Mongolia has huge mineral reserves, which can be explored by Indian companies, said His Excellency, Mr. Ganbold Dambajav, Ambassador of Mongolia to India.
“We invite Indian companies to mine our rich gold, coal, lithium, copper and other reserves. Some of these minerals are critical raw materials for semiconductors, electric vehicle batteries and electronic goods” the Ambassador said.
Speaking at an interactive session organized by World Trade Center Mumbai, the Ambassador also invited Indian companies to partner in areas of agriculture, animal husbandry and dairy production as Mongolia has 75 million livestock population.
“Geographically, Mongolia is half the size of India and we need technology and manpower from India for cultivation of crops and dairy farming to meet the food security of the world,” the Ambassador pointed out adding that they were in discussion with Air India to launch direct flight service between Mongolia and India.
Mr. Dambajav added that Indian companies can consider Mongolia as the gateway to Russia, China, Europe and other advanced countries as it has duty-free market access to Russia and China and also has concessional market access to European Union for 2500 products.
Recollecting the 4,500-year-old history between the two countries when the Mongolian monks travelled to India to study at Nalanda University, the Ambassador said that the Mongolian President is planning a state visit to India later in November to revive the ancient relationship.
Mr. Dambajav invited Indian entertainment industry to explore film production in Mongolia as the government reimburses up to 50 percent cost of producing movies, television serials, documentaries and other shows in Mongolia.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Dr. Vijay Kalantri, Chairman, World Trade Center Mumbai pointed out, “India-Mongolia bilateral trade volume is hardly USD 35 million, which is below the true potential. Indian business community can explore the alterative trading route via Russia (bypassing China) to strengthen our trade relationship with Mongolia. India can also explore the huge untapped mineral resources such as lithium, copper, gold and coal in Mongolia. Digital economy, semiconductor, mining and batteries for electric vehicles are promising sectors for mutual collaboration.”
Dr. Kalantri suggested Indian companies to set up semiconductor manufacturing plants in Mongolia by making use of the available raw material in that country and then export these semiconductors to India for assembly into final electronic goods.
Dr. Kalantri proposed that WTC Mumbai can host a roadshow during the proposed visit of the Mongolian President to India later this year. The roadshow will consist of conference, panel sessions, exhibition, investor meeting and B2B sessions to promote two-way commercial relations.
In Photo: H.E. Mr. GANBOLD Dambajav, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Republic of India (right) being felicitated by Dr. Vijay Kalantri, Chairman, WTC Mumbai.