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Mongolsko a Japonsko se dohodli na strategickém partnerství

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Mongolia and Japan has agreed to turn its cooperation into a next level, namely into Strategic Partnership. Read more...

It was agreed as result of negotiations held last Friday in Tokyo between President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia, who completed a five-day visit to Japan, and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

The sides agreed to accelerate their preliminary studies so they can start negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement at an early stage in fiscal 2011. The agreement will allow both nations to cooperate in the development of natural resources such as rare earths. Rare earths are used in the production of high-tech products such as cell phones, digital cameras, flat-panel televisions and hybrid vehicles.

Under a joint statement issued by Elbegdorj and Naoto Kan, the two countries affirmed the importance of accelerating their joint study, launched in June, on signing an FTA, as part of their goal to boost economic ties and aim for a strategic partnership. The two countries aim to complete a report on the study by the end of March, the statement said.

Their accord comes after the government approved on Nov 9 its basic policy on trade liberalization, which stated that Japan will commence FTA negotiations with Mongolia as soon as possible.

The statement said Mongolia will proactively support Japanese companies with advanced technologies to develop natural resources in Mongolia, as well as coal and uranium.

The two leaders also agreed to strategically pursue the development of Mongolia’s minerals for the benefit of both countries. Their accord comes at a time Japan is trying to diversify suppliers of rare earths following slowed exports from China, which currently accounts for about 97 percent of the world’s rare earth supply.

Mongolia, for its part, is aware of the need to add value to raw material resources and thus seeks investment from companies with high-level technologies. Earlier, the Mongolian President Elbegdorj said: “When Mongolian natural resources and Japanese technologies are combined, we can mutually benefit.” “Now is the time not just to talk, but to carry out specific projects, and we have basically agreed with the Japanese government to lay the groundwork for facilitating the business environment,” he told the Japan National Press Club.

Elbegdorj said Mongolia seeks business partners with environment-friendly technologies as well as transparent and responsible business practices, and that those conditions would work favorably for Japanese firms. He also stressed his country’s geographical advantage in attracting foreign investment, saying investors would have easy access to China and Russia, two fast-growing economies.

One of main purposes of President’s visit to Tokyo was to sign a ¥500 million loan from Japanese government to develop Mongolia’s small and midsize businesses and for measures against its deteriorating environment. Thus, the Foreign Minister of Mongolia G.Zandanshatar, the Japanese Foreign Minister Seihi Maehara and JICA President Ogata Sadako have signed an exchange note on this loan. 

Another document signed during the President’s visit was an agreement on cooperation between physical education universities of Mongolia and Japan.

President Elbegdorj and First Lady Bolormaa Call on Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan. His Excellency Mr. Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia and Her Excellency Mrs. Khajidsuren Bolormaa, First Lady of Mongolia called on His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito and Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko of Japan, on November 18.

President Elbegdorj expressed his delightedness for meeting Emperor Akihito and conveyed the greetings of the people of Mongolia to the Emperor and the people of Japan. The President of Mongolia said that he is joyful that Mongolia and Japan are becoming close and the mutual understanding of the people of the two countries has been deepening. He noted that he is planning to exchange views with Prime Minister Kan of Japan to step up the level of relations and cooperation between Mongolia and Japan during his visit to Japan.

President Elbegdorj invited His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito and Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko to visit Mongolia in their convenient time.

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito wished success for the state visit of the President of Mongolia to Japan and asked and discussed about the content of the visit, leading technologies, nature and environment, herders’ winter preparation in Mongolia, and sumo; and wished development and prosperity for Mongolia.

His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito visited Mongolia in 2007, His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino together with Princess Akishino visited Mongolia in 2002 respectively.

After the meeting, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito and Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko hosted lunch in honor of Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia and Khajidsuren Bolormaa, First Lady of Mongolia.

President Addresses at Forum
On the sidelines of his visit to Japan, President of Mongolia Tsakhia Elbegdorj made a speech and expressed his hope for the participation of Japanese companies in the exploration, processing and shipping of rich deposits of uranium and rare earth elements in Mongolia.

Speaking at a forum hosted by a group of organizations including Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), President Elbegdorj said that processing mineral resources in Mongolia and exporting finished products is a promising business for the future and that Mongolia is “capable of becoming an important hub in Eurasia.”

The president further expressed his high expectations for the technologies of Japanese companies such as integrated coal gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power generation technology. In the area of Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) to Mongolia, the president appealed for “more assistance in the fields Japanese companies are really interested in.”

Prior to the speech, the president met with Tadahiro Matsushita, Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and confirmed the policy of strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries including cooperation in connection with rare earth elements and other mineral resources. The president spoke November 16 at the University of Tokyo, too, and drew attention to the need to strengthen cooperation in environmental projects such as renewable energy development.

The same day, the authorities of Japan’s International Friendship Exchange Council hosted lunch honoring the President and the First Lady of Mongolia.  The council has members including business leaders and scholars from research institutes and universities. The council conducts activities to advertise foreign policy of the Government of Japan, increase the participation of private sector in developing foreign policy, and assist the implementation of the foreign policy of Japan. The council has organized trainings and workshops to increase investment from Japan to Mongolia for past 20 years. The council’s board members briefed that the council sends special crews to countries or regions to conduct studies. They exchanged views on Mongolia-Japan economic cooperation.

In addition, President Elbegdorj gave interview to Japan’s well known daily newspaper Sankey Shimbun. Journalists of the newspaper asked about expected contribution of big size mining projects for Mongolia’s economic development, present condition of foreign investment, bilateral relations of the two countries, democratic progress in Mongolia and the President’s policy supporting sports and got answers.

President Elbegdorj Visits Leading Technological Manufacturers of Japan
Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia who is paying state visit to Japan got acquainted to the businesses of Nippon Steel Corporation in Tokyo City and Shimadzu Corporation in Kyoto City.

Nippon Steel President Shoji Muneoka said: “Tavan Tolgoi is attracting attention of the world by its reserve size. We are interested in the project too. We are ready to cooperate to comprehensively solve the issue of the usage of coal from Tavan Tolgoi with its infrastructure.”
President Elbegdorj noted that we too have interests to cooperate with responsible manufacturers with high technology those run their activities in environmentally friendly ways.

The President of Mongolia also visited Sento Imperial Palace and Katsura Imperial Villa those were registered in UNESCO’s cultural heritage list.

President Elbegdorj met Mongolian citizens who work or study in Japan. Approximately 2000 Mongolians study or work in Japan. Mongolia began to send researcher students from 1976 and students from 1980 to Japan and currently there are one thousand Mongolian students in Japan. 300 of them study with the scholarships of the Government of Japan and 70 percent of them study at their own expense.

Source: UB Post


27.11.2010 23:57:02
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