Deputy Foreign Minister B. Battsetseg delivered the opening remarks at the “LEAD Summit”, which has commenced today in Ulaanbaatar. The event is being jointly organized by the U.S. Embassy, IRI Mongolia, USAID and World Learning during May 2-5, 2017.

The Summit is part of the “LEAD Mongolia”, a U.S. supported program to be implemented between 2016 and 2018. It is attended by 15 young participants from Kyrgyzstan, Bhutan, and Myanmar, as well as 30 young Mongolians, who, as participants of the “LEAD Mongolia” program, visited the United States; and representatives of Government institutions, NGOs, educational and scientific organisations.

Deputy Minister Battsetseg expressed her delight that the “LEAD Mongolia” program, which was announced during the US Secretary Kerry’s visit to Mongolia, is being implemented at a full speed and thanked Ambassador Galt for her support and contribution towards the effective implementation of the program. The Deputy Minister highlighted that Mongolia has close relations with Kyrgyzstan, Bhutan, and Myanmar, and emphasized that the Summit will provide and important opportunity to young participants from these nations in exchanging experiences, information and views.

The LEAD Mongolia program is focused on three main themes such as the environment and urbanization, poverty alleviation and unemployment, and transparency and anti-corruption. The Summit is a part of the series of events organized within the framework of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the United States.