Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene

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Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene
Лувсаннамсрайн Оюун-Эрдэнэ
Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene in 2022
32nd Prime Minister of Mongolia
Assumed office
27 January 2021
PresidentKhaltmaagiin Battulga
Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh
Preceded byUkhnaagiin Khürelsükh
Chief Cabinet Secretary of Mongolia
In office
2 February 2019 – 27 January 2021
Prime MinisterUkhnaagiin Khürelsükh
Preceded byGombojavyn Zandanshatar
Succeeded byTsendiin Nyamdorj
Member of State Great Khural
Assumed office
5 July 2016
Chairman of the Mongolian People's Party
Assumed office
25 June 2021
Preceded byUkhnaagiin Khürelsükh
President of Social Democracy Mongolian Youth Union
In office
September 2010 – 21 June 2015
Preceded byGombojavyn Zandanshatar
Succeeded byGanzorigiin Temüülen
Personal details
Born (1980-06-29) 29 June 1980 (age 43)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolian People's Republic
Political partyMongolian People's Party
SpouseBoldyn Tuul

Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene (Mongolian: Лувсаннамсрайн Оюун-Эрдэнэ; born 29 June 1980) is a Mongolian politician who is the prime minister of Mongolia since 27 January 2021. He has been elected to the State Great Khural (Parliament) twice[1] since 2016.[2] Prior to becoming the prime minister, Oyun-Erdene was a Minister and Chief of the Cabinet Secretariat[3] of the government of Mongolia from 2 February 2019 to 27 January 2021.


Oyun-Erdene was born on 29 June 1980 in Ulaanbaatar. His parents divorced when he was young and he was raised by his maternal grandparents. His father is an educator and an artist who helped to reform the Mongolian high-school system establishing the Mongeni high school complex in 1996. His mother was a musician who played clarinet in the Academic Theatre of Classical Arts. After retiring, she started the Soyol Foundation which aims to support the classical arts in Mongolia. Luvsannamsrai, Oyun-Erdene’s grandfather, was the first principal of a school in Mörön, Khentii Province. He guided Oyunerdene's self-paced study of Tibetan and Mongolian scripts as well as chess in his childhood.

He started his elementary school at School #28 in Ulaanbaatar but, he had to move back to Khentii province to live with his grandfather after his grandmother's death in 1990. He then finished high school in the Khentii province.

Oyun-Erdene's grandfather Luvsannamsrai was a Buddhist abbot (Mongolian: хамба лам), a master chess player and an instructor of mathematics, Mongolian language, and Old Mongolian script. He had a great respect for Batbayar Darma, one of the greatest figures in Mongolian literature, and so he asked Batbayar to train his grandson in Mongolian literature. Oyun-Erdene was enrolled in Bers University, founded by Batbayar Darma, and graduated with a degree in journalism.

Oyun-Erdene wrote his first book, Vision, in 2005. After graduating from Harvard University in 2015, he published his second book, Aziin Khuleg Uls, which translates as 'The Steed Country of Asia'. In this book he addressed a 30 year-development policy for Mongolia. He also founded "The Steed Country of Asia" National Policy Research Institute that same year.

At the age of 21, he was appointed as the Head of the Governor's Office in the village of Berkh, in the Khentii province. While giving a presentation for World Vision International representatives which aimed to secure with a mind to bring in an international project for his province, he was invited for the organization, an offer he accepted. He worked for World Vision International for more than six years and specialized in community-based development policy. During this time he attended specialized training for international development workers organized by World Vision in cooperation with the University of Melbourne, and also worked in the Philippines and Thailand for a short period of time.


Oyun-Erdene graduated from the National University of Mongolia in 2008 with a Bachelor degree in law. He then went on to graduate from the School of Social Sciences of the National University of Mongolia in 2011 with a master's degree in Political Science. Oyun-Erdene then graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a master's degree in Public Policy.  The Prime Minister credits his time at Harvard for helping train him for his career in government.[4]

Early career in politics[edit]

Oyun-Erdene entered politics in 2008. While serving as the head of the Social Development Department of the Bayanzurkh District of Mongolia's capital city Ulaannbaatar, he led a successful election campaign under the tagline Bayanzurkh-Neg Zurkh (verbally translated as 'Rich Heart - One Heart') in the largest district of the capital city. Shortly after being appointed as the Head of the then Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP)'s Political Department in 2009, he initiated and developed the AGENDA-6 Reform Program. His decision to remove the word "revolutionary" from the Party's name led to significant internal divisions within the party, and eventually, to its defeat in the 2012 parliamentary election.

In 2015, Oyun-Erdene founded the Asian Steed Policy Research Institute with his fellow alumni from several universities. In 2016, he was elected as a Member of Parliament in Mongolia for Khentii. He led multiple demonstrations, most notably one held in 2018 involving more than 30,000 citizens against government corruption.[5]

Chief of the Cabinet Secretariat of Mongolia[edit]

At the request of Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh, the Prime Minister of Mongolia, Oyun-Erdene became the Minister and Chief of the Cabinet Secretariat of Mongolia in 2019. Shortly after his appointment, Oyun-Erdene headed working groups to regulate illegal mining operations and tackle allegations of corruption.

He also made a significant contribution to the amendment of the Constitution of Mongolia. The 2019 amendments strengthened the powers of the Prime Minister, with a view to ending instability and stagnation. They also shortened the presidential term to a single six-year term.[6]

During his time in this role, Oyun-Erdene drafted plans for a 5-year program to expand Mongolia's digital infrastructure. The first action of this program was rolling-out E-Mongolia, an online platform which provides 182 different services to citizens.[7]

Prime Minister of Mongolia[edit]

Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on 6 September 2022
Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on 28 September 2022

Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene was appointed Prime Minister of Mongolia on January 27, 2021. He reshuffled his cabinet and appointed new ministers on August 30, 2022.[8]

Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene's priorities as Prime Minister include increasing Mongolia’s energy independence, expanding Mongolia’s links with the rest of the world, supporting the long-term expansion of the Mongolian economy, reforming government and tackling corruption.[9]

Vision 2050 and New Recovery Policy[edit]

In 2020, Oyun-Erdene initiated and led the process around the development of Vision 2050, Mongolia's plan to become a leading regional power by the middle of the current century, and secured approval from the State Great Khural (Parliament). This policy document came into force on 1 January 2021.

In December 2021, Oyun-Erdene introduced the New Recovery Policy (or New Revival Policy) as part of Mongolia’s Vision 2050 program, focused on diversifying Mongolia’s economy, supporting the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and driving long-term development. The Policy contains six pillars with each aimed at tackling existing economic constraints and unlocking growth in the following areas: border ports, energy, industrialization, urban and rural development, green development and state efficiency.[10]

Under the New Recovery Policy, Mongolia has already built the Zuunbayan-Khangi rail link, which opened in November 2022, and started construction on the New Settlement Zone of Khushigt Valley.


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  2. ^ "Economic concerns high as Mongolia holds national elections". DailyHerald Web. 23 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Mongolian parliament appoints 3 new ministers". Xinhuanews Web. 5 February 2019. Archived from the original on 13 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai, Recent Kennedy School Graduate, Appointed Mongolian Prime Minister | News | The Harvard Crimson". Retrieved 30 March 2023.
  5. ^ "Mongolians protest against corruption as temperature plunges". Munkhchimeg Davaasharav. 27 December 2018.
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  7. ^ "Mongolia's E-Governance Quest". Bolor Lkhaajav Web. 28 September 2020.
  8. ^ Adiya, Amar (10 September 2022). "Mongolia Unveils New Pro-Business Cabinet". Mongolia Weekly. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  9. ^ Adiya, Amar (10 September 2022). "Mongolia Unveils New Pro-Business Cabinet". Mongolia Weekly. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  10. ^ B., Lkhaajav (14 April 2022). "Mongolia Highlights 'New Recovery Policy' at Economic Forum".

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Preceded by Prime Minister of Mongolia