Partner relations get stronger
Moscow and Ulaanbaatar sign cooperation program
Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar Sunduin Batbold signed a cooperation program for 2018-2020. The ceremony was also attended by Delgermaa Banzragch, the Ambassador of Mongolia to Russia.
The new program defines priority spheres of cooperation for the two capitals over the next three years. These spheres include the housing and utilities sector, education, and the development of small and medium-sized business. The two sides will also cooperate in the sphere of urban development policy, sharing experience and introducing each other to regulatory documents and guidelines in the sphere of spatial planning and creating a social infrastructure.
Another important field is healthcare, for example sharing experience in organizing ambulance services and training and professional development for medical staff. Moreover, Moscow and Ulaanbaatar will help each other in the development of public transport and road and transport infrastructure. They will share experience in organizing traffic and parking spaces, creating transport interchanges, and using intelligent transport systems and computer modeling of traffic flows.
According to Sergey Sobyanin, partner relations between Moscow and Ulaanbaatar are getting stronger, and mutual trade turnover is increasing. “This year marks 60 years of friendly ties between the capitals of Russia and Mongolia. We will definitely celebrate this date, and signing a cooperation program will mark the beginning of a new stage of our fruitful cooperation,” he said.
In turn, Sunduin Batbold thanked Sergey Sobyanin for the warm welcome. He expressed confidence that the new bilateral agreement will be significant for further development of relations between Moscow and Ulaanbaatar. Friendly ties between Moscow and Ulaanbaatar were established in 1957. The current protocol on friendly relations and cooperation between the two capitals was signed on February 26, 1996.
Last year, trade turnover between Moscow organizations and their Mongolian partners increased by 70% compared to 2015, amounting to 58.7 million USD. In Q1 2017, it increased by 2.2 times compared to Q1 2016, reaching 30.3 million USD.
Moscow exports electric equipment, detergents and hygiene items, candy, grain and flour, as well as other food products to Mongolia. The Russian capital imports knitwear, carpets and raw materials from Mongolia.