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MONGOLIA – Weekly press review – 18 March 2020

18/03/2020 - 10:23
Mongolia – Weekly press review

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EU DELEGATION TO MONGOLIA – Weekly press review – 18 March 2020

Coronavirus

As of 18 March, there are 6 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Mongolia. montsame

Restrictions on travel, entry and public gathering continue to apply in Mongolia. EU Delegation

Mongolians repatriated from Europe and South Korea: A charter flight from Berlin-Moscow to Ulaanbaatar repatriated 231 Mongolians on 16 March and 244 Mongolian citizens returned from the Republic of Korea on 15 March. The passengers were then transported for two-week isolation.  montsame  montsame

Mongolia – Flow Monitoring in Ulaanbaatar (COVID-19 Preparedness) – Situation Report 15: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and municipal authorities in the Mongolian capital (population 1.4m) are tracking all incoming and outgoing vehicles and passengers, in support of the country’s COVID-19 prevention activities as cooperation with member states grows. IOM

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Global Recycling day celebrated in Mongolia: The Delegation of European Union to Mongolia informed on the approval of the Procedure on Construction Demolition Waste (CDW) management under the European Union-funded project ‘Improving resource-efficiency and cleaner production in the Mongolian construction sector through materials recovery.’ montsame

EU Ambassador and Ambassadors of EU Member States met with State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 10 March and discussed the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the necessity to intensify the implementation of the treaty. The parties also discussed COVID-19 related issues. montsame

German Ambassador met State Secretary of Foreign Ministry on 13 March and discussed recent measures put in place in relation to COVID-19. montsame

French Ambassador met with Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia on 12 March and discussed COVID-19. montsame

Political and internal developments

Inter-city traffic movement running normal: According to a State Emergency Commission resolution, intercity roads were closed until 16 March. Roads are currently open to normal traffic. The closure of Bayan-Ulgii Province's intercity road will continue as there is a suspected case of COVID-19 infection in the province. montsame

Mongolia increases climate change ambition with actions that improve air quality and human health: Mongolia’s revised Nationally Determined Contribution commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 22.7% in 2030. Achieving this would also reduce emissions of key air pollutants and short-lived climate pollutants. ccacoalition

Foreign Policy

State Secretary of Foreign Ministry meets Turkish Ambassador:  As Mongolia has temporarily suspended flights to and from the country, Secretary of State D. Davaasuren informed about a charter flight that is to be arranged by the government of Mongolia to repatriate its citizens who are currently in Turkey. montsame

Economy

Mongolian Government Offers Stimulus Packages: The Monetary Policy Committee meeting was held on the 11t March 2020. The Committee decided to lower the policy rate by 1 percentage point to 10%, lowering the reserve requirement on banks’ liabilities in MNT by 2 percentage points to 8.5%, and changing the range of interest rate corridor to be +1, -1 percentage points from the policy rate. BoM   montsame

Covid-19 hits vital Mongolian exports: Mongolia’s trade volume has decreased by 21.3% to USD 1.5 billion in first two months of 2020. It was reported that exports fell by 29.5% and imports by 10.4% as the country closed its borders with China – its key trading partner – in order to preventing the spread of coronavirus. Mongolia exported only USD 229 million of coal in first two months of 2020; a decrease from USD 334 million for the same period in 2019. Furthermore, exports of copper concentrate fell to USD 219 million –nearly 30%. news

The inflation rate reaches 6.4%: In February 2020, nationwide, prices for consumer goods and services increased by 1.2 percent over the previous month, 2.1% compared to the end of 2019, and by 6.4% year on year. The inflation rate of 6.4% was mainly affected by higher prices for food and beverages, clothing, and educational services. Meat and meat product prices increased by 21.8%.  ikon

Virus drags on Rio Tinto's USD 8 billion Mongolian mine expansion: Arnaud Soirat, Rio Tinto's 's copper and diamonds chief executive, said the company supported the "decisive action" taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus, but it had resulted in a restriction on the movement of goods and people in the country "and this is slowing down construction activity". smh    nasdaq    

Mongolia Mining 2020 expo postponed: Due to COVID-19, Mining-2020, Mongolia’s largest international mining and oil expo, planned to take place on 8 – 10 April 2020 in Ulaanbaatar has been postponed. A new date for the expo is yet to be scheduled. montsame  

Commentary

Mongolia Announces New COVID-19 Cases: How They Got Coronavirus Precautions Right: How is it that Mongolia, a land that borders China and one of the likeliest to be a country where the disease would spread quickly and viciously, still has only four confirmed case of COVID-19, three of which were just announced today? Well, they acted quickly. Forbes

Lent in quarantine with the gift of mission in a Mongolia under coronavirus lockdown: Mongolia has locked down all schools and banned travel. Pastoral activities have been suspended to avoid the coronavirus infection. In such context, “one realises that, before and above everything we can do in terms of projects and activities, there is a dimension of giving that takes place in a deeper way. asianews

Reviewing gender equality in Mongolia: In 2016, the government of Mongolia approved the National Gender Equality Program and updated the Law on Combat Domestic Violence, which was significant for the elimination of violence and discrimination against women. Specifically, registered domestic violence saw an 11.2 % decline between 2016 and 2017 compared to the previous year after the law was passed, according to the police. This change demonstrates the government’s commitment to combating domestic violence, protecting domestic violence victims, and holding perpetrators accountable. UB post

Heading Towards Chile by Jargalsaikhan De Facto: The Vision 2050, the long-term policy document, will soon be discussed at the parliamentary spring session. The economics section of this document contains several interesting ideas and goals.  Over  the  next  30  years,  the  economy is estimated to grow six times, reaching USD 78 billion, and GDP per capita  is  estimated  to  increase  four  times,  reaching  USD 15  thousand.  This  would  bring  us  on  an  equal  footing  with  countries  such  as  Chile,  Poland,  and Croatia.jargaldefacto.com

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Prepared by Ganchimeg Mijiddorj, Political, press and information officer

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