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Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand

1. The Mongolian Development Research Center (MDRC) sent a 5 person high-level delegation to Australia and New Zealand between 20 November and 1 December 1998.
   
The delegation included:
    (1) Mr. B. Bathishig, Economic adviser to the President of Mongolia
    (2) Mr. Ochirkhuu, Member of Parliament
    (3) Dr. Adiyasuren, Adviser to the Minister of Environment and Nature
    (4) Dr. Namhaijantsan, Director of the Government project on Public Administration restructuring
    (5) Mr. D. Amar, Executive director, MDRC
   


2. The delegation first stop was Australia, where they stayed between 20 and 26 November, 1998.
On 20 November, Friday, delegation met Mr. Steven Albon, National Policy Manager of Tourism Council of Australia. The Tourism Council which was first founded in 1929 and renamed in 1996, is responsible for developing and promoting Australia's tourism policies. Council has a membership of 3000 tourist agencies, 30,000 citizens, and a number of airports and hotels. Australia attracts 2.5 million tourists every year and enters into first 25 tourist receiving countries. Delegation learned a lot about tourism promotion policy. The same day, delegation visited Sydney Olympic Coordination Authority and learned on the spot how the Olympic games will promote tourism in Australia.

On 21,22 November, Saturday and Sunday, delegation visited Olympic games sites and major tourism centres of Sydney, including Darling Harbour, the Opera House, Sydney Harbour, and Sydney beaches. On Sunday, they moved from Sydney to Canberra.

On 23 November, Monday, delegation met Ms. Rhonda Treadwell, Australian Bureau of Agricultural Research and Economics (ABARE).
ABARE is Australia's largest applied economic research agency specializing in agricultural and other natural resource-based commodities. ABARE's financing comes from government (60%) and from other sources (40%).


Afternoon, they visited Murray Darling Basin Commission. That Commision provides a strategic focus for planning and management for the sustainable use of the Basin's natural resources and has put into place a wide range of initiatives including a broad-based natural resource management strategy including support for community-based works and measures, cooperative education and information programs.

On 24 November, Tuesday, the delegation visited nearby superfine sheep farm. The Canberra region is one of the leading centres for superfine wool in Australia. The farm employs 5 person but owns 30,000 heads of sheep. The farm has engaged in other business in order to protect itself from economic crisis.   On 25 November, Wednesday, delegation met Mr. John Courtney, Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Two sides introduced each other respective basic policies in the sphere of foreign trade and foreign investment.

On 26 November, Thursday the delegation traveled from Canberra to Sydney for transfer to New Zealand.
Second stop for the Mongolian delegation was New Zealand, where they stayed between 27 November and 2 December, 1998.
New Zealand program was arranged by Prof. Arthur Grimes, Director of Institute for Policy Studies, Wellington University.The program was focused on Public sector management reform of New Zealand, which included overview of the policy, monetary policy, science system, public sector reform, parliamentary reform, agriculture etc.
   


On 27 November, Friday, delegation was lectured by Prof. Grimes about overview of the New Zealand situation, and by Prof. Viv Hall about New Zealand monetary policy. The delegation learned a lot about New Zealand reform in various spheres, including public and private sector, unemployment, monetary policy.

On 28-29, November, Saturday-Sunday, delegation visited countryside area named Marlborough Sounds, which included observation of ostrich farm, and winery. Next day, they went to Featherston, where there is a sheep farm, deer and cattle farm.
On 30 November, Monday, delegation was lectured by Ms. Irene Taylor Lake on Public Sector reform, and by Dr. Paul Harris on Parliamentary reform. New Zealand public sector reform deserves special attention for its consistent nature and the delegation exchanged opinions on that matter.


On 31 November, Tuesday, the delegation was lectured by Prof. Lew Evans on Light Handed Regulation of Electricity and other Utilities, and by Mr. Neil Fraser on New Zealand agriculture.

Then, summary discussion was held at the Institute for Policy studies with Prof. Arthur Grimes. The delegation told him what they learned during their stay in New Zealand and what they think are relevant from New Zealand experience for Mongolia.

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