Am­Cham Mon­go­lia con­cerned by con­tin­ued lack of due process and trans­parency in Mon­go­lia

The UB Post - - Domestic -

Over the last 12 to 18 months a num­ber of ar­rests, de­ten­tions and ques­tion­ing of Mon­go­lian cit­i­zens and in­ter­na­tional ex­ec­u­tives have taken place in Mon­go­lia. Some of th­ese peo­ple were, and con­tinue to be closely as­so­ci­ated with the in­ter­na­tional busi­ness com­mu­nity of Mon­go­lia, and they have ex­ten­sive in­ter­na­tional re­la­tion­ships and net­works.

Some of th­ese cases have led to, or are lead­ing to, full-fledged court cases, but oth­ers have just fiz­zled out.

The Mon­go­lian press has re­ported and spec­u­lated ex­ten­sively about the rea­sons for the ar­rests, de­ten­tions or ques­tion­ing.

How­ever it has been dif­fi­cult for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to un­der­stand the back­ground and con­text, and to dis­tin­guish be­tween facts, al­le­ga­tions, ru­mors and po­lit­i­cal ma­neu­vers. The Mon­go­lian Gov­ern­ment has not helped the in­ter­na­tional busi­ness com­mu­nity to un­der­stand the back­ground and con­text. Mon­go­lia’s Am­bas­sadors in other coun­tries have not been able to pro­vide a con­sis­tent or po­lit­i­cally sup­ported mes­sage to those who have tried to un­der­stand.

Am­Cham has no in­ten­tion of in­ter­ven­ing or com­ment­ing on the ju­di­cial process in Mon­go­lia. Noth­ing in this state­ment should be con­strued to im­ply in­ter­fer­ence, com­ment or crit­i­cism of due process in Mon­go­lia and with­out ref­er­ence to in­di­vid­ual cases, Am­Cham wishes to ex­press con­cern that the cir­cum­stances un­der which the ar­rests, de­ten­tions and ques­tion­ing are tak­ing place, and es­pe­cially the way in­for­ma­tion is spread about them, or with­held dam­ages the in­ter­na­tional stand­ing of Mon­go­lia.

For­eign sen­ti­ment about in­vest­ing in Mon­go­lia re­mains highly de­pen­dent on the in­ter­na­tional stand­ing of Mon­go­lia, and Am­Cham ob­serves that in light of the re­cent events, this stand­ing con­tin­ues to be fur­ther eroded. For for­eign in­ter­na­tional ex­ec­u­tives es­pe­cially the use of travel bans as part of a ju­di­cial process con­tin­ues to neg­a­tively im­pact the will­ing­ness and avail­abil­ity of for­eign­ers to take up roles in Mon­go­lia, and this in it­self is a ma­jor ob­sta­cle for for­eign in­vest­ment.

About Am­Cham Mon­go­lia

Am­Cham Mon­go­lia is an in­de­pen­dent mem­ber­ship-driven or­ga­ni­za­tion that seeks to build, strengthen, and pro­tect busi­ness be­tween the United States and Mon­go­lia and to ac­tively pro­mote Mon­go­lia as a des­ti­na­tion for Amer­i­can in­vest­ment. Am­Cham Mon­go­lia is the of­fi­cial lo­cal af­fil­i­ate of the U.S. Cham­ber of Com­merce, the largest busi­ness fed­er­a­tion in the world with over 3 mil­lion mem­ber com­pa­nies. Am­Cham Mon­go­lia is also a mem­ber of the Asia Pa­cific Coun­cil of Amer­i­can Cham­bers of Com­merce, con­sist­ing of 29 Amer­i­can Cham­bers of Com­merce in the Asia Pa­cific Re­gion.

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