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5.11 Tactical sponsors MMA and marksmanship competitions

2017-03-13T02:58:27+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Categories: Archives|

NAMBC Member 5.11 Tactical – together with its Mongolian dealer, Brother Merchants LLC – recently sponsored the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) match series between the Mongolian team, “MGL-1,” versus a Japanese team, “DEEP,” at the Mongolian Wrestling Stadium earlier this fall. Each team had seven fighters, including one woman. “MGL-1” was founded in 2009. MMA competitions have become increasingly popular among law enforcement and military personnel throughout Asia. 5.11 also regularly sponsors marksmanship competitions hosted by the Mongolian Practical Shooting Federation (MPSF), the Mongolian branch of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC).  5.11 Tactical – the California-based manufacturer of tactical, [...]

Jack Weatherford’s new book, Genghis Khan and the Quest for God, argues that the Great Khan pioneered freedom of religion, influenced the US First Amendment

2017-03-13T02:58:43+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Categories: Archives|

Jack Weatherford, New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World, and The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, has delivered another thought-provoking and lively biography that discusses how Genghis harnessed the power of religion to rule the largest empire the world has ever known:  Genghis Khan and the Quest for God. The book is available through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca and in bookstores throughout the US and Canada.   In interviews, Weatherford says Genghis Khan wasn’t the first leader to believe individuals should [...]

2016 Investment Climate Statement issued by the US Embassy; link to full text of annual analysis

2017-04-20T02:05:33+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Categories: Archives|

Prime Minister Erdenebat’s government appears to be addressing many of the issues listed in the US Embassy’s 2016 “Investment Climate Statement,” which was released this past summer after the June elections. As US Ambassador Jennifer Z. Galt stated in remarks on September 22, “The new government has acted quickly both to publicly define problems and to address them.” Ambassador Galt noted that “Government leaders have met with investors and vowed to correct missteps that contributed to Mongolia’s economic decline.”  This annual review of the investment climate is issued by every American embassy around the world for each host country, as [...]

James Peter Morrow, 1947 – 2016

2017-02-05T23:34:26+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Categories: Archives|

James Peter ("Pete") Morrow was an international banker who arrived in Ulaanbaatar in 2000 on a temporary assignment to privatize a failing state-owned bank, and ended up staying for the rest of his life, making Mongolia his home, where he became a transformative leader in financial services, regulatory reform, civil society, transparency, education, and the arts. Pete died peacefully at the age of 68 on August 4 in a Seattle hospital, surrounded by his wife and children. Pete is survived by his wife, Pagma, his youngest daughter Sara, and two adult children in the United States, Amy (Seattle, WA) and [...]

President Elbegdorj to visit Philadelphia, September 23, speak at UPENN; other opportunities for public participation include luncheon and concert

2017-01-30T01:52:40+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Categories: Archives|

President Ts. Elbegdorj will visit Philadelphia on Friday, September 23, after participating in the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly and related events in New York City. His visit is at the invitation of the Mayor and City Council of Philadelphia, home of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were debated and adopted, and the world-famous Philadelphia Orchestra , which will visit Mongolia for performances and workshops in early June 2017. The President will deliver a speech at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) at 4:00 PM on September 23, free and open to the public. [...]

In record-fast 8-day transition, Parliament swiftly elects M. Enkhbold as Chairman, J. Erdenebat as Prime Minister; S. Batbold confirmed as new mayor of UB

2017-01-30T01:53:56+00:00 July 13th, 2016|Categories: Archives|

Within eight days of the June 29 elections, in the fastest post-election transition in Mongolia’s 26 years of democracy, President Ts. Elbegdorj approved the list of winning MPs, who were promptly sworn in and then proceeded to elect MPP Party Chairman M. Enkhbold as Chairman of the State Great Khural (parliament), and former Finance Minister J. Erdenebat as Prime Minister. Because of the upcoming 11th ASEM Summit in UB, existing cabinet members will continue to serve in an “acting” capacity. According to law, Prime Minister Erdenebat must present nominees for his cabinet within 14 days of his appointment on July [...]

Mongolian People’s Party wins 85% majority of 76 seats in State Great Khural, 75% majority in Ulaanbaatar City Council, takes 20 of 21 provincial legislatures

2017-01-30T01:54:19+00:00 July 4th, 2016|Categories: Archives|

In the June 29 parliamentary and aimag (provincial) elections, the Mongolian People's Party (MPP) decisively ousted the ruling Democratic Party (DP) by winning landslide super-majorities in the 76 member unicameral State Great Khural, and majorities in 20 of the 21 aimag legislatures, including the Ulaanbaatar City Khural. The MPP captured 65 of 76 seats in the State Great Khural (SGK), winning an 85% super-majority, the largest party majority since 2000, when the MPP won 72 of 76 seats. Many of the most outspoken "resource nationalist" MPs were defeated. The MPP fielded a candidate mix of fresh new talent and experienced [...]

US-Mongolia Transparency Agreement ratified at Washington on January 18, effective March 18; covers trade, FDI, bribery, corruption

2017-01-20T22:56:18+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Categories: Home Page|

More than three years after it was signed in September 2013 by US Trade Representative Michael Froman and then-Foreign Minister Lu. Bold, the US-Mongolia Transparency Agreement was finally ratified on Wednesday, January 18, at a Washington DC ceremony at which letters by Ambassador Froman and Mongolian Ambassador to the US Bulgaa Altangerel were exchanged certifying that both the US and Mongolia have completed their respective legal requirements to implement the agreement. Formally known as the "Agreement on Transparency in Matters Related to International Trade and Investment between the United States of America and Mongolia," the agreement will enter into force [...]

US Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs unveil logo for 30th anniversary of US-Mongolia diplomatic relations

2017-01-10T05:20:29+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Categories: Home Page|

On December 23, 2016, US Ambassador to Mongolia Jennifer Zimdahl Galt and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs D. Davaasuren unveiled the official logo for the 30th anniversary of US-Mongolia diplomatic relations. The US Embassy last year organized a competition to design the logo. Ch. Altangerel’s design was selected out of over 160 submissions. Altangerel’s logo will be featured throughout 2017 at programs and events marking the 30th anniversary. Altangerel joined Ambassador Galt and State Secretary Davaasuren at the ceremony. This event had special significance to Davaasuren, who served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Mongolian Embassy [...]

Ambassador Altangerel signs MOU to bring Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra to Mongolia for concerts, public outreach, June 5-9, 2017

2016-08-04T18:24:16+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Archives|

Mongolia’s Ambassador to the US Bulgaa Altangerel and the CEO of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Allison Vulgamore, signed an MOU in the US Capitol building in Washington DC in March to bring the world-famous Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra to Ulaanbaatar, notionally during June 5-9, 2017. The orchestra will be “in residence” to engage in people-to-people cultural diplomacy, including two full orchestra concerts, as well as a series of special events throughout Ulaanbaatar designed in partnership with Mongolian musicians, local schools and cultural institutions. The Philadelphia Orchestra will be the first Western orchestra to perform in Mongolia. Similarly, it was the first [...]