press briefing to report on his visits to the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China. On February 13-14, the Foreign Minister paid a visit to the Russian Federation at the invitation of his counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

“In brief, Prime Minister to visit China next month, and most importantly, we now have to ensure full execution of our previous agreements. The main purpose of my visit to the Russian Federation was to prepare for Mongolian Prime Minister J.Erdenebat’s visit to the country, and we’ve agreed that the visit will take place within the first half of 2017”, the Minister informed reporters.

“There are several agreements of significance to Mongolia including the negotiations on rail transit transportation which will be finalized during the Prime Ministerial visit. We’ve agreed on the concepts to establish a general agreement on Mongolia-Russia energy cooperation, and settle certain matters regarding regional and border area cooperation”.

“We also talked about the soft loan of USD 1.5 billion from the Russian Federation which Mongolia is keen to spend on rail and energy projects. Moreover, we discussed in detail the issue of hydro power plants in Eg River and Shuren, and resolved to conduct a study whether if the establishment of these power plants will damage or affect the eco system of Baikal Lake”, Minister Ts.Munkh-Orgil said about his Russia visit.

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