Mongolia and Myanmar upgrade relations with visit by President

President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein conducted a state visit to Mongolia from June 28 to 30, upon the invitation of President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj. The counterparts parties agreed to cooperate on sharing experiences on fair mineral development, improving the legal environment, exchanging scholars in geology, and expanding partnership on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
President Thein Sein arrived in Ulaanbaatar on June 28, where he was welcomed by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia L.Purevsuren and other officials at Chinggis Khaan International Airport. The next day, the President was welcomed officially by President Ts.Elbegdorj and other political and business leaders at Chinggis Square, which was followed by bilateral talks and other official events at the State Palace.
The two presidents held discussions in a cordial and friendly atmosphere and shared views on strengthening bilateral ties and expanding cooperation between the two countries in regional and international arenas. The two leaders recognized that the exchange of high-level visits in recent years has significantly strengthened the momentum for closer cooperation between the two countries.
President Ts.Elbegdorj noted that this visit is highlighted as the first state visit of the President of Myanmar to Mongolia since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in 1956.

The parties said that this visit will contribute to promoting the development of bilateral relations, enhance people-to-people relations, and strengthen the legal environment for mutual partnership. The presidents expressed their opinions on deepening mutual cooperation in mining and travel, and supporting relations between the two capital cities.
President Ts.Elbegdorj emphasized that the first-ever historic visit by the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to Mongolia will give impetus to further intensifying and deepening friendly relations between the two countries as well as people-to-people exchanges.
The reform process undertaken in Myanmar continues to progress steadily and Myanmar has taken visible achievements in many areas of socioeconomic development, national reconciliation and democratization, the Mongolian government said in a joint statement issued by President Ts.Elbegdorj and President Thein Sein. The statement also said that Mongolia will support Myanmar’s efforts for democratization and socio-economic reforms.
The two sides agreed to further continue cooperation in sharing Mongolia’s experiences and lessons learnt during the democratic reform and transition to a market economy. Mongolia and Myanmar also discussed sending election observers to elections in the two countries, according to the joint statement.
The two presidents reaffirmed the importance of active cooperation in international and regional arenas, in particular within the United Nations and ARF. Myanmar expressed readiness to collaborate closely and assist in preparatory activities as one of the coordinators of ASEM, and to encourage Mongolia’s candidacy to the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2016 through 2018, and Mongolia’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the UNSC for 2023 through 2024.
Expansion of bilateral relations in all possible areas of cooperation through encouragement of investment and the exchange of information and expertise was of interest to both sides, where the counterparts particularly emphasized that trade, mining, tourism, culture, and economic sectors could be potential areas of mutually beneficial cooperation.
The two sides also agreed to explore cooperation opportunities in the mining sector, in particular, exchanging experiences on the proper use of natural resources and improving the legal environment, exchanging expertise on geological exploitation, as well as cooperation in the framework of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
President Ts.Elbegdorj and President Thein Sein attended the signing ceremony of the following documents of bilateral relations:
- Agreement between the Government of Mongolia and the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on Cooperation in the field of tourism,
- Memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Ulaanbaatar City Council of Mongolia and Nay Pyi Taw Council of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar,
- Memorandum of understanding between the Mongolia National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
President Ts.Elbegdorj paid a visit to Myanmar in November 2013. During his visit, the two countries signed an agreement on mutual visa exemptions for holders of diplomatic and special passports of the two countries.
Myanmar officials study Mongolia’s ‘One-Stop-Shop’ state service system

Myanmar officials on a visit to Mongolia gained first-hand experience of one-stop-shops (OSS) operations in rural and urban settings, in large provincial centers as well as small communities.
The first OSS’ were set up in Mongolia in 2007 as part of the government’s democratization and decentralization reforms, which aimed to bring public services closer to the people in a more equitable, efficient, and transparent manner. Today, there are a total of 194 one-stop-shops at all levels: province (aimag), county (soum), district (duureg) and sub district (khoroo). Citizens can now access services such as civil registration, land registration, banking and notary, social insurance, and social welfare under one roof. Systems are also in place to gather citizens’ suggestions and complaints relating to public services.
Over a period of five days, the delegation from Myanmar, composed of civil servants and civil representatives from the township committees that received President Thein Sein’s award for best performing township committees, met with senior government officials in charge of designing and implementing the 194 OSSs now operational in Mongolia.
One-stop-shops are service centers through which different departments of the government provide a range of public services under one roof. Such a model provides a win-win solution for both citizens and government, as it provides efficient services with better coordination, lower overhead costs and greater transparency. In Myanmar, the Union Government has announced the set-up of combined offices and one-stop-shops as an important part of its highest priority for ongoing public sector reform.
From Mongolia, the study tour continues onto Vietnam, where one-stop-shops have been operating for 20 years. The study tour concludes on July 3.

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