AmCham Mongolia objects to sentencing of former SGS employees


As reported by Bloomberg, Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Mongolia Jackson Cox said that following the sentencing of U.S. citizen Justin Kapla to more than five years in prison, that discussions of Mongolia receiving aid from the U.S. should be suspended.
Bloomberg reported, “A suspension would be the first direct financial impact felt in Mongolia after a court sentenced Kapla, a native of Elk River, Minnesota, and two Philippine nationals to between five and six years in prison on the charge of tax evasion.
“The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. foreign aid agency, gave Mongolia 285 million USD over five years in a first agreement that concluded in September 2013. The MCC forms ‘partnerships with some of the world’s poorest countries, but only those committed to good governance, economic freedom, and investments in their citizens,’ according to its website.”
Cox is now calling for the immediate suspension of talks on a second round of aid .
The UB Post spoke to the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia for clarification of their statement and AmCham’s influence on the issuing of aid from the U.S., following a backlash of crticism in Mongolian media.
An AmCham representative said, “We didn’t say to cancel aid, but as the representative organization of all U.S. investment companies, we are voicing an objection to the court’s decision, which violates human rights, and suggested postponing the aid for a definite period of time. In other words, we are delivering the message of unhappy U.S. company representatives in regards to the court’s decision.”
U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Piper Anne Wind Campbell, who attended the trial, has said that there were interpreting problems for the defendants at the trial, and MP Ts.Oyungerel told Bloomberg that the court’s decision was “unjust and unbelievable”.
The U.S. Embassy in Mongolia declined to comment on Bloomberg’s story about the statement from AmCham.

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5 Comments for “AmCham Mongolia objects to sentencing of former SGS employees”

  1. If they were in the USA they would have got 20 years As the saying goes when in another Country you have to follow there rules if you don’t like the rules then Leave The big Mining company’s is prime example trying to exploit poor country’s In my country the big USA company’s came in got all the grants then left putting Hundred’s out of work and nearly putting the country Bankrupt The Mining company’s in Mongolia are the Bully Boys of the Mining world

  2. The SouthGobi verdict needs to be walked back. This episode is hurting Mongolia’s image among international investors, who are deeply concerned that their expat staff in Mongolia will face a similar fate. Even Mongolia’s most sympathetic friends are unable to explain away the US$17 million fine assessed against a company that was barred from presenting a defense — a fine equal to almost twice Mongolia’s GDP. The North America-Mongolia Business Council (NAMBC), based in Washington DC, has for 25 years been Mongolia’s key link to the US and Canada. We continue to have confidence that the Mongolian government will do the right thing. However, we OPPOSE using the Millenium Challenge Account Second Compact with Mongolia as a threat; we need more constructive dialogue between the US and Mongolia, not less.

  3. All the more reason for Mongolia to stop taking American money.

  4. Just watch what tight cooperation between US and Europe is leading to- economy crisis(worst yet to come) and now escalation of the military conflict in Eastern Europe – it is all done by American bankers and intel agencies, sticking fingers in everything that gives them profit, avoiding any rules either laws..

  5. America is devil ,ruled by CIA and very little democracy.

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