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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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Fukushima Daiichi cost estimate hits $188 bil. www3.nhk.or.jp

 
The Japanese government says the total cost of cleaning up and providing compensation for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster may end up being twice as much as an earlier estimate.
 
It says the figure could reach 21.5 trillion yen, or about 188 billion dollars at the current rate.
 
The industry ministry announced a new cost estimate at a panel of experts on Friday. The panel discusses ways to share the costs of scrapping the reactors as well as decontamination costs, compensation and other payouts.
 
The ministry's earlier projection of the total cost was about 98 billion dollars.
 
The new estimates say the cost of scrapping the reactors will likely quadruple to about 70 billion dollars due to the difficulty of the task and the lengthy period of time needed to remove the molten fuel.
 
It is estimated that compensation to individuals and companies will grow from the initial 47 billion dollars to about 69 billion dollars, as farming-related payouts are expected to rise.
 
The cost of decontaminating the land is also estimated to grow from 31 billion dollars to about 49 billion dollars.
 
The government plans to urge the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, to carry out further corporate restructuring. It also plans to create a system by which other major utilities and newcomer power suppliers can share the financial burden. It will also require consumers to shoulder part of the burden through higher electricity bills.
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Mining Industry officials meet with delegations from China Shenhua www.mongolia.gogo.mn

 
Mining and Heavy Industry Ministry officials today received delegations from China Shenhua Energy Company Limited.
During the meeting, China Shenhua proposed to commence Tavantolgoi`s power station, railway construction and mining projects at the same time.
Previously, China Shenhua has expressed incentives to invest in Tavantolgoi coal deposit. The company has won the bid, announced by the previous government, establishing a consortium agreement jointly with the Energy Resource LLC and Japanese Sumitomo Corporation.
According to the consortium agreement, China Shenhua has announced to invest US$ 4 billion to Tavantolgoi coal deposit. However, a working group, led by MP L.Erdenechimeg deferred the agreement, noting that the agreement would result in significant loss to our country.
Following, due to the coal price drop on international market, the negotiations on the agreement have been halted.
China Shenhua expressed incentives to invest Tavantolgoi coal deposit after the establishment of new Government of Mongolia, led by Prime Minister J.Erdenebat.
Mongolia is to violate the recommendations, approved by the National Security Commission, if Shenhua Group operate alone in Tavan Tolgoi group deposits​. Because China plays important role in the foreign trade and foreign investment of the country. Meanwhile, the recommendations, approved by the National Security Commission does not support too much dependence on foreign countries.
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Coking coal price savaged – biggest drop in 17 months www.mining.com

 
While the price of futures trading in China and Singapore were swinging wildly in recent weeks, the benchmark for the seaborne market – Australia free-on-board premium hard coking coal tracked by the Steel Index – seemed to consolidate above $300 a tonne.
 
But now it seems volatility has returned to the spot market and the multi-year high of $308.80 for PHCC first hit a month ago may have been the peak. On Thursday the price dropped 2.5% to $291.70 a tonne. It was the steepest decline since July 2015.
 
Still, the steelmaking raw material is up fourfold in value over the past year and quarterly contract negotiations between producers and steelmakers could turn out to be the best indicator of where coking coal is heading.
 
In its monthly coking coal review TSI says December will mark the start of the quarterly benchmark negotiations, with rumours are floating around that teams from the major miners will arrive in Japan around the second week of the month to kick-off discussions:
 
On the 1st Dec 2016, the spread between the FOB PHCC index and Q4’16 benchmark differed by US$108/t, and the Japanese steel mills—”JSMs” – will be wary of making panic buys during this period in order to avoid pushing the indices higher.
 
A quick survey revealed that market participants expect the Q1’17 benchmark price to range anywhere between US$250-280/t.
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Copper price jump: China concentrate imports hit record www.mining.com

 
The copper price hit an 18-month high on an intraday basis last week as global manufacturing activity continues to pick up and hopes about US president-elect Trump's $500 billion infrastructure plans lift sentiment.
 
Copper price jump: China concentrate imports hit recordWhile it's pulled back from those levels since, official customs data from China, responsible for some 45% of global consumption of the red metal, released on Thursday is seeing the metal turn positive again.
 
In overnight trade on Friday copper for delivery in March, the most active contract, was exchanging hands for $2.6575 per pound ($5,858 a tonne), up 1.2% from Thursdays close on the Comex market in New York.
 
While China's copper imports surged 31% to 380,000 tonnes in November compared to October, shipments were down 18% year on year. Concentrate imports however hit an all-time high last month of of 1.76 million tonnes. Year to date shipments are up 31% year on year at 15.4 million tonnes.
 
After vastly underperforming other metals and steelmaking raw materials in 2016, copper has been playing catch-up and is now up 37% from six-year lows hit mid-January this year.
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Mongolia to boost transport ties with Eurasian Economic Union www.en.montsame.mn

 
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Third Session of the UN Ministerial Conference on Transport is being held in Moscow on December 5-9. A Mongolian delegation headed by Minister of Road and Transport Development D.Ganbat is paying a working visit to Russia between the 7th and 9th.
 
As a part of the visit, Minister D.Ganbat held a business meeting with the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the Eurasian Economic Union, A.O.Junusov on December 7. Present were, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Russian Federation B.Delgermaa.
 
The sides touched upon the follow-up actions of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between Mongolia and the Eurasian Economic Union, specifically, the further development of transport cooperation between Mongolia and the EEU member states, cooperation in realization of projects agreed in the margin of the Programme on Establishing Mongolia-Russia-China Economic Corridor, alleviation of conditions for Mongolian transit transportation going through territories of EEU members, and strengthening the carrying capacity of transit transport of Mongolia.
 
The dignitaries also agreed on setting up a working group in approximate future to prepare the draft of cooperation document in order to lay the legal foundation for intensifying the cooperation in the transportation sector.
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UK food prices will rise without EU workers, say trade groups www.theguardian.com

 
Food prices will rise unless the government ensures EU citizens can work in the UK after Brexit, according to industry groups representing the major supermarkets and food manufacturers, including the owner of Marmite.
 
The open letter to the government is signed by 30 food and drink industry bodies, including the Food and Drink Federation, which represents major suppliers, including Marmite maker Unilever and Mr Kipling owner Premier foods; the British Retail Consortium, which counts Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons among its members, and the National Farmers Union.
 
The letter, published in the Guardian, says: “Workers from the European Union, some of whom are already leaving the UK, play a significant role in delivering affordable and high-quality food and drink.” It says they provide “an essential reservoir of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labour.”
 
Any points-based permit system for immigrants should place the food and drink supply chain on a par with financial services and the automotive sector, the industry leaders say. “All options should be explored, including a workable points-based system for shortage occupations, sector-based and seasonal/guest worker schemes and effective transitionary arrangements. If it is not, the UK will face less food choice and higher food prices.”
 
The letter, which is also signed by the heads of the British Beer & Pubs Association, the British Growers Association and the British Soft Drinks Association, claims that some EU workers have already begun to leave the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote which has led to a fall in the value of the pound. “The government can address this issue directly. It should offer unambiguous reassurance to EU workers throughout our supply chain about their right to remain here,” it said.
 
Employment agencies have warned that the UK’s food industry is facing the worst labour shortage for at least 12 years.
 
The Association of Labour Providers (ALP), whose employment agency members supply 70% of the temporary labour used by the food and drink industry, recently said responses to job ads had slumped by up to 70% as workers from the EU – who account for 90% of jobs in the sector – avoid coming to the UK.
 
The NFU has said farmers have seen a shortfall in EU workers, exacerbated by the drop in the pound against the euro, which has diminished the value of the money they are sending home.
 
Nearly 4 million people are employed in growing, harvesting, producing, packaging, selling and serving food and drink in the UK, a large proportion of whom are EU nationals.
 
Although food prices continue to fall amid heavy competition between the major supermarket chains and fast-growing discounters Aldi and Lidl, rising costs are expected to drive up inflation in the coming months.
 
A string of major food brands have sought increased cost prices from supermarkets as the fall in the pound has driven up the cost of importing ingredients and other essentials, such as packaging.
 
Unilever, which also owns Ben & Jerry’s and Dove; Typhoo; Birds Eye and Walkers are embroiled in an industry-wide battle over price increases caused by the 15% drop in the value of the pound against the euro and 18% against the dollar since the UK voted to leave the European Union.
 
The lower value of the pound is also expected to increase exports, potentially making it harder for UK companies to source home-grown ingredients. For example, the price of British butter has soared 80%, partly because processors have found exporting easier.
 
Food and drink is the UK’s biggest export, worth £18bn, led by Scotch whisky, chocolate, beer and salmon. Despite its relatively low profile, food manufacturing is worth more to the UK economy than the automotive and aerospace sectors combined.
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EU takes on seven countries over diesel emissions www.rt.com

 
The European Commission has started legal action against Germany, Britain and five other countries for failing to police vehicle emissions regulations, according to EU sources.
The step reportedly followed signs of suspicious behavior in the industry after the Volkswagen cheating scandal. Brussels is not satisfied with how bloc members responded to diesel vehicles flouting pollution limits.
 
According to EU officials, several European countries tried to protect car manufacturers from sanctions similar to those faced by Volkswagen after the carmaker was caught using software to cheat emissions tests in the US.
 
The automotive industry is critical for the bloc, as it employs nearly 12 million people. The potential fines for breaking car emission rules could have a grave effect on the countries' economies.
 
Diesel engines power half the vehicles in Europe. Nitrous oxide pollution from them causes respiratory illness and the premature death of 72,000 people annually, according to data from the European Environmental Agency.
 
According to EU sources familiar with the matter, the Commission has found that countries failed to set fines to deter rule-breaking or penalize carmakers for breaching the law or cooperate with its demands for information.
 
The UK and Germany face cases concerning the testing and approval of new models produced by Volkswagen, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. “This is not the end; just the first wave of action,” they added.
 
The measure is the first step in infringement procedures that allow the EU to take action against its member states for failing to apply the common law. The members are given two months to respond, and if they are not able to satisfy the Commission within the period, the EU can take the issue to the European Courts.
 
Under current EU law, newly produced vehicles are approved by national regulators. The governments are empowered to revoke those licenses or impose penalties, although the vehicles can be sold all over the EU.
 
No country has penalized the vehicles it previously licensed in spite of probes revealing the use of defeat devices in Germany, Britain, Italy and France.
 
The manufacturers argue that the use of defeat devices complies with an exemption that allows protecting the engine where needed. Some national watchdogs say that the vagueness of EU law allows for the loophole.
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Michael Jordan wins China trademark infringement case www.rt.com

 
After four years of litigation and a lost trial last year, former basketball great Michael Jordan has persuaded the Chinese courts that a local company illegally used his name and the famous ‘23’ jersey to make a profit.
 
Winning a trademark infringement case in China is something companies like Apple and New Balance have failed to do.
 
In 2015 a Chinese court ruled for Qiaodan (Jordan in the Chinese) Sports in the trademark dispute. A new decision by China's Supreme People's Court has overturned it saying that Qiaodan had “malicious intent.”
 
"I am happy that the Supreme People's Court has recognized the right to protect my name through its ruling in the trademark cases," Jordan said, as quoted by Reuters.
 
"Chinese consumers deserve to know that Qiaodan Sports and its products have no connection to me," he added.
 
Qiaodan Sports pronounced as “Chee-ow-dahn,” runs about 6,000 sportswear shops in China and will have to give up its name.
 
According to lawyers, it is tough for an overseas claimant to persuade Chinese courts that there has been trademark infringement.
 
Thus, in 2012 Apple was forced to pay $60 million to Proview Technology (Shenzhen) that first registered the iPad trademark in China in 2001.
 
Sneakers maker New Balance was taken to court by a Chinese man Zhou Lelun who has the rights to “Bailun” and “Xinbailun,” or New Bailun brands in China. The US company had to pay him $15.8 million to use its own name.
 
Fake Rolexes and iPhones hardly surprise anyone, but the Chinese hit the headlines last year when a fake Goldman Sachs was discovered in Shenzhen. "We don't have any connection with the US Goldman Sachs," a woman who answered the company's listed phone told AFP.
 
There is also a Shenzhen Trump Industrial Co that produces toilets and toilet seats and says it has nothing to do with the incoming US president. “Donald Trump is only one of many Trumps throughout the world,” said the company’s owner.
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ECB extends bond-buying scheme but at slower pace www.bbc.com

 
The European Central Bank has said it will extend its bond-buying programme until at least December 2017, but cut its purchases by €20bn a month.
The €80bn-a-month quantitative easing scheme had been due to end in March, although the bank had been expected to extend it for at least six months.
In a move that surprised markets, the ECB said it would only buy bonds worth €60bn a month from April.
The bank also kept its key interest rate unchanged at zero as expected.
Yields on most eurozone government bond yields rose slightly after the changes were announced, before returning to levels hit just before the statement.
Germany's 10-year bond yield - the benchmark for the eurozone - was at 0.43% after falling as low as 0.37%. The return has risen since the summer after falling into negative territory for the first time in June.
After rising initially, the euro fell sharply against all major currencies including the US dollar.
The ECB said that if the economic outlook "becomes less favourable", it would expand the size or length of its bond-buying programme.
Mario Draghi, the bank's president, told a press conference in Frankfurt that "tapering has not been discussed".
Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit, described the QE move as a reasonable compromise.
"The stimulus will provide a further boost the region's recovery in the face of elevated levels of political uncertainty, but also recognises the encouraging recent economic data flow and the growing constraint on the amount of assets eligible for purchase."
'Alice in Wonderland'
Neil Williams, chief economist at Hermes Investment Management, said the changes meant that the ECB's "liquidity sink is still filling up".
"By tapering its monthly asset purchases from €80bn down to €60bn, [Draghi] is still looking to inject an extra €540bn in QE. To put this into perspective, this easily surpasses in equivalent terms, the combined GDPs of Greece and Portugal for example."
However, Kathleen Brooks of City Index described the ECB meeting as a "financial version of Alice in Wonderland" given some of the changes the bank was forced to make to its bond-buying scheme.
"It will now include bond purchases below its own deposit rate, which is already minus 0.4%. Thus, the ECB will be paying to hold some bonds that will be included in its QE programme. The craziness doesn't stop there; some of those bonds have a negative yield because of the ECB's QE programme in the first place," she said.
"The ECB has had to buy negative-yielding bonds because it has bought all the eligible higher yielding stuff, so it has no choice."
Although the risk of deflation in the eurozone had largely disappeared, Mr Draghi said that "uncertainty prevails".
The bank raised its forecasts slightly for next year and now expects inflation of 1.3% - still some distance below its 2% target - and growth of 1.7%.
Inflation is expected to be 1.6% in 2018 and 1.7% the following year, with growth steady at 1.6% for both years.
The bank also left at zero its refinancing rate, at which it lends money to commercial banks, and -0.4% on deposits it takes from banks. That negative rate aims to encourage banks to lend money rather than hoard it at the ECB.
The decision to extend the QE scheme helped shares in Italian banks continue to rise, with the sector on track for its best week since at least 2009.
 
 
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BOJ, ECB to study virtual currency technology www3.nhk.or.jp

 
The Bank of Japan says it is launching a joint study with the European Central Bank into the possible application of a technology used for Bitcoin and other virtual currencies to market infrastructure.
 
The Japanese central bank announced the agreement with the ECB on Wednesday.
 
It says this will be the first joint study of its kind by major central banks. The main findings are expected to be released next year.
 
The study will involve the application of online distributed-ledger technology, or blockchain, to financial market payment systems.
 
Blockchain-based systems are believed to be safer and less costly than using a centralized database.
 
Some financial institutions and technology firms are already working towards introducing the technology.
 
The Bank of Canada is considering using it for its settlement systems.
 
BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda recently expressed skepticism about introducing the technology for its own settlement system. But analysts say the BOJ is trying to assess the mid- to long-term possibilities.
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