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BRIEF NEWS ON THE 3RD GTI MONGOLIA STAKEHOLDERS MEETING IN ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA

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Mongolia has been a member of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) together with the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation since its inauguration in 2006. Respective Mongolian focal points (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Road and Transport Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, Mongolian Customs General Administration, Development Bank of Mongolia, Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Institute for Strategic Studies, Dornod, Khentii, Sukhbaatar and Selenge provinces) are the cornerstone of Mongolia’s cooperation under the GTI framework. However, communication and coordination between the six thematic focus areas of GTI (transport, trade and investment, tourism, energy, environment, agriculture) are rare and understanding of working principles of GTI mechanisms remains inadequate. Hence the opportunities that arise under GTI to cooperate with neighboring countries remain underutilised. General Customs Administration of Mongolia member of GTI “Trade and investment committee” and “Customs sub committee”.

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SEMINAR ON COMBATING CITES RELATED OFFENCES

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The Detector Dog Unit of the Customs General Administration of Mongolia in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London organized a seminar on “The Role of Government Organizations in Combating CITES Related Crimes and the Benefit of Using Detector Dogs.” (2019.03.22) The Deputy Director General of Customs General Administration Yo.Bat-Erdene and the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Philip Malone made opening remarks.

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As of 18 march customs organization contributed 545.6 billion mnt into state budget revenue

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During the 50 working days from 1 January until 18 March, customs organization has collected 545.6 billion MNT in duties and taxes. In other words, 10.8 billion on average daily have been collected. The differences in the exchange rate has had certain impact on the figure as there has been a 235.6 MNT increase as compared with the same period the previous year. Compared to the first term of last year, the revenue has had 130.4% increase. The composition of the revenue is 52.5% duties and taxes and 41.5% fees.

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WORKSHOP ON NARCOTICS AND MONEY LAUNDERING

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Mongolian Customs organized a workshop for 50 customs officers from all customs houses on enhancing the capacity of officers to combat crimes related to narcotics and money laundering. The workshop was held 11-13 March 2019 and topics included inspection techniques, identification of suspicious activities, persons and cargoes, international best practices, practical exercises on the executions of the obligations stipulated in the relevant laws and legislations. The workshop also had guest speakers such as UK Customs Attache, Capital City’s Prosecution Office, Anti-drug unit of the Polica Department and Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank of Mongolia.

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AN ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE A DRUG “KUMDANG”

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A Mongolian national attempted to smuggle 3200 ampoules of the drug “Kumdang” from the DPRK on 11 March 2019. All imports of pharmaceuticals and medical goods require special license. Mongolian Customs issues warning that those attempting to import such goods with the proper special license from the relevant authorities shall be liable in accordance with the criminal code.

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