Khanbogd, Umnugobi - A new Community Interaction Centre, funded by Oyu Tolgoi, opened in Khanbogd soum, Umnugobi aimag today.
The Community Interaction Centre is designed to help local citizens, groups, NGOs, private entities, cooperatives, as well as Oyu Tolgoi, to organise public events, forums, conferences and training, creating an environment where people can gather in groups and meet in a pleasant environment.
Ivan Vella – Chief Operating Officer, Oyu Tolgoi said: “It is our vision to support long lasting knowledge and skills, while delivering a safe and sustainable copper business. I have no doubt that the centre, equipped with the latest IT and internet connections and computer training facilities, will help young people in Khanbogd and the surrounding area to learn about the world from the Gobi. At the same time, small businesses and herder cooperatives can use the venue to help their development.”
Khanbogd Speaker Nekhiit highlighted “Today we have opened a place for us all to get involved. I’m delighted to note that Oyu Tolgoi has initiated and funded this centre. During the recent years, Oyu Tolgoi has done some great work in Khanbogd. This is a major development, and demonstrates Oyu Tolgoi’s commitment to community development. On behalf of the residents of Khanbogd, I would like thank the Oyu Tolgoi management team and the entire workforce.”
Constructed by a Mongolian company, the centre includes a 100-capacity conference hall and has state of the art security and safety systems. It will be managed by a joint steering committee representing soum citizens, the local administration and Oyu Tolgoi.
Oyu Tolgoi recently signed a jointly administered Cooperation Agreement with Umnugovi aimag and Khanbogd, Manlai, Bayan-Ovoo and Dalanzadgad soums. The agreement focuses on broad-based economic development, social infrastructure, environmental protection and the promotion of cultural heritage.
Oyu Tolgoi continues to invest in sustainable long-term projects in the South Gobi. In the first quarter of 2015, Oyu Tolgoi has spent approximately US$280,000 in the areas of health and safety, community infrastructure, pastureland management and herder well rehabilitation programmes.
About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (www.ot.mn)
Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.