Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen visited Mongolia from 30th of January to 1st of February.
Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen, visited Mongolia to meet with ministers from the government of Mongolia, visit economic growth areas in Mongolia as well as meeting representatives from the Mongolian civil society. The Ambassador met the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, Mr. Luvsanvandan Bold, the Minister for Construction and Urban Development, Mr. Ts. Bayarsaikhan, as well as the Vice Minister for Energy, Mr. D. Dorjpurev, the State secretary of the Mining Ministry Mr. R. Jigjid as well as Vice Speaker of Parliament Mr. L. Tsog.
“We discussed the important relationship between Denmark and Mongolia and how to further expand the relationship,” said Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen.
Denmark established diplomatic relations with Mongolia in 1968, and this year the two countries are celebrating the 45th year of establishment of diplomatic ties.
During the visit the Ambassador also had the opportunity to meet with several Mongolian companies in the energy sector. The Ambassador had a chance to investigate the opportunities for further cooperation between Danish companies and Mongolian partners in regards to energy and environmental affairs.
On Jan 30 the Ambassador had a meeting with Mayor of the capital Ulaanbaatar, Mr. E. Bat-Uul. Under the meeting the Ambassador invited Mr. E. Bat-Uul to Denmark in order to see the Danish energy solutions in the field of district heating.
The Ambassador also had a meeting with the Director of Ulaanbaatar District Heating Company, Mr. Khaidav, where they discussed Danish-Mongolian cooperation about energy efficiency and district heating.
“Mongolia is a small country like Denmark. Mongolia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world in particular mining and wind energy, and green energy cooperation is a high priority in Denmark,” the Danish envoy said.
On Jan 31 the Ambassador visited the Oyu Tolgoi Mining Area in South Gobi Desert of Mongolia. The mine is the largest financial undertaking in Mongolia and is expected to account for more than 30 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product when completed. The mine is expected to start production this year and the production is expected to reach 450.000 tonnes of copper annually.
Oyu Tolgoi is potentially the world’s largest copper-gold project and is located in the South Gobi region of Mongolia, approximately 550 km south of the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and 80 km north of Mongolia’s border with the Chinese border. The mined copper is expected to be shipped to primarily China.
Source: The Embassy of Denmark in China