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MIAT leases two new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, delivery expected in 2019-2020

2017-04-20T02:10:55+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Categories: Home Page|

MIAT Airlines, Mongolia’s national carrier, has signed long term leases for two new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, with delivery expected in late 2019 and early 2020. US Ambassador Jennifer Galt and Scott Grimsby, Boeing Asia Sales Director and a member of the NAMBC board of directors, participated in the signing ceremony in Ulaanbaatar with MIAT CEO Tamir Tumurbaatar in late March. The lease was finalized by Air Lease Corporation on April 18.  These brand-new Boeing planes continue MIAT’s commitment to an all-Boeing fleet as the airline continues to expand their route network in East Asia. Last year, MIAT executives [...]

Last chance to register for 27th NAMBC AGM & Investors Forum, April 26-28; panels on outlook for Trump Asia policy, prospects for renewed Mongolian growth, 8 US Ambassadors discuss 30 years of bilateral relations; opening reception, April 26; full agenda and schedule

2017-04-20T02:02:30+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Categories: Home Page|

With the theme of “Mongolia rises again,” the NAMBC’s 27th AGM & Investors Forum opens on the evening of Wednesday, April 26, with a reception hosted by Ambassador Bulgaa Altangerel at the Mongolian Embassy in Washington DC commemorating the 30th anniversary of US-Mongolia relations. Working sessions will be 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 27, at the Residence Inn Pentagon City Arlington, adjacent to Washington’s Reagan National Airport. Links to the full agenda and a registration form follow below. Distinguished experts from Mongolia and North America will discuss the outlook for Asia policy under President Trump and prospects [...]

US Embassy’s Leaders Advancing Democracy (LEAD) Program invites applications from young Mongolians, deadline is May 14, 2017; Opportunities offered for corporate sponsorship

2017-04-20T02:28:52+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Categories: Home Page|

Applications are invited for the 2017 LEAD Mongolia In-Country Thematic Program, sponsored by USAID and the US Embassy and implemented by World Learning NGO. LEAD Mongolia is open to applicants between the ages of 25 and 40 who are able to articulate their unique vision for positive democratic development in Mongolia. Deadline for applications is May 14, 2017. Detailed information about the program, participant criteria, and instructions for submission are included in the online application: https://form.jotform.me/70190707807457. Direct any questions to LEADMongolia@worldlearning.org. This process will recruit the second group of participants, after the success of the initial 2016 program.  LEAD Mongolia [...]

Dancing Against Violence: Canadian Embassy Supports Girls’ Rights in Mongolia

2017-04-20T02:26:24+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Categories: Home Page|

The Canadian Embassy to Mongolia has made it a priority to promote the rights of girls in Mongolia, speaking out against violence and supporting projects related to the annual International Day of the Girl Child (October 11) through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. In one recent initiative, to bring the voices of girls to the ears of the country’s decision-makers, the Canadian Embassy supported the Princess Centre of Mongolia in engaging thousands of girls and young women in the protection of their rights, through a campaign called “Girls are Not the Target of Violence.” A day-long Young Women’s Voice Forum [...]

Full text of latest 2017 IRI poll of Mongolian voters, sponsored by Global Affairs Canada

2017-04-18T16:23:39+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: Home Page|

A new nationwide poll, based on 5000 face-to-face interviews, has been released by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research. The new survey reveals a decline in the optimism reflected in IRI’s August 2016 post-election poll, and reinforces public concerns over the economy and corruption. The project was funded by Global Affairs Canada. Derek Luyten, IRI regional director for Asia. “This poll indicates that the honeymoon period is over.” A link to the full text follows below. Unemployment was identified as the most pressing issue. Respondents who feel that the country is headed in the wrong [...]

Mongolia glitters at Mines & Money Hong Kong 2017 as Erdene Resource Development wins coveted award for Best Exploration Mining Company of the Year

2017-04-12T18:41:51+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Categories: Home Page|

Erdene Resource Development Corp.(ERD) beat out four other high-profile contenders to win the “Best Asia-Pacific Exploration Mining Company of the Year” at the Mines & Money Conference Hong Kong  on April 5. This marked the 10th year this prestigious prize has been awarded to a "noteworthy exploration success in the past year in either greenfield or brownfield discoveries." The award is conferred by a panel of 16 judges drawn from the senior ranks of industry leaders,  including APAC, Ballingal, CIBC, ANZ, Jinchuan, Lionsgate, Lion Selection, and CEF, among others. The judges were impressed by ERD’s stunning success and dogged persistence [...]

Hogan Lovells publishes free analysis of Mongolia-Japan EPA/FTA; full texts

2017-04-12T17:39:06+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Categories: Home Page|

Mongolia’s first and only free trade agreement (FTA) is with Japan. The “Japan–Mongolia Economic Partnership Agreement” (EPA) inevitably has had various adverse impacts on exports to Mongolia from the US and Canada, because of preferential tariffs accorded to Japanese competitors of North American companies. Previous Mongolian Governments had consistently offered to start FTA negotiations with Washington and Ottawa.  Hogan Lovells (Mongolia) LLP has published a useful summary of the EPA, which was concluded in February 2015 and entered into force on June 7, 2016. One of the Mongolian partners of Hogan Lovells will speak at the NAMBC’s AGM on April [...]

Canada-Mongolia FIPA investment accord in effect after ratification by Canadian Parliament, announced during PDAC; full text of agreement

2017-03-15T17:47:00+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Categories: Home Page|

On March 7, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Minister of International Trade, met with His Excellency Tsedev Dashdorj, Mongolia’s Minister of Mining and Heavy Industry, on the sidelines of the annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) in Toronto to jointly announce that the long-awaited Canada-Mongolia Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) has entered into force, following its recent ratification by the Canadian Parliament. This agreement will lead to a more transparent and predictable regulatory environment for Canadian investors. It sets out a framework of legally binding rights and obligations that will protect Canadian investors in [...]

Colorado company Wagner Asia celebrates 20th anniversary in Mongolia with “20 Years, 20 Good Deeds” for its extended Mongolian family; full text of CSR report

2017-03-16T18:03:36+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Categories: Home Page|

Denver-based Wagner Asia, one of the earliest and currently the largest American investor in Mongolia, celebrated its 20th anniversary of establishment in Mongolia in 2016 with yet more good deeds as part of its continuing core commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability for its extended Mongolian family. A link to the full text of Wagner's CSR Report follows below. Best known as Caterpillar’s exclusive dealer in Mongolia and a major factor in mining expansion, Wagner Asia observed their anniversary by good deeds that included, for some examples: delivering winter food staples and supplies to 27 snowbound households of the [...]

US State Department issues annual global Human Rights Report for 2016; full text of Mongolia Country Report

2017-03-13T03:19:36+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Categories: Home Page|

The US State Department released its annual report to Congress on the state of human rights across the globe on March 3. The department has been mandated by Congress to annually report on all countries receiving assistance since 1961 and on all United Nations member states since 1974. A link to the full text of the Mongolia section follows below. The executive summary of the Mongolia country report included the following findings: "Parliamentary elections in 2016 and the presidential election in 2013 were generally free and fair, although observers expressed concern about late changes to the election law before the [...]