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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

NEWS

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Government once again reduces excise tax on fuel www.mongolia.gogo.mn

The Government has been taking response measures for preventing negative impacts of rising USD rate against the national currency. The cabinet resolved at the regular meeting of October 5 to reduce excise taxes per ton of petrol and diesel fuels by MNT 240 thousand respectively.

In accordance with the decision, MNT 260 thousand of excise tax was imposed on a ton of petrol and MNT 280 thousand- on diesel fuel.
Although the border price of oil has decreased by USD 30-33, the rising USD rate against MNT is causing the huge losses to fuel importing companies and the rise in the domestic fuel prices.
At the regular meeting on November 30, the cabinet adopted a resolution on re-cutting the excise taxes per ton of fuel by MNT 100,000.
The amounts of excise taxes for petrol and diesel fuels went down to MNT 160,000 and MNT 180,000 respectively.

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Nokia phones to return to shelves in early 2017 www.rt.com

The first Nokia branded smartphones and tablets powered by Android will be released at the beginning of next year after a two-year hiatus, according to the company.

The Finnish firm says it is currently formalizing a licensing agreement with HMD Global, which has exclusive rights to use the brand for smartphones from Nokia for the next decade.

Also located in Finland, HMD Global will produce new Nokia branded phones, as well as the company’s existing range of feature phones.

HMD Global and China's Foxconn have acquired the Microsoft mobile phone business with Foxconn contracted to manufacture the devices.

The new handsets running Google’s Android will be available in the first half of 2017.

“We will be extremely true to the Nokia brand. The brand is known for simplicity, ease of use, reliability, and quality. These are the elements that we will deliver together with amazing industrial design,” said the CEO of HMD global Arto Nummela, as quoted by Bloomberg.

The company said it would invest over $500 million in the next three years to market Nokia brand phones and tablets.

Nokia sold its mobile division for nearly $7.2 billion to Microsoft two years ago. Under the deal, Nokia was obliged not to put its name on handsets until the end of 2016.

The company’s workforce in Finland was cut to less than 1,000 from more than 24,000 in its golden era.

However, Microsoft sold the Nokia brand to HMD Global and Foxconn for $350 million after the company saw a 46 percent drop in phone revenue in the last quarter.

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Oil, dollar, energy shares and bond yields leap on OPEC deal www.reuters.com

Oil prices and energy shares swept higher on Thursday after OPEC agreed to cut crude output to clear a glut, while the dollar and bond yields rose sharply on prospects that resulting inflationary pressures will lead to higher interest rates.
 
Spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE .FTSE, Germany's DAX .GDAXI and France's CAC .FCHI to open little changed after Wall Street's flat performance overnight.
 
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries on Wednesday agreed to its first output cut since 2008, finally taking action after global oil prices fell by more than half in the last two years.
 
Non-OPEC Russia will also join output reductions for the first time in 15 years.
 
U.S. crude oil CLc1 added to overnight gains of 9 percent to reach $50.00 a barrel for the first time since late October. Brent crude LCOc1, which soared $4 overnight, touched a six-week peak of $52.35 a barrel.
 
The jump in oil prices added to inflation expectations in the United States, which were already high on prospects that president-elect Donald Trump would adopt reflationary policies using a large fiscal stimulus.
 
As a result U.S. Treasuries resumed their rout, with prices sliding and yields spiking, to send the dollar rallying against its peers. The yield on 30-year bonds US30YT=RR, which are most sensitive to inflation eroding their value, has climbed 9 basis points since late Tuesday, heading back towards a 14-month peak of 3.09 percent marked last week.
 
"The reflation trade continues to work in earnest, this time Trump has taken a back seat and OPEC and Russia have taken the initiative and lit the fuse under the oil price," wrote Chris Weston, chief market strategist at IG in Melbourne.
 
"The consensus was that we would get some sort of loose agreement from the collective that kept oil supported, but left the market asking many more questions. What we have seen however has been real meat on the bone."
 
If the bounce in oil prices gathers pace after the OPEC deal it was expected to have a broad implication on the global economy.
 
Brent is off the 12-year low of $27 per barrel marked in January but still less than half of where they were in 2014.
 
Economists expect a further recovery in crude to bode well for oil-exporting economies, while potentially easing deflationary pressures in developed economies locked in a battle against falling prices.
 
OPEC's output cut is also seen as a boon for U.S. shale producers, rivals to the oil cartel. The S&P energy index .SPNY jumped nearly 5 percent on Wednesday.
 
In currencies, the dollar advanced to a 9-1/2-month high of 114.830 yen before pulling back to 114.060.
 
Steven Mnuchin, Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Treasury, gave no hint of any unease at the strong dollar in his first remarks since being named for the job, giving traders fresh impetus to buy the greenback.
 
"I think it is just a matter of time that the dollar will test 115 yen after Mnuchin was silent about the dollar's strength," said Masafumi Yamamoto, chief currency strategist at Mizuho Securities.
 
The euro was steady at $1.0604 EUR= after shedding 0.6 percent the previous day.
 
The dollar index .DXY was a shade lower at 101.38 after rallying overnight from a low of 100.84.
 
In Asian equities, Australian stocks were up 0.9 percent and Japan's Nikkei .N225 hit an 11-month peak. Tokyo's mining sub-sector .IMING.T jumped more than 10 percent and was the biggest gainer on board.
 
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was up 0.6 percent. Shanghai .SSEC gained 0.5 percent.
 
Japan Petroleum Exploration Co (1662.T) rose 12 percent, posting its biggest intraday gain since March 2013. Hong Kong shares in China's oil giants Sinopec (0386.HK), PetroChina (0857.HK) and CNOOC (0883.HK) gained as much as 4.8 percent, 6.1 percent and 8 percent, respectively.
 
Spot gold XAU= touched a 10-month low of $1,163.45 on the dollar's oil-induced surge. Silver XAG= and platinum XPT= also slipped.
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Capital city’s legal status to be reconsidered www.en.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ At Wednesday’s regular meeting, the cabinet considered and backed the draft new version of the Law on Legal Status of the Capital City. The initiative of revising the law on legal status of the capital which was adopted in 1994, has been moved by the fact that the legal act is outdated for ceasing to meet new problems and challenges the capital city is confronted with with its expansion and development.
 
The city accommodates 46 percent of the total population of the country as permanent residents and 68 percent of registered entities, and produces 64.5 percent of GDP.
 
According to the concept of draft new version of the law, many changes associated with the environmental issues, society, economy, tax policies, suburban residences, rights and responsibilities of the entities have been provided for. It sets out implementation of economic leverages bearing a character of profound reforms aiming at building independence potentials in financial terms for the capital city and promotion of promptness of public services in order to facilitate the city with more favorable business and investment environments.
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Study: Private capital investment in US coal is over www.mining.com

The surge in thermal coal has been one of the surprises of 2016 with the seaborne price scaling $100 a tonne for the first time since 2012. But domestic prices in the US continued to fall this year and with few export opportunities the rally has bypassed miners inside the country.
 
According to a new study of private capital in the North American energy sector from industry tracker Preqin, investment in coal has now completely dried up.
 
Since 2006 investment targeting the energy sector – oil, natural gas, coal and renewables – in North American account for over half the global total.
 
According to the report 2016 is set to be a record year for oil & gas fundraising in the region, with $33.9bn secured from just 19 funds closed as at October this year, constituting nearly 56% of the global total of funds raised for investment in the sector. That compares to $43.5bn raised by 35 funds last year; also a record year.
 
Of those unlisted funds currently in the market looking to raise money, the focus on North America is even more significant. Fifty-one North America-focused oil & gas funds are in market, collectively targeting $28.6bn in institutional capital commitments, nearly 3.5x the combined total of funds seeking investments in other regions around the world (17 funds targeting $8.2bn), says Preqin.
 
While the resilience of oil & gas investment is remarkable given the slide in the price of the commodities over the past three years, private capital and the institutions (foundations, endowment plans, public pension funds and the like) that back them are shunning the coal sector almost entirely.
 
Of the funds currently in the market raising funds to invest in energy, zero have coal as an investment preference. Things haven't been great during the last decade either: only 4% of the number of funds closed targeted coal, representing a meagre 2% of capital raised since 2006.
 
The shift of focus from coal to solar, wind and other renewable projects is clear. According to Preqin data 21% of investment vehicles currently in the market include renewable energy investments alongside their oil & gas acquisitions.
 
Among the institutions in North America committing money to invest in energy, none have plans to direct funds to coal within the next 12 months, even though 9% have a general preference for coal (versus 50% for renewables).
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Germany pledges MNT 122 billion new funding for sustainable development www.montsame.mn

 

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ At the intergovernmental negotiations held in Berlin on November 24 and 25, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has pledged EUR 46,85 million (approximately MNT 122 billion) to support Mongolia in the three priority areas “Energy Efficiency”, “Biodiversity” and “Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources”. EUR 24,4 million are non-repayable grants, EUR 22,45 million are development cooperation loans. BMZ Parliamentary Secretary of State Hans-Joachim Fuchtel highlighted that Germany will assist Mongolia to overcome its current economic, environmental and social challenges and will remain a long term partner to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

Since the bilateral Development Cooperation Agreement between the two countries was signed in 1992, Germany has provided almost MNT 1 trillion (EUR 347 million) for bilateral technical and financial cooperation. With the 25th anniversary of this cooperation ahead, both sides highlighted much has been achieved and both countries are looking forward to further deepen the cooperation. Starting with commodity aid 25 years ago both governments agreed in 2011 to cooperate in three priority areas. In all three priority areas additional funding will be provided.

Mongolia’s unique biodiversity has to be preserved for future generations as healthy ecosystems form the foundation for sustainable development: Mongolia’s grasslands are the basis for the traditional nomadic lifestyle, mountain ecosystems provide water vital for the country, and forests are carbon sinks of global importance. The beauty of these landscapes has high potential to enhance sustainable tourism. Therefore Germany is already supporting 11 protected areas in the east, northeast and the central part of the country (Dornod, Gorkhi Terelj, Khangai, Khan Khentii, Khustai, Onon Balj, Orkhon, Otgontenger, Tarvagatai, Ulaan Taiga and Zed Khantai). With the additional pledge provided this November, further areas in the western provinces can be supported. Protecting ecosystems and improving the livelihoods of local people always goes hand in hand. This is also the case for Germany’s long term commitment to protect and sustainably use Mongolia’s forest ecosystems. New funding will provide continued support for forest and environmental policies as well as of enhanced education and training of forest experts and workers.

As Mongolia is striving to develop a diversified and sustainable economy where all people benefit from the country’s extractive resources, Germany continues to support the development of long term strategies for inclusive growth, regional development concepts and the strengthening of the legal framework and the judicial system. Together with Switzerland and Australia and supported also by the private sector, Germany very successfully provides support to the vocational training sector. This aims at giving young Mongolians a perspective to find qualified jobs. A significant amount of new funding was pledged to further improve the research and teaching infrastructure of the German Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT). The university was established 2011 to provide Mongolia with highly qualified specialists for the extractive resources sector.

Bearing in mind the cold winters and insufficient power supply and distribution, the main goal of cooperation in this priority area is to increase efficiency along the energy value chain. The Energy Conservation Law was promulgated last year. This important step will pave the way for the use of energy managers, the introduction of market based tariffs, etc. Germany will further support the implementation of this law. German supported energy efficiency renovations of kindergartens have proven a reduction of illness days among children by 65% thanks to warm indoor climate. After a successful finalization of the modernization at Power Plant IV, Mongolia’s biggest power and heat producers, in the next two years the modernization measures at the Darkhan Power Plant will be successfully concluded. These measures ensure access to electricity and heat for over 90,000 people in the region. A new project totaling over EUR 20 million shall improve the stability and the reliability of the Mongolian central energy transmission grid.

 
 
 
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China introduces 10% extra tax on 'super cars' www.bbc.com

China has introduced an additional 10% tax on "super cars", including Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce.
The tax, affecting cars that cost more than 1.3m yuan ($189,000; £151,024), is aimed at curbing lavish spending and reducing emissions, authorities said.
It is part of a wider effort by Chinese authorities against flashy demonstrations of wealth, which has already hit other luxury brands.
China is a key market for high-end carmakers.
Automakers have in recent years increasingly tailored their luxury models to appeal to Chinese buyers.
Both Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin are planning to release SUV models in the next year, seen as a response to a Chinese preference for large cars over sports vehicles.
'Rational consumption'
"In order to guide rational consumption, and promote energy-saving emission reductions, the state Council has approved an additional consumption levy on ultra-luxury cars," a statement by the Ministry of Finance said.
The tax goes into effect on Thursday, although observers say it is unlikely to be a major deterrent for the super rich.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has made a campaign against corruption a centrepiece of his governing agenda, and has cracked down on luxury spending as part of that.

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EV charging network planned across EuropeEV charging network planned across Europe www3.nhk.or.jp

Major automakers in Germany and the United States are teaming up to put more electric cars on the road.
 
Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW and Ford Motor have agreed to invest in a network of charging stations across Europe.
 
Auto executives say they'll build 400 stations along major highways starting next year, with thousands of ultra-fast charging outlets by 2020.
 
The stations are to be located at roughly 120-kilometer intervals and deliver up to 350 kilowatts, so that drivers can travel far and wide.
 
Carmakers are shifting more of their resources to EV development in Europe amid slow sales of diesel vehicles following an emissions scandal at Volkswagen.
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Goldman shares hit highest level since financial crisis in post-election rally www.reuters.com

Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) on Wednesday climbed to their highest levels since the financial crisis, as the bank benefited from a post-U.S. presidential election rally.

The stock reached $220.77 in late morning trading, returning to a point not seen since December 2007.

Goldman was the biggest driver for the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI, adding 56.2 points out of a net gain of 66.6 points for the index. Goldman, like other Wall Street firms, has seen its stock soar after the Nov. 8 election, as investors expect banks to see benefits from rising interest rates and lighter regulation under a Donald Trump presidency.

In recent years, bank stocks have been largely thought of as utilities, rather than growth stocks. Post-financial regulations have forced banks to hold large amounts of capital which hurt returns.

But since the election, the KBW Nasdaq Bank Index has risen 11 percent, outpacing the broader Dow, which is up 4 percent.

Deutsche Bank on Tuesday hiked its price target for Goldman to $255 from $180, saying a stronger economy would bode well for the bank's businesses like mergers-and-acquisition advisory services, capital markets and trading.

Not everyone is so bullish on Goldman.

Nomura's Instinet research arm on Tuesday downgraded the bank from "buy" to "neutral," arguing that the potential benefits of a Trump presidency may already be priced into Goldman shares.

"We see limited upside for Goldman ... and we expect the shares to lag, as the 'rising Trump tide' euphoria begins to fade and investors become more selective," Instinet analyst Steven Chubak wrote in a note.

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Siemens' £310m Hull plant will take windfarm technology to new level www.theguardian.com

The first 75-metre-long blades destined for windfarms off the UK’s coast will roll out of a factory in Hull when it officially opens on Thursday.
 
The inauguration of the Siemens plant at the city’s Alexandra Dock employs 700 people and was hailed by campaigners as an example of how curbing carbon emissions could create jobs.
 
Greg Clark, the energy secretary, is due to attend the opening of the £310m facility, which he said was the sort of project he wanted as part of the UK’s industrial strategy. The UK leads the world on offshore wind power, but other European countries such as Germany are catching up.
 
“In the coming years the new offshore wind projects that this factory will supply could generate enough clean electricity to power over 3m homes and businesses – all with wind turbine blades produced by the dedicated and highly skilled Siemens workforce right here in Hull,” said Clark.
 
The facility’s blades are much longer than those on previous generations of wind turbines, and will be deployed on bigger, more powerful windfarms further off the coast. The first batch will be delivered to a 580MW windfarm being built by Dong Energy 17 miles (27 km) off Blakeney Point, Norfolk, which is expected to be complete by 2018. The factory is expected to build hundreds of the blades each year.
 
“This is a fine example of the new jobs and investment that people across the UK can expect to see if the government backs offshore wind in its industrial strategy and emissions reductions plans,” said Dr Doug Parr, Greenpeace chief scientist.
 
“But for this to take off, companies needs a strong signal from the government that Britain is open for business and is still an attractive investment environment for cutting-edge renewable technologies and infrastructure, such as offshore wind or solar and battery storage.”
 
The green energy trade body, RenewableUK, called the plant “a key part of our nation’s modern industrial strategy”.
 
Renewable sources provide around a quarter of UK electricity generation, but since coming to power in 2015 the government has ended subsidies for onshore windfarms and solar panels. Ministers have continued to indicate their backing for offshore wind, but have delayed spelling out how much support it will get beyond 2020. More detail is expected in the 2017 budget.
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