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Mongolian Chairman of the Parliament will Be Visiting Berlin

Chairman of Mongolia scheduled to present a lecture on the democratic development of Mongolia

March 13th, 2015

The political foundation Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with the Embassy of Mongolia in Berlin is preparing a lecture to be presented by Chairman of the Parliament of Mongolia, H.E. Amb. Zandaakhuu Enkhbold. His lecture will focus on the history and experience of democratic development in Mongolia dating back to the 90’s. Special guests invited to the event include Dr. Gerhard Wahlers, Deputy Secretary General of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and director of European and International Cooperation, Manfred Grund, Parliamentary Secretary of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group and Chairman of the German-Central Asian Parliamentary Group. An open discussion will take place after Mr. Enkhbold’s lecture. The event will start at 17:00 on March 17th at the Academy of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin-Tiergarten.

H.E. Amb. Enkhbold himself took part in the pro-democracy movement in 1989. He officially entered the political scene in 1996 when he was appointed Chairman of the Committee for State property where he became responsible for the privatization phase in Mongolia. In his third parliamentary election period, he held the post of Chairman for the Standing Committee on Security and Foreign Policy from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Enkhbold was a co-author for the new electoral law of 2012, which implemented a combination of direct and proportional representation in Mongolian Parliament, quotas for women candidates, the electronic counting of election results and more stringent requirements for candidates and election programs. During the parliamentary elections in June 2012, he secured second place on the proportional election list of his party and was chosen as the Chairman of Parliament.

Since the democratic transformation of 1989/90, Mongolia has established an ambitious reform program and has become a pioneer of stable democratic structures in Asia, according to the Konrad--Adenauer Foundation. The friendly relationship between Germany and Mongolia is a long-standing tradition, tracing back to times of the German Democratic Republic. Mongolia’s close ties with the German Democratic Republic sees approximately 30,000 Mongolians who can still speak German and who have had personal experiences in Germany. According to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, if the size of the Mongolian population is taken into account, German language holds a unique status in East Asia. There are currently three lecturers from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) operating and teaching at Mongolian universities.

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