Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sükhbaataryn Batbold

Sükhbaataryn Batbold (Mongolian: Сүхбаатарын Батболд) is the Prime Minister of Mongolia. He was previously the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of his predecessor, Sanjaagiin Bayar.

Personal Life and Education
Batbold attended the 14th high school in Ulaanbaatar. Afterwards he studied in Russia at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations between 1980 and 1986. Batbold also studied at the London Business School in 1991, and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Moscow in 2002.

Batbold previously held an executive position at Mongol Impex Cooperative. He also headed Altai Trading Co. Ltd., which among others owns the Chinggis Khaan Hotel and the Skytel cellular operator from 1992 to 2000. He is rumored to be one of the richest Mongolian politicians due to his wide range of ownerships of different companies.

Political career
Batbold was elected twice as a Member of Parliament and was the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs between 2000–2004 and Cabinet Minister of Trade and Industry between 2004-2006. In addition, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2008 until his nomination to prime minister-ship in 2009.

During his tenure as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, he hosted United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Ulan Bator to discuss climate change in Mongolia. Batbold also substituted for then Prime Minister Bayar at a Prime Ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

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