ArmInfo.The Day of the Miner and Metallurgist was celebrated on a grand scale at the Zangezur and Agarakskom copper-molybdenum plants. In connection with the professional day, on July 15 and 1July 6, festive events were held.
Roman Khudoliy, President of the GeoPromining Group of Companies, General Director of the Zangezur Copper-Molybdenum Combine (ZCMC), made a speech at the solemn ceremony in Kajaran. The Economic Journalists Club, whose members were invited to the festive events, reports.
In his speech, Roman Khudoliy noted that GeoProMining (GPM) has been operating in Armenia for 15 years. "Since 2007, we have been an integral part of the economy of this wonderful country, together building the country's mining industry. We are also proud that this year the Group became the majority shareholder of the Armenian mining giant Zangezur Copper-Molybdenum Combine (CMC). This plant is the central link of the Armenian economy. We strive for continuous development, therefore in 2022 we plan to increase production at ZCMC by 25% compared to 2021. We also strive to create a conceptually new mining sector with a longer value chain, a modernized and more efficient sector that will bring more benefits to society and the country."
As Vardan Janyan, First Deputy General Director of ZCMC, President of the Union of Miners and Metallurgists of Armenia, stated at the event, over the past almost 20 years, the mining industry at different times provided 30-40% of Armenia's exports and 6-10% of gross domestic product. "These are not just numbers, these numbers reflect the importance of mining development for our country. We cannot but admit that there are many problems to be solved in the field that we must solve together with our partners. The mining industry in Armenia must become a modern, competitive and responsibly managed industry that will take other industries after it. I also see this as one of the important tasks of the Union of Miners and Metallurgists."
The companies of the GeoPromining Group have always been among the ten largest taxpayers in the country. The ZCMC remains the first taxpayer. In 2020, the company paid 42.9 billion drams in taxes, and in 2021 - 48.8 billion drams. The company is also the largest socially responsible business structure in Armenia. So, the volume of social programs implemented by ZCMC in 2020-2021exceeded 15 billion drams. Projects are being implemented in the areas of infrastructure development, social assistance, cultural development, sports and healthcare. The company has about 700 suppliers, of which about 500 are Armenian companies, which are part of the significant multiplier effect created by the plant and positively affecting the country's economy.
During the festive session, the award ceremony of veterans and the best workers of the factory took place. 37 distinguished employees of the two enterprises were awarded with medals, certificates of honor and monetary rewards.
It should be noted that the Armenian enterprises of the GeoPromining group of companies: ZCMC, Agarak Copper-Molybdenum Combine, Armenian Molybdenum Production (AMP) and GeoProMiningGoldCompany employ a total of 7,355 employees. According to the data for 2020-2021, 4,450 people work at ZCMC. According to the calculation of the coefficient of indirect jobs, ZCMC indirectly provides about 15 thousand jobs.
As part of the events dedicated to the professional day, an exhibition of exhibits from the Kapan Geological Museum and photographs that present the history of the ZCMC was opened in the Kajaran Palace of Culture. The festive day ended with concerts that were held in Kajaran and Agarak with the sponsorship of the Geopromining group of companies.