Mongolia
19.04.2024 Boris Kushhov

In mid-2023, as part of its preparation of the country’s 2024 budget, Mongolia’s Ministry of Finance prepared a number of documents containing assessments of national economic development prospects for the next three years.  These documents, which are available on Mongolia’s impressively comprehensive official database, allow observers to assess the Mongolian government’s views on their country’s development potential…

10.04.2024 Boris Kushhov

On February 7-8, 2024, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid a visit to Ulaanbaatar. In the course of the visit, the senior German politician held talks with Mongolia’s President, Prime Minister, and the Speaker of the State Great Khural, Mongolia’s Parliament. He was met at the airport by Mongolia’s Foreign Minister…

26.03.2024 Boris Kushhov

Mongolia adopted its 2024 budget law on October 1, 2023. As part of the preparations for the budget law, an extensive preparatory review of the 2023 figures was performed. These were correlated with the spending plans for 2024, 2025 and 2026, and the results were summarized in a special report published by Mongolia’s Ministry of Finance. The report is primarily a breakdown of Mongolia’s draft budget for 2024. As for the budget itself, the following points made in the report are worthy of note…

24.03.2024 Boris Kushhov

The ninth State Great Khural elections in the history of democratic Mongolia will be held this year, on June 28. They will be unprecedented in a number of respects, and their results promise significant differences from the country’s “classic” indicators. As early as 2023, the Mongolian authorities carried out extensive work to prepare the country’s legislative framework for the upcoming elections, reflecting all their new parameters and principles in the relevant legislation…

20.03.2024 Boris Kushhov

The Prime Minister of Mongolia, Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene, attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from 15 to 19 January. This article provides an overview of the Mongolian representative’s activities at the event – with a slightly more detailed analysis of the objectives of the official meetings he held during these four days. On 4 January 2024, it became known that the country’s Prime Minister would be attending the Davos Forum: the announcement of this decision…

03.03.2024 Boris Kushhov

For people all over the world, a new year means a new beginning, a time for new emotions, meetings, acquaintances and discoveries. The same can be said about countries — national governments rarely hesitate to use the onset of a new calendar year as an occasion to promote an agenda which they see as in their country’s interests. Mongolia is no exception — its government has named 2024 the Year of Regional Development, a clear witness to Mongolia’s…

07.02.2024 Boris Kushhov

Since the third quarter of 2023, the Mongolian public have been shaken by regular media reports of gasoline and diesel shortages in various parts of the country. Furthermore, to lend credence to these reports, a regular succession of publications have appeared stating just how many days’ worth of fuel are left in the country. This trend has become particularly evident since the Russian Federation introduced restrictions on fuel exports in 2023 to stabilize its domestic market. Mongolia receives more than 95% of all its fuel by rail from its northern neighbor, and more than 75% of all of Ulaanbaatar’s fuel imports come from Rosneft…

17.01.2024 Boris Kushhov

On December 20, 2023, the second stage of hearings of the Temporary Control Committee established by a special resolution of the State Great Khural of Mongolia to monitor the situation at Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi, the state-owned company operating the largest mineral deposit in the country, began. Following a December 2022 corruption scandal involving a discrepancy between coal export data and figures published by Chinese customs, a special regulation was imposed on Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi, which was renewed in November 2023. This Control Committee was also established…

11.01.2024 Boris Kushhov

November-December 2023 were almost unprecedentedly harsh months in Mongolia: most of the country was under a massive layer of snow, the thickness of which reached up to 50-60 centimetres in many regions. At the same time, mid-December was also frosty, with temperatures in some parts of the country dropping to -50 degrees Celsius. In addition to weather threats and challenges traditional for most countries and peoples of the world – such as failures in the work of transport, industrial enterprises, a sharp jump in injuries among the population, hypothermia…

04.01.2024 Boris Kushhov

Within the framework of the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) held in Dubai, the Russian company Rosatom held a Small Modular Reactors Day. The CEO of Monatom, a Mongolian state-owned company engaged in the promising development of a new industry for Mongolia, took a very active part in the event. During the SMR day, Rosatom representatives familiarized him with the concept of a low-capacity nuclear power plant concept for Mongolia. Following the event, the parties signed a memorandum on the construction…

14.12.2023 Boris Kushhov

Certain treasured wishes and memories inevitably visit us again and again, and such recurrent visions can be a painful experience. Such is certainly the case for almost one in two of Mongolia’s people, who are left waiting as the country once again raises the question of building a subway in the city of Ulaanbaatar. The megacity, which has almost tripled in size since the beginning of the 21st century, now houses almost half of the country’s population, accounts for an even greater share…

06.12.2023 Boris Kushhov

The emancipation of women and the promotion of gender equality have emerged as major concerns in bilateral and multilateral discussions that Mongolia participates in, as well as in the joint statements made by Mongolian representatives with their counterparts from other countries. Therefore, these subjects were discussed five times on the nation’s primary news portal, Montsame.mn, in the span of just two days…