“Agarak Copper and Molybdenum Combine” CJSC is planning to increase the ore mining volumes in Agarak copper and molybdenum mine making it 4.5 million cum from 3.5 million tons. The public hearings of the company project are appointed on 18 July at Musical School in Agarak Town. Within the frames of “Mining-impacted communities – full participants in the EITI process” project, EcoLur team had a meeting with the residents of Meghri optimized community and community head Mkhitar Zaqaryan on 28 June.
In his interview with EcoLur interview Mkhitar Zaqaryan said, “I support the increase in ore mining as the economic activity of the community and the region depends on the combine. Definitely it’s a negative phenomenon when a whole region depends on the activities of one enterprise, while the activities of the enterprise depend on the copper prices in the market – the whole region faces a collapse. In order to overcome these crises, the combine shall continuously work towards reducing the cost unit and for this volumes shall be increased in order to be more competitive.” Meghri Community Head noted that 85% of the GDP of the region generates from the activities of Agarak copper and molybdenum combine.
Moreover, since the beginning of July the employees of the car park and other workshops of “Agarak Copper and Molybdenum Combine” CJSC have been striking demanding their bonuses for working at night and for performing harmful, extremely hard and harmful work and demanding improvement of working conditions, execution of the state supervision over the activities of the combine.
This material has been prepared within “Mining-Impacted Communities – Full Participants in EITI Process'” project implemented by EcoLur with the USAID support within the frames of “Engaged Citizenry for Responsible Governance” project implemented by Transparency International Anticorruption Center.
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16:13 July 12, 2019