• Mr. James Polson,  Executive Director of AIDD interviewed by Mongolian Mining Journal

    Tell us about what kind of mining service AIDD offers the Mongolian mining industry and how long have you been in Mongolia?
    I have been in Mongolia since early 2002, AIDD Group offers a broad range of services from basic exploration drilling through to contract mining services. The group also offers HSE training and certification services to outside parties along with an expatriate Human Capital service.
  • The first President of Mongolia, Professor and mining engineer P.Ochirbat, traces the course of USA-Mongolia cooperation in the mineral sector.

    On January 23, 1991, I met President George H.W Bush in the historic Oval Office in the White House, and my proposal for US-Mongolia cooperation in the mineral sector was also historic, as it was the first such talk about bilateral partnership in industry.  I urged him to seriously consider the Mongolian offer of collaboration in uranium and oil and his response was, “That’s interesting, but investment decisions are taken by our private sector.”
  • Prof. Punsalmaa Ochirbat, a mining engineer, traces a brief history of Mongolia-China cooperation in the mineral sector.

    As far as the mineral resources sector is concerned, cooperation between Mongolia and China began only in the last decade of the 20th century. Following transition to a market economy in the 1990s, Mongolia opened its doors to cooperation with many more foreign countries than earlier, China being a major one among them. In 1990, the Mongolian head of state visited China to begin a new relationship, and as it has grown, mineral resources have come to occupy a special position in it.
  • John Lee, chairman and CEO of Prophecy Resource Corp., speaks of his company’s plans and says its fortunes and Mongolia’s are inextricably linked.

    How will you increase your coal output in this time of increasing demand?
    Prophecy Resource was the second Canadian company to obtain a mining permit in Mongolia and we began mining at Ulaan Ovoo on November 24. Our current production is small and there are several obstacles to increasing output. We have 70 employees at the mine site, and have to hire more people to increase output, as well as more equipment. We commissioned the mine just few months ago, and shall need a bit more time to adopt a proper mine plan. We have to be careful of environmental safety as we increase output.
  • Prof. Punsalmaa Ochirbat, a mining engineer, traces a brief history of  Mongolia-Russia cooperation in the mineral sector and looks to the future.

    The development of all areas of Mongolia’s mineral sector in the 20th century -- geology, mining, energy, and raw materials that are the basis of construction material production -- is a testimony to the cooperation between  Mongolia and the then Soviet Union. Global commodity price increase and burgeoning regional demand have made the mineral sector the engine in Mongolia’s economic growth, but the foundations of mineral production, except of gold, were made with Soviet help.
  • Interview with Sebastian Sattler, Key Account Manager of Lufthansa Technik Switzerland  

    Mr.Sattler highlights the areas of cooperation under the agreement between Eznis Airways and Lufthansa  Technik Switzerland GmbH to provide technical services for the airline’s two Avro RJ85 aircrafts scheduled to operate in Mongolia in June and July of 2011.
  • Interview with Yoshikazu Nose, Executive Director at the ZAMine services LLC

     “ZAMine” offers the best care for Hitachi’s Heavy equipment after sales

    Why should mining companies choose Hitachi’s Heavy Equipment?

    The Japanese Hitachi Construction Machinery is well known in the global market for its quality and reliability. Hitachi products range from excavators, which have the leading market share, to dump trucks. It makes the biggest excavators in the world.
  • Interview with Simon Waghorn, M.Eng (Hons)
    Asia Operations Director, Gemcom Software Australia Pty Ltd

    What kinds of operations Gemcom is involved in Mongolian mining sector?
    Gemcom entered the Mongolian mining market in 2005. In 2010 it was decided that Gemcom would make direct investment and open its Mongolian operation. In February 2011, Gemcom opened its office formally. At that point Gemcom engaged 4 Mongolian mining professionals: including 3 mining engineers, and our Country head, Mr.Dagva.
  • Mr. Thomas Mirow, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, was in Mongolia for a brief visit in April. This was his first time here, but not the first visit by an EBRD President.  This came when Mr. Jean Limier visited Mongolia in 2006, to open the bank’s representative office in Ulaanbaatar. Mr. Mirow answered wide-ranging questions from MMJ during his stay here.
    You have paid a first ever working visit to Mongolia. What were your anticipations before coming here? How were they different from what you have experienced?

    I was very pleased to pay my first official visit to Mongolia. It is always important to have the opportunity to meet our partners both in government and in business and to see the impact our activities have in the countries where we operate.
  • N. Ariuntuya talks to Canada’s Ambassador to Mongolia Gregory Goldhawk about bilateral relations and the direction he sees them taking.

    Mr. Ambassador, how did you come here?

    I joined the foreign relations service of Canada in 1981, and have served in many countries in almost in all continents.  I have worked mostly in trade relations and was assigned to the USA for a long period of time. Immediately before coming to Mongolia, I was posted in Thailand.
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