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A Ray of Hope: Mongolia's Burgeoning Solar Power Industry

At first glance, the coal rich lands of Mongolia might not seem to be a natural home to a renewables revolution. Yet, despite the country's economic reliance on its vast coal fields, or perhaps because of it, the Government of Mongolia is aggressively pursuing clean energy sources. 

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Mongolia and Microfinance: a means to grassroots economic development

While billion dollar investments into Mongolia steal the spotlight, the country has also been actively pursuing grassroots economic development through microfinance initiatives. As far back as 2005, the country declared a "National Year of Microfinance", which coincided with the United Nation's "Microcredit Year". The country’s transition from a centrally-planned economy to a democratic, free market economic model has brought prosperity, albeit unevenly distributed. Mongolia's commitment to microfinance initiatives demonstrates a recognition of this issue and their recent success bodes well for inclusive economic development.

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Air Pollution in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and the sustainable solutions

Problems
  • During the long harsh winter, air pollution levels in Ulaanbaatar, the world's coldest capital city, are among the highest in the world.
  • The major cause (circa 80%) of air pollution in Ulaanbaatar comes from unprocessed coal burning stoves which are essential to heat traditional ger dwelling homes in the sub-zero temperatures. Other pollution sources include vehicles (10%), power plants (6%), and soil contamination (4%).
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Mongolia 2019 Q1 Update

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


  • Mongolia’s total gross industrial output was up 16% in April 2019 versus the same month of the preceding year
  • This tracked output from mining and quarrying which also recorded a 17% growth in the twelve months to April
  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 8.6% in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the preceding year
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Tapping into hidden potentials and new opportunities in Mongolia

Well-educated citizens today are the key foundation for any country’s well-being and whole development. Mongolia has a relatively higher literacy rate around 97% than other developing countries in the region.

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Big names are moving into Mongolia

 

Mongolia, once a place whose very name conjured up images of isolation and deprivation has become one of the hottest new frontier market destinations for international and luxury brands in recent years, particularly those catering to higher income clients.

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Beyond the borders: Mongolia's multi-vectored foreign policy

Landlocked in Central Asia, Mongolia sits at a geopolitical crossroads. With Russia to north and China to the south, it must find a way to take advantage of its resource wealth and strategic location without sacrificing economic independence to its bigger neighbours.

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Mongolia 2018 Q3 Update

Key updates

  • Strong growth of 6.3% for the first half of 2018

  • Joint declaration between the Government of Mongolia and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the US on 350 million USD Second Compact to address Ulaanbaatar’s water supply
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Balancing the books: S&P upgrades Mongolian sovereign credit rating

Standard & Poor’s upgraded their rating for Mongolian sovereign debt from ‘B-’ to ‘B’ with a stable outlook. The news echoes wider confidence that IMF-led reforms and stronger commodity prices have put government finances back on an even keel. S&P is the third ratings agency this year to upgrade their Mongolia outlook, behind Moody’s and Fitch.

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