Saturday, 18 March 2017
Karen Karapetyan inspects construction of medical center in Sevan and activities of industrial enterprises in Gegharkunik Marz of Armenia
Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan made a working trip to Gegharkunik Marz of Armenia. The Premier first inspected progress in construction of a new medical center in Sevan. The Head of Government was told that underway since August, 2016, the construction of the medical center is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018. The Premier urged those responsible to do everything possible to complete the construction by the end of this year.
The Government of Armenia and the World Bank are co-financing the project to a total amount of USD 2,716 thousand.
The medical center will have an outpatient clinic next to it. Strong with modern equipment, the medical center will be serving about 40 thousand citizens throughout the region.
Karen Karapetyan next called at Ecokat cheese factory in Akunq community where he was briefed on the ongoing and planned activities. Founded as early as in 2005, the factory is producing a wide range of cheese products, most of which are sold on the local market, with 25% exported to Russia. Furnished with modern equipment, the company has some 40 employees and is going to make new investments in order to increase its output capacity.
Welcoming the initiative, the Premier noted that the company’s investment program is being discussed in the Government.
The Head of Government also got acquainted with the operations of Aquatic Ltd, which was founded in 1996. The company is engaged in the cultivation of crayfish, with the latter being exported toward European and EEU countries in live, frozen and canned forms. Aquatic Ltd is the only enterprise in the Republic of Armenia to have a crayfish processing license for export to EU countries.
The enterprise meets European standards and operates under the HACCP program as introduced in 2007. Aquatic Ltd has been engaged in the production of canned food since 2009, with the bulk of its output intended for the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia.
Prime Minister Karapetyan took the opportunity to visit a new buckwheat processing plant in Tsovagyugh community. 100 hectares went under buckwheat last year in the region. This figure will reach the mark of 400 hectares in 2017. According to the management of the plant, the domestic demand for buckwheat is 7 thousand hectares. They are going to increase plantations and production volumes in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture. Equipment was made available under the EU ENPARD program.
The Head of Government completed his trip in Chambarak community, where he got acquainted with the activities of the local medical center. In 2015, the center was reconstructed and equipped with modern equipment by the Ministry of Healthcare and the Territorial Development Fund under the credit programs implemented by the Government of Armenia and the World Bank.
The medical center provides therapeutic, surgical, obstetric and other services. It serves 11-12 thousand citizens. Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan highlighted the availability of modern health centers in the regions and the need to ensure continued development and expansion of medical services.