Celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations between Austria and Mongolia in Ulan Bator
Vienna/Peking, 21 June 2013 – Austria was the second Western European country after the UK to establish diplomatic relations with Mongolia on 30 June 1963. This anniversary will be marked by a series of festive events and specialist meetings in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator in June and July.
Austrian musicians have been giving master classes in Ulan Bator since mid-June. Gerald Wirth, the artistic director of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, is giving master instruction to the choir of the Mongolian State Opera. Conductor Joji Hattori, opera director Beverly Blankenship, harpist Martina Zerdin and cellist Uta Elisabeth Korff-Strassl have also been providing master classes in their various areas of expertise for Mongolian artists. The highlight for this special musical meeting came in an invitation of Mongolian Minister of Culture Tsedevdamba Oyungerel to perform in a joint concert in the Ulan Bator Concert Hall on 21 June.
From 8 to 9 July, the “Austrian Science Days” conference will be held in Ulan Bator bringing representatives of Austrian universities and research institutions together with the Mongolian University of Science and Technology for specialist discussions on sustainable methods for mining and environmental technology. Austrian universities already maintain cooperations with five Mongolian technical universities through the Eurasia-Pacific University Network.
Austria has organised a seminar on the relations between the European Union and Mongolia that will be held in the Mongolian Institute for Strategic Studies on 9 July. An agreement on partnership and cooperation between the EU and Mongolia was signed in May this year that is ushering in a new era in the relations between the EU and Mongolia. The participants in this seminar on the EU side will include among others the seminar key speakers Austrian State Secretary for Finance Andreas Schieder, the head of the EU Delegation in Beijing with special responsibility for Mongolia Markus Ederer and the Political Director in the Foreign Ministry Jan Kickert.
In July there will be a conference meeting of the Mixed Austrian-Mongolian Economic Commission followed by an Austrian-Mongolian Economic Forum on June 10. Representatives of around 50 Austrian companies are to take part in this event. The bilateral trade volume between the two countries has increased five-fold in the past decade. A powerful development in demand for state-of-the-art technologies can be observed in Austrian exports to Mongolia. Technical equipment, construction and mining machinery, vehicles and vehicle components as also pharmaceuticals are all important components of the trade structure today. Austria and Mongolia signed an agreement on financial cooperation in September 2012, which has opened up opportunities for soft loans. This agreement will provide an important impulse for the further development of economic relations, for example in the health sector and in environmental technology.
The Austrian diplomatic mission responsible for Mongolia is the Austrian Embassy in Beijing. Mongolia is represented in Austria by Honorary General Consul Sergelen Davaakhuu.
For further inquiries please contact:
Ambassador Dr. Irene Giner-Reichl
Austrian Embassy Beijing (with representation for Mongolia)
Phone: (+86/10) 653 22 061; fax: (+86/10) 653 21 505
Honorary Consul Sergelen Davaakhuu
Phone: (+976/11) 324 804; fax: (+976/11) 324 804