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Reporter’s diary

  • In recent years, Kazakhstan has become one of the world’s leading countries in exploiting its radioactive mineral resources such as uranium, beryllium, tantalum, niobium, lithium, and rare metals and rare earth elements, reaching a high level of excellence in their exploration and extraction, and in using modern production technology.
  • As we in the Journalism for Development team set out for Bayankhongor aimag, I glanced through the pages of the book ‘The Heritage of Khongor Nutag’, which is how the aimag is generally called.  Established in 1941, the aimag now is home to 82,000 people.
  • Clare Short, International EITI Chair, was recently in Mongolia at the invitation of the Government’s Cabinet Secretariat. She spoke to G.Iderkhangai of the MMJ on the sidelines of an EITI event in Bayangol soum, Selenge aimag.
  • 1.    Journalism for Development, an NGO, was formed under the aegis of the Mongolian Mining Journal to focus on training young journalists to write quality reports and produce quality TV programmes on subjects related to the economy in general and to mining in particular.
  • The first 8000t shipment of coking coal from its South Gobi mine on 24 August,has been hailed as a major boost for Terra Energy LLC - a subsidiary company of Guildford Coal Limited of Australia.
  • It is doubtful if the 267-km-long railway between Tavan Tolgoi and Gashuunsukhait will be commissioned in 2015 as planned, even if Parliament takes an early decision on what its gauge would be. At the moment, the priority is to complete construction of the narrow-gauge tracks to connect Gashuunsukhait to the Gantsmod border port.
  • The motto of The Incheon Free Economic Zone is “We Build Success”. L.Bolormaa reports on how South Korea is building its Future City. 
  • It’s been said that with access to the ocean, Mongolia could serve the world, but without it, she will only serve her neighbours. Seaborne trade will allow Mongolia to offer her abundant natural resources in the global market and fulfil her economic potential, but for this the country needs transit transport facilities through both its neighbours.  Mongolia has been holding regular strategic talks with them to reach this goal.
  • The geological testing of a mineral in any reserve is essential before it begins to be extracted.  Our enthusiasm as themining sector expands and fresh large projects come on the anvil must not make us overlook this most important yet underestimated component of mining. It is good that more funds are now available for geological studies, but we still lack reliable and adequate geological laboratory facilities in the country. This will prove to be a serious constraint as new copper, coal, rare earths and precious metals projects come up, not to speak of projects that will be part of the Sainshand industrial complex.
  • It is January in the Gobi. The sun shines brightly as only it can in the Gobi. We encounter local people speaking in aphorisms, great Gobi’s brave hearted camel herdsman, and a paleontologist who guards footprints of dinosaurs in Shar Tsav. We hear a tale about a powerful wrestler whose name was Ider Dampil.
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