The Ministry of Mining and the Head of the Mineral Resources Authority of Mongolia stated that the issuance of licenses would be transparent and clear, without any conflicts of interests, that it would use secure software with precise accuracy and high quality equipment. However, in the first three days, the system experienced errors and malfunction and which became a headache for the government.
The software program for license issuance was written in a secret environment by highly paid IT engineers. Frankly speaking, this was the correct procedure.
Recent practices show us that when information is provided mostly to powerful officials, we have to resolve a so called “battle of wrestlers” at the gate of the Mineral Resources Authority. Applicants have been registering online with the help of technical engineers of the Mining Authority and the National Data Center, thus, applicants should consider that this a risk for the creation of indirect manipulation.
The Mineral Resources Authority keeps information about which company wrote the program highly confidential, along how much it cost them.
So far, only three licenses have been issued, two of which were made with mistakes and one that became invalid. The government should re-consider this issue and pay attention to it.