IRKUTSK DELEGATION VISITS MONGOLIA TO ENHANCE LEGISLATIVE AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION
Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold received Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of Russia’s Irkutsk Region Sergei Brilka on Monday at the State Palace.
During the meeting, Speaker M.Enkhbold told Brilka that the Mongolian and Irkutsk Region legislatures should streamline legal barriers to improve trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.
He added that updating the memorandum of cooperation signed between Mongolia and Irkutsk’s legislatures in 2008 and expanding relations between legislatures and parliamentary secretariats will be of significant importance to taking cooperation to a new level.
Brilka stated that Irkutsk’s Legislative Assembly approved several bills to enhance the legal and regulatory environment for promoting collaboration between entrepreneurs of Irkutsk and Mongolia. For instance, a tax facility has been applied for enterprises investing in Mongolia.
He emphasized that nearly 800 Mongolian students are studying in universities of Irkutsk, and 100 students are majoring in railway through scholarships.
“We are ready to grant scholarships to Mongolian students to study in leading universities of natural sciences and technology of Irkutsk Region,” said Brilka.
During the meeting, the sides also discussed issues regarding the Egiin Gol Hydropower Plant project, cooperation of environment and energy sectors, and facilitation of border and customs services.
The Irkutsk delegation met with Minister of Justice and Internal Affairs Ts.Nyamdorj and Member of Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Mongolia-Russia Inter-Parliamentary Group B.Enkh-Amgalan to discuss exports of Mongolian livestock products to Russia.
Minister Ts.Nyamdorj asked Brilka to facilitate tariff reduction on exports of Mongolian agricultural products to help develop relations and cooperation in areas along the Mongolian-Russian border, and to conduct studies into the Egiin Gol Hydropower Plant project.
B.Enkh-Amgalan noted that several projects to improve the health of Mongolian livestock, establish veterinary laboratories in provinces, and increase exports of livestock products to Russia are being implemented.
They also discussed possibilities to increase transit transport passing through the Mongolian territory.
Brilka agreed to move forward with proposals put forward by Mongolian legislators, and stated that he will focus on issues to reserve river resources. He added that Irkutsk will promote collaboration between the two nation’s students, youth and women.
Irkutsk delegates meet with members of the Mongolia-Russia Inter-Parliamentary Group