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Interview

  • N.Ariuntuya finds out from the Executive Director of Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi, D.Ariunbold, about the present state of affairs in the company, and the likely challenges ahead. Some bold decisions are long overdue to fulfil the company’s potential but these can be taken only at the political level.
  • As part of enrolling in the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) program at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Mongolia has been committed to carrying out some important economic reforms, including that of its banking sector. B.Tugsbilegt of The Mongolian Mining Journal spoke to O.Erdembileg, First Deputy Governor of Mongolbank, the Central Bank of Mongolia, to find out more about the proposed banking reforms, and its current progress.
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Sinn, who retired in 2016 as President of the Ifo Institute and Director of the Centre for Economic Studies in Munich, Germany, was in Mongolia in 2013 and then again in August-September, 2017. Following his return home, he had an e-mail interview with B.Tugsbilegt of the MMJ on the economic situation here.
  • The 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.
  • G.Tsogt, Deputy Director of Mongolyn Alt LLC, briefs E.Odjargal on the state of the company’s projects.
  • The response to the draft law on mining has been mixed. Among those who are fully or partly against it, some have specific objections while the reservations of some others stem more from fears of uncertainty. We at MMJ thought it would be good to talk to framers of the draft to find out what they mean it to say, as against maybe uninformed perception of their intent. Accordingly, N.Ariuntuya sat down with M.Dagva, a member of the working group responsible for the draft.
  • 2017 marks the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Australia and Mongolia.  It has also been a year since the Australian Embassy in Mongolia was opened. E.Odjargal, MMJ Reporter sat down with Mr  John Langtry, the first resident Australian Ambassador to Mongolia, and discussed a wide range of topics around bilateral economic cooperation.
  • S.Bold-Erdene talks to Ch.Chuluunbat, Head of the Fuel Policy Department in the Mining and Heavy Industry Ministry, about amendments to the product sharing agreement, extraction of crude oil, consumption and investments.
  • The need to improve the quality of mining governance, in both private and State-owned companies, is now a priority in countries seeking to make optimal use of their natural resources.  MMJ talks to Bryan Land, Lead Extractives Specialist at the World Bank and Team Leader of its  Improved Governance of Extractives Project in Mongolia, about this and related issues.
  • Anun has already made its mark in the Mongolian furniture industry as a modern high quality office furniture manufacturer and supplier. In recent years organizations of all industries such as banks, financial institutes, educational and cultural organizations and mining companies are keen on buying furniture from “Anun”. We sat down with its Chief Executive Officer Mr. S.Sainkhuu to discuss about current trends and projects they have been working on.
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