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Coal prices to fall globally
A shift by Chinese buyers away from foreign suppliers to Mongolian coking coal, combined with increased optimism over a return of foreign investors, may offset the sharp global downturn in both demand for commodities and in coal prices, though it will be some time before the effects of any rebound are felt in the industry.
Mongolia’s retail sector experiencing high inflation pressures
A cooling economy, persistently high inflation and tighter credit regulations will maintain pressure on Mongolia’s retail sector throughout 2015, though demand for shop space in certain segments remains strong.
Banks in Mongolia facing weaker profits this year
Banks in Mongolia are facing weaker profits this year as one of Asia’s fastest growing economies cools, triggering a downpour of higher borrowing costs and an increase in non-performing loans, while credit rating agencies are watching the banks’ vulnerability to China’s continued economic slowdown.
More Opportunities Offered By Mongolia’s Dairy Sector
Strong demand at home and abroad could prompt higher investment in Mongolia’s dairy industry as the country strives to return to self-sufficiency in milk, as well as capitalise on export potential in the region.
Bond gamble heats up in Mongolia
Funds raised through Mongolia’s first national bonds are set to have an impact on the wider economy, with the government announcing in February that four new major projects will benefit from the so-called “Genghis” bonds. However, critics still fear the issuance could backfire.
Sky-high ICT goals in Mongolia
Cabinet approval for Mongolia’s first satellite in late 2012 makes clear the height of the country’s ambitions for improving information and communications technology (ICT) provisions. Although a satellite launch is an ambitious objective, improving on-the-ground infrastructure will prove to be just as significant, and as challenging.
Harsh winter puts harvests under pressure in Mongolia
Mongolia is bracing itself for a colder-than-average winter following a harvest that, while strong, failed to meet agricultural targets. Severe weather conditions are raising fears of a dzud, otherwise known as a summer drought and severe winter, which in previous years decimated Mongolia’s herds and sent agricultural output spiralling.