South Africa to share mining experience with Mongolia

Deputy President of South Africa pays visit to Mongolia

PM N.Altankhuyag welcomes H.E. Mr. Kgalema Motlanthe on Chinggis Khaan Square

From October 30 to November 1, Mr. Kgalema Motlanthe, Deputy President of South Africa is paying
an official visit to Mongolia at the invitation of Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag.

Mongolia and South Africa established diplomatic ties in 1994 and the upcoming visit is the first ever
top visit of South Africa to Mongolia. During the visit, Mr. Kgalema Motlanthe holds official talks with
Mr. N.Altankhuyag. The visit of the Deputy President of South Africa is the first top-level visit after establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1994. 

Prime Minister of Mongolia N.Altankhuyag and Deputy President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe held talks. The sides agreed to popularize under the framework of the 20th anniversary of Mongolian-
South African diplomatic relations the present stage of relations between the two countries, organize sport and cultural events,, support and develop relations and cooperation between state organizations and private sector, collaborate in mining, energy, sports, travel and tourism, and environmental spheres, facilitate to supporting inter-civil communication, study and investigate technology of producing liquefied fuel, and develop multilateral cooperation between Mongolia and South Africa.

After the talks the two high-ranking officials met with press and media representatives. The Mongolian
Premier expressed satisfaction with the visit of the Deputy President of South Africa, the country that initiated
the African Union and leads the continent by its development today, when Mongolia is striving to boost
cooperation with the African states. “The present visit will be an access to develop cooperation with Africa, said N.Altankhuyag. 

The year 2014 will be the the 20th anniversary of African democracy and the 20th jubilee of the
establishment of diplomatic relations with that country. As two democratic states, we have much in common to share experiences. South Africa leads the mining branch with good mining technology, with experience in holding talks and agreements in mining, and with rich reclamation experience.

Mongolia strives to learn South Africa’s experience. South Africa occupies a deserving place on the
African continent and in the UN. The present visit will facilitate upholding our relations and cooperation to
a new level”, said Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag. Mr. Kgalema Motlanthe mentioned that the two countries established diplomatic relations in April 1994; one month after Nelson Mandela became President. He considered it appropriate to set up diplomatic representations in the two countries. The African
Deputy President expressed readiness to share its experience with Mongolia in developing the mining branch,
coal refining, introducing mining hitech and concluding contracts and agreements in the mining sphere. The
Deputy President declared that the two countries will support each other at the international level.

The Deputy President of South Africa met with Vice Parliament Speaker R.Gonchigdorj and underlined the significance for boosting bilateral relations and interparliamentary cooperation; activate contacts between law enforcement agencies and their administrations, and exchange experiences between the two parliaments.

On November 1 the South African guest is meeting with President Ts.Elbegdorj, N.Batbayar, Minister of
Economic Development, and Mining Minister D.Gankhuyag. The South African Deputy President’s entourage includes vice ministers and leading officials from the mineral, trade, industry, and energy ministries, mining technology companies, government officials and press representatives.

Source:Mongol Messenger
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