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5th - 7th July 2023

Mongolia Forum – in person

Wednesday 5 – Friday 7 July 2023
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Kindly hosted by Communications Regulatory Commission of Mongolia (CRC)

Wednesday 5th July (afternoon)
Regulators’ Roundtable and Dinner 

Objectives and priorities for regulators in the digital era
This Forum is for Regulators only and will be followed by a Welcome Dinner.

Thursday 6th July
All day Mongolia Forum

Discussions will focus on:

  • Investing in national & international connectivity; spectrum decision-making for networks of the future
  • Competition in digital markets – policy and regulatory approaches to digital markets, platforms, and services
  • Data governance – privacy, data protection, localization, and cross border data flows
  • Content – fostering a vibrant media & cultural environment with enhanced, locally-relevant, content services

This event is open for all to attend and will be followed by an evening Networking Reception

Friday 7th July
An all-day cultural event which is open for all delegates to attend

More information will be available soon


Wednesday 5 July (Afternoon)
Regulators’ Roundtable and Dinner
(Regulators ONLY)
IIC Members – Free
Non-Members – Free

Thursday 6 July 2023
Mongolia Forum
IIC Members – Free
Non-Members – £250 GBP (excluding VAT *) 
*VAT will be applicable for UK registrations only

Friday 7 July 2023
All Day Cultural Event
For delegates attending the Regulators Forum and Mongolia Forum
IIC Members – Free
Non-Members – Free

If you feel the delegate fee may be a barrier to attending this event, please contact us at


Foreign nationals who wish to visit Mongolia must obtain visas of appropriate types corresponding to the purpose of their visit. Nationals of those countries which have concluded visa exemption agreements with Mongolia are not required to obtain a visa if the intended period of the visit is not beyond the period allowed under such arrangements. If applicant is coming from countries where there is no Mongolian diplomatic mission may only be issued on arrival visa.

Approval must be applied by CRC to Ministry of Foreign Affairs for official visa and to Immigration Agency of Mongolia for on-arrival visa prior 14-28 days to the expected arrival and applicants may apply for their visa only after the approval is issued and notified to the relevant diplomatic mission where applicants will submit the visa application.

To get the visa approval and invitation letter, please contact:
Mr. Ochirpurev Davaadorj, Foreign Relations Expert, Department of Cooperation,
E-mail: ,
Phone: +976-11-304258, Fax: + 976-11-327720, Mobile: + 976- 96999906

List of Visa free countries, click here.
List of countries eligible for electronic visa application – click here.





The conference venue is:

Novotel Ulaanbaatar
Baga toiruu 6th khoroo, Sukhbaatar District
14201 Ulaanbaatar  
Tel: +976 7010 1188
Website for more information
Click here for Map

The Naadam festival is a major cultural event in Mongolia that takes place in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar during the second week of July. This festival attracts a significant number of tourists from all over the world, making it a busy season for tourism in Mongolia. As a result, hotel reservations and airline tickets tend to fill up quickly, leaving those who book late without accommodation. To ensure a hassle-free trip and an enjoyable experience, we strongly recommend that you book your accommodation and flights well in advance.

The following hotels are recommended accommodations for all participants during meetings. Please make your hotel booking in order to be eligible for the special rates given below.

Novotel Ulaanbaatar
Baga toiruu 6th khoroo, Sukhbaatar District
14201 Ulaanbaatar  
Tel: +976 7010 1188, Mobile: +976 86027722 (Ms. Otgonchimeg),
Website for more information

Room rate:
Standard king (including breakfast) USD 180
Standard twin (including breakfast) USD 195
Superior king (including breakfast) USD 200
Junior suite (including breakfast) USD 220
Executive suite (including breakfast) USD 240
Excluding all taxes of 10% VAT, 5% Service Charge and 1% City Tax.

Payments should be done in MNT by major credit cards or cash.
Extra Bed will be added 30 USD (exclusive of all taxes).
Transportation service: Pick up & Drop off service is available with a charge of 50 USD per single way (exclusive of all taxes).


Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar
19 Olympic Street
Sukhbaatar District-1
Ulaanbaatar 14241
Tel: +976 7702 9999, Mobile: +976 88029782 (Ms.Uugantsetseg)
Website for more information
(from the Venue app. 2.2 km: 7 min taxi, 29 min walk)

Room rate:
Deluxe King (including breakfast) USD 340
Premier King (including breakfast) USD 370
Horizon King (including breakfast) USD 440
Room rates quoted above are subject to 5% service charge, 10% VAT, and 1% city tax.
Room rates are inclusive of daily breakfast and Wi-Fi.
Third-person occupancy will have an extra charge of USD 60.00 +++ / USD 70.00 nett.


Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel
Prime Minister Amar’s street 15
Ulaanbaatar 14200, Mongolia
Tel: +976 (11) 323162, Mobile: +976 95096012 (Mr.Munkhbat),
Website for more information
(from the Venue app. 1.3 km: 5 min taxi, 15 min walk)

Room rate:
Deluxe 1 (including breakfast) USD 115
Club Deluxe (including breakfast) USD 150
Club Suite (including breakfast) USD 230
Ambassador suite (including breakfast) USD 950
President suite (including breakfast) USD 2100

Note: The room rate is for special package; consequently, in order to get this price, the reservation shall be made through the above-mentioned contact address.


The IIC accepts no responsibility for bookings made at any of the listed hotels and recommends that you check out the hotels on the internet before booking.

General Travel Information

The following types of transportation are available from Chinggis Khaan Airport to the Hotel:
1. Airport Regular Service – 100,000 MNT≈ 29 USD (one way)
2. Airport VIP Taxi Service – 150,000 MNT≈ 44 USD (one way)
3. Shuttle Services– 30,000 MNT≈ 10 USD (one way)
Taxicabs are located on the arrivals (ground) level of the airport, outside of the baggage claim areas.
It takes about 1,5 hours by car from the Airport to hotel.

The exchange rate is US$ 1 = MNT 3,480 approximately now.

July is a moderately hot summer month in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with temperature in the range of an average low of 12.9°C (55.2°F) and an average high of 24.5°C (76.1°F). In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the average relative humidity in July is 60%.

Electrical plugs
The electric voltage in Mongolia is 220V 50Hz. Delegates need to make sure to bring an appropriate power adapter and/or voltage converter. The power sockets are of type C.

Friday 7 July 2023
Farewell ceremony /Traditional festival at the Terelj National Park

The event is kindly hosted by Communications Regulatory Commission of Mongolia (CRC)

All participants of the Mongolia Forum are invited to attend.

Draft Itinerary

Delegates will gather at the designated location for a group departure to Terelj National Park, a picturesque region just outside of Ulaanbaatar.

Arrival at Genghis Khan Statue
The first stop will be at the impressive Genghis Khan Statue. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore this monumental tribute to the Mongolian hero and learn about his historical significance.

Welcome and Guided Tour at Terelj National Park
Upon arrival at Terelj National Park, delegates will receive a warm welcome and enjoy a guided tour of the park, immersing themselves in the stunning natural beauty of Mongolia.

Lunch Mongolian cuisine
Delegates will enjoy a delightful lunch featuring Mongolian cuisine, providing a relaxed atmosphere for networking.

Cultural Exploration and Activities
Delegates will have the chance to engage in various cultural activities that showcase Mongolian traditions and heritage. These activities may include traditional Mongolian games, crafts, or storytelling sessions.

Traditional Music and Dance Performances
The evening will be filled with captivating performances of traditional Mongolian music, including throat singing and the melodious sounds of the “Morin Khuur” (Horse Head Fiddle), as well as vibrant traditional dances.

Dinner and Networking
Delegates will enjoy a delightful dinner featuring Mongolian cuisine, providing a relaxed atmosphere for networking.

Arrive at Hotel


Alasdair Grant Head of Public Policy, AUNZSEA, Project Kuiper, Amazon

Alasdair Grant has more than 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector, for most of this time holding “Head of Asia” positions in the public policy, corporate development, and regulatory functions of major global operators. In these roles he specialised in market entry and development through infrastructure investment and alliances. He has worked for the GSMA, Reliance, Verizon Enterprise, and Level 3/Lumen.

Mr Grant is an experienced reform advocate throughout Asia and has founded and led regional industry associations and delegations. He is the founding editor and co-author of Australian Telecommunications Regulation, currently in its 4th edition.

Mr Grant has degrees in Law and Australian Literature from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Chinzorig Gonchig Chairman & CEO, Chinzorig Gonchig, Communications Regulatory Commission of Mongolia (CRC)

As a distinguished leader in the telecommunications and ICT sector, Mr Chinzorig Gonchig brings to his role a rich history of experience and a track record of innovative accomplishments.

Starting his professional journey in 1988, Mr Gonchig served as an engineer, officer, and later, as the Head of the Transport Management Department at the Ministry of Infrastructure. He furthered his leadership credentials as the Deputy Director of the “Mongol Post” company, a position in which he enhanced financial responsibility and discipline. Through his rigorous oversight of the company’s financial operations, Mr Gonchig significantly strengthened its operational efficiency and fiscal accountability.

In 2015, Mr Gonchig rose to the role of Deputy Director of “Mongolian Telecommunication” JSC. His strategic leadership in this role was instrumental in broadening internet accessibility across Mongolia. Mr Gonchig’s concerted efforts brought internet services to 239 schools, established WiFi connectivity in 52 rural settlements, and extended internet services to an additional 207 soums. This strategic development notably enhanced digital connectivity for a significant proportion of the population across 21 provinces. Among Mr Gonchig’s groundbreaking initiatives were the transitioning of users to Next Generation Network technology and the development of state information exchange systems. These contributions have been fundamental in bridging Mongolia’s digital divide, earning Mr Gonchig widespread recognition and acclaim.

In 2018, Mr Gonchig’s leadership ascended to a new level when he was appointed Chairman and CEO of the Communications Regulatory Commission. In this high-profile role, he oversaw the approval of landmark legislation including the draft Law on Communications, the Law on Radio Waves, the Law on Post, and the Law on Broadcasting, all endorsed by the State Great Hural (Parliament of Mongolia).

As Chairman, Mr Gonchig continues to exemplify commitment to the advancement of the telecommunications sector. His areas of focus include ensuring and protecting information technology and network security, fostering a new generation e-environment, encouraging market liberalization and competition, and creating a conducive environment for price and tariff regulation. This unwavering dedication, in combination with his impressive track record, underscores Mr Gonchig’s exceptional contributions to Mongolia’s telecommunications sector.

Mr Gonchig holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechatronics from the prestigious Mongolian University of Science and Technology-MUST ( In 2019, MUST recognized his accomplishments by bestowing him with the title of Honorary Professor. Further validating his contributions, Mr Gonchig was honored with the “Honored Operator” award by the President of Mongolia in 2021, under Presidential Decree No.13, 2021.

Through his impactful contributions, innovative leadership, and unwavering dedication, Mr Gonchig continues to shape the future of Mongolia’s telecommunications landscape.

Chris Chapman President, International Institute of Communications; Chairman, Nihilent Australia Pty Limited

Chris Chapman was appointed President of the International Institute of Communications on 1 April 2016. He is also Chair of the IIC Nominations Committee.

Mr Chapman previously held the position of Chairman and CEO of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). He was appointed in February 2006 and was re-appointed for a 2nd five year term in October 2010 until April 2016. He was appointed an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in September 2007.

Mr Chapman is a seasoned executive with experience in the media, broadcasting and film, internet, telecommunications, sports rights and infrastructure development worlds.

Before joining ACMA, Mr Chapman held a number of senior management positions with the Seven Network, Stadium Australia Management, Optus and Babcock & Brown. He has also been the Chairman of Film Australia and Sports Vision Australia, and a previous member of the National Film and Sound Archives’ Advisory Council.

Mr Chapman has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Harvard Business School AMP program.

Graça Enes (Prof) Professor of European Union Law and International Law and the Director of the Legal Research Centre and Director of the Legal Research Centre of the University of Porto (CIJ - Centro de Investigação Jurídica), Portugal

Graça Enes has been the Director of CIJ (Centre for Legal Research of the University of Porto) since 2021. She was previously Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Porto (2013-2014) and Director of the Master’s Law Studies (2019-2020).

Professor Enes is the author of several publications in Portugal and abroad mainly on European and International Law. For some years she has been focusing her research on the digital challenges and on the European policies and legislative initiatives on the subject, especially regarding data governance and AI. In addition, her scientific and academic interests extend to the challenges of international governance.

She was awarded and coordinates the Jean Monnet Module DigEUCit “A Digital Europe for Citizens. Constitutional and Policymaking Challenges” (an Erasmus+ project, 01.09.2022 to 31.08.2025).

Professor Enes has a Bachelor and Master in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra. She holds a PhD in Law (European Union Law) from the Faculty of Law of the University of Porto, where she is a Professor with tenure of European Union Law and International Law.

Javier Huerta Bravo Head of Digital Economy, Cullen International

Javier Huerta Bravo leads the digital economy regulatory intelligence service for Europe. Before joining Cullen International in 2014, Mr Huerta Bravo worked at the European Commission on copyright, e-commerce and other topics related to online services. He is a qualified lawyer.

Jiang-Jia Wang (Dr) Commissioner, National Communications Commission (NCC), Taiwan (ROC)

Dr Wang Jiang-Jia earned a doctorate degree from National Taiwan University and became a professor at Chung-Cheng University, Jia-Yi County, where he taught law. On more than one occasion, he was also a visiting professor at Osaka University, Japan. His major areas of research have been criminal law, criminal and new technology, and speech on the internet. Prior to becoming a professor, he practiced as a lawyer for over ten years.

In 2022, Dr Wang was appointed as one of seven commissioners at the National Communications Commission (NCC), which is an independent organization overseeing communications regulation in Taiwan. During his time at NCC, Dr Wang has been involved in critical decision making pertinent to communications and media policies and regulations. In line with the key policy objectives and mission of NCC, Dr Wang is committed to enhancing the communications and media environment in Taiwan.

Lynn Robinson Director General, International Institute of Communications

Lynn Robinson became Director General of the International Institute of Communications (IIC), in March 2020.

Lynn is an experienced senior director and trustee / non exec-director, having held key senior leadership positions in the technology, built environment, regulation, accreditation and dental industries. She has extensive experience of professional membership bodies working within the full spectrum including, Regulatory bodies, Industry associations and Chambers of Commerce. Lynn is a well-known and established ambassador in these areas having led on many strategic programmes to aid engagement, growth, retention, change management, stakeholder and political engagement.

An experienced Trustee / Non-Executive Director as Vice Chair at Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, a unique heritage site in the heart of Bristol (UK), Lynn is also a Trustee / Non-Executive Director at The Bristol and Bath (UK), Parks Foundation.

Reflecting on becoming Director General at the IIC at the outbreak of a pandemic, Lynn said, ‘these last two years have been like no other we have known, with many challenges coming our way. In 2020 we successfully pivoted the organisation through a digital transformation programme to maintain a full schedule of events and by increasing the outputs delivered. Transforming the programme enabled us to continue to deliver the professional service and increase our engagement with IIC members and stakeholder community to remain connected to them through such a difficult time.

As we move through 2022, I am delighted to return to a combined in-person and online programme and to continue to evolve the IIC in to the next phase, with the vision and strategic focus to deliver our objectives and to build on our growth, engagement and retention’.


Peter Lovelock (Dr) Principal, Fair Tech Institute, Access Partnership; Chair, Singapore Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Dr Peter Lovelock is Principal, Fair Tech Institute, Access Partnership. Prior to its acquisition by Access Partnership, Peter Lovelock was the Director of TRPC, along with Professor John Ure.  Peter and John established the Telecommunications Research Project (TRP) at the University of Hong Kong in 1993 and the Telecoms Infotechnology Forum (TIF) in 1996. Peter subsequently established the TRPC offices in Beijing (1999) and Singapore (2006) and expanded the academic collaborations in both locations, initially with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and subsequently with Qinghua University and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Between 1999 and 2004, Peter built and ran China’s leading IT research consultancy, and prior to that he was a lead policy analyst at the UN in Geneva, where he was principal author on the World Telecommunications Development Report amongst others, including many of the ITU Secretary General’s speeches from this period.

He brings more than 25 years’ experience in telecoms, technology and media to these undertakings, including regulatory assessments, implementation and execution projects, and due diligence and market entry strategic guidance projects throughout Asia.

In recent years, Dr Lovelock has provided advice to governments and companies alike regionally on digital enablement and digital transformation, including to ASEAN on its ICT Masterplan, and to APEC on the Internet and Digital Economy principles and roadmap; as well as authoring reports on global data networks and bandwidth developments, cross border data flows and the economic impacts of data localisation, digital transactions, authentication and digital identity.

In the financial services and fintech spaces, Dr Lovelock has been involved in the establishment of new payments regulatory regimes in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Zambia, focused on facilitating fast access channels and furthering financial inclusion He has advised and authored thought leadership on blockchains, digital and crypto currencies and national payment gateways and is currently working with multilateral donor agencies on the development of regulatory financial sandboxes in several jurisdictions and national eID schemes. Dr Lovelock is advising the Central Bank of Myanmar on their QR code standardisation and adoption, and is an expert on TV White Spaces and other non-traditional connectivity options for extending access.

Dr Lovelock is an advisor to PECC on digital and internet economy developments and sits on the board of the International Institute of Communications (IIC). TRPC provides Executive Director and Secretariat support to the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) and the Asia Pacific Spectrum Innovation Group (APSIG), among others.

Between 1999 and 2004 Dr Lovelock built and ran China’s leading IT research consultancy. Prior to that, Peter worked at the ITU in Geneva.

Philip Collerton Chief Commercial Officer, Uptime Institute

Philip Collerton is Chief Commercial Officer of Uptime Institute, where he is responsible for all commercial and service delivery activities globally. Mr Collerton has extensive experience in data center operations, data center training and staffing, data centers consolidation and establishing data center footprints in new markets and geographies.

Wednesday 5 July 2023 - Regulators' Roundtable - by Invitation Only

14:00 Registration and Networking
14:30-17:00 Sharing experiences with adaptation to regulating in the digital era – in particular, how to deal with cross sector regulation
18:00-20:00 Welcome Dinner for Regulators

Dinner kindly hosted by Communications Regulatory Commission of Mongolia (CRC)

Venue: to be confirmed

Thursday 6 July - Mongolia Forum

08:15 Registration and Networking

Regulators will be joined by industry, policy makers and civil society

09:00-09:30 Welcome
09:30-11:00 Investing in national & international connectivity; spectrum decision-making for networks of the future

• How is broadband/mobile infrastructure rollout and access being achieved in the other countries? What role for mobile, fiber, satellite accesses?
• How will rural and remote regions be served/Public private sector investment and funding of broadband infrastructure?
• Spectrum decision-making for networks of the future: 5G network slicing; viability and use cases for 5G private networks
• How is long-term investment being incentivized? Where can efficiencies be achieved (collaborating collectively)?
• What are the considerations for international connectivity in the communications ecosystem?

11:-11:30 Networking Break
11:30-13:00 Competition in digital markets – policy and regulatory approaches to digital markets, platforms, and services

• The opportunities and challenges posed by online platforms and intermediaries. What principles, checks and balances come into play?
• International approaches to platform regulation
• Ensuring economic freedom while safeguarding the interests of consumers, businesses, and society
• Managing the interface, roles and responsibilities of Communications regulator and Competition regulator

13:00-14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00-15.30 Data governance – privacy, data protection, localization, and cross border data flows

• Update on latest initiatives across the countries: relevance, or not, of the GDPR, CBPR and other initiatives
• Progress with convergence/coherence of DP rules;
• Frameworks to enable ‘data flows with trust’

15:30-16:00 Networking Break
16:00-17:30 Content – fostering a vibrant media & cultural environment with enhanced, locally-relevant, content services

• IXP, DC, CDN – supporting content delivery networks and network infrastructure to promote the development of locally-relevant content,
• Spotlight on the OTT video, gaming, and curated content economy as a facilitator of economic and soft power;
• Impact of policy and regulatory initiatives
• Digital tax for the app economy

18:00-20:00 Close of Mongolia Forum followed by networking dinner

Networking Dinner kindly hosted by Communications Regulatory Commission of Mongolia (CRC)

Novotel Ulaanbaatar
Baga toiruu 6th khoroo, Sukhbaatar District
14201 Ulaanbaatar

Friday 7 July 2023

09:00-16:00 Farewell ceremony /Traditional festival

All participants are invited to attend.

The event is kindly hosted by Communications Regulatory Commission of Mongolia (CRC)

at the Terelj National Park

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5th - 7th July 2023
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Asia Pacific
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Novotel Ulaanbaatar
Baga toiruu 6th khoroo, Sukhbaatar District
14201 Ulaanbaatar

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