thrust on reviving mineral exploration has led to a decision to issue
special exploration permits on 41.4 million hectares of land, or 26.4%
of Mongolian territory. Permits for 31.2 million hectares will be issued
under application, while those on the remaining 10.2 million hectares
will be decided under the selection process. N.Ariuntuya spoke to
B.Baatartsogt, Head of the Mineral Resources and Petroleum Authority, to
find out where and how matters stand.