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Oyu Tolgoi Investment Agreement

The basic framework for the Oyu Tolgoi Investment Agreement is now much closer to being finalized after the Government of Mongolia agreed to pass amendments to four laws, including the repeal of the controversial Windfall Profits tax, the Corporate Income Tax Law, the Water Use Law and the Road Law.

Following is the transcript of the Power Point presentation that we have posted on SlideShare.  Please note, this is for informational purposes only and may not be the final version signed.

Oyu Tolgoi Investment Agreement presentation slideshow:

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Mongolia Inches Closer to Oyu Tolgoi Deal

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

According the today’s edition of The Mongol Messenger, an English-language newspaper in Mongolia, and several other sources amendments to four laws were approved yesterday by the Mongolian Ikh Khural, or Parliamnet, in a bid to increase the likelihood of the Oyu Tolgoi Investment Agreement’s passing.  An extraordinary session of Parliament was convened last Wednesday, August 19, in order to discuss these possible changes to Mongolian law.

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Mongolian Currency Law – Transactions MUST Be in Tugrugs

ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA – New Mongolian currency law takes effect on August 9, 2009.  Starting on this date, all Mongolian businesses and agencies must do business in tugrugs (often referred as tugriks), the Mongolian official currency, and not in foreign denominated or foreign currency based rates.

The Government of Mongolia passed the law in July 2009 to better control the currency fluctuations as a response to the sudden devaluation of the tugrug in March 2009.  Mongolian government is taking the currency measures seriously and have passed severe penalties for the offense.  It is well advised for companies to follow the government’s new law.

Sudden Drop in Tugrug’s Exchange Rate

As the saying goes, any port in a storm will do. As the economic downturn seemed to hit its peak around at the end of 2008 and during the first few months of 2009 the Mongolian tugrug grew increasingly weak against foreign currency. While the exchange rate had been hovering around 1170 tugrugs to the US dollar for several years, it suddenly spiked to over 1700 tugrugs per dollar in March. As a result individuals and businesses began to conduct more and more business in US dollars, British pounds or other convertible currencies.

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