Austria and Mongolia celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations

Austria was the second Western European country after the UK to establish diplomatic relations with Mongolia. It has been 50 years since the establishment of their diplomatic relations on June 30, 1963. The 50th anniversary will be marked by a series of festive events and specialist meetings in Ulaanbaatar in June and July.

On the occasion of the anniversary which will be marked on the 30th of this month, Austrian Ambassador to Mongolia Irene Giner-Reichl is visiting the country. During her working visit here, Ambassador Giner-Reichl met with journalists and discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries.

During the meeting, she conveyed Austria’s interest to deepen Mongolia-Austria cooperation on the education and cultural fields, which have been both boosted during the last 50 years.

In the wings of the 50th anniversary of Mongolia-Austria diplomatic relations, the “Austrian Science Days” conference will be held in Ulaanbaatar from July 8 to 9, bringing representatives of Austrian universities and research institutions together with that of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology for specialist discussions on sustainable methods for mining and environmental technology. Austrian universities already maintain cooperation with five Mongolian technical universities through the Eurasia-Pacific University Network.

Austria has organized a seminar on the relations between the European Union and Mongolia that will be held in the Mongolian Institute for Strategic Studies on July 9. An agreement on partnership and cooperation between the EU and Mongolia was signed in May this year that is ushering in a new era in their relations. The participants in this seminar on the EU side will include, among others, the seminar keynote speaker and Austrian State Secretary for Finance, Andreas Schieder; the Head of the EU Delegation in Beijing with Special Responsibility for Mongolia, Markus Ederer; and the Political Director in the Foreign Ministry, Jan Kickert.

In July, there will be a conference meeting of the Mixed Austrian-Mongolian Economic Commission followed by an Austrian-Mongolian Economic Forum on June 10. Representatives of around 50 Austrian companies are expected to take part in this event. The bilateral trade volume between the two countries has increased five-fold in the past decade. A powerful development in the demand for state-of-the-art technologies can be observed in Austrian exports to Mongolia. Technical equipment, construction and mining machinery, vehicles and vehicle components, and also pharmaceuticals are all important components of their trade structure today.  Austria and Mongolia signed an agreement on financial cooperation in September 2012, which has opened up opportunities for soft loans. This agreement will provide an important impulse for the further development of economic relations, for example, in the health sector and environmental technology.

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