The Government of Mongolia expressed its commitment to reforming the mining sector and its engagement in the IGF assessment process by organizing a public launch of the IGF Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Mongolia.
The ministry is currently revising key areas of its legal framework for the mining industry, including the new Law on Mining. The launch provided a valuable opportunity to bring key stakeholders together to advance the government’s reform efforts and to deepen partnerships.
Some 30 representatives from government agencies, prominent civil society organizations and academia gathered in the Meeting Hall of Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry (MMHI) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on July 3, 2017. Reporters were also invited to attend, and the event garnered significant coverage from local television, print and online media. A press release issued by the ministry is available here: (in Mongolian.)
Mr. Ganbaatar Jamiyan, Head of the Division of Policy at the MMHI, opened the launch event.
He acknowledged the importance of IGF’s assessment and described how it aligns with the ministry’s policy priorities of leveraging mining to advance sustainable development. Mr. Ganbaatar told participants that while the report does not cover all aspects of the Mongolian mining sector, it provides a roadmap for dealing with important issues such as mine closure and financial benefit optimization.
Mandakhbat Sereenov, Head of the MMHI Department of Legal Affairs, then provide a brief overview of the assessment process.
He explained that while the assessment was conducted at the request of the Mongolian government in order to help it to manage the nation’s minerals wealth sustainably, the Ministry had no role in the independent assessment. He also spoke of the value of a capacity-building workshop conducted by the IGF in March 2017 in response to needs identified during the assessment process.
Byambajav Dalaibuyan, Director of InEDU Consulting, provided a brief introduction to the IGF and then gave a detailed presentation on the assessment report which discussed the key findings and recommendations.
A question and answer session was facilitated by Mr. Mandakhbat.
- D. Erdenechimeg (Open Society Forum) noted that while the report provides a largely positive assessment it has many “low” and “medium” sub-themes or indicators, which mean that there are plenty of issues that the Government of Mongolia and different stakeholders need to address effectively.
- D. Galsandorj (Mongolian Association of Exporters) said that the assessment could be more effective if local research institutes are involved more and a follow-up assessment is conducted.
- S. Suzanna (National Development Authority) noted that policy coordination is essential in dealing with many issues raised by the report and suggested better cooperation between the MMHI and NDA.
- B. Chinzorig (Mongolian University of Science and Technology – School of Geology and Mining) thanked the authors of the report and suggested ways to improve cooperation between the university and the MMHI to address issues related to sustainability and mining.
- Several participants asked questions about the Ministry’s policy on ASM, mine closure, and the draft Mining Law.
- Several participants asked to have access to the resources used for the capacity-building workshop held in March 2017.