MIAT takes delivery of new
July 9, US Ambassador John Dinger was on the tarmac in Ulaanbaatar
to welcome the first Boeing 737-800 delivered to Mongolian Airlines
(MIAT), the flag carrier of Mongolia, under a leasing agreement between
the airline and GATX Financial Corporation. NAMBC Board Member
John Bruns, Asia Sales Director for the Boeing Company [NYSE:
BA], shepherded this historic deal from the first contact through
delivery. The leased jetliner is now serving destinations in China,
Korea and Japan -- including the newly-opened service to Tokyo/Narita
The acquisition is part of Mongolian Airlines' on-going effort to
update its fleet. The 737-800's long range and low community noise
level will allow flexibility in future growth by enabling the airline
to serve new international destinations. Boeing 737-800 aircraft are
replacing Mongolian Airlines' existing 727-200 planes. MIAT is expected
to realize overall cost savings because of the 737-800's high fuel-saving
operating efficiency and advanced technology.
"Boeing is proud to be Mongolian Airlines' preferred aviation
partner," said Larry Dickenson, Boeing senior vice president
- Sales, Asia Pacific. "We look forward to working side by side
with Mongolian Airlines to make it a win-win relationship." The
737-800 is a member of the newest and most technologically advanced
airplane in the single-aisle market and can fly higher, faster and
farther than any of its competitors. In addition, the 737 flight deck
features the latest liquid-crystal flat panel displays and is designed
to accommodate new communications and flight management capabilities.
Airlines have purchased more 737s than any other commercial airplane
in history. To date, more than 5000 737s have been ordered by 215
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Ambassador to Mongolia John Dinger speaks at Ulaanbaatar Airport
delivery of Boeing 737 to Mongolian Airlines on July 9
National Museum of Natural History is Launching Its Major Summer
Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan
big new summer exhibit at the Museum of Natural History on the National
Mall in Washington, DC, will be "Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming
Genghis Khan," opening officially in July and continuing
through October or November. Mongolia will also be featured as part
of the Smithsonian's annual Folklife Exhibition on the Mall this
summer. For exact dates and additional information, keep checking
the museum's website, www.mnh.si.edu
for future postings on this exhibition (nothing on the exhibit
is yet up on that site).
exhibit, originally organized by Mongolia scholar and author Paula
Sabloff, documents and explores Mongolia's development from the
beginning of the 20th century to the present day, showing the struggle
to recover Mongolian national identity, secure independence and
the evolution of democracy. The exhibit also challenges traditional
Western perceptions of Chinngis Khan and features treasured objects,
many being exhibited in the U.S. for the first time, illustrating
daily life in the 13th and 20th centuries.
special events are being organized by Ambassador J. Choinhor in
conjunction with this exhibit, including a June 27 reception at
the Mongolian Embassy in Georgetown (Washington, DC) which is a
fundraiser for the Zorig Foundation USA, the 501(c)3 charitable
foundation created as a memorial to the late Zorig Sanjasuren, pioneering
leader of the Democratic Movement and former Minister of Infrastructure
who was assassinated in 1998. For further information and tickets
for the June 27 reception, contact Mike Mitchell, Orion Strategies,
(202) 543-8377 or (202) 543-8480, EMAIL: [email protected]
exhibit is complemented by research and preservation work on Mongolia's
unique "deer stone" monuments being done by Bill Fitzhugh,
senior scientist at the Museum of Natural History and previously
curator of the Smithsonian's popular "Vikings" exhibition
(which has now moved on to the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa).
We are hoping Bill will be at our 5th Annual Investors Conference
in Ulaanbaatar, June 26-28, to provide an update on his research,
which was initiated and supported by NAMBC Member Ed Nef and his
Smithsonian is offering corporate sponsorship opportunities for
both the "Reclaiming Genghis Khan" exhibit and to support
the preservation and research work undertaken in Mongolia by Bill
Fitzhugh and his team. Sponsors will have exposure to millions of
visitors to this exhibit and the Mongolian Folklife program as well
as national exposure through print and broadcast media covering
the show. For further details on how to support these activities,
including the deer stones project, contact Jackie Corbett at the
Smithsonian, (202) 786-3137, EMAIL: [email protected]
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Ambassador John Dinger offers "Five
Silver Bullets" to improve investor confidence
Ambassador to Mongolia John Dinger has recommended to the
Government of Mongolia (GoM) a series of five actions the
GoM can take immediately "to send a clear, strong signal
that it wants to meet foreign investors' concerns."
Ambassador Dinger described the following steps as "Five
require all Ministries and the Parliament to publish all draft
legislation on the "Open Government" website --
www.open-government.mn -- at least 30 days before it is to
be considered in Parliament.
record and make publicly available all judicial decisions
on tax cases.
require that all due legal process be fully completed before
taxpayer assets can be seized.
Fourth, require all inspectors to present a letter signed and
numbered by their agency authorizing them to conduct an inspection.
Fifth, make all licenses and registrations valid for the longest
In offering these suggestions, Ambassador Dinger emphasized
that that his top goal is to help Mongolia succeed. However,
he cautioned that the GoM must move quickly to address complaints
of current investors. The Ambassador noted that any new investors
will, as a reasonable first step, talk to those already doing
business in Mongolia. The Ambassador believes that it is essential
newcomers hear that Mongolia is a good place to do business.
Joe Lake: consulting, lecturing & writing
Lake's idea of retirement would exhaust most college kids after
a week. The first resident US
to Mongolia (1990-1993) and later US Ambassador to Albania, Joseph
E. Lake now combines his expertise on international relations and
information technology to maintain a busy schedule of lecturing,
consulting and writing on East Asia, the Balkans and IT applications
for companies and government agencies. He's a consultant to the
US State Department on information usage systems, is in much demand
as a speaker and lecturer around the country, and is also completing
a book on Mongolia's transition to democracy with a grant from the
leaving the foreign service in 1997, Joe served four years as Director
of International Affairs for the City of Dallas, TX, where he regularly
arranged a warm reception for visiting Mongolian officials and business
Joe and his wife, Jody,
maintain close ties with Mongolia. In June 2001, Joe was a speaker
at the Asia Foundation's 10th anniversary seminar in Ulaanbaatar
and in January 2002 served as a speaker and panelist at the NAMBC's
11th annual general meeting in Denver.
In March 2002, at one stop on a cross-country lecture tour, Joe
was a speaker at the Mongolia Seminar at the University of Pittsburg
Honors College and at the Pittsburgh World Affairs. The Honors College,
led by Dean Alec Stewart, is also a member of the NAMBC. Joe and
Jody Lake can be reached in Dallas at TELEPHONE
(214) 361 9951; FAX: (214) 361 9952, or EMAIL [email protected]
Bruns (Boeing) joins NAMBC Board of
newest member of the NAMBC Board of Directors, elected at our Denver
annual general meeting in January 2002, is John W. Bruns, Sales
Director-Asia Pacific of the Boeing Company. John was born in Cleveland,
Ohio, but spent ten years of his childhood as an expatriate in Taipei,
Taiwan. After two years at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut,
he enrolled at Bucknell University (PA), graduating in 1986 with
a dual major in Mechanical Engineering and East Asian Studies.
Chairman Jalsa Urubshurow says, "We are delighted to add an
international businessperson like John to our board. Besides working
with MIAT, he has a long-existing familiarity with Mongolia because
one of his classmates in Taipei and at Choate was the son of Ambassador
Joe Lake, the first resident American ambassador to Ulaanbaatar."
graduation in 1986, John joined McDonnell Douglas as a structural
test engineer in Long Beach, California. In 1991, John completed
an MBA in International Business at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate
Management Center at Claremont Graduate School. After a four year
assignment in the McDonnell Douglas China Program Office as Deputy
Program Manager for the MD-80/90 China Co-Production Program, John
transferred to the McDonnell Douglas Beijing office in 1994. During
a five year assignment in China, John was deputy to the president
of McDonnell Douglas China with various business development responsibilities.
Following the merger with Boeing
in 1997, John was appointed Sales Director-Asia Pacific and transferred
in 1999 to Boeing Commercial Airplanes headquarters in Seattle.
John is currently responsible for several Chinese airline customers
as well as Mongolia and North Korea. John speaks Mandarin Chinese
and in-between frequent trips to Asia finds time to pursue his hobbies
of photography and scuba diving.
changes name to "North America-Mongolia Business Council"
January 29, 2002, the former USMBC changed its name to the
"North America-Mongolia Business Council
that date, the Government of the District of Columbia certified
the amendment to our corporate charter to make the change. Our bank
accounts have changed to NAMBC as well as in future, that's how
all checks should be written.
USMBC acquired its current name in 1991 after absorbing the smaller
US-Mongolia Trade Council. The Board of Directors voted unanimously
to change the name in order to more accurately reflect the Canadian-American
composition of membership. Following the dissolution of the short-lived
Canada-Mongolia Business Association (CMBA) in 1998, an increasing
number of Canadian companies joined the USMBC. Currently, more than
10% of NAMBC members are Canadian. The Canadian Government gave
its blessing to the new NAMBC earlier this year. Pronunciation of
the new acronym is "NAM-bee-cee."
5th Annual NAMBC Investors Conference in UB, Mongolia, June 26-27-28,
Register for the USMBC's 11th Annual
Meeting & Mongolia Symposium in Denver, Colorado, January 17-19th,
The 11th Annual Meeting
of the largest and oldest trade association linking Mongolia and the
West is also organized as a Mongolia Symposium of interest to business
leaders, potential investors, academicians and others.
Primary venue for
these events will be the Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver Hotel starting
on Thursday evening, January 17 and continuing through Saturday evening,
January 19. Speakers will include high-ranking Mongolian officials
and business leaders coming to Denver for this occasion. The Council
is grateful for the support and assistance of the Denver-Ulaanbaatar
Sister City Committee.
Expected Mongolia speakers include the Minister of Trade & Industry,
the Chairman of the State Great Hural Standing Committee on Economic
Policy, the Head of the Minerals Resources Authority, the Deputy Minister
of Justice and others.
for registration is January 10, 2002, after which a late fee is charged.
Please make your hotel reservations early because these events coincide
with both the 96th Annual National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
and the the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. A limited number of
discounted hotel rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency only through
December 17 at reduced rates of $112 single and $137 double by calling
Denver Hyatt reservations at 1-800-358-5593 and requesting the rate
for the "Mongolia Business Council."
|| Opening reception in honor of
Visiting Mongolian Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament.
||11th Annual Meeting of the U.S.
Mongolia Business Council & Mongolia Symposium-- panels will
address investment issues and incentives, agribusiness, natural
resource, energy and mining opportunities, IT outsourcing, telecom
and electronics, infrastructure development opportunities and
trade issues. Lunch included.
|Friday Night 1/18/02
|| PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys
Association) Rodeo Performance at the National Western Stock Show.
(tickets & transportation included)
||Continuation of Annual Meeting
and Mongolia Symposium -- panels will address cultural issues,
opportunities in educational exchange and training, tourism development,
health care and medical opportunities and land use & environmental
problems and programs. Lunch not included.
|Saturday Night, 1/19/02
||Reception in honor of Ambassador
Jalbuu Choinhor, longest serving Mongolian envoy to the U.S.,
hosted by SOCO Oil Company "Mongolian Festival of Music";
separate fee--organized by Ulaanbaatar-Denver Sister City Committee;
tickets available at the USMBC/NAMBC registration desk at the
Hyatt or call the Sister City Committee at (303) 832-6173
||The Denver host committee will
arrange opportunities for visiting Mongolian business people to
participate in National Western Stock Show and Horse Show activities
the following week and arrange individual "matchmaker"
business appointments for interested American and Mongolian business
executives. To make appointments call Jim Wagenlander, Honorary
Council of Mongolia in Denver, (303) 832-6511.
for the U.S.-Mongolia Business Council Annual Meeting, January 17-19,
includes Cabinet Ministers & Parliamentarian Reception on Thursday
evening, January 17, all sessions on January 18 and 19, lunch on
January 18, rodeo on Friday evening, January 18, and Reception in
Honor of Mongolian Ambassador J. Choinhor, Saturday evening, January
of the USMBC, CCBC Mongolia Society
and the US Embassy's AMBG in UB
|Government / International
who work for Mongolian
do not include hotel accommodations or travel to Denver. Transportation
to the rodeo on Friday night, January 18, will be provided. Absolute
deadline for registration is January 10, 2002, after which a late
registration fee will apply. Checks on U.S banksshould be drawn to
the order of the "USMBC-Annual meeting" and mailed to the
USMBC at 1015 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3551. For information
on remitting by bank wire transfer, please contact [email protected]
The January 19 concert
is NOT included in the registration fee; tickets may be purchased
at the USMBC registration desk at the Regency, January 17-19. The
"Festival of Mongolian Music Concert" will follow the SOCO
reception in honor of Ambassador Choinhor on Saturday night, January
Sponsored by the Denver-Ulaanbaatar
Sister City Committee and the Colorado Mongolian Community; -for
ticket prices, and advance purchases, and venue, contact the Denver-Ulaanbaatar
Sister City Committee in Denver, Colorado at 303-832-6173.
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USMBC supports Mongolia Institute for Buddhist Art (MIBA)
behalf of Chairman Jalsa Urubshurow and Vice Chairman Jim
Wagenlander, Council President Steve Saunders (front left)
presents equipment to MIBA Deputy Director S.J. Kim and
MIBA students in UB.
NAMBClast summer presented two new sewing machines,
other equipment and a cash contribution to the Mongolian
Institute of Buddhist Art (MIBA), located within the
Gandan Monastery compound in Ulaanbaatar. This was the
second delivery of equipment to MIBA by the USMBC.
Founded and headed by the Buddhist artist and religious
leader Purevbat Lam, MIBA is a degree-granting academic
institution that trains new artisans in traditional
Mongolian and Tibetan techniques of lamist Buddhist
art, which Purevbat has painstakingly rediscovered and
revived. These techniques were almost completely lost
as the result of the Communist repression and the destruction
of Mongolian monasteries starting in the 1930's.
MIBA supplies traditional religious objects to the growing
number of reestablished temples and monasteries in Mongolia.
Sewing machines were needed for making and repairing
Tsam Dancing costumes. Chairman Jalsa Urubshurow and
Vice Chairman Jim Wagenlander initiated a NAMBC support
program for MIBA, following the critically-acclaimed
and spectacular exhibition of MIBA art works at the
Mongolian National Gallery of Art in September-October
MIBA survives only through private contributions. Their
students live under austere, almost ascetic monastic
conditions; the institute often has only a 10-day supply
of food for the students, pending receipt of new contributions.
They are currently seeking donations of used equipment.
Any form of power supply system is fine, they can find
adapters. (1) Used electric power tools for wood-working,
including a router, jigsaw, rotary (circular) saw, table
saw, reciprocation saw, electric drill, drill press,
wood drills and bits, angle grinder, planer, sander,
band saw and scroll saw; (2) Used but still functioning
computers, monitors, keyboards & printers; desk
top or notebook. Even PCs capable only for word processing
are very much useful to MIBA; (3) A used slide projector;
they own a screen already.
For further information on MIBA, contact Miss KIM Son
Jeong, Deputy Director of MIBA, mobile phone: 976-1-96152737,
FAX: 976-1-360354, regular phone: 9761-363831,EMAIL:
[email protected] American taxpayers may make tax-deductible
contributions to MIBA through the Zorig Foundation USA,
a tax-exempt American 501(c)3 charitable foundation.
For further information on that option, contact [email protected]
Expeditions to Excavate Dinosaur Fossil Discoveries
in the Gobi Desert Boeing Contributes $10,000 to Red
Cross for Mongolia Dzud ReliefNew Member Profile:
The Asia FoundationThe Asia Foundation’s “GIVE2ASIA”
Program Ambassador Alphonse La Porta Gives Farewell
Address to Ikh Hural; Calls on M ongolia to Continue
Democratic and Economic ProgressUSMBC Board of Directors
and Several Members met with the new American Ambassador
to Mongolia, John Dinger, on October 25, 2000The full
text of the latest edition of GOBI BUSINESS NEWS (September-November
2000) is available on the Gobi Business News web site
of the Gobi Regional Economic Growth Initiative, www.gbn.mn.
This project is funded by USAID and managed by Mercy
Corps, a Member of the USMBC.Nomadic Expeditions to
Excavate Dinosaur Fossil Discoveries in the Gobi Desert:
Jamesburg, New Jersey (April 5, 2001) — Internationally-renowned
paleontologist Dr. Philip Currie will lead an expedition
in September 2001 to the remote fossil beds of the
Nemegt Basin and the “Flaming Cliffs,” two of the
world’s premier fossil sites located in Mongolia.
Working under the auspices of the Mongolian Academy
of Sciences, Dr. Currie, Curator of Dinosaurs at the
Royal Tyrrell Museum in Canada, and Dr. Badamgarav,
one of Mongolia’s leading paleontologists, will continue
conducting fieldwork in Mongolia with Nomadic Expeditions,
the first and largest American tour operator to Mongolia
and Central Asia. [USMBC Chairman Jalsa Urubshurow
is the CEO of Nomadic] Since 1995, these two eminent
scholars have worked alongside expedition members,
who will have the opportunity to prospect for and
excavate fossils from the awe-inspiring Gobi desert,
home to some of the most exciting scientific finds
ever discovered. Due to its remote location and difficult
terrain, the Gobi is still rich with fossils recording
the Late Cretaceous Period, and is considered by many
to be the “Mecca” of the fossil world. Among the Gobi’s
spectacular sites are the legendary “Flaming Cliffs,”
named for the red sandstone that glows a brilliant
burnt orange at sunset. It was here Roy Chapman Andrews
and his expedition team from the American Museum of
Natural History discovered the first nest of dinosaur
eggs the world had ever seen. In this rich desert
setting, team members can relive this historic discovery
when the 2001 Expedition returns to the Flaming Cliffs
to unearth a nest of oviraptorid eggs discovered by
a member of the 2000 Expedition.
At the base camp in Nemegt Basin, amateur paleontologists
will work side-by-side with scholars and professionals
excavating significant finds made during the 2000
Expedition, with the possibility of making their own
important discoveries. The labyrinth of gorges that
comprise Nemegt Basin, discovered in 1946, has yielded
excellent specimens of dinosaurs, lizards, and early
mammals. Significant finds discovered here on the
2000 Expedition include a partial skull of a Tarborsaurus
(a close relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex), which is
slated for collection on this expedition, the skeleton
of a Saurolophus, and two partial skeletons of Elmisaurus.
Expedition members will explore other equally stunning
areas of Mongolia which have been untouched by modernization
such as Hongoryn Els, which is home to sand dunes
reaching upwards of 800 meters and extending parallel
to a large part of the Gobi Altai Mountains. Although
the scenery is spectacular, its remote location ensures
that there are few visitors. Another paleontological
highlight is Tugrigiin Shiree. This white sandstone
escarpment is where the famous “Fighting Dinosaurs”
(a fossil of a Protoceratops and a Velociraptor locked
in mortal combat) were discovered in the 1970s.
All arrangements are handled by Nomadic Expeditions,
which pioneered cultural and educational travel to
Mongolia. With affiliate offices and operations in
the United States, Asia and Europe, Nomadic Expeditions
is a well-known leader in arranging specialized trips
including travel throughout Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal,
Bhutan, China and Siberia. From natural history, paleontological
and cultural explorations, as well as horse and camel
treks, kayaking and canoeing adventures.For further
details, contact Nomadic Expeditions at 800-998-6634
or 609-860-9008 for information or a free brochure;
e-mail: [email protected] or Website: www.NomadicExpeditions.com
Boeing Contributes $10,000 to Red Cross for Mongolia
Zud Disaster" After two consecutive severe winters
and a disastrous summer drought, many Mongolian herding
communities have suffered severe losses of livestock
and are in dire need of assistance. Boeing has contributed
$10,000 to help the Mongolian Red Cross provide food,
transistor radios and first aid kits to the most isolated
herders. Over a 12-month period, the Red Cross Society/Federation
will be assisting families in the eleven aimags (provinces)
that have suffered the most.
USMBC New Member Profile: The Asia Foundation: The
USMBC would like to welcome its newest member, The
Asia Foundation (TAF). As you might recall, the USMBC
and TAF have worked to coordinate Mongolia-related
events over the past years. We are very pleased to
welcome them into the Council.Below, please find information
on TAF.THE ASIA FOUNDATION: Utilizing its 44-year
presence throughout Asia, The Asia Foundation collaborates
with partners from the public and private sectors
to build leadership, improve policy and regulation,
and strengthen institutions to foster greater openness
and shared prosperity in the Asia Pacific region.
Priorities include long-term, complex issues that
cross national borders, such as:
Effective law, governance, and citizenship;
Open regional markets and local economic opportunities;
Equal partnership and participation of women in all
levels of society; and
Peace and stability within the region. With a network
of 15 offices throughout the Asia Pacific and the
United States, the Foundation addresses these issues
on both a country and regional level through leadership
and institutional development, exchanges and dialogue,
technical assistance, research, and policy engagement.
The Foundation's scope of work is wide and far-reaching.
In the past five years alone, the Foundation has provided
substantial assistance for the development of legislative
systems in 16 countries and has supported more than
800 public interest, nongovernmental organizations
in the region. Since 1954, the Foundation's Books
for Asia program has distributed more than 34 million
books to Asian institutions. And of the more than
65,000 Asia Foundation grantees, many are today's
leaders in Asia -- including heads of state, ministers,
judges, legislators, business and academic leaders,
journalists, and leaders of nongovernmental organizations.
The Asia Foundation is funded by contributions from
corporations, foundations, individuals, governmental
organizations in the U.S. and Asia, and an annual
appropriation from the U.S. Congress. For more information,
please visit http://www.asiafoundation.org. New Jersey
Tour Operator Provides Desperately Needed Relief Assistance
to Mongolian Nomads Severe Winter Conditions Threaten
the Lives of Herders:In response to the devastating
effects from the severe weather conditions affecting
Mongolia’s pastoral nomads and their herds, Nomadic
Expeditions, a tour operator based in Jamesburg, New
Jersey, launched a relief expedition to deliver five
tons of supplies to families living in one of the
worst affected areas in Mongolia. Using their expertise
as an outfitter and expedition company, Nomadic Expeditions
was able to traverse vast distances through difficult
driving conditions to Adaatsag County in order to
deliver the desperately needed goods. Mongolians call
the weather conditions “Zud” (severe winter snow and
ice compounded by drought in some areas). The loss
of cattle, sheep, and horses currently totals over
two million and the Mongolian Government has announced
the loss of herds as a national catastrophe. The Mongolian
Red Cross estimates that over 315,000 people are at
risk (about a quarter of the population in the affected
provinces). Nomadic Expeditions donated five tons
of supplies, including one ton of dried milk and three
tons of millet, with a total value of more than $4,000.
In order to ensure goods were fairly distributed,
Nomadic Expeditions delivered the supplies to the
county mayor’s office, which made an announcement
about the donation and evenly distributed the goods
between all of the 696 local families. Out of over
130,000 heads of livestock, these families have lost
over 23,000 animals. Nomadic Expeditions also delivered
supplies directly to three extremely remote settlements
of nomads, each comprised of two or three families.
Yondon Badral, vice president of Nomadic Expeditions,
reported, “The herders were extremely grateful. The
weather has been getting warmer and new grass is once
again emerging so the adult animals are starting to
be able to feed. However, the herders were desperate
for dried milk and millet for the newly born animals
and we were thanked for bringing the right supplies.
After losing so much of their livestock, the nomads’
livelihood depends on increasing the size of their
herds.” Nomadic Expeditions, the leading operator
of adventure and special interest travel to Mongolia,
was founded by Jalsa Urubshurow, a Mongolian American.
Mr. Urubshurow explained, “I created Nomadic Expeditions
to share Mongolia’s horse-based nomadic culture and
pristine landscapes with North Americans. Whenever
we visit the home of a nomadic family, they give freely
of their food and friendship. When I learned of the
growing disaster in Mongolia, I knew that we had to
act quickly to help these families. Their herds provide
meat and dairy products for daily subsistence, not
to mention animal fibers and other goods for cash
income. They were being deprived of their basic livelihoods.”
Travel to Mongolia remains unaffected as very few
travelers visit the provinces that were hit by the
winter conditions. Please contact Nomadic Expeditions
at 800-998-6634 or 609-860-9008 for additional information
about their relief efforts or about travel conditions.
MINISER ENKHBAYAR’s New Cabinet (August 10, 2000):
The list of nominees for the new Cabinet has been
endorsed by President Bagabandi and the MPRP majority
group of the Parliament for the formal consideration
by the State Ikh Hural. Please note that some new
ministries have been created.The nominees are as follows:
1. Minister for Finance and Economics – Mr. Chultemiin
Ulaan, 46, mining engineer and economist, Chairman
of the National Development Board (1992-1996), Member
of Parliament since 1996.
2. Minister for Foreign Affairs – Mr. Luvsangiin Erdenechuluun,
52, career diplomat, Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative and
the Permanent Representative to the UN (1990-1996),
Foreign Policy Advisor to the President and the Prime
3. Minister for Trade and Industry – Mr. Chimidzorigiin
Ganzorig, 42, economist, Secretary of the Government
Commission for Coordination of Aid (1992-1996), Deputy
Director of the Foreign Trade and Cooperation Department
of the Ministry of External Relations since 1996.
4. Minister for Infrastructure Development – Mr. Byambyn
Jigjid, 55, Minister of Energy, ining and Geology
(1990-1996), Chief of the Government Executing Agency
5. Minister for Justice and Internal Affairs – Mr.
Tsendiin Nyamdorj, 44, lawyer, First Deputy Minister
for Justice (1990-1992), MP since 1992.
6. Minister for Food and Agriculture – Mr. Darjaagiin
Nasanjargal, 52, veterinarian, Chairman of the Tsagaan
Nuur soum committee of the MPRP (1988-1998), Director
of the “Tovhon Haan” Co. of the Tsagaan Nuur soum,
Selenge aimag (1992-1998).
7. Minister for Health – Mr. Pagvajaviin Nyamdavaa,
53, MP, Doctor of Medicine, Academician, Minister
for Health (1990-1996), since 1998 Social Policy Advisor
to the President.
8. Minister for Social Welfare and Labor – Mr. Shiilegiin
Batbayar, 57, economist, Chairman of the Central Council
of the Mongolian Trade Union (1992), MP since 1992.
9. Minister for Education, Culture and Science – Mr.
Ayurzanyn Tsanjid, 52, educator, Professor of the
Higher Political School (1982-1992), Advisor to the
Parliament Speaker (1993-1996), Director of the “Prognosis”
Center since 1996.
10. Minister for Environment – Mr. Ulambayaryn Barsbold,
36, commercial economist, Deputy Minister of Trade
and Industry (1991-1992), Director of the Mongolia
Business Development Agency since 1994.
11. Minister for Defense – Mr. Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa,
53, aircraft engineer, astronaut, Chief of the Military
Staff for the Air Defense of the Armed Forces since
1996.These candidates will be considered by Parliament
for the relevant posts one by one. It is expected
that the cabinet candidates will be approved by Parliament
because the MPRP has an absolute majority. (Sources
-- Ganbold Daily News and Mongolian Ministry of External