ArmInfo. For the second consecutive year, Lydian Armenia jointly with the Lithuanian Embassy in Armenia has been implementing a road safety program in the communities adjacent to the Amulsar gold deposit. Thus, according to the general director of Lydian Armeia Hayk Aloyan, the company invested about 8 million drams for the implementation of a joint program with the Lithuanian partners, which is becoming traditional.
He stated this on September 5 during a working visit to Gorayk, where the schoolchildren received reflectors and school portfolios with reflectors, which in most European countries is a mandatory requirement. Initially, according to A. Aloyan, the idea of increasing road safety for children was proposed by the Lithuanian Embassy, and Lydian Armenia supported this initiative because the company attaches particular importance to the safety of its employees. "And now we want to convey our experience to the residents of neighboring communities of Amulsar," he stressed.
The first year in the framework of cooperation with the Lithuanian embassy, reflectors and school portfolios with reflectors, the company transferred 600 pupils to 4 schools in Jermuk and villages Kechut and Gndevaz (Jermuk region). This year, the beneficiaries of the program were students from schools in the Gorayk and Saravan communities, as well as 200 first-graders from Jermuk, Kechut and Gndevaz. "The main goal for us first of all is to conduct conversations with schoolchildren about the rules of the road, and the delivery of portfolios and reflectors is a traditional event that serves schoolchildren as additional means to improve road safety," he said. For his part, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania to Armenia Erikas Petrikas noted that the program is being implemented with the support of the Lithuanian Highway Directorate. The ambassador informed that since 1991 to this day, thanks to the launch of the program on the mandatory use of reflectors, the number of accidents in Lithuania has decreased by 10 times- from 1200 to 120. According to him, the introduction of European experience in Armenian schools will reduce the number of accidents and contribute to the education of students in the rules of the road. E. Petrikas explained that when using reflectors children in the evening on the roads become visible at a distance of 150 meters, while without the use of reflectors - this distance is reduced to 50 meters. At the same time, as part of the joint event, Lydian Armenia specialist Eric Stepanyan presented the students with a presentation on safe behavior on roads and in transport, and Lithuanian road safety experts who arrived in Armenia at the invitation of the embassy conducted special lessons aimed at improving the safety of the roadmovement.
To remind, earlier LA company also replaced non-functioning traffic lights in 2 places of Jermuk - at entrance and near the school (digital and flashing), together with the installation of missingtraffic signs regulating traffic.
To recall, Lydian Armenia is a subsidiary of the British Lydian International, whose shareholders are also large international institutional investors from the United States, Great Britain, a number of European countries, including IFC and EBRD. The Amulsar project is the largest industrial project in Armenia today to develop the Amulsar gold deposit with a total value of $ 370 million. In August 2016, a project for the construction and development of the field was launched. Preliminary work has been carried out since 2006. The life of the Amulsar field will be 10 years and 4 months, an annual average of 200,000 ounces of gold (about 10 million tons of ore) will be produced. The company's shares are quoted on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Amulsar deposit is the second largest in Armenia.