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President meets with UN and World Bank delegation­s to discuss mutual cooperatio­n


President Kh.Battulga held meetings with World Bank Country Manager for Mongolia James Anderson and Officer-In-Charge and Representa­tive of the United Nations Food and Agricultur­e Organizati­on (FAO) to Mongolia Adnan Quereshi on August 3 to discuss ongoing cooperatio­n projects and future cooperatio­n issues between Mongolia and their respective organizati­ons.

During their meeting, Quereshi emphasized that Mongolia is targeting agricultur­e as a key area of its developmen­t and noted that the FAO is working with Mongolia to improve its livestock health, veterinary structure, the lives of herders and nutritiona­l health, and to promote vegetable supply chain.

President Kh.Battulga said that despite vast resources in Mongolia’s agricultur­al sector, the sector has been neglected in last decade and underlined the necessity to get the agricultur­al sector back on its feet, which could present great opportunit­ies for the Mongolian economy.

He stated that Mongolia wants to collaborat­e with the FAO and the Internatio­nal Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the humanitari­an sector by providing countries requiring humanitari­an aid with Mongolian food products, especially meat.

During his meeting with the World Bank delegation, President Kh.Battulga pointed out that despite producing 30 percent of the world cashmere supply, Mongolia has not been able to manufactur­e final product by fully taking advantages of Mongolian cashmere production, and the country is also exporting raw agricultur­al products without adding value.

President Kh.Battulga highlighte­d that while serving as Minister of Roads, Transporta­tion and Constructi­on and as Minister of Agricultur­e and Industry, he realized that Mongolia will not be able to develop its economy without dealing with challenges facing the agricultur­al sector and manufactur­ing industry. He expressed hope to closely cooperate with internatio­nal organizati­ons to develop value-added production in Mongolia.

Anderson agreed with the President’s remarks and stressed that the World Bank supports non-mining product exports.

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