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Mongolian Prime Minister

Mongolian Prime Minister Visits Denver , Signs Sister City Agreement
November 20, 2001

Mongolian Prime Minister N. Enkhbayar, Mayor M. Enkhbold of the Mongolian capital city Ulaanbaatar and J. Byambadorj, Vice Chairman of the State Great Hural led a 25-person delegation for a two-day visit to Denver November 9 and 10.

The delegation conducted a press conference, speech by the Prime Minister to Mongolian students, meeting with the Editorial Board of the Denver Post and closed door meeting with the U.S. Mongolia Business Council during their stay.

The highlights of the visit were the ceremonial signing of a Sister City Agreement between the cities of Ulaanbaatar and Denver, and an elegant celebratory dinner hosted by Denver’s Mayor Wellington Webb for the Prime Minister, Mayor Enkhbold and 150 guests.

The Dinner was held on the 38th floor Pinnacle Club overlooking Denver and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

The Sister City Agreement was the culmination of many years of efforts by the Colorado-Mongolia Project, Denver Sister Cities International and organizing committees in both cities. The trip by the Prime Minister and the commencement of the Sister City relationship will only further intensify an already strong relationship between Denver and Colorado and Ulaanbaatar and Mongolia.

"It is a great honor for the City to host Prime Minister Nambar Enkhbayar," Mayor Webb said. "The City of Denver has established closer academic, cultural and business ties with countries throughout Asia and this new Sister City relationship is particularly meaningful as Denver boasts one of the largest Mongolian populations in the country."

Jim Wagenlander, the local Honorary Consul for Mongolia, praised the Mayor's

leadership on the establishment of the Sister-City relationship.

"Since 1990, Denver and Colorado have been developing an exciting international relationship with Mongolia and its Capitol City, Ulaanbaatar," Wagenlander said. "The visits and events this week show that Denver has become the center in the U.S. for Mongolia trade and educational programs. At a time when Denver and the U.S. are looking internationally for political and business relationships, Mongolia is responding as a good friend and market."

With the addition of Ulaanbaatar, the City of Denver will have sister city relationships with 10 foreign cities: Brest, France (1948); Takayama, Japan (1960); Nairobi, Kenya (1975); Karmiel, Israel (1977); Potenza, Italy (1983); Cuernevaca, Mexico (1983); Madras, India (1984); Kunming, China (1985); Axum, Ethipopia (1995). Exhibits featuring each of Denver's Sister Cities are located on the first floor of Denver City Hall.

Sister Cities International represents 2,390 city affiliations globally and is renowned for its promotion of global community development and intercultural interaction. The organization enriches intercultural understanding through education, environment, and technology among other exchanges. It is a great honor for Denver to host this year's events and to promote international and intercultural cooperation.

The Colorado-Mongolia Project's team won the AT&T Cup earlier this year at the inaugural Dragon Boat Festival 2001, despite its members never having been on water before.

You can learn more about Mongolia at Lonely Planet:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/north_east_asia/mongolia


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