Ulan Bator, 9 July 2013 Press release

Celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations between Austria and Mongolia in Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator, 09 July 2013 – The second part of the festivities marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Austria and Mongolia will take place in the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, in the week from 8 – 12 July 2013.

The first event is the Austria Science Days at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST). Topics of scientific exchange cover mining, raw materials management and environmental technology. The Austrian side will be represented by the University of Leoben, the Austrian Institute of Technology and Technikum Wien, and experts from MUST, the Academy of Sciences and the University of Applied Life Sciences will represent Mongolia at the conference.

On 9 July, the Mixed Bilateral Economic Commission will meet at the Parliament building in Ulan Bator; the delegations will be headed by the Mongolian Minister for Energy, Mishigiin Sonompil and by the Director of the foreign trade department at the Ministry for Economy, Family and Youth, Bernadette Gierlinger. As a result of the high growth rates achieved by Mongolia and the great demand for infrastructure that is expected in the coming years, an increasing number of Austrian companies is showing a lively interest in this huge country in Northern Asia. More than 20 Austrian companies will take part in the Economic Commission and the Austrian-Mongolian Business Forum held by the Federal Economic Chamber of Austria on 10 July.

A special highlight is a seminar on "Extending the cooperation between Mongolia and the EU in regional and global issues" organised jointly by the Institute for Strategic Studies of the Mongolian Security Council and the Austrian Embassy. An agreement on partnership and cooperation between the EU and Mongolia was signed in April this year that is ushering in a new era in the relations between the EU and Mongolia. The speakers of the seminar, which will be held in the Foreign Ministry of Mongolia, include Mongolian Deputy Foreign Minister Damba Gankhuyag, EU Ambassador Markus Ederer, the foreign policy consultant of the President of Mongolia, Otgonbayar Mashbat, and the Political Director in the Foreign Ministry in Vienna, Ambassador Jan Kickert.

Ambassador Jan Kickert will also hold political meetings with his counterpart in the Mongolian Foreign Ministry, Director General for Policy Planning Tsededamba Batbayar, and the Foreign Ministry's State Secretary, Gombo Tsogtsai.

The Austrian Embassy in Beijing has already organised a series of cultural events in June of this year to celebrate Austrian-Mongolian relations; the highpoint of these events was a joint concert in the Ulan Bator Palace of Culture that drew an audience of more than 1000 people.


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