ArmInfo. The chairman of the National Assembly of Armenia Ara Babloyan and the head of the National Council of the Swiss Confederation Dominique de Buhman took part in the opening of the new workshop of the Avan Salt Mill.
As the press service of the Armenian parliament told ArmInfo, the project was implemented by Armenian- Swiss joint efforts, Germany also contributed.
The heads of the legislative bodies of Armenia and Switzerland inspected the new workshop, got acquainted with the working conditions.
Babloyan stressed that the opening of the new workshop is a vivid example of developing relations between the two countries and intensifying business contacts. "The participation of Swiss partners in the economic life of Armenia shows that favorable conditions for business and the implementation of business projects have been created in our country," Babloyan said. And in this context, he expressed the conviction that this initiative will attract new investments to the country, contributing to the development of the country's economy. According to the Speaker of the Parliament, the holding of the Armenian-Swiss business forum in Yerevan creates a solid basis for further cooperation.
Dominique de Buman expressed gratitude for the implementation of this project, while stressing the importance of the presence in Switzerland of the Embassy of Switzerland and the Chamber of Commerce.
"Avan Salt Combine" is the only producer of salt in the region. The salt combine was built in 1967 directly on the salt deposit located in the ecologically clean area of Yerevan - Avan. In closed joint stock company the combine was reorganized in 2001.
The plant has two main production lines: the concentrator for the production of high-quality food iodized salt "Extra" and a mining complex for the production of rock salt. Extra table salt with a sodium chloride content of not less than 99.5% is produced by vacuum evaporation of concentrated brines obtained in underground wells at a depth of up to 1200 m. At the mine of the plant at depths up to 300 m by drilling and blasting method, fodder rock salt is extracted for animal husbandry needs with the content of sodium chloride is not less than 90%, and ground salt for use in technical purposes with a sodium chloride content of at least 90%. Today the plant employs new technologies, involves new packaging lines. The plant operates an international food safety management system ISO 22000: 2005.