Cabinet discusses senior care and the state’s relations with entrepreneurs

Cabinet members at a briefing for reports on their performance in their first 100 days in office

In Cabinet’s weekly meeting, ministers discussed providing welfare payments to seniors and the state’s relationship with business owners. The ministers agreed that state support for seniors despite economic difficulties, and submitted an amendment to the law on financial support for the elderly for parliamentary review.

If Parliament approves the amendment, people 65 years and older would be eligible to receive 100,000 MNT to 300,000 MNT twice a year, and 750 million MNT would be budgeted for providing seniors with telecommunications assistance to better access information and advice, and other required support.

During the meeting, a taskforce led by the Interior Minister to evaluate the state’s relationship with investors and improve Mongolia’s business environment presented the ministers with a report on their findings.

They reported that 5,391 Mongolians and 191 foreigners were banned from traveling abroad, and 298 Mongolians and 21 foreigners were freed from travel bans as of August 31. The taskforce pointed out that creating a consolidated database with information about people with travel bans was very important.

They also put forward a proposal to amend a number of laws to be clear on who travel bans should be applied to and when they should be placed and lifted. The taskforce also studied court rulings on criminal cases concerning investors and entrepreneurs, and found that there were 374 criminal cases connected to 403 individuals, and 93 cases were issued rulings; 139 cases were closed following the presentation of evidence of innocence, and the court is still working on the remaining cases.

The taskforce concluded that many complaints without proper investigations carried out go to criminal courts and increase the workload of the judicial system and put pressure on entrepreneurs. They said that there should be a focus on enhancing the legal and regulatory environment and putting an end to needless pressure applied to businesses.

There were 168 orders issued by the Cabinet’s ministers, 25 orders from the heads of state agencies, and 44 orders from the Ulaanbaatar Mayor’s Office concerning investment and business operations.

The taskforce evaluated all the orders along with related laws, and said that 100 orders conflicted with legislation, 86 were repealed by the Ministry of Justice and Interior Affairs, and some state authorities were instructed to revise the remaining 14 orders.

The ministers also accepted a proposal put forward by the task force to repeal over 700 licenses for unqualified companies. The taskforce reported that the ethical violations of state officials required the state to reimburse 23 businesses a total of 11.8 billion MNT.

The ministers approved an initiative to create a legal environment requiring that officials responsible for violations reimburse damages. Prime Minister J.Erdenebat instructed Cabinet Secretariat J.Munkhbat and General Director of the National Develepment Agency B.Bayarsaikhan to include the drafting of legislative changes in the plans of the government, ministries, and agencies, and to monitor the implementation of the plans.

Cabinet approved a draft of a memorandum of understanding between Mongolia and UNESCO for cooperation from 2016 to 2021, and approved an agreement between Mongolia and Canada on investment promotion and cooperation that was signed on September 8.

The ministers discussed joining the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement and decided to discuss it with a parliamentary standing committee. They also decided to submit a draft of a plan to deal with the nation’s economic challenges and amendments to the Law on Customs Tariffs and Taxes for parliamentary review.