Preferential treatment for and transactions of goods and services in the culture sector
In relation with preferential treatment for and transactions of goods and services in the culture sector, the State policy on art and culture (2012) and the Program for promoting Mongolia overseas (2016) have played an important role in defining development trends and agenda of cultural exchanges and collaboration in order to contribute development efforts; promoting Mongolian cultural identity and goods on the international market building on national comparative advantages; and strengthening capacity of culture and art institutions of Mongolia.
The new Law on rights of people with disabilities was adopted by the Mongolian State Great Khural on February 5, 2016. The law stipulated various issues, such as to upgrade websites of government institutions to provide information accessible to people with disabilities.
Based on reformed legal frameworks, the Government of Mongolia is making efforts to assist people with disabilities to actively participate domestic culture and other events, and also support application of latest technology, equipment and know-hows to improve accessibility of culture and art masterpieces for people with disabilities. On the other hand, private entities and public institutions should encourage people with disabilities to take part in culture and art events and develop their talents and skills. The central administration agency in charge of cultural affairs shall coordinate activities aimed to improve accessibility of museums, libraries and culture and art works for people with disabilities.
- Currently, under the concessional arrangements agreed between governments of Mongolia and the Russian Federation, 58 students are studying in Russia within majors of drama director, drama actor, music composer, film director, choir master, culture management, interior designer, music director and librarian-IT specialist, and 1 student in Poland majored in conservation and restoration of cultural heritage.
- In total, 30 music teachers of General education schools attended in-service trainings; i.e. one teacher from Bayan-Ulgii, Gobi-Altai, Gobisumber, Darkhan-Uul, Dornod, Dornogobi, Dundgobi, Zavkhan, Orkhon, Sukhbaatar, Uvs and Khov aimags each; and two teachers from Arkhangai, Bayankhongor, Bulgam, Uvurkhangai, Umnugobi, Selenge, Tuv, Khuvsgul and khentii aimags each, respectively. Training was hosted and facilitated by the Culture Education School of the Culture and Arts University of Mongolia in accordance with “Procedure for organizing and funding in-service and short-term trainings for culture and art sector employees” approved jointly by Education, Culture and Science Minister and Finance Minister.
- Training on “Culture and art management and creative industries” (May 21-23, 2015) was attended by 172 people in total, including specialists from the Cultural Policy Coordination Department of MECS and managers from national and local arts and culture institutions (museums, libraries, theatres). MECS and the Mongolian Culture and Art Development Academy (NGO) jointly organized at Friendship International Children’s Summer Camp.
Government has funded travel costs of 150 people who attended in international events and workshops held in France, Spain, Bulgaria, USA, Russia, China, Germany and Monaco; tuition fees and scholarships of 80 students to study overseas (including 58 students majored in 9 professional fields in Russia, 15 students majored in 2 professional fields, 1 student in Poland, USA and UK each); and the training on “Culture and art management and creative industries” (May 21-23, 2015) jointly organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Mongolian Culture and Art Development Academy (NGO).
In total 82 Mongolian artists have attended in international competitions of professional artists; of whom, grand prix and medal winners were rewarded by the Government. The Law on the Rights of people with disabilities was enacted February 5, 2016. The Government of Mongolia has rewarded cash awards (worth 810.75 million MNT) to 82 artists who won grand prix, gold, silver and bronze medals from international contests, such as international opera singers’ and other music competitions held in Russia, the international circus competitions held in China and Monaco, classical music competitions (of piano, violin etc.) held in the US, Czech Republic and France. As a result, artists contributed to promote Mongolia on the international arena and the cash awards benefited artists resolve their social issues.