Cabinet reports on its first 100 days

Cabinet meeting

All of Prime Minister J.Erdenebat’s Cabinet’s ministries presented reports on their performance in their first 100 days in office, providing updates on the projects they’ve launched since July and reports on ongoing government work.

Ministry of Roads and Transportation

The Ministry of Roads and Transportation said that studies have been completed in preparation for launching the Erdenet-Ovoot railway. Laws have been approved exempting Ulaanbaatar Railway from excise taxes on imported diesel fuel used for the Mongolia-Russia joint venture company. The ministry also reported that a Mongolia-China joint venture company has been established to implement shipping and logistics projects on 10 hectares of land at Dunzian Port in Tianjin, an initiative falling under the framework of Mongolia and Tianjin’s trade cooperation agreement.

Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry

The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry said that it has drafted resolutions on infectious disease prevention and supporting herders in increasing their prices for live stock raw materials.

Resolutions were also written on new procedures for issuing licenses to produce alcohol, in response to the revocation of the licenses of companies that were found to be violating the law. A memorandum was signed on promoting small enterprises by making them more competitive and assisting them in creating jobs.

An expo was organized by the ministry to provide Ulaanbaatar’s residents with access to locally grown produce and to promote local farmers. The Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry held online  meetings with province leaders to successfully complete the harvesting of crops and fodder and, and 475 businesses were able to purchase 2,100 tons of fuel with government loans for the harvest.

Financing was also resolved for loans of 11.6 billion MNT to support entrepreneurs in agriculture. The ministry worked with Japan’s Shima Seiki Inc. to open a training center for the manufacturing cashmere and wool products, and concluded agreements with the governments of Hungary, China, and Poland to cooperate on trade and agriculture projects.

A seminar on developing agricultural manufacturing based on exports was held under an agreement with the  Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of South Korea, and an agreement was made to work with Chinese authorities on  revoking trade sanctions on the import of Mongolian livestock products.

Ministry of Energy

The Ministry of Energy reported that in its first 100 days it worked to provide energy to apartments for 25,000 to 30,000 Ulaanbaatar residents by beginning the expansion of Thermal Power Plant III, and that electricity is not being provided to 1,562 ger district residents thanks to the work of a task force from the Energy Regulatory Commission and the Ulaanbaatar Electricity Distribution Network Company.

The Ministry of Energy said that it assisted in dealing with the financial challenges of the Baganuur and Shivee-Ovoo coal mines, and that it launched the Baganuur-Tsenkhermandal 35 kilowatt electric grid substation and connected Tsenkhermandal soum to the grid.

In pursuit of the ministry’s green energy objectives, an agreement was signed with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and two Mongolian companies to build a 50 megawatt wind power station in Tsogttsetsii soum, Umnugovi Province.

Ministry of Defense

The Ministry of Defense highlighted that they have been working to improve the environment for military activities and renewing legal regulations, pointing out that Parliament approved a package of laws on defense, the armed forces, military service, and the legal status of military officers.

Over 100 orders were issued by Minister B.Bat-Erdene for strengthening discipline, developing performance, cutting spending, and spending more efficiently. Some officers qualified for mortgage loans and several veterans were provided with financial assistance.

The ministry organized joint military exercises with Russia, the U.S., and Japan, and reported that 1,000 students participated in the student soldier program.

Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism

The Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism noted that Mongolia has now signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and has agreed to implement a comprehensive policy for maintaining green environmental policy throughout Mongolia.

Complaints were submitted to state authorities to revoke the licenses of some companies found to be harming the environment, and preparations have begun to identify new specially protected areas.

The ministry hosted the UNWTO Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities to promote the growth of nomadic tourism, as well as a forum to educate the public on green development.

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health reported that the government has agreed to reimburse private hospitals for medication expenditures for people requiring hemodialysis. The state will also pay for some medications for people diagnosed with blood cancer, and it has agreed to spend up to 1.6 billion MNT on equipment for pediatric medical care and emergency medical services.

Plans are in place to complete the construction of a new burn center funded by the Government of Kuwait, and a number of residents of Ulaanbaatar’s eastern districts and eastern provinces received medical emergency and routine medical care from the military hospital of the Ministry of Defense to reduce the workloads at the city’s crowded hospitals.

A project was launched to help provide people with non-bureaucratic, transparent medical services, 50 beds were added to the capital’s maternity hospital, and 10,000 children received flu shots.

The ministry kicked off collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund to buy pediatric medication, and an international conference on infectious diseases was organized in Ulaanbaatar.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted that high ranking Mongolian officials have visited Cuba, Japan, South Korea, and China in the ministry’s first 100 days, to develop relations and strengthen economic cooperation.

An agreement was signed to receive an export loan of 50 million EURO from Poland, and an agreement was signed between Mongolia and Canada on investment promotion and cooperation. Implementation of the LEAD Mongolia project has begun, at a cost of 2.5 million USD, to address development, reduce poverty and unemployment, enhance governmental transparency, and to fight corruption. The ministry also noted that an international forum on democratic transitions was hosted in Ulaanbaatar.