The E-Mongolia system has 1 million users

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Launched on October 1, 2020, E-Mongolia now has 1 million users in six months. E-Mongolia system includes 316 government services so far and the Government of Mongolia is preparing to digitalize 592 government services within its first 100 days and to make the services available in Mongolian and English. The system includes additional official decisions and statistics from the State Emergency Committee, Capital Emergency Committee, and the Ministry of Health, as well as a Covid-19 vaccination certificate. Vaccination certificates are available both in English and Mongolian. Citizens can get public services from and mobile applications.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Standing Committee on Security and Foreign Policy supported the ratification of the 10th Additional Protocol of the Constitution of Universal Postal Union

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Tuesday's meeting of the Parliament's Standing Committee on Security and Foreign Policy, the draft law on ratification of the 10th Additional Protocol to the Constitution of Universal Postal Union submitted by the Government was discussed. Ts. Nyamdorj, Member of the Government, Minister of Mongolia, and Head of the Cabinet Secretariat, presented the initiator's report of this law. The Universal Postal Union /UPU/ is a specialized agency of the United Nations that organizes and develops the postal sector in order to create favorable conditions for the development of international cooperation, as well as to provide technical assistance and support to the postal sectors in the Member States. It currently has 192 Member States, with its headquarters in Bern, Switzerland, and its Asia-Pacific regional office in Bangkok, Thailand. The highest governing body of the Union is the Congress, which meets every four years to discuss and approve amendments to the Constitution of the Union, which are ratified by member states internally. Mongolia became a Member State of the Union in 1963 and signed the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union in 1964 in Vienna, Austria, and then ratified by the Parliament of the People's Republic of Mongolia in 1968. Subsequently, the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Additional Protocols to the Constitution were ratified in 2002 by the Parliament, the 7th was in 2006, the 8th was in 2011 and the 9th Additional Protocol was ratified in 2019. In September 2018, the Third Extraordinary Congress of the UPU was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and approved the 10th Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Union. The Minister highlighted in his report that the adoption of this Additional Protocol is an important issue for ensuring the sustainable development of the postal sector, improving the quality and efficiency of services, expanding international cooperation, ensuring the free exchange of parcels, introducing new techniques and technologies, as well as strengthening further cooperations. In connection with the initiator's report, Parliament Members such as B.Enkh-Amgalan, N.Altankhuyag, and Kh.Badelkhan expressed their support for the ratification of the Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the UPU and asked for some clarifications and received answers from the Working Group. The 10th Additional Protocol of the Union established the Administrative Council for decision-making and the Postal Operations Council for permanent activities. It is now possible that the Members States to send the observers to this Council meeting. The Working Group mentioned that the postal organizations of Mongolia will be able to strengthen their relations and cooperation with the UPU, implement safety standards, introduce new techniques and technologies, and train and retrain specialists. Currently, there are about 70 postal companies in Mongolia, 44 of which are actively operating. The total revenue of the telecommunications and information technology sector in 2020 was 1.334 billion MNT, of which 1.6 percent was revenue from the postal service. According to the Parliament's Media and Public Relations Department, there were no comments from Parliament Members on the draft law and 68.8 percent of the Members present at the Standing Committee meeting supported the adoption of the draft law on ratification of the 10th Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the UPU.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


The draft law on cybersecurity was discussed in public

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yesterday, the draft law on cybersecurity was discussed publicly. The draft law is scheduled to be discussed at the Parliament Session within 2021. S.Tengis, Head of the Secretariat of the National Committee for e-Development, B.Bilegdemberel, Head of the Information Security Division of CITA and other officials from General Intelligence Agency, State Registration Agency, National Data Center, National Statistics Office, Information Technology Center of Education, Association of Mongolian Banks, Information and Communication Network Company, Horiult LLC, Huawei Technology LLC, Security Solutions, Service, Consulting LLC, ICT Training Center, Zero Day LLC, And Systems LLC, Tridium and Security LLC, NUM, MUST have participated in the discussion. The draft law provides for an information security audit, which is a new regulation. Because cybersecurity measures include information, databases that contain it, accessible information systems, human resources, technical and technological measures, and policies, regulations, plans, organizational activities, and interdependencies that govern their interrelationships. The drafters of the law explained that this relationship was introduced in accordance with international standards, which require auditing with non-supervisory functions. The law defines the activities of an organization with critical information infrastructure and its specific rights and responsibilities to ensure cybersecurity, such as public health and vital facilities equipped with modern information technology-based integrated management devices are the main targets of cyber terrorism. The draft law is based on the laws on the protection of ICT infrastructure of some of the world's leading countries in terms of cybersecurity index / the Republic of Korea, Germany and Estonia/ and made a comparative study of legal environments and taking into account the practical situation in their countries. Although the “National Security Concept of Mongolia” defines information security as a component of national security, the legal environment, which is a key indicator of the cybersecurity index, has not been created and there is no organization is responsible for preventing and responding to national cyber attacks and violations. Mongolia was ranked 104th in 2017 and 85th in 2018 due to a lack of the above-mentioned issues. [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="59953,59952,59946,59945,59944,59943,59942,59941,59940"] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


The first meetings of public-private joint working groups were held

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Communications and Information Technology Authority has established public-private working groups in three areas: promoting the sector's products and services to international markets, establishing a shared vision fund, and improving the digital literacy capacity of the public. In this context, the first meetings of the working groups were held. G.Damdinnyam, Member of Parliament, Member of the Standing Committee on Innovation and  Digital Policy, B.Bolor-Erdene, Chairwoman of CITA, S.Tengis, Head of the Secretariat of the National Committee for e-Development, L.Enkhbat, Director of Digital Development Department of CITA and other representatives of educational start-ups have participated in the meetings. 1. Damdinnyam will chair the working group to improve the digital literacy capacity of the public. In his opening remarks, he said, “The Government of Mongolia is very active in supporting the digital transition. Expert advice on how to communicate this to the public in a simple and understandable way, and how to move towards creating a digital application that can communicate without fear other than talking on a cell phone, will be developed and approved as a program. A package of draft laws related to the digital transition will soon be discussed in the Parliament. We will continue to work together on how to incorporate those ideas into the laws.” Representatives of the private sector participating in the working group suggested that in addition to improving public digital literacy, increasing access to the Internet in rural and remote soums, and focusing on human resources in the sector. 2.2 million Mongolians are active users of the internet and social networks, 2.1 million are active users of social networks via mobile phones, 49 percent of the population receives financial services electronically, and 27 percent of the population uses Internet banking. But according to a survey, 32 percent of the population is digitally literate is not enough at present. Therefore, improving the digital literacy capacity of the public is an important issue in the digital age. The public-private partnership for digital literacy will consist of two parts: one to develop a plan to improve the digital literacy capacity of the target group and the other one is to develop a long-term policy to change the educational system by teaching digital literacy contents in kindergarten which will be introduced to the Ministry of Education. As a result, it is estimated that by 2024, cybercrime will be reduced by 50 percent, the information access capability of people with disabilities will be increased by 50 percent and ICT capacity will be increased by 50 percent. The Government supports the integrated vision of start-up companies The second working group /WG/ of public-private partnership is the establishment of a Shared Vision Fund. The working group will be chaired by G.Amartuvshin, Member of Parliament, Member of the Standing Committee on Innovation and  Digital Policy. Shared Vision Fund will work to support the integrated vision of startup companies. Representatives of the public and private sectors participating in this WG will be divided into 2 teams, one is to develop policy recommendations for building a start-up ecosystem and the other will focus on the shared vision fund. The Working group will submit its proposal within a month to the Government. Mongolian Embassies have attached in charge of information technology The third Working Group /WG/ of public-private partnership is to bring products and services in the ICT sector to the international market. The WG will be chaired by Kh. Gankhuyag, Member of Parliament and Member of the Standing Committee on Innovation and  Digital Policy. During the meeting, he said that a joint working group of the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Mongolia has been established to study the issue of making it possible to receive payments via PayPal and Stripe. At the same time, J.Zolzaya, the founder of Startup Marketing Space LLC, said that the working group will share its recommendations with the Embassies of Mongolia in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and San Francisco since those embassies have attached in charge of IT.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Mongolia is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment and development of mobile communication service

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In 1995, within the framework of the policy to introduce mobile communication the Government of Mongolia announced a tender for a license to provide mobile communication services. Mobicom was selected in the tender, and the first mobile phone service operating company was established with the investment of Newcom of Mongolia and KDDI Sumitomo Corporation of Japan. The main requirement for a mobile service license was to establish a GSM mobile network in Ulaanbaatar within six months and to introduce a mobile network in Darkhan and Erdenet in two years. Mobicom fulfilled its contractual obligations and opened a mobile communication service based on GSM technology in Ulaanbaatar on 18 March 1996 and started providing services to the public. Mobicom's first network consisted of six base stations located at the Central Post Office, Institute of Physics and Technology, Mill House, and Aviation Hill. In the beginning years of the service, the cost of mobile phones and calls was high, but the first business plan to reach 2,000 customers was fulfilled in the first year due to the high demand for mobile services, which led to further price reductions. In 1997, the network was established in Darkhan and Erdenet under a license requirement. The introduction of prepaid services since 1998 has had a significant impact on mobile phone demand in the market. With the introduction of this service in 1999, it was possible to introduce SMS service, WLL wireless fixed-line service, and Global roaming service. It is a 2G or second generation mobile network for making calls, texting, and sending text messages. In 2009, it was a 3rd generation (3G) network, and in 2016, it was a 4th generation network (4G) has been introduced by Mobicom. Mobicom, the first mobile operator, now has grown into a corporation, became one of the leading companies in the telecommunications industry of Mongolia, and implements many social activities within the framework of social responsibility. We would like to congratulate the customers, staff, and management team of Mobicom on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of mobile communication in Mongolia.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Today marks 40th anniversary of Mongolia’s first space flight

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today /22 March 2021/ marks the 40th anniversary of the first space flight by a Mongolian. On the behalf of Communications and Information Technology Authority, we would like to congratulate J.Gurragchaa and M. Ganzorig, both Heroes of the Mongolian People’s Republic. It is believed that the beginning of modern space exploration of Mongolia began in the 1960s when our country joined the "Intercosmos" program for the peaceful exploration of space. Mongolian space flight was one of the goals of the Intercosmos program and J. Gurragchaa successfully fulfilled this goal by flying together with the Soviet cosmonaut V.A.Dzhanibekov and became the 101st astronaut in the world and the second cosmonaut in Asia. The Mongolian space flight was a major step in space research, the study of the Earth, the study of the planets, and the application of space technology in all fields. Astronaut M.Ganzorig made a valuable contribution to the development of remote sensing in Mongolia. Since the beginning of the development of telecommunications infrastructure in our country such as the establishment of Naran Space Station and Meteorological Station in 1970, the use of space technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. Generations of governments have been supporting the development of space communications. For example, Mongolia's long-term policy document “Vision 2050” approved by the Parliament Resolution No. 52 of 2020, the creation of national products and services based on space technology and the development of space communications. In “Vision 2050”, clearly reflects the creation of national products and services based on space technology, establish a new national satellite communications network, strengthen the capacity and infrastructure to study, own and use space technology, and use it widely in all socio-economic sectors. Furthermore, the Government is focusing on intensifying the implementation of the “National Satellite Program” approved by Government Resolution No. 137 of 2012 and aims to enable Mongolia to own and use space and benefit every citizen. In the future, we will focus on reforming the policies and legal framework of the sector, expanding cooperation with the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) and the United Nations space agency (UNOOSA) for strengthening human resources in the space technology of Mongolia.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


ITU Asia-Pacific formulates regional digital priorities

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The second in the series of six preparatory meetings for the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-21) took place on 9 and 10 March 2021. Held virtually, the Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) for Asia and the Pacific gathered 158 delegates from 33 countries to ensure regional coordination ahead of WTDC-21, set to be hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 8-19 November 2021. WTDC-21 is expected to develop innovative approaches and new models of collaboration for connectivity and digital solutions in this final Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. This is a good opportunity to consolidate and express regional priorities as Asia-Pacific, which will contribute to the discussion at the WTDC-21,” noted Masanori Kondo, Secretary-General of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT). Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau said: “I believe the next WTDC has the potential to be hailed as a landmark conference in rewriting the global connectivity agenda, and our enhanced preparatory process has been developed to support this ambitious vision. By bringing together the Member States, the private sector, financial institutions, such as regional development banks, and key civil society organizations, WTDC-21 offers us a unique opportunity to harness a swelling tide of political will around connectivity and to build long-lasting partnerships that advance our digital transformation agenda.” Proposed regional priorities WTDC-21 aims to forge a global plan for digital development over the next four years, providing future direction and guidance to the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D). Participants at RPM Asia-Pacific proposed several key priorities for the years 2022-2025: Addressing the special needs of least developed countries, small island developing states including Pacific island countries and territories, and landlocked developing countries; Harnessing information and communication technologies to support the digital economy and create inclusive digital societies; Fostering the development of infrastructure to enhance digital connectivity; Enabling policy and regulatory environments; Contribute to secure and resilient information and communication technology (ICT) environment. “I am humbled by your trust in me. I am also grateful to you for a very successful RPM and for a clear elaboration of our regional initiatives, in which we emphasize the needs of developing countries, the least developed countries (LDCs), the small island developing states (SIDS), and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs),” said the RPM Asia-Pacific Chair, Dr. Ahmad Reza Sharafat. Preparations by Asia-Pacific countries for WTDC-21 will continue within the framework of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), where stakeholders will continue preparing contributions for ITU Inter-Regional Preparatory Meetings and finalizing their Asia and the Pacific Common Proposals for WTDC-21. Launch of Digital Trends in Asia and the Pacific 2021 A report released at the regional meeting, Digital Trends in Asia and the Pacific 2021, provides an overview of trends and developments in ICT infrastructure, access and usage trends across the region, which includes 38 ITU Member States and is home to a population of 4.2 billion people. The report finds that just over 96.1 percent of the population is now within reach of a 3G mobile signal and that 94.2 percent is within reach of a long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband signal. Only a decade ago, some countries in the region had no 3G or 4G infrastructure in place. Despite these developments, a significant gender gap and a rural-urban divide persist. In 2019, only 41.3 percent of women across the region used the Internet, compared with 48.3 percent of men, the report shows. Moreover, only 37 percent of rural households had access to the Internet in 2019, compared with almost twice as many urban households (70.4 percent). The report further finds that, despite progress made since the last World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2017, some long-standing challenges remain, and new challenges have emerged over the past three years. These have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and require concerted and focused action. Meeting participants reported on the implementation of SDGs in the sector, as well as of the WTDC-17 Buenos Aires Action Plan, associated regional-level initiatives, and the World Summit for Information Society (WSIS) Plan of Action. “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the ITU Regional Office has delivered technical assistance and continued the implementation of the regional initiatives to connect the unconnected,” noted Atsuko Okuda, ITU Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific region. Generation Connect regional action plan, 2022-2025 In parallel with the regional preparatory meeting, the generation Connect – Asia and the Pacific Youth Group presented the draft Generation Connect Asia and the Pacific Action Plan 2022-2025, which outlines key interests, perspectives, and concerns of young people regarding the opportunities and challenges presented by digital technologies. The group comprises 26 young people from the region, selected after a competitive selection process. The Generation Connect initiative promotes meaningful youth engagement and participation in the WTDC-21 process and at the Youth Summit to be held on 6-7 November 2021. The network of Women for the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector The meeting unveiled the Network of Women (NoW) Asia-Pacific for the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector, an initiative that aims to build a community to support female delegates, expand their network, and advocate and share experiences and knowledge with other female delegates. The Network of Women for WTDC-21 Asia and the Pacific aims to promote the active participation of women in ITU activities, including in the tech sector in general. “The Government of Mongolia gives great importance to the ICT sector and digital transformation,” said Bolor-Erdene Battsengel, Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority (CITA) of Mongolia. “We want to ensure that the benefits of digital transformation are fully recognized by citizens and public and private sectors and that they contribute to the empowerment of women in the ICT sector.” ITU International Centre of Digital Innovation In a discussion focused on ITU’s International Centre of Digital Innovation (I-CoDI), the Indian delegation presented a national initiative to promote digital innovation in connectivity and highlighted a series of upcoming webinars on innovative applications and connectivity options. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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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]


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