Within implementation of integrated strategy in terms of cooperation with local communities, ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih is allocating over 400 million UAH for construction of a modern cancer center in the city. A respective memorandum has been signed by the company’s CEO Paramjit Kahlon, Head of Committee on Public Health, Medical Assistance and Medical Insurance of the Verkhovna Rada Mikhail Radutsky, representatives of Dnipropetrovsk region authorities, Kriviy Rih mayor and general director of Kriviy Rih Oncology Clinic. The event was also attended by Principal Assistant to the President of Ukraine Sergey Shefir.
The memorandum defines the main principles of construction financing, as well as vision of center’s work in future. Thus, Kriviy Rih city council will assist in preparation of all required documentation for land near the current Oncology Clinic and will arrange all utilities and networks required for construction and further work of cancer center at its own expense. Regional council will undertake construction of foundation, as well as compilation of permits for construction and commissioning of the new facility. Kriviy Rih Oncology Clinic will be a construction owner.
ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih will become a key investor of this project, providing project funding in the amount of 400 million UAH (equivalent to 15 million EUR), as well as control over its implementation, selection of contractors and designated use of funds.
The memorandum stipulates liabilities of all parties within their powers and authorities to ensure the best possible support for implementation of this socially important project, as well as strictly comply with anti-corruption laws of Ukraine and international anti-corruption conventions. In case of violation of these regulations, a significant deterioration of business environment in Ukraine or failure to fulfill liabilities by other parties of this memorandum, ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih reserves the right to withdraw from the agreement unilaterally.
The signatories of the memorandum also agreed that after completion of facility construction and start of its work, property rights for the new cancer center would belong to the Dnipropetrovsk regional council that would provide for its maintenance and everything else required for its work.
Paramjit Kahlon, CEO of ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih: “ArcelorMittal’s policy is based on the principle of sustainable development and care for future generations. In 14 years that the company has been working in Ukraine, we have invested about 300 million UAH in corporate social responsibility projects. For many years in a row, ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih has been systematically investing in healthcare development. However, in addition to purchasing equipment for medical institutions, which we have been doing in recent years, it is also necessary to upgrade the entire infrastructure. And construction of the new cancer center is yet another stage of our strategy intending the overall support of local communities and our city. We support the President’s initiative to construct such modern centers in all regions of Ukraine”.
Sergey Shefir, Principal Assistant to the President of Ukraine: “We are glad that this long-awaited development is finally happening – city and regional authorities and ArcelorMittal Kriviy Rih agreed to launch construction of a new clinic in Kriviy Rih. We hope that, in a year, a completely new modern European-type oncology clinic will start its work here. We are grateful to city authorities for meeting this project halfway and allocating some land for construction, as well as to regional authorities for confidently undertaking organization of the whole process. We are especially grateful to ArcelorMittal Company. This is the biggest investor in Ukraine that cares not only for its profit and prosperity, but also for healthcare and environment of the city, where this company plays a city-forming role”.
Mikhail Radutsky, Head of Committee on Public Health, Medical Assistance and Medical Insurance of the Verkhovna Rada: “Our objective is to announce national cancer control program that we will implement with benefactors’ help. Kriviy Rih will become the first city, the pilot city, where high-standard clinic will be constructed in accordance with German design. Once it is done, we want to construct such clinics for cancer diagnostics, prevention and treatment all around Ukraine, in 26 cities”. (AMKR/Ukrainian metal)