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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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China to further boost $3.8 trillion digital economy, create more jobs www.reuters.com

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s state planner on Wednesday called for further advancement in the country’s $3.8 trillion digital economy, saying sectors such as big data and artificial intelligence (AI) will become drivers of job creation.

The Chinese economy is in the midst of a long-term restructuring that has seen the decline of low-end industries and the emergence of higher-value factories that make robotics and drones.

“China will promote the digital transformation of traditional sectors, driving more workers to switch jobs and improve the quality of employment,” the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said.

In recent months, Chinese government departments and agencies such as the state planner have been affirming their commitment to China’s long-term development, which Beijing sees as a means to rely less on trade and other external drivers.

An intensifying trade war with the United States, China’s biggest trading partner, has obscured China’s medium-term growth outlook and spells uncertainty for millions of Chinese jobs.

Chinese state media has accused Washington of using trade to suppress China’s development.

China will make further inroads into areas such as the internet of things, big data, cloud computing and AI, and create more high-end jobs, the state planner said.

The country will also actively attract foreign talent to promote the innovation of its digital economy, the NDRC said.

China’s digital economy rose 18 percent to 26 trillion yuan ($3.8 trillion) last year, equal to a third of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology.

Hundreds of millions of Chinese people use mobile apps for social networking, entertainment, gaming and shopping. Urban China is also largely cashless, with mobile payments through Tencent Holdings Ltd’s WeChat and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Alipay the norm.

The NDRC said it will also step up financing support to help grow new industries including drawing funds from capital markets.

Earlier this month, it signed an agreement with China Development Bank (CDB), a major policy lender, to offer 100 billion yuan ($14.55 billion) in financial support for the digital push.

Digital economy is also expected to help boost agriculture, as part of China’s ambition to revive rural areas, according to the NDRC.

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Washington to blacklist 12 Russian companies in new round of sanctions www.rt.com

The US Department of Commerce has imposed restrictions on 12 Russian corporations that are allegedly acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the US.
The document, set to be published on Wednesday, does not specify a date for the commencement of sanctions against the entities. It states that American corporations are banned from exporting dual-use goods to the sanctioned companies.

The black list includes AeroComposite, owned by Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation; tech equipment producer Divetechnoservice; Federal State Unitary Enterprise Scientific Production Enterprise Gamma; the Vektor Research Institute; construction corporation Nilco Group; Obninsk Research and Production Enterprise Technologiya; the Okeanos Scientific and Production Enterprise; developer and builder of aircraft engines Aviadvigatel; Russia’s developer of IT solutions for electric grids Infotech Group; Syrus Systems; Voronezh-based research institute Vega; and producer of radio electronics and software, Research Institute of Precision Instruments.

The enumerated companies, along with their affiliates in Iran and Belarus, are reportedly at odds with the interests of the national security and foreign policy of the United States. According to the Commerce Department, the Vector Research Institute, Gamma research and production enterprise, Syrus Systems, and the Infotech Group “have enabled the activities of malicious Russian cyber actors.”

Both Divetechnoservice and the Okeanos Scientific and Production Enterprise have been sanctioned for providing equipment and support to the Russian Navy. The rest of the companies were blacklisted for supporting Russian military aerospace production activities.

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Potential cooperation on oil refinery discussed with Azerbaijan www.zgm.mn

President of Mongolia Battulga Khaltmaa is paying a working visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan. President Battulga held a bilateral meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev in tete-a-tete (face-to-face) and extended formats. The bilateral meeting took place in the Zagulba Palace, Baku, in a business-like and friendly atmosphere. At the beginning of the meeting, President Ilham Aliyev welcomed President Battulga to Azerbaijan, expressing his appreciation of the latter’s working visit. During the meeting, President Battulga recalled an interesting detail in bilateral relations wherein the Baku Oil Refinery established a small plant in Zuunbayan, Mongolia, on December 5, 1951, and ran the plant until 1969 with Azerbaijani experts coming to Mongolia to work at the plant.

President Ilham Aliyev listened to the story attentively and noted that it was possible for the two countries to cooperate in this sector, given the past experience. The heads of state of Mongolia and Azerbaijan agreed to jointly enter foreign markets via Mongolian territory, actively participate in regional development, and explore opportunities to cooperate on logistical assistance in exporting Mongolian-made products to the world market. After the meeting, the extended format meeting took place. Present at the meeting were, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Battsetseg Batmunkh and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Turkey Bold Ravdan from the Mongolian side, and Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev and Deputy Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajizadeh from the Azerbaijani side.

President Battulga Khaltmaa invites Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Mongolia
President Battulga pointed out that there is an enormous potential to enrich Mongolia-Azerbaijan relations with economic content, while requesting to cooperate in increasing bilateral trade and investment and activating business-to-business ties. President Ilham Aliyev supported the proposal, and the sides agreed on sending a research team of the Ministry of Economy and business representatives of Azerbaijan to Mongolia in October, 2018. President Ilham Aliyev also expressed his support toward the export of Mongolian products and goods to the Middle East through Azerbaijan. The sides agreed to carefully study the matters of exporting animal-origin products, including meat and leather, to Azerbaijan, making an investment for the establishment of cashmere and wool processing and carpet factory that will provide jobs to 300 people in Mongolia, and bringing in the required technology from Azerbaijan. The heads of state had an elaborate discussion on bilateral cooperation in agriculture, tourism, education, sports, and transport sectors. At the end of the meeting, President Battulga invited President Ilham Aliyev to Mongolia, and the latter expressed his appreciation of the invitation.

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Mongolia gets aid to boost education www.chindaily.com.cn

ULAN BATOR-China's aid is boosting the development of Mongolia's education system, says Mongolia's Education Minister Tsedenbal Tsogzolmaa.

Bilateral cooperation in the education sector has increased in recent years, and "China has significantly contributed to our country's efforts to end the system of three shifts in schools by giving aid for new schools and kindergartens," says Tsogzolmaa.

According to the minister, a total of 21 schools and kindergartens will be built in Mongolia with aid from China by 2020.

Currently, seven schools and one kindergarten are under construction in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator.

The Mongolian government plans to end the system of three shifts in schools by 2020 in a bid to improve access and the quality of general education, says the minister, adding that to this end, Mongolia will have to build at least 50 new schools.

In addition, she says that China is helping Mongolia to develop a skilled workforce.

"China is the most popular overseas study destination for Mongolian students," she says.

"The number of Mongolian students choosing to study in China is growing. And the number of Mongolian students who receive Chinese scholarships has continued to grow year by year," she adds.

Data shows that since 2012, more than 2,500 Mongolian students have received Chinese government scholarships, and the number has risen to 358 this year.

The number of students from China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region who study in Mongolia has also increased, says Tsogzolmaa. Also, students from both sides serve as a bridge to promote friendship between the two peoples and two countries, she adds.

The minister says Mongolia is keen on enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation with China in education, science, culture and sports under the Belt and Road Initiative.

The initiative proposed by China in 2013 offers a huge opportunity for Mongolia and other participating countries to expand relations and cooperation with China in various fields, Tsogzolmaa says, citing infrastructure, economy, education and culture.

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and China, Tsogzolmaa says, expressing the hope that the neighboring countries will take this opportunity to strengthen ties and cooperation in all areas.

"We are planning to organize a series of events," she says.

"For instance, Mongolian Culture Days will be organized in Beijing and in Hohhot, the capital of North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region. And Chinese Culture Days will be held in Mongolia next year."

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New coal-to-chemistry plant in Inner Mongolia will use novel ethylene glycol technology www.thechemicalengineer.com

DOWNSTREAM producer Jiutai is planning a coal-to-chemistry plant in Inner Mongolia that will produce ethylene glycol from syngas, using proprietary technology developed by Johnson Matthey and Eastman Chemical Company.

Jiutai is planning to build a coal-to-chemicals facility at Togtoh Industrial Park, Togtoh, Inner Mongolia, which will include a 1m t/y ethylene glycol facility. Ethylene glycol, commonly referred to as mono ethylene glycol (MEG), is typically produced from ethylene. MEG is used as a building block in the production of polyesters for fibre and packaging applications. The new process allows MEG to be produced from syngas feedstocks, thereby eliminating the need for ethylene.

The coal-to-chemicals facility will produce synthetic gas from coal gasification, which will then be converted to methanol and then to formaldehyde which is used to produce the MEG. Johnson Matthey’s technology and catalysts for the production of methanol and formaldehyde will also be used at the Jiutai plant, with the formaldehyde plant having a capacity of 1.5m t/y.

Cui Lianguo, chairman of Jiutai Group, said:

“Jiutai is pleased to select Johnson Matthey and Eastman’s novel technology for the production of MEG. Jiutai’s aim is to utilise local coal and other precious resources, such as water, in a clean and sustainable manner to produce high value MEG at its new coal-to-chemicals complex.”

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Mining Minister pays working visit to Russia www.montsame.mn

Moscow /MONTSAME/ Delegation led by the Minister of Mining and Heavy Industry D.Sumiyabazar is paying a working visit to the Russian Federation and Port of Taman on September 24-26. On their first day of visit, they met with I.E.Levitin, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation, and Rosneft authorities.

During the fourth Eastern Economic Forum, President of Mongolia Kh.Battulga and his Russian counterpart V.V.Putin discussed several issues including construction of natural gas pipes between China and Russia via Mongolia, creating economic corridor and celebrating the 80th anniversary of the victory at the Battle of Khalkha River together.

Minister D.Sumiyabazar’s visit to Russia aims to intensify the implementation of the works that have been discussed by the leaders of the two countries and expanding bilateral cooperation in mining. Mining Minister met with the Rosneft President I.I.Sechin, exchanging views on wide range of issues including conducting joint research on oil exploration in Mongolia, construction of oil refinery, studying possibilities of building gas pipe through Mongolia at the site and celebrating the 80th anniversary of the victory at the Battle of Khalkha River. In addition, Rosneft agreed to provide fuel for the new airport in the Khushigt Valley.

“Fuel is an important strategic product for our country. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain the supply of the product and increase the customs bonded warehouse. We also seek opportunities to take substantial measures to ensure stable fuel price that directly affect the livelihoods of the people. The Government of Mongolia decided to build an oil refinery with the financing from the EXIM Bank of India. Rosneft has a great experience in oil exploration and processing. Experts led by the Rosneft Vice President A.A.Romanov will visit the oil refinery site, some areas where the gas pipe will go through and the 19th, 21th field of Dachin Tamsag, where oil is extracted” noted Minister D.Sumiyabazar.

Highlighting the successful implementation of the works on bringing the Tavan Tolgoi coal deposit to international markets and making it meet the international standards, he said “The Memorandum on cooperation was established with the OTEKO JSC of Russia to make investment in Tavan Tolgoi, transport coal to the Port of Taman at Black sea and bring it to the third markets. Tavan Tolgoi plans to export 25 million tons of coal through the Port Taman annually. In this regard, visit to the Port Taman and meeting with the OTEKO CEO M.Litvak are planned.”

The company is interested in expansion of cooperation with us and investments. We have a huge potential. In particular, by improving cooperation policy with the Russian Federation in mining, industry and trade sectors, being responsible and maintaining the trust of our partners, we can increase our profits and advance the country's development.”

In addition, the Presidents of the two countries are giving special importance to the 80th anniversary of the victory at the Battle of Khalkha River that will occur in 2019. Rosneft will finance the anniversary event and construction of the New Soum project in Khalkha gol soum.

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Mongolians mostly drive used Japanese cars www.news.mn

Mongolia imports sedans from nearly 30 countries – mostly from Japan. According to statistics of 2017, Mongolia imported 45,000 cars from Japan followed by 2900 vehicles from South Korea, 142 from the US and 315 from Germany.

Used cars imported from Germany are mostly up to three years’ of age: however, 70 percent of the country’s total car imports are from Japan and are aged 4-9 years.

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Four Mongolians working at Apple www.news.mn

S.Aigerym has becomes the first Mongolian women engineer to work at the US tech giant Apple. She graduated from Houston University in 2017. S.Algerym who is from Bayan-Ulgii, a Kazakh-majority province in the west of Mongolia, has recently got a job as a programming engineer at Apple Inc.

Her grandfather, Kh.Alip was one of deputies who approved the first Mongolian Constitution. When still a child, Aigerym dreamt of becoming a diplomat like her grandfather. Later, she changed her mind to become computer profession.

A total of four Mongolian nationals are working at Apple.

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China says new African swine fever outbreak reported in Inner Mongolia www.reuters.com

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday it has confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of northern China, as authorities struggle to contain the highly contagious disease.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said a slaughterhouse in the city of Hohhot reported the outbreak, adding that four pigs were infected with, and two had died from, African swine fever.

The world’s top pork producer has seen a steady stream of new outbreaks since the first case was reported in early August. Authorities have banned the transport of live hogs and pig products from regions bordering provinces where African swine fever has been reported, shut live markets and banned the use of feed derived from pig blood in order to contain the disease.

But a lack of manpower and financial resources at the local levels has hampered those efforts.

African swine fever is a devastating disease that can cause hemorrhaging in the skin and internal organs and death for swine in two to 10 days.

Though it is not harmful to humans, there is no vaccine and it has many possible ways for transmission including direct contact between animals, animal feed and people traveling from one place to another.

Reporting by Min Zhang and Se Young Lee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Christian Schmollinger

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Campaign to create positive, safe cyber environment starts in Mongolia www.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia on Monday launched a week-long campaign to create positive and safe cyber environment.

The campaign, called "Positive, Safe and Responsible Cyber Environment," aims to reduce harmful impacts of modern technological breakthroughs and cyber risks, and induce proper usage of social media, Sodnomtsog Sukh-Ochir, head of the Youth Development Department of Ulan Bator, told Xinhua over the phone.

Under the campaign, 300 students studying information and technology were assigned to call on people to do positive things on preventing cyber crimes and using social media properly, he said.

The number of Internet users has been growing day by day in Mongolia. Two out of three people in the country with a population of over 3 million are Internet users, according to data released by the National Statistical Office.

Cyber-related cases like child sexual abuse through the Internet, creation of child pornography and online fraud have been increasing dramatically in the country in recent years.

In this connection, relevant authorities have carried out a number of measures to prevent risks of cyber crimes in recent months. The campaign is part of the efforts.

Recently, the country's National Police Agency has launched a national campaign to protect children from cyber crimes and strengthen parental control over children's social media usage.

According to the police agency, around 300 cyber crimes have been registered in the country in the first half of this year. Before 2010, the number is about 20.

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