Since 1990, Mongolia's key link to Canada and the USA
Scott Grimsby of Boeing joins NAMBC Board of Directors
The newest member of the NAMBC Board of Directors is Scott Grimsby, Sales Director, Northeast Asia, for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, with responsibility for Mongolia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. In this role, he is in charge of commercial airplane products and services, and for managing business relationships with the airlines, government and other stakeholders. Scott has been in the Northeast Asia sales region since November 2003 and has worked in Boeing sales and marketing for more than 15 years. Previously, he held various positions in Boeing Business Jets, Customer Services, and the 777 Program. Scott graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He succeeds Bob Madden, who represented Boeing on the NAMBC board with distinction for eight years.
Scott Grimsby New Board Member
Mark your calendar: NAMBC 2014 Annual Meeting, Ottawa, April 22-23
Our 24th AGM will be April 22-23, 2014, in Ottawa at the Courtyard Marriott in the Byward Market, at the foot of Parliament Hill. AGMs alternate between Ottawa and Washington, DC. The program includes an impressive line-up of expert speakers from Mongolia, Canada and the US. The AGM opens with a reception on the evening of Tuesday, April 22, followed by a full day of speakers, panelists and discussion on Wednesday, April 23. Details on the program, registration forms and group rate room reservations will be posted here soon.
Mongolia decides to waive visas for Canadian visitors
One of the notes exchanged and signed during Governor General David Johnston’s visit to UB, October 24-26, was the decision by the Mongolian Government to permit visa-free entry for Canadian passport holders for stays up to 30 days. Both President Elbegdorj and Governor General Johnston were present at Government House to witness the formal exchange of notes on the visa waiver, signed by Foreign Minister Lu. Bold and Canadian Ambassador Greg Goldhawk. This waiver agreement follows up the June 7 announcement by Ambassador Goldhawk that the Canadian Government would issue up to a 10 year visa for a civilian with an ordinary Mongolian passport and a four year multiple entry visa for officials with diplomatic passports.
Johnston and Elbegdorj witness signing by Goldhawk and Bold
New World Bank report says Mongolia implemented three positive
pro-business reforms for the second year in a row
A new World Bank Group report released October 29, 2013, finds that Mongolia implemented three positive business reforms between June 2012 and June 2013, making it easier to start a business, deal with construction permits, and access electricity. The report also found that 15 of 25 economies in East Asia and the Pacific made at least one regulatory reform to improve the ease of doing business.
Over the past year, Mongolia eliminated the requirements to get company statutes and charters notarized and to register a new company with the local tax office, thereby making starting a business easier. The GoM also abolished a rule requiring companies to submit building plans for lower-risk construction projects to the state for technical review. The third reform involved increasing operational efficiency while lowering the costs of getting electricity access.
"For the second year in a row, Mongolia has implemented three positive business reforms, which demonstrates the country's commitment toward improving its business environment, particularly for smaller businesses, "said IFC's Resident Representative in Mongolia Tuyen Nguyen.
According to the report, Singapore continues to offer the world's most business-friendly regulatory environment for local entrepreneurs, followed by Hong Kong SAR, New Zealand, USA, Denmark, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, Georgia, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Click here to download the full World Bank report in PDF
Canada’s Governor General to visit Ulaanbaatar, October 24-26
Prime Minister Stephen Harper on October 9 announced that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will make a state visit to Mongolia, October 24-26, as both nations mark the 40th anniversary of Canada-Mongolia relations and the fifth anniversary of the establishment of a Canadian embassy in Ulaanbaatar. This is the first-ever visit to Mongolia by a Canadian head of state. During his visit, the Governor General will meet with President Ts. Elbegdorj, senior government officials and leaders of civil society in both countries, with a view to strengthening bilateral relations and deepening commercial, educational and innovation ties. He will bring with him a delegation of prominent Canadians to reinforce the Government of Canada’s priorities in Asia. The delegation will also visit China on the same trip.
The Governor General will deliver an address before the State Great Khural (Parliament) and promote Canada's investment interests and commercial collaboration at both a business networking breakfast with Canadian business leaders and during an education round table with Canadian institutions and Mongolian stakeholders, ahead of the first-ever Canadian Education Fair in Mongolia on October 27. The Governor General and his wife will visit the Children of the Peak Sanctuary, a project run by a Canadian non-profit organization aimed at helping vulnerable children in Ulaanbaatar and meet with women parliamentarians who are taking on a stronger leadership role in Mongolia. Regular updates on the Governor General’s State Visit will be available online at www.gg.ca, where speeches, photos and videos will be posted.
H.E. David Johnston
Parliament Chairman Z. Enkhbold headlines roundtable discussion at
NAMBC Investors Conference, UB, September 24-26; Featured speakers
include Environment Minister S. Oyun, UB Mayor/Governor E. Bat-Uul,
Ambassador Greg Goldhawk & Ambassador Piper Campbell
His Excellency Zandaakhuu Enkhbold, Chairman of the State Great Khural, will be the speaker at the NAMBC's Ikh Tenger roundtable discussion on the evening of September 25 and guest of honor at the reception which follows. Ikh Tenger is the official residence of the nation's top three constitutional officers. Greg Goldhawk, Canadian Ambassador to Mongolia, will kick off the conference on September 25 with the annual keynote address, marking this year's 40th Anniversary of Mongolia-Canada diplomatic relations. US Ambassador Piper Campbell will address the conference on September 26.
Ambassador Pam Slutz, Chairman of the NAMBC, previously announced that Dr. S. Oyun, Minister of the Environment, and UB Mayor/Govern E. Bat-Uul will be featured speakers at the NAMBC's 16th Annual Investors Conference, September 24-26, 2013, at the Kempinski Khan Palace Hotel. Dr. Oyun will be the lead speaker in the segment on "Green Development is Profitable Development" and Mayor/Governor E. Bat-Uul will lead the segment on "Urbanization in Mongolia and the Transformation of Ulaanbaatar." Other conference panels will address "The Future of Mining in Mongolia" and "Investment, Infrastructure and the Mongolian Economy."
Full simultaneous interpretation will be provided. This conference is the oldest, longest-running international investors forum in or about Mongolia, held annually in UB since 1998. Non-members from any country are welcome. Please see the links below for reserving hotel rooms at the discounted group rate and a registration form. Deadline for all registrations is September 6.
State Great Khural Chairman Z. Enkhbold became chairman last year after being elected to his third term in parliament. The Chairman of Parliament is the second highest constitutional office in Mongolia after the Presidency. In the previous parliament, Enkhbold was Chairman of the Standing Committee on Security and Foreign policy. He made many new friends for Mongolia on his high-visibility multi-city visit to the US and Canada in March of this year. Enkhbold studied engineering at Ural Polytechnic Institute (Russia), earned a law degree at the Mongolian State University, and then an MBA from the University of Denver (Colorado, USA).. The UB Post described him earlier this year as “a brave, popular and honest politician.”
NAMBC's "Canadian Alumni of Mongolia" program is organizing as an independent self-governing NGO in Canada
The NAMBC is pleased to announce that two of the earliest members of our "Canadian Alumni of Mongolia" program (CAM) are organizing it as an independent, non-profit, self-governing NGO in Canada. Any Mongolian citizens who attended or are now attending high school, college, university, or technical training in Canada are eligible for membership, even if you did not graduate. CAM will be open to Mongolians who are permanent residents of Canada or are living in Canada with student or other temporary visa status as well as Mongolians living in other countries.
CAM's objectives are to: (1) promote Canadian education for Mongolian students; (2) promote establishment of a professional and social network for Mongolians in Canada; (3) promote outstanding achievements of alumni; (4) promote the exchange of ideas, and provide opportunities for continuing education; and (5) connect Mongolian graduates with Canadian companies and businesses that operate in Mongolia.
For further information, contact one of the two Co-Chairs of CAM: Bulgan Orgilsaikhan at the Forbes & Manhattan Investment Bank in Toronto, firstname.lastname@example.org, OR Saruul Ayurzana, BA, CMA, Adjunct Professor at Algonquin College, Saruula@gmail.com
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