Mongolia’s Prime Minister attends Western China International Fair

Second foreign visit of the PM since he took office

Prime Minister N. Altankhuyag is on an official visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on October
22-26. This is the second foreign visit of Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag since he took office.
Being welcomed at the Capital international airport of Beijing by both countries’ officials, Mongolia’s
delegation led by the Prime Minister headed to Sichuan province. The PM was invited to Sichuan as a key
guest for the 14th Western China International Fair in the province’s Chengdu city where Mr. Altanhuyag
received Sichuan Governor Mr. Wei Hong.

The Sichuan Governor expressed thanks to Mongolia’s PM for the visit and said, “The Annual Western China International Fair under the co-sponsorship 12 provinces (autonomous regions, municipality) and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Government is a unification of international cooperation and serves as an important platform for opening-up China. The event invites foreign state or government leaders every year,” said Mr. Wei Hong. The governor requested N.Altankhuyag to support cooperation and investments
between Sichuan province and Mongolia, and expressed his province citizens’ gratitude for Mongolia’s
humanitarian aid to the province, that included receiving sixty children, who were affected by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
In turn, the PM said, “Mongolia is willing to cooperate and learn from Sichuan province which has high economic growth, abundant natural resources, and leading agricultural industries. So, we give great importance to the Western China International Fair and are attending it with our large group”.

Mr. Altankhuyag said that it will be effective if any of Mongolia’s cities build cooperation with Sichuan
and they can creatively collaborate.“As Sichuan is a big market for international investments, the sides
have great opportunity to cooperate in many sectors, mobilizing our potentiality”.
Following the meeting, the Prime Minister attended the opening of the Western China International Fair as
a key guest. The fair is running in Chengdu, China from October 23 to 27.

At the opening ceremony, Mr. Altankhuyag addressed the gathering by saying, “The WCIF widens regional and international arenas in an important way to boost economic cooperation”, and expressed
satisfaction with participation in the WCIF as the start of his official visit to China.
He also underscored that Mongolia is full of business opportunities and is open for investments not only in the
mining sector but also in light industry. “Mongolia’s government is willing to have active cooperation to develop a long-term cooperation under mutually beneficial and win-win principle of relations”, he said.
Co-sponsored by China’s 16 ministries/commissions, 12 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities)
and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, the WCIF—a state-level international expo in western China—has attracted high delegates from 70 countries such as Australia, Canada, Belarus, Macedonia, Tanzania and others.
During the visit, the Prime Minister will meet with Xi Jinping, PRC President, and with Zhang Dejiang,
Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. Official talks will run between the
Prime Ministers as well. On his second day of the visit, the Prime Minister delivered a speech at the Western China International Forum. In his speech, he said, “China has been the largest partner of Mongolia’s trade and investment for over a decade and the countries elevated their relations to a strategic partnership in 2011. There are many projects and programs that the two countries plan to co-implement in infrastructure, mining and energy; so,the western region of China has been building opportunities to intensify mutually-beneficial cooperation with the southern and western regions of Mongolia”.

He also stressed that Mongolia can be a reliable partner for those willing to run business in Mongolia.
It is assured with the newly-adopted law on investments initiated by the government. There are many business opportunities in Mongolia in sectors such as agriculture and light industry. Moreover, N.Altankhuyag will receive Chen Zhenggao, Governor of Liaoning Province to share views on regional cooperation opportunities. The sides will also sign several documents on bilateral cooperation.
The Prime Minister also intends to meet Mongolians staying in China.

His visit to China continues

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