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The Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting of the International Telecommunication Union is taking place

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Telecommunication Development Conference is scheduled to take place in Ethiopia on November 8-19 and the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting will take place from 9-10 March. Ms. B.Bolor-Erdene, Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority, Mr. Z.Gantogoo, Director, and Ms. A.Uranchimeg, Deputy Director of the Strategic Policy and Planning Department are participating in this preparatory meeting. During the meeting, Ms. B.Bolor-Erdene introduced the achievements and planned activities of the ICT sector Mongolia. The World Telecommunication Development Conference, scheduled for November 2021, has launched an initiative to empower women to promote gender equality. Ms. B.Bolor-Erdene is representing Mongolia at this Meeting and she stated about the campaign of becoming “Digital Nation” and said that in order to keep up with digital development, the Ministry of Education and Science is working to connect all secondary schools to the Internet. She also stressed that children can access the educational portal for free. She also mentioned that 592 government services are planned to be integrated into the E-Mongolia system by May, which was introduced to the public as part of the Digital Nation campaign. She also announced a code training program for girls this year to empower women.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


B.Bolor-Erdene: Every year 30 girls from rural areas participate in the code writing training program

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Digital Transition, technology and coding have become one of the must-have skills. To this extent, the gender gap in the information technology sector is likely to increase. Therefore, in order to reduce gender inequality in the sector, to create female software engineers, and to empower girls and women living in rural areas, a program is announced to train 30 girls in coding every year. The program was initiated by Ms. B. Bolor-Erdene, Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority and the registration will begin on May 1. The following requirements apply to girls wishing to participate in the program. These include: Must be 16-20 years old Lives in a remote area and does not have regular access to online training Available to spend 3 months in this summer to participate in the training course on code writing The training is scheduled to begin on June 15, and as a result of the program, the girls will be able to write their own programs and present them to the public. For more information, please visit and[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


B.Battulga and D.Bat-Oktyabr will advise the CITA

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]B.Battulga, Chief Engineer of Google, and D.Bat-Oktyabri, Deputy Director of Ecosystem Development of Techstars Investment Fund are becoming advisors of Communications and Information Technology Authority. B.Battulga will advise on the development of E-Mongolia, an integrated digital system and D.Bat-Oktyabri will advise on the creation and development of the start-up company's ecosystem and the launch of its products and services in the international market. Short Bio of B. BATTULGA, Chief Engineer of Google In 1999, the 11th secondary school 1999-2000 CSMS of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology 2002-2006 Bachelor of Computer Science from Inha University, Korea 2006-2008 Master's degree in science and computer engineering, at the Korean Institute of Science and Technology He has been working at Google since 2008. Short Bio of D. Bat-Oktyabri, Deputy Director of Ecosystem Development of Techstars Investment Fund - D.Bat-Oktyabri graduated from Eagle Secondary School in Erdenet. He is with a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and graduated from the University of the Humanities as well as the University of Portland in the United States. Currently, he is advising companies in Mongolia such as AND Global, Erxes, iHotel, Sweet Kitchen, Geru, melearn, Tomyo, and co-founding companies such as Humuus Publishing, START, STARTUP MONGOLIA NGO, and Baliar Uudrog. In addition, he works as a consultant for the international investment fund TUZ Ventures (for Central Asia). He is also the Deputy Director of the Ecosystem Development Division of the Source Collection in Singapore and the Techstars Investment Fund in the United States. For example, in the scope of the above-mentioned works, those companies advise and execute the major policies such as “How to support start-ups and create the necessary environment?” and “How to create a conducive environment for innovation" and cooperate the governments of Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, and Australia, as well as regional self-governing bodies.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


The Government is intensifying to deliver public services to the citizens in abroad through E-MONGOLIA

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A joint meeting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Communications and Information Technology Authority was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. B.Battsetseg, Minister of Foreign Affairs, B.Bolor-Erdene, Chairwoman of CITA, and Heads of relevant departments and divisions of the two organizations attended the meeting. During the meeting, they exchanged detailed information on the “Digital Nation” comprehensive actions to be implemented by the Government, took measures to integrate the Ministry of Foreign Affairs into the integrated digital system “E-Mongolia” and clarified the types of public services available to Mongolians abroad. The progress of the implementation measures was discussed and further works were agreed upon. Furthermore, both sides agreed to work together to simplify the process of issuing digital signatures to Mongolians abroad and to intensify the process of providing digital signatures to those citizens through “E-Mongolia”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Satellite connection equipment for wireless internet was handed over to NEMA

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Communications and Information Technology Authority has handed over the RFQ-2.6.3 satellite connection equipment for wireless internet to the National Emergency Management Agency. The equipment is fully automatic, allowing the users to easily connect to the telephone and Internet in emergency situations. This equipment was funded by the RFQ-2.6.3 wireless internet satellite project under the Smart Government project of the World Bank. In addition, the equipment comes with free internet access for 12 months. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


The E-Mongolia system has over 700,000 users

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]E-Mongolia, an integrated digital system, has gained more than 700,000 users in the five months since its launch on October 1, 2020. The system includes official news and statistics from the State Emergency Commission, Capital Emergency Commission, and the Ministry of Health, as well as a certificate of Covid-19 vaccination. Vaccination certificates are available both in English and Mongolian. In the future, the Government of Mongolia and Communications and Information Technology Authority are working to integrate 592 services from 50 government organizations into the E-Mongolia system by 2021, and are preparing to make the services available in English. Web: Mobile app: iOS App: Android App: Video tutorial for the instructions of logging in to the E-Mongolia system and obtaining services:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Smart City

Revenue of Information and telecommunications sector increased by 4.0%

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At the end of 2020, the total revenue of the information and telecommunications sector reached MNT 1.3 trillion, increased by MNT 51.5 billion (4.0%) compared with the same period of the previous year. The increase in information and telecommunications sector revenue at the end of 2020 was mainly due to MNT 40.5 billion (75.4%) increase in revenue of computer programming, consulting, and related services, MNT 25.2 billion (3.4%) increase in revenue of wireless telecommunications services and 3.7 billion (16.1%) increase in revenue of postal activities, respectively. In the fourth quarter of 2020, the total revenue of the information and telecommunication sector decreased by MNT 14.6 billion (4.1%) compared to the previous quarter and it reached MNT 338.3 billion.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Migration registration information has been officially entered into E-Mongolia

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Due to the upcoming presidential election in Mongolia in 2021, the movement of citizens will be stopped 60 days before Election Day. In other words, the movement of people will be stopped in April. A survey by the International Organization of Migration /IOM/ found that a significant proportion of migrants considered their registration to be “too complicated” or that "they did not have enough information". Therefore, in order to show the citizens that migration registration is “not so complicated” and to provide information, the migration registration information has been officially entered into E-Mongolia, an integrated digital system. We are also working to digitalize the state migration register by 2021 and make it available through the E-Mongolia system. To date, more than 640,000 citizens have successfully accessed the E-Mongolia e-service system. For the further information on migration: Website: Mobile app: iOS App: Android App: Video tutorial:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


How to build a ‘digital nation’: Perspectives from Mongolia

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In 2020, the Mongolian government set out its five-year mission to build a ‘digital nation’, harnessing data and technology to facilitate innovation, streamline public services and diversify Mongolia’s mining-reliant economy. In July of that year, I was appointed as the Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority of Mongolia and, in the three months that followed, oversaw the implementation of the first step in our journey towards becoming a digital nation: the launch of the e-Mongolia platform. E-Mongolia is an online platform which currently provides 181 of the most in-demand government services – from getting an ID card to ordering a passport or applying for a business licence. The benefits of such digitalisation are numerous, both for individual citizens and for the public service as a whole. With the click of a few buttons, citizens can now access services that might previously have required lengthy journeys across town, time taken off work for appointments, and dealing with multiple government departments or organisations. According to recent government research based on the total number of public services accessed in 2019, citizens are expected to save a total of 3,581 hours per year as a result of the 181 services currently available through e-Mongolia. Moreover, this digitalisation enables us to streamline public service delivery by reducing bureaucracy, decreasing duplication of effort between government organisations and suppressing public frustration. As a result of e-Mongolia, the red-tape bureaucracy was significantly reduced, as well as lower- and mid-level corruption. Complaints regarding bribery decreased by 20–30% in the last three months. What’s more, it is estimated that a total of MNT 24 billion (approximately USD 8.2 million) will be saved annually through reduced paperwork, postage, fuel costs and labour. Another remarkable result is the direct and indirect positive impact on the environment. It is estimated that, as the platform currently stands, it will save 5,913 trees, 11,880 tons of greenhouse gases and about 1 million tons of water per year. Today, over 500,000 Mongolians use e-Mongolia to access government-provided services. The timing could not have been better – from November 2020, Mongolia started to see domestic transmissions of COVID-19. E-Mongolia enabled citizens to access services online and have ID cards or passports delivered to their homes during the lockdown. We also worked to develop and integrate a COVID-19 ‘test and trace’ tool on the platform, so citizens can stay informed of transmission rates in their local area. The launch of the e-Mongolia platform is therefore considered to be one of the major measures against the pandemic. The successful launch of e-Mongolia was the result of a widespread collaboration between the Minister and Chief of the Cabinet Secretariat and the Communications and Information Technology Authority, and other stakeholders across both the public and private sectors. The next step is to ensure that the ICT sector’s legal and regulatory environments are equipped to deal with ongoing digital development: Mongolia’s newly formed parliament has established the Innovation and Digital Policy Standing Committee to drive ICT development, and new laws covering key issues such as personal data protection and cybersecurity are being submitted to parliament for approval. These laws are key to establishing the ecosystem of a digital nation and creating an environment to accelerate technology-based start-ups and innovations, as well as encourage investment in them. The Government of Mongolia is currently discussing the establishment of a data centre in the countryside with various corporations from Silicon Valley as part of its efforts to establish a friendlier environment for foreign investors and tech companies. As one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world – and one which has retained its nomadic cultures – digitalisation in Mongolia offers an important opportunity to increase accessibility to government services and make the public service work better for its citizens. Mongolia’s new prime minister, Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai, has affirmed that building a digital nation is currently Mongolia’s top priority. With the successful launch of e-Mongolia, and plans to add 500 new services to the platform in 2021 now underway, we are well on the way to achieving our five-year goal of becoming a digital nation. Bolor-Erdene Battsengel is an alumna of the Blavatnik School of Government (MPP Class of 2016), now the Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority of Mongolia. Her work to implement Mongolia’s digital nation strategy builds upon a toolkit project she undertook with the Blavatnik School-based Pathways for Prosperity Commission (now Digital Pathways at Oxford), which assessed the current digital development of the country and prepared a Strategy Primer for the Mongolian Government to transit to the digital economy. Source: [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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