On June 25, 2021, representatives of the diplomatic corps visited the Kumtor mine at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic with the organizational support provided by Kumtor Gold Company CJSC (KGC). The delegation included the Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India and Great Britain accredited in Kyrgyzstan, a representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as delegates from international and national organizations – United Nations Resident Coordinator, UN FAO, UNDP, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, the State Committee for Ecology and Climate of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Foreign guests familiarized themselves with the mine operation after introduction of the temporary external management at the Kumtor Gold Company CJSC.
The Chair of State Committee for Ecology and Climate of the Kyrgyz Republic, Dinara Kutmanova, told the visitors about failure of the mine operator appointed by the Canadian company Centerra Gold Inc. to comply with a number of environmental standards during the development of deposit. The diplomats saw with their own eyes the condition of the Lysyi and Davydov glaciers, where the waste rock was dumped.
Dinara Kutmanova also emphasized that the company keeps to operate continuously, in normal mode and in compliance with safety regulations.
Representatives of foreign missions and international organizations highly appreciated the qualifications and professionalism of local specialists working at Kumtor. The Company employees said that in May, after locking up the pit wall tracking and monitoring systems, as well as the glacier movement safety monitoring system, they independently successfully restarted these digital resources, installing new sensors, equipment and launching a new information software.
Also, during the visit, the main production areas, Tailings Storage Facility, treatment facilities, and the Petrov Lake were demonstrated. The guests were impressed by the progress and scale of operations at the Kumtor mine.
The Company continues practicing the philosophy of openness and transparency in its activity. The Company’s activities are fully subject to and governed by the laws of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The Company is financially reliable and will continue to discharge liabilities to employees, contractors, suppliers, as well as meet social obligations and obligations towards the budget of the Kyrgyz Republic.