PRESIDENT RECEIVES SAMPLE OF “ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTHS”
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A sample of a three-tome encyclopedia for children and youths was granted the President Ts.Elbegdorj on Wednesday.
It was presented by a director-general of “Selengepress” publishing house M.Bold, chair and initiator of the project on the encyclopedia; People’s Teacher- titled Dr Ch.Avdai, general-editor of the encyclopedia; and members of the editing group.
The encyclopedia consists of three tomes themed “Mongolia”, “Mongolian historical tradition, culture and science” and “World countries and people”.
The first tome chronologically features Mongol Empires Hun, Xiongnu, Xianbei and Turkic Khaganate, the Mongol Great Empire, Mongolian kings, the history of Mongolia before and after the 1921 revolution, Mongolian nature, geography, climate, education and culture.
The second one tells about the lifestyle of the Mongolians such as shelters, clothing, family, ethnography, religion, cuisine, animal husbandry, land farming as well as modern sciences.
The third tome has information about famous people of the world, from ancient to modern times; characteristics of earth, oceans, movement; the history of humankind, migration; international organizations, famous cities, universities, libraries, theatres, museums, buildings and the seven wonders of the world, said Dr Avdai.
Members of the editing group said the very first version of the 3-tome en-cyclopedia for children and youths was published some 30 years ago in the former Soviet Union themed “My home- land-Mongolia”, “Great Friendship” and “World humankind”.
The President congratulated the people on their creation and said it should be delivered to libraries of all levels schools.
STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS WORK IN DEFENSE MINISTRY
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Head and members of the parliamentary Standing committee on security and foreign policy--M.Sonompil, L.Bold and S.Oyun--visited this organization Thursday.
They were received by the Minister of Defense Ts.Tsolmon who presented them the Ministry's policy and actions and spoke about urgent problems facing his sphere.
He mentioned that the President had submitted to parliament draft new versions of the law on defense, on the Armed Forces and draft package laws on military services and on legal status of the military servicemen, "they all have been harmonized with the newly adopted fundamental document of the defense".
He also said he will submit to parliament a draft amendment to the law on pensions and allowance for military servicemen, and that a program is being worked out on developing the Armed Forces until 2030.
Authorities of the Defense Ministry said that some 300 servicemen' retirement has been facing problems due to budget difficulties, "moreover, we suffering problems in covering accommodation fees and stipends of the cadets who are studying abroad". As they said, these problems could be resolved if to place some ten billion in the budget.
The Standing committee head said he and L.Bold MP really understand the situation because they had worked as the defense Ministers, and promised to back the draft package law on defense.
MIAT TO LAUNCH LOCAL FLIGHTS IN MID OF APRIL
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg Wednesday ran the “Hour for solutions” weekly meeting, convening G.Nyamdavaa, a head of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and T.Tamir, CEO of the Mongolian Airlines (MIAT).
The Premier reminded them that the government has been implementing several-phase measures focused on people of remote regions, especially of western provinces, for example, petroleum prices in aimags have been reduced by 150-350 Togrog per liter to the level of the capital city.
He said that the workers who are constructing auto roads in the western aimags should be given an opportunity to be carried by airplanes. “The paved roads work, aimed at connecting the provinces' centers to the UB city, has been successful but the workers have to spend much time to get to these aimags, for instance, small-sized planes--the only air transport in localities--fly over three hours,” the Premier noted and suggested a possibility of shrinking this time by putting large planes into the local flights.
Khovd aimag has a nice paved runway suitable for large airplanes, moreover, flights can be performed from there to neighboring Bayan-Olgii, Uvs and Gobi-Altai provinces, he said adding that ticket prices may be reduced for these flights.
The Premier obliged the CAA and MIAT leaders to work out proposals on the matter, and said the expansion of the local flights would also boost the tourism, and that it is necessary to connect Ulaanbaatar to cities of the neighbor countries through transit flights. "The MIAT must develop the 'state-private sector' partnership in the airline sector under a mutually-beneficial principle".
T.Tamir said that, by the governmental earlier direction, the MIAT had carried out feasibility studies together with the "Aero Mongolia" company on reducing ticket prices of local flights and on improving the services and reached a concrete concurrence. “MIAT plans to perform flights to the western aimags from this April 15, while 'Aero Mongolia' will keep its small planes in Khovd aimag, and it means MIAT will transport passengers to Khovd by its large airplanes, and 'Aero Mongolia'--by its small planes to Bayan-Olgii and Zavkhan provinces”.
The Premier ordered the CAA head to start a new partnership between the CAA and MIAT, to launch the local flights of MIAT in April 15, and to address the cabinet if there will be urgent matters.
METISSEN APPRECIATES PREPARATION FOR ASEM SUMMIT
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A delegation headed by Mr Michael Metissen, a chief consultant to the European Union’s External Relations Division on ASEM affairs, called a press conference Thursday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to talk about the preparation for the 11th ASEM Summit.
Mr Metissen is here for the second time, to witness the course of the preparation and to give some advice. He said the hosting of the ASEM Summit is a big challenge for any country, "this Summit, which is to celebrate its 20th anniversary as well, expects 53 countries' leaders and high-level officials".
He said Mongolia is ensuring the preparation very well. “The government of Mongolia is experienced in hosting biggest international gatherings, and we hope Mongolia will successfully organize the ASEM Summit. The EU has decided to support Mongolia in hosting this event,” Mr Metissen said.
Ahead of the Summit, Mongolia will organize the 9th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP9) Meeting this April 21-22. As of today, some 20 countries have applied to take part in the ASEP9.
In frames of the visit, Mr Metissen and accompanying him delegation has met with D.Gankhuyag, the State secretary of Foreign Ministry and chair of the ASEM preparation commission; B.Boldbaatar, the secretary-general of the Parliamentary Office; P.Tsagaan, a head of the Presidential Office; Kh.Gantsogt, the State Secretary of the Finance Ministry; and Ts.Enkhtsengel, a Deputy Mayor of Ulaanbaatar on social and development affairs.
FINANCE MINISTER MEETS AMBASSADOR OF AUSTRALIA
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Minister of Finance B.Bolor Wednesday met with Mr John Langtry, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Australia to Mongolia.
The sides mutually noted that joint projects have yielded big outcomes on a development of human resources and mining within the bilateral cooperation. They also exchanged views on a present situation of the economic and developmental cooperation, opportunities for the further cooperation, tendencies of regional and global economy, and touched upon measures the Mongolian government is taking to overcome current economic difficulties.
The Embassy of Australia opened in Mongolia in December of 2015.
PROJECT ON EMPOWERING OUR EXPLORATION SECTOR INCLUDED IN CIDA’S PROGRAM
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mongolia is happy to be involved in a list of nations that will be involved in the program of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and a project on empowering the exploration sector will launch in the program.
The Minister of Finance B.Bolor said it at a meeting with Mr Ed Jager, the Ambassador of Canada to Mongolia on Wednesday. The parties spoke about a present situation of the economic and developmental cooperation, opportunities for the further cooperation, tendencies of regional and global economy, and touched upon measures the Mongolian government is taking to overcome current economic difficulties.
Mr Bolor will take part in international forum on development of exploration sector and its future, which will be organized by the CIDA this March 1-11 in Toronto.
FINANCE MINISTER ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION OF ECONOMIC TRANSPARENCY LAW
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Finance Minister B.Bolor delivered a report at the “Hour of Minister” weekly meeting, on Thursday about implementation of the law on economic transparency.
In frames of a preliminary report on the law’s realization by this February 20, incomes and capitals of 34.7 trillion Togrog have been revealed. Taxes of 8.3 trillion and fines and penalties of 2.5 trillion Togrog have been exempted, he said.
The hidden money were exposed as such after the entities had submitted to the related bodies 21,275 financial reports, 89,394 tax reports, 4,165 insurance reports and 8,140 custom declarations. A total of one thous.176 amendments have been made in the registration of 744 legal subjects and of 647 kinds of capitals, he said.
DEVELOPMENT CENTER FOR CHILDREN TO BE ERECTED IN DARKHAN-UUL
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ An investment contract for the Children’s Development palace has been inked by authorities of Darkhan-Uul aimag and the World Vision international organization.
The construction-costing one billion 53 million Togrog--will start this spring and complete within this year.
During the signing ceremony, the World Vision Permanent Representative to Mongolia Mr Vincent Edwards said their organization has been collaborating fruitfully with the aimag’s administration for 14 years. The international organization has performed many works to motivate children’s talent, he said.
LOOKING FORWARD: PEOPLE, PLANET, AND PROSPERITY
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On its 50th anniversary, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published Thursday "it is looking towards the future".
“Early in 1966, United Nations leaders fighting poverty came together to form UNDP. Since that time, we’ve played a transformational role in reducing poverty, empowering women, creating jobs, protecting the environment, and lots more in the nearly 170 countries where we work.
“On the occasion of our 50th anniversary, UNDP is looking toward the future of people and planet. That future is uncertain. On the one hand, climate change, political turbulence, economic inequality, and other challenges. On the other hand, technological advances, tremendous economic growth, and an unprecedented global consensus about the best way forward.
"At UNDP, we are committed to finish the job we started 50 years ago, and end poverty once and for all. We imagine a world where all people prosper, societies are more inclusive, and the planet is protected from the worst effects of climate change. We want to leave no one behind.
“This is the agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Agenda 2030, and it’s what guides our work for the next 15 years. Agenda 2030 is the most ambitious effort on development in world history. UNDP is prepared to lead the way to achieve this global agenda.
"We will connect the dots and integrate diverse efforts internationally, such as on health, energy, work and climate--so that we’re advancing development on all fronts.
"We’ll constantly look for multiplier effects that yield big benefits--such as our work on women’s and girls’ education, which advances life in other areas, such as health and governance.
"And we’ll identify points where we can accelerate our progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The final result: a more prosperous, fair, and inclusive world for all.
"This is a job not just for the poor countries or the rich counties. Not only for the people or their leaders. It’s a shared vision of the future of humanity. And you have a part,” it says.