Representatives of Civil Movement are protesting Robert Friedland’s ownership of 33 mining licenses. Friedland is the CEO of Ivanhoe Mines, a Canadian mining company. Civil Movement says Friedland has held 28 of the licenses since February 28, 2002, and has renewed them several times. Civil Movement says it is worried because there are reports that the licenses could be sold to Chinese companies.
Civil Movement coordinator B.Khosbayar said the organization is sending a letter to the National Security Council demanding three measures to address the issue: If a foreign company decides to sell a mining license, it must first get the permission of state and local authorities; when a license is sold, the seller must pay a tax on any income from the sale; and foreign companies operating in Mongolia’s mining sector must direct 90 percent of all earnings toward Mongolian development. Civil Movement says it will also send a letter to Robert Friedland protesting the possible sale of his licenses.
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