1 FOREIGN RELATIONS OF MONGOLIA’S ROAD TRANSPORT SECTOR BROADENING WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/21      2 MONGOLIA EXPRESSES READINESS TO CONTRIBUTE TO STRENGTHENING ASIA-EUROPE COOPERATION WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/21      3 OYU TOLGOI FUNDED 35.1 KM ROAD OPENS IN KHANBOGD WWW.GOGO.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/21      4 POLYMER BITUMEN TO BE DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/21      5 KHURELBAATAR CHIMED: 319 ENTITIES DREW LOANS FROM TWO FUNDS WWW.ZGM.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/21      6 CONSTRUCTION OF TAVANTOLGOI-GASHUUNSUKHAIT ROAD TO BE INTENSIFIED WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      7 OVER 30 MEASURES PLANNED FOR REDUCTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      8 MONGOLIA SAYS IT EARNS OVER 169 MLN USD FROM COAL EXPORTS TO CHINA IN JAN WWW.HELLENICSHIPPINGNEWS.COM  PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      9 RUSSIA’S GAZPROM TO START CHINA GAS PIPELINE BY DECEMBER 1 WWW.RT.COM PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      10 MONGOLIA'S FOREIGN TRADE UP 41.6 PCT IN JAN. WWW.XINHUANET.COM PUBLISHED:2019/02/20      УГСАРМАЛ ОРОН СУУЦНЫ ДУЛААЛГАД ЗОРИУЛЖ 12.7 ТЭРБУМ ТӨГРӨГИЙГ УЛСЫН ТӨСВӨӨС ГАРГАХААР БОЛЖЭЭ WWW.IKON.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/21     2018ОНД ЦАГААН БУДАА , ЭЛСЭН ЧИХЭР , ТАХИАНЫ МАХНЫ ИМПОРТ 24-32 ХУВИАР ӨСЖЭЭ WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/21     ДЦС IV: 2018 ОНД НИЙТ АШИГ 4.7 ДАХИН ӨСӨЖ , 4.48 ТЭРБУМ ТӨГРӨГ БОЛСОН WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/21     ТУСГАЙ САНГУУДААС ГАРГАСАН ЗЭЭЛИЙН 100 ОРЧИМ ТЭРБУМ ТӨГРӨГ ХУГАЦАА ХЭТЭРСЭН ӨР БОЛЖЭЭ WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/21     МОНГОЛ УЛСЫН БОРЛУУЛАЛТЫН МЕНЕЖЕРҮҮДИЙН ИНДЕКС СҮҮЛИЙН 12 САРД АНХ УДАА УНАЛТЫН БҮСЭД ШИЛЖИВ WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/21     2018 ОНД ХАМГИЙН ЧИНЭЭЛЭГ БҮЛГИЙН ХЭРЭГЛЭЭ ЯДУУ БҮЛГИЙНХНЭЭС 5.1 ДАХИН ИХ БАЙВ WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/21     ХОВД ГОЛД ОСОЛДСОН 6 НАСТАЙ ХҮҮХДИЙН ЭРЛИЙГ ЗОГСООЛОО WWW.MONTSAME.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/21     ДБНХ-НООС П.ОРХОНЫ БАРИЛДАХ ЭРХИЙГ 4 ЖИЛЭЭР ХАСАВ WWW.MONTSAME.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/21     УУХҮЯ: II САРЫН БАЙДЛААР НИЙТ НУТАГ ДЭВСГЭРИЙН 5.6 ХУВЬД АШИГТ МАЛТМАЛЫН ЛИЦЕНЗ ОЛГОСОН WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/20     300 ОРТОЙ ТӨРӨХ ЭМНЭЛГИЙН БАРИЛГЫН АЖИЛ 80%-Д ХҮРЧ ГУРАВДУГААР САРЫН 1-НЭЭС ДУЛААНД ХОЛБОГДОХООР БОЛЖЭЭ WWW.IKON.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/02/20    

Events

Name organizer Where
“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

NEWS

64x64

Mongolia-one of the best ethical destinations for 2017 www.en.montsame.mn

 
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mongolia has been selected as one of the world’s ten best ethical destinations for 2017 by Ethical Traveler, nonprofit organization a project of the Earth Island Institute. The countries on the 2017 list include Belize, Cabo Verde, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, Palau, Tonga, Uruguay and Vanuatu.
 
Every year, Ethical Traveler reviews policies and practices of over one hundred developing nations, focusing on three general categories: environmental protection, social welfare and human rights and selects the ten that are doing the most impressive job of promoting human rights, preserving the environment and supporting social welfare. Mongolia also won the title in 2016.
 
“For each category, we look at information of past and present to understand not only the current state of a country, but how it has changed over time. This helps us to select nations that are actively improving the state of their people, government and environment. Our goal is to encourage the behaviors we see as creating a safer and more sustainable world…. For a country to make our list, of course, it must excel in more than metrics. Each Ethical Destination also offers unspoiled natural beauty, great outdoor activities and the opportunity to interact with local people and cultures in a meaningful, mutually enriching way. By visiting these countries, we can use our economic leverage to reward good works and support best practices” reported the Ethical Traveler.
 
“Mongolia impressed us again this year with a huge investment in education projects for 457 schools, benefitting half a million students and teachers. In an effort to increase interest in the sciences, the Ministry of Education created 200 new physics labs in secondary schools across the nation”.
...


64x64

Exclusive: Peanuts, home of Snoopy and Charlie Brown, up for sale - sources www.reuters.com

 
U.S. brand management company Iconix Brand Group Inc is exploring a sale of its majority stake in Peanuts Worldwide LLC, which owns the rights to cartoon strip characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown, according to people familiar with the matter.
The move comes three months after U.S. insurance company MetLife Inc dropped the Peanuts characters it had been using as mascots for more than 30 years - a blow to debt-burdened Iconix.
The characters, which include Lucy, Peppermint Patty and Pigpen, have attracted the interest of Chinese companies as well as other investors keen to snap up U.S. media and licensing assets, the people said this week.
Created by Charles Schulz and licensed in over 100 countries, the characters generate about $30 million in 12-month earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, the people added. They declined to comment on the expected deal valuation.
Besides Peanuts, Iconix is also looking to sell its Strawberry Shortcake brand, which is based on a character that rose to fame in the 1980s as a doll for young girls, the people said. They asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential.
The New York-based company is working with investment bank Guggenheim Partners LLC on an auction process to sell the brands, the people added, cautioning that there was no certainty that any deal would occur.
Iconix, which has a market capitalization of $553 million, did not respond to a request for comment, while Guggenheim declined to comment.
While MetLife will stop flying blimps featuring Snoopy this year, Peanuts has agreements with brands such as chocolate maker Nestle SA, stationary company Hallmark Cards Inc, and retailer Zara, according to a regulatory filing by Iconix.
In 2015, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc released The Peanuts Movie, which was nominated for a Golden Globe award and grossed $246 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, a website that tracks the revenue that movies generate.
Peanuts' largest international market is Japan, where a new Snoopy museum opened last year, according to the Iconix filing. The company renewed a long-standing contract to air the popular Peanuts holiday TV specials on U.S. network ABC in 2014 for five years.
Initially called "Li'l Folks", the comic strip was renamed "Peanuts" in 1950, when it became syndicated in seven newspapers, according to the Charles M Schulz Museum website. Schulz passed away in 2000.
Iconix, which also owns clothing brand Joe Boxer and outdoor wear brand London Fog, purchased an 80 percent stake in Peanuts in 2010 from U.S. media company E.W. Scripps Co in a deal valued at $175 million.
The remaining 20 percent in the company is owned by Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, which is controlled by the Schulz family.
Iconix sold another flagship brand, the Sharper Image, last year to its biggest licensee, ThreeSixty Group Inc, for $100 million. The transaction was used to pay down some of Iconix's debt, which totaled $1.29 billion as of the end of September.
Last year, Iconix said it would help develop and produce a new animated series based on Strawberry Shortcake. Iconix acquired the brand about two years ago for $105 million from greeting cards maker American Greetings Corp.
...


64x64

Wal-Mart offers free two-day shipping in latest attempt to compete with Amazon www.reuters.com

 
Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) will offer U.S. shoppers free two-day shipping on a minimum order of $35 starting Tuesday, its latest attempt to compete with rival Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) popular Prime shipping program.
 
Free shipping will replace 'Shipping Pass', Wal-Mart's existing two-day shipping program that charges shoppers an annual membership fee of $49. Amazon Prime charges customers $99 a year for two-day shipping that comes with additional features like a streaming video service.
 
Marc Lore, head of Wal-Mart's e-commerce operations, said the company's offer will be "most compelling" for shoppers looking for low prices, a wide assortment and fast shipping.
 
"In today's world of e-commerce, two-day free shipping is table stakes. It no longer makes sense to charge for it," Lore said on a conference call. He is the former head of online retailer Jet.com, which Wal-Mart bought for $3.3 billion last year.
 
The decision to scrap the membership fee is Lore's boldest move yet to challenge Amazon since he took charge of Wal-Mart's struggling online business. Earlier this month, Lore shuffled Wal-Mart's e-commerce decks.
 
The move is in line with the broader push by Wal-Mart Chief Executive Doug McMillon to narrow the gap with Amazon and give it an even more dominant position in U.S. e-commerce. The retailer has been investing in e-commerce for the past 15 years, but it still lags far behind its Seattle-based rival.
 
Wal-Mart's free shipping offer will be available on over 2 million items. It will include frequently ordered items such as household essentials, baby products, cleaning supplies and food items like cereal and peanut butter.
 
Wal-Mart said it will use its new online warehouses around the country to fulfill such orders and expects to ship many such items in just one day. In October, the retailer said it is on track to double the number of giant warehouses dedicated to online sales to 10 by the end of 2016.
 
Wal-Mart will also fully refund the membership fee for existing Shipping Pass members. The company started experimenting with Shipping Pass in 2015 and was trying to boost demand for the program by offering a free 30-day trial in 2016.
 
In a separate blog post, Lore said the retailer remains committed to saving consumers money. "I've been here for four months and I couldn't be more excited about how fast we are moving. It feels like a startup."
 
He indicated there will be more changes at the world's largest retailer.
...


64x64

Dropbox Hits $1 Billion Revenue Run Rate www.forbes.com

 
Last year, Dropbox announced it had become cash flow positive. Now it has a new financial milestone.
Cofounder and CEO Drew Houston announced on Monday that Dropbox has passed $1 billion in annual revenue run rate, or revenue over a short time period extrapolated over a full year. Dropbox also claims that it is the fastest software-as-a-service (SAAS) company to reach this goal. Public competitor Box had just over $300 million in revenue its last full annual results.
Houston, a 33-year-old billionaire, also said that Dropbox currently has 500 million users around the world and 200,000 paying business customers. He called their rapid revenue growth the result of an “incredibly powerful model” that combines their original consumer internet strategy with the enterprise solutions business they’ve focused on in recent years.
Over the last couple of years, Dropbox has struggled to justify its $10 billion private valuation. Wall Street values Box, which has a run rate over $400 million, at a $2.25 billion market capitalization. At the same multiples, Dropbox’s newly announced run rate would imply a value for the company around $5-$6 billion.
...


64x64

Ambassador to Sri Lanka presents credentials www.en.montsame.mn

 
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Ganbold Gonchig, the newly accredited Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka presented his credentials to President Maithripala Sirise on January 24.
Present at the occasion held in Sri Lankan capital Colombo were P.B. Abeykoon, Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Esala Weerakoon, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other officials.
Following the ceremony, sides held a friendly talk during which the President talked about his efforts aimed at maintaining national unity, enforcing public order, eradicating poverty by ensuring economic growth, increasing employment, avoiding conflict and strengthening friendly ties with other countries. “Sri Lanka will support Mongolia in every aspect, and is willing to redevelop bilateral trade and economic cooperation”, President Maithripala Sirise remarked.
For his part, Ambassador Ganbold conveyed President Ts.Elbegdorj’s greetings, expressed his readiness to work towards developing Mongolia’ friendly relationship with Sri Lanka in bilateral and multi-lateral contexts as the two countries share many similarities, and appreciated Sri Lanka’s support in the process of Mongolia joining UN Human Rights Council.
...


64x64

Sweden vows to ‘take measures’ if port city agrees to Nord Stream-2 construction www.rt.com

 
Sweden’s defense ministry has refuted reports that it has softened its stance on the use of Karlshamn as the base for the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream-2.
Previously, officials claimed that the pipeline - which would transport natural gas into the EU - was “detrimental to Sweden’s political and security interests.”
“The government’s assessment remains unchanged. We will meet representatives of Karlshamn community tonight to receive information from them. If they decide to rent out the port, we will need to take measures,” Marinette Nyh Radebo, press secretary of Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist, said ahead of an official decision set to be announced on Tuesday.
Nyh Radebo said that any approval of the project would be accompanied by a strengthening of the coast guard, armed forces, customs, and tighter surveillance over the strategic Baltic port, which is located 50 km away from the key Karlskrona naval base.
The official was responding to a report disseminated by state-owned Swedish Radio, which claimed that the government had its concerns assuaged, noting there is already a significant volume of Russian maritime traffic at the port.
The center-left alliance that controls the municipality of about 20,000 people had lobbied for project, which will follow the path of the first Nord Stream pipeline, completed in 2011, to be given the green light.
“The goal is still to implement the deal,” Mayor Per-Ola Mattsson, whose municipality will net an extra €3-6 million as a result, said on Monday. “Many other ports have Russian crews too, if it is a concern here, why isn’t it a concern anywhere else?”
The original 1,200-km pipeline, which runs ashore in Germany, was vehemently opposed by several Eastern European states, alarmed by Moscow’s potential grip on the continent’s energy security, but it was approved in Sweden.
The second pipeline, which will double the capacity of Nord Stream to 55 million cubic meters, is being built against an even fiercer backdrop of resistance, considering that Russia is still under EU sanctions.
If all goes to plan, Nord Stream-2, which is expected to cost around €10 billion, will come online in 2019. It will be majority-owned by Russian state giant Gazprom, with minority stakes held by Basf, E.On, Engie, OMV, and Shell.
...


64x64

Ex-HBOS manager and five others face jail over £245m scam www.theguardian.com

 
A group of six financiers including a former senior HBOS banker face jail after being convicted on Monday for their roles in a scam involving £245m worth of fraudulent loans.
Ex-HBOS manager Lynden Scourfield, 54, was bribed by David Mills, 60, with foreign cruises and sex parties, a jury at Southwark crown court found on Monday.
In addition the former banker was lavished with stays in Mayfair hotels, trips to Las Vegas and Barbados, a £3,220 Cartier watch and enjoyed three nights on a six-star cruise from Nice to Saint Tropez.
In return, Scourfield, who had previously pleaded guilty to charges relating to his role in the scam last year, agreed to give inappropriate loans to struggling businesses, which allowed Mills and his associates to profit from imposing high consultancy fees on those firms.
Many of the businesses went bankrupt as a result and some of the owners lost their homes. Stephen Rowland, of the Crown Prosecution Service fraud division, said: “This had a very real impact on a lot of people, individuals who had worked had to build up companies.”
Mills, who faces the potential of a long prison term along with Scourfield, was convicted alongside his wife Alison, 51, their associates Michael Bancroft, 73, and Tony Cartwright, 72, for their various roles in running the fraud between 2003 and 2007. Mark Dobson, 56, another HBOS banker who used to work under Scourfield, was also found guilty.
A seventh man, accountant Jonathan Cohen, 57, was acquitted.
Scourfield was in charge of corporate customers experiencing financial difficulties at HBOS’s branch in Reading, Berkshire, until he resigned in 2007.
He received gifts of clothes, jewellery, luxury hotels, business-class flights and expensive meals at an oyster bar and a cheesecake restaurant, the jury heard during a four-month trial.
The court was told how more than £28m passed from HBOS through the bank accounts of either Mills, his wife or companies under his control, although not all of that sum was retained by the financier.
Mills’s wife also played an active role in the scheme, inviting Scourfield and his wife, plus Dobson, to go on trips to Ascot racecourse. Meanwhile Mills, Bancroft, Scourfield and their wives holidayed together in Barbados to celebrate Alison Mills’ 40th birthday.
Aside from stories of high end holidays, luxury yachts and expensive jewellery, the court also heard less glamorous evidence, including how Scourfield would receive regular bribes in the form of envelopes stuffed with thousands of pounds in cash to pay for sex workers at a flat in Marylebone, central London.
One woman who worked at Fantasy – a pornographic magazine company under Scourfield’s portfolio – said she was asked to arrange girls for the “posh twat banker friends”.
A diary entry from one of the sex workers read: “Met guys, me, Amber and Suzie. Chinese meal. Then drinks at flat and quick shag. Easy £1,500.”
Rowland said: “There was a very seedy side to this case and that’s indicative of the kind of mindset and the kind of sleazy elements of these kinds of crimes.”
The prosecution was brought after a six-year investigation by Thames Valley police that involved 150 officers who sifted through about 500,000 documents. Three rooms were needed to house the evidence collected during the investigation.
Scourfield pleaded guilty in August to six counts, including conspiracy to corrupt.
Mills and Bancroft were found guilty of six and five counts respectively, including conspiracy to corrupt and fraudulent trading. Alison Mills was convicted of one count of money laundering.
Dobson and Cartwright were both convicted on two counts.
Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday.
...


64x64

Road en route Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan to be renewed www.gogo.mn

Minister of Road and Transport Development D.Ganbat and relevant officials got acquainted with situation of paved-road en route Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan. The minister D.Ganbat stated that the road would be renovated soon, as it has a high risk of traffic accident.
“-There are two high-traffic roads en routes Ulaanbaatar-Nalaikh and Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan. 230 km Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan road is in situation that it has critical traffic overload. Traffic accident rate is high in the area. Therefore, we plan to immediately renovate this road by extending its lanes to four and paving with cement concrete. National cement product will be used for the refurbishment” said the Minister. The current road belongs to fourth class road and the renewed road would be first class.
Some 3500-3800 vehicles cross through the road a day, while it has a daily capacity of 600. The road has several point areas, including Bornuur Bridge, Tahilt Mountainpass, Seterhiin Hotol passage, where visible environment is poor and areas around Tsaidam Valley or at the point of 200 km from Ulaanbaatar the road are seriously broken due to soil texture of that area.
Preparations including approval of standard of cement concrete pavement in cold seasons and making blueprint of the road will be made from now to make it ready to start the road renovation work as soon as weather gets warmer. All possible resources will be used to finance the renovation in addition to looking for domestic and foreign investment.

...


64x64

Honda, GM to jointly produce fuel cells www.nhk.or.jp

Honda Motor and General Motors will jointly produce fuel cell power systems for next-generation eco-friendly vehicles.

The automakers made the announcement at a news conference in the US city of Detroit on Monday.

They have formed a joint venture to produce the systems, with plans to start mass production by 2020.

The move will deepen ties between the 2 companies, which have been cooperating on research into basic technology for fuel cells.

They will try to improve production efficiency, with the aim of lowering prices for fuel cell vehicles.

The companies said their investment of 85 million dollars in a GM plant in Michigan will create 100 jobs.

President and CEO Toshiaki Mikoshiba of American Honda Motor described why Honda has chosen to invest in the US rather than Japan, which is home to the company's current research base for fuel cells.

He said his company's policy is to manufacture where there is demand.

Mikoshiba also touched on claims by President Donald Trump that the US trade relationship with Japan is unfair.

He said he has no choice but to wait and see how things will pan out.

...


64x64

Apple reportedly removes Iranian apps from App Store www.rt.com

 
US tech giant Apple has started deleting applications supplied by Iranian startups and developers from its App Store, according to various media reports.
The company removed application of the biggest Iranian e-commerce service, Digikala, which has millions of users, Iran’s tech news site Techrasa reports.
Last September, Apple temporarily opened the App Store for businesses based in Iran, gradually lifting limitations previously imposed due to international sanctions.
As there is no official App Store available in the Islamic Republic, most of the companies had to register their apps as being outside of the country.
Digikala service uses the Shaparak payment operator, which is completely isolated from international systems. That would allow the service not to contradict Apple’s terms.
Moreover, several Iranian banks have apps for the iOS platform which are often side-loaded onto phones.
When attempting to upload apps Iranian startups apparently received the following message:
“Unfortunately, there is no App Store available for the territory of Iran. Additionally, apps facilitating transactions for businesses or entities based in Iran may not comply with the Iranian Transactions Sanctions Regulations (31CFR Part 560) when hosted on the App Store. For these reasons, we are unable to accept your application at this time. We encourage you to resubmit your application once international trade laws are revised to allow this functionality.”
Iran's with a population of nearly 80 million loves its gadgets. Over 40 million smartphones, or which six million are iPhones, are currently used by Iranians. Some 100,000 iPhones are smuggled into the country every month, according to Techrasa.
The Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations issued by the US Department of the Treasury blocks the market that might become a highly lucrative one for Apple.
...