Parliamentary spring session opens

2017 spring session of Parliament

Parliament’s Spring Session opened on April 5, beginning with opening speeches from President Ts.Elbegdorj and Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold.

The President underlined that to overcome the nation’s economic challenges, the state needs to stop operating as if the state’s authorities are doing business. He said that the signatures, seals, and orders of state officials are being used for silent business agendas.

President Elbegdorj said that the government should not make this “business model” successful, and that the system will be destroyed by using the state’s legal powers. He added that processes for all government tenders should be transparent and open to anyone who wants to review them.

Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold pointed out that Parliament needs to resolve delayed matters concerning railway projects to expedite mining megaprojects during Spring’s plenary sessions. He added that implementing the government’s Gold-2 Program, increasing foreign investment in domestic banks to meet international standards, adopting a law on a national payment system, dramatically developing the livestock industry to improve herders’ lives, amending the law on state officials, increasing the quality of public services, and enhancing the legal and regulatory environment for doing business in Mongolia are the highest priorities for the spring session.

During Thursday and Friday’s parliamentary sessions, MPs will be reviewing a final draft of amendments to the 2017 state budget.